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  • Iran hangs ‘heretic’
    Mohsen Amir-Aslani, arrested nine years ago, was found guilty of ‘heresy’ and insulting the prophet Jonah. Amir-Aslani was arrested for allegedly providing his own interpretations of the Koran, according to his family, and he was hanged last week for making “innovations in the religion” and “spreading corruption on earth” by, among other things, suggesting t
  • CBS rejects Ron Reagan’s atheist ad
    A Freedom From Religion Foundation ad featuring Ron Reagan, son of the former US President, has been rejected for airing by CBS. A statement issued this week by the FFRF said the ad – featuring “unabashed atheist” Ron Reagan – was was rejected “for words and tone”. In this video, Reagan says: Hi, I’m Ron […]
  • ‘Christianity is finished in Iraq’
    A seemingly unstoppable invasion of Baghdad by ISIS forces has prompted the Church of England’s last remaining cleric in Iraq to warn of imminent bloodshed and destruction. According to this Human Events report, the Rev Canon Andrew White, pictured above with young congregants, was called to the priesthood after a brief career as a doctor, […]
  • Rabbi scam leads to tough jail sentences
    Two rabbis have been jailed in Israel for selling false rabbinical ordination diplomas. Police and security services employees who obtained their diplomas from Rabbi Meir Rosenthal became eligible for wage bonuses of between $530 and $1,060 a month. As a result the government paid out hundreds of million of additional shekels to the civil servants. […]
  • Sensible Mr Ripley ditches religion
    Longtime Canadian minister and religious columnist Rev Bob Ripley has come out as an atheist. Ripley, a former senior minister at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto – Canada’s largest Protestant church – wrote in his latest syndicated column: This was not an overnight decision. I didn’t go to bed one night this week a believer […]

Opinion

Science and belief

Science and belief | As long as it agrees with, or can be interpreted to agree with, one’s beliefs.  

September ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

September ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking | PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats for some blogs – those I list…

Peer review of an anti-fluoride “peer review”

Peer review of an anti-fluoride “peer review” | In  Anti-fluoride activists define kangaroo court as “independent” I promised to review the anti-fluoridationist “International Peer Review.” This is Anti-fluoride  critique of the recent…

Right Wing Watch

  • FrontPageMag Claims Labor Secretary Tom Perez 'Supports Islamic Terrorists And The Imposition of Shariah Law In America'
    There are very few people the Right loves to hate more than outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, so when Holder announced his intention to retire last week, he left something of a vacuum in the right-wing media’s outrage machine. Luckily, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who is rumored to be on President Obama’s shortlist to succeed Holder, was there to take
  • Michele Bachmann: The GOP's End Times 'Foreign Policy Expert'
    Michele Bachmann has big plans for her career after Congress, and apparently that includes “looking to burnish her credentials as a foreign policy expert.” As Politico reports today, the retiring Minnesota congressman is working with Rick Santorum and Tony Perkins in hopes of becoming “a female conservative foil” to Hillary Clinton. The divisive four-term co
  • Anti-Immigrant Zealot William Gheen Boasts Marco Rubio Is Now 'Quoting My Lines'
    William Gheen, who runs the one-man anti-immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, is the subject of a fawning profile in WorldNetDaily today that focuses on Gheen’s latest grand scheme: compiling an “America hate group list” of politicians and organizations that have every said or done anything in support of immigration reform. Claiming that “t
  • Holding The Religious Right To Its Own Standard
    A few weeks ago, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was speaking to students at the University of Minnesota Law School when she made the rather straightforward observation that if 6th Circuit Court of Appeals follows other recent court decisions and strikes down gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, then the prospects of the Supreme Court tak
  • Right Wing Round-Up - 10/1/14
    Sarah Posner @ TPM: Inside the International House of Prayer. Joe Jervis: Harlem Hate Pastor: Oklahoma Beheading Victim Was Killed For Being A "Sodomite." Joseph Ehrman-Dupre @ Towleroad: Full-Page Advertisement In Minnesota Newspaper Paints Transgender Teens As Locker Room Predators. Eli Clifton @ Salon: Far-right birther’s secret funders: Look wh

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.…