Sunday, July 31, 2011

What does Blasphemy mean to you?

Atheist Ireland is seeking a Referendum to remove the new Blasphemy Law. In this part Paul Gill asks people in Galway and Clare what the Basphemy Law means to them.

This was recorded in May 2010 as part of Paul's walk of the lenght of Ireland to raise awareness of the Law that came into effect on the 1st of January 2010 which has a fine of 25.000 euro.

Akers On Bullying LGBT Youth

Shawn Akers of Liberty Counsel finds it "ironic" gay rights supporters care about bullying since they are the real bullies

The Dinner Party

What happens when a dinner party goes horribly wrong? This satire explores what would really happen if Christians lived what they believed.

Robert Price on Skepticon 2

Robert Price Part 1 (Skepticon 2)

Robert Price Part 2 (Skepticon 2)

Robert Price Part 3 (Skepticon 2)

Robert Price Part 4 (Skepticon 2)

Robert Price Part 5 (Skepticon 2)

Filmed and Edited by Rob Lehr.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a religion

The Twelve Steps

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Source: Twelve Steps Illustrated, by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dan Kahan: Cultural Dissensus Over Scientific Consensus

Dan Kahan: Cultural Dissensus Over Scientific Consensus

Filmed at CFI-Transnational in Amherst, NY, on June 25, 2011.

CFI Leadership Conference 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Kenneth R Miller on Bacterial Flagellum

Christian Ken Miller discusses the error of the 'poster child' of intelligent design. He discusses the evolutionary history of the bacterial flagellum and how the parts both in groups and alone have function in other processes than the flagellum which is directly contradicts the idea of 'irreducible complexity.'

Morality in the bible: Not-so-good books

Second part of series on morality. See below for bible references included in this video.

Death for victimless 'crime'
Yahweh requires death of sabbath workers
(Numbers 15 : 32-36)
Yahweh requires death of gay people:
(Leviticus 20 : 13)
Yahweh requires death of women who can't show virginity on wedding night:
(Deuteronomy 22 : 20-21)

Unaccountable slaughter
Yahweh kills 70,000 for David's census:
(2 Samuel 24 : 1-15)
Yahweh kills almost all land animals for human wickedness:
(Genesis 6 : 5-7)

Entrapment through mind-control
Yahweh hardens Pharaoh's heart:
(Exodus 4 : 21; see also Exodus 7 : 3; 9 : 12; 10 : 1; 10 : 20; 10 : 27; 11 : 10; 14 : 4; 14 : 8)
Yahweh hardens Egyptians' hearts:
(Exodus 14 : 17)
Yahweh hardens King of Heshbon's heart:
(Deuteronomy 2 : 30)
Yahweh sends powerful delusion:
(2 Thessalonians 2 : 11)
Yahweh deceives prophets, then punishes them:
(Ezekiel 14 : 9)

Punishment for others' sins
Yahweh says children won't die for fathers:
(Deuteronomy 24 : 16)
Yahweh requires children's death for their father's sins:
(Isaiah 14 : 21-22)
Yahweh orders the killing of Amalekite children and babies:
(I Samuel 15 : 2-3)
Yahweh orders the killing children without pity:
(Ezekiel 9 : 5-6)

Familial cannibalism:
(Jeremiah 19 : 9)
(Deuteronomy 28 : 53)
(Ezekiel 5 : 10)

Yahweh permits rape:
(Zechariah 14 : 2)

Yahweh permits slavery (the owning of people as property):
(Leviticus 25 : 46)

Yahweh permits (commits) mass murder:
(Exodus 12 : 29)

Jesus reinforces OT law:
"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
(Matthew 15 : 3-4)

Jesus punishes a fig tree:
(Mark 11 : 12-4, 20-4)
(Matthew 21 : 18-22)

Jesus asks us to dispose of family relationships
(Luke 9 : 61-62)

Making of images forbidden:
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."
(Exodus 20 : 4)
Making of images commanded:
"And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold"
(Exodus 25 : 18)

Certain sinners to be stoned to death by all the men of the town:
(Deuteronomy 21 : 21)
Only the sinless are fit to cast the first stone:
(John 8 : 7)
We are all sinners:
(Romans 3 : 23)

Good deeds are to be shown:
(Matthew 5 : 16)
Good deeds are not to be shown:
(Matthew 6 : 1)

Gay sex deemed a sin:
(Leviticus 18 : 22)

Non-believers to be put to death:
(2 Chronicles 15 : 13)

We are to seek peace:
(Psalms 34 : 14)

We are to be good neighbours:
(Philippians 2 : 4)

Rebecca Watson: The Religious Right vs Every Woman on Earth

Rebecca Watson: The Religious Right vs. Every Woman on Earth | CFI Leadership Conference 2011

Filmed at CFI-Transnational in Amherst, NY, on June 26, 2011.

Bryan Fischer Now Against "Imposing" Personal Values

AFA's extremist spokesman Bryan Fischer says he doesn't want to impose his values on others, even though that is what drives his political career.

In the Name of the Fodder

The Fox rapid-response team makes a plea to distinguish violence in the name of a religion from the practitioners and tenets of that religion as long as it's Christianity.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Wednesday July 27, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Should Money Making Mediums Be Banned?

We should ban all mediums, horoscopes and astrologers from charging for their services.

Rosie Millard argues that everything from horoscopes to homoepathy is mumbo jumbo, and exploits the vulnerable.

Video 1/2

"Nobody can talk to the dead"

Video 2/2

BBC held debate in Sunday Morning Live (Sunday Morning Live. Series 2, Episode 5), with Rosie Millard, Professor of Psyhology, Wendy Grossman (founder of The Skeptic magazine)

BBC One 24 July 2011

Kelly Shackelford: God unleashed his people

On science and superstition education in Texas, USA.

Kelly Shackelford starts 3:20 min. in.

Kelly Shackelford, President - Liberty Institute (formerly Free Market Foundation)

Video by TXFreedomNetwork

Jesus Christ In Ivy!

Jesus Christ has been found in Toledo, Ohio, USA.

Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Current TV, July 26, 2011

Violence is not the answer

Pat Condell on the Christian Anders Behring Breivik.

July 2011

What a Tangled Web We Weave

If the truth is on your side, why be deceptive? God's reason for permitting the abundance of evil in the world is woefully insufficient. William Lane Craig claims that it is sufficient, but I think he's too self-centered to realize the implications of God's ultimate goal for humanity...well, God's goal according to the bible, anyway.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Robert Price - Christian Myth

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Can't Have It Both Ways

Some people don't even realize what they believe.

If you didn't understand the end, that's okay. I realize I was being more than a bit silly and vague. Many theists have used dishonest argumentation with me, which no doubt causes them to suspect that I, too, am using dishonest argumentation (projection), which can ironically cause them to be skeptical about the wrong things. That was the point of the misdirection and subsequent alien.

Matt Barber: Liberalism Is Hatred For God

Christian Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel says liberalism is founded on "rebellion against God"

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pat Robertson on Jewish "Self-Hatred"

Christian Pat Robertson and David Mamet attack President Obama and liberal Jews.

Greg Paul and the Problem of Evil

Greg Paul calls in again and talks about his latest paper on the holocaust of children.

Greg Paul and the Problem of Evil on The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #719.
Host: Matt Dillahunty Co-host: Don Baker 2011-07-24
Release Date: July 25, 2011
Runtime: 58:31

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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.

DVDs of the Atheist Experience can be purchased via the products page.

Monday, July 25, 2011

FFRF Interviews Matthew Chapman on the Movie: The Ledge

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

Freethought Radio, FFRF, 7-23-2011

Hypnotism, Hallucinations and Hysteria

Joining His Holiness Pope Stephen Fry this week is the gorgeous, sexy and fragrant Ronni Ancona, the not so gorgeous Robert Webb and the not fragrant but probably not smelly either Phil Jupitus.

QI Series H Episode 15 - Hypnotism, Hallucinations And Hysteria. Part 1 of 2.

QI Series H Episode 15 - Hypnotism, Hallucinations And Hysteria. Part 2 of 2.

Benny Hinn Exposed (Dateline)

Christian Benny Hinn Exposed. You will be healed!

Dateline, 2009

Popular Christian Ministry Changes its Name

Father Jonathan Morris discusses why the popular ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ, has changed its name to simply 'Cru.'

Campus Crusade for Christ

Fox & Friends July 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

GNOSIS "The Lost Gospels"- Peter Owen Jones

Documentary presented by Anglican priest Pete Owen Jones which explores the huge number of ancient Christian texts that didn't make it into the New Testament.

Pete travels through Egypt and the former Roman Empire looking at the emerging evidence of a Christian world that's very different to the one we know, and discovers that aside from the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, there were over seventy gospels, acts, letters and apocalypses, all circulating in the early Church.
Through these lost Gospels, Pete reconstructs the intense intellectual and political struggles for orthodoxy that was fought in the early centuries of Christianity, a battle involving different Christian sects, each convinced that their gospels were true and sacred.

In1945. Three hundred miles south of Cairo is a place of deserts and caves called Nag Hammadi. Egyptian farmhands searching for a type of fertile soil find a skeleton, and with it a sealed jar. At first they do not open the jar because they fear it might contain an evil Jinn. But the lure of gold tempts them. When they break open the jar they find not gold, but thirteen leather bound papyrus codices. How these then survive is itself a minor miracle (no pun intended) since the farmhands rip up the texts to divide them amongst themselves, some are discarded in a back yard and some of these dusty old papers are designated as kindling. But in the main they do survive. These are the Nag Hammadi texts, and they contain more than fifty early Christian texts, written in Coptic and dating from the 3rd or 4th century AD. They now reside at the Coptic Museum, Cairo. They include the almost complete Gospel of Thomas, which is not a narrative but a list of 114 sayings of Jesus, at least half previously unknown, many decidedly cryptic, The Sophia ("wisdom") of Jesus (an important Gnostic concept is "Sophia"), and The Gospel of Philip. It is The Gospel of Philip which causes the most controversy, because it suggests that Jesus had a very close (though not necessarily sexual) relationship with Mary Magdalene. Tantalisingly some words have been destroyed, but the usual translations of the key parts are as follows:
"There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary.

And the companion of [the saviour was Mar]y Ma[gda]lene. [Christ loved] M[ary] more than [all] the disci[ples, and used to] kiss her [often] on her [mouth]. The rest of [the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval]. They said to him "Why do you love her more than all of us?" The Saviour answered and said to them, "Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness."

The worldwide success of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code sparked new interest, as well as wild and misguided speculation about the origins of the Christian faith. Owen Jones sets out the context in which heretical texts like the Gospel of Mary emerged. He also strikes a cautionary note - if these lost gospels had been allowed to flourish, Christianity may well have faced an uncertain future, or perhaps not survived at all.

Noah's Ark (animated)

The bible story, Noah's Ark (part 1 of 2)

A few mistakes:
I said the references to unicorns are made in Numbers 22 and 24. It is actually 23 and 24. In fact, it's Numbers 23:22, I got my numbers muddled. (and 24:8).
I called it "" when it's actually .org. However, .com will redirect you to the .org url, so let's just assume that back in 4000BC, they didn't have .org urls.

In the script, I have Noah say that Answers in Genesis is claiming that bringing only 16,000 pairs of animals will be enough. Actually, the AiG claim is somewhat ambiguous, as it could be taken to mean only 16,000 animals, not pairs of animals. I've decided to go the generous route, in citing them as claiming 16,000 pairs, rather than 8,000 pairs. If an AiG-inclined person would like to dispute my interpretation of this, and insist that AiG is claiming that 8,000 pairs were enough, they're welcome to do so.

Noah's Ark (part 2 of 2)

One of the references to do with the impossible amounts of water that would be required for such a world-wide flood:


As much as 12 U.S. tons (11 m. tons) of animal waste may have been produced daily. (

"In the book Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study, author John Woodmorappe suggests that, at most, 16,000 animals were all that were needed to preserve the created kinds that God brought into the Ark. (p3)
Creationist estimates for the minimum number of animals that would have been necessary to come on board the Ark have ranged from 16,000 to 35,000."(p.4)
from 'Was there really a Noah's Ark and Flood?', by Ken Ham

Michael Shermer on The Colbert Report July 2011

Michael Shermer discusses his book "The Believing Brain," which explains how people form beliefs first, then filter data to reinforce them.

Runtime: 5:24 minuts.
From The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Monday July 11, 2011

TheRationalizer vs Hamza Tzortzis

Here is a document containing as much correspondence as The Rationalizer could find regarding Hamza's acceptance to debate The Rationalizer on Skype, and his subsequent change of heart.

Lou Engle: America Is Like Nazi Germany

Crazy Christian Lou Engle preaches against gay rights and secular government at IHOP

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Reverend: Evolution is solid science

"I don't want my children's public school teachers to teach faith and God in a science classroom," said the reverend Kelly Allen of University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. "True religion can handle truth in all its forms. Evolution is solid science."

Bananas of Reason: After Death - episode 2

Thunderf00t - Ray Comfort Discusion, Round 2

Video 1 of 2

Video 2 of 2

Friday, July 22, 2011

Barbara Cargill speaks before the Texas Eagle Forum

Barbara Cargill speaks before the Texas Eagle Forum

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Barbara Cargill speaks before the Texas Eagle Forum - Part 4

July 7, 2011. Video by TX Freedom Network

Bryan Fischer: Hitler Was Gay

Christian Bryan Fischer says Adolf Hitler was gay and that the Night of the Long Knives was an attempt to kill all the gay Stormtroopers so they could not reveal that fact.

Douglas Adams on afterlife

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.

Quote by Douglas Adams

Hannity: 'Great American Panel' for July 20, 2011

Father Jonathan Morris contributes to Sean Hannity's 'great American panel' for July 20, 2011. Includes both segments featuring the panel.

Fox News July 20, 2011

Indiana Nickname Comes From Preacher Harry Hoosier

Christian David Barton claims that Indiana's "Hoosier" nickname came from itinerant Black preach Harry Hoosier.

Read: Yet Another Example of David Barton's False History.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fischer: Gay Rights and Religious Liberty Cannot Coexist

Christian Bryan Fischer says gay rights and religious liberty cannot coexist and that one is going to have to give.

God Calls Rick Perry

With the tough challenges facing America, Rick Perry thinks it's time to hand it over to God and ask Him to jump in.

Stewen Colbert: God Calls Rick Perry. The Responce

Aired on Colbert Report (Comedy Central) Tuesday July 19, 2011

Barton: The Free Enterprise System Came Directly Out Of The Bible

Chistian David Barton asserts, again without evidence, that the entire concept for the free enterprise system came directly out of the Bible.

David Barton gives no proof.

Should We Cirumcise - Just Like Daddy

Tom Simmins on: Should We Cirumcise

Just Like Daddy

Great religion stand-up

Atheist Experience #718: Camp Quest Drag

Matt honors a bet he made and does the show in drag, saying to evaluate arguments and claims on their merits.

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #717: Camp Quest Drag
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-host: Jeff Dee
Runtime: 58:31

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Catholic University Sued over same-sex dorms

Father Jonathan Morris weighs in on a debate concerning a discrimination lawsuit filed against Catholic University of America for requiring single-sex housing.

Pastor John Hagee: Paganism Ruining America

Pastor John Hagee blames paganism and Satan worship for America's military troubles.

God TV

Mike Rinder on Scientology's Use of PI's

Mark Bunker sat down with Mike Rinder the former head of Scientology's Office of Special Affairs to talk about his experiences in the group. In this brief excerpt from the two hour talk, Mike Rinder explains how OSA runs the operations against Scientology's critics.

Gays Don't Want The White Picket Fence, They Want To Burn It Down

Christian Matt Barber says gays know in their hearts that there is no such thing as two mothers or fathers and that all they really want is to destory the American family.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fox News: American Atheists File Lawsuit Over Prayer Day

Governor Rick Perry

July 16, 2011 on Fox News

The Shock Doctrine (2009 documentary) - Naomi Klein

A documentary adaptation Naomi Klein's 2007 book, "The Shock Doctrine".

Monday, July 18, 2011

Texas Day of Prayer Event Under Fire

Father Jonathan Morris discusses the Texas 'day of prayer' event, to be held in August, which has come under fire from atheist groups.

No Logo: Brands, Globalization & Resistance

In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world's best-known brands find themselves on the wrong end of the spray paint can -- the targets of anti-corporate campaigns by activists and protesters?

No Logo, based on the best-selling book by Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein, reveals the reasons behind the backlash against the increasing economic and cultural reach of multinational companies. Analyzing how brands like Nike, The Gap, and Tommy Hilfiger became revered symbols worldwide, Klein argues that globalization is a process whereby corporations discovered that profits lay not in making products (outsourced to low-wage workers in developing countries), but in creating branded identities people adopt in their lifestyles.

The Amazing Randi takes the Placebo Band Challenge!

The Amazing Randi & the Placebo Band (wristband), 'nuf said!

The Science Chat w/ Dr Kiki - July 15 2011

Baby digestion, Google+, Super, Mega, Ultra, Science Funding, ISS, Shuttle Atlantis, Vitamin D, and other stuff!

Watch live video from DrKiki on on

Drinking homeopathic bleach

In this vid Myles Power make a homeopathic solution of bleach and down it in one.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Compost Guru Shares His Secrets

Malcolm Beck was farming organically in the 1950s, and that’s how he got into compost. What started out as a little manure pile on his farm became a 40-acre compost-processing business five decades later. Beck sold his company, Garden Ville, but still works there and is constantly experimenting with different fertilizer formulas—from bat guano to earthworm tea.

Building Internet Tools for Skeptics

Tim Farley from TAM6: Building Internet Tools for Skeptics

The God Who Wasn't There

Bowling for Columbine did it to the gun culture. Super Size Me did it to fast food. Now The God Who Wasn't There does it to religion. The movie that has been astounding audiences in theaters around the world is now available on a high-quality, feature-packed DVD.

Own the taboo-shattering documentary that Newsweek says "irreverently lays out the case that Jesus Christ never existed." In this critically acclaimed film, you will discover:

* The early founders of Christianity seem wholly unaware of the idea of a human Jesus
* The Jesus of the Gospels bears a striking resemblance to other ancient heroes and the figureheads of pagan savior cults
* Contemporary Christians are largely ignorant of the origins of their religion
* Fundamentalism is as strong today as it ever has been, with an alarming 44% of Americans believing that Jesus will return to earth in their lifetimes.

From exposing the hidden history of Christianity to lampooning the bloody excesses of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (which caused Gibson to attempt legal action against the documentary), The God Who Wasn't There pulls no punches.

The media material presented in this production is protected by the FAIR USE CLAUSE of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, which allows for the rebroadcast of copyrighted materials for the purposes of commentary, criticism, and education.

Bryan Fischer: Criticism Of The Bachmanns Is Religious Bigotry and A Hate Crime

Christian Bryan Fischer says criticism of Michele and Marcus Bachmann over the practice of "ex-gay therapy" is both religious bigotry and a hate crime.

From Focal Point

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Due Process Clause of The Constitution Came Out Of The Bible

Christian David Barton asserts, with no documentation whatsoever, that the 4th through the 8th Amendments to the Constitution all came directly out of the Bible.

Gish & Genie Discuss Flood Geology

Eugenie Scott and Alan Gishlick discuss Flood Geology at the Great Unconformity in Blacktail Canyon, Grand Canyon, July 2011

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

Friday, July 15, 2011

Insulting religion

It should be compulsory. by Pat Condell.

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Bryan Fischer Promotes Ex-Gay Therapy

Christian Bryan Fischer comes to the defense of Michele Bachmann by inviting Dr. Tim Rampey on to his radio program to promote ex-gay therapy.

ThetaHealing - Faith Healers

Jenny Johnstone works for ThetaHealing, a group of faith healers who claim to be able to cure cancer.

Newsnight sent an undercover researcher, who said she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer, to Warrington to ask the practitioner what ThetaHealing could do for her.

Aired on BBC2, 22 June 2011

When Newsnight contacted Ms Johnstone after the meeting, she refused to answer any questions. She still insists she has healed a baby's stomach cancer, but said there was no point trying to prove it because the BBC would not believe her anyway.

A group of faith healers who claim they have miracle cures for cancer and HIV have been condemned as "irresponsible, even criminal" by a professor of complementary medicine, following a BBC Newsnight investigation.

The group of healers, collectively known as ThetaHealing, claim that their technique - which focuses on thought and prayer - can teach people to use their natural intuition and "brain wave cycle" to "create instantaneous physical and emotional healing."

ThetaHealing have about 600 practitioners in the UK who charge up to £100 per session.

But the healers' claims have been called "criminal" and "not supported by any kind of evidence" by Edzard Ernst, Professor of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter, whose unit not only carry out their own studies but also assess those done by other researchers.

Newsnight recorded Warrington-based ThetaHealing practitioner Jenny Johnstone - who charges £30 for a telephone call or £400 for a course - making a number of claims about the technique, including:

"There was a baby I worked on over the telephone and from one day to the next the cancer in his stomach had just disappeared."

Professor Ernst says such claims are "irresponsible, even criminal".

He believes that the ThetaHealing group try to distinguish themselves from the other 20,000 faith healers in the UK by applying a "veneer of science", but says "it's still nonsense".

Repeated clinical trials appear to show that although such faith healing might make people feel better, it does not cure disease. Professor Ernst conducted one such trial which pitched faith healers against actors pretending to be faith healers and found the actors performed better than the healers.

One former client of ThetaHealing - who did not wish to be identified - told the BBC that he was "angry and embarrassed" that he had wasted £1,200 on their healing and missed two years of proper medical treatment.

"There was never any suggestion I should go back to my doctor, which is what I needed to do," he told us.

On ThetaHealing's website it says that Vianna Stibal, the American founder of the group, "facilitated her own instant healing from cancer in 1995".

It also says that Ms Stibal conducts seminars around the world to teach people about ThetaHealing, and that she has trained teachers and practitioners who are now working in 14 countries.

Earlier this month, Ms Stibal visited the UK to address a meeting at the London School of Economics (LSE).

At the meeting Ms Stibal responded to a question from an audience member who asked if it was possible for ThetaHealing to make an amputated leg grow back:

"I believe it's possible to grow it back... a lady grew back her ovary... you can grow back a leg. I've seen people grow back," she told attendees.

Some of the 100 people who attended the event told a BBC researcher that they were reassured about the legitimacy of the group by the fact that the meeting was being held at the LSE.

The LSE told Newsnight that ThetaHealing's meeting was a "normal commercial booking".

Further remarks made by Vianna Stibal at the London meeting, whereby she claimed that ThetaHealing could effectively reduce HIV to undetectable levels, have also alarmed Aids charity the Terrence Higgins Trust.

"The fact is we've seen charlatans of this kind all the way through the HIV epidemic," Lisa Power of the Trust told Newsnight. "Those charlatans are more dangerous than ever now that we have effective treatment."

Ms Power worries that some patients could put their lives at risk by delaying taking effective anti-retroviral drugs in favour of pursuing faith healing.

Both Vianna Stibal and Jenny Johnstone refused to answer questions from Newsnight. Ms Johnstone still insists she has healed a baby's stomach cancer, but said there was no point in her trying to prove it because the BBC would not believe her anyway.

Mike Bickle: Gay Marriage Is From Hell

Mike Bickle, official endorser of Rick Perry's The Response prayer rally, sees marriage equality as a sign of the End Times

Support American Foundation for Equal Rights and fight Christian biggots.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Why Atheists DON'T fear Hell

Fire eating with Ashely Prez. of Secular Student Alliance!

That Fake Christian Got Powned

God is not mocked. Watch that evil fake Christian atheist (who shall be un-named) get destroyed by real Christians in the comments.

Another brilliant video by Edward Current

The QQOQQ award 2011

Since a clear winner has emerged for this year's QQOQQ, I've decided to award it early.

The QQOQQ is awarded for a simple question asked in the arrogant expectation that there's no possible answer, and this year there is no competition.

Catholic Christian Bill O'Reilly

John Benefiel: Washington DC Is The "District of Christ"

John Benefiel, an endorser of Gov. Rick Perry's "The Response" prayer rally, says they renamed Washington DC the "District of Christ" in order to break the demonic control over the city and the Congress will eventually follow suit and rename the city as well.

Tax Breaks for Religious Contributions & Charles Rangel

Father Jonathan Morris joins Stuart Varney from San Diego, Calif. to discuss tax breaks for religious contributions and Charles Rangel's religious themed comments.

Aired on Fox Business 2011

AFA Now Promoting Seven Mountains Dominionism

Seven Mountains proponent Os Hillman promotes this dominionist theology on the American Family Association's "Today's Issues" radio program.

Support American Foundation for Equal Rights

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pastor Hagee: President Obama is a Dictator

Christian Pastor John Hagee says President Obama's action regarding Libya is the work of a dictator.

Creationism, Evolution, Education and Politics

How much does politics affect teaching evolution? How is the "fairness" argument exploited to undermine evolution education?

Genie Scott explores these and other antievolution strategies in a recent speech before the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Where: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
When: April 17, 2011

Rick Perry and Friends: Meet The Supporters Of The Governor's Prayer Rally

A look at just whom Gov. Rick Perry is partnering with for his massive public prayer rally in Texas in August.

Japan Is Cursed Because The Emperor Had Sex With a Demon

Christian C. Peter Wagner, an endorser of Gov. Rick Perry's "The Response" prayer rally, explains that the nation of Japan is controlled by a demon spirit (The Sun Goddess) because the Emperor had sexual intercourse with her.

Mr. Deity and the Opposition

Mr. Deity makes Lucy an offer she can't refuse

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What have The Noughties done for God?

With Richard Dawkins

August 2009

Power Balance Admits To Scam

Importers and profiteers of the offensively implausible and opportunistic wrist band scam known as "Power Balance" have, "acknowledged it [Power Balance Australia] had breached the code and said the relevant claims [of increased athletic performance] had been removed from its website", under pressure from The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Whilst this is only one brand of rip off it is indeed the most vocal - hence offensive.

ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said in a statement: "Power Balance has admitted that there is no credible scientific basis for the claims and therefore no reasonable grounds for making representations about the benefits of the product.

"Its conduct may have contravened the misleading and deceptive conduction section of the Trade Practices Act 1974," Mr Samuel said.

Atheist Alliance and Texas Freethought

Nick Lee from Atheist Alliance America talks about his organization and the Texas Freethought Convention.

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #717: Atheist Alliance/Texas Freethought
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-host: Martin Wagner
Guest: Nick Lee, Atheist Alliance of America
Release Date: Jul 11, 2011
Runtime: 58:31

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.

DVDs of the Atheist Experience can be purchased via the products page.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Militant Atheism - Radio Podcast

When a mealtime prayer is disrupted by an atheist who considers it insulting, has he established necessary boundaries of respect, or has he alienated himself from those he seeks to influence?

When an atheist activist greets parishoners with shouts and picket signs on the front lawn of a church, is he effectively making his case against the influence of superstition, or is he branding the entire movement as disruptive and inflammatory?

When a lawsuit is filed over a nativity scene on public property or a prayer at a city hall meeting, is it a beneficial fight to preserve church/state separation, or is it a distraction from more important issues?

These are difficult questions, and no doubt there are many times when a confrontation is appropriate. But is militant atheism a help or a hindrance as we work to rescue our communities and culture from the influence of religion?

Thunderf00t interviews Westboro Baptist Church

Friday 8th July 2011, the Phelp interview. Phelp from Westboro Baptist Church.

Michael Shermer - Can Belief Become Addictive?

FFRF Interviews Michael Shermer - Can Belief Become Addictive? (Part 1 of 2)

FFRF Interviews Michael Shermer - Can Belief Become Addictive? (Part 2 of 2)

Freethought Radio, FFRF, 7-9-2011 by Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Rangel Invokes Christ in Debt Debate

Father Jonathan Morris discusses Rep. Charles Rangel's recent religious-themed remarks regarding the debt.

Sam Harris Considers a Creator

Sam Harris refutes the notion of an intelligent creator.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The 'Life of Brian' Debate (1979)

Shortly after the film was released, Cleese and Palin engaged in a what would become an infamous debate on the BBC2 discussion programme Friday Night, Saturday Morning, in which Malcolm Muggeridge and Mervyn Stockwood, the Bishop of Southwark, put the case against the film.

Muggeridge and the Bishop had arrived 15 minutes late to see a screening of the picture prior to the debate, missing the establishing scenes which demonstrated that Brian and Jesus were two different characters, and hence contended that it was a send-up of Christ himself.

Both Pythons later felt that there had been a strange role reversal in the manner of the debate, with two young upstart comedians attempting to make serious, well-researched points, while the establishment figures engaged in cheap jibes and point scoring.

A sketch from the british series "Not the nine o'clock news" commenting on the controversy created by the Monty Python's film - Life of Brian.

Faith vs. Evidence

Jenn shows how evidence leads to better conclusions than faith.

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #716: Faith vs. Evidence Host: Russell Glasser Co-host: Jen Peeples 2011-07-03

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. DVDs of the Atheist Experience can be purchased via our products page (

The meaning of being a Sikh

A short extract from BBC2 Series "Goodness Gracious Me".

How Did We Get Here?

Through the Wormhole - Season 1, Episode 5: How Did We Get Here ?
Original Air Date—7 July 2010

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there before the beginning? Are we really alone? Is there a creator? These questions have been pondered by the most exquisite minds of the human race. Now, science has evolved to the point where hard facts and evidence may be able to provide us with answers instead of philosophical theories. Through the Wormhole will bring together the brightest minds and best ideas from the very edges of science - Astrophysics, Astrobiology, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, and more - to reveal the extraordinary truth of our Universe.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sam Harris On Good and Evil

Morality is one of the greatest challenges for modernity.

American Atheists Hire Planes to Carry Banners Across the Sky

American Atheists Hire Planes to Carry Banners Across the Sky on July 4th!

Rick Wingrove, Virginia State Director for American Atheists.

"Faces of Faith", CNN Sunday, July 3, 2011

Che Ahn: Prop 8 Passed Because Of Our Prayers

Che Ahn explains how he, Lou Engle, Dutch Sheets, and Jim Garlow all knew that Proposition 8 was going to pass while participating in The Call prayer rally the weekend before the election.

Mike Bickle: Oprah Is a Forerunner Of The Antichrist

Christian Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer says that Oprah Winfrey is a forerunner of the Harlot of Babylon and the Antichrist.

God's Priorities

Thanking God and saying prayers for yourself is arrogant and selfish. There are people in much worse situations than you. Why should you be a higher priority? Why are you so special? WHY? I'll tell you why. It's because your god is really nothing more than an extension of your own ego.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Atheist Stand-up Comedy, De-Baptism Ceremony

On December 18th, CFI Montreal will be hosting a Year-End Party aimed at the city's atheist and skeptic communities.

The event will feature a live jazz performance by the "Mike Rud Trio", four of the best stand-up comedians/heretics around town, a De-Baptism ceremony for those who want to save their souls, a cash bar (beer only) and all the holiday cheer you can handle! This party will also kick off our new monthly Atheist Comedy Nights, which will start in the new year. And remember: if you drink, don't write holy texts that could be misinterpreted for centuries to come."

The Bible Tutor - Vol. 3

Learning about the bible

Video by Highpants Resistance

Directed/Produced by Matt Lewis & Josh Poole.
Written by Matt Lewis// Story by Josh Poole, Matt Lewis and God
Original Music/Animation by Matt Lewis
Sound Mixer/Production Designer: Kenice Mobley

Starring Anastasia Baranova, Mickey Faerch & Caren La Rae Larkey

Sam Harris on Interpreting Scripture

Maybe God spoke in metaphor.


Jesus Christ: Madman or Something Worse

Madman or Something Worse is a short film that critically examines the ethics of Jesus of Nazareth. Produced by Peter Brietbart, with animations by Many Artists Who Do One Thing.

Madman or Something Worse - Part 1

Madman or Something Worse - Part 2

Lou Engle: Joplin Tornado Was God's Judgment For Abortion

Speaking at the International House of Prayer in June 2011, Lou Engle said the tornado that devestated Joplin, MO was "a sign that God's redemptive judgments" were falling on this nation

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hide the Bible at the hotel

Funny game at the hotel Hide the Bible.

I do not do this myself. I believe people becomes atheists if the read the whole bible.

Watch The Holy Bible Tutor and The Bible Tutor - Vol 2

Michele Bachmann and Lou Engle Pray To Stop Healthcare Reform

Rep. Michele Bachmann and Lou Engle pray during FRC's 2009 "Prayercast" to stop the passage of healthcare reform legislation.

ESP is Bullshit

Penn and Teller Bullshit! about ESP

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PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins in conversation 2011

The BHA presents: PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins in conversation, at the Institute of Education in June 2011.

The Q&A from PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins in conversation, at the Institute of Education in June 2011

The full writeup is here:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What the Romans and Greeks did for us

Natalie Haynes' Voltaire lecture on the topic of 'What the Romans and Greeks did for us: how Ancient History makes our lives better'.

Q&A Session from Natalie Haynes' lecture

The question and answer session from Natalie Haynes' Voltaire lecture, on the topic of 'What the Romans and Greeks did for us: how Ancient History makes our lives better'.

By British Humanist Association.

Darwin: Endless Forms Most Beautiful

"Darwin: Endless Forms Most Beautifu"l is a new multi-media theatre/music work that explores the life and ideas of Charles Darwin, his theory of evolution, and the conflict between science and belief. Darwin: Endless Forms Most Beautiful examines where Darwin's theory may be leading us in terms of bio- and cyber-technology. Developed in a creative development laboratory setting, in conjunction with a student ensemble of seven singer/actors and six instrumentalists, the piece showcases an experimental scenography that features video and projection.

Ralph Denzer is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who has been working in the New York city alternative theatre scene for several decades. His work has been performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and many other venues throughout New York city, in other parts of the U.S. and Canada, and in Finland, Denmark, Poland and Germany. He has received numerous grants from various funding organizations, and has written for dance, puppetry, film, video, TV commercials and radio plays. He moved to Montreal in 2008, where he is pursuing his Masters degree at Concordia University. In 2011, as part of his thesis work at Concordia, he collaborated with playwright Ryan Hurl and veteran music/theatre director Keith Turnbull to create a new work of music/theatre, Darwin: Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which used 7 actor/singers, a 6 piece instrumental ensemble, and live image projections.

The meaning of being a Hindu

A short extract from BBC2 Series "Goodness Gracious Me".

William Lobdell Slams Benny Hinn, Faith Healers

William Lobdell criticizes Christian faith healers such as Trinity Broadcast Network star Benny Hinn, who he calls a "charlatan," and wonders why other mainstream pastors on TBN do not condemn Hinn. "Where's the courage within Christianity?" he asks.

William Lobdell's journey of faith -- and doubt -- may be the most compelling spiritual memoir of our time. Lobdell became a born-again Christian in his late 20s when personal problems drove him to his knees in prayer.

Complete video at:

As a newly minted evangelical, Lobdell -- a veteran journalist -- noticed that religion wasn't covered well in the mainstream media, and he prayed for the Lord to put him on the religion beat at a major newspaper. In 1998, his prayers were answered when the Los Angeles Times asked him to write about faith.

Yet what happened over the next eight years was a roller-coaster of inspiration, confusion, doubt, and soul-searching as his reporting and experiences slowly chipped away at his faith. He explored every doubt, every question -- until, finally, his faith collapsed. - Kepler's Books

William Lobdell has been a journalist for 25 years, winning scores of state and national awards. In 1998, he was assigned to the religion beat for the Los Angeles Times. During his eight years covering faith, he was a finalist for national religion writer of the year in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He left the religion beat when he lost his faith, in 2007.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Rep. Akin and Sen. DeMint Fight The Secularization of America

Rep. Todd Akin and Sen. Jim DeMint tell Coral Ridge Ministries how liberals are trying to secularize America in order to remove God and institute socialism.

Songs of Praise - Rowan Atkinson

Not the Nine O'clock News Songs of Praise with Rowan Atkinson as a frustrated vicar on songs of praise

Southpark Atheists Club

Watch this video on VideoSurf or see more Trey Parker Videos or Matt Stone Videos

Monday, July 4, 2011

Are Faith Healers Charlatans?

Are faith healers charlatans?

Includes Evangelical Christan pastor Brian Madden (gay?) from Maghaberry Elim Pentecostal Church and Psychologist Professor Chris French of The Skeptic Magazine

Sunday Morning Live on BBC One 3. juli 2011

An illiberal consensus

The BBC slanders Wilders as a far-right politician

The Guardian slanders Wilders as 'far-right'

The Guardian gives platform to Hamas

The BBC's diversity strategy

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Rowan Atkinson on Does God Exist?

from 'Not The 9 O'Clock News' (TV Series 1979--1982)

8:18 Prayer Rally Exposed Eddie Long

Will Ford tells Cindy Jacobs that how repending for homosexuality at the 8:18 prayer rally ended up exposing Eddie Long.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Praying for America, A Fourth of July Message from Rabbi Buchwald

In honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of Jewish Treats parent organization, the National Jewish Outreach Program, remembers a great US patriot by the name of James Forrestal.

In May of 1949, James Forrestal died. You may be asking yourself, who was James Forrestal? He was the last Cabinet level Secretary of the Navy and the first Cabinet level Secretary of Defense for the United States. In fact, the United States Navy's first Supercarrier was named for him because he was a great patriot and very devoted to the American people.

In May of 1949 when Forresetal died, Rabbi Buchwald was 4-years-old. When he heard that a great patriot died and saw that people were putting out there flags. He ran and grabbed one of the flags in their home, an Israeli flag, and put it outside. When his father came home and saw the flag outside, he wasn't happy. He knew if he said that James Forrestal the Secretary of Defense died, his father wouldn't understand. So he told his father, Dr. Theodore Hertzl, the founder of Zionism died. Hertzl had died 50 years earlier. Rabbi Buchwald father was an immigrant to the United States and always felt beholden to the US and it's government because it was kind and benevolent. They used to hang the flags often. We learn in Pirket Avot (Ethics of our Fathers) "that Jewish people should pray for the security of the government." Without government we'd eat each other alive. The US government is a "Malchut Shel Chesed" a kingdom of loving kindness. It has been a gracious and benevolent kingdom for the Jewish people and therefore we should pray for it. Pray for the security of the government. Pray for the security of the President. Pray for the people of America. Pray for peace.

We at Jewish Treats and the National Jewish Outreach Program wish you and all of our fellow Americans a happy, healthy and safe Fourth of July!

The Impossible Game

This clip is from the 'there are no gods' series.

Special Investigation - Atheist Alert

Here are Ray and Kent again with another Special Investigation, using all the available information to draw reasonable conclusions about what it means to not believe in their specific deity.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Jim Garlow: God Is The Foundation of Government

Jim Garlow does not accept the idea that civil society can define marriage in a way that does not correspond to Christianity because God is the foundation of all government.

Aired on CNN

First cause argument for God

If everything has a cause, then God does, too, and there is no first cause. And if something doesn't have a cause, it might as well be the phsical world as a God or a tortoise.

If someone who asserts that God is the uncaused first cause (and then preens as if he's really explained something), we should thus inquire, "Why cannot the physical world itself be taken to be the uncaused first cause? After all, the neverable principle of Occam's razor advises us to 'shave off' unnecessary assumptions, and taking the world itself as the uncaused first cause has the great virtue of not introducing the unnecessary hypothesis of God

Religion quote by mathematician John Allen Paulos.

Wes Hobson on alternative medicine and treatment

I got at blood test, which turned up normal with the exception of high iron content. I aslo saw two Chinese medicine specialists and one internist, had a massage once a week and acupuncture three times. I tried herbal teas, vitamin supplements, and pure magnesium for better absorption into the cells. My state of fatique didn't change for six weeks.

Quote by Wes Hobson

It did not work!

The Amazing Floating Deck

Glenn Beck's Anti-Evolution Logic

Howard Stern Show - Glenn Beck's Anti-Evolution Logic part 1 of 3

Howard Stern Show - Glenn Beck's Anti-Evolution Logic part 2 of 3

Glenn Beck's Anti-Evolution Logic part 3 of 3

The Howard Stern Show. All Howard, all the time.
Sirius Internet Radio.

Carbon - Periodic Table of Videos

We take a look at Carbon - one of the most important elements for our lives on Earth. We look at various forms of elemental carbon, from diamonds to exotic graphene and buckyballs.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Joyner: Hurricane Katrina Was God's Judgment For Homosexuality

Christian Rick Joyner says a US Senator asked him if Hurricane Katrina was God's judgment and he assured him that is certainly was.

Bryan Fischer: Liberals Hate God

Christian Bryan Fischer is upset that Rep. Todd Akin quasi-apologized for saying liberals hate God because liberals do in fact hate God.

Stephen Fry's Humor Was Lost on Morons in Salt Lake City

A Mormon tour guide did not appreciate Stephen Frys sly questions.

Atheism, The Wind of Change is a blowing!

The Ledge, the first 'A-list' movie with an Atheist hero!

You can now see The Ledge through video-on-demand, or in theatres July 8. To see the trailer, or win tickets to the premiere and meet the stars, see or

Written and directed by Matthew Chapman, the great great grandson of Charles Darwin.

If you think you can design a better logo to rebrand Atheism as being Awesome and American, I'd love to see what you got!
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