Blogs

  • UK peer insists prayer Bill is ‘divisive’
    Peers debating a Government backed Bill have been warned by Nicholas Le Poer Trench, the earl of Clancarty, that ‘institutionalising’ religion in any local authority meeting ‘must in the modern age be insensitive and crosses what many people would think is today’s acceptable line’. According to this report, the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) B
  • Manhunt ends with cult leader’s arrest
    Victor Arden Barnard, 53, above, a Minnesota cult leader who had been the subject of a year-long global manhunt, was arrested on Saturday in a beach town in Brazil. Barnard, according to this report, was wanted on 59 counts of sexual assault on girls and young women in the isolated religious community he founded in […]
  • Castrated for God: 400 guru devotees
    “Saint” Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, above, a multi-millionaire Indian guru, is facing allegations that he convinced 400 of his followers have their testicles removed. According to this report, officers from India’s elite Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) appear to have made a crucial breakthrough in a long-running investigation into the alleged mas
  • Muslim’s Bible oath scuppers robbery trial
    A judge in Liverpool stopped a trial after learning that a Muslim witness had sworn an oath on a Bible instead of a Koran. Later, according to this report, recorder Patrick Thompson said in a statement that he had made an error by stopping the trial of Michael Davies, 38, who denies trying to rob […]
  • ‘No more gays here’ says Christian college
    A rural South Carolina college is attempting to eradicate homosexuality among its students after two of the school’s popular volleyball players  – Drew Davis, left, and Juan Verona – came out as gay. Erskine College reacted by issuing policy statement saying that it is officially opposed to same-sex relationships because it isn’t part of: God’s […]

Opinion

Open letter to Lisa Hansen on NZ Fluoridation Review

Open letter to Lisa Hansen on NZ Fluoridation Review | Dear Lisa, There are mistakes and misinterpretations of the scientific literature in your recent open letter to Sir Peter Gluckman and…

February ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

February ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking | Image credit: Dear Kitty. Some blog There are now over 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which…

Paper claiming water fluoridation linked to hypothyroidism slammed by experts

Paper claiming water fluoridation linked to hypothyroidism slammed by experts | “As epidemiological evidence goes, this is about as weak as it gets.” That is the comment by Prof David Coggon, Professor…

Right Wing Watch

  • Right Wing Round-Up - 3/2/15
    Warren Throckmorton: ORU Icon Contradicts David Barton’s Basketball Stories. Emily Crockett @ RH Reality Check: Meet the Islamophobic CPAC Mainstage Speaker Behind the ‘Abortion Barbie’ Posters. Michelangelo Signorile @ Huffington Post: Founding Mother Of The Conservative Movement: LGBT Rights Not Inevitable. Joe Jervis: Christian Activist Files Ballot Measu
  • Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/2/15
    David Lane has organized several meetings for Bobby Jindal with local pastors in South Carolina this week and is working on organizing similar meetings for Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Rand Paul. Speaking of Jindal, he is Kevin Sorbo's choice for president. Chuck Norris, meanwhile, is praying that Huckabee will run. In a re
  • Franklin Graham: Muslims Who 'Hate Israel And Hate Christians' Run The White House
    Franklin Graham wants everyone to know that the White House has been “infiltrated by Muslims,” even though he can’t name a single one. The right-wing pastor seems upset that any Muslims are allowed to serve in the U.S. government at all, telling Pat Robertson’s son, Gordon, on the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that Muslims are now running the show
  • Sandy Rios: The Clintons' May Run A Charitable Foundation, But Hamas And Hezbollah Do Charity Work Too
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina stopped by “Sandy Rios In The Morning” on Friday at CPAC, where she and Rios discussed reports that the Clinton family’s charitable foundation received donations from foreign countries. Fiorina, who has close ties to the foundation, dedicated part of the interview to attacking Hillary Clinton over the contri
  • Brian Brown: Gay Marriage Victory Threatens Gun Rights, Future Of The Republic
    Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage spoke to Sandy Rios last week at CPAC to promote his group’s “March for Marriage,” which will coincide with Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. Brown told Rios that marriage equality advocates are using “ludicrous” and “absurd” arguments while seeking to give the ju

Action Alert: Don’t Exclude Humanists from Community Memorials

| Send a letter expressing your concern about humanists being excluded from Boston memorial service.…

Take Action: Support imprisoned atheist bloggers in Bangladesh

| Help three imprisoned atheist bloggers achieve their freedom.…

Action Alert: Support the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

Action Alert: Support the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

| Support a bill that would give grants to programs that offer a comprehensive approach to sex education.…

House vote on FEMA bill disappointing; tell your Representative what you think

House vote on FEMA bill disappointing; tell your Representative what you think

| Yesterday afternoon the House passed H.R. 592, a bill allowing taxpayer money to go towards rebuilding of houses of worship by a vote of 354-72. Such funding would entangle religion and government by forcing taxpayers to fund religion with which they may not agree, violating…

Action Alert:  Tell Congress not to give tax dollars to rebuild churches

Action Alert: Tell Congress not to give tax dollars to rebuild churches

| Tomorrow Congress is quietly attempting to sneak through a bill that would allow federal grant money to go directly to the brick and mortar rebuilding of churches and other houses of worship.…

DC Residents, Take Action: Support secular weddings in D.C.

| If you are a DC resident, tell the city council to support secular wedding celebrants.…

One week left: Support the Darwin Day Resolution!

One week left: Support the Darwin Day Resolution!

| Ask your Representative in Congress to support the Darwin Day resolution!…

Action Alert:  Urge President Obama to speak up for nonbelievers and gays in BSA

Action Alert: Urge President Obama to speak up for nonbelievers and gays in BSA

| Email or phone the President today urging him as honorary president of Boy Scouts of America to support inclusion of gay and nonreligious members, volunteers and leaders.…

Take Action: Sign the Equal Rights Amendment White House petition!

Take Action: Sign the Equal Rights Amendment White House petition!

| Tell President Obama that you would like him to join you in supporting the ERA.…

Support the Darwin Day resolution: Contact your Representative now!

Support the Darwin Day resolution: Contact your Representative now!

| Use AHA's Action Alert system to ask your Representative to get behind Congressional recognition of Darwin Day!…

Does a fly landing on Obama prove he’s demonic?

| TruNews host Rick Wiles thinks so.…

A United States for nonbelievers?

| Pres. Obama's inaugural attempt to reach "We the People" missed the mark, says Herb Silverman.…

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

| President Obama's  proclamation for Religious Freedom Day includes recognition of "non-believers."…

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

| Today the Secular Coalition for America celebrated Religious Freedom Day. The Coalition also praised President Obama for mentioning non-believers in the proclamation issued by the White House, marking the annual day.…

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

| The president’s team asked the Rev. Louie Giglio, a popular Atlanta minister, to deliver the benediction (closing prayer) during the Jan. 21 inauguration. So?…

Obama Thanksgiving address: Doesn’t thank God

| The Associated Press reports that in President Obama's Thanksgiving address, he once again did not give thanks to any deities.…

Religious leaders pledge to work with Obama administration ‘for liberty and justice for all’

| A diverse group of religious leaders has sent President Barack Obama a letter congratulating him on his re-election and pledging to work with the administration "during the next four years to help our nation live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all.”…

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

| The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reject the way this country politicizes religion. The Constitution, which prescribes the oath in Art. 2, Sect. 1, does not contain the “so help me God” language.…

It’s (un)Official: Rep. Allen West finally loses reelection, refuses to concede

| Tea Partiers will unite today bemoaning their fate, as Allen West's bid for re-election is declared a failure. Much like the Tea Party.…

The ‘nones’ say 2012 election proves they are a political force

| Non-religious groups are making sure we won't be ignored in Washington and elsewhere.…

Does a fly landing on Obama prove he’s demonic?

| TruNews host Rick Wiles thinks so.…

A United States for nonbelievers?

| Pres. Obama's inaugural attempt to reach "We the People" missed the mark, says Herb Silverman.…

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

| President Obama's  proclamation for Religious Freedom Day includes recognition of "non-believers."…

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

| Today the Secular Coalition for America celebrated Religious Freedom Day. The Coalition also praised President Obama for mentioning non-believers in the proclamation issued by the White House, marking the annual day.…

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

| The president’s team asked the Rev. Louie Giglio, a popular Atlanta minister, to deliver the benediction (closing prayer) during the Jan. 21 inauguration. So?…

Obama Thanksgiving address: Doesn’t thank God

| The Associated Press reports that in President Obama's Thanksgiving address, he once again did not give thanks to any deities.…

Religious leaders pledge to work with Obama administration ‘for liberty and justice for all’

| A diverse group of religious leaders has sent President Barack Obama a letter congratulating him on his re-election and pledging to work with the administration "during the next four years to help our nation live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all.”…

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

| The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reject the way this country politicizes religion. The Constitution, which prescribes the oath in Art. 2, Sect. 1, does not contain the “so help me God” language.…

It’s (un)Official: Rep. Allen West finally loses reelection, refuses to concede

| Tea Partiers will unite today bemoaning their fate, as Allen West's bid for re-election is declared a failure. Much like the Tea Party.…

The ‘nones’ say 2012 election proves they are a political force

| Non-religious groups are making sure we won't be ignored in Washington and elsewhere.…

Does a fly landing on Obama prove he’s demonic?

| TruNews host Rick Wiles thinks so.…

A United States for nonbelievers?

| Pres. Obama's inaugural attempt to reach "We the People" missed the mark, says Herb Silverman.…

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

| President Obama's  proclamation for Religious Freedom Day includes recognition of "non-believers."…

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

| Today the Secular Coalition for America celebrated Religious Freedom Day. The Coalition also praised President Obama for mentioning non-believers in the proclamation issued by the White House, marking the annual day.…

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

| The president’s team asked the Rev. Louie Giglio, a popular Atlanta minister, to deliver the benediction (closing prayer) during the Jan. 21 inauguration. So?…

Obama Thanksgiving address: Doesn’t thank God

| The Associated Press reports that in President Obama's Thanksgiving address, he once again did not give thanks to any deities.…

Religious leaders pledge to work with Obama administration ‘for liberty and justice for all’

| A diverse group of religious leaders has sent President Barack Obama a letter congratulating him on his re-election and pledging to work with the administration "during the next four years to help our nation live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all.”…

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

| The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reject the way this country politicizes religion. The Constitution, which prescribes the oath in Art. 2, Sect. 1, does not contain the “so help me God” language.…

It’s (un)Official: Rep. Allen West finally loses reelection, refuses to concede

| Tea Partiers will unite today bemoaning their fate, as Allen West's bid for re-election is declared a failure. Much like the Tea Party.…

The ‘nones’ say 2012 election proves they are a political force

| Non-religious groups are making sure we won't be ignored in Washington and elsewhere.…

Does a fly landing on Obama prove he’s demonic?

| TruNews host Rick Wiles thinks so.…

A United States for nonbelievers?

| Pres. Obama's inaugural attempt to reach "We the People" missed the mark, says Herb Silverman.…

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day

| President Obama's  proclamation for Religious Freedom Day includes recognition of "non-believers."…

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

Secular Coalition touts church-state separation, praises Obama on Religious Freedom Day

| Today the Secular Coalition for America celebrated Religious Freedom Day. The Coalition also praised President Obama for mentioning non-believers in the proclamation issued by the White House, marking the annual day.…

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

Inaugural Imbroglio: Controversial pastor pulls out of presidential swearing-in

| The president’s team asked the Rev. Louie Giglio, a popular Atlanta minister, to deliver the benediction (closing prayer) during the Jan. 21 inauguration. So?…

Obama Thanksgiving address: Doesn’t thank God

| The Associated Press reports that in President Obama's Thanksgiving address, he once again did not give thanks to any deities.…

Religious leaders pledge to work with Obama administration ‘for liberty and justice for all’

| A diverse group of religious leaders has sent President Barack Obama a letter congratulating him on his re-election and pledging to work with the administration "during the next four years to help our nation live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all.”…

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

FFRF asks Obama to drop religion in presidential oath; so can you

| The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to reject the way this country politicizes religion. The Constitution, which prescribes the oath in Art. 2, Sect. 1, does not contain the “so help me God” language.…

It’s (un)Official: Rep. Allen West finally loses reelection, refuses to concede

| Tea Partiers will unite today bemoaning their fate, as Allen West's bid for re-election is declared a failure. Much like the Tea Party.…

The ‘nones’ say 2012 election proves they are a political force

| Non-religious groups are making sure we won't be ignored in Washington and elsewhere.…