Friday, May 31, 2013

Steve King Proves America is a Christian Nation

Rep. Steve King proves that America is a Christian nation because, if you accidentally kill your neighbors dog, you confess and seek forgiveness. WHAT?

Rep. Steve King proves that America is a Christian nation because, if you accidentally kill your neighbors dog, you confess and seek forgiveness.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on The Rings of Saturn

How would Saturn's rings look from the gas giant's surface? To answer this Cosmic Query, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson describes what it would be like to float on the surface of his favorite planet in the solar system and gaze up at the rings of Saturn. Throw in the Cassini spacecraft, Madame Saturn (Dr. Carolyn Porco), comic co-host Chuck Nice and a great anecdote about Galileo and you've got a titanic Behind the Scenes video. And if you love StarTalk Radio, don't miss out on any StarTalk news.

ENDA Promotes Bestiality & There is a: Demonic Spirit Inside of Jeff Merkley

"Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt says that ENDA will force Christian business to hire people who engage in bestiality and that the legislation's co-sponsor, Sen. Jeff Merkley, has a demonic spirit inside of him.

Pray for Ex-Ex-Gay Leader John Paulk

Joni Lamb and Anne Paulk won't discuss her ex-ex-gay ex-husband, John Paulk, but ask for prayers.

You Can't Drink Starbucks And Be Biblically Right

David Barton tells a Christian audience that they cannot drink Starbucks coffee because the company supports marriage equality.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Religion Reverses Everything

This was AronRa's speech at Imagine_No_Religion_3 in Kamloops British Columbia on 2013/05/19.


You Can Be Assured That I Am Sharing With You Accurate Information

Fox News' Todd Starnes assures a group of pastors that when they read his stories, they can rest assured that what they are getting is accurate ... which is, ironically, not a true statement at all.

Women Were Designed To Be Ruled Over And Make A Home For Their Children & Husband

The Christian Bryan Fischer is not a fan of working women ... especially the idea that a woman might earn more than her husband.

AFA Channel 2013

Salt Sugar Fat: Interview with Michael Moss

Cut from episode 01 march 2013 of "Democracy Now" regarding - Processed Food and the Science of Addictive Junk Food.

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Salt Sugar Fat: Interview with Michael Moss [CBC Radio]

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Déjà vu all over again

Genie Scott on evolution and climate change denial.

Where: UW Madison, Free Thought Festival.
When: 3/8/2013.

Panorama White Fright

Panorama visits Blackburn in Lancashire to investigate how increased separation and segregation between Muslim Asians and whites is dividing communities. - Blackburn presents a stark example of a difficult, international problem.

Panorama White Fright Pt. 1

For all the hopeful talk about "integration", "multiculturalism" and now "cohesion", the reality on the ground appears to be that Britain's Muslim Asian community and its white community have few points of contact, and that the white majority often feel they share little in common with the growing Muslim Asian minority.

Panorama White Fright Pt. 2

Of course there are hopeful exceptions, but Blackburn - where Muslim Asians on the last census made up 24% of the population and whose local council takes the issue very seriously - demonstrates clearly what the problem is.

Panorama White Fright Pt. 3

Muslims must reject jihad

The London horror and jihad denial

Soldier's Islamic murderer should have been arrested years ago, but wasn't

Terrorist proclaimed "an eye for an eye" after attack

Islamic murderer's former university hosted extremists

Man charged for "offensive" tweets

85 year-old woman arrested for shouting outside a mosque. Held in police custody.

Woolwich slaughter: sorry MCB, but this IS a school of Islam"

Muslims, we must take on this cancer in our midst

Takek Fatah: "It's time to fight the doctrine of jihad"

Taxpayers fund terrorism as benefits go to hate preachers

What do British Muslims think of the UK? (2010)

Muslims in Luton, UK

Violence in the Koran

Doctrinal basis for jihad

Rob Ford on Cyclists

Short video


The Home of Canadian Dissent Rebecca De La Cour finds out why Toronto can't do something as simple as installing Bike Lanes.

Tsem Rinpoche on Malaysia National TV's Wesak Day program

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche appeared as the main guest speaker on the TV program "Buddhism's Holiest Day" on Malaysia's National TV, on Wesak Day 2013.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kicking a Biblethumper in his Wingnuts

Biblethumpingwingnut has a new "Atheist Response" channel where he will respond to atheists without the risk of his beloved christian viewers being exposed to opposing viewpoints along with his vacuous attempts at refuting them. Here, I present two ways to invalidate presuppositional apologetics, correct him (yet again) on his definition of atheism, and challenge him to respond to this on his primary channel for everyone to see.

LDS Church Supported Ending Ban On Gay Boy Scouts In Order To Restore Polygamy

Bryan Fischer says the Mormon Church supported the decision to end the ban on gay Boy Scouts because it is supporting the "homosexual agenda" in order to ultimately restore polygamy to America.

Video from AFA Channel 2013

Seth Raphael claims Randi's Million Dollar Challenge

At the MIT Media Lab in April 2008, Hi-Tech Magician Seth Raphael ( challenged James Randi, claiming his computer can read minds. James Randi accepted the challenge and then watched as Seth's computer succeeded in passing all of his tests. Witness James Randi handing Seth the first good faith check for $10,000.

Seth performs all of these miracles in live shows for companies across the world.

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 4

Anderson Cooper interviews several former high ranking officials within the Church of Scientology who say they either witnessed or were physically assaulted by the church leader, David Miscavige.

This segment looks at what happens to people after they leave the Church

Monday, May 27, 2013

Some great entries and winners to the video contest!

New Instruments of Science

What is science?

Boy Scouts Rebelling Against God

American Family Association radio hosts Fred Jackson and Dan Celia attack the Boy Scouts of America for including gay youth members, predict the end of America

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dianetics and Scientology will take your Money, your Mind and your Life

One womans testimony on how Scientology tried to bully her into paying for courses she didnt want to take and tried to manipulate her mind. These high pressure selling tactics have bankrupted many naïve members and has led to their suicide or death from starvation.

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 3

Anderson Cooper interviews several former high ranking officials within the Church of Scientology who say they either witnessed or were physically assaulted by the church leader, David Miscavige.

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 3 (Part A)

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 3 (Part B)

Video by CNN

How to Tell the Future

In this workshop from The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012, Ray Hyman instructs participants on how to do "psychic" or character readings. They also perform readings on each other. The goal is not to increase the number of cold readers, but to show how easily a cold reading can convince people they have experienced the supernatural.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Equinox: The Secrets of the Psychics

Clip from:
The Dimbleby Talk-in
The Andrew Neil Show
People Are Talkin
Noel's House Party
QED. Bend! Bend! Bend!

Uri Geller
James Hydrick
Danny Korem
Christopher French
James Randi
Richard Wiseman
Richard Dawkins
Mike Molloy
John Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics. King's College, London
Russell Targ, Laser Physicist & Parapsychologist
Ray Hyman, Psychologist, University of Oregon
George Lawrence
David Marks, Psychologist, Middelsex University
Susan Blackmore, Psychologist, University of the West of England
Ian Rowland, Psychic Illusionist
Bob Couttie, Writer
Mike Hutchinson
Jack Nutting, Professor, Metallurgist

Video by Channel 4

Investigating the Church of Scientology

Christiane Amanpour sits down with author Lawrence Wright to talk about the Church of Scientology.

CNN | Added on March 5, 2013

Atheist Experience #813: Peer Review

Russell Glasser talks about the peer review process and how it helps to benefit scientific knowledge.

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #813: Peer Review
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-Host: Russell Glasser

Viewer calls
18:02 Corey - Schenectady, NY
23:24 Nick - Helena, AR
30:12 Kadar - London, UK
42:00 Christopher - Catlettsburg , KY
50:02 Peter - Colonia, NJ

The Atheist Experience May 12 2013

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The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This is his answer.

Atheism Marches Arizona

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, 5-23-2013.

Actually… I am a atheist Tees for the Rebecca Vitsmun Recovery Fund

Watch the video Wolf Blitzer to Atheist Tornado Survivor: 'You Gotta Thank the Lord'

Do Not Bow Your Heads

Friday, May 24, 2013

Healing In Jesus' Name 'Works Every Time'

Matthew Hagee explains that praying for healing in Jesus' name works ever time ... even when the person being prayed for dies.

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 2

Anderson Cooper interviews several former high ranking officials within the Church of Scientology who say they either witnessed or were physically assaulted by the church leader, David Miscavige.

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 2 (Part A)

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 2 (Part B)

Wolf Blitzer to Atheist Tornado Survivor: 'You Gotta Thank the Lord'

CNN's Wolf Blitzer to atheist tornado survivor: 'You gotta thank the Lord'

Actually… I am a atheist Tees for the Rebecca Vitsmun Recovery Fund

The Mormon Glenn Beck says Wolf Blitzer's interview with an Oklahoma tornado survivor who happened to be an atheist was set-up to promote atheism.

TheYoungTurks: Wolf Blitzer Tries to Interview an Atheist, Fails

David Pakman Show:

A look back on Global Astronomy Month

#GAM A look back on Global Astronomy Month- May 14th, 2003

Did Trace Adkins Insinuate Atheists Are Unethical?

Clip from All-Star Celebrity Apprentice finale, NBC, May 19, 2013.

Creationism du jour: Q&A

Panel discussion featuring Genie Scott, PZ Myers, and Larry Moran.

When: 12/1/2012.
Where: Eschaton 2012, Ottawa.
Video courtesy of

Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Islamic" Billboards - Nashville, TN

Report on the billboards in Tennessee displaying "The Ten Commandments", the principles of which, according to this story, are a huge part of the Islamic faith. The billboards are sponsored by Joseph Farah, CEO of WorldNetDaily.

"Islamic" Billboards - Nashville, TN - WorldNetDaily (WND)

Video from March 28, 2013

Do Not Bow Your Heads

Arizona State House Chamber, May 21, 2013,

The Story:
Atheist State Lawmaker Quotes Carl Sagan Instead of Doing Prayer Before House Session
Arizona State Rep., Juan Mendez, Tempe, AZ

Frans de Waal: Morality Without Religion

A long tradition of thinking tells us that due to man's animal nature we need to have order imposed from above, in the form of religion. Without religion, we could not live together, and that is why all human societies believe in the supernatural and have developed one religion or another.

This view, which the biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal calls Veneer Theory, is an essentially pessimistic view "that morality is a thin veneer over a nasty human nature."

In his new book, The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates (, de Waal challenges this theory, arguing that human morality is older than religion, and indeed an innate quality. In other words, religion did not give us morality. Religion built onto a pre-existing moral system that governed how our species behaved.

de Waal's argument, which he has been making for years, is strengthened by the fact that recent research is starting to paint a better picture of the kind of cognitive processing that empathy requires. It turns out that empathy is not as complex as we had imagined, and that is why other animals are capable of it as well as humans.

So if being moral is so easy, can we dispatch with religion altogether?

That is an experiment that no one has tried, and which de Waal finds intriguing. The problem, as de Waal points out in the video, is that we need someone to be keeping watch in large-scale societies in which "we cannot all keep an eye on each other."

Well, religion is an interesting topic because religion is universal. All human societies believe in the supernatural. All human societies have a religion one way or another. Which for the biologists must mean that religion has some advantages -- offers some advantages to a society. Otherwise we wouldn't have that strong tendency to develop it. And so for me that's actually a far more interesting question of whether God exists or doesn't exist. That sort of question I cannot answer. But the question of why we have religions is an interesting question. And my view is that morality, our human morality, is older than religion so instead of saying morality comes from God or religion gave us morality. For me that's a big no-no.

Our current religions are just 2,000 or 3,000 years old which is very young. And our species is much older and I cannot imagine that, for example, a hundred thousand years or two hundred thousand years our ancestors did not have some type of morality. Of course they had rules about how you should behave, what is fair, what is unfair, caring for others -- all of these tendencies were in place already so they had a moral system and then at some point we developed these present day religions which I think we're sort of tacked on to the morality that we had. And maybe they served to codify them or to enforce them or to steer morality in a particular direction that we prefer.

So religion comes in for me secondarily. I'm struggling with whether we need religion. So personally I think we can be moral without religion because we probably had morality long before the current religions came along. So I think we can be moral without religion but in large scale societies where we are not all keeping an eye on each other because we -- in societies with a thousand people or several thousand or millions of people we cannot all keep an eye on each other. And that's maybe why we installed religions in these large scale societies where a God kept watch over everybody.

And then the question becomes is this really needed? Now in northern Europe -- I'm from the Netherlands -- there is basically an experiment going on. In northern Europe the majority of people are not religious anymore. When you ask them they say they're nonbelievers. And they still have a moral society as far as I can tell. And so there is a sort of experiment going on there -- can we set up a society where religion is not dominant at least? It may be present but it's not dominant anymore, there is still a moral society. And until now I think that experiment is going pretty well. And so I am optimistic that religion is not strictly needed. But I cannot be a hundred percent sure because we've never really tried -- there is no human society where religion is totally absent so we really have never tried this experiment.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence

Beginning Monday, 3/29/10, Anderson Cooper began a four-part investigation into allegations made by a number of former high-ranking members of the Church of Scientology. The allegations are about physical abuse they say took place within the Sea Organization, the international management branch of the Church.

Miscavige vehemently denies these allegations and he has the backing of the Church. Many members have written to us to complain about the series already.

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 1 (Part A)

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 1 (Part B)

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 1 (Part C)

The Church of Scientology: A History of Violence Part 1 (Part D)

Guns, Sylvia Browne and more guns

Topics included - what happens if you fire a gun in an airplane, Sylvia Browne, gun law in America, the state of the catholic church in Poland and more, much much more!

On the panel were thunderf00t and hogtiechamp.

The Magic Sandwich Show, No.52.
This show was broadcast on 19 May 2013.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Homosexuality Is An "Abomination In The Sight Of God"

E.W. Jackson delivers a sermon in which he says that Christians cannot support any candidatures who endorse things like gay marriage that are an "abomination in the sight of God."

Richard Dawkins Debates Flying Horses with Muslims

Professor Richard Dawkins debates devout muslim Medhi Hasan about his firm belief in flying horses (Al -Buraq)

Sahih Bukhari 5:58:227 "...Then a white animal which was smaller than a mule and bigger than a donkey was brought to me." ... "The animal's step (was so wide that it) reached the farthest point within the reach of the animal's sight. ..."

Apostasy in Islam:Richard Dawkins extracts some truth from a Muslim

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 260:

Narrated Ikrima:
Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn 'Abbas, who said, "Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, 'Don't punish (anybody) with Allah's Punishment.' No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.'

Mark Bunker Talks Scientology on Bad Sloth

Mark Bunker appeared on Allan Chaykin's podcast to talk about Scientology along with stand up comic Jake Weisman. The show was split into two episodes.

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

This is from: Bad sloth. a podcast for the lazy geek

Allan Chaykin's podcast. March 4th, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

When it's OK to lie: When you're lying for Jesus

Ray Comfort and other Christians

RTE Late Debate on Right to Die with Michael Nugent and Regina McQuillan

Michael Nugent of Right To Die Ireland, and palliative care doctor Regina McQuillan, debate the right to die and Marie Fleming's court ruling, on RTE Radio 1 Late Debate hosted by Audrey Carville on Tuesday 30 April 2013.

Sylvia Browne: Wrong Again

James Randi dives into the most recent of "psychic" Sylvia Browne's failed predictions, hoping that this one may be spectacular enough to put her out of business for good.

The Randi Show - Sylvia Browne: Wrong Again

Scientology: Mark Bunker on "Terry Boyd's World

Mark Bunker was invited back on this Portland area radio show to talk further about the impact of Scientology's new Ideal Org in Portland. They talked about Study Tech, Drug Free Marshals and tax dollars going to Scientology based schools.

Mark Bunker Returns to Terry Boyd's World

Here are some links.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Drawing Mohammad on the $100 bill!

A combination of raising the issue that the US government shouldnt be in the business of endorsing any one religion, and highlighting the fact that if you are not a Muslim, you do not have to obey Islamic laws (such as not drawing Mohammad)


Draw Muhammad Day? Neat!

Obama Is An Atheist/Muslim & We're 'Dealing With An Evil Presence'

E.W. Jackson says it is "laughable" to think that President Obama is a Christian because he is really an atheist/Muslim.

Blasphemy - Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry

The discussion covered issues of freedom of speech, religious tolerance, multiculturalism and orthodoxy.

Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry at the 2006 Guardian Hay Festival.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: The Existence of Nothing

The concept of nothing is as old as zero itself. How do we grapple with the concept of nothing? From the best laboratory vacuums on Earth to the vacuum of space to what lies beyond, the idea of nothing continues to intrigue professionals and the public alike.

Join moderator and Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson as he leads a spirited discussion with a group of physicists, philosophers and journalists about the existence of nothing. The event, which was streamed live to the web, took place at the American Museum of Natural History on March 20, 2013.


J. Richard Gott, professor of astrophysical sciences, Princeton University, and author of Sizing Up the Universe: The Cosmos in Perspective

Jim Holt, science journalist and author of Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story

Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics, Arizona State University and author of A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing

Charles Seife, professor of journalism, New York University, and author of Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Eve Silverstein, professor of physics, Stanford University, and co-editor of Strings, Branes and Gravity

The late Dr. Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific and influential authors of our time, was a dear friend and supporter of the American Museum of Natural History. In his memory, the Hayden Planetarium is honored to host the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate — generously endowed by relatives, friends, and admirers of Isaac Asimov and his work — bringing the finest minds in the world to the Museum each year to debate pressing questions on the frontier of scientific discovery. Proceeds from ticket sales of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debates benefit the scientific and educational programs of the Hayden Planetarium.

Friday, May 17, 2013

JIM GAFFIGAN & SARAH SILVERMAN: StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Curiosity Mars Rover

Welcome back to StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman and astrobiologist David Grinspoon at the Bell House in Brookyn to discuss the the Curiosity Mars Rover and the exploration of Mars.

Guests: Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, David Grinspoon, Eugene Mirman

Why Tolerate Religion?

On April 27, 2013, the Center for Inquiry hosted a daylong symposium in Washington, D.C., titled "Why Tolerate Religion?" The event featured seven leading thinkers who examined the contentious issue of whether religion deserves any special legal protection under the law.

This is video of the keynote lecture by Brian Leiter, Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago, and author of the book "Why Tolerate Religion?"

Other speakers at the symposium, which was held at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, included Jacques Berlinerblau, Caroline Mala Corbin, Wendy Kaminer, Ronald A. Lindsay, Barry Lynn, and John R. Shook.

For more information on this event, please visit: "Why Tolerate Religion?" A CFI Symposium - Washington, DC - April 27, 2013

Video was produced by Adam Isaak
Copyright 2013 Center for Inquiry

Imagined Childhood Powers

Tracie describes her imagined childhood powers and invited others to contribute theirs.

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #811: Imagined Childhood Powers
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-Host: Tracie Harris

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The Atheist Community of Austin ( is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.

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Satan Is Trying to Get the Government to Approve Sin Through Gay Marriage

Matt Barber says that Satan hates the institution of marriage, which is why he is pushing the government to officially embrace the sin of gay marriage.

Never trust a man who has suspenders outside the shirt

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Creationism du jour

Executive director Genie Scott talks about the history of creationist legislation, including bills that allow teachers to "critically analyze" evolution or present the "full range of scientific views of origins". Strategies, tactics, and more.

When: 12/1/2012.
Where: Eschaton 2012, Ottawa.

Jesus Endorses North Miami Mayoral Candidate

North Miami Mayoral Candidate Anna Pierre Claims Jesus Christ Endorsement

North Miami mayoral candidate touts endorsement from Jesus Christ
Anna L. Pierre is one of seven candidates vying to replace Andre Pierre. Campaign posters for Anna L. Pierre tout that she was endorsed by Jesus Christ.

"It's a spiritual endorsement. Why? Because everything I do I always get God involved," Pierre said.

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, 5-15-2013

Mark Bunker on the Terry Boyd Show 2013

Mark Bunker appeared on this Portland area radio show to discuss the opening of Scientology's new Ideal Org in the city.

Radiohost: "It's a business" "They should quit the church".

Monday May 13, 2013. On AM860

Scientologist John Allender Being a Thug

Powerful OT8 - of Scientology - John Allender tried everything he could think of to try to prevent Mark Bunker from shooting video of Scientology's tiny dictator David "Slappy" Miscavige at the opening of Portland's Ideal Org ... including lying to the police. When all else failed, John Allender attempted to push past Mark Bunker to grab Mark Bunkers camera which could have caused it to fall from a great height and be destroyed.

Video by Mark Bunker

Heidi Stevenson - Fake Measles Epidemic and Censorship

Heidi Stevenson has recently wrote a blog post were she claims that the Welsh Measles Epidemic is faked. In this video Nega talks about the data she presents and her ruthless censorship.

Welsh Measles Epidemic Was Faked…………Apparently

Transcend This

A few words about the "transcendent".


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blue Laws

They are known by a variety of names — blue laws, Sunday blue laws, Sunday-closing laws, Sunday statutes. They affect a variety of activities on Sundays, ranging from liquor sales to hunting to car-buying. Many blue laws are county and city ordinances, though some are statewide statutes.

In this episode, prepare the facepalms as we examine "blue laws" and other laws and edicts that were once implemented for religious and "moral" reasons and remain on the books today.

Your calls and emails

The Thinking Atheist, 2013
TTA Podcast 109

The Fireplace Delusion

I hate to have to point this out, but: I DID NOT WRITE THIS ESSAY. I'm just READING IT ALOUD. Arguing with me about the content here is unproductive.

This essay came to my attention recently, and it's an excellent exercise for a skeptic or atheist to experience this feeling of loss of innocence and the painful feelings it summons. See it through to the end before posting, please.

The source: The Fireplace Delusion

Mark Bunker on the Lars Larson Show

Mark Bunker appeared on the Portland area Lars Larson Show to speak about Scientology after the opening of their new Ideal Org. Lars Larson liked the segment so much he replayed it that night on his nationally syndicated broadcast.

Tony Ortega website

Monday May 13, 2013 - Portland Ideal Org Opening

Video by Mark Bunker and the Lars Larson Show 2013.

Planetary Migration

Join Fraser Cain and Pamela Gay for another live episode of Astronomy Cast. This week we'll talk about Planetary Migration, how the planets formed and then moved around in the Solar System.

Astronomy Cast Episode 301 Planetary Migration

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jailed Enron CEO To Get Prison Term Reduced

"Jeffrey K. Skilling, imprisoned for the last six years because of his role in the fraud that caused the collapse of Enron, has reached a deal that could reduce his sentence by more than a decade...".* Cenk Uygur breaks it down at YouTube Space LA before The Young Turks Billion Views Party.

Slappy Miscavige is a Frightened Little Bunny

David Miscavige had his underlings frantically trying to stop me from filming him speak in Portland. While I got video of his address, he turned the speakers down really low so I couldn't get good sound.

Video by Mark Bunker 2013.

Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way

We spend the first year teaching children to walk and talk and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down.

I'm often asked by parents what advice can I give them to help get kids interested in science? And I have only one bit of advice. Get out of their way. Kids are born curious. Period. I don't care about your economic background. I don't care what town you're born in, what city, what country. If you're a child, you are curious about your environment. You're overturning rocks. You're plucking leaves off of trees and petals off of flowers, looking inside, and you're doing things that create disorder in the lives of the adults around you.

And so then so what do adults do? They say, "Don't pluck the petals off the flowers. I just spent money on that. Don't play with the egg. It might break. Don't...." Everything is a don't. We spend the first year teaching them to walk and talk and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down.

So you get out of their way. And you know what you do? You put things in their midst that help them explore. Help 'em explore. Why don't you get a pair of binoculars, just leave it there one day? Watch 'em pick it up. And watch 'em look around. They'll do all kinds of things with it.

For me at age 11, I had a pair of binoculars and looked up to the moon, and the moon wasn't just bigger, it was better. There were mountains and valleys and craters and shadows. And it came alive. Not the full moon because there are no shadows cast when the moon is full; got to wait for it to be half moon or crescent moon, and look at the edge between light and dark with a simple pair of binoculars.

I was transformed by picking up a pair of binoculars and looking up, and that's hard to do for a city kid because when you look up you just see buildings -- and really your first thought is to look in people's windows. So to look out of the space -- out of living space -- and look up to the sky, binoculars go far, literally and figuratively. That's what got me started on the universe. It might get some kids you know started the same way.

--Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd--

Still the Good Guys?

What if our modern day superheroes solved problems like the God of the bible? Would they still be considered good? Why don't we need to be told that Superman, Batman, The Avengers, etc, are good, but we do need to be told that God is good? Because actions speak for themselves.

If you were never told that the God of the bible is good - if those verses were omitted - would you come to that conclusion on your own? The destroyer of cities and worlds who fail to worship Him...Good?! OR is it more likely that this God is a product of a culture seeking to justify its methods and actions against other cultures?

Don't ask, don't tell Christianity

Matt Barber and Shawn Akers say that Christians are being purged from the military which is endangering our national security because secular progressives "aren't the kind of people that we want defending our country."

Obama Is Trying To Purge Christians From The Military

Monday, May 13, 2013

Fight Demonic Powers To Advance Right-Wing Agenda

Michele Bachmann at the Awakening 2013 says the conservative movement's real fight is against demonic spiritual powers in a spiritual warfare.

Police try and fail to kick reporter out of Scientology event

Scientology convinced the parking garage owner to get the police here to kick me off a condo buildings roof but they had no authority to do so and the actual manager of the building convinced the cop that they were wrong..

I'm in Portland trying to videotape the grand opening of the ideal or in Scientology has intimidated the shop owner from letting me shoot from his second-floor window the police were called up to search my bags.

Police Search me at Portland Oregon

Video by Mark Bunker

Killing your wife with Christian Tim Lambesis

Tim Lambesis, 32, of Christian Heavy Metal Band, "As I Lay Dying", charged with solicitation to murder wife Meggan.

Christian Rock Blows Hard

Bill Maher, 5-10-2013,

Romans 1.24-32

Deuteronomy 17.12

Exodus 22.17

Leviticus 20.13

Leviticus 20.27

Exodus 21.15

Proverbs 20.20

Leviticus 20.9

Leviticus 20.10

Leviticus 21.9

Exodus 22.19

2 Chronicles 15.12-13

Zechariah 13.3

Deuteronomy 13.13-18

Deuteronomy 22.20-21

Deuteronomy 13.7-12

Deuteronomy 17.2-5

Leviticus 24.10-16

Deuteronomy 13.1-5

Deuteronomy 18.20-22

Numbers 1.48-51

Exodus 31.12-15

Scientologist tries to kick Mark Bunker off a rooftop

Mark Bunker found a nearby rooftop to videotape David Miscavage's speech at the Portland Oregon and they weren't happy about it.

Watching Slappy Speak

Mark Bunker was shooting a video of the Portland Ideal Org opening when suddenly a very mad Scientologist who called himself John Allen demanded that Mark Bunker to leave the property. John Allen had no right to tell Mark Bunker to leave the property. John Allen had enlisted a parking lot attendant to claim he had authority to kick Mark Bunker out. He didn't.

Scientology Portland Oregon opening

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

How did humans acquire language? In this lecture, best-selling author Steven Pinker introduces you to linguistics, the evolution of spoken language, and the debate over the existence of an innate universal grammar. He also explores why language is such a fundamental part of social relationships, human biology, and human evolution. Finally, Pinker touches on the wide variety of applications for linguistics, from improving how we teach reading and writing to how we interpret law, politics, and literature.

Steven Pinker - Psychologist, Cognitive Scientist, and Linguist at Harvard University

The Floating University
Originally released September, 2011.

Samantha Domingo - Scientology Sea Org

Samantha Domingo (ex Scientology Sea Org and ex Wife of Placido Domingo Jr.) at Dublin Offlines.

Samantha Domingo spent 20 years within the Scientology organisation, before finally quitting in 2009. When she began to speak out against its abuses her ex-husband, Placido Domingo Jr., was pressured to "disconnect" from her. He was instructed to communicate with their three daughters only via an attorney. He refused and instead quit the organisation.

When in the Sea Organisation Samantha Domingo fell pregnant and was Scientology crumble. It is a cancer, rotten to the core. It was all a big

For more information on the Dublin Offlines event see >

It's Easy to Be a Conservative Christian Because 'We Just Simply Tell the Truth'

Matt Barber and Bryan Fischer explain that Liberals are driven by an irrational rage and hatred for the truth.

Video by Focal Point on AFA Channel, May 2013

Duck Dynasty Debunked

Liberals and atheists are petitioning to have prayers removed from the "Duck Dynasty" television show? Is it really true?

Christians lies.... again

The God Delusion Debate - John Lennox vs Richard Dawkins

In Birmingham, Alabama, Professor Richard Dawkins and his Oxford University colleague Professor John Lennox engaged in a lively debate over what is arguably the most critical question of our time: the existence of God. The debate centered on Dawkins' views as expressed in his best-seller, The God Delusion, and their validity over and against the Christian faith. Both presenters agreed to the format and topics of discussion.

Texas Free Thought Convention - aronra, thunderf00t, Dillahunty

A special recording of The Magic Sandwich Show from the Texas Free Thought convention in Houston.

The Magic Sandwich Show, 7 October 2011

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Simple, Straightforward History Lesson From Glenn Beck

The Mormon Glenn Beck says America needs "people of light", something about dark times ... to help us return to the moon ... or something. Frankly, we have no idea what he is talking about.

9/11 and Benghazi Were God's Judgment

Speaking at a prayer event inside the US Capitol, Rep. Michele Bachmann said that this nation has experienced God's judgment twice on September 11.

Richard Dawkins on The Simpsons

Richard Dawkins author of The God Delusion, Guest apperance on The Simpsons

The Atheist Experience #811 Tracie Harris Matt Dillahunty

The Atheist Experience #811 April 28 2013

Viewer calls
18:00 - Luis, Santa Barbara, CA
28:23 - Johanan, Theinsville, WI
43:50 - Emily, Greenbay, WI

The Atheist Experience is a weekly, live, call in talk show discussing issues related to Atheism. The show is sponsored by the Atheist Community of Austin, TX.

The evidence for climate change WITHOUT computer models or the IPCC

Please spend your time and effort in addressing the evidence presented in the video:

"This is a straw man argument. Of course skeptics [sic] accept that CO2 warms the atmosphere,
We just don't think the warming will be catastrophic."

Answer: "Skeptics" have all kinds of positions on climate science, depending on their personal beliefs and feelings. This video addresses those critics who claim there is no evidence for the link between CO2 and global temperature. Whether you want to call such changes "catastrophic" or benign, or terrible, or bad, or good is your feeling, and therefore outside the scope of the science.

"Correlation does not mean causation."

Answer: It is still coinsistent with the theory. And where a mechanism has been shown that should produce a correlation, then the correlation is yet more confirmation that a theory is correct.

"Here's a piece of evidence -- there's no hot spot"

Apart from the fact that this 'no hot spot' idea is another piece of Internet mythology, the idea of the 'hot spot' is based on a computer model. If you think computer models are all wrong, then the lack of a hot spot must be wrong.

And critics -- please try to address the evidence shown in this video, rather than repeat myths that have been dealt with in my previous videos. If you're not sure, check them out:

"Warming is due to galactic rays/cosmic rays/the sun"
See: 2. Climate Change -- the objections 20 - Are cosmic rays causing global warming? Monckton bunkum Part 5 -- What, MORE errors, my lord? 1. Climate Change -- the scientific debate

"There was a consensus about global cooling in the 1970s"
See: 3 - Climate Change -- Anatomy of a myth

"There's been no warming since 1998."
See: 8. Climate Change -- Has the Earth been cooling? 8a. Climate Change - Phil Jones and the 'no warming for 15 years' 24 - Global warming has stopped? Again??

"The climate always changes"
See: 8. 5. Climate Change -- isn't it natural? Climate Change -- Has the Earth been cooling? Monckton Bunkum Part 3 - Correlations and Himalayan glaciers

"31,000 scientists disagree"
See: 9. Climate Change - Meet the Scientists

"We're headed for another ice age"
See: 10. Climate Change - An imminent ice age debunked 21 - "Earth facing mini-ice age!!" say the media. Now for the science....

"Global warming will cause more hurricanes"
See: 11. Climate Change -- Hurricanes, atolls and coral

"A recent study found that warming will be just 1.64 degrees"
See: 12 - 'Doubled CO2 means just 1.64 degrees of warming...' or maybe not.

"Global warming is drowning islands "
See: 13 - Misleading media reports on sea level rise - a case study 11. Climate Change -- Hurricanes, atolls and coral

"Global warming will bring an end to snow in the UK"
See: 14 - BP oil spills and an end to snow

"Greenland/arctic ice is not melting"
See: Monckton Bunkum Part 1 - Global cooling and melting ice

"There is very little amplification due to CO2 rise"
See: Monckton Bunkum Part 2 - Sensitivity

"There is no correlation between CO2 and temperature in the past"
See: 5. Climate Change -- isn't it natural? Monckton Bunkum Part 3 - Correlations and Himalayan glaciers

"Himalayan glaciers are not melting."
See: Monckton Bunkum Part 3 - Correlations and Himalayan glaciers

"[So-and-so] said...."
See: Monckton Bunkum Part 4 -- Quotes and misquotes

"It's been shown that climate scientists engaged in fraud"
See: 22 -- Climategate mark 2 -- the quotes and the context 6. Climate Change -- Those hacked e-mails 7. Climate Change - "Those" e-mails and science censorship

"The Medieval Warm Period proves...."
See: 23 -- Medieval Warm Period -- fact vs. fiction

"CO2 always lags temperature rise"
See: 25 - Climate Change -- The "800-year lag" unravelled

"I don't believe it"
See: 26 -- Science vs. the Feelies

"Evidence never convinces me, I believe whatever I hear in my head."
See: A psychiatrist

Friday, May 10, 2013

The pH Miracle - The Book that Broke me

In this video Nega talks about a book written by a man calling himself Dr Robert O. Young, that claim it can help you lose weight, prevent disease and reclaim your health through the pH diet.

Video by Myles Power

The Atheist Experience #810 Russell Glasser Jen Peeples

2:42 - 39:38 - Dale McGowan
Viewer calls listed below
40:12 Dave - Babylon, NY
52:28 John - Los Angeles, CA
55:12 Ryan - La Porte, IN

God Told Me Romney Will Be A Two Term President

One week before the election, Pat Robertson said God told him Mitt Romney will win the election and be a successful two term president.

CBN 2013.

Pat Robertson tells 700 Club viewers to avoid false prophets and televangelists caught up in scandal

Video from The 700 Club by Christian Broadcasting Network

Public Schools Evil, Obama Emulating Mao

Bradlee Dean at the Awakening 2013

Jared Diamond: The World Until Yesterday

In this special episode of Point of Inquiry, Chris and Indre speak with the Pulitzer Prize winning Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Diamond is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles and has traveled extensively to New Guinea for his research. His observations there form the foundation of his new book, The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn from Traditional Societies, which is the subject of this interview.

Afterwards, Chris and Indre debate aspects of Diamond's new book that they found both surprising and, on occasion, frustrating.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

You Don't Own Your Body

We don't own our bodies, our bodies are vehicles, not properties.

Anything Goes - You Pick The Topic

It's another "Anything Goes" show, where we skip the themed format and instead make the podcast a buffet of whatever the host and listeners bring to the table.

The Thinking Atheist, TTA Podcast 108
Show date: May 7, 2013

Jason Collins Is 'Sadly Deceived and Desperately Confused'

Matthew Hagee is not happy that NBA player Jason Collins is being celebrated for announcing that he is gay.

Glenn Beck's Has A "Bizarre Gift"

The Mormon Glenn Beck says he has a "bizarre gift" for being able to looking into the eyes of complete strangers and feel their pain.

US Government recording ALL cell phone conversations

Former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente admits government can pull up ALL old cell phone conversations on Erin Burnet's "Outfront" on CNN. 5/1/2013

Commentary on Tim Clemente on Erin Burnett - Outfront on CNN - public admission that government agencies record all your phone calls.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ENDA Is The End Of The World For Christian Employers

"Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt says gays are not entitled to protection from employment discrimination because they are not going to Heaven.

From bullets to bestiality

Topics include antibiotics, gun control, assisted suicide, and more .. much much more ...

This show was broadcast on 5 May 2013. On the show were Aronra, c0nc0rdance and thunderf00t.

The Magic Sandwich Show, 2013

End Times, Mark of Beast Coming Through Security Cameras

Pat Robertson warns that security cameras are setting the stage for the End Times.

Hey Pat! You are on television.... cameras is on you!

Jamie DeWolf at the Dublin Offlines event

Jamie DeWolf (Entertainer and great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard) at the Dublin Offlines event

For more information on the Dublin Offlines event see

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Revolution OS

Revolution OS (open-source and linux)

Linux distribution:
Red Hat

Der Film führt einen nahtlosen geschichtlichen Bogen über die Evolution von GNU/Linux, von den Anfängen -- als Software auf Papierbändern zum Preis eines Biers kopiert wurde und Bill Gates in den 70ern anfing, proprietäre Programme in BASIC für von Computerhobbyisten verwendete Kleinstcomputer zu schreiben und diese in einem bitterlichen Brief aufforderte, Software zu kaufen statt zu tauschen -- bis zu Richard Stallman und einer Beschreibung dessen, was ihn motivierte, seine Stelle am MIT aufzugeben und sein Leben fortan der Entwicklung Freier Software zu widmen.

Michael Tiemann erklärt in der Wüste, wie er von Stallman eine sehr frühe Version von dessen GNU C-Compiler bekam, und ihn weiterentwickelte.

Larry Augustin beschreibt am Originalschauplatz, einem amerikanischen Universitätscampus, wie er sich mit dem von Stallman gegründeten GNU-Projekt und einem normalen Personal Computer eine leistungsfähige UNIX-Workstation bauen konnte, die ihn ein Drittel des Preises einer Workstation von Sun Microsystems kostete, aber das Doppelte leistete, und wie daraus die Firma VA Linux wurde, deren Börsengang im Film ebenfalls lebhaft mitverfolgt wird.

Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

Activist Susan Gerbic teaches you how to edit and expand Wikipedia in a way that challenges unsupported claims, spreads truthful information about pseudoscience and the paranormal, and helps the public have a better understanding of science and critical thinking.

For more information about Susan Gerbic's Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Project, visit and

Mentioned in this video:

Jamy Ian Swiss - "Overlapping Magisteria":

"Can James Van Praagh Talk with Dead People?":

Recorded live at the James Randi Educational Foundation headquarters in Hollywood, California.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lisa-Marie Presley - So Long (song and lyrics)

This is Lisa-Marie Presley farewell song to Scientology: So Long (Lyrics)

Are religions unfair to women?

This is a special edition from King Edward VI Handsworth School in Birmingham and Nicky Campbell asks just one Big Question: Are religions unfair to women?

Taking part are:

Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter
Cole Moreton, author of Is God Still an Englishman?
Christina Rees, who sits on The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England
the theologian Vicky Beeching
the feminist Kate Smurthwaite
Liz Weston from Christ Church, Southampton
Sarah de Nordwall from Catholic Voices
Eunice Olumide, a convert to Islam
Rania Hafez from Muslim Women in Education
Rabbi Shmuel Arkush, Director of Lubavitch in the Midlands
Bharti Tailor, President of the Hindu Forum for Europe.

BBC One 5 May 2013

That's why I'm an atheist not an agnostic

Interesting debate re belief hosted by Melvyn Bragg with Gore Vidal, The Reverend Keith Ward and Susan Greenfield (LWT one late Sunday evening c1999). Susan Greenfield uses a nice put down phrase "I can't buy into that new physics". Gore Vidal is also in outrageously pompous form and batting for atheism with a twinkle in his eye.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Hidden Scientology Compound

An aerial photograph showing the base's enormous Scientology symbols on the ground caused media interest and broke the story in November 2005. According to a Washington Post report, the Church's first reaction was to attempt to suppress the information:


The church tried to persuade station KRQE not to air its report last week about the aerial signposts marking a Scientology compound that includes a huge vault "built into a mountainside," the station said on its Web site. ... Based in Los Angeles, the corporation dispatched an official named Jane McNairn and an attorney to visit the TV station in an effort to squelch the story, KRQE news director Michelle Donaldson said.


The church offered a tour of the underground facility if KRQE would kill the piece, the station said in its newscast. Scientology also called KRQE's owner, Emmis Communications, and "sought the help of a powerful New Mexican lawmaker" to lobby against airing the piece, the station reported on its Web site.


Video by KRQE news

Dave Letterman shreds Bill O'Reilly to pieces: tells him you're a goon

The Catholic Bill O'Reilly on The Late Show with Dave Letterman

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Richard Dawkins vs creationist Wendy Wright

Richard Dawkins interviewing the Christian creationist Wendy Wright about various issues regarding evolution.

For some reason, at 36:46, there is a loud beep for a few short milliseconds. Just keep that in mind.

Truth In Action Min.: Gays 'Puts Boys At Serious Risk'

Religious Right film claims gays pose a physical and spiritual threat to the Boy Scouts

Hubbard's Gt. Grandson, Jamie DeWolf - Powerful Performance

Brilliant and powerful clip of L. Ron Hubbard's great Grandson, Jamie DeWolf, filmed in 2011.

This clip is from the film "Drama Momma".

Friday, May 3, 2013

What Christians Really Believe

American Christians on YouTube have attempted to redefine Atheism in order to control the discussion. Using the same methods, but using factual information, I demonstrate what that ends up looking like when applied to Christianity in America.

Christianity defined for you!

Several christians on YouTube have been gracious enough to define atheism for me. While I always thought that atheism simply meant that I didn't believe in gods, these generous christians took the time to explain the deeper meaning of what I did not believe.

Now, I'd like to return the favor and define christianity for them. I will use the same methodology as my christian friends; namely, I will use the most publicized viewpoints of christians. I will be selective in my choices. But, I will go one step further...I will show actual examples of christians practicing their faith.

So, let's get started....

This is the leader of all christians. He is the Pope. He is gods representative on earth. He tells christians what to believe. And he is never wrong. How do we know? Cause he says so, that's how.

And thats a good thing because there are so many different bibles, its hard to know which one to read. Turns out, you don't have to read any of them. The church has a lot of people who's job it is to read the holy books for you.

To be a Christian, you first have to accept Jesus as your personal savior. Now, Jesus was not like any other jewish person. There was something...i don't know...blonder about him. Many christian historians agree that he probably looked like James Franco.

So, now that you know Jesus, you get to live your life the way he wanted you to...

1. This is what you get for transportation. You also have to learn carpentry. And you can't fight for your country if its under attack. But, oatmeal really is good for you, after all.

2. You have to dance around in circles like this. You can make a very fine bed, but you can't have sex in it. Sex is not allowed.

3. You get a clean set of magical underwear. These are bullet proof. And you get your own planet when you die.

4. Brown people can't go to heaven. Sorry, brown people. Brigham Young said so. He was a christian prophet and they are never wrong.

5. Or there might be a seperate, but equal, heaven for them. Nazi's and death row inmates can go to regular heaven.
6. Snake handling is good. I'm not sure why. But its the right thing to do. Of course, if a poisonous snake bites you, remember....

7. No blood transfusions. Not a drop. You can't give blood, either. same deal. No matter what a judge says, faith healing is better than so-called sciency devil medicine. Besides, God is the real judge.

8. All the good things about America are based on jesus. Including the government. Jesus wrote the constitution. Being pregnant or counting money is bad, I think. Maybe using cell phones, too. At least when Jesus is talking.

9. If you get confused about the rules, there are a lot of famous christians who will gladly tell you what to think. Like how gay people cause natural disasters.

10. God hates the koran. and space shuttles and America and gay people. And soldiers. And children . And you.

I hope this was clear for all you christians. I tried to include all of you and put you into one neat little package the way you did for me.

No need to thank me. It was my pleasure.
Now, while everything I have shown you is factual, the composite picture of these facts is not an accurate depiction of how most Christians view themselves. But this is what it looks like when you demonize people for not sharing your beliefs in your god.

Maybe its time for you to look at all people another way.

Video and text by: A Human Being Being Human.



Scientology Bombshell - Jenna Miscavige

She was once a high profile member of Scientology. Now, she's left and is speaking out against it.

It's the bombshell rocking the church of Scientology as she reveals what really goes on inside the controversial religion.

Jenna Miscavige's book is entitled Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape.

Choosing To Die (Terry Pratchett, documentary)

In this documentary Terry Pratchett discusses his Alzheimer's and how it is slowly eroding away his life and his talent. He meets others with medical conditions which will inevitably lead to a prolonged, painful and above all undignified death and asks the question "is it better to end things early?" There are few answers here. Pratchett is on a genuine mission of inquiry, he's not preaching a position, nor does he end up with an opinion. Instead he takes a frank look at a subject most shy away from, and his only real conclusion is that we'd perhaps do well to think it through more than we do now.

Be warned, towards the end of the documentary he accompanies a man to a Swiss clinic where he chooses to end his own life. This is not depicted in any kind of voyeuristic way, but both Pratchett and the camera do sit right there in the room with him and watches him die in cold, unflinching detail.

Deepak Chopra (Spiritualist) Defeated By Sam Harris

Sam Harris defeats Deepak Chopra. Does "God" have to be restricted within ("chained up") inside of logic and reason?

Atheist Pamphlets Handed Out In Orange Co. Florida Schools

Fox 35 news, Orlando, Florida, 5-1-2013, David Williamson,

Central Florida Freethought Community

Freedom From Religion Foundation

May 2, 2013 - National Day Of Reason

In Conversation with Richard Dawkins - Hosted by Stephen Law

Professor Richard Dawkins in conversation with Dr Stephen Law, senior lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London, discussing the major issues of importance to humanists and atheists at a time when opposition to rationalist thought appears to be on the rise. Filmed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, on Friday 15th February 2013.

February 2013 marked the forth annual Think Week -- a week of high profile public events that ran from the 8th to the18th February. Think Week was organized by student groups from both local Universities, the Oxford Humanists and Oxford Sea of Faith. Events covered a range of themes from science and philosophy to politics, equality, human rights, and the arts.

Richard Dawkins - Science works

Thursday, May 2, 2013

How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change

"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change

Science is just Awesome

This show is a celebration of science. We talk about (arguably) the best discoveries and inventions of the Information Age. We honor the work of humankind's greatest scientific minds. And we raise our glasses to those who have given us a greater lens through which we can view our origins, our planet and the universe.

It's an amazing time to be alive. Indeed, science is just awesome.

The Thinking Atheist, TTA Podcast 107
Show date: April 30, 2013

Richard Dawkins - Science works

If I Meet God When I Die

Red chair interview: Richard Dawkins: If I meet god when I die...

Scientology: Inside a Church of Scientology

Scientology: Inside a Church of Scientology

Science is just Awesome

This show is a celebration of science. We talk about (arguably) the best discoveries and inventions of the Information Age. We honor the work of humankind's greatest scientific minds. And we raise our glasses to those who have given us a greater lens through which we can view our origins, our planet and the universe.

It's an amazing time to be alive. Indeed, science is just awesome.

The Thinking Atheist Podcast 107: Science is just Awesome

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

God Must Destroy Us Because We Are Becoming An Affront To Him In Every Way

The Mormon Glenn Beck breaks down and tearfully begs God to forgive this nation.

Debate on Right to Die with Michael Nugent and Regina McQuillan

Michael Nugent of Right To Die Ireland, and palliative care doctor Regina McQuillan, debate the right to die and Marie Fleming's court ruling, on RTE Radio 1 Late Debate hosted by Audrey Carville on Tuesday 30 April 2013.

The Unbelievers interview on The Morning Show

Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss Preview New Documentary: "The Unbelievers"

Video from "The Morning Show" on Global News Canada, 4-29-2013, Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss.

'The Unbelievers' follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world - encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues.

The Decline of the Scientology Empire

Jim Lippard spoke on the history of the Church of Scientology, how Scientology has collided with the Internet and lost control of its secrets and its membership, and is now seeing an accelerating decline as its top members leave for new alternatives.

Book mentioned in talk The Scandal of Scientology

Jim Lippard founded the Phoenix Skeptics in 1985, and co-founded the Phoenix Area Skeptics Society in 2011. Jim Lippards written articles and book chapters on skeptical topics, including two articles in Skeptic magazine on Scientology, "Scientology vs. the Internet" in 1995 (co-authored with Jeff Jacobsen) and "The Decline (and Probable Fall) of the Scientology Empire" in 2012. Jim Lippard also contributed to Gordon Stein's Encyclopedia of the Paranormal and Joe Nickell's Psychic Sleuths.


Video notes starting at 13:50: The Fraser Mansion, though referred to by Scientology as the "founding church" from the 1970s to 2010, wasn't the original building. The original building, at 1812 19th St. NW, is now a museum called the L. Ron Hubbard House (though his house was across the street), which the church acquired in 2004. The Fraser Mansion is now Scientology's National Affairs Office.

The first use of the name "Church of Scientology" was by the Church of Scientology founded in Camden, N.J. in Dec. 1953; the first Church of Scientology corporation was in Los Angeles (Feb. 1954, which became the Church of Scientology of California in 1956), the Church of Scientology of Arizona was incorporated that same year. L. Run Hubbard's organization while he lived in Phoenix was the Hubbard Association of Scientologists, International (HASI), founded in Sepember 1952. All HASI assets were folded into the Church of Scientology of California in 1966.


Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman in Rolling Stone

The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power by Richard Behar. Time Magazine
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