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  • Indiana’s woes mount over anti-gay law
    Despite Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence’s insistence that that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act he recently signed into law is not discriminatory, he has dismally failed to halt a rapidly growing national ‘boycott Indiana’ movement. The latest organisation to turn its back on the state is a national labour union which said that it will pull […]
  • Preacher defiant over rogue mosque
    A Muslim preacher in Manchester  – Abid Hussain, above  – has refused to stop using two joined-up semi-detached houses as a mosque and to knock down an ‘eyesore’ extension at the back. The city’s council bosses say they will demolish it if he doesn’t – and then send him the bill. Council officers issued a […]
  • Another blogger killed in Bangladesh
    Two madrassa students have been detained for their alleged involvement in the killing of blogger Oyasiqur Rahman, above, who was today hacked to death with machetes. The two have been named here as Zikrullah, 22, a student of Hathajari Madrassa in Chittagong and Ariful Islam, 22, student of Darul Ulum Madrassa, Mirpur 1 in Dhaka. […]
  • Church apologises for priest’s idiotic homily
    THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE of Melbourne has issued a grovelling apology after a priest told a service at a primary school that an Irish woman who was raped and murdered in Australia would be alive and well if  she’d stayed home in bed and been ‘more faith-filled’. Jill Meagher, 29, above, was killed by Adrian Ernest […]
  • UK buyers don’t want religious Easter Eggs
    Religious leaders in the UK cannot get it through their thick skulls that supermarket customers simply have no stomach for Easter eggs with a religious message. Sainsbury’s, Asda and Co-op realise this, but by choosing not to stocking the things this year they stand accused of having an “anti-Christian agenda”. One chain asked “What has […]

Opinion

“Fair-weather” scepticism

“Fair-weather” scepticism | My old man used to label us kids as “fair-weather sailors” when we bitched about working outside during bad weather.…

Poor peer-review – a case study

Poor peer-review – a case study | Many scientists are not impressed with the peer-review processes scientific journals use. Like democracy, this peer-review is better than all the…

The arrogance of science?

The arrogance of science? | This comment of Richard Feynman’s indicates to me the essential humility of science. Yet we often find that people who…

Right Wing Watch

  • Right Wing Round-Up - 3/31/15
    Sarah Posner @ Religion Dispatches: Jeb Bush Is Confused About Religious Freedom. Carlos Maza @ Equality Matters: Megyn Kelly’s Misinformed Defense Of Indiana’s Anti-Gay “Religious Freedom” Law. Andrew Kaczynski @ BuzzFeed: “Smoking Doesn’t Kill” And Other Great Old Op-Eds From Mike Pence. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Indiana’s Pence looks for ‘fix,’ blame
  • Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 3/31/15
    The American Family Association is calling on its activists to cancel their subscriptions to Angie's List because the company opposes Indiana's newly passed "religious freedom" law. Radio host Peter Heck says that criticism of Indiana's law "is the reincarnation of a neo-fascist view." Matt Barber declares that criticism of
  • Bryan Fischer: Co-Pilot's Alleged Homosexuality May Explain German Plane Crash
    On his radio broadcast today, Bryan Fischer seized upon a news report that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who is believed to have deliberately crashed a German flight last week, killing everyone on board, had "trawled gay porn websites and sites relating to suicide" to raise the possibility that Lubitz's alleged homosexuality may have played a r
  • Indiana Anti-Gay Activist: We Are Victims Of 'Spiritual Warfare'
    Yesterday, Micah Clark of the American Family Association’s Indiana chapter, who helped craft Indiana’s new “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” and even stood right behind Gov. Mike Pence during the signing ceremony, said that any effort to clarify that the act will not sanction discrimination would “totally destroy” the law. Clark repeated that message toda
  • Fox's Todd Starnes Links Obama To East Village Fire Selfie
    Fox News pundit Todd Starnes is joining his network colleagues in linking President Obama to a tourist who took a selfie at the site of an explosion in the East Village. Because one of the women who took a selfie in the East Village worked as a field organizer for Obama’s 2008 campaign for four months, Starnes wondered during his radio bulletin today if she

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.…