Monthly Archives: July 2009

HuffPo spews CAM-poo

I don’t read the Huffington Post for tips on health and fitness, but I do remember a couple of months ago being taken aback that one of their health writers recommended colonics as a preventative for swine flu. Turns out … Continue reading

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How to avoid church

There were days I thought of chewing through my own ankle to avoid church.  Never thought of stealing my dad’s car. (Thanks to Travis for the link!) The Associated Press Updated: 07/29/2009 10:09:56 AM MDT Plain City » Police in … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ, what now?

Is there no depth these days to which conservatives in this country will not descend in order to manufacture outrage? A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal published an interview with VP Joe Biden, in which he discusses the … Continue reading

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Defining Anti-theism

by John C. Snider © 2009 It’s official.  American Freethought is now a “prominent atheist website.”  So implies Robert Wright in his latest essay, “End Times,” part of his guest-blogging stint at Andrew Sullivan’s “The Daily Dish” blog at The … Continue reading

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Science music for the kiddies

One of my favorite bands of all time is They Might Be Giants (the NYC duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell).  They’re indie rock gods best known for their 80s albums Flood and Lincoln.  If you’re never heard of … Continue reading

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Sam Harris on Francis Collins

Sam Harris contributed an op-ed to the New York Times over the weekend, in which he expresses the concerns of the freethought community and science advocates over President Obama’s naming of Francis Collins as head of the National Institutes of … Continue reading

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Neumann on trial for death of daughter

As we discussed in podcast #54, Dale and Leilani Neumann are a Wisconsin couple who allowed their daughter to suffer a prolonged death from diabetes, relying on prayer to heal her rather than seeking medical attention. Fittingly, Leilani was convicted … Continue reading

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N Korea executes woman for distributing Bibles

Will the world ever be able to solve the problem of North Korea?  It’s run by an insane thug; it’s economy is in shambles; and its human rights record is one of the worst on the planet.  Oh, and they’re … Continue reading

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Goin’ to jail for the Gospel…not!

The Associated Press reports that “Tony Alamo, a one-time street preacher who built a multimillion-dollar ministry and became an outfitter of the stars, was convicted Friday of taking girls as young as 9 across state lines for sex.” This is … Continue reading

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Religion excuses child abuse…again

[Did I say child abuse?  Murder, really.]  According to the Associated Press, “An Oregon couple who relied on prayer instead of medical care were acquitted of manslaughter Thursday in the death of their 15-month-old daughter.”  A jury convicted them only … Continue reading

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