Wednesday, October 31, 2012

First Tenet of Theism

First Tenet of Theism: "Hide your proof in the unknown. When the unknown is discovered, hide your proof in the next unknown." If all of what we define as "nature" was caused by something else, then that something else is not necessarily "supernatural".

The supernatural is just an invention of religion with no real meaningful properties. "Beyond space and time" say nothing really. If our big bang expansion was caused, for instance, by the collision of other big bang expansions, then such an event would be beyond our space and time, but will necessarily entail other space and time. The bottom line is this: don't ever jump to conclusions. Saying that a certain thing can ONLY be a certain way, without having all the pieces to the puzzle, is extremely foolish. Relying on intuition has historically had a hugely poor track record. Don't do that.

The Bloody Bible

God is love.

Or is he?

This show takes a hard and literal look at the contents of the bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, to reveal and discuss barbaric and bloody-bathed scripture verses most Christians aren't even aware of.


The same on youtube

Edited for time and content.

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #78 "The Bloody Bible"

John Butler: Hand of the Almighty

Pastor Blames Hurricane on Gays, Ignores Climate Change

A fundamentalist Christian minister has become the first to link Hurricane Sandy to marriage equality and the "homosexual agenda."

'Defend and Proclaim the Faith Ministries' Founder and Pastor John McTernan has blamed Hurricane Sandy on homosexuals and President Obama, reports Gay Star News.

McTernan reportedlty wrote on his blog: "If you add the area of the drought and now the hurricane together, it would be about 80 percent of the country! As I said, the Holy God of Israel is systematically destroying America right before our eyes."

"Just last August, Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans seven years later, on the exact day of Hurricane Katrina. Both hit during the week of the homosexual event called Southern Decadence in New Orleans!"* Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break down the ridiculous statements that blatantly ignore science and Ana points out how pleasant the weather is in West Hollywood

Woman Lives Biblically For a Year

"Just ahead of the book's release Oct. 30, evangelical author Rachel Held Evans announced that LifeWay Christian Resources had refused to stock her second work, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, which describes her humorous year-long attempt to follow the Bible's rules for women.

LifeWay, which is operated by the Southern Baptist Convention, gave no official reason for the censorship, but it wasn't difficult to guess. Just a few months earlier, Evans had revealed a tangle with her publisher over the word "vagina," the inclusion of which they feared would be too offensive for Christian bookstores.

Evans had allowed other mild profanities ("damn," "kick-ass") to be stripped from her manuscript, but she drew the line at "vagina." Her publisher, Thomas Nelson, allowed her to keep it in, but their fears proved correct."

* Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Ben Mankiewicz break down Evans' experiment and what it proves about following literal rules from the Bible.

Astronomy Cast Ep. 277 Orbit

When an object is orbiting the Earth, it's really falling. The trick, described in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. There are several different kinds of orbits, and they are good for different reasons. From suborbital jumps to geostationary orbit, time to learn everything there is to know about going around and around and around. October 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christians Must Vote to Give Our Soldiers "A Commander in Chief That Cares About Them"

Jerry Boykin says it angers him when Christians don't vote because it shows they don't even care about giving soliders a Commander in Chief who cares about them.

Don't Blame the Atheists

This was AronRas Texas Freethought Convention speech from the steps of the state capital in Austin.

In this AronRa reference Gov Rick Perry's declaration of 'spiritual warfare' against secularists and atheists. Here is a link to the charges AronRa are talking about.

Rick Perry: 'Christian Warriors' must use 'Spiritual Warfare' against 'Satanic' Separation of Church and State

Video from October 20, 2012.

America Is Becoming Nazi Germany

Truth In Action Ministries is out with a new video explaining how America is heading down the same path that led Nazi Germany to the Holocaust.

Wendy Wright, Vice President, C-Fam
Richard Land. Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberties Comm.

Truth In Action: America Is Becoming Nazi Germany. 2012

This is a Crazy Christian video. Truth in Action Ministries

Adolf Hitler: Atheist or Christian quiz show

Adolf Hitler 2012

Godwin's Law of Internet arguments / Narzi analogy

The Failures of Creationism

This was AronRas presentation to the 1st annual 'Reason in the Rock' in Little Rock Arkansas. 10/27/2012.

The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and the Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason put on a good conference, sponsored by the national United Coalition of Reason and the James Randi Educational Foundation as well as American Atheists, Camp Quest Oklahoma, the Secular Student Alliance, and Recovering from Religion. This group once had Hitchens speaking in the same room.

Preceding this were Teresa MacBain and Jerry DeWitt, both practiced preachers in their former lives, and hard acts to follow.

Afterwords were J.T. Eberhard and Seth (theThinkingAtheist) Andrews.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Virtual Star Party Oct 28, 2012

Telescopes by Gary Gonella, Mike Chasin, and Roy Salisbury.

Commentary by Scot Lewis and Dr Thad Szabo.

Hosted by Fraser Cain.

The influence of religion on culture and politics

Matthew McArthur and John Pilbrow explore the influence of religion on Australian culture and politics.

Atheist Foundation of Australia debating team member, Matthew McArthur, in conversation with John Pilbrow on SYN Radio, Saturday 27 October 2012.

John Pilbrow is the Emeritus Professor of Physics, Monash University Co-Editor Christian Perspectives on Science & Technology (CPOSAT) Deputy Chair - Melbourne Anglican Committee on Christianity & Atheism 2010-12.

Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life - Episode 2

Richard Dawkins explores what science can tell us about death.
It's a journey that takes him from Hindu funeral pyres in India to genetics labs in New York.

Dawkins brings together the latest neuroscience, evolutionary and genetic theory to examine why we crave life after death, why we evolved to age and how the human genome is something like real immortality - traits inherited from our distant ancestors that we pass on to future generations.

He meets a Christian dying of motor neurone disease, reminisces about the Wall Street Crash with a 105-year-old stockbroker, and interviews James Watson, the geneticist who co-discovered the structure of DNA.

Dawkins admits to sentimentality in imagining his own church funeral, but he argues we must embrace the truth, however hard that is.

In a television first, he has his entire genome sequenced to reveal the genetic indicators of how he himself may die.

Episode 2

Channel 4, Episode Two Monday 22 October 2012

Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life - Episode 1

In this thought-provoking series, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explores how life might look without religion. First, he examines issues surrounding sex and the notion of sin.

Episode 1 - Episode One

Monday 15 October 2012. Channel 4,

Weekly Space Hangout - Oct 25, 2012

This week we talk about the discovery of a planet around Alpha Centauri, a flash from the Milky Way supermassive black hole, an afterburner jet from a black hole, new space debris in low Earth orbit, the smallest yet observed supermassive black hole, and thirty two fish delivered to the ISS.

We are joined by Jason Major, Nancy Atkinson, Amy Shira Teitel, and Nicole Gugliucci.

Hosted by Fraser Cain.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Winner of the 2012 coveted Golden Crocoduck!

The price for creationism 2012.

'Nuff said. This video tallies all the votes and gives you the winner of your 2012 coveted Golden Crocoduck.

Eric Hovind, creationism,

Founderstein - the Founding Fathers

Book: "That's Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America's Right Wing", by Michael Austin

Edited clips from Freethought Radio, October 27, 2012, FFRF,
Annie Laurie Gaylor & Dan Barker, Co-Presidents.

Scientology's Gold Base in Inside Edition

Inside Edition reports on "Gold Base," The Church of Scientology's secretive international headquarters located in Hemet, California. Interviews with former members of the Church, who describe the facility as a prison.

Inside Edition on Scientology's Gold Base, 7/09/2012

Mitt Romney debates himself

Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?

Dawkins and Krauss on Mormonism

Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss discuss religious beliefs of political candidates.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Collapse of Mormonism: Why Millions Are No Longer Mormons

Why people shut their doors when Mormons and Jevohah Witnesses come near.

This is a Christian video, not a scientitic video.

Your Brain Sucks

Brian Dunning from demonstrates how easily the brain can be fooled. Live on stage at TAM 2012.

With a special musical introduction from TAM emcee George Hrab.

Obama "May In Fact Be a Closeted Muslim"

Citing "reporting" from WorldNetDaily, the Christian Bryan Fischer declares that the wedding ring worn by President Obama is evidence that might be a "closeted Muslim."

Focal Point on AFA Channel, October 2012

Social Networks: Civilizing the Future

R. Elisabeth Cornwell, Executive Director of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, explains the pitfalls of instantaneous communication. Live on stage from TAM 2012.

With a special musical introduction from TAM emcee George Hrab.

If Obama Is Re-Elected, "America Has No Future"

Bryan Fischer says that America is doomed if President Obama is re-elected and the election will either delay or hasten God's day of judgment.

October 2012 on Focal Point, AFA Channel

Friday, October 26, 2012

Does Skeptisism Lead to Atheism?

James Randi, PZ Myers, Victor Stenger, D.J. Grothe talks

Panel 2 at Skepticon 3

Filmed and edited by Rob Lehr of Hambone Productions.

CosmoQuest Science Hour, DPS/Curiosity Update

Emily Lakdawalla and Fraser Cain with your biweekly update on Curiosity's activities on Mars.

Video from October 2012

Voting For Obama Is "Asking For God's Judgment On Our Country"

Robert Jeffress says America is engaged in "high-handed sins" and that re-electing Barack Obama will brings God's judgment upon America.

Robert Jeffress talking to Bryan Fischer.

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, October 2012

Mr. Deity and the Planes

Larry tries to get Mr. Deity to do something about the upcoming attack on New York City.

Mr. Deity: Season Three, Episode Six

Gary Cass: You Can't Be a Christian If You Don't Own A Gun

Gary Cass rails against America's "broken moral compass," its "erverted factories of unfaithfullness," liberal Christians who have "murdered their own souls," and Christians who don't own guns.

Video from October 2012

Pastor Robert Jeffress calls Mormonism a Cult

Evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress stole the Friday news cycle with his comments that Mitt Romney, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was a "non-Christian" in a "cult"-- shortly after having introduced Rick Perry as speaker at the Values Voter Summit. Jeffress elaborated on his comments last night to CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview where he argued Catholicism defied the New Testament and suggested President Obama's "purported" Christianity was not enough to sway his vote.

Rev. Robert Jeffress. Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Dallas

Video by CNN with Anderson Cooper on Anderson Cooper 360

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Liberty Counsel Opposes "Mix It Up Day"

Matt Barber and Steve Crampton are vehemently opposed to "Mix It Up At Lunch Day," which encourages move out of their cliques and connect with other students over lunch, by claiming that it is a day for kids to pretend to be gay and mock Christians.

October 2012

Gay & Abortion Rights Bringing God's Wrath on America

AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer prays against legal abortion and marriage equality for gays and lesbians next to the White House.

XMM Newton

The Earth's atmosphere keeps us alive and blocks x-ray radiation from reaching the surface. In order to understand the universe at the higher energy levels you need to launch a space telescope like the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton Telescope. Let's learn about the telescope named for the famous scientist.

Astronomy Cast Ep. 276 XMM Newton.

October 2012

Rape is the will of God, Richard Mourdock

Rape is the attenstion of God.

Richard Mourdock (Republican, Indiana, USA)

Video from 2012 by Richard Mourdock

It Was The Government-Regulated Industries That Had To Be Bailed Out

David Barton says that it was only those industries that were regulated by the government that had to be bailed out while "the free market stuff did pretty good."

Ghost Stories 2012 podcast

Every October, we switch gears in the festive spirit of Halloween to share stories about hauntings, ghosts, spirits and spooks.

Yeah, we don't really believe in spirits. We just want to enjoy the Halloween holiday with some lighthearted (and perhaps eerie) fun.

Episode has been edited for time and content.

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #77
Show date: October 23, 2012

Halloween History and the Church

Mitt Romney is George Washington and Being Guided By God

The Mormon Glenn Beck explains that Mitt Romney's debate performance was guided by God ... because he is a modern day George Washington.

October 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vote Obama Out Before Democracy Collapses

Father Marcel Guarnizo, who denied communion to lesbian parishioner at her mother's funeral, says people must vote out Obama and all pro-choice, pro-gay rights politicians.

I Am A "Prophetic Voice" Warning Against The Gay Agenda

Bryan Fischer says that while he is not a prophet, he is a "prophetic voice" warning the nation against the dangers of the "homosexual agenda."

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, 2012.

Church Must Castigate Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Rights Catholics

Father Marcel Guarnizo, who denied communion to lesbian parishioner at her mother's funeral, says pro-choice and pro-gay rights Catholics are like wolves who must be castigated by the Church.

Causing a stink

Billboard attacking Mormons creates controversy

Report on the mobile billboard in Florida with the message

"Shame On Mormonism: No Blacks Allowed (Until 1978)
No Gays Allowed (Current)

sponsored by the American Atheists.

Boca Raton, FL

Christina Rendon, Night Team
Nancy Stuart, Mormon
Interview with Dave Silverman

Video from October 23, 2012

God Is Punishing America For The Sins Of Abortion And Gay Marriage

Speaking at an anti-abortion rally, Roy Moore declares that Satan is behind things like abortion and gay marriage and that God will continue to punish America "until we reject those evils,"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Piers Morgan on Scientology and TomKat Divorce

Piers Morgan discusses Scientology with former member Nancy Many and cult expert Steve Hassan.

Video from 2012

The Heretic's Guide to Mormonism

The story of Mormonism told by David Fitzgerald

During filming, if a powerpoint slide is just a reiteration of what the speaker is saying, without any new information, I do not cut to it. If you are screaming, "What the fuck is on projector!"... This is the answer.

This video is from David Fitzgerald on Skepticon 4

Virtual Star Party - Oct 21, 2012

Telescopes by Gary Gonella, Roy Salisbury, David Dickinson, and Stuart Forman. Commentary by Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, Dr. Pamela Gay, and Dr. Thad Szabo.

Hosted by Fraser Cain

Virtual Star Party - Oct 21, 2012

Shame on Mormonism - mobile billboard

Report on the mobile billboard in Florida with the message "Shame On Mormonism: No Blacks Allowed (Until 1978) No Gays Allowed (Current)" sponsored by the American Atheists.

My additional info:
Blacks where allowed as members, but they did not have access to the Mormon tempels, and blacks where not allowed to hold the priesthood.

Gays are allowed in the church today, but they have to remain abstinent.

October 22, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Secrets of Scientology: TomKat Divorce Spotlights Controversial Religion

Richard French Live is joined by Scientology expert and Editor-in-Chief of the Village Voice, Tony Ortega. Scientology has often been the center of controversy most recently as a backdrop of the divorce between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Debbi Cook, former Clearwater Scientology leader, also recently settled a lawsuit after testifying that she and other workers were abused within the church. Ortega and the panel discuss the beliefs of the religion, treatment of members by its leaders and high profile celebrities who have defected from the church.

Ayn Rand - Reason and Religion

Ayn Rand makes the case why reason, rather than faith, should be one's moral absolute.

"Relion is a primitive form of philosophy."

"Relion is a primitive canned philosophy."

Ayn Rand

The Catholic viceprecident candidat Paul Ryan (R) loves Ayn Rand.

Media Mayhem : Tom Cruise & Scientology Divorce with Mark Ebner

Scientology investigator Mark Ebner opens his mouth and doesn't hold back when discussing the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes divorce and the sordid details of Scientology. After spending years following the Church--and being followed by them--Mark has amassed a scary amount of information on the group he calls a 'cult.'

De-mystifying and scandalous, the talk sheds light on the shadowy corners of the group and Mark fills in the blanks on the group's hold on it's converts, John Travolta's recent troubles, and the Celebrity Poker Ring.

Essay By Mark Ebner

Mark Ebner is an investigative journalist who has covered celebrity and crime culture for such publications as Rolling Stone, Maxim, Details and Spy. Mark has investigated such controversial subjects as Scientology, dog fighting and the Ku Klux Klan. A published author, Mark co-wrote the New York Times bestseller "Hollywood, Interrupted" with Andrew Breitbart and Six Degrees of Paris Hilton. Most recently he co-authored "We Have Your Husband," a story about a kidnapping in Mexico. In addition to writing, he has served as a commentator on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, NPR, Court TV and E! Entertainment Television to name a few. Mark was a consultant on the Emmy nominated episode of South Park's "Trapped in the Closet" and also consulted for NBC/Dateline on the Paris Hilton Tapes report. Ebner runs a blog at where he reports on breaking news from Hollywood.

Psychic Sally *EPIC FAIL*

Psychic Sally feels sure she's onto something when Bernard tunes in..........

Protecting atheist and secular human rights

Michael Nugent summarizes the political lobbying by Atheist Ireland during the last year at national and international level. In part 2, Jane Donnelly outlines our written political submissions.

1/2: Michael Nugent at Atheist Ireland AGM 2012

2/2: Jane Donnelly at Atheist Ireland AGM 2012

Jane Donnelly outlines the written submissions that Atheist Ireland has made in the last year to the UN, Council of Europe, OSCE and Irish Governmental departments. Here are links to the documents that Jane is discussing:

June 2011 -- Submission to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism.

August 2011 -- Submission to the Catholic Schools Partnership on Catholic Schools in the Republic of Ireland -- A position Paper.

October 2011 -- Submission to the Government on the State Report to the UN under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

October 2011 -- Submission to the Discussion Paper on a Regulatory Framework for school Enrolment.

November 2011 -- Submission to United Nations under the Universal Periodic Review.

November 2011 -- Submission on the New Human Rights and Equality Commission.

December 2011 -- Ensuring effective remedies for an objective, critical and pluraistic secular education: Submission on the Report from the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism.

February 2012 -- Submission to the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance.

March 2012 -- Submission to the Council of Europe under the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities.

May 2012 -- Submission to the Government on the State Report to the UN under the Covenant on Civil & Political Rights.

June 2012 -- Submission to the National Council on Curriculum and Assessment.

October 2012 -- Submission to the OSCE on blasphemy laws, religious oaths, secular education and protecting the human rights of atheists and agnostics

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Blasphemy - blasphemous pineapples

Talking about blasphemy

Dear Taliban

You recently shot a 15 year old girl in the head with a gun for wanting to learn to read, but she survived.

Why is it exactly that you believe god is on your side?

Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife

Video from The Jinn And Tonic Show, October 20th 2012

The Mind's Big Bang

Fifty thousand years ago, something happened, the modern human mind emerged, triggering a creative, technological, and social explosion. What forces contributed to that breakthrough? Where might our power of mind ultimately lead us? Evolution determines who lives, who dies, and who passes traits on to the next generation. The process plays a critical role in our daily lives, yet it is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood concepts ever described. The Evolution series goals are to heighten public understanding of evolution and how it works, to dispel common misunderstandings about the process.

The Evolution project's eight-hour television miniseries travels the world to examine evolutionary science and the profound effect it has had on society and culture. From the genius and torment of Charles Darwin to the scientific revolution that spawned the tree of life, from the power of sex to drive evolutionary change to the importance of mass extinctions in the birth of new species, the Evolution series brings this fascinating process to life. The series also explores the emergence of consciousness, the origin and success of humans, and the perceived conflict between science and religion in understanding life on Earth.

Broadcast (2001)

Atheists at the Creation Museum

Seth Andrews joined a group of skeptics for a tour of Kentucky's infamous Creation Museum. These are the Top Ten Lessons he took away from that experience.

The Thinking Atheist and Kentucky Secular Society, On October 5th, 2012.

Pastor's Speech Against Gay Rights Has Surprise Ending

A Missouri pastor delivered an impassioned speech before the Springfield City Council in which he appeared to be making the case against amending the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to add protection for sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Rev. Phil Snider of Brentwood Christian Church told the council during the August hearing that "this step of gay rights is but another steppingstone toward the immorality and lawlessness that will be characteristic of the last days."

He continued along these lines, citing the Bible and his religious beliefs to make his case.

But then, near the very end of the speech, he started to lose this train of thought (or so you're led to believe). And after that, something unexpected and wonderful happens.

August 13, 2012

Charles Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Why does Charles Darwin's "dangerous idea" matter more today than ever, and how does it explain the past and predict the future of life on Earth? The first show interweaves the drama of Darwin's life with current documentary sequences, introducing key concepts of evolution. Evolution determines who lives, who dies, and who passes traits on to the next generation. The process plays a critical role in our daily lives, yet it is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood concepts ever described. The Evolution series goals are to heighten public understanding of evolution and how it works, to dispel common misunderstandings about the process, and to illuminate why it is relevant to all of us.

The Evolution project's eight-hour television miniseries travels the world to examine evolutionary science and the profound effect it has had on society and culture. From the genius and torment of Charles Darwin to the scientific revolution that spawned the tree of life, from the power of sex to drive evolutionary change to the importance of mass extinctions in the birth of new species, the Evolution series brings this fascinating process to life. The series also explores the emergence of consciousness, the origin and success of humans, and the perceived conflict between science and religion in understanding life on Earth.

With Daniel C Dennett,

PBS Documentary, Broadcast 2001

Our United States Government Has Turned Its Face From God

Matt Barber says our government has turned away from God and tried to implement a "Euro-secular-humanist" agenda that will end up like Nazi Germany.

Liberty Counsil, October 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

From Particles to People

Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll uses science to explore the nature of humanity.

Live on stage at TAM 2012.

CNN Is "What The Gay Gestapo Looks Like In Action"

Bryan Fischer reacts badly to being toss off a CNN interview earlier in the week and holds it up as proof that the "Gay Gestapo" will punish anyone who speaks the truth about homosexuality.

Watch Carol Costello interview with Bryan Fischer

Video from Focal Point by AFA Channel, October 2012

Uri Geller Conversation

JREF founder James Randi sits down with magician and longtime friend Jamy Ian Swiss live on stage at TAM 2012.

James Randi in Conversation with Jamy Ian Swiss

Video from TAM 2012

Rock Center on Scientology

NBC, a story on Scientology and the Katie Holmes-Tom Cruise divorce gave Rock Center a boost with an average of 7.07 million viewers

This is NBC's Rock Center on Scientology with Brian Williams from 2012

Mutations produce nothing new

This week, Dr. Brad Harrub demonstrates a shocking lack of understanding of the mechanisms by which evolution explores fitness space. I'll explain how actual biologists mentally think about the processes that lead to changes in fitness.

Evolution doesn't, as most people think, move like an arrow towards higher fitness. It's more like a drunk walk. It gets there in the end, but explores a lot of area looking for landmarks. This "random walk" effect is important to allow for exploration of new fitness peaks, even when getting there involves accepting a decrease in fitness.

This is the last of the pre-produced Harrub videos. It may be a few weeks before I can get around to producing another set.


Video and comments are made by C0nc0rdance

Evolutionary Transformations

What underlies the incredible diversity of life on Earth? How have complex life forms evolved? The journey from water to land, the return of land mammals to the sea, and the emergence of humans all suggest that creatures past and present are members of a single tree of life. Evolution determines who lives, who dies, and who passes traits on to the next generation. The process plays a critical role in our daily lives, yet it is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood concepts ever described. The Evolution series goals are to heighten public understanding of evolution and how it works, to dispel common misunderstandings about the process, and to illuminate why it is relevant to all of us.

The Evolution project's eight-hour television miniseries travels the world to examine evolutionary science and the profound effect it has had on society and culture. From the genius and torment of Charles Darwin to the scientific revolution that spawned the tree of life, from the power of sex to drive evolutionary change to the importance of mass extinctions in the birth of new species, the Evolution series brings this fascinating process to life. The series also explores the emergence of consciousness, the origin and success of humans, and the perceived conflict between science and religion in understanding life on Earth.

PBS Documentary. Broadcast (2001)

Obama Has A "Pathological Hatred For Traditional Christianity"

Dinesh D'Souza says President Obama supports gay marriage and abortion rights becuase he hates Christianity because he associates it with colonialism.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Global warming has stopped?

No, sadly the Mail on Sunday has got it wrong... yet again. Here's what's behind the sensational news that global warming ended in 1997, and how it comes from misreporting, misquotes and omissions.


Mail on Sunday story:

Met Office release of Hadcrut 4 data.

Met Office response to Mail on Sunday story, including pre-publication correspondence with David Rose:

Rebuttal of Mail on Sunday story in January 2012:

Mail temperature graph taken from Mail on Sunday story:

NASA land-ocean temp graph taken from:

Catholic faith a sticky religion (mixed marriages)

Stand-up. Live at the Apollo.

Catholic faith a sticky religion (mixed marriages)

Secular Europe March and Rally 2012

Speakers include the BHA's Head of Public Affairs Pavan Dhaliwal, Professor Richard Norman and Professor Chris French.

Video 2012

Dan Savage Is Encouraging Violence Against Christians Like Nazis Did To The Jews

Matt Barber says Dav Savage is encouraging violence against the Family Research Council while Shawn Akers says his remarks are just like Hilter's anti-Jewish propaganda.

Personhood Amendments Are Just Like Efforts To Free The Slaves

Matt Barber explains that efforts to enshrine the idea that life begins at the moment of conception are just like efforts to free the slaves.

Liberty Counsel, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Brush your teeth, Clean your penis

Michael Nugent, chair of Atheist Ireland, speaking against religious circumcision at Trinity College Dublin theological Society on Monday 15 October 2012.

Brush your teeth, Clean your penis: Michael Nugent opposes circumcision at TCD Theological Soc

The Church of Satan - The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #76

It was founded by Anton LaVey in the 1960s, called the "Order of the Trapezoid," which later became the governing body of the Church of Satan. It brandishes the name of a dark entity considered God's enemy in many religions. It has its own priesthood. It has a coda for living, as well as a list of "sins" humans should avoid.. It has been the subject of much controversy, often spoken of in whispers cloaked in fear.

Podcast has been edited slightly from its original version for time.

But what IS The Church of Satan? Does it truly worship the devil? What do Satanism's followers have to say?

In this October podcast, we interview Church of Satan High Priest Peter H. Gilmore (and others) as we we delve into one of the world's most curious and controversial organizations.

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #76
Show date: October 16, 2012

Bryan Fischer Explains Why America Exists

Bryan Fischer says if America ceases to exist, that is bad for the entire world because God established this nation to show them how they can suceed by following the Bible.

Question to Bryan Fischer and other American Christians: How many times is America mentioned in the Bible?

Video from 2012

In the Beginning: Science, Origins, and Religion

How do science and religion view the origins of life, of humans, of the Universe? NCSE executive director Genie Scott examines the two approaches, the similarities, the conflicts.

When 9/19/2012.
Where: Westminster College

Creationism Is So Appropriate For Children

Denial of evolution is NOT unique to the United States. Look at the Muslim world. They deny evolution in much greater numbers! They deny the observable fact that you can mix salt and fresh water. That's the kind of denial I'm looking for! And THAT'S why I gave 'em all the oil.

Don't you want to be more like them, America? Like your President? I mean, the Islamic world is the world's most advanced theological — I mean, you could say America—but generally, the Muslim world is where most of the theological innovation still happens.

Sure... You can say that people still move in the United States. They move, they shake, they dance, they bow and genuflect in worship — they handle serpents, and put their arms up in the air — have you seen that(?) — like I'm holding them at gunpoint. And that's largely because of the spiritual capital America has left.

But America is falling behind — And I think it's because they're no longer teaching Creation Science in the classroom. When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back, really. Because then, I have to unleash hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, and the occasional Celine Dion hit to remind people of my power and capriciousness... or is it capriciosity?


Mr. Deity talks about the importance of teaching Creationism in our schools. This is a responce to the video Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children.

Anti-Bullying Day Like Poisoned Halloween Candy

AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer says the Southern Poverty Law Center's anti-bullying program is like "poisoned Halloween candy" injected with cyanide.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

There Is Legislation In Congress That Will Outlaw Bible

Frank Wright of the National Religious Broadcasters falsely claims that there is legislation in Congress right now that would make it impossible to preach and teach from the Bible.


CNN Ends Interview with Bryan Fischer

Carol Costello ends her interview with Bryan Fischer after he makes wild claims about gay involvement in the Nazi movement and the health of homosexuals.

Diversity lunch under attack


Kamal Saleem Dreams of God, speaking as an Eagle, Warning America

Phony ex-terrorist Kamal Saleem has a prophecy of two eagles screaming at each other, which is God warning America that "9/11 was a disgrace to me" because we "went back to their vomit


Political Leadership Ought To Be Reserved For The Hands Of Males

Bryan Fischer says men ought to be in control in the home, in the church, and in society, including in politics because that is what the Bible teachs.

Focal Point on AFA Channel, 2012

Obama Establishing Islamic Shadow Government

Crazy Christian Kamal Saleem says an Obama speechwriter and babysitter are part of an Islamic shadow government.

Video from 2012

Fighting Abortion & Gay Marriage Is Like MLK Fighting For Racial Justice

Richard Land says that criticizing the evangelical Christians for fighting against abortion and gay marriage is like criticizing Martin Luther King for fighting for racial equality.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Born a Skeptic

Amanda was raised in a religious home, but for her, the tales of Adam, Eve, Noah and Jesus just didn't take. This is her story.

The Moral Arc of Science by Michael Shermer

Author Michael Shermer explores the intersection of science and morality, live on stage at TAM 2012.

With a special musical introduction by TAM emcee George Hrab

Lession from Heaven

A kid - Colton Burpo - went to Heaven when he was 4 years old. And have wrote two books about the Heaven.

In Heaven he meet Jesus and Great Grandpa

A devine experience. A child's trip to Heaven and back

Heaven is for real
Heaven changes everything

Fox & Friends on Fox news, 10-15-2012

A Life of Art and Skepticism

Manga artist Sara Mayhew discusses how skepticism has influenced her life and art, live on stage from TAM 2012.

Sara's super awsome Skeptimanga

With a special musical introduction by TAM emcee George Hrab.

Why I am no longer a Christian

Why I am no longer a Christian by Evid3nc3

Scientology expose by Rock Center

With Kirstie Alley, Anne Archer

NBC's Rock Center Scientology expose, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tom Ballard Live - 2012

Tom Ballard has performed all around Australia and the world, winning many comedy competitions. In addition to his regular performances at comedy clubs, he is a morning radio presenter on triple j.

A Celebration of Reason - 2012 Global Atheist Convention
13-15th April - Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
Presented by the Atheist Foundation of Australia

The Shame of the Catholic Church

BBC documentary, This World: The Shame of the Catholic Church

Atheism †

xxxThePeachxxx: My own two-cents on the current fad that is spreading like a fungus through the blogosphere.

Atheism + FAQ.

Why secular education? By Jane Donnelly

Atheist Ireland attended the OSCE human rights meeting in Warsaw in Poland on 1 October 2012. As well as speaking at the main session, we hosted a successful side meeting on religious oaths, blasphemy laws and secular education. This is Jane Donnelly, Atheist ireland's education policy officer, speaking to that side meeting.

1 October 2012.

Ex-Scientology executive discusses treatment of children

With the Church of Scientology's treatment of children under media scrutiny, former Scientology executive Ramana Dienes-Browning discusses her upbringing as a Scientologist.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

The MSS - Show 36

The show began with a discussion about Paul Broun, A member of the House Science Committee.

We were joined by AronRa for the first time in several months.

The return of AronRa - Part 1

The return of AronRa - Part 2

The Magic Sandwich Show - Show 36 - 7 October 2012

Evolution [HD]

New version with improved script and graphics.
Includes new explanations (eg. what theories are in science)

Video index:

0:03 What is evolution (and what is it not)?

0:34 What is a theory in science?

1:14 Genetic inheritance

1:24 Artificial selection and natural selection

2:29 Mutation

2:59 Epigenetic variation

3:16 Genetic drift and the impact of variations

3:58 Evolution is not 'pure accident'

4:41 No 'one size fits all'

5:09 Correcting the one-armed bandit analogy

5:36 Dramatic change one step at a time

6:30 Dogs don't produce cats and individual apes don't morph into humans

6:47 Why there are 'still' apes

7:48 The rise and demise of the crocoduck

8:37 Recognizing reality is not a supremacist policy

9:08 Misrepresentation of evolution

9:51 Evolution as fact and theory

10:01 Why understanding evolution is important

10:20 Scientific inheritance that benefits us all

Congressmen Deny Evolution

To GOP congressmen take aim at theory of evolution

Still doubting evolution

"I take a look at both sides of the thing and it seems to me that evolution takes a tremendous amount of faith...
Rep. Tod Akin

Rep. Tod Akin
Rep. Broun on evolution: "Lies straight form pit of hell"
Bill Nye, the science guy from The Planetary Society
Michele Bachmann

Video from MSNBC News, October 13, 2012

A Vote For Obama Is a Vote Against God

Bishop Harry Jackson participates in Pulpit Freedom Sunday and tells his congregation that they cannot vote for Barack Obama.

Video from October 2012

This Election Will 'Literally' Determine 'the Survival of Western Civilization'

Mat Staver is not an alarmist ... but wants everyone to know that this election will "literally" determine whether Western Civilization manages to survive.

Video from October 2012

Robison: America Is Slipping "Under The Control Of Ungodly Forces"

James Robison tells his audience that the time has come for Christians to save America before it falls totally "under the control of ungodly forces."

Hi James Robison. When you are sick: Stay at home. How many did go infect by going to "work" this day?

October 2012 video

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Look At The Bright Side Of Slavery, Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer says that while nobody defends slavery, there is a bright side in that it helped blacks escape a continent full of poverty and disease to live in the land of opportunity.

Focal Point on AFA Channel, October 2012

Atheism and Veganism: Roger Yates and Harry Guinness

Roger Yates, representing Vegan Ireland, and Harry Guinness, representing Carnivores Everywhere, discuss veganism from a secular perspective at the October 2012 Dublin Atheists in the Pub event in the Academy Plaza Hotel on Cathal Brugha Street.

Listen to Mark Stevenson talk An Optimist's Tour of the Future where he talks about the need/good for animals.

Anti-Bullying in Judaism

With Simchat Torah just behind us, Jews around the world are ecstatic since we get to restart the reading of the Torah from the beginning. One of the Torah's early stories is about Adam and Eve. Very prominent in their story is the story of the serpent that convinces Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, of good and evil. The snake tells Eve that God told her she cannot eat from all of the trees in the garden. Eve explained that God told her not to eat, or even touch, certain trees in the midst of the garden.

Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of NJOP, explains that according to the Midrash, the legend, the snake pushed Eve against the tree. Once she already touched the tree, the serpent eggs her on, pointing out that since nothing happened when she touched the tree, Eve might as well eat the fruit, explaining that no punishment will come from that either. He essentially bullies Eve into eating the fruit. There are two ways of showing how great you are. One is by standing up tall. The other is to push the other person down, like the serpent did to Eve. This person, the bully, makes you fail. He makes you sometimes do things you do not want to do. He hurts you.

October has been deemed National Bullying Awareness Month. We should work to stop bullying completely. Not only one month a year. We should have no tolerance for bullying the same way we should have no tolerance for the serpent or for the person who wants to hurt another. We have to stand up strong. We have to stand up proud. Stand by our values. Stand up to those bullies and say that they cannot do this to us. If we do that, we will soon be back in the Garden of Eden. May God Bless You.

Godless Government Now!

Report on the billboards in Missouri with the message "Godless Government Now!" sponsored by the Kansas City Atheist Coalition & American Atheists.

New billboards going up in the metro

Sarah Hargreaves, KC Atheist Coalition
Alyson Browing, First Baptist Church
Mitch Weber, 41 Action News

This is a KSHB local news report from October 4, 2012

How do Mars meteorites get to Earth?

In this episode of Q&BA, I talk about Mars meteorites: how do they form, how do they get here, and how do we know they're from Mars?

Recorded this in January 2012

Mormon In America

NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams takes an inside look at "Mormons in America" 8/23/12.

Rock Center with Brian Williams: Mormon in America 2012

Documentary from 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

It's "Mind-Boggling" That Hillary Clinton Is Advocating The Use Of Sharia

Rick Joyner cannot understand why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is advocating the use of Sharia law, concluding that she has no idea what she is talking about.

Video from October 2012

Bachmann: Obama Allowing Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operations

Rep. Michele Bachmann defends her anti-Muslim witch hunt and laments that "every I'm in trouble for something".

Haeckel's Embryo Fraud

Ernst Haeckel was an amazing scientist at a crucial time in the history of biology. The legend of his fraud is largely manufactured.

His work reflected a certain ignorance of comparative embryology, and he probably skewed his illustrations to demonstrate his own theory, the biogenic (or "biogenetic") law. There is no evidence he was every convicted of fraud, he was not "kicked out" of the University of Jena, and all of Dr. Brad Harrub's assertions are based on poor research and factually false claims made by creationist author Jonathan Wells in his book "Icons of Evolution".

Rebutting Brad Harrub: Haeckel's Embryo Fraud

So, let's be clear on something that is often confused.
1. Haeckel's illustrations were an attempt to prove his own biogenic law, not evolution.
2. Comparative embryology, the similarities between tissues during development, show the same branching pattern that is seen in phylogenetics. That is, closely related organisms show very similar stages of development. THIS is the actual evidence for evolution to be taken from pictures of embryos found in textbooks.

Evolution of development ("evo-devo") has been one of the most productive areas of biology of the last two decades. Arguing that Haeckel's failure to prove his biogenetic law somehow affects the value of comparative embryology to demonstrate evolutionary relatedness is just false.

My apologies for the bad camera work. This was mid-way through the talk, and the seats were very uncomfortable. The "jiggling" was me adjusting my position and having to move my phone hand to relieve the strain.

Left Tried to "Crucify Me" over Anti-Gay Statements

Kirk Cameron says he has a message of truth for homosexuals but it violates the new "blasphemy laws".

Video from Liberty University

Pray and Work to Defeat Obama

Rev. Allen Cooney of Catalina Foothills Church in Arizona tells congregants that all Christians must pray and work for Obama's defeat.

Video from 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Faith-Based Life Has Got To be A More Rewarding, Fulfilling, And Better Life

Larry Kudlow responds to a recent PEW survey showing a rise among religious unaffiliated Americans by saying that increasingly secularism is bad for the nation.

One in five Americans reports no religious affiliation.

Video from 2012

Both Quran & Bible Were Written By MEN

Both Quran & Bible Were Written By MEN Who Were WRONG!

The Last Word, Rewrite, Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, October 10, 2012.

Science Hour October 10, 2012

Emily Lakdawalla and Casey Dreier with your biweekly update on Curiosity's activities on Mars... & Bill Nye stops by to say hello.

Mormonism is Racism

Let us look at what Book of Mormon has to say about people with black skin.

"... wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and bdelightsome, that they might not be centicing unto my people the Lord God did cause a dskin of eblackness to come upon them.

And thus saith the Lord God: I will cause that they shall be aloathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities.

And cursed shall be the seed of him that amixeth with their seed; for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing. And the Lord spake it, and it was done.

And because of their acursing which was upon them they did become an bidle people, full of mischief and subtlety, and did seek in the wilderness for beasts of prey."

The Second Book of Nephi: Chapter 5,21-24

This video is called The Way of the Mister: Mormonism is Racism and is made by Mister Deity in October 2012.

All Legislation Should Reflect The Bible

David Barton says every legislative session should begin with preachers telling the elected representatives to pass legislation that corresponds to the Bible on every subject.

Video from 2012

Atheists on the Left / Atheists on the Right

The U.S. Presidential election is just a few weeks away, so this show will take some time to address how non-belief in god(s) impacts people of many political viewpoints.

If you're on the Left, the Right or anywhere in the Middle, this is a show where atheists address how their non-belief has (or has not) impacted their worldviews.

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #75

Your calls and emails.

LINKS: "Abortion: Is it Possible to be both "Pro-life" and "Pro-Choice"?"
or "The Question of Abortion: A Search for Answers"
by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bat Crap Crazy Is The Republican Brand!

Rep. Loy Mauch, Arkansas State House of Representatives

"If slavery were so God-awful,

why didn't Jesus or Paul condemn it..."

Quote by Loy Mauch. January 8, 2009

The Last Word, Rewrite, Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, October 9, 2012

DADT Repeal A Conspiracy To Lower Military Voter Turnout?

Tony Perkins and Jerry Boykin suggest that the Obama administration is trying to keep members of the military from voting by distracting the military with the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Video from October 2012

Madalyn Murray O'Hair - Caller raised from the dead

Caller has died and raised from the dead to say Jesus is returning.

Madalyn Murray O'Hair - On the Return of Christ

Conspiracy Road Trip: Creationism

Comedian Andrew Maxwell takes five British creationists to the west coast of America to try to convince them that evolution rather than creationism explains how we all got here. Stuck on a bus across 2,000 miles of dustbowl roads with these passionate believers, Maxwell tackles some firmly held beliefs - could the Earth be only 6,000 years old, and did humans and T-Rex really live side by side?

It's a bumpy ride as he's confronted with some lively debates along the way, but by the end could he possibly win over any of these believers with what he regards as hard scientific fact?

Did you see the short hair and no beard on the Christian men - Phil and Sam? That is breaking the law of the bible. The bible is clear: Leviticus 19,27:

Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.

BBC Three 08 October 2012

Isaac Newton and his work

Isaac Newton has been called "the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived." That sounds about right. Isaac Newton unlocked our modern understanding of gravity and laws of motion, dabbled in optics, philosophy... even alchemy. Isaac Newton was also known to have a bit of a difficult personality.

Let's find out everything we can about Isaac Newton.

Pamela Gay,
Fraser Cain, publisher, Universe Today

Astronomy Cast Ep. 275 Isaac Newton

Climate Science in Schools: the Next Evolution

NCSE executive director Genie Scott chats with polar explorer Will Steger about their experiences and perspectives on climate change education. Steger is an educator and author of several books on his expeditions and environmental issues, including climate change.

Where: University of Minnesota.
When: August 6, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Promoting atheism, secularism and humanism at the GPO, Dublin

Atheist Ireland member Brendan Maher at the first of his monthly sessions promoting atheism, secularism and humanism outside the GPO in O'Connell Street, Dublin. He will be there from 12 to 2 pm on the first Saturday of every month. The music on the track is from Bless Me Father by Ding Dong Denny O'Reilly and the Hairy Bowsies.

Virtual Star Party Oct 7, 2012

Telescopes by Bill McLaughlin, Gary Gonella, Roy Salisbury, and Stuart Forman. Commentary by Scott Lewis and Dr Thad Szabo. Hosted by Fraser Cain.

This is Virtual Star Party from October 7, 2012

Government According To The Bible

Rep. Paul Broun tells that the world was created in six days.

Lawrence O'Donnell talks about the bibles view on rape.

The Last Word, Rewrite, Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, 10-08-2012

Substance Dualism

These 2 videos examine the view that mind and body are separate substances.

Substance Dualism (Part 1 of 2)

Selected Resources:

Humanoid robot Asimo demonstration:

Descartes, R - Discourse on the Method (1637)

Eccles, J C - The Human Psyche (1980)
Eccles, J C - Evolution of the brain (1989)
Eccles, J C - How the Self Controls Its Brain (1994)

Leibniz, G W - Monadology (1714)

Lock, A - Action, gesture and symbol (1978)

MacNamara, J "Nurseries, streets and classrooms", Modern Language Journal, 57(5-6) 1973

Pinker, S - How the mind works (1999)

Swinburne, R - Evolution of the soul (1986)
Swinburne, R - Interview with Science and Religion News (2006)

Velmans, M - Understanding Consciousness (2000)

Video reference:

Plantinga - Against Materialism (Talk at CA Poly State Uni, 2004)

Substance Dualism (Part 2 of 2)

Selected Resources:

Churchland, P - Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy (2002)

Swinburne, R - Evolution of the soul (1986)
Swinburne, R - Interview with Science and Religion News (2006)

Valentine, E - Conceptual Issues in Psychology (1992)

Velmans, M - Understanding Consciousness (2000)

Video reference:

Plantinga - Against Materialism (Talk at CA Poly State Uni, 2004)

Ocean Water Illusion

Your eyes playing tricks.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Charles Darwin was a racist. Rebutting Brad Harrub

This is the lowest and saddest argument yet. Here Dr. Brad Harrub attempts to poison the well by accusing Charles Darwin of being a racist, and of advocating for racism. While Charles Darwin was far from enlightened by modern standards, he was a passionate abolitionist.

Please think!

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

We Are Legion - The Story of the Hacktivists (2012) will be appearing in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 19th, 2012

Watch the full movie: We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

.. and then online October 30th.

Fight The Church of Scientology and the Vatican

Why We Protest Scientology

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists - Trailer

Anonymous Operation Vatican - Press Release

Anonymous Operation Vatican

Why Do People Laugh at Creationists (Part 38)

With William Lane Craig.

Why Do People Laugh at Creationists, Part 38!

Muslim Immigration

This video is Jinn And Tonic Show, from October 6th, 2012. Title: Muslim Immigration



Atheist Billboards - Kansas City, MO

Report on the billboards in Missouri with the message "Godless Government Now!" sponsored by the Kansas City Atheist Coalition & American Atheists.

Video from October 4, 2012

Why blasphemy laws?

Atheist Ireland attended the OSCE human rights meeting in Warsaw in Poland on 1 October 2012. As well as speaking at the main session, we hosted a successful side meeting on religious oaths, blasphemy laws and secular education. This is David Nash of Oxford Brookes University speaking to that side meeting.

David Nash of Atheist Ireland at OSCE human rights meeting in Poland.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

How Long is a Piece of String?

Alan Davies attempts to answer the proverbial question: how long is a piece of string? But what appears to be a simple task soon turns into a mind-bending voyage of discovery where nothing is as it seems.

An encounter with leading mathematician Marcus du Sautoy reveals that Alan's short length of string may in fact be infinitely long. When Alan attempts to measure his string at the atomic scale, events take an even stranger turn. Not only do objects appear in many places at once, but reality itself seems to be an illusion.

Ultimately, Alan finds that measuring his piece of string could - in theory at least - create a black hole, bringing about the end of the world.

BBC Horizon


How amazing is God's Forgiveness? Not very

God established the physical laws of the universe, then some moral laws. And decided that the penalty for disobedience would be death, and that he would not forgive any transgression at all.

But he didn't like the outcome. Everybody deserved to die.

So rather than just forgiving, like any decent human being could do, he decided that he really wanted someone to die, so he murdered someone who didn't deserve it, which made him happy, so now he can forgive us, and we are meant to thank him for it.

Christians like to be amazed at God's power to save us. And to be eternally grateful for saving us.

But he's only saving us from himself. Are we meant to be grateful for God just not changing his mind, but insisting instead that he gets a death sentence?

He sacrificed himself to himself to save us from himself. We are meant to view it as mercy, when what it really is is stubborn obstinance, and, rather an absolute UNwillingness to forgive. There had to be death. Coz God said so.

It is ridiculous and this video is an analogy of this amazingly rigid and bizarre rules-punishment-"mercy" mock-up.

Maischberger - Die Salafisten kommen!

Muslims in Germany

Islamismus: Salafisten auf Konfrontationskurs

Video from (Sendung vom) 15.05.2012

Barton: Criticism Of My Work Is Like When God and Satan Tested Job

Glenn Beck and David Barton agree that the attacks on David Barton's pseudo-scholarship are part of a spiritual effort to undermine his new Bible, just as God and Satan wrestled over Job.

Video from October 2012

Psychic Sally Morgan is a Fraud

This is to prove that Psychic Sally Morgan is a fraud....

A radio interview on RTE with Joe Duffy

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Romney's Debate Performance Was Divine Providence

The Mormon Glenn Beck says that they must give thanks to God for Mitt Romney's (Mormon) performance in the first presidential debate, because it was due to Divine Providence.

Video October 2012

Joyner Hopes Romney will Fulfill the 'White Horse Prophecy'

Rick Joyner expresses his hope that Mitt Romney will realize a prophecy about Mormons saving the US Constitution.

Video from October 2012

The Church Must Tell Us Who To Vote For

The Chrisian Bisphop Harry Jackson encourages Christians to pray that churches all over the nation will step up and "tell us who to vote for."

Video from October 2012

Ape To Man

It has long been considered the most compelling question in our history: Where do human beings come from? Although life has existed for millions of years, only in the past century and a half have we begun to use science to explore the ancestral roots of our own species. The search for the ultimate answer has taken a number of twists and turns, with careers made and broken along the way. Ape to Man is the story of the quest to find the origins of the human race a quest that spanned more than 150 years of obsessive searching The search for the origins of humanity is a story of bones and the tales they tell.

It was in 1856 that the first bones of an extinct human ancestor were encountered, unearthed by a crew of unskilled laborers digging for limestone in Western Europe. The find, which would be known as Neanderthal Man, was seeing the light of day for the first time in more than 40,000 years. At the time, the concept of a previous human species was virtually unthinkable. Yet just a few years later, Charles Darwin's work The Origin of Species first broached the subject of evolution, and by the end of the nineteenth century, it had become the hottest topic of the age.

Broadcast 2005.

Golden Crocoduck 2012 - Voting video

Voting is now open for the 2012 Golden Crocoduck. Please go to to cast your vote.

The coveted Golden Crocoduck is awarded every year for the biggest breach of the 9th Commandment in pursuit of the creationist cause.

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Golden Crocoduck. But here are some ground rules:

1) Please do not send me videos of creationists expounding their beliefs or saying evolution is nonsense or any other kind of opinion. See (above) what the award is for.

2) Please give me a link to the video, describe the nature of the breach, and tell me where it can be found on the video. Nominations that just say 'watch this' have a very slim chance of being watched or ending up in the nominations playlist.

"Crazy" by Patsy Cline
"Blackwaterside" by Fairport Convention

Weekly Space Hangout Oct 4, 2012

This week we talk about, an ancient stream bed on Mars, the 55th anniversary of Sputnik launch, the Square Kilometer Array in Australia , a strange cold layer on Venus, and the most precise measurement of the universe's expansion.

We are joined by Nancy Atkinson, Amy Shira Teitel, and Nicole Gugliucci.

Hosted by Fraser Cain.

Friday, October 5, 2012

God will "Take Down the Wall of Protection around this Nation"

Pat Robertson says secular government, gay rights and abortion rights will cause God to "take down the wall of protection around this nation"

Video from The 700 Club on Christian Broadcasting Network

Is dark matter real? with George Smoot and Martinus Veltman

The morning after CERN announces the discovery of the Higgs particle, three young physicists sit down with Nobel prizewinners George Smoot and Martinus Veltman to digest the news. The students see it as another success for the standard model of particle physics. But Veltman, who helped to shape this model, is cynical. Moreover, Veltman contends that there is no such thing as dark matter. See how the shocked students and Smoot respond to Veltman's scepticism.

The Importance of Visiting a Sukkah

Sukkot is a very special holiday. Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of NJOP, shares a story from the Talmud about Shammai, the great first century rabbi and student of Hillel. He built a sukkah for his newborn grandson. In Judaism, children before their Bar or Bat Mitzvah are free from the obligation of having a sukkah and performing other mitzvot. So why did Shammai build the sukkah? The rabbis explain that there is a very famous celebration on Sukkot that takes place once every seven years where all of Israel comes together in order to listen to the King teach Torah to all of Israel. This is called Hakel. The rabbis asked, why did children need to attend this event if they don't know what is going on? It was in order to give the parents the credit for bringing them. It was an opportunity to train them, to give them that experience. That is what Shammai was doing. Enabling his grandchild to be in the sukkah and by doing it he was bringing his whole family in.

October 2012

Abortion Clinics Are Just Like Medieval Torture Chambers & Nazi Gas Chambers

Matt Barber and Mat Staver hail Virginia's efforts to pass unnecessary regulations for the purpose of driving abortion clinics out of business on the grounds that are no different than Nazi gas chambers.

See: Godwin's Law of Internet arguments

Video from October 2012

How to Avoid Getting Sued for Libel

As part of the TAM 2012 Sunday paper presentation series, information consultant and blogger Dave Gamble explains how to navigate draconian libel laws when promoting good science.

With an introduction by James Randi Educational Foundation research fellow Dr. Ray Hall.

Nobody Is Born Gay Because Sexual Orientation Is A Modern Construct

Jim Garlow tells Wayne Grudem that nobody is born gay though they may have a "pernicious tendency" toward same-sex attraction just as straight men has a "pernicious tendency" toward polygamy.

Video from 2012

President Obama: Join People of Faith for Obama

President Barack Obama shares why faith is important to him and how his faith has guided him in his life as a husband, as a father and as President.

President Barack Obama is just another crazy Christian.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Breaking Out of the Box

What is the right Christianity?

Tatum, a former Christian, talks about her early days in a religious home, and how education helped her to break free and find her own voice.

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quit.

1 Timonthy 2:12

A production by The Thinking Atheist 2012.

Astronomy Cast - Episode 274 about Vesta

There's some topics on Astronomy Cast that we wait until we are good and ready, until the science is all in. The Dawn mission has completed it's mapping operations at asteroid Vesta and it's now moving on to Ceres. This gives us a great opportunity to take a detailed look at this amazing asteroid, report on the science findings, and give you a preview of what's coming next.


Pamela Gay, CosmoQuest
Fraser Crain, publisher, Universe Today

Bob Dylan - With God On Our Side

Oh my name it is nothin'
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I's taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And that land that I live in
Has God on its side.

Oh the history books tell it
They tell it so well
The cavalries charged
The Indians fell
The cavalries charged
The Indians died
Oh the country was young
With God on its side.

Oh the Spanish-American
War had its day
And the Civil War too
Was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes
I's made to memorize
With guns in their hands
And God on their side.

Oh the First World War, boys
It closed out its fate
The reason for fighting
I never got straight
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don't count the dead
When God's on your side.

When the Second World War
Came to an end
We forgave the Germans
And we were friends
Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side.

I've learned to hate Russians
All through my whole life
If another war starts
It's them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side.

But now we got weapons
Of the chemical dust
If fire them we're forced to
Then fire them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God's on your side.

In a many dark hour
I've been thinkin' about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you
You'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side.

So now as I'm leavin'
I'm weary as Hell
The confusion I'm feelin'
Ain't no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
If God's on our side
He'll stop the next war.

My Partner Is Religious

It's more common than many realize. An atheist/agnostic is in a marriage, domestic partnership or long-term relationship with someone who is religious.

he Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #74

Listen to internet radio with TheThinkingAtheist on Blog Talk Radio
Is this a viable scenario? Should the atheist attempt to lead the partner toward deconversion? What are the frustrations? What are the challenges? Will it work? Can it work?
Show date: October 2, 2012

This podcast deals with life partners that hold worldviews on religion in direct opposition to the non-believer. Your calls and emails.

The Growing Presence of CAM in Veterinary Medicine

As part of the TAM 2012 Sunday paper presentation series, veterinarian Dr. Martha Keller exposes the rising tide of pseudoscience in veterinary medicine.

Homeopathy, acupuncture, and more "Alternative Medicine."

With an introduction by James Randi Educational Foundation research fellow Dr. Ray Hall.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

On Free Speech

After seeing several people claim that blocking comments or disallowing comments is a violation of free speech, I thought I'd give my thoughts on free speech.

By Matt Dillahunty

Origins of Sparlock the Warrior Wizard

Become a friend of Jehova

Become Sparlock's fan on facebook

Jehovah's Witnesses video for kids

How Our Morality Arises

From where does our morality come? God? People? What does the evidence show?

You have rights, your beliefs do not

Michael Nugent, chairperson of Atheist Ireland, speaking at the human rights implementation meeting of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) on October 1st 2012. Atheist Ireland is seeking an end to discrimination against atheists, and an end to blasphemy laws internationally.

Scientific Deception: The Billy Meier Metal Samples

As part of the TAM 2012 Sunday paper presentation series, Dr. Ivan Alvarado of the Independent Investigations Group explores the science behind a piece of metal that supposedly came from an extraterrestrial spaceship.

With an introduction by James Randi Educational Foundation research fellow Dr. Ray Hall.

TAM 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Greatest Discoveries : Genetics

Gregor Mendel's work with pea plants pioneered the study of genetics, but it wasn't until the creation of the double helix DNA model that the field really began to take off. Where would we be today if it weren't for the scientists of the past? From the miniature world of genetics to the vast expanse of space, review the greatest discoveries of all time across eight different scientific categories in this multi part series. Join host Bill Nye as he recounts the 100 most important discoveries and explains how each one has shaped the modern world. Watch his lively and dramatic accounts and learn how the great discoveries were made, how they impacted the development of scientific knowledge.

Discoveries Covered In This Episode:

1. Rules of Heredity (1850s) Austrian monk and botanist Gregor Mendel discovers how genetic information is passed down through generations. In experiments performed on pea plants, he notices that characteristics of a plant's offspring, such as height, exhibit recessive and dominant behavior. Mendel's findings are ridiculed during his lifetime and he dies never knowing that he would come to be known as the "father of genetics."

2. Genes Are Located on Chromosomes (1910 -- 1920s) Thomas Hunt Morgan discovers that genes are located on chromosomes. Working on fruit flies, he concludes that certain traits are linked to gender and that those traits are probably carried on one of the sex chromosomes (X or Y). He hypothesizes that other genes are also carried on specific chromosomes. Using chromosome recombination, he and his students map the locations of genes on chromosomes. Morgan writes the seminal book The Mechanism of Mendelian Heredity.

3. Genes Control Biochemical Events (1930) George Beadle and Edward Tatum discover through experiments on neurospora, a bread mold, that genes are responsible for the production of enzymes. Their report is the genesis of the "one gene one enzyme" concept.

4. Some Genes Can Jump (1940) Barbara McClintock discovers transposons genes that can jump on a chromosome while seeking to explain color variations in corn. Transposons are segments of DNA that can move to different positions in the genome of a single cell. In the process, they may cause mutations, increase (or decrease) the amount of DNA in the genome. These segments are sometimes called "jumping genes."

5. DNA Is the Genetic Material (1928, 1944, 1952) Several scientists prove that DNA is the chemical basis of genetic information. Oswald Avery proves that DNA carries genetic information. Linus Pauling discovers that many proteins take the shape of a spiral, like a spring coil. Finally, biochemist Erwin Chargaff finds the arrangement of certain nitrogen bases in DNA always occurs in a 1 to 1 ratio, forming base pairs.

6. DNA Is a Double Helix (1953) The scientists James Watson and Francis Crick suggest that the DNA molecule is made of two chains of nucleotides, each in a helix, one going up and the other going down. Crick adds the idea that matching base pairs interlock in the middle of the double helix to keep the distance between the chains constant. They show that each strand of the DNA molecule is a template for the other, and that DNA can reproduce itself without changing its structure, except for occasional errors or mutations.

7. Cracking the Genetic Code (1960s) Marshall Nirenberg leads the team that discovers the genetic code, showing that a sequence of three nucleotide bases (a codon) determines each of the 20 amino acids.

8. RNA Conveys Genetic Information (1960s) A number of scientists discover ribonucleic acid, or RNA, a chemical found in the nucleus and cytoplasm of cells with a structure similar to DNA. They find that RNA plays an important role in protein synthesis and other chemical activities in the cell.

9. Restriction Enzymes (1950s -- 1960s) Several scientists discover restriction enzymes, biological scissors that recognize and cut specific DNA sequences.

10. RNA Splicing (1976) Several groups of scientists discover RNA splicing. They learn that for cells to produce protein, DNA is first transcribed into pre-messenger RNA. For reasons that remain unclear, pre-messenger RNA molecules are then spliced to create mature messenger RNA. In many genetic diseases, gene mutations cause errors in the RNA splicing process. Improperly spliced messenger RNA molecules create altered proteins and result in disease.

11. DNA Polymorphism (1985) Alec Jeffreys discovers that some DNA sequences are unique to each individual, leading to the birth of DNA forensics. His DNA technique is first used to hunt down a child molester who killed two girls. The suspect, Colin Pitchfork, is convicted of murder after DNA samples taken from him match semen samples.

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