Creationist Ken Ham Slams Bill Nye: ‘Science Guy’ Doesn’t ‘Understand Science Correctly’
Sep 20, 2013

Bill Nye has built his career on making scientific concepts accessible to the public. But according to a well-known creationist, the beloved "Science Guy" doesn't really getthe subject. “Bill Nye still doesn’t understand the difference between historical science and observational science — so he may be known as ‘Bill Nye the science guy’ — but he …

Climate Skeptic Groups Launch Global Anti-Science Campaign
Sep 20, 2013

Conservative groups at the forefront of global warming skepticism are doubling down on trying to discredit the next big report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In recent weeks, they've been cranking out a stream of op-eds, blogs and reports to sow doubt in the public's mind before the report is published, with …

Pope, Criticizing Narrow Focus, Calls for Church as ‘Home for All’
Sep 20, 2013

Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he had chosen not to talk about those issues despite recriminations from critics.   His surprising comments came …

Science, Evidently, Was in His Genes Richard Dawkins’s ‘Appetite for Wonder,’ a Memoir | NYTimes.com
Sep 19, 2013

“An Appetite for Wonder” is only the first half of Richard Dawkins’s projected two-volume memoir about his life in science. With typical unsentimental pragmatism, he notes that “the companion volume should follow in two years — if I am not carried off by the unpredictable equivalent of a sneeze.” No one will ever accuse this …

Dawkins on His Memoir, Pedophilia, and Twitter | Daily Intelligencer
Sep 19, 2013

In his first book, 1976’s The Selfish Gene, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” for cultural ideas that spread and mutate like genes. Thirty years later he published The God Delusion, a persuasive polemic for atheism that conferred on him the status of public intellectual. By then the term “meme” had itself become a …

The Jehovah’s Witnesses | The Thinking Atheist – blogtalkradio
Sep 19, 2013

Please go to the source link to listen or download Sponsored by Audible.com.  Get a FREE audiobook and 30-day trial today by signing up at www.audiblepodcast.com/thinkingathiest It's is one of the most unusual and mysterious churches (cults?) in the world.   But what, exactly, is a Jehovah's Witness?  What do JWs believe?   Do they truly …

Obama Administration Invites Atheists to Interfaith Planning on Campus
Sep 18, 2013

An unlikely party will be sitting at the table when the United States Department of Education hosts its interfaith initiative: atheists.  The Secular Student Alliance, a national nonprofit dedicated to organizing nonreligious students, announced today that they were invited to take part in a special planning session September 24th as part of the national gathering …

Homeopaths Without Borders practice exploitation not humanitarianism
Sep 18, 2013

David M Shaw criticises the proselytising of a group that wants to provide homeopathy to some of the world’s most vulnerable people Although homeopathy has received a great deal of criticism in recent years for unethical practices, the movement Homeopaths Without Borders has gone almost entirely unmentioned in the medical literature. This is somewhat surprising, given that …

Atheist PAC Launches To Promote Equality For Nonbelievers
Sep 18, 2013

Although a growing number of Americans say they are not affiliated with any religion, Congress has just one member who says the same. A new political action committee is hoping to level the playing field. On Wednesday, the Center for Humanist Activism launched the Freethought Equality Fund, which it's billing as the first nontheist political action committee with a …

Ahmed Akkari Repents Violent Opposition to Danish Cartoons Lampooning Islam | The Daily Beast
Sep 18, 2013

After a Danish newspaper published cartoons satirizing the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, Ahmed Akkari spearheaded protests that ultimately cost the lives of 200 people. Now he says he’s sorry. Michael Moynihan on what changed Akkari’s mind.   The video surfaced on YouTube last month. Abu Khattab, a Danish member of the radical Salafi group Call to …

Bills let agencies refuse adoptions due to morals
Sep 18, 2013

Lawmakers could vote this week on bills letting faith-based agencies refuse to participate in adoptions that violate their beliefs, despite accusations that they would permit discrimination against gays and others. Advocates of the legislation say it would codify existing practice into law and preemptively protect religious child-placing organizations from repercussions if Michigan ever legalizes gay …

New Zealand Charter schools won’t teach creationism
Sep 18, 2013

Creationism won't be taught in the new charter schools due to be operating next year.  Two of the five schools green lighted by the Government do have a Christian focus.  But Minister of Education Hekia Parata says creationism will not be taught in any of the schools the Government has approved.  "We've had very clear …