Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fox News joke about anti-god books

The God Scam
In God We Don't Trust
I Hate God

Bang Goes The Theory: Richard Dawkins on Eye Evolution

The tv-program Bang Goes The Theory looks at the evolution of eyes

BBC 1 29 September 2010

Atheist Experience #676: Viewer Calls

Matt and Jeff take callers.

The Atheist Experience TV Show
Atheist Experience #676: Viewer Calls
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-host: Jeff Dee
26. september 2010

Note: The broadcast was clipped at the beginning and interspersed with a few minutes of other video. Please accept our apologies.

To the second caler: Juan from Hillsboro, Or.
Read Bart D. Ehrmans book: The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings

The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin. The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Secrets of Scientology

Reporter John Sweeney's last investigation into the Church of Scientology resulted in an explosive confrontation with church officials. This time, in a Panorama Special, one of those officials has turned whistleblower to help him reveal the dark secrets of the church, which boasts Hollywood A-listers Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its devotees.

John Sweeney revisits the Cult of Scientology





Aired on BBC1 28. september 2010

Christian Assistant attorney general war against college student

Christian Andrew Shirvell has in nearly six months been fighting against college student.

Anderson Cooper interviews Andrew Shirvell

AC 360o September 29, 2010

CNN blog Assistant attorney general blogs against gay student body president

Atheists Excel in Religious Knowledge

Respondents to the survey were asked 32 questions with a range of difficulty, including whether they could name the Islamic holy book and the first book of the Bible, or say what century the Mormon religion was founded. Atheists and agnostics scored highest, with an average of 21 correct answers.

September 28, 2010 on CNN

David Cross and Keith Olbermann

Countdown with Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, September 28, 2010

Penn Jillette: Atheists Are Better Educated in General

Penn Jillette passes the religion test.

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, September 28, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Christine O'Donnell is Left Behind

Uneducated Psycho Talk!

Psycho Talk on The Ed Show, MSNBC, September 27, 2010

Schooling the State Board of Education on Church-State Separation

Texas State Board of Education member David Bradley offers $1,000 to anyone who can show him the words "separation of church and state" in the Constitution. He is reminded that other key constitutional principles -- like "separation of powers" -- don't appear in the Constitution in precisely the same wording either.

Test on basic religion

Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

The New York Times On Basic Religion Test, Many Doth Not Pass

Among the topics covered in the survey were:
* Where was Jesus born?
* What is Ramadan?
* Whose writings inspired the Protestant Reformation?
* Which Biblical figure led the exodus from Egypt?
* What religion is the Dalai Lama? Joseph Smith? Mother Theresa?

Christine O'Donnell on evolution

Christine O'Donnell, Delaware Republican senate candidate

Christine O'Donnell: Evolution is a myth!

Christine O'Donnell: You know what, evolution is a myth. And even Darwin himself ...

Bill Maher: Evolution is a myth? Have you ever looked at a monkey?

Christine O'Donnell: Well then, why they -- why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans

Countdown with Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, September 27, 2010

4 Nails In Darwin's Coffin Event

C0nc0rdance recently attended the Southern Methodist University event put on by the Discovery Institute, and C0nc0rdance brought his camera. Most of this is mind-numbingly boring, and will not remain up permanently, but C0nc0rdance thought some of you might enjoy the full series.

C0nc0rdance is holding his camera by hand, and is at 5X zoom, so please excuse the jittery picture and sometimes the shaking as C0nc0rdance adjust to be comfortable.







Monday, September 27, 2010

Anti-Muslim Paranoia at the Texas State Board of Education

Christian testifiers at a Texas State Board of Education meeting highlighted the anti-Muslim paranoia surrounding an inflammatory resolution suggesting that Muslims are seeking to take over the minds of American schoolchildren.

Video shared by Texas Freedom Network

Freethought Radio for September 25, 2010

Clips from Freethought Radio, September 25, 2010

Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, Co-Presidents of Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Why I am an atheist

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

Quote by Stephen Henry Roberts (16 February 1901 - 19 March 1971)

God of the synaptic gaps

"A segment of a BBC Horizon documentary that examines the impact of science upon religious "explanation" with Richard Dawkins.

Watch the full program The End of God?: A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bible scholar Professor Bart D. Ehrman om Holy Bible

Professor Bart D. Ehrman is an American New Testament scholar and textual critic of early Christianity. He is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written about how the original New Testament texts were frequently altered by scribes for a variety of reasons, and argues that these alterations affect the interpretation of the texts.

Rally to Restore Sanity

Rational people will gather on the National Mall in D.C. to spread a timeless message: Take It Down a Notch for America.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Rally to Restore Sanity
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

Aired on the Daily Show Thursday September 16, 2010

PZ Myers and Thunderf00t

PZ Myers, the author of arguably the most popular science blog (Pharyngula) and Thunderf00t got together in mid-sept 2010 to have a bit of a chat.

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The Bald Avenger

The prophet Elisha gets some divine assistance when a group of children insults his pride.

Elisha Is Jeered
From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. "Go on up, you baldhead!" they said. "Go on up, you baldhead!" He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.

2 Kings 2:23-25

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Christian Vs Atheist

Short videoes

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Next Generation Sequencing

What does the future hold for genome sequencing?

The Human Genome Project was more or less completed in 2003. Current projects are underway to use that initial exploration to create more useful post-genomic tools for discovery. What tools will be used, and how do they compare to the previous generations of technology?

Biblical Insights into the Problem of Suffering

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes biblical scholar Bart Ehrman for a discussion of his intellectual odyssey with a focus on how the Bible explains the problem of human suffering. The conversation includes a discussion of the challenges of biblical interpretation when confronting this age old problem of the human condition. Included are topics such as the contribution of the prophets, a comparison of the old and new testaments, the book of Job, and the emergence of apocalyptic writers.

Conversations With History - Bart D. Ehrman

Recorded April 17, 2008

Bart D Ehrman boogk: Gods Problem

Sex Abuse Victim Suing Pope

A one-hour CNN special, "What the Pope Knew," will air Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, 8pm and 11pm ET. This story is drawn from that exclusive report.

September 23, 2010 on CNN

Sex Abuse Victim Reads Letter That Kept His Abusive Priest in Church

September 23, 2010 on CNN

Friday, September 24, 2010

Evolve - Eyes

Nature's battleground, animals fight for their survival. Out of this conflict, an extraordinary weapon has evolved, one that forever changed the rules of engagement between predators and prey. It is one of evolution's greatest achievements: the eye.

A complex and mysterious organ, one that has fueled evolution for more than 500 million years, driving an eternal arms race between predator and prey, and becoming an indispensable tool for millions of species. The eye, an engine of evolution and one of its ultimate masterpieces.

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Growing Parade of Gay Preachers - Liars and Hypocrites In Jesus' Name

"Bishop" Eddie Long accused of homosexual acts on three young men.

Ted Haggard gets his ass handed to him by Pastor Troy Sanders after a breathtaking display of hypocrisy regarding pedophile preacher Eddie Long.

Christian Bishop sex scandal

With gay/homosexual Christian preachers / pastor Eddie Long, Ted Haggart and Troy Sanders

Aired on Anderson Cooper, CNN, September 23, 2010

Atheist Experience #675: Viewer Calls

Russell and Martin take on (arrrr) viewer calls.

The Atheist Experience TV Show
Atheist Experience #675: Viewer Calls
Host: Russell Glasser
Co-host: Martin Wagner

Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

1993 Documentary on Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species". With Richard Dawkins and crazy Christian Jerry Falwell.

Donald Sutherland narrates.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Faith, Hope & Clarity w/ BionicDance

Ask an Atheist, a call-in show in the Seattle area dedicated to atheism, skeptical inquiry, and the separation of church and state. The show is broadcast live on the SCANtv station covering a large section of the Puget Sound area.


In this episode, Mike is joined by a special guest host, the indomitable BionicDance! She offers her unique perspective on matters of faith and Atheism.




The Skeptic Zone no 100 LIVE Dragon*Con with Dunning and Brushwood

The Skeptic Zone Podcast 100 live from Dragon*Con 2010 with guests Brian Dunning and Brian Brushwood.

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Billboard battle in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Freedom From Religion Foundation vs. Whistler Billboard Advertising Co. of Tulsa, Oklahoma

NewsOn6, Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 21, 2010

The End of God?: A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion

As the Pope ends his visit to Britain, historian Dr Thomas Dixon delves into the BBC's archive to explore the troubled relationship between religion and science. From the creationists of America to the physicists of the Large Hadron Collider, he traces the expansion of scientific knowledge and asks whether there is still room for God in the modern world.


The relationship between science and religion has been long and troubled: from the condemnation of Galileo by the Catholic Church in 17th century Italy, through the clashes between creationism and evolution in 20th century America, right up to recent claims that the universe does not need God.


Delving through the rich archive of programmes from Horizon and BBC Science, Thomas Dixon looks at what lies behind this difficult relationship. Using original footage from 1925, he tells the story of John Scopes, a Tennessee teacher who was tried for teaching evolution. He sees the connections between religion and American politics in the story of a more recent court case -- the trial of Intelligent Design. He looks at what happens when new scientific discoveries start to explain events that were once seen as the workings of God, and explains how some of our most famous scientists have seen God in the grandest laws of the universe. Finally, he finds intriguing evidence from brain science which hints that belief in God is here to stay.



BBC4 21 September 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Christopher Hitchens: Lawyers in the Morning, Doctors in the Afternoon

Christopher Hitchens with Sally Quinn.

1/5 - Lawyers in the Morning, Doctors in the Afternoon

2/5 - The False Promise of Eternity




Insurers Now Denying Kids

Wendell Potter

Countdown with Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, 9-21-2010

Bill Maher Plays Hardball

On Christine O'Donnell a Delaware senator candidate.

Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC, September 21, 2010

A Brief History of the Theory of Evolution

After some technical difficulties I was finally able to upload this, just in time for Charles Darwin's 200th birthday. This is a short tribute to him and the many scientists who have worked hard to increase our understanding of the diversity of life.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

David Morrison: Surviving 2012 and Other Cosmic Disasters

Dr. David Morrison's discussion largely centers around the hoax of 2012. Astronomy, Mayans and a the Holleywood movie 2012.

Dr. David Morrison is the Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute and Senior Scientist for Astrobiology at the NASA Ames Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard and is internationally known for his research on small bodies in the solar system, including advocacy for developing plans to defend the Earth from impacts by comets and asteroids.

A Fellow of CSI, he has written extensively on such fringe science topics as Velikovsky, cosmic catastrophes, UFOs, the creation science movement, and most recently the climate crisis caused by global warming. For the past two years he has been the primary scientist critic of the widespread fear that the world will end in 2012, and of the doomsday sleaze artists who use the Internet, blogs, and cable TV to frighten people for profit.

David Morrison - David Morrison is the senior scientist at the NASA Astrobiology Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., where he participates in a variety of research programs in astrobiology -- the study of the living universe.

Dr. David Morrison obtained his doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. He is the author of more than 155 technical papers and has published a dozen books. He has been a science investigator on NASA's Mariner, Voyager and Galileo space missions. Morrison is recipient of the Dryden Medal for research of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Sagan Medal of the American Astronomical Society for public communication, and the Klumpke-Roberts award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for contributions to science education. He has received two NASA Outstanding Leadership medals and he was awarded the Presidential Meritorious Rank for his work as director of space at NASA Ames. Morrison was a founder of the multidisciplinary field of astrobiology, and he provides on-line answers to questions from the public sent to "Ask an Astrobiologist," found at:

David Morrison is perhaps best known for his leadership since 1991 in defining the hazard of asteroid impacts and seeking ways to mitigate this risk. Asteroid 2410 Morrison is named in his honor.

What's Behind the Planet X Conspiracy? Photoshop and Imagination

NASA astronomer David Morrison debunks conspiracy theories surrounding the "discovery" of Planet X, or Nibiru. Photoshop and a creative imagination, Morrison explains, lead many to believe in this fictional planet and the doomsday predictions for 2012.

This program was recorded in collaboration with the 2010 SkeptiCal Conference, in Berkeley, CA, on April 24, 2010.

Dr. David Morrison is the Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute and Senior Scientist for Astrobiology at the NASA Ames Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard and is internationally known for his research on small bodies in the solar system, including advocacy for developing plans to defend the Earth from impacts by comets and asteroids.

Creationism on Huffington Post DonExodus2 interview

David Klinghoffer, from the Discovery Institute wrote an article with the usual ignorance and dishonest displayed by those at the DI.

His article from HuffPo can be found here

This list of logical fallacies and butchered science is taken apart in this interview. Its a good listen as it answers many of creationists claims, and is entertaining as well. Enjoy!

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Christopher Hitchens Skipping Prayer Day in His Honor

By Associated Press

Monday, September 20, 2010

UFO Spiral Sighting In Australia

Galactic Federation of Light - Interdimensional Portal opens up in skies of Australia reaches Channel 7 News (Australia) - (5th June, 2010).

Dr Rachie Reports - Vax Clinic Dragon*Con 2010

Dr Rachael Dunlop from the Skeptic Zone Podcast interviews Dr Bill Atkinson at the Dragon*Con 2010 Vaccination Clinic.

Camera and Production: Richard Saunders.
Canon HF R18

Bill Maher on Islam and Mohammad cartoons

In this clip from HBOs recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the comedian says what so many of his progressive pals cannot:

1. Our American culture is better than the Middle Easts.

2. American Christians who follow their holy book literally are benign.

3. Islamofascisms bullying to get us to suppress the first amendment cannot be tolerated.

If you acknowledge that our culture is worth defending, if you realize that individual liberty is not negotiable, and that Christian conservatives are in no way comparable to terrorists then you have no business being part of a movement — the political Left — that is dedicated to the promoting the exact opposite.
The day comes for many of us, though, when were willing to stop being cool. Some of us can realize that Freedom is more important.

Andrew Copson at Protest the Pope

Andrew Copson was the first speaker at the rally at the Protest the Pope march. This clip misses his first few words, in which he noted the Pope's criticism of British values.

Benedict XVI - Trials of a Pope

Award-winning film-maker Mark Dowd looks at the life of Christian Joseph Ratzinger aka Pope Benedict XVI. The journey takes Mark from Bavaria to the heart of the Vatican itself.

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Aired September 15, 2010 on BBC Two

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Atheist Comedy - The Meaning of Life

Fun fact #1: I had trouble uploading this video (about the "meaning of life"); for some reason, it froze at 42%. Tell me that doesn't freak you out (for those of you who don't know why it should freak you out, watch "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"). Fun fact #2: Edward Cullen is in this video. Can you find him? I was going to do a Twilight spoof, but gave up on it. Still, I thought it would be funny to reuse the characters from it.

Most religions scoff at what they have deemed as the "atheistic worldview" (what they think atheists think) because they think it has no "meaning". Well, I've heard religious people describe what they believe to be the meaning of our lives...and I find it utterly demeaning and pathetic: to honor an egomaniac who created us just to thank, praise, and love Him - or else?! REAL love is unconditional. And when someone is requested to praise, it is meaningless, disingenuous. Could they not even dream up a god who wasn't bound by the most petty of human emotions: arrogance, jealousy, anger, etc...basically, an attention whore?

Joseph Ratzinger Is An Enemy of Humanity

BBC News, London, 9-18-2010

View the full speech by Richard Dawkins at the "Protest The Pope" rally.

Richard Dawkins' Speech at "Protest the Pope" March

This is the full speech by Richard Dawkins at the "Protest The Pope" rally, 18th September 2010. (unedited)

"Coming Out" as an atheist

Callers describe their own experiences as they revealed to loved ones that they did not believe in God.

Telling My Loved Ones: "I'm an atheist"

Same on youtube

The Thinking Atheist Podcast #5 - "Coming Out" as an atheist.

Original Air Date: september 18, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Values Voters Flakes

The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, 9-17-2010

The Problem of Evil and ID Creationism

Biologist attempting Philosophy! Watch at your own risk. Most of the images are pretty mild, but some people are disturbed by medical images. I've also censored some classic works of art (that are prominently displayed in churches) that depict non-sexual human anatomy. I've done this to remove any objections to the content.

Intelligent Design Creationism, in an attempt to subvert the Constitutional protections against religious education in public schools, have jettisoned the Biblical creation story. Along with that, they have lost the "Fallen Eden/Free Will" defense of the Problem of Evil. This creates a special situation where they insist on an interventionist God without a strong position of theodicy.

C0nc0rdance primary goal for this video is to show one of many religious or theological objections to Intelligent Design Creationism. It's important to remember that IDC does not represent many intelligent Christians.

Bill Maher with Jay Leno 2010 on religion and walk of fame

Video from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Bill Maher Interview September 13, 2010 talking on Ground Zero Mosque, Sarah Palin, the Birthers, the Churchers, tea-party and Barack Obama.

Jay Leno & Bill Maher On Religion

September 13, 2010 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Pope's Visit Marked by Lower Attendance

September 14, 2010 on Channel 4 News

Harsh judgments on the pope and religion The Guardian, Wednesday 15 September 2010

Inside Story - The Pope's Mission

Can Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK help create a more credible church in an increasingly secular society like the UK? And what is the need for this visit, costing British tax payers $18mn?

Video 23:28 minuts

Video by Al Jazeera English | 17. September 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Evolution - The Minds Big Bang

Fifty thousand years ago, something happened -- the modern human mind emerged, triggering a creative, technological, and social explosion. What forces contributed to that breakthrough? Where might our power of mind ultimately lead us?

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Pastor Terry Jones Will Not Apologize

Pastor Terry Jones

CBS47 News, Jacksonville, Florida, September 16, 2010

Pope atacking Aggressive Secularism

Pope Benedict XVI said "Even in our own lifetimes we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live.

"As we reflect on the sobering lessons of atheist extremism of the 20th century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and thus a reductive vision of a person and his destiny."

Pope Benedict XVI joined the Hitler Youth at 14.

The pope is a dick

Channel 4 News 16 September 2010

BBC News Row after Pope's remarks on atheism and Nazis

With Andrew Copson from British Humanist Association

Fired for not believing in the trinity

World Vision receives federal funding.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, of Freedom From Religion Foundation

Fox2 News, Detroit, 9-14-2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pope's Visit Marked by Lower Attendance

September 14, 2010 on Channel 4 News

Mr Deity on the Lamb

Mr. Deity has a clandestine meeting with a mysterious figure just outside the Omniverse.

FFRF Asks Searcy City Council Not To Pray At Public Meetings

KTHV News, Little Rock, Arkansas, September 14, 2010

BBC Panorama - What the Pope Knew

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

Aired September 13, 2010 on BBC One

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Daily Show - Monday September 13, 2010

Terry Jones heeds God's call to not burn Korans, and Imam Rauf's reasonable answers sound like a threat to Fox News. (08:55)
The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

Team Mohammed vs Team Jesus - Religious Conflict
If a religious war were to somehow happen, Team Jesus and Team Mohammed could make the best of it. (04:01)

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Team Mohammed vs. Team Jesus - Religious Conflict
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

Aired The Daily Show on September 13, 2010 - Ben Affleck

Newsnight - The Papal Visit and Secularism in Britain

About the coming pope visit in United Kingdom



Newsnight BBC1 14 September 2010

Bill Maher: The People Are Sick!




Larry King Live, CNN, 9-14-2010

Vanity Fair Sarah Palin: The Sound and the Fury

Newsnight Saint Sarah June 11, 2010

Fox News Achor Says Atheism Is a FAITH

Fox5 news, Atlanta, Georgia, September 13, 2010. Freedom From Religion Foundation.

MY Fox Atlanta Anti-Religion Billboards Pop Up in Atlanta, Monday, 13 Sep 2010

Magic or Medicine - Homeopathy and the NHS

Samantha Poling investigates how homeopathy has penetrated the heart of the NHS and asks whether prescribing homeopathic preparations for serious conditions could be dangerous for patients.

Part 1 of 2

The investigation looks at the history and preparation of homeopathic remedies and the extent of their use in Scotland and England. Advocates of homeopathy, including patients and a former GP who overcame her scepticism and became an enthusiastic practitioner, report stories of dramatic recovery in some cases.

Part 2 of 2

Glasgow still has a fully fledged homeopathic hospital while in English towns and cities, with the exception of London, such hospitals have been downgraded or closed. Powerful voices, including the British Medical Association, question the level of funding within the NHS for homeopathy and call for more evidence based research to back up the claims of homoepathic practitioners.

Aired September 13, 2010 on BBC One

What is Homeopathy?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pamela Geller on O'Reilly Rebuts Co-Conspirator - Hamas linked CAIR's Smear Campaign

Derren Brown - How To Fool Stephen Fry

Atheist Experience - Purpose of Religion?

Jen and Matt explore whether religion has a purpose and what that might be.

The Atheist Experience TV Show
#673: Purpose of Religion?
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-host: Jen Peeples

The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin. The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.

Pastor: Whitout heaven we don't need to be moral

Pastor Alan Morris, Georgia Baptist Convention: "Imagien theres no heaven. That is an absolute absurdity. What do we have to live for?" ... "Or even why we should live morally today."

The Freedom From Religion Foundation posts 50 billboards throughout Atlanta, GA.

Fox5 News, Atlanta, Georgia, 9-13-2010

Bertrand Russell's Message to Descendants

Clip from BBC interview with Bertrand Russell, 1959.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Jewish scholar on keeping sabbath holy

This video is a clip from Religulous by Bill Maher with a Jewish scholar in Jerusalem on keeping sabbath holy.

Click here to watch video

Beck Guest Rabbi: "Atheists Are Parasites"

Rabbi Daniel Lapin claims to be fiendly with athehists while telling them they are parasites.

Atheist don't ad anything to the system.

Aired September 3, 2010 on Fox News with Rabbi Daniel Lapin

Sunday, September 12, 2010

21 Great Things about being an Atheist

John F Kennedy's address to the Ministerial Association of Greater Houston

Senator John F. Kennedy's address to the Ministerial Association of Greater Houston, September 12, 1960, during his presidential campaign.

With Americans marking the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001, and the heated culture war debate over construction of mosques and the issue of religious liberty, a different sort of anniversary occurs.

John F. Kennedy was in the midst of a heated presidential campaign against Vice President Richard Nixon. Polls showed that substantial numbers of Americans were concerned over Kennedy's Roman Catholic affiliation; not since the 1928 campaign of Al Smith, also a Catholic, had religion played so defining and poignant a role at the ballot box. Democrats had relied on the mostly-Protestant South as a reliable bastion of electoral support. That "Southern Strategy" was now in doubt, as the traditional fault lines between Catholics and Protestants suddenly meant that millions of voters would cross party lines amidst fears of "Popery" and possible Vatican control of the government.

Adding to that pervasive angst were statements from some church officials that "it was time to elect a Roman Catholic president." Other issues were front-and-center, too, many related to the separation of church and state, Should "parochaid," government assistance to Catholic schools, be permitted? Were Roman Catholics -- like Sen. Kennedy -- more loyal to the Vatican than to the Constitution? Would a Catholic president provide the Holy See with a new and dangerous level of political influence?

Kennedy, the scion of a wealthy patrician New England family, had established a reputation as a staunch anti-communist and a political moderate. One biographer described the young Massachusetts Senator as "a staunch supporter of the (Catholic) Church." Indeed, questions about the vast economic and political influence of the Vatican was a common theme in political narratives. In the late 1940s, a host of publications documented there Holy See's role in America; most notable was Paul Blanchard's series of carefully-researched articles appearing in the liberal Nation Magazine , which became the basis for the 1948 book "American Freedom and Catholic Power."

Unlike today, the phrase "separation of church and state" was not something taken lightly by either political leaders or news media, but rather a concept that was rightly seen as the bedrock of the American political order.

With just two months until the November, 1960 election, Rev. Norman Vincent Peale -- a prominent Protestant clergyman and author of the popular self-held book "The Power of Positive Thinking ": -- convened a group of Protestant leaders who doubted Kennedy's
loyalty to the United States over his religious ties to the Vatican. The Holy See, according to Peale's group, intended "to demolish America's wall of separation between church and state."

Their manifesto, of course, was sectarian and self-serving. The "Protestant Establishment" had enjoyed a sordid, intimate relationship with government in the United States. Public schools still used the Bible as a devotional and instructional text; a number of states required a belief in god in order for someone to hold an office of public trust; and in the wake of World War II, huge swaths of land had been donated or sold off at discount prices to religious groups. Churches were tax exempt, and organized religion enjoyed a battery of other privileges which, years later, would be documented in books like Madalyn O'Hair's "Freedom Under Siege."

Equally distressing was the fact that while Peale and his associates loudly denounced Kennedy as an opponent of the Establishment Clause, the mainline Protestant denominations opposed any attempt to curtail the "special rights" and privileges of organized religion, or secularize the American public square.

Kennedy, knowing that he had to respond to such charges, decided to address the Houston Ministerial Association meeting on September 12, 1860. Kennedy reversed his previous support for government aid to private and parochial schools, and announced that he opposed further diplomatic tie with the Vatican It was a risky, delicate political move. His campaign staff knew well the importance of a heavy turn-out of Catholic voters.

In the end, John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States. His speech, criticized widely even in his campaign organization and stable of key advisers, put the debate over church-state separation into the front ranks of American discourse.

It remains there today, a key element in the culture-wars pitting secularism and freedom against the tyrannical establishment of religion.
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