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New Darwin Documentary Shows Creationists Aren’t Dumb. They’re Fearful.

HBO released a new, hour-long documentary Monday night—Darwin’s birthday is today—called <i>Questioning Darwin</i>, and if you can spare an hour to watch it, …

Accommodation’s big flaw: The dangers of excusing religion

Much as some might like to, we can’t separate religion from its most troubling elements, like creationism<p>Last week, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham the Pseudoscience Guy actually debated whether or not the creation story in Genesis – you know, the one with the talking serpent – is true. For a …

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20 amazing quotes from atheists that prove religion isn’t necessary for a meaningful life

Because belief in God isn’t a prerequisite for finding joy and beauty in the world<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Recently an “educational” pamphlet designed for Christian children made its way around Facebook. It warned God’s little lambs to avoid sour unhappy people called …

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Bad news for Ken Ham: Millennials’ views on evolution are evolving

It’s Darwin’s birthday this week, and data from a new Pew study reveals there may be an extra reason to celebrate<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p><i>SA Forum is an invited essay from experts on topical issues in science and technology.</i><p>For the scientific community, the …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Creationism is fine ‘as long as you don’t confuse it with actual science’

From Raw Story:<br>Wednesday on his radio show “Star Talk,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson addressed a reader’s query about the Creation Museum and …

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Science Versus Bible: To Debate or Not to Debate?

The atheist community is deeply divided about religious fundamentalism and creationism, but not about whether such preposterous claims have any validity. They disagree on whether scientists should debate fundamentalists about the "science" of the Bible. I think both sides have reasonable arguments …

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The Highlights From Bill Nye's Debate With Creationist Ken Ham

Last night, Bill "The Science Guy" Nye debated Ken Ham, a noted creationist, over the question: "How did we get here?" The debate, which took place …

Creationists - forgive them for they know not what they speak - The Minority Report

I must admit that I haven’t paid much attention to the creationism-evolution debate between Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and Ken Ham “the anti-Science …

Afterlife - Schmafterlife - The Minority Report

Wouldn’t it be weird if there was an afterlife? Particularly if you were aware of this very fact. Your life on earth, the here and now, would seem …

Ask Brian Greene: What Exactly Is the Universe Expanding Into?

<i>Brian Greene continues the WSF Live Forum all month long. Each day, he’ll answer one of your questions for this ongoing series that delves into the</i> …

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Does NIH Head Francis Collins Believe in Intelligent Design?

According to psychologist Paul Bloom, Francis Collins, the current head of the NIH, is a kind of covert Intelligent Design Theorist. Why? Because, as …

The voice of atheism since 1881 » Mad cleric wants babies to wear burqas

RESPONDING to reports that assaults on young girls in Saudi Arabia are said to be on the increase, a Muslim cleric has suggested that babies be put …

Republican picks for Texas lieutenant governor all want creationism taught in schools

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Dr. Francis Collins: 'There Is An Uneasiness' About Evolution

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, sat down with HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday and discussed the intersection of faith and science.<p>"For me, somebody who is a 'show me the data' kind of scientist, but also a believer [in God], I don't see a discordance there," …

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The Poisoning of an American (Scientific) Mind - The Minority Report

In a previous post I wrote about the how religion can poison even some of the best scientific minds. The example I used was the Head of the Human …

10 Most Absurd Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: Pity the 1% Edition

So much right-wing craziness this week, it's difficult to know where to start. So, we'll just dive in.<p><b>1. Thomas Perkins: The 1% are treated the way</b> …

Stephen Hawking: Black Holes May Not Have 'Event Horizons' After All

Most physicists foolhardy enough to write a paper claiming that “there are no black holes” — at least not in the sense we usually imagine — would probably be dismissed as cranks. But when the call to redefine these cosmic crunchers comes from Stephen Hawking, it’s worth taking notice. In a paper …

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Study: Three-quarters of American donations go to religion

New research also reveals that 55 percent of Americans say their religious orientation motivates their giving<p>This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.<p>Americans give a lot of money to religion—but not in the ways we usually think.<p>These are among the findings of the National Study of …

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Christian conservatives have perfected playing the victim card

Scaring people can convince them to hand over their money<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Religious freedom and separation of church and state have always been hated concepts to the religious right. Indeed, it’s fair to say that the religious right exists to fight any legal or cultural …

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British citizen sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy

<b>The bad news</b>: A British citizen, 65-year-old Mohammad Asghar, has been arrested for blasphemy in Pakistan (where he was living) for blasphemy. …

'No Religion' Does Not Equal Utopia - A 'New Atheist' Perspective - The Minority Report

In a recent post on AlterNet, Sean McElwee writes about what ‘new atheists” get wrong about religion.In the first part of the piece the author makes …

What Hitchens got wrong: Abolishing religion won’t fix anything

Hitchens believed atheism would end world conflict. But the world’s wars are about politics, not religion<p>Religion has once again become the “opiate of the people.” But this time, instead of seducing the proletariat into accepting its position in a capitalist society, it lulls atheists into …

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