Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

The War On Christmas, by Christians.

For Baptists throughout the colonies of America, and the Quakers of Pennsylvania (among others) were dead-set against the celebration of Christmas.  They aptly found no Biblical support for it and for them December 25th was just another day.  But for the Puritans, under the watchful eye of Oliver Cromwell, they not only didn’t celebrate the feast but flat-out banned it from being celebrated.  You could be jailed for even attempting to do so.

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Satanical Practices!

The War On Christmas, by Christians.

For Baptists throughout the colonies of America, and the Quakers of Pennsylvania (among others) were dead-set against the celebration of Christmas. They aptly found no Biblical support for it and for them December 25th was just another day. But for the Puritans, under the watchful eye of Oliver Cromwell, they not only didn’t celebrate the feast but flat-out banned it from being celebrated. You could be jailed for even attempting to do so.

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Satanical Practices!

confrontingbabble-on:

Psalm 146:3 “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.”  King James…mortal bible writers…shooting themselves in the foot!

But it’s god’s word! Only imagined, written, rewritten, translated, edited, retranslated and interpreted by humans.

confrontingbabble-on:

Psalm 146:3 “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.”  King Jamesmortal bible writersshooting themselves in the foot!

But it’s god’s word! Only imagined, written, rewritten, translated, edited, retranslated and interpreted by humans.

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lalondes:

okay so there’s this facebook page called “life begins at conception,” right, and it bills itself as an “informative pro-life" page.

and one of the page’s mods posed this question to its followers, defenders of life

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so what do these pro-life activists have to say

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"pro-life"

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friendlyatheist:

christiannightmares:

Oral Roberts University students release eagle during church service, chant ‘U-S-A’ before it flies into a window (For more info, visit Buzzfeed; For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/6992829073/oral-roberts-ministries-suggests-get-under-the)

I thought Jesus had said that his Kingdom was not from this world…

This is a metaphor for something.

Christian Reparative Therapy Labor Camps

This school for American kids in the Dominican Republic got shut down for its abusive nature and reopened by new owners shortly thereafter. The same groups of people continually open new programs with different names in different towns after they get caught. There might be a program in your area that you aren’t even aware exists. Scary, huh?

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The Essential Atheist

1. The Demon-Haunted World, Science as a candle in the dark - Carl Sagan
PDF
Audiobook

2. The Believing Brain, the evolution of superstition - Michael Shermer
iBooks
Lecture

3. The Age Of Reason - Thomas Paine
PDF
Audiobook

4. Why I Am Not A Christian - Bertrand Russell
Speech
Transcript

5. Why I’m Not a Muslim - Ibn Warraq
PDF
Lecture

6. The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
PDF
Documentary

7. God Is Not Great: how religion poisons everything - Christopher Hitchens
PDF
Audiobook

8. Breaking The Spell: religion as a natural phenomenon - Daniel Dennett
PDF
Lecture

9. The End Of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason - Sam Harris
PDF
Lecture

10. Letter To A Christian Nation - Sam Harris
PDF
AudioBook

11. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea - Daniel Dennett
Essay
Lecture

12. Why People Believe Weird Things - Michael Shermer
PDF
Lecture

13. Losing Faith in Faith: from preacher to atheist - Dan Barker
Book Excerpts
Lecture

14. The Portable Atheist - Christopher Hitchens
iBooks
Audiobook

15. Complete Works Of Robert Green Ingersoll
Internet Database

16. The Moral Landscape: how science can determine human values - Sam Harris
PDF
Lecture

17. A Universe From Nothing - Lawrence Krauss
iBooks
Lecture

18. The Greatest Show On Earth, the evidence for evolution - Richard Dawkins
PDF
Lecture

19. Freewill: is Freewill just a persistent illusion? - Sam Harris
iBooks
Lecture

20. God: The Failed Hypothesis - Victor Stenger
PDF

21. The System of Nature - Baron Holbach
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Vol. 2 PDF

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Dan Barker | How a fundamentalist evangelical preacher became one of America’s leading atheists.

Dan tells a heartfelt story of his years of devotion to god and how his brittle fundamentalist worldview was cracked not by atheists but by conversations with other, more moderate, Christians.

(You can safely skip to about 7:30 for the start of his story.)

It’s Arma-gay-ddon! 5 Craziest Reactions to Yesterday’s Marriage Equality Rulings

1. Rand Paul and Glenn Beck worry about Muslims and animals: In a video captured by Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, the purportedly libertarian Senator and popular talk show host worry about a host of bizarre “logical” consequences of the moves toward marriage equality, with Beck asking “who are you to say that, if I’m a devout Muslim, I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I’m an American citizen that I can’t have multiple wives?” Paul nodded, saying “people take it to one extension further — does it have to be humans?…I’m kinda with you…we should not just say ‘oh, we’re punting on it, marriage can be anything.”

2. Mike Huckabee channels Jesus’ tearducts: On Twitter, the former Governor and leading GOP Presidential candidate had two words: “ Jesus wept.” He later elaborated, saying that the Supreme Court declared itself “ bigger than God.”

3. Congressmen declare the apocalypse is imminent: At a press conference ThinkProgress watched after the ruling, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) declared that “society itself is at risk and cannot continue.” At the same presser, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said that same-sex marriage was “usually tried at the end of a great civilization.” Walberg and Gohmert’s comments echoed House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who had said earlier that “preserving the institution of traditional marriage is crucial to the stability of our society.”

4. Ralph Reed sees “Orwellian” threat to federalism, rule of law, and Western civilization: In a press release emailed to ThinkProgress, the influential evangelical activist falsely claimed that there “has never been any attempt by either party to repeal or modify” DOMA, and that the overturning the act was “an Orwellian act of judicial fiat.” He added that the Prop 8 ruling “endangers federalism as well as the most time-honored tradition in the history of Western civilization,” and that “these twin decisions will undermine the already low respect for the federal courts and the rule of law.

5. The National Organization for Marriage suggests the Supreme Court is corrupt and smells bad: The leading anti-marriage equality organization’s press release blamed a conspiracy of “homosexual” and “liberal” lower circuit judges for the Court’s rulings. “There is a stench coming from this case that has now stained the Supreme Court,” said Brian Brown, the organization’s President, in a confusingly mixed metaphor. “They’ve allowed corrupt politicians and judges to betray the voters, rewarding them for their betrayal.” The organization vowed to challenge any efforts by marriage advocates to overturn bans in the states, and looks to have an ally in Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), who announced he would introduce a federal constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage in response to the court rulings.

Another fiery reaction — outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann’s declaration that “no man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted” — didn’t have quite the intended impact. “Who cares?” responded House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), when asked for comment on Bachmann’s outburst.

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