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Atheist Camel Dromedary Hump on Infidel Guy Show Tonight, September 17, 2009 at 8pm ET

Just wanted to drop off a quick note to mention that everyone's favorite camel Dromedary Hump, author of the Atheist Camel blog and the fun, unapologetic book The Atheist Camel Chronicles will be on The Infidel Guy Show tonight. The time is 8pm ET, and you can tune in on the IG website. Hump is also one of the guys behind… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on September 17, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Prayer Spam: How to Do Nothing and Still Think You're Helping

Anyone who has spent more than a few seconds on my site knows where I stand on religion. My anti-theist stance is quite clearly proclaimed everywhere here, from the scarlet A and Random Evil Scripture block to the various books I've read, even those of faith have no trouble figuring out my views.



I have my email address easily accessible in the footer, available for anyone to contact me if desired, and I do… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on August 20, 2009 at 2:03pm — 6 Comments

Richard Milner Talk and the Darwin Lecture Series Talks

I'm going to be listening in Wednesday night, August 19, 2009 to hear natural historian Richard Milner discuss his new book Darwin's Universe: Evolution From A to Z. The talk is free to everyone and is accessible by phone or Skype. Hosted by The Reading Odyssey and the Darwin Facebook project, the talk is described this way:

Milner will help to set context for our…
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Added by Dave Nichols on August 17, 2009 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Creation "Museum" Visit: The Believer / Atheist Discussion

I'm behind in updating my thoughts on the visit to the Creation "Museum" from Friday, but I want to get a specific experience down in a blog post. I was fortunate enough to engage two Christians in conversation, one a decided creationist and the other an on-the-fence Christian unsure of what to believe about evolution. This conversation is described briefly at the end of the Devin Powell article on Inside Science which was… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on August 11, 2009 at 1:48pm — 7 Comments

Married GOP Pusher of Abstinence-Only Admits to Affair with Intern

Insert fake shock here. Yet again, a conservative Christian who works constantly to force his unscientific and ineffective abstinence-only views is unable to hold himself to his own moral propaganda.

Meet Tennessee state senator Paul Stanley. He's a solid conservative Republican and married…
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Added by Dave Nichols on July 27, 2009 at 11:43am — 3 Comments

Sam Harris on Francis Collins

Up to now, I've had nothing to say about the nomination of Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health, mostly because, outside of his work with the Human Genome Project, I have little knowledge of his views and abilities. However, I have been keeping an eye on what skeptics and secular thinkers have to say about the man, and the reaction has been largely mixed.



On one hand, Collins' scientific background is exemplary and shows him to be a serious, dedicated man of… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on July 27, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Leaked Scientology Documents Show Paranoia and Control

(via wikileaks and The Primate Diaries)

This 4-page document presents an oppressive waiver prospective Scientology cult members must sign. The document is formally titled the…
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Added by Dave Nichols on July 26, 2009 at 7:05pm — 1 Comment

Religious Discounts at Denny's and Elsewhere

According to James Randi Educational Foundation blogger Jeff Wang, a Euless, Texas Denny's offered a 10% discount and a 10% donation to the church of any customer who attended that church. When Wang asked how a non-believer might take advantage of the offer, the Denny's crew was stumped. (… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on July 26, 2009 at 6:53pm — 1 Comment

Literal Interpretation Fallacy: A Rant

(previously posted on FB, resulting from this article about the Catholic Church excommunicating people involved with helping a 9-year old rape victim obtain an abortion, and a debate I had recently with an in-law. I thought you all might enjoy.… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on July 22, 2009 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

IAP STATEMENT ON THE TEACHING OF EVOLUTION

(I believe this is an excellent source for anti-theists and evolutionists when it comes to documenting how overwhelming scientific support is for old-earth and common evolutionary origins of all lifeforms, and I wanted to quote it in full to aid in debates against creationists. This document was signed by the Academies of Science (or their equivalents) of 67 nations (and one… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on July 22, 2009 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Young-Earth Creationism versus Science: My recent debate with an in-law believer

I'm posting this series of comments made to a Facebook link I posted there, doing so here so this community can hopefully gain some help in a similar situation. I also seek critiques and comments from you all about where I could have presented better arguments or avoided pitfalls, so please critique anywhere you see a flaw. I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I do believe it to be useful to someone in its entirety.



After the fact, as a separate link on FB, I… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on July 22, 2009 at 3:29pm — 3 Comments

Ten-Year Government Study Denies Effectiveness of Most Alternative Treatments

Big surprise here (not). A 10-year study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to the tune of $2.5 billion has found that glucosamine and chondroitin, black cohosh, saw palmetto, and shark cartilage fair no better than placebo in treating their targeted ailments, much as echinacea had previously been found to be no help in… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on June 11, 2009 at 8:57am — 14 Comments

Court Calls Oklahoma Ten Commandments Display Unconstitutional

Reversing a lower court, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declared unconstitutional the eight-foot-tall religious display, which was erected at the local courthouse in 2004 after a campaign by a local minister and his supporters.



This decision should send a clear…
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Added by Dave Nichols on June 10, 2009 at 4:37pm — 8 Comments

PZ Myers on Modern Day Isaacs

As most of those close to me know, one of my biggest beefs with the Christian Bible and its doctrine is the story of God's demand of Abraham of a blood sacrifice of his son Isaac. Not only is the Judeo-Christian God shown to be unbelievably cruel and sadistic, Abraham's blind faith in God leads him to the brink of an equally cruel and sadistic act: sacrificing his own son.…



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Added by Dave Nichols on May 20, 2009 at 3:20pm — 2 Comments

Bible Quotes Included on Iraq War DoD Briefing Covers

According to the GQ Magazine, intelligence reports and briefings from the Department of Defense passed to then-President Bush included Biblical scripture on their covers.

This mixing of Crusades-like messaging with war imagery, which until now has not been revealed, had become routine. On March 31, a U.S. tank roared through the desert beneath a quote from Ephesians: "Therefore…
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Added by Dave Nichols on May 19, 2009 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Local Raleigh, NC Non-Religious Group Featured in N&O

It is good to see a well-balanced article in the News & Observer about a local Raleigh parenting group which meets in a non-religious context.



On Sunday mornings, when many of their contemporaries are taking their seats in church pews, a group of young parents mingle in the living room of a suburban home while their children run around playing games. This congregation of Triangle…
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Added by Dave Nichols on May 19, 2009 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

Review of God: The Failed Hypothesis by Victor Stenger (2007)

Victor Stenger makes an empirical investigation of the God Hypothesis and delivers a geek-fest of smack-down to the theory that God can be anything close to what most theists believe. From the outset, Stenger establishes a baseline of characteristics that the God(s) in his experiment will have, populated largely with the often-stated abilities and preferences of the Judeo-Christian God Yahweh.



A challenge is issued in the first chapter to those who say that science has no… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on May 18, 2009 at 12:52pm — 5 Comments

Glenn Becks Plays with Dolls, Claims Gay Marriage Leads to Polygamy

We all know Glenn Beck has the critical thinking skills of a screwdriver (but isn't nearly as useful), but he goes off the deep end (again) in claiming that gay marriage will naturally lead to polygamy:





He does not address how exactly this happens except to say that 'changing the formula' will make any number of other marriage arrangements legal (it would not). He also conveniently forgets the numerous examples of traditional marriage's Biblical ties to… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on May 14, 2009 at 3:17pm — 3 Comments

Christian America Alive and Kicking

The Santa Clarita City Council has voted overwhelmingly to include the Christian phrase 'In God We Trust' on the city's logos and buildings.

The Santa Clarita City Council bypassed a public vote Tuesday night and decided on its own to include 'In God We Trust' on the council chambers and government buildings where the city council sees fit.
Have no illusions,… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on May 13, 2009 at 1:50pm — 5 Comments

James Randi Foundation Puts Another Psychic to the Test

The James Randi Foundation has a standing offer of $1M to anyone who can demonstrate paranormal powers in a controlled scientific experiment. Despite this offer being available for decades, no one has yet been able to win the prize.



The process includes two main steps. The first involves an initial test that is used to seperate this potentially powerful from those whose powers… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on May 12, 2009 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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