Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brian Cox - Making Britain the best place in the world to do science

Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture by Professor Brian Cox OBE



Filmed at The Royal Society, London on Tue 19 Feb 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Brief Lies: Equivocation

The Atheist Experience #916 for May 3, 2015, with Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. Brief Lies: Equivocation.

Don Baker talks about equivocation as a subtle means of lying.



Atheist Experience #916: Brief Lies: Equivocation

9 Things You Should Know About Jehovah's Witnesses

A lot of people I know think of Jehovah's Witnesses as the people who sometimes knock on your door to talk to you about God.

That's all they know about the Jehovah's Witnesses. So let's fix that right now.

1) They don't accept blood transfusions.

Imagine you're in a car accident and you're taken to the hospital. They need to give you blood. Devout Witnesses won't accept it.


2) If you commit what the church views as a serious sin, and you're deemed unrepentant by a committee of elders, you will be disfellowshipped.

Not just kicked out of the church... but disfellowshipped. Which means no one in the church can ever speak with you again.


3) They believe the world's ending soon and only they will be saved.


4) They don't celebrate birthdays.

Why? For one, they believe your death day is way more important than your birthday, so who cares.


5) They don't celebrate other Holidays.




6) They are currently governed by seven dudes.

The Governing Body formulates doctrine for all Witnesses everywhere.

Women aren't allowed.

They don't have any special qualifications despite being able to set policy for millions of followers.

And they're appointed for life.

7) Jehovah's Witnesses are discouraged from getting higher education

Preaching is supposed to be your true calling. College would just get in the way of that. So while you might get away with learning a trade, Church Elders actively discourage you from going to a university.

They don't want you to be part of a secular world and they know how tempting it can be when you're surrounded by people who don't feel like God's watching over them at all times.

More importantly, a lot of people who go to college are taught to think critically and examine their beliefs. They take science classes and philosophy classes. And some of them eventually shed their faith.

That's a risk the Church doesn't want people to take.

8) They were the original Pledge protesters.

I feel like I should say something nice about the Witnesses.

The first major legal battle involving the Pledge of Allegiance involved a Witness family in the 1930s.

A little boy said he didn't want to salute the flag because his religion taught him not to bow down or pledge allegiance to anything except God.

He was expelled from school and the courts said that was the right decision.

Years later, kids from a Witness family from Pennsylvania also refused to salute the flag, and their case made it all the way to the Supreme Court. The justices voted 8-1... against the family.

It was a horrible decision, it was reversed with another case a few years later, but they deserve some credit for protesting mandatory participation in the Pledge. Today, it's usually atheists who make the news for protesting the Pledge, but that wasn't always the case.

They did it. It wasn't easy. They got harassed for it at the time but they stood strong on this issue. So good on them.

9) There are so many resources for ex-JWs or people looking to get out.

Did you know there's a subreddit just for ex-JWs? It's awesome.

There are also several websites exposing the church's beliefs.



Links:

http://www.reddit.com/r/exjw
http://www.jwfacts.com/
http://jwsurvey.org/

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Religious Terrorist Plotted To Kill Entire American Town & He's Already Out Of Jail

"An ex-Congressional candidate from Tennessee faces up to five years in prison for plotting to burn down an upstate New York mosque and use an assault rifle against anyone who tried to stop him, according to court documents.

Robert Doggart, who made a failed bid for Congress in 2014 as an independent with highly conservative views, pleaded guilty on April 29 to interstate communication of threats, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Tennessee.

No date has been set for sentencing, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Knoxville said on Tuesday. Doggart was released on $30,000 bail."



Read more here: Tennessee man plotted to attack Muslims, burn down mosque in New York's Islamberg

Cenk Uygur (http://www.twitter.com/cenkuygur) & Kyle Kulinski (Secular Talk; https://twitter.com/kylekulinski) of the Young Turks break it down.

Brian Cox on Chatty Man (2013)

Alan Carr Chatty Man 2013 S10x05 1/4 Brian Cox



Alan Carr Chatty Man 2013 S10x05 Featuring Brian Cox, Anna Friel, Paul Gascoigne and Fall Out Boy

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Actress Leah Remini Opens Up About Leaving Scientology

"For more than 30 years, actress Leah Remini was a devout member of the Church of Scientology, the controversial organization characterized as a religion and created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Though some high-profile Scientologists made the decision to join the church during their adulthood, Remini had little choice in the matter, as she tells 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' in the above video.

'My mother was in Scientology my whole life. Most people don't know that we were raised in it -- I didn't decide to get into it,' Remini clarifies. 'I was brought into it by my mom.'
While many outside of Scientology have a basic awareness of some beliefs and practices of its members, Remini says that the true commitment required of Scientologists is far less known.

'I don't think people know the amount of dedication it takes to be in this organization,' she says. 'I mean, it was every day, three-and-a-half hours minimum, seven days a week.'”




John Iadarola (http://www.twitter.com/jiadarola), Jimmy Dore (http://www.twitter.com/jimmy_dore) and Ana Kasparian (http://www.twitter.com/AnaKasparian) discuss on The Young Turks. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.



*Read more here The Heartbreaking Moment That Made Leah Remini Question Her Dedication To Scientology

The Most Offensive Jokes Ever

7 and a half minutes of 23 pure filthy jokes.



Frankie Boyle, 0:23 Tim Minchin, 0:36 Hugh Dennis, 0:49 Sharon Horgan, 1:05 Frankie Boyle, 1:17 Andy Parsons, 1:27 Jimmy Carr, 1:42 Jim Jefferies, 2:02 Frankie Boyle, 3:10 Jim Jefferies, 3:34 Frankie Boyle, 3:52 John Sergeant, 4:01 Jimmy Carr, 4:18 Frankie Boyle, 4:34 Jimmy Carr, 5:28 Frankie Boyle, 5:49 Jimmy Carr, 6:08 Tim Minchin and 6:43 is Frankie Boyle (once again).

48 Hours Mystery - Scientology

48 Hours Mysteries - Scientology (10/28/06) episode about some people's experiences, accounts and tragedy while practicing Scientology.



48 Hours Mystery - Scientology (10/28/2006)

Monday, May 18, 2015

John Oliver: Chickens (HBO)

John Oliver explains how chicken farming can be unfair, punishing, and inhumane. And not just for the chickens!



Visit the official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight
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