Monthly Archives: May 2009

Storm

I hadn’t heard of Australian entertainer Tim Minchin until just recently, but he is well worth seeking out.  He’s a skeptic with a quirky sense of humor.  He has several videos on YouTube, but here’s one called “Storm,” which reminds … Continue reading

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Podcast #54 – When Religion Kills Children

We look at two tragic cases in the news in which religion and child welfare conflict (to say the least).  First, a Minnesota court has ordered 13-year-old Daniel Hauser to undergo chemo to treat his cancer, but he and his … Continue reading

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McLeroy out as TX BOE chair

The Texas Senate rejected Governor Rick “The Secessionist” Perry’s re-nomination of Don “The Dentist” McLeroy to chair the State Board of Education.  McLeroy is a young-earth creationist whose views on the teaching of evolution have threatened to cripple the state’s … Continue reading

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KY relies on God for Homeland Security

A hearing is set for June 1st in the case of American Atheists et al v. The State of Kentucky.  What’s it all about?  In 2006 the legislature passed a Homeland Security bill which contained the following statement (virtually in … Continue reading

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SuperSense

Review by John C. Snider Is the tide changing in the struggle between science and religion?  For the last four hundred years (give or take a few decades), science has been content to challenge the claims of religion (and it’s … Continue reading

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The Creationists are getting desperate

Read this proposed bill submitted by South Carolina State Senator Michael L. Fair:

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CA Supreme Court upholds Prop 8

Yesterday the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the controversial referendum which amends the state constitution to declare marriage as only between a man and a woman.  On the plus side, the Court ruled that same-sex marriages created during the … Continue reading

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Sotomayor gives RC supermajority in SCOTUS

President Obama has just announced that his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter is Sonia Sotomayor, who is currently a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.  We’ll learn lots more about … Continue reading

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Freethinkers by Susan Jacoby

Review by John C. Snider One of the most successful myth-memes of American history is that “America is a Christian nation;” that the Founding Fathers were, to a man, devout believers; and that every step of progress over the last … Continue reading

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Dear Margo: Religious Fanatics on the Lunatic Fringe

Thanks to Kristin in Texas for the tip on this “Dear Margo” column by Margo Howard (daughter of “Ann Landers” and niece of “Dear Abby”).  This letter illustrates a) how crazy anti-atheist bias can get and b) how NOT to … Continue reading

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