Atheism as a Religion – Mike Dobbins and Atheist Symbols

This is an excerpt from Mike Dobbins’ book on atheism. Atheism as a religion is an attempt to try and denounce atheism and indeed a secular view.

Think of it simply. The main reason people want atheism to be classified as a religion is so that anything associated with atheism and atheist values can similarly be excluded from the public sphere.

It’s a pretty useful list of things to exclude. [Read more...]

Not the Ducks – Quackery and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

This is my contribution to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Along with £10 I donated to Macmillan who are handling the challenge in the UK. And it is a defence of the practice. Look, let us be clear. The actual dumping of ice cold water doesn’t directly help ALS victims, it just raises awareness and people do donate because of this system. A lot of money HAS been raised. The problem I find is people look  down on each other for what little effort they can  do. This one’s from the quack brigade who think ALS research is hokum. Let us get this straight, this site is trying to STOP people donating money to fight Motor Neuron Disease and instead utilise pseudoscientific nonsense. [Read more...]