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Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 29 2013

Another Psychic Fail on Royal Baby

In case you needed another reminder that “psychics” are total bollocks, take a look at this press release sent out by Psychic Source, which bills itself as “the nation’s oldest and most respected psychic service,” on July 11. By a nearly 2-1 margin, their “psychics” predicted that the royal baby would be a girl.

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Jul 29 2013

Is Atheism Increasing or Decreasing Globally?

Right wing news outlets like the Worldnetdaily and CNS News are trumpeting a new report by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, which claims that the number of atheists and agnostics is decreasing around the world. But let’s just say there are some methodological problems with that …

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Jul 29 2013

No Kirk, We Don’t Hate God

Kirk Cameron is either astonishingly stupid or a liar. Those are really the only two conclusions one can reach after watching this video promoting his new movie, Unstoppable. In it he claims that there are two things that every atheist must “cling to on faith.” They’re both nonsense.

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Jul 29 2013

House Votes for Continued Illegal Surveillance

Rep. Justin Amash, a Tea Party Republican from Michigan but one that actually does care about civil liberties, tried to add an amendment to this year’s defense appropriations bill to prevent the NSA from using the Patriot Act to seize phone records of those who are not under investigation. The White House, a sizable number …

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Jul 29 2013

House Forbids Humanist Chaplains

A push has been on to get the military to allow the appointment of at least a handful of humanist chaplains to represent the needs of non-theistic members of the military. Naturally, the Republican party is totally against that idea and the House just voted for an amendment to forbid that from happening.

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Jul 29 2013

Can Libertarian Populism Save the GOP?

As the party bosses, ideological leaders and pundits try to find something, anything to help the Republican party overcome its electoral difficulties, many of the smarter folks on the right have suggested something they are calling “libertarian populism.” Russ Douthat spells out his vision:

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Jul 29 2013

Another ‘Psychic’ Jailed for Fraud

This seems to be a trend lately, where law enforcement are cracking down on fake “psychics” defrauding the credulous. This time it’s in Florida, where a woman is in jail for allegedly scamming more than $800,000 from a client over the course of many years.

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Jul 28 2013

Study Confirms You Can’t Catch The Gay

A new study of thousands of young people in the US and UK has concluded that, in short, you can’t catch the gay. That is, having friends and family who are gay does not make a person any more likely to report same-sex attractions, even when other related correlations can be identified.

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Jul 28 2013

Peterson: Obama Trying to Take Power From the White Man

Jesse Lee Peterson, the astonishingly far right preacher and Sean Hannity buddy who thinks women should not have the right to vote, gave a talk last year to the John Birch Society in which he said that President Obama and his “angry black female” wife want to “take power away from the white man and …

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Jul 28 2013

CA Pastor To ‘Go Old Testament’ on Pro-Gay Preachers

Pastor Matt Brown of Riverside, California’s Sandals Church says he will refuse to go to any same-sex wedding, not only because he doesn’t approve of them but because he’ll “punch” and “go Old Testament” on any minister who performs such a wedding. After Jeremy Hooper flagged the video, the church decided to make it private, …

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Jul 28 2013

Beck is Out of His Manic Phase

I really am starting to think that Glenn Beck is bipolar. A few weeks ago, he was acting all depressed, saying it’s too late to save the country. Then he went to Washington, DC, claimed to have seen God and got all energized and happy again. Now he’s back to being depressed about America having …

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Jul 28 2013

Alabama Agency Prays About Abortion, Gay Marriage

The Alabama Public Service Commission deals with things like electricity rates. So naturally, they opened up a recent meeting by introducing a minister and Promise Keepers member to deliver a prayer about taking God out of schools, abortion and gay marriage.

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Jul 28 2013

Help a Humanist Pathfinder

As you may know by now, the Foundation Beyond Belief is launching the Pathfinders project in a couple days, sending four young humanists around the globe to lay the groundwork for the development of a Humanist Service Corps. One of those young Pathfinders, Ben “Sweatervest” Blanchard, has an IndieGogo campaign to help raise funds to …

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Jul 27 2013

Beck: America Created for Israel

Glenn Beck went on an epic rant in front of John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel, claiming that God created America in order to help recreate Israel 160 years later. He falsely claims that there is a star of David on the back of the dollar (there isn’t) and that this was intentionally made to …

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Jul 27 2013

Stay Classy, New York Times

Nate Silver is leaving the New York Times for ESPN and ABC News, where he can simultaneously pursue his interest in both sports and politics (he began his career as a baseball analyst, using some of the same mathematical techniques he later used for politics). And the “public editor” of the NYT, Margaret Sullivan, sets …

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