Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Climategate mark 2 - the quotes and the context

I'll match the sources with times on the video soon. Here are just the sources for now.

Catholic Pedophilia Failure

Don looks at the failure of the Catholic Church to deal with it's child molestation problems

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #737: Catholic Pedophilia Failure
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-host: Don Baker
Show date: 2011-11-27
Runtime: 58:31

Santorum Wants Schools To Undermine Evolution

Rick Santorum urges public schools to begin teaching claims that undermine evolution, no matter their scientific veracity.

Thanksgiving Message Is "The Most Offensive Thing" Obama Has Ever Saiid

Evangelical Christian Bryan Fischer says President Obama's Thanksgiving message was "the most offensive thing" he has ever heard Obama say.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Carl Sagan vs William Lane Craig

Scientist Carl Sagan vs Christian William Lane Craig

Where did god come from?

Setting fire to creationist strawmen

This is the voting video that never was; a debunk of three creationists who were supposed to have been contenders for the 2011 coveted Golden Crocoduck. The award has been suspended this year.

Republican racism in 2011

Republican racism in 2011

Republican Orly Taitz (born August 30, 1962 in Moldavian SSR, USSR) is a dentist, lawyer, former real estate agent.

Orly Taitz in New Hampshire: "This is not even a good forgery"

Orly Taitz: "I am extremely concerned about Obama specifically because I was born in Soviet Union, so I can tell that he is extremely dangerous. I believe he is the most dangerous thing one can imagine, in that he represents radical communism and radical Islam: He was born and raised in radical Islam, all of his associations are with radical Islam, and he was groomed in the environment of the dirty Chicago mafia. Can there be anything scarier than that?"

Read more:

Birther State Reps and Orly Taitz Throw Tantrum at NH Ballot Law Commission Hearing

Orly Taitz and Birther NH State Rep. Harry Accornero

NH Birther Reps. Susan DeLemus and Harry Accornero Lash Out at Ballot Law Commission

Vaccine-Autism Cover-up Exposed!

The article:

Here's Mike Adams (the Health Ranger):

The actual science:
The primary pub:

Secondary pub:

Scientology: James Randi on L. Ron Hubbard

After James Randi gave a speech in which he mentioned Scientology, a Scientologist came up to Randi and urged him to try auditing.

Mark Bunker then asked James Randi about meeting Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

Embryology in the Quran

Monday, November 28, 2011

Church Tells HIV Patients to Stop Treatment

At least six people have died in Britain after being told by a group of Christians they had been healed of HIV and could stop taking their medication, Sky News has discovered.

Video by Sky News (Britain)

Tead more Church Tells HIV Patients To Stop Treatment by Sky News.

Pres. Obama's Thanksgiving Address & the new Catholic Mass

Father Jonathan Morris discusses the controversy behind President Obama's 2011 Thanksgiving proclamation, as well as the new changes to the Catholic mass.

Video from Fox News

Jim Carrey on Spirituality and Overcoming Depression

As one who has had his bouts with depression, Jim Carrey reveals how important his spirituality is to his wellbeing

Sunday, November 27, 2011

CNN to atheists: you're gonna die first

CNN was discussing the survivors of the Japan quake and followed it up with a segment about religion dying out. Their "expert" had this to say.

James Randi speaks at CULTinfo Conference

James Randi talks about deceit and manipulation in this cult speech given in 1999.

Atheist Isolation and Ouija Boards

Russell and Tracie talk about why atheists often feel isolated and ouija boards.

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #736: Atheist Isolation and Ouija Boards
Host: Russell Glasser
Co-host: Tracie Harris
Show date: 2011-11-20
Runtime: 58:31

Saturday, November 26, 2011

National Geographic Amish At The Altar

Bill Maher talks with an Ex Jews for Jesus Guy

Religulous - Bill Maher talks with an Ex Jews for Jesus Guy (God and Santa analogy scene)

Jesus and Vishnu on Christmas Eve

From Family Guy: Jesus and Vishnu on Christmas Eve

Friday, November 25, 2011

Anti-vax Goes Commercial

Jenn looks at some of the latest disinformation from the anti-vax movement.

Atheist Experience #735: Anti-vax Goes Commercial

Runtime: 58:31 min.
The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #735: Anti-vax Goes Commercial. Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-host: Jen Peeples
Date: 2011-11-13

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 (

Camp Quest Northwest on Ask An Atheist

Sam and Nick will talk about Camp Quest Northwest, the newly-formed, local branch of the skeptical and secular children's camp, with organizer Chuck Wolber.

This an episode of Ask an Atheist, a call-in show in the Tacoma/Seattle area dedicated to atheism, skeptical inquiry, and the separation of church and state. The show is broadcast live on KLAY 1180 AM in Tacoma on Sundays at 3:00 PM, Pacific time.

Jim Carrey discusses Scientology

Jim Carrey on a talk show and making fun of Scientology.

Sean Faircloth, Gingrich envy, and Theocracy-palooza

Sean Faircloth, Director of Strategy and Policy for the U.S. branch of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and author of the book, Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All—and What We Can Do About It, which examines the crumbling of the United States' most cherished founding principle—the wall of separation between church and state—and offers a specific and sensible plan for rebuilding the church-state wall.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bryan Fischer Sounds the Alarm on the Muslim Turkeys Invading America's Dinner Tables

Red-blooded Christian Americans, consider yourselves warned. The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer has discovered a plot to secretly infiltrate America's ovens with Muslim turkeys.

Bryan Fischer: Repeat, repeat

Aggressive Gay Agenda Will Push Kids Into Gay Relationships

Mat Staver and Rena Lindevaldsen say that gay agenda seeks to shut down critics and push young children into gay relationships.

Libety Counsel

Is Thanksgiving a Jewish Concept?

This is of course Thanksgiving week, but are people actually thinking about giving thanks? Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of Jewish Treats' parent organization, the National Jewish Outreach Program, says that he considers Thanksgiving to be somewhat of a Jewish holiday. After all, it is believed that the Pilgrims got the idea of saying thanks from the Hebrew Bible.

But there is a difference between Thanksgiving and what the Jewish notion of thanks is all about. Rabbi Yochanan, a 3rd century sage of the Talmud, states: "Would that humans pray all day long," (Berachot 21a). Really, we should be saying thank you to God throughout the day. Think about your relationship with your parents. We should regularly call our parents and say thank you for all they've done for us. The same applies to our relationship with God. But, we're also supposed to be contributing members of society.

We need to work and cannot necessarily pray all day. So the rabbis set up a prayer system where we thank God morning, afternoon and evening, as if we are thanking God throughout the day. So when you eat your turkey this Thanksgiving remember to thank God. Thank God on Thanksgiving and everyday after that, as often as you possibly can. Happy Thanksgiving from those of us at Jewish Treats!

Mr Deity and the Bang

In the season four finale, Mr. Deity goes out with a bang!

William Hay - This is the truth UNCUT (What scientists really think of the Quran)

Following the release of a video clip of an interview he participated in in the 1980's, William Hay has often been cited as a scientist who has allegedly attested to the miraculous nature of the information within the Quran.

This video is an uncut interview with Prof Hay nearly 30 years later asking him to explain this experience in detail, and his thoughts on the matter.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Pale Blue Dot - A Tribute to Carl Sagan

Fischer: Curb Public Expressions of Homosexual Behavior

In discussing the murder of openly gay student Lawrence King, Bryan Fischer says the solution is to "curb public expressions of homosexual behavior."

Pat Robertson, Love Doctor

Pat Robertson offers his version of relationship advice

The 700 Club

Scott: Gay Marriage Leads To Eiffel Tower Marriage

Michele Bachmann's Iowa campaign chair Tamara Scott tells Bob Vander Plaats that legalizing gay marriage will lead to legalizing marriage with inanimate objects, like the Eiffel Tower.

This woman is nuts.

Does Reincarnation Exist?

Multi religion debate about reincarnation

William Roache, actor
Gerry Robinson, businessman
John Amaechi, psychologist, former NBA basketball player
David Brazier, Head of Amida Buddhist order
Chris French, professor of psychology, skeptic
Dav Panesar, sikh
Raj Pandit Sharma, Head of the Hindu Priest Association

BBC One. Sunday Morning Live, 20 November 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rick Santorum: God's Law And Civil Law Must Be That Same

Rick Santorum, speaking at the Thanksgiving Family Forum, says that our civil laws must reflect God's law ... but that is totally different from Sharia.

Hamza Tzortzis, the iERA - and embryos in the koran

"Then We made the seed a clot, then We made the clot a lumb of flesh, then we made (in) the lumb of flesh bones, then we clothed the bones with flesh, then we caused it to grow into another creation, so blessed be Allah, the best of creators.

Quran. Sura 23;14


1. The iERA

2. Companies House.

3. The iERA video of Hamza meeting PZ Myers.

4. The iERA speakers page.

5. The iERA research pages.

6. The iERA research page (2).

8. The iERA research page (3).

9. The Perceptions of Islam "research" paper.

10. Sura 23 verse 14.

12. The Charity Commission entry for the iERA.

Other links:

Hamza on the Magic Sandwich Show. Part 7.

Part 10.

Previous interpretation of 23:14.

Pubmed embryology search results.

Charity Commission entry for the iERA.

The justgiving embryology page. (Please don't donate to iERA. Give to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Biology: Jonathan McLatchie vs. PZ Myers

Note the Gish Gallop, the "I'm jus' asking" tactic, and the pants-ruining terror on his face. It's the most nonsensical question about embryology he could have asked, and here's why: a mouse HOX gene can be transplanted to a fly, and still be functional to produce the homologous structure. Lack of correlation? Holy frijoles, you have to be kidding me.

Jonathan McLatchie doesn't communicate very clearly and is rambling, so his questions is in caption.

Was PZ too mean to Jonathan McLatchie? I'd probably argue that he wasn't mean enough. It might help a lot to understand what Jonathan wrote on his blog prior to PZ's appearance:

Jonathan McLatchie: You missed a rare opportunity to engage with someone on a topic on which they are an expert. What a shame that your political and religious views allowed you to miss out on the genuine scientific discussion, instead trying to score cheap points for your cause. You'll never be a proper scientist if you put ideology before open inquiry.

From Glasgow Skeptics

Psychic Sally Morgan communication with the dead

After an introduction by the Merseyside Skeptics Society President, Mike Hall, Dr. Simon Singh talks about the Challenge Sally project, the claims made by Sally Morgan, and what people believe.

Challenge Sally Morgan

Challenge Sally – The Press Conference. 31st October 2011, The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool

Introduction and Dr. Simon Singh Talk/Q&A

Prof. Chris French Talk

Prof. Chris French Q&A

Michael Marshall Talk + Q&A

Listen to Psychic Sally on Skeptics with a K – Episode #058

Tim Tebow "Jesus" Jersey

Father Jonathan Morris weighs on the "Jesus" jersey trend inspired by Tim Tebow's faith.

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Bible (New International Version) Matthew 6,5-6

Video from Fox News

Monday, November 21, 2011

What is Christianity ? A Visual Explanation

What is Christianity?

Christianity teaches that there is only one God and that "in the beginning" this God spoke the entire universe into existence.

On earth God creates two people, a man and woman, named Adam and Eve.
They are to tend the garden in which they live, and are free to eat from any tree except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Sometime later Eve is tempted by Satan and eats from this tree. Then Adam eats from it too. It's at this point that the two become aware, and "understand good and evil," evidenced by a new shame of their nakedness.
Disobeying God results in them being expelled from the Garden of Eden and suffering the effect of death.
Many generations after Adam, God chooses a man named Abraham to make into a great nation. A nation that will one day birth a Messiah to release mankind from the bondage of sin and death.
Our modern calendar splits time at the approximate date of the birth of Jesus who Chrisitians believe is the promised Messiah.
According to the NT, a collection of writings from early followers, Jesus is born to a virgin named Mary, lives a sinless life and then willingly sacrifices himself as the substitutionary atonement for the sins of mankind. The word atonement is used to describe an act that pays for or erases one's sins and transgressions.
3 days later, Jesus defeats death by resurrecting from the dead to open heaven to those who believe in him and trust him for the forgiveness of their sins.
The resurrected Christ appears to many people over a span of forty days before he bodily ascends into heaven. From there he rules and reigns with God the Father and sends the Holy Spirit to teach his followers.
It is also maintained that one day Jesus will return to this earth to judge all humans, living and dead, and grant eternal life to those who put faith in Him and eternal death for those who don't.
Christians call the message of Jesus Christ the Gospel, meaning the good news.
And that is Christianity.

created by Jon Oleksiuk and Gary Carr
Crossroads Christian Communications Inc

Paulette Cooper - Scandals of Scientology

Paulette Cooper wrote the first critical book about Scientology. They lashed back with multiple covert operations against her, including setting her up with a roommate who reported on her every move.

Knowledge Report: Paulette Cooper

Another 10 quirky science stunts

A Response to Jonathan McLatchie on Bacterial Chemotaxis

A response to

The papers Jonathan McLatchie quotes:

Sean Faircloth, Naked Ladies and Mormons

Sean Faircloth, Director of Strategy and Policy for the U.S. branch of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, discusses his new book, Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All—and What We Can Do About It, which examines the crumbling of the United States' most cherished founding principle—the wall of separation between church and state—and offers a specific and sensible plan for rebuilding the church-state wall.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Why Blood is Red!

Scientology - The Cult Awareness Network

Scientology sues and then takes over CAN, a group which helped parents whose children had been entrapped by groups like Scientology.


PZ Myers on the Pharyngula at Glasgow Skeptics

PZ Myers discusses the evidence for evolution from development with the Glasgow Skeptics.

How ontogeny and phylogeny have been tangled from von Baer to evo-devo, with awkward detours to Haeckel and creationism.

Introduced by Stuart Ritchie.

Directed and Edited by Stephen Paton.

Filmed on 6th June 2011.

Twitter: @GlasgowSkeptics

For more information on Glasgow Skeptics.

PZ Myers answers questions after his discussion on the evidence for evolution from development with the Glasgow Skeptics.

PZ Myers Questions and Answers at Glasgow Skeptics

Incl. questions from Jonathan McLatchie

For more information on Glasgow's premier video production company:

Copyright 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Barber Says PFAW Driven By Anger Toward God And Hostility Toward Christianity

Matt Barber Says PFAW Driven By Anger Toward God And Hostility Toward Christianity

35 years of prayer couldn't get rid of my homosexuality. My name is Steve and I am an Ex Mormon

The Randi Show - Episode 1

The Randi Show is a biweekly video podcast produced by the James Randi Educational Foundation. James Randi himself discusses news from the world of science, pseudoscience, and the paranormal. Plus, he shares some stories from his amazing life.

In this episode, Randi explores the latest news in cold fusion. Has it finally been achieved?

Sara E. Mayhew asks Deepak Chopra

Sara E. Mayhew asks Deepak Chopra how are we able to distinguish what is true from what we simply want to be true, without science.

Nightline Faceoff: Does God Have a Future?

Decapitation wont kill you

According to the Book of Mormon will decapitation not kill you

And it came to pass that when Coriantumr had leaned upon his sword, that he rested a little, he smote off the head of Shiz. And it came to pass that after he had smitten off the head of Shiz, that Shiz raised up on his hands and fell; and after that he had struggled for breath, he died.

Book of Mormon. — Ether 15:30-31

Absurdities in the Book of Mormon

Friday, November 18, 2011

Relic to promote motherhood in Russia

A sacred relic, believed by some Orthodox Christians to be the belt of the Virgin Mary, is drawing thousands of Russian pilgrims in search of a cure for a myriad of ailments including infertility. But the treasure -- a 2,000 year old cincture woven from camel fur - is also having political resonance.

Russian leaders have called the country's shrinking population a matter of national security and now the influential Orthodox church has joined the fight.

It wants to take the relic to pregnancy centres to discourage women from having abortions and save mother Russia by promoting motherhood.

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from Samara.

Daily Show - Mormonism

Samantha Bee and Wyatt Cenac explore whether being Mormon should disqualify a candidate from the presidency.

Indecision 2012 - Hardcore Sects Edition - Mormonism

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Monday October 17, 2011

Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist

In the latest in John Harris's National Conversations series of interviews, Richard Dawkins is invited to defend his atheism. What about the comfort, community, and moral education offered by religion?

Video by The Guardian

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Bloody Beetroots feat. Dennis Lyxzén - Church of Noise

The Bloody Beetroots feat. Dennis Lyxzén - Church of Noise (Congorock Remix) (Cover Art)

Just because of the name: Church of Noise

Sean Faircloth Introduces Richard Dawkins in Lynchburg

Sean Faircloth offers a Ten Point Vision of a Secular America. Sean Faircloth, author of" Attack of the Theocrats", was asked by Richard Dawkins to be opening speaker for the fall 2011 Dawkins book tour. Faircloth, a ten year elected official, has since been hired as Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation.

President Rick Perry bans teaching evolution

A glimpse of the future (not!)

The Science and Philosophy of Free Will

Are advances in the scientific understanding of the human mind shaping our conception of free will? If so, how? Are the cognitive sciences revealing that free will does not exist, or are they merely shedding light on the inner workings of agency? And do the answers to these questions have implications for moral responsibility?

On Nov. 6, 2011, the Center for Inquiry New York City explored these and related questions by presenting a panel discussion featuring:

* Hakwan Lau, Columbia University.
* Alfred Mele, Florida State University.
* Jesse Prinz, City University of New York.
* Adina Roskies, Dartmouth College.
* Massimo Pigliucci, City University of New York.

This event was held at the Auditorium on Broadway. It was the second in our "Science and Philosophy" series. The first event focused on consciousness.

Bryan Fischer: Commander-In-Chief Must Be A Christian

Bryan Fischer says if our Commander-In-Chief is a Mormon or a Muslim, then "we are going to go down."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rep. Bill Johnson: Obama Hostile To America

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) says Barach Hussain Obama is hostile to both Christianity and America.

On AFA Channel

Matthew Hagee: Gay Agenda Invading Schools

Matthew Hagee, John Hagee's son, lashes out against the "homosexual agenda"

There are no atheists in foxholes

About atheits and Christians in foxholes (military/army)

DOMA Needed To Keep Kids From Becoming Gay & Getting AIDS

Matt Barber says DOMA is needed in order to prevent kids from having same-sex parents and becoming gay.

God of the Paradox

What if we solved all our problems this way? Late paying the rent? Just tell your landlord that you paid him with supermoney, which is better than money, but he just can't see it right now.

The paradox and the supernatural are symbiotic. "Beyond" space and time, omniscience, omnibenevolence, omnipotence, omnipresence, freewill, a grand plan, divine intervention, heaven, hell, souls, miracles, and life after death are completely invented concepts that have severe logical problems that are explained away by the word "supernatural", which is also completely made up.

Lightning and rainbows were once obviously supernatural. Those claims failed when they became testable, as will any claim attributed to the supernatural - no matter how obvious they seem to you.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Abuse and Religion

This week, join Becky, Jerry, and Rich as we talk about abusive situations in religion. We have a discussion with Janet Heimlich, author of "Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Maltreatment"

This an episode of Ask an Atheist, a call-in show in the Tacoma/Seattle area dedicated to atheism, skeptical inquiry, and the separation of church and state. The show is broadcast live on KLAY 1180 AM in Tacoma on Sundays at 3:00 PM, Pacific time.

The Invisible Pink Unicorn (animation)

A man in a funny hat confronts three engineers who have mocked him for believing in the Invisible Pink Unicorn. Will the man win them over with the power of his rhetoric? Will the engineers prove how foolish he is and dismiss him? Or will the Invisible Pink Unicorn show up and startle everyone?

Frequently Asked Questions - The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #35

Over the last 2 1/2 years, many of the same questions keep popping up. About the site. About the podcasts. About the videos. On this show, well take some time and answer the questions so often asked by the TTA community and others.

Follow-Up: Vanderbilt University's Policy on Religious Groups

Father Jonathan Morris provides an update on the controversy surrounding Vanderbilt University's policy on religious groups and who will lead them.

Fox News November 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Vladimir Putin and the cult: Vlad's Army

Vlad's Army. Russia 2011

Host: Peter Oborne
Documentary by Channel 4 in the series Unreported World.

Will Divine Intervention Help Create Jobs?

Father Jonathan Morris contributes to a discussion about President Obama's recent remarks invoking faith with job creation and governmental policies.

Yes Jonathan Morris: Get off the couch and start working!

Video from Fox News

Push for Atheist Chaplains

Father Jonathan Morris discusses the case involving an Army captain who is pushing for an initiative to include atheist or 'humanist' chaplains to advise and counsel troops.

Fox & Friends on Fox News. November 13, 2011

Mirror video

Why Did Christians Stop Killing Jews?

Don asks why do Christians know so little about the biggest theological event of the last century.

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #733: Why Did Xians Stop Killing Jews?
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-host: Don Baker
Showdate: November 6, 2011

Paul Zak: Trust, morality - and oxytocin

Where does morality come from -- physically, in the brain? In this talk neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy, and other feelings that help build a stable society.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

In the beginning: The Creationist Controversy

A blast from the past: a WTTW-TV special examining the origins of humanity--and the evolution vs. creationism battle.

This clip features executive director Genie Scott. When: 1994.

Film on Islamic Shariah Stoning to be banned in muslim countries

Shariah law demands the stoning of live individuals for the "crime" of adultery and apostasy(leaving Islam)

Video by SkyNews

Gus Hansen show at Poker Superstars Tournament

This is the first Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament for 1.000.000 US Dollars.

Doyle Brunson
Johnny Chan
T.J. Cloutier
Gus Hansen - The Great Dane
Phil Ivey
Howard Lederer - The Professor

Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 1 Grand Finale 1/6

Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 1 Grand Finale 2/6

Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 1 Grand Finale 3/6

Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 1 Grand Finale 4/6

Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 1 Grand Finale 5/6

Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 1 Grand Finale 6/6

Scientology: First Picket from the LMT

A few days after the Lisa McPherson Trust opened its doors in Clearwater, Florida (right next to Scientology's dirty tricks division, the Office of Special Affairs) Bob Minton led a small group in a protest of Scientology's abuses. Then head of OSA, Mike Rinder, attempted to have us arrested.

Filmed in January of 2000

NOTE: The LMT closed it's doors in late 2001. The phone number memtioned in the video no longer goes to the LMT.

James Randi in Australia

James Randi tests water diviners and dowsers in Sydney, Australia in 1980. This was also the start of Australian Skeptics.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Nigeria's Millionaire Preachers (Christianity)

Miracles, expensive cars, exorcisms and bodyguards: religion is big business in Nigeria. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Matt Haan travel to Lagos to reveal the extraordinary world of the millionaire preachers.

By promoting the dream of escaping poverty, they have turned their churches into corporations, which are changing the face of Christianity.

Every Sunday millions of Nigerians crowd into thousands of competing churches. The team visits one church in Lagos run by Dr Sign Fireman, an up-and-coming preacher who is attempting to break into the big time.

Unreported World: Nigeria's Millionaire Preachers.

Aired October 28, 2011 on Channel 4

An icy Titanic encounter

Phil Plait took images from NASA's Cassini Saturn probe and put them together to make an animation of the giant moon Titan slipping behind the tinier, icy moon Enceladus. You can see some details in Titan's atmosphere as the smaller moon slides past it, and Phil Plait describe how the motions work.

Note: During the sequence Cassini switched filters, changing the way Titan looks. Phil Plait didn't compensate for any of that; these are raw images right off the spacecraft!

Jack Airy on WISE (by Scientology)

Jack Airy talks about how he was strong-armed for money as an early user of L. Ron Hubbard's business technology.

Knowledge Report: Jack Airy on WISE by Scientology

Carl Sagan last interview with Charlie Rose 1996

Carl Sagan gave his last interview with Charlie rose on May 27th 1996. He discussed pseudo-science, religion, unfounded claims, his personal love affair with science and his struggle with myelodysplasia as well as other elements of his last book: The Demon-Haunted World.

"Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy. And in the final tolling it often turns out that the facts are more comforting than the fantasy."

November 12th is International Carl Sagan Day.

Eugenie Scott: "Crusader against Creationism"

Genie Scott sits down with the editor in chief of the Scientific American Book Club and talks about her years defending the teaching of evolution.

When: 2/19/2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rodriguez: Christians Must Mobilize To Vote And Save America

Samuel Rodriguez tells the "One Nation Under God" DVD that Christians must mobilize by the millions to vote and retake America.

The Call: Working To Demonize Muslims

Crazy Christian Lou Engle, along with Rick Joyner and Jerry Boykin, is leading a rally in Detroit, Michigan this week aimed at converting American Muslims to Christianity. We've collected some of Engle's 'greatest hits' of anti-Muslim extremism.

Thanks to Right Ring Watch

Gerry Armstrong on L. Ron Hubbard

Gerry Armstrong was a devoted Sea Org member who was assigned to assist an author hired by Scientology to write a biography of the group's leader, L. Ron Hubbard. Armstrong uncovered documents about Hubbard's life that showed he had lied about many aspects of his personal history.

Knowledge Report: Gerry Armstrong on L. Ron Hubbard

Matt Barber: Who Would Jesus Vote For?

Matt Barber says Christians need to vote for the candidates that Jesus would support.

Liberty Counsel. Faith & Freedom

David Barton: Our Government Came Right Out Of The Bible

David Barton tells the "One Nation Under God" DVD that all the key concepts of our form of government came directly out of the Bible.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Boykin: Christians Must Go On The Offensive Against Islam

Jerry Boykin says Christians have to go on the offensive against Islam and start claiming vacant lots for Jesus so Muslims can't build mosques on them.

Independent Scientologist Joy Graysen

Joy Graysen faced Disconnection for daring to practice Scientology outside of the corporate Church of Scientology.

Knowledge Report: Independent Scientologist Joy Graysen

Pat Robertson: Oklahoma Earthquake Sign of Last Days

Pat Robertson calls the Oklahoma earthquake a sign of the End Times

Video from The 700 Club on CBN

Continental drift has been going on more than 65.000.000 years. Continental drift has nothing to do with Jesus.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Want vs. Is

This week, Deanna talks with Mike and Keight about desires versus reality.

This an episode of Ask an Atheist, a call-in show in the Tacoma/Seattle area dedicated to atheism, skeptical inquiry, and the separation of church and state. The show is broadcast live on KLAY 1180 AM in Tacoma on Sundays at 3:00 PM, Pacific time.

Carl Sagan "Does Truth Matter"

Today is Carl Sagan's birthday.

November 12th is International Carl Sagan Day.

Futurama Explains Religion

Universal truth about religion

Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Donald Sutherland narrates.

Part 1 of 5.

Part 2 of 5

Part 3 of 5

Part 4 of 5

Part 5 of 5

1993 Documentary on Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species"

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

God: The Failed Hypothesis? Victor Stenger vs Hugh Ross

Victor Stenger (atheist) and Hugh Ross (theist) who are both scientists debate the merits of God's existence. Ross quite simply set Stenger straight.

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

Radio debate from August 2007

The Things That Matter Most - is no longer online

The Science of What Happens When We Die

Horizon Research Foundation explains in an animated video, what happens to the human body when we die.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Steven Pinker on Free Will

There's no such thing as free will in the sense of a ghost in the machine; our behavior is the product of physical processes in the brain rather than some mysterious soul, says Pinker.

Derren Brown on Religion and Morality

Video from The Open University

Barton Is Not A Historian, But He Plays One On TV

David Barton says he does not consider himself to be a historian, nor does he call himself one ... but he sure will advertise himself as one when trying to sell his products.

Face to Face

The Clergy Projec

The Clergy Project is a confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Values We All Stand For


NOTE 1: "In God We Trust" first started to appear on a few US coins during the Civil War. However, the motives for these inclusions were entirely different in nature. At that time, there were, to my knowledge, no active atheists in American culture. The inclusion of "In God We Trust" on US coins was gradual and met with resistance by prominent American theists, such as Theodore Roosevelt, as being sacrilegious.

By comparison, the 1957 changes were drastic, sweeping, and specifically invoked to combat the atheism of the Soviet Union. Before, some coins were allowed to not have the phrase and no paper bills had it; after, ALL American money, both coin and paper were REQUIRED to contain the slogan. Further, the changes in the pledge and the motto happened almost simultaneously with this change.

These changes were overtly anti-atheist in nature: "In these days when imperialistic and materialistic Communism seeks to attack and destroy freedom, it is proper" to "remind all of us of this self-evident truth" that "as long as this country trusts in God, it will prevail."


NOTE 2: "annuit cœptis" ["He (God) has favored our undertakings"] first appeared on the US seal in 1782. Again, there were, to my knowledge, no active atheists in American culture at that time. The inclusion appears to be largely impersonal and deistic in nature. Given its historical meaning and lack of anti-atheist sentiment, I personally would not necessarily be opposed to its continued inclusion. It does however, appear to be arrogant and supportive of the American imperialism that fueled such atrocities as the Indian Massacres.


NOTE 3: The origins of references to God in the federal government are largely irrelevant to the points made in the video starting at 1:23. No matter where these references came from, they exclude the identities of a large population of contributing Americans from the national identity. A government that we all create together should not include language that explicitly excludes any of us.

Why Christians Fight To Stay Alive

A report says that dying people are more likely to do everything they can to stay alive if they're religious than if they're non-religious. I explain it away.

New York Times article Religious Belief Linked to Desire for Aggressive Treatment in Terminal Patients

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Fighting Faith - The Texas Freethought Convention

"If Jesus wasn't the son of God, he was a hideous wicked imposter, whose words were vain and empty." ~ Christopher Hitchens

SBS Dateline (Australia), David Brill reports, 10-30-2011

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Authors @ Google

The Authors@Google program welcomed Neil deGrasse Tyson to Google's New York office to discuss his book, "The Pluto Files".

About the Book:

"The New York Times best-selling author chronicles America's irrational love affair with Pluto, man's best celestial friend.

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog. The year of Pluto's discovery, Disney created an irresistible pup by the same name, and, as one NASA scientist put it, Pluto was "discovered by an American for America." Pluto is entrenched in our cultural, patriotic view of the cosmos, and
Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a quest to discover why.

Only Tyson can tell this story: he was involved in the first exhibits to demote Pluto, and, consequently, Pluto lovers have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third graders. In his typically witty way, Tyson explores the history of planet classification and America's obsession with the "planet" that's recently been judged a dwarf."

This event took place on February 9, 2009.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise

Christopher Hitchens rebuts Atheist atrocities charge

Christopher Hitchens rebuts 20th Century Atheist Nihilism charge. From debate with Alister McGraw - held on October 11, 2007.

Wiley Coyote by Seth McFarlane

Wiley Coyote and the roadrunner

This video animation is by Seth McFarlane

Friday, November 4, 2011

Christian Right: Ban Gays to Help Economy?

Despite the fact that America has been plagued with poverty, the Christian right don't think we should spend all of our time worrying about the less fortunate. Instead they propose that lawmakers move their efforts away from the economy and unemployment, and place "values" at the top of the political agenda.

These people kicked off their three day summit called the Values Voter Summit. RT Correspondent Kristine Frazao says this group is calling to bring God back into schools and ban gay marriages. She explains summit might just be a turning point for the party to take on more social issues.

The Alyona Show, RT

Gus Hansen amazing poker show

Sometimes I fall upon a video that is just amazing. This is one of these with Gus Hansen poker of the roof!

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Gus Hansen

Liberty Institute: 'Drug-Based Sex Ed"

Christians ....

What Americans Think of Evolution

A Blast from the Past--a talk given by Genie Scott in 2000.

Where: University of Montana.
When: 2000
National Center for Science Education

Pat Buchanan Backs US Ban On Mosques, Muslim Immigration

Pat Buchanan agrees with Bryan Fischer of the AFA that the U.S. should ban mosques and Muslim immigration

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Deepak Chopra and Bill O'Reilly: Believers vs Non-Believers Discussion

November 2, 2011 on Fox News

The Truth about Bible exposed by a Bible Scholar

Bart D. Ehrman is an American New Testament scholar, currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

'Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why' is a book by Bart D. Ehrman, a New Testament scholar at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The book introduces lay readers to the field of textual criticism of the Bible. Ehrman discusses a number of textual variants that resulted from intentional or accidental manuscript changes during the scriptorium era. This book made it to the New York Times Best Seller list.

This Christmas gift this book or this video to your Christian friends.

Bart D. Ehrman , a former bible scholar is an agnostic now. May Allah guide him to Islam. Please make dua for him as he has given us this beautiful book refuting falsehood of Christianity and making things easy for us. What could be more wonderful than a christian bible scholar exposing the contradictions in his own book.

Spiritualism - The One Show

With professors Richard Wiseman and Chris French

BBC One 31 October 2011

How It's Made Electrical Wires

Discovery / Science Channel's "How It's Made" Electrical Wires episode

Man beheaded in carpark as per Muslim Shariah law

Dozens of people have watched the public beheading of a Sudanese man in a Saudi Arabian carpark after he was found guilty in a secret trial of being a sorcerer.

Shocking vision of the execution has emerged, showing Abdul Hamid Bin Hussain Bin Moustafa al-Fakki crouched on his knees and blindfolded as he awaits his death.

The vision shows the executioner delivering the single blow that decapitates the man.

Abdul Hamid is understood to have been arrested in 2005 after he was entrapped by a man working for the Mutawa'een (Islamic religious police)

He was asked to concoct a spell that would cause the officer's father to leave his second wife.

Mr Hamid reportedly carried out the curse in exchange for 6,000 Saudi Arabian riyals (about $1500).

In a secret trial, where he was not allowed legal representation, he was sentenced to death by the General Court in Medina in March 2007.

Mr Hamid, who was killed on September 20, is believed to have been the 44th person executed in Saudi Arabia this year - and the 11th foreign national.

Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International's Director for the Middle East and North Africa, heavily criticised the killing.

"Abdul Hamid's execution is appalling as is Saudi Arabia's continuing use of this most cruel and extreme penalty," he told The Daily Mail.
The charity campaigned on Mr Hamid's behalf.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mike Bickle: Sexual Immorality Invites Satan

Christian Mike Bickle on sexual immorality and the "homosexual agenda"

The authors of the Bible

Bart D. Ehrman takes you on a journey to the ancient world and the forgery battles that have raged through the centuries. Bart D. Ehrman contends that the New Testament is riddled with contradictions about the life of Jesus and his significance.

Bart D. Ehrman has provided compelling evidence that early Christianity was a collection of competing schools of thought and that the central doctrines we know today were the inventions of theologians living several centuries after Christ.

Bart D. Ehrman is a distinguished and prominent religious scholar, and has also appeared on NPR, "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

Bart Ehrman. Ph.D., Author, Forged and Jesus, Interrupted
Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus, Grace Cathedral - Moderator

Video from The Commonwealth Club, March 21, 2011

Interview with The Religious Antagonist

We speak with the LITERAL Religious Antagonist from YouTube, Mike Lee, and spend a few minutes with Dave Silverman of American Atheists to talk about tactics when challenging superstition and the church. Plus your calls.

Listen to internet radio with TheThinkingAtheist on Blog Talk Radio

1) Is mockery of religion appropriate?
2) Is anger productive or counter-productive?
3) Is anybody out there listening?

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #34

Bryan Fischer: "Dark Energy" Behind Liberalism

Crazy Christian Bryan Fischer says the progressive movement hates God and is driven by demonic spirits

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Steve Jobs' Last Words

Father Jonathan Morris talks about Steve Jobs' last words, as related by Jobs' sister, which were: "Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow."

Faith Healing and Exorcism

This week, join Case, Mike and Rich as we discuss the religious concept of faith healing and purging ghosts from the body, first hand and skeptical experience.

This an episode of Ask an Atheist, a call-in show in the Tacoma/Seattle area dedicated to atheism, skeptical inquiry, and the separation of church and state. The show is broadcast live on KLAY 1180 AM in Tacoma on Sundays at 3:00 PM, Pacific time.

A Conversation with Matt Dillahunty - The Atheist Experience

Interviewed at the Oklahoma Freethought Convention on July 30, 2011, Matt Dillahunty talks about his role in The Atheist Experience television show, seen around the world.

Hot Coffee – civil justice system

Documentarian Susan Saladoff explores how the media and corporate America manipulated the public into believing the civil justice system is broken in the Hot Coffee documentary.

The official trailer for Hot Coffee, a documentary film by Susan Saladoff.

Susan Saladoff interview by The Colbert Report. Tuesday October 25, 2011.

Learning American History With Kirk Cameron

Christian Kirk Cameron asks a trick question about the phrase "four score and seven years ago" ... and then gives the wrong answer.

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