Monday, December 31, 2012

Exorcism Raw Video 2

Video from our visit to Bob Larson's Exorcism event in January 2012.

Learn more about this investigation at Teenage Exorcist Edition

Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Minister's Son

Jason Testerman speaks candidly about his former faith and his current work with Freethought Exchange.

Video from 2012 made by The Thinking Atheist.

Atheist Billboard VANDALIZED in Roanoke, VA

Report on the billboards in Roanoke, Vinton, and Salem, Virginia with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" sponsored by the Blue Ridge Coalition of Reason. The one in Roanoke is the second one to be vandalized.

[December 28, 2012]

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Universe - Brian Cox Lecture

In this lecture, Brian Cox explains how the Universe was created. What was the Universe like in the first fractions of the first second?

How's your quantum mechanics and your understanding of the theory of relativity? It'll be slightly better after this video.

Hubble Constant: 42 miles / second / 3 million light years

Age of the universe: 13.73 +/- 0.12 billion years old

Physics made interesting and explained simply.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Atheist Commenters

In this video Edward Current reads and show some of the comments he gets from his videoes. Sadly people does not seam to undertand his great humor using ironi.

I think Edward Current is awsome.

Richard Dawkins versus Muhammad's Buraq horse

An interview by a Muslim with renowned atheist Richard Dawkins on whether religion is a force for good or evil.

A believing Muslim talks with Richard Dawkins about "when" Muhammed flew to heaven on a winged horse.

Towards the end of the video you can see the place where Muslims says prophet Muhammad tied Buraq on his way to heaven, when he made a stop over at Jerusalem and spent the night there. Fascinating.

"...Al-Buraq, a white animal, smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey was brought to me and I set out with Gabriel..."
(Sahih Bukhari Vol 4, Book 54. Beginning Of Creation. Hadith 429.)

Video by Al Jazeera English

Chris Hedges and Sam Harris debate religion

Religion, politics and the end of the world. A thruthdig debate between Chris Hedges and Sam Harris.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Atheists Respond to Trusworthiness Comparison with Rapists

In November 2011 a study of University of British Columbia students between the ages of 18 and 25 revealed that when presented with a description of an untrustworthy person -- an "archetypal freerider" who committed selfish and illegal acts when he thought he could get away with it - subjects were more likely to find the description representative of atheists than Christians, Muslims, Jews, or any religious or racial group.

The only people that came close to being as mistrusted were rapists.

In response, the Centre for Inquiry's "Good Without God" Campaign invited atheists of all backgrounds to record short videos explaining who they are, how they contribute to society and why they are indeed moral people.

Jupiter and Moon REALLY close

Xmas day, 2012, and the Moon passes REALLY close to Jupiter (a conjunction). The cute thing is that with a camcorder (and not anything too high end either) you can get both a reasonable view of the moon and zoom in and see the moons of Jupiter. Indeed this is probably within the reach of most video cameras made over the last few years.

Our Godless Universe is Precious

The physicist on the spiritual consolations of realizing we're probably unique in the universe, and not part of some greater plan.

Lawrence Krauss: Our Godless Universe is Precious

Life the Universe and Everything with Neil deGrasse Tyson

American Museum of Natural History's Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson, hosted "Life the Universe and Everything: A Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson" at the Museum on June 2, 2010 as part of the ongoing free SciCafe series.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Adam Savage: How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed -- Eratosthenes' calculation of the Earth's circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau's measurement of the speed of light in 1849.

"How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries" was animated by the TED-Ed Animation Team (Jeremiah Dickey, Biljana Labovic, Celeste Lai, Kari Mulholland and Franz Palomares)

Virtual Star Party Dec 23, 2012

Telescopes by Paul Stewart and Peter Lake.
Commentary by Thad Szabo.

Hosted by Scott Lewis.

Virtual Star Party December 23, 2012

Good Without God: Lawrence Krauss

In November 2011 a study of University of British Columbia students between the ages of 18 and 25 revealed that when presented with a description of an untrustworthy person -- an "archetypal freerider" who committed selfish and illegal acts when he thought he could get away with it - subjects were more likely to find the description representative of atheists than Christians, Muslims, Jews, or any religious or racial group.

The only people that came close to being as mistrusted were rapists.

In response, the Centre for Inquiry's "Good Without God" Campaign invited atheists of all backgrounds to record short videos explaining who they are, how they contribute to society and why they are indeed moral people.

This video features a contribution from Lawrence Krauss.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Michael Moore "Guns Don't Kill People... Americans Kill People"

Michael Moore interview by Piers Morgan

Kill, kill, kill, the American way.

July 24, 2012 CNN


Bowling for Columbine - 2002

A Jesus Christ Christmas

Repelled by the commercialism, war, and nonsense he sees around him, Jesus Christ tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Julia Sweeney - Letting go of God

Julia Sweeney gives a funny talk about her onw investigation on religion, incl. Mormonism.

Dan Dennett: Responding to Pastor Rick Warren

Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon.

Then Daniel C Dennett takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Ask God: Cain & Abel's Wives

QUESTION: How did Cain and Abel find wives and therefore reproduce?

Hi, my name is Peter Danzig and I'm an Ex Mormon

Peter Danzig did not set out to be a Mormon activist.

From an article published in the Salt Lake Tribune on February 24th, 2008: LDS Church disciplines musician

Calling (Out) Westboro Baptist Church

America's Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers, Skypes with notoriously deranged homophobe Shirley Phelps-Roper, spokesnut for Westboro Baptist Church.


A Jesus Christ Christmas, part 1

Jesus is struggling with the Christmas season, what does it all mean anymore?

Salem attack on free speech

Report on the billboards in Roanoke, Vinton, and Salem, Virginia with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" sponsored by the Blue Ridge Coalition of Reason. The one in Salem has already been vandalized.

Video from December 22, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Richard Dawkins - Now Praise Intelligent Design

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and was the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and a Fellow of New College, Oxford, Retired. His most recent book, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True was published in 2011.

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

Why I'm no longer Mormon by Laci Green

Laci Green

I'm Mitz Nelson, and I'm an Ex-Mormon

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Alien footage released from Colorado

Alien footage released from someone in Colorado.

CW11 Shows Alien Footage

Denver "Alien" video outtake

Here's an outtake from the "alien" video that Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society created. I'm the one "manhandling" the alien prop that I would later take into post to add the blinking eyes.

NRA Leader Wayne LaPierre is VILE!

Wayne LaPierre (born November 8, 1948) president of the National Rifle Association.

Yo Wayne LaPierre! It is the national RIFLE association. Not handgunds, automatic or semiautomatic.

Wayne LaPierre
Lawrence O'Donnell
Chris Murphy (D) CT
Eugene Robinson
Richard Painter

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, November 21, 2012.

Shop Owners Report Rise in Firearm Sales as Buyers Fear Possible New Laws @ The New York Times

Angels are God's concierge

Cindy Jacobs recounts the time God sent an angel to help her make hotel and travel arrangements when stuck in Venezuela.

Generals International

Was the New Testament Forged? Bart Ehrman vs Darrell Bock

Sceptical Bible scholar Bart Ehrman's latest book "Forged" claims that many of the writings of the New Testament are falsely attributed to apostles such as Peter and Paul. Bart D. Ehrman claims that they were not written by them and that a deliberate deception was taking place.

Darrell Bock of Dallas Theological Seminary responds, saying that the case for forgery is not as conclusive as Bart claims.

They examine the evidence for whether 1 and 2 Peter were written by Peter as well as letters attributed to Paul such as Ephesians and 2 Thessolonians.

August 6, 2011
Premier Radio Unbelievabel

Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists part 5

In this video Myles talks about the BBC reporting that WTC7 collapsed before it had, Larry Silverstein saying "pull it" and the footage from the Pentagon.

The BBC, Larry Silverstein and the Pentagon

Part 6: The psychology behind a 9/11 truther
Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Friday, December 21, 2012

David Silverman Makes Sean Hannity Pout at Christmastime

David Silverman Makes Sean Hannity Pout at Christmastime! Santa not pleased..

Hannity, Fox news, 12-20-2012

David Silverman, President American Atheists

When Richard met David: Merry Christmas Professor Dawkins

Peace and grace to you all and a merry Christmas from all at Solas Centre for Public Christianity. Haste ye back to Scotland, Professor Richard Dawkins, and let's have a proper blether next time you're up here.

These clips were recorded from the BBC ALBA programme, Trusadh, first broadcast on 17th Dec 2012, featuring an all too brief encounter between David Robertson and Richard Dawkins at the Faclan Book Festival in Stornoway during November 2012.

Billboards drawing attention

Report on the billboards in Roanoke, Vinton, and Salem, Virginia with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" sponsored by the Blue Ridge Coalition of Reason. The one in Salem has already been vandalized.

Paul Hoyt

ABC, December 20, 2012

This Is What Happens When a Society Turns Its Back On God

Franklin Graham blames the Sandy Hook massacre on television, music, video games, and the removal of God from public school.

Video from AFA Channel 2012

Magic Sandwich Show with Seth Andrews

The Magic Sandwich Show number 41 with Seth Andrews

Part 1

Part 2

broadcast on 16 December 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Atheist billboards in Roanoke, VA

Report on the billboards in Virginia with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" sponsored by the Blue Ridge Coalition of Reason.

Jean Jadhon
Paul Hoyt
Shelby Mahaffey
Dorothy Hatter
Elizabeth Harrington in Salem

WDBJ7 News video by December 19, 2012

Eric Hovind vs 6th Grade Atheist

This is a video except from a Christian/atheist debate at Portland State University on November 15 ,2012. The Christian is Eric Hovind (young earth creationist), and atheist is Bernie Dehler (former evangelical Christian, and now secular humanist).

21-12-2012 End Of The World?

Mike Huckabee blames school massacre on godlessness

Former Arkansas governor and frequent Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee had a different idea: the shooting happened because we "removed God from our schools"

This is why religion poisons everything. After such a tragedy, all eyes should be focused on what the actual causes were and ways of preventing it from happening again.

Instead you have religious sorts like the ex-presidential candidate Mike Huckerbee going around speculating that not telepathically telling a magic man (that no one has ever seen) that they loved him meant the magic man felt spurned and rejected and so decided not to help while a real man with a bushmaster assault weapon gunned down 30 or so children and teachers.

1.1 billion has no religion

Those who say they have no religious affiliation or say they do not believe in God — at 1. 1 billion, or 16 percent. That means that about the same number of people who identify as Catholics worldwide say they have no religion.

The report found nearly 51 million religiously unaffiliated Americans, or about 16.4 percent of the U.S. population. That number is smaller than the 19 percent of Americans Pew reported earlier this year. Researchers attribute this discrepancy to the fact that their 2012 report was based on information from adults only, and the newest report includes the religious adherence of children, which tends to be higher than that of adults.

Unbelief is now the world’s third-largest’religion’

David Barton Explains The Second Amendment

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Glenn Beck talks to Penn Jillette, author of "Every Day is an Atheist Holiday! More Magical Tales"

Atheist & Magician Penn Jillette meets with Glenn Beck. His new book "Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of God, No!"

Atheist "no moral right" to billboard insulting religious belief he'll

Catholic League president Bill Donohue says the American Atheists have "crossed the line" with their billboard in Times Square having the message "Keep the Merry! Dump the Myth!"

Video from December 2012

Sandy Hook Shooting Proof That America's 'Moral Capital' Has Run Out

Bryan Fischer says the "moral capital" this nation stored up since its founding has been running out since 1962, weaking God's protection and allowing Satan to carry out attacks like the shooting at Sandy Hook.

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel

The Demon Baal behind homosexuality

Pastor John Benefiel says the demon Baal is behind homosexuality.

Christians Are a Minority under Assault

At Faight & Freedom Coalition.

Tim Scott: Christians Are a Minority under Assault

2012 doomsday (with Adam Savage) Gets Kicked in the Nuts!

Written & Directed by

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

God Sent DC Earthquake as Answer to my Prayer

Pastor John Benefiel says God brought the Washington DC earthquake as a response to his "Baal Divorce Decree" prayer and damaged places of "demonic" power

Why do people leave Islam?

A number of ex-Muslims call in to share their stories of how why they left Islam and how it has affected their lives.

The Jinn And Tonic Show, Why do people leave Islam? Featuring Akber Chaudhry, and various ex-Muslims - December 15th, 2012

Satan Carried Out The Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Tim Wildmon

Video on AFA Channel, December 2012

Watch the other AFA Channel host Bryan Fischer explains that the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

God Gave Us Gun To Protect Children

Bryan Fischer says God gave us prayer and guns in order to protect kids, and there is not much he can do if we decide not to use them.

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, December 2012

Why I left the Mormon Church

A womon is telling why she left the Mormon church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city aNew Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which btemple shall be creared in this dgeneration.

For verily this generation shall not all apass away until an bhouse shall be built unto the Lord, and a ccloud shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the dglory of the Lord, which shall fill the house.

Doctrine and Covenants 84,4-5

Richard Dawkins & Ricky Gervais talks religion

Full interview. Snippets of this were used in Richard Dawkins recent documentary for more4.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Orbs ≠ Ghosts!

Bryan and Baxter of Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society talk about Paranormal Activity and what kind of proof it takes to prove that ghosts exist.

The Essential Value of a Classic Education

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Essential Value of a Classic Education.

JEFFREY BRENZEL, Philosopher, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University

Dean Brenzel argues that not only can reading the great classics like Plato's Republic and Dante's Inferno enrich your education, it can actually make your life better. Pointing out that we can't possibly read all of the books in the world, Brenzel makes a case for reading the right books the right way in order to get the most intellectual bang for your reading buck. Which books qualify as the "right" books is one of the most controversial subjects in academia, and Brenzel outlines the five key characteristics that every great book must fulfill in order to make that coveted list.

The Floating University
Originally released September 2011.

Aloud: Christopher Hitchens vs Tim Rutten

Christopher Hitchens: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
In conversation with Tim Rutten

Christopher Hitchens Vs. Tim Rutten 2007

Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School. He regularly writes for the Atlantic Monthly and Slate, and is the author of numerous books, including Letters to a Young Contrarian and Why Orwell Matters. He was named one of the "Top 100 Public Intellectuals" by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect.

ALOUD at the Los Angeles Public Library
June 4, 2007

In the Beginning Science, Origins, and Religion

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

When 9/19/2012.
Where: Westminster College

Marjoe - story of an evangelist

His is a video about Marjoe the world's youngest evangelist.

Tis Is Not a Documentary To Discredit Christianity, But To Show You The Decievers & Wolves In Sheeps Clothing That Enter Into The Church UNAWARE.

Give Respect Marjoe For Making This Documentary, Because He's Being Honest & Telling The Truth, And ALOT Of Stuff You See Today FALSE Churches & Ministries Stems From This, And Others Like It.

Jeff Peckman Looking Stupid Again

Jeff Peckman doesn't need us to help him look stupid but we are always there for him anyway!

Douglas Wilson: Is there a God?

Joy Behar hosts Christopher Hitchens and pastor Douglas Wilson (evangelical pastor) to discuss "if god exists." Christopher Hitchens buries pastor Douglas Wilson regarding his delusional assertion that "god exists since he and other religious cultists believe it to be so," even though Douglas Wilson cannot offer even a single shred of evidence to support his dogmatic hallucinations.

Is there a God?

Video from Joy Behar show

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Curtail Muslim Immigration

Extremist Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily says the US should curtail Muslim immigration because he thinks Muslims don't believe in the Constitution

Brain, Mind and Consciousness

The Brain, Mind & Consciousness conference, on what Nobel Laureate Francis Crick called "the greatest unsolved problem in biology," was held over the weekend of May 13--15, 2005 at Caltech.

Research on the brain, mind, and consciousness was given a significant boost by Nobel laureate Dr. Francis Crick in 1994, when he wrote in his book, The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul, "that 'you,' your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules."

This is what is called "the hard problem"—explaining how billions of neurons swapping chemicals give rise to such subjective experiences as consciousness, self-awareness, and awareness that others are conscious and self-aware; that is, not only the ability to wonder, but the ability to wonder why we wonder, and even wonder why others wonder why....

Explaining each of the functional parts of the brain is the easy problem, such as the differences between waking and sleep, discrimination of stimuli, or the control of behavior. By contrast, what has come to be known as the hard problem in consciousness studies is experience: what it is like to be in a given mental state? Adding up all of the solved easy problems does not equal a solution to the hard problem. Something else is going on in private subjective experiences—called qualia—and there is no consensus on what it is.

Dualists hold that qualia are separate from physical objects in the world and that mind is more than brain. Materialists contend that qualia are ultimately explicable through the activities of neu- rons and that mind and brain are one. Our speakers, some of the top neuroscientists in the world, will address these and other problems, such as the evolution of the brain, and how and why it got to be so large. Skeptics will get a chance to interact with these world-class scientists on the breaks, during meals, and in a formal discussion period. We will also consider the implications of this new brain research to better understand apparent paranormal phenomena, as well as how and why people believe weird things.

Lectures included: The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach with Dr. Christof Koch, Children as Scientists: How the Brain Learns to Think with Dr. Alison Gopnik, In Search of Memory — True, False, Repressed, Recovered with Dr. Richard McNally, Sleep, Dreams, and the Subconscious with Dr. Terry Sejnowski, Exploring Altered States of Consciousness with Dr. Susan Blackmore, The Search for the Neurological Basis of the Social Emotions with Dr. John Allman, From Whence Trust Comes: Oxytocin and Behavioral Economics with Dr. Paul Zak, Consciousness is Nothing But a Word with Dr. Hank Schlinger, and From Biology to Consciousness to Morality with Dr. Ursula Goodenough.

2005 Skeptics Society Conference: Brain, Mind and Consciousness

The Matt Dillahunty Mission Statement

This caller wants to know what motivates Matt and Jeff to do what they do. Matt states his desire is to change the World and eliminate religion. Matt also explains that truth has value, and his main motivation is to determine the truth. The caller has a hard time understanding whether the cost of supporting an Atheistic world view some how out weighs the benefits. Matt and Jeff both explain there is no cost in broadcasting the truth to the world, and that it's important to stand for what you believe. Matt also reminds the caller there is no pressure placed on those with secular values to be the poster child for logic and reason. As he has said many times if exposing your lack of belief in God threatens your job or relationships that are important to you, then you are under no obligation to do so. If you ever wanted to know what makes Matt and Jeff tick, this clip is for you. Enjoy.

Produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.
The Atheist Experience # 763 Clip.
Hosted by Matt Dillahunty & Jeff Dee.
May 27, 2012

Investigative Methods for the Skeptic

In this workshop from TAM 2012, a lineup of top paranormal investigators teach the best methods for examining extraordinary claims.

Featuring JREF fellow Dr. Karen Stollznow, author Ben Radford, Bryan Bonner and Matthew Baxter of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society, Carrie Poppy and Ross Blocher of the "Oh No! Ross and Carrie" podcast, and Blake Smith of "MonsterTalk".

Atheists on Times Square

Report on the billboard in Times Square with the message "Keep the Merry! Dump the Myth!" sponsored by the American Atheists.

Video from December 14, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Display other than nativity scenes in Oskaloosa Iowa city

Aiyanna Looney stating her case for allowing displays other than nativity scenes in an Oskaloosa Iowa city square.

God Didn't Stop School Shooting Because he's a Gentleman Who Doesn't go Where Not Wanted

Bryan Fischer explains that the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school could have been stopped by God, but he has been kicked out of public schools and doesn't go where he is not wanted.

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, December 2012

Creationism - Hear the Scientists Respond

Scientists counter the claims of intelligent design proponents. Here is an excellent documentary on the "controversy" surrounding evolution called "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial":

Evolution as fact and theory:

A great video on the subject from cdk007:

and an article by Dr. Richard Lenski:

The Collapse of Intelligent Design (Ken Miller Lecture):

Wikipedia page on Evolution:

Frequently asked questions about evolution:

Evolution: Fact and Theory:
101 Reasons Why Evolution is True:

Evidence of Common Descent:
Human Evolution Database:

Evolution 101:
8 examples of evolution in action:
15 Evolutionary Gems:
Evolution teaching resources:

Speakers in this video:

Barbara Forrest, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, Dept. of History and Political Science, South Eastern Louisiana University. Author, "Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design"

David Deamer, Ph.D., Professor in Dept. of Biomolecular Engineering, Under NASA grant to research the origins of Life, U.C. Santa Cruz

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D., Exec. Director, National Center for Science Education, Author of College Textbook, "Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction"

Kenneth Miller, Ph.D. Cell Biologist, Professor of Biology at Brown University. Author of three High School & College Biology Textbooks, Plus "Finding Darwin's God" and "Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul"

Kevin Padian, Ph.D. Professor of Integrative Biology, Evolutionary Biologist, Macro Evolution, Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of Paleontology, U.C. Berkley

James Hofmann, Ph.D. Professor of History & Philosophy of Science (specializing in the history of evolutionary sciences), California State University, at Fullerton

Francisco Ayala, Ph.D., Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, U.C. Irvine, 2001 National Medal of Science Laureate

James L. Powell, Ph.D., Geologist, Specialist in Geochronology, Former Director and President of the L.A. County Museum of Natural History, USC. Executive Director of the National Physical Science Consortium.

The Gospel of Judas - Bart Ehrman & Darrell Bock

"The reappearance of the Gospel of Judas will rank among the greatest finds from Christian antiquity and is without doubt the most important archaeological discovery of the past 60 years. What will make this gospel famous—or infamous, perhaps—is that it portrays Judas quite differently from anything we previously knew.

Here Judas is not the evil, corrupt, devil-inspired follower of Jesus who betrayed his master; he is instead Jesus' closest intimate and friend, the one who understood Jesus better than anyone else, who turned Jesus over to the authorities because Jesus wanted him to do so.

This gospel has a completely different understanding of God, the world, Christ, salvation, human existence—not to mention of Judas himself—than came to be embodied in the Christian creeds and canon. It will open up new vistas for understanding Jesus and the religious movement he founded."

France bans all public prayer

The French government has enacted a new law prohibiting teists from praying in the streets, but on the first day of the ban hundreds of Muslims defied the law by taking over streets and sidewalks in Paris and other French cities to pray.

Every Friday, thousands of Muslims from Paris to Marseille and elsewhere close off streets and sidewalks (by doing so, they close down local businesses and trap non-Muslim residents in their homes and offices) to accommodate overflowing crowds for midday prayers. Some mosques have also begun broadcasting sermons and chants of "Allahu Akbar" via loudspeakers in the streets.

Jacky Rowland
Marie Le Pen

Video by Al Jazeera,

Offensive bus ads in Alaska

Report on the bus ads in Alaska with godless messages sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Messages include "Imagine No Religion", "Sleep In On Sundays", "Yes, Virginia There Is No God", and "Enjoy Life Now; There Is No Afterlife".

Atheist Bus Ads - Anchorage, AK - Freedom From Religion Foundation

December 12, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Heroes of the Chanukah Story

In the year 199 BCE, the Seleucid Greeks took over the area of Judea where the Jews lived and in 167 BCE Antiochus became the Emperor and began to oppress the Jews, demanding they become more like the Greeks. The rebellion began when Mattathias and his 5 sons killed a Hellenistic Jew who had offered a pagan sacrifice. Mattathias and his sons were basically the first guerrilla fighters. They were able to chase the Syrian troops out of Judea. Antiochus kept trying to fight back but was unsuccessful.

There are many heroic stories that occurred during this time including the group of Jews who hid in a cave to escape the oppression. When the Syrian Greeks came after them, rather than fight on the Sabbath, the Greeks set a fire and 1,000 people perished. It was then that the Maccabbees decided that the life of a person is greater than the Sabbath, and one should fight on Shabbat.

There is also the story of Hannah and her seven sons. They were each asked to bow down to Antiochus. Each one refused and was killed. When the last child came Antiochus tried to trick him by throwing his ring to the ground thinking the boy would bend and pick it up, but he refused. It was then that Hannah committed suicide hoping to join her children in the World to Come.

There is also the heroic story of Judith. Judith inebriated the Syrian Greek leader Holofernes and then beheaded him which resulted in all of his followers to fleeing.

The stories of the five sons of Mattathias are well known, especially Judah Maccabbee, the leader, and Jonathan who eventually became the King. Although Mattathias' sons were Priests they took over the kingdom once the Syrian Greeks were chased out of the land. According to the Bible, kings of Israel were supposed to come from the line of Judah. Nevertheless, Mattathias who were Levis, took over the kingship.

David Silverman: Keep the Merry, Dump the Myth!

Is saying "Merry Christmas" offensive?

Stuart Varney atacks David Silverman, President of American Atheists for "Haopy Holliday", being offended and putting up billboards.

Video from Varney & Company, Fox Business, Stuart Varney, 12th December 2012

War on Christmas.

Read Atheists Share the True Meaning of the Holidays with Times Square Billboard.

Atheist Billboard vandalized in Chico, California

Report on the vandalism of a billboard in California with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" that had been sponsored by the Butte County Coalition of Reason.

Mike Mangas
Tylor May
George Gold
Aylson Wyley

KRCR News Channel 7

Richard Dawkins Destroys The 10 Commandments

Professor Richard Dawkins ridiculing the 10 Commandments and showing that morals do not come from the Bible.

William Lane Craig: Why do people laugh

Why do people laugh at William Lane Craig (Christian creationists)

William Lane Craig is a master of crowing over the essentially irrelevant robust nature of certain methodologies while simultaneously misapplying such methods to draw his desired and erroneous conclusions.

In academic circles, anyone who spends a disproportionate amount of their time exhausting the praises of the reliability of logical methods (as Craig does), reeks of being a bullshit merchant as its well known the whole methodology is subject to GIGO... Garbage in, Garbage out.

William Lane Craig has 'five pillars' by which he 'proves' Christianity. Here, in Why Do People Laugh at Creationists Part 37, William Lane Craig, I address merely the first of these 'pillars'. William Lane Craig claims that everything that begins to exist has a cause. Well if we didn't have a few hundred years of scientific discovery under our belt showing the universe does not mold itself around human intuitions, he might have a point: however that's just not the case! The smaller and higher in energy you get, the less intuition serves you satisfactorily. And whats the problem William Lane Craig wants to apply his 'intuition' and 'inductive reasoning' to? Oh yeah, the beginning of the universe, where all of the energy/ matter of the universe was in pretty much the smallest volume we can conceive. William Lane Craig seems to expect that even though we have no way of currently defining such a state (it's an unknown, a gap in knowledge), that his intuitive reasoning will serve him well. You don't need to know much about science to realize that's almost a pointless exercise. Apply intuition to quantum mechanics, and you will fail. Similarly with relativity.

These are of course the scientific objections to William Lane Craigs arguments. William Lane Craig is of course merely a layman when it comes to science. A point I only bring up as Craig persistently brings up such appeals to authority when suggesting his critics are not serious because they do not possess a degree in Philosophy.

This video is called: Why do people laugh at creationists? (part 37) William Lane Craig by Thunderf00t.

God’s Angels: teen exorcitsts

Brynne, Savannah and Tess are Christian exorcists – all-American teenagers who slay demons in their spare time; armed with just a bible, holy water and a handbag-sized cross.

60 Minutes: God’s Angels

Teen exorcitsts is a Bob Larson project.

MSN April 01, 2012: 60 Minutes: God’s Angels

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Atheist Bus Ads - Anchorage, AK

Report on the bus ads in Alaska with godless messages sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Messages include "Imagine No Religion", "Sleep In On Sundays", "Yes, Virginia There Is No God", and "Enjoy Life Now; There Is No Afterlife".

Bill McAllister

Religion in England and Wales

Video from the ONS looking at Religion in England and Wales from information taken from the 2011 Census.

It looks at the the number of people of each of the main religions in England and Wales, as well as, comparisons between the 2001 and 2011 Census.

Finally, the video also covers religous beliefs by region, and looks at the areas of high and low proportion who identify themselves as Christian.

WIL WHEATON & Science of Star Trek

Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by guests Wil Wheaton, Paul F. Tompkins and Kristen Schaal at the Neptune Theater in Seattle to discuss the science of Star Trek.

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

To Accept Gay Marriage is to Divorce Society from God

Matthew Hagee explains why homosexuality and gay marriage are worse than other sins because of their impact on society.

Live Exoplanet Transit of Qatar-1b

Live hangout on air event for #deSTEMber #girlstart in a month of science activities. In a world first Amateur Astronomer Peter Lake with assistance from Scott Lewis, Shahrin Ahmed and #STEM

Scott Lewis, The Bald Astronomer
Tamara Hudgins, Girlstart

Holiday Heathens

Seth Andrews, DPRJones, Thunderf00t and AronRa spend time in a roundtable (Skype) discussion about some noteworthy events in 2012.

Radio podcast: 86
Show date: December 11, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Atheist billboards to close to campus

Report on the 3800 US Dollars billboards in California with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" sponsored by the Butte County Coalition of Reason.

The billboards are "To close to campus and Christmas".

Tracey Leong, KRCR News
John Burni
George Gold
Tylor May, KRCR News

Also watch Atheist Billboards - Chico, CA - Butte County

Glenn Beck on Gay Marriage: "I Don't Care"

Glenn Beck says he doesn't care if gay people want to get married, so long as nobody tires to use it to destroy his marriage or his church.

The War on Christmas

America's Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers, FoxNews' embedded reporter in the War on Christmas, is back from the battlefield: A local mall. Oh, the carnage! The sales!

Join the Betty Bowers on Facebook

Resurrection: Can a man pass through a wall of solid rock?

Dr. Arif Ahmed of Cambridge University is a philosophy professor and atheist. Here he debates Gary Habermas of Liberty University over the validity of Jesus rising from the dead.

Stellar Motions

Our Universe appears timeless and unchanging, the stars taking nightly flights across the sky. But over long periods of time, you realize that our local region, and even the entire Milky Way is in constant motion. The constellations we see today would be very different millions or even thousands of years ago. Today we'll discuss stellar motion, how astronomers detect it and how it's useful.

Fraiser Cain, Universe Today
Pamela Gay, StarStryder

Astronomy Cast Ep 283
December 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hamid from Pittsburgh - The Idiot Theist

This caller represents many levels of ignorance, but mainly he attempts to shift the burden of proof to Atheists. As usual Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples make that all important point that those who make claims have the burden of proof.

After an eternity of trying to explain this simple fact of logic, the caller then attempts to disprove Evolution. Just when you think this Theist can get no dumber, he surprises everyone and does just that. Matt's head almost explodes a few times during the call, and Jen just seems to be stunned by the sheer ignorance of this caller. Enjoy.

The Atheist Experience # 776 Clip.
Hosted by Matt Dillahunty & Jen Peeples. August 26, 2012
Produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.

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.

Atheist Billboards - Chico, CA - Butte County

Report on the billboards in California with the message "Don't believe in God? Join the club" sponsored by the Butte County Coalition of Reason.

Alan Marsden
Judy Alley
Dereck Demo
George Gold
Julia Maglich

Video from Action News

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? - Debate

Topic: Did Jesus rise from the dead? The debate occurred at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? - Debate - Mike Licona vs Richard Carrier

On February 11, 2010, Michael Licona and Richard Carrier faced each other in debate for a second time.

Virtual Star Party Dec 9, 2012

Telescope by Gary Gonella.

Commentary by Scott Lewis, Ray Sanders, Pamela Gay, and Thad Szabo.
Hosted by Fraser Cain.

This is Virtual Star Party from December 9, 2012

Matt Barber: FFRF are bullies

Matt Barber has a simple solution for dealing with organization he doesn't like: punch them in the mouth ... metaphorically speaking, of course.

Liberty Counsel

Monday, December 10, 2012

The War on Christmas: Friendly Fire Edition

For Fox News, the war on Christmas has become a rote observance devoid of all its original meaning.

7:23 minutes

Bill O'Reilley and David Silverman.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Monday December 3, 2012

Jesus: The Lost 40 Days

According to the Bible, Jesus came back from the dead and walked the earth for 40 days before ascending to heaven. But the New Testament reveals little about this defining miracle of the Christian faith. Using tools of history, technology, science and faith, HISTORY tells the little-known story. Long-buried non-Biblical sources, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Secret Revelation of John and the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus yield astonishing information and detail about these seemingly lost 40 days.

Could Jesus' words in these ancient manuscripts contain some of his most important teachings, even though they were not included in the New Testament? The producers also build upon the CGI image of the crucified Christ created from the Shroud of Turin in The Real Face of Jesus to visually depict the moments when Jesus appears to his followers in resurrected form.

Jonathan Morris, Catholic priest
Eric Metaxas
Tim Keller, rev. at Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Bart D. Ehrman, Bibly scholar
Allen Callahan, rev. at Eden Theological Seminary
James Carroll
Ray Downing

Russell Brand interviews Westboro Baptist Church

Russell Brand interviews two members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Resurrection: The Early Christians Were Schizotypal!

Historian Richard Carrier gives a comprehensive refutation of the arguments for a physical resurrection of Jesus. These clips were taken from his two debates with Mike Licona.

Resurrection: The Early Christians Were Schizotypal!

Nuclear Reactors, Fantasy and fact!

Its a crazy thing that an awful lot of superheros are born from an radioactive disaster of some sort.
Dr Manhattan and the intrinsic field generator, Spiderman being bitten by a radioactive spider, and of course the Incredible Hulk and his gamma ray overdose.

In reality of course places where you can get exposed to such radiation have a LOT of safety features. Take for instance the reactor in this video, its got something like 5 failsafes. 5 rods can be dropped into the reactor, each of which will kill the criticality in milliseconds. They are held up by electromagnets, so if the power fails, they drop under gravity into the reactor. If somehow they don't drop under gravity, they can be pushed by compressed air.

Anyways, this is a little taster of what its like to work inside a nuclear reactor! :-)

Conversation with God Yahweh

A non-believer comes face to face with the God of the Holy Bible.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

The History of the Devil

Helen Bond

8 Ways Christianity Is Not a Religion

Bill O'Reilly is right. I prove, eight times, that Christianity is not a religion, it's a philosophy.

Edward Current.

Hidden Christianity

In Forged, Ehrman reveals: The Apostle Peter was illiterate, and therefore could not have written two letters (1 & 2 Peter) credited to him in the Bible. Six of the Pauline letters in the New Testament are forgeries. The First Book of Timothy, known to be a forgery, is still used today to oppress women, and provides the Scriptural basis for the Roman Catholic Church's refusal to ordain female priests.

Bart Ehrman interview - Hidden Christianity

Posing the provocative argument that parts of the Bible contain intentional deceptions, and that some of its texts were deliberately and painstakingly crafted to further the agendas of Christians living after the apostles, Forged will again turn upside down what we "know" about the Bible.

About the Author
Bart Ehrman is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus, God's Problem, and Jesus, Interrupted. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. He has been featured in Time and has appeared on NBC Dateline, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, CNN, History Channel, and other top media outlets. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

In Explosive New Book FORGED, Bible Scholar Bart Ehrman Exposes Deceptive and Misleading Forgeries in the New Testament
Bart D. Ehrman, the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus, Interrupted and God's Problem reveals which books in the Bible's New Testament were not passed down by Jesus's disciples, but were instead forged by other hands—and why this centuries-hidden scandal is far more significant than many scholars are willing to admit. Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

9/11 - How did WTC7 collapse

Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists part 4 - How did WTC7 collapse

Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists part 5

Myles discusses how the WTC7 collapses.

Why we need a secular Irish government

Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland speaking in Cork on Sunday November 25 on the need for a secular Irish government.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christ is Back in Christmas!

Create a problem to sell a solution. That's Christianity - a simple con.

Christianity is based upon advocating the execution of an innocent man so that you can escape accountability. Is this a good message to celebrate and teach our children?

Accountability for what, you ask? It's the accountability for transgressions that mostly occur in the mind and are never actually acted upon. It is thought crime, of which everyone is "guilty". Christian mythology creates a "problem" which everyone has, and then invents a "cure" so that you have to join the cult. Joining the cult is the ONLY way to be "saved" from the problem Christianity invented in the first place. It's really quite clever, but not unique to Christianity. Creating a problem to sell a solution is an ages old tactic.

I was thinking of calling this video "The Passion of the Elf" but I didn't want it to be too predictable.

This video is made by Dark Matter

Sound effects & Music:
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Resurrection: There Are NO Reliable Historical Accounts!

New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman lays out the problems with taking the resurrection stories seriously from a historical perspective. If you are interested in a list of contradictions in the resurrection accounts, check out the links below:

Mr. Deity and the Crash

Mr. Deity wakes to find his finances taking a dive.

Bill O'Reilly: "Christianity are not a religion, it is a philosophy".

Mike Rinder (Scientology) speaks to TV3's Mideweek

The former top member of Scientology Mike Rinder speaks to TV3.

16 minutes, the rest is repeat without sound

Scientology interview

Pete Griffiths
Mike Rinder

Coalition Building for the Skeptical Activist

Sharon Hill of moderates this workshop on overcoming differences in politics, social philosophies, and mission statements in order to work together toward a common skeptical cause.

Chris Stedman of the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy
Kitty Mervine of
David Silverman of American Atheists
David Niose of the American Humanist Association
Sharon Hill of

Video from TAM 2012

In The "War On Christmas," Christians Are Being Shoved Into The Closet

Mat Staver and Matt Barber are outraged that a nativity scence has been removed from an elementary school display and stored in a closet, seeing in it an "irony of unimaginable proportions."

Video from Liberty Counsel, December 2012

The Faces of Jesus - Bart Ehrman

The Various Portraits of Jesus in the Gospels. The search for the historical Jesus buried beneath metaphors of theological narratives and church dogma.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Debate: The Resurrection of Jesus

Mike Licona and Richard Carrier in a debate on the historical resurrection of Jesus.

1 of 2 - Mike Licona vs Richard Carrier

Mindless Robots - War On Atheism

God gave atheists free will. So why don't they worship him, if for no other reason than that they choose not to?

Deconverted: by Seth Andrews

Deconverted a journey from religion to resaon a book by Seth Andrews

Paperback pre-sale happening now at

L Ron Hubbard speaks about (Evil Lord) Xenu

L Ron Hubbard, the inventor of Scientology, gives a lecture on the 3rd October 1968 on board his ship: 'Apollo.' This lecture is the tenth in the series and it is titled: 'Assists.' I've omitted the first 43 minutes and approximately the latter 20 minutes of this lecture. So what you hear is just the unedited middle section of this idiotic lecture.

Bill Nye: Teaching Evolution? Think Thriller

Bill Nye says the best way to teach evolution is to "just let your passion come through." After all, it is a hard thing to find a kid who doesn't love dinosaurs. Another way to describe evolution is through the analogy of a flash mob. Some work out, some go away. Biology works the same way. The bad designs get eaten by the good ones and so all you have is good ones.

Originally recorded February 1, 2012.


If you are a science teacher with a student whose parents insist that he or she not be exposed to biology, to evolution, I'm not sure what the rules are. I know you can—there's lawsuits pending in a couple of states. I get emails every week from the National Council for Science Education, the NCSE, addressing lawsuits about this issue.

But I guess just let your passion come through. It is a hard thing to find a kid who doesn't love dinosaurs. There's probably one, but I've never met him or her. So I would start there: the ancient dinosaurs are very much like modern birds, and there's reasons for that—one thing led to the other.

The other thing I just remind everybody about—to a lesser extent this guy Alfred Wallace but—Charles Darwin was disciplined. I mean, he did these extraordinary experiments, this series of experiments to discover, to understand the process of change from generation to generation, and this change is all around us. And the other just really hard thing for people who haven't taken time—and this will be a pun—to understand the amount of time involved. We live less than a century, a human does, but this process that brought us to be is billions of years old, and it's just really hard to get your mind around what that means—billion years, 65 million years.

And the other thing that's just out of our everyday experience as people. . . . We design things and make them. We decide how big the piece of paper is. We decide how large our handwriting is going to be. Then we make an organization chart for our corporation and then we hire people. And it's top-down, it's idea-down. But evolution doesn't work that way. Evolution is bottom-up. Evolution is, in the poetic sense, organic, and in the chemical sense, literally organic. All these systems emerge, all these living things emerge, and the good ones, the good designs, eat the bad designs, and so there's no more bad designs, there's just good designs. Then the designs compete and then they eat each other. And so you very quickly end up—people run computer models about this—you very quickly end up with an ecosystem in tuned species. It is out of our everyday experience. It is not top-down.

Although maybe—I will digress on this—maybe with the social networking that happens now, it is organic, it is bottom-up in another sense, that this self-organizing system's come into place. Let's all have a flash mob. Okay, there's no manager of flash mobbing, it just emerges. And if it's a stupid flash mob, nobody shows up, so then that one's eliminated. If it's big fun, like what's the one everybody likes? "Thriller," dancing to "Thriller," yeah. Two hundred people show up to pretend to be Michael Jackson. Okay, it's self-organizing is what I'm going for. And that's what evolution is. The bad designs get eaten by the good ones and so all you have is good ones. It happens very fast.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

Bob Larson EXPOSED on Anderson Cooper Show

Rev Motal exposes Bob Larson

What a Catholic Priest says about teen exorcists. Father Edward Beck (Roman Catholic Priest)

Video from Fox 5, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

TTA Podcast 85 - Fireside Chat

Few things are as satisfying as a conversation among friends over a warm fireplace.

This show is our "fireside chat," as we relax and enjoy whatever topic comes to mind.

Join The Thinking Atheist on facebook

The Thinking Atheist, Radio Podcast number 85
Show date: November 4, 2012

Edited for time and content.

The Earth spins at night

22 days of data from the Suomi NPP satellite went into making this beautiful and eerie view of the Earth at night, spinning in a black sky. The satellite can see in the visible and near-infrared at high sensitivity, able to map city lights, fires, and even moonlit weather. This animation is made from real images, mapped onto the previously existing Blue Marble images to make the view more realistic.

Video: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC

Music: Kevin MacLeod, "Epic Unease",

How Islamic blasphemy laws persecute Christians, Muslims and atheists

Michael Nugent, with Sanal Edamarauku, speaking at a public meeting in Cork on how Islamic states use blasphemy laws to persecute Christians, Muslims and atheists.

Michael Nugent seeks support for Asia Bibi in Pakistan, Hamza Kashgari in Saudi Arabia, and Alexander Aan in Indonesia.

And even in officially secular India, Sanal Edamaruku is facing blasphemy charges for debunking a supposed miracle.

Our Second Amendment Is Rooted In The Teaching Of Jesus Christ

The Christian Bryan Fischer explains that the Second Amendment's right to bear arms came directly out of the Bible.

Video from AFA Channel

Atheists' President Tells All: Bill O'Reilly Appearance & Atheist Fox News Host

David Silverman, President of American Atheists, joins David to discuss his appearance on Bill O'Reilly's program, where O'Reilly argued that Christianity isn't a religion, and David indicates that O'Reilly plays a character on air, and that there is a female Fox News host that he believes is an atheist.

Broadcast on December 5, 2012

David Lane Admits That He Is A Political Operative

Evangelical Christian David Lane, who has long played a key behind-the-scenes role in organizing Religious Right events, admits that he is a political operative whose goal is to mobilize voters and activists to retake America.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dave Silverman on Fox News about Christianity

David Silverman on Fox News talking about Christmas, Jesus birth and more

Alex McFarland, Southern Evangelical Seminary

Gays, Liberals have "Unholy Alliances" with Islamic "Shadow Government"

Kamal Saleem says gays and liberals have formed an "unholy alliance" with an Islamic "shadow government" composed of Muslim political groups

Homosexuality is Satan's Trap - Joni Lamb

Televangelist Joni Lamb and ex-gay activist Janet Boynes decry homosexuality as Satan's trap

Magic Sandwich - the end of the world

On this show we welcomed back Aronra - and had an unexpected special guest, Mrs AronRa.

Part 1 - comic strip heroes to libertarianism

Topics of conversation quickly moved on to comic strip heroes to libertarianism. And then went onto more topics, including:

- end of world predictions
- advent calanders
- god's PR department
- the purpose of the universe
- the purpose and nature of heaven
- the war on christmas
- evolution

and much much more.

Part 2 - the end of the world, and more theistic nonsense

The Magic Sandwich Show, Number 40
Show date: 2 December 2012

Holiday Decorations, Christmas Displays and the Separation of Church and State

With Thanksgiving just behind us we know that Chanukah is soon upon us. Chanukah will begin this year on the 8th of December, next Saturday night. During this holiday season, many people get bent out of shape by holiday decorations, Christmas displays and the separation of church and state.

Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of NJOP, explains that he is in favor of a separation between church and state but he is not an absolutist on the subject. He believes that we should be more flexible and understanding of peoples' practices. As a boy, his father, who was born in Europe, used to take him and his sister to see the Christmas decorations, even though they were observant Jews. The entire family had a wonderful time. They didn't die. They didn't convert to other religions.

His American mother explained to them how in public school they would have the students sing Christmas Carols. This was obviously bringing religion into the schools. But, he reminds us again that we do not need to be so absolute. It's a nice opportunity to see how other people celebrate the holidays and be tolerant of their celebrations. We also need to feel strongly about our own holiday, Chanukah, and have our own strong Jewish identity. One way to achieve that is to respect others.

Don't Leave Atheists Out on Christmas

Atheist magician Penn Jillette questions Christian logic and the so-called War on Christmas: "Why leave me out? Why do that? What's your motive? And trying to turn around a 'we want to leave you out,' into 'why are you forcing us to not have our joy,' is insanity. It's backwards."

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Inside Out report on state funded Steiner schools

BBC One Inside Out South West report on state-funded Steiner schools, featuring BHA Faith Schools Campaigner Richy Thompson.

First broadcast 19 November 2012. For more information, please see this news item on the website.

BHA State-funded Steiner schools teach science from book sceptical of evolution, give homeopathy to students.

Ha Ha Islamophobia

Pat Condell, November 2012

The Zombie Christ

New movie 2012: The Zombie Christ

Premiers Tuesday Dec 4th @ the Texas Theater,
Showtime is 7:00pm

Fischer & Beisner: Not Using Fossil Fuels Is An Insult To God

Bryan Fischer and Calvin Beisner explain that God left fossil fuels buried in the earth for us to find and to not use them is therefore an insulting rejection of God's gifts.

Focal Point on AFA Channel, December 2012

A Dictator Will Seize Power in America Within The Next Five Years

The Mormon Glenn Beck looks at the protests in Egypt and says the same thing will happen in America within the next five years.

Glenn Beck, December 2012

Interview Hemant Mehta "The Friendly Atheist"

Edited clips from Freethought Radio, December 1, 2012, "Freedom From Religion Foundation", Annie Laurie Gaylor & Dan Barker, Co-Presidents.

Full podcasts available at:

The Friendly Atheist blog (Hemant Mehta):

Book: "The Young Atheist's Survival Guide: Helping Secular Students Thrive" by Hemant Mehta

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mr. Deity and the Old Testament

Larry has some bad news regarding the Old Testament

Seth Andrews on The Eternal Planner

On November 23rd, Seth Andrews (host of The Thinking Atheist) was interviewed on The Eternal Planner radio podcast (

Listen to the entire Eternal Planner interview/talk unedited

TTA Radio Podcast 84
Show date: November 29, 2012

Eternal Planner's host, Rob Rennie, agreed that 1) the interview would be aired unedited and in its entirety and 2) that the conversation could also be posted on a TTA podcast.

Quranism, Islam without Sunna - featuring Edip Yuksel

J&T Show on iTunes:
Eggs and steak:

Dec 1st 2012

Edip's links

Edip Yuksel (born 1957) is an intellectual considered one of the prime figures in the modern Islamic reform and Quraniyoon movements. Author of many books on the Qur'an and Islam, he has gained much attention through his works and speeches.

His main aim, as stated throughout his writings, is to spread an Islamic understanding that is rational, progressive, and humanistic, which in his eyes can only be gained through accepting the Qur'an as the only Divine authority. He is also a promoter of Theistic evolution, an understanding he gets from science and the Qur'an, instead of the Islamic belief in Creationism. Specifically, Yuksel is critical of Islamic creationists such as Adnan Oktar. Yuksel is a former member of United Submitters International.

Daniel Dennett on William Lane Craig

Following a presentation of theistic arguments by William Lane Craig, Daniel Dennett gives an impromptu appraisal.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Moon phases for 2013

This video shows the phases of the Moon for the entire year of 2013 on an hour by hour basis! It also shows various other items, like libration - the rocking around of the Moon due to its elliptical and tilted orbit - and physical data like distance, percent illuminated, and more.

More info:
Video: NASA/GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio
Music: Kevin MacLeod, "Heavy Interlude" and "Interloper",

Jesus and the Interpreter. A modern-day christian helps Jesus get started

Modern-day Christians know Jesus so well, that this one decided to travel back in time to help Jesus get his message across right from the start. Those people back in Jesus' time might have mistaken Jesus' own words as actually representing what he really meant! And we wouldn't want that!

Get to understand Jesus

NonStampCollector on Twitter

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Why are all the gods so vicious cunts

The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned.
The Drown God wants them drowned.
Why are all the gods so vicious cunts?

Quote from Game of Thrones - s2e8 - The Prince of Winterfell

The Phone Call - Scientology

Mark Bunker: While I was in Clearwater, Florida videotaping a Transit Board hearing which dealt with Scientology matters, I had my first run-in with the type of unusual activities that so often have been traced back to the Office of Special Affairs.

Producer: Mark Bunker

Support atheism in Northern Ireland

If you live in Northern Ireland, and you are interested in atheism, skepticism or secularism, here are three people and groups who you should support. Find out more about them from the links below.

All three groups attended an Atheist Ireland public meeting in the Malone Lodge Hotel in Belfast, and afterwards they said a few words about what they are doing to bring about a more rational, pluralist Northern Ireland.

Belfast Skeptics

Atheism Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Secular Society

The Christ That Stole Christmas

It's surprising for many to hear, but a lot of atheists love the holiday season. We simply celebrate without the nativity scenes and Christmas pageants.

In fact, the freethought community probably knows more about the supposed birthday of Jesus Christ than Christians do, and believers would be shocked at how many of their beloved traditions have been "stolen" from earlier cultures.

In this lighthearted show, we talk about the holidays and explore the (non-Christian) origins of so many beloved Christmas traditions.

TTA Podcast 83
Show date: November 27, 2012

Edited for time and content.

Christmas: To XMAS And Beyond


By The Thinking Atheist Facebook

Sanal Edamaruku debunk the moving statue miracle of Ballinspittle

Atheist Ireland hosted four meetings last week to highlight the blasphemy charge against Sanal Edamaruku in India for explaining a supposed miracle. We also brought Sanal to see one of our home-grown miracles, the moving statue of the virgin Mary at Ballinspittle in County Cork.

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