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Atheist groups need to apply for “religious status” from the IRS to seek parity with religious non-profit organisations.

On Muslims converts to Christianity living in the worlds “most godless place”.

In Pakistan the Blasphemy Laws are so tyrannical that to even criticize them can be seen as blasphemous.

The film “God Loves Uganda” which recently aired on PSB stations explores the justifications the Ugandan government took for its anti-gay laws from Evangelical groups from abroad. In response IHOP-KC have issued a press statement. Franklin Graham of the Family Research Council must not have seen it as he was busy being a brave Christian.

Compassion: the ultimate moral choice? Is our concept of fairness innate?

All you need to create matter from light is a Supernova in a bottle!!

The Top 10 New Species of 2014 (from a list of 18,000). The Creation Museum has a new exhibit.

How information from Twitter can map the emotional responses of a region in real-time. So long as the Tweets are not censored.

What the Psychic to the stars did not foresee.

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For all Douglas Adams fans...today is Towel Day!!

Coffee Break Video: Randall Munroe ask a few “What if” questions.

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WTG Reg! Great post :)

Thanks Belle Rose....what is more startling is that the estimated cost in lost revenues to the US economy due to the special tax status of religion is $71 billion. Say that figure 3 times as you bless your with the sign of the cross. Camels and needles eyes.....In the words of Mark 10:26

The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?"

Just curious, since the good example of Allosaurus fragilis fossilized bones purchased by Ken Ham's "museum" supposedly proves Noah's flood, how come the dino's didn't get invited on the cruise?

I actually love that picture.  I think that's me. 

What really happened :-)

Thanks for a great Sunday School as always.  The article "Compassion: The Ultimate Moral Choice?" is one I'm keeping.  Derek Beres seems really well-informed.  He's right about the benefits of compassion meditation, as I have found.  However, we shouldn't rely on this as the only motivator for people to behave compassionately or "well".  Another great motivator is "consequences".  I believe another great motivator is simply being given reliable, transparent information about how to act, and why - good advice in other words.  This thing I'm doing is shaping up to be an atheist bible - a storehouse of clear, powerful moral principles and information that all fits together into one big picture that can easily be navigated and understood. 

Excellent article on "Is our concept of fairness innate?"  It ties in with what I've been finding out about the evolution of our distinctly human morality.  The knowledge of this evolution helps (I find) to understand the modern moral landscape. 

Cheers Simon, I thought you would like it.

What the Physic to the stars did not foresee.

Typo: Psychic*

Thanks Matt, I could have spelt it "charlatan". (erratum).


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