Monthly Archives: June 2010

Liberty, meet Irony

Liberty “University” has announced that Ergun Caner has been forced to step down as dean of Liberty’s seminary.  Caner is a Swedish immigrant of Turkish/Swedish extraction who came to the US when he was three and became a Christian as … Continue reading

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A lung? My bad…

This is a rather grotesque story.  If you have a sensitive constitution and/or a hair-trigger gag reflex…you’ve been warned. Nicolas Cocaign has just been sentenced by a French court to 30 years in prison for (…wait for it…) murdering his … Continue reading

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Atheists in Life Jackets

You’ve heard the old crock about there being “no atheists in foxholes.”  It’s equally a crock when applied to life jackets. In a recent issue of Popular Mechanics, WWII navy veteran Donald Blum discusses his experience after the sinking of … Continue reading

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Podcast #93 – Gods and Politics in Copenhagen

David Driscoll reports on his adventures at the Gods and Politics conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 18-20.  The conference was co-sponsored by the Danish Atheist Society and Atheist Alliance International and featured such luminaries as Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker, PZ … Continue reading

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Enough already with the political prayer

In case you hadn’t heard, the Louisiana senate unanimously declared Sunday, June 20th, a “Statewide Day of Prayer” for those affected by the massive oil spill.  Really, you have to read full text of Senate Resolution No. 145 to get … Continue reading

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Guilty and 100 times more

Apparently Faisal Shahzad is making it easy for the American court system–and, ironically, validating the notion that American citizens who commit crimes of terror are CRIMINALS and not soldiers or “enemy combatants” (whatever that means).  The would-be Times Square bomber … Continue reading

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Podcast Bonus – George Hrab Trebuchet

We present Trebuchet, the new album from George Hrab.  George is a podcaster, musician, comedian, rationalist and all-around interesting guy.  If you don’t listen to the Geologic Podcast, well, you need to.  Enjoy! George Hrab Trebuchet featuring Phil Plait, Peter … Continue reading

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Podcast #92 – The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

We discuss the latest novel from Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which re-imagines Jesus Christ as twin brothers named “Jesus” and “Christ.”  The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is published in hardcover … Continue reading

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Touchdown Jesus struck by lightning

Bizarre news out of Ohio.  A six-story-tall Jesus statue was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.  Insert your own joke here. Ironically, and perhaps symbolically, this hollow plastic-foam-and-fiberglass statue was erected by the Solid Rock Church of Monroe, … Continue reading

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Podcast #91 – IT’S ALIVE

We talk with Christina L. Graves, a biology student (and prebiotic chemistry researcher) at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Christina walks us through the recent announcement by the J. Craig Venter Institute that they have created a self-replicating, synthetic cell. … Continue reading

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