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Hector Avalos: How Archaeology Killed Biblical History

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I have a suspicion that the culture wars are merely the means religious leaders use to distract the faithful from the slow but steady onslaught of science in undermining the historical basis of the Bible. You see, if science continues to progress, the practice of taking scripture literally will no ...

Riz Khan Discusses Darwin’s Legacy With D’Souza & Dawkins

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

In the first of the following videos, Riz Khan discusses Darwin's legacy with Dinesh D'Souza and Richard Dawkins. I'm not usually a fan of D'Souza, but I can at least appreciate his willingness to accept evolutionary theory...especially given his history as a religious apologist. Beyond that, D'Souza quickly moves into ...

Time To Stuff My Snickers Bar In Nike’s Face?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

While I think it's fair to frown upon scapegoating and stereotyping in commercial advertising campaigns, I'm not all that incensed by such depictions. However, when they are apt to promote already existent anger and animosity...and/or endorse or encourage more inappropriate outbursts and behavior, I think it warrants commentary. To that end, ...

PBS, Politics, Patriotism, & The Primordial Patriarch

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Heaven help us! PBS is going to air a documentary, The Bible's Buried Secrets, which explores the factuality of the Bible...and Donald "Wingnut" Wildmon's American Family Association has already launched an action alert. The AFA is asking its supporters to sign a petition urging congress to halt all government funding ...

Quote of the Day 7/22/08

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever. – ...

James Dobson Speaks - “Look At Me, Look At Me!”

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Having to jump up and down for attention must be pure torture for James Dobson. Faced with the prospect of being irrelevant in the 2008 election has led the leader of Focus on the Family to announce that he may rescind his prior refusal to vote for John McCain. In the ...

Bush Administration To Define Contraception As Abortion?

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

As if it isn't bad enough that we've had to endure nearly eight years of George W. Bush, he has chosen his final months to enact one of his most intrusive policy initiatives. It seems that the president has decided to redefine abortion to include contraception. The plan would be ...

Pope Decries “Insatiable Consumption” Of World’s Natural Resources, But Catholicism Still Pushes Followers To “Go Forth And Multiply” and Denounces Contraception As Immoral

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

So now the Pope is going green. Or at least that's what he'd like for us to believe. Speaking to a group of 200,000 people gathered in Sydney for the Roman Catholic Church's youth festival, the Pope told followers that the world's natural resources are being squandered by "insatiable consumption." Some excerpts ...

Dan Dennett: On The Prevalence & Power Of Ideas (Memes)

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

In the following video, Dan Dennett discusses the power of ideas (memes) to hijack evolutionary rules and therefore the individual. When this happens, depending upon the idea, society and the individual can become the virtual victim of a parasite that promotes actions that are actually contrary to our genetic fitness. ...

Washington — Assisted Suicide Law

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Washington will soon become (if there’s a God) the second state to have an assisted suicide law. Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act has been in effect since 1997. The initiative has already gotten more than enough signatures. Assuming enough of these signatures will be valid, the assisted suicide law will be ...

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