Church of Scientology cries foul over new German film
, wants it banned. meanwhile, still more defectors from the church say that the church hides its abuses
lots of reaction/discussion on the 9th Circuit court's decision upholding the pledge of allegiance against an establishment clause challenge. read about it here
, and here.did Yahweh command genocide?
Austin Cline answers the question "how can atheists be certain god doesn't exist?"individualistic atheism
; on the claim that atheism is a religion. school cancels prom rather than allow a lesbian to attend.
more commentary here
. why don't honest journalists take on Fox News
in light of what Fox is doing to journalism?
more on homeopathy in Britain: here's a handy list of dimwitted members of the British Parliament.
The Smithsonian has introduced a new website on human origins
check out this video
, created from NASA's HiRISE DTM and image data,
that allows you to flyover the southwest Candor Chasma on Mars. incredible.
as if the scientific evidence wasn't enough, a US federal court has now ruled that vaccines don't cause autism
. while we're on the subject of vaccines, there's more evidence
that immunization of a certain critical percentage provides protection of the entire herd. and a religious anti-vax group is believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 100 children
the Texas State Board of Education has decided Texas students don't need to learn about Thomas Jefferson and The Enlightenment
or the establishment clause
. how the teleological argument works
scientists discover the 600 million year old origins of human vision
. Austin Cline on "fine tuning".
on the value of anecdotes and testimonials as evidence
the most recent Reasonable Doubts podcast features a debunking of Zeitgeist by Tim Callahan
when kids understand the age of the earth they're more likely to accept the fact of evolution
. the evolution of cooperation demonstrated in a petri dish!
a new study
is only the most recent validation of general relativity and confirms the existence of dark matter.
have you found Darwin's Origin
a little difficult to read? no problem. there's a couple of recently published guides
to make it easier to read and understand. what's the harm in believing nonsense?rumors of the LHC's demise are greatly exaggerated. what came first, religion or the brain?is the atheist movement on the decline?Edward Babinski
has produced an Amazon list of 40 books titled "Questioning Christianity & Leaving the Fold, Testimonies."
looks like some interesting stuff.
female genital mutilation gets some press (not enough!) but have you ever heard of breast ironing
?although most people think of slavery as a matter of racial
oppression, new research has suggested that, between 1500 and 1800, human bondage was often based on religion rather than on race.Indiana valedictorian sues to stop graduation prayer.
"we should not feel constrained to assert what we think is an objective
... for fear that it will be taken as
subjective meddling or demagoguery."on the morality of punishing an innocent in place of the guilty. did the universe begin from a singularity?
at this point the only defense of the Catholic Church's child abuse scandal is that the abuse perpetrated by priests is no worse than any other child abuse