April 19, 2015

11:41 PM | Heretical, Unorthodox and Sacrilegious Safety
Heretical, Unorthodox and Sacrilegious Safety I was training with some people the other day and we had been going about 50 minutes when the GM sitting up the front asked ‘Isn’t this heretical stuff’? I replied ‘it would be if safety was a religion’. The next question soon came from an engineer up the back, […] The post Heretical, Unorthodox and Sacrilegious Safety appeared first on Safety Risk.

April 18, 2015

3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Exsorcisms, Measels on a Plane, and the Threats of Atheism
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies ReligionMEDITERRANEAN SEA “Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the ...(Read more...)

April 17, 2015

12:00 PM | The Possession of Nicole Aubrey
In November 1565, a married teenaged girl named Nicole Aubrey (also spelled Obry) began experiencing physical torments that she claimed had been brought on by a vision of her dead grandfather. A native of Vervins, France, the fifteen-year-old Nicole had...            Related StoriesBearing the Wounds of ChristSurviving the Essex Disaster (Part 3 of 3)The Two Messiahs (Part Two of Two) 

April 16, 2015

9:30 AM | Seeker Daily: The Plight of Hindu Widows in India
The Hindu widows of India are considered a financial burden and bad luck. Their isolated social status has meant that many are forbidden from celebrating religious festivals like Holi, which marks the beginning of spring.
9:10 AM | Towards a Catholic North America in 2062?
What will the future landscape of religion look like in North America? IIASA demographer Anne Goujon describes the results from a new set of projections accounting for different assumptions about fertility, conversion and secularization rates, and migration Continue reading →

April 15, 2015

1:27 AM | Two-year old dead after parents try to rid him of ‘demon’, attempt resurrection
It’s these stories that really make you wonder how someone can get this far away from reality. A child is dead because his ultra-religious parents neglected him thinking he was possessed. Woman Arrested in Attempt to Resurrect Child: Police A woman who operated a church at her suburban Dallas home has been arrested for allegedly… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Heartbreaking story of Faith that doesn’t heal Father pleads guilty to beating his 2yr old to death, […]

April 14, 2015

4:00 PM | Cross-Post: Star Trek and Humanism – The Novels Part One
Categories: ReligionTags: chi-fihumanismKirkNomadPrime DirectiveSpockSpock's WorldStar TrekEditor’s Note: This cross-post originally appeared at Grounded Parents and is written by Lou Doench. ***** At last month’s panel on The Humanism of Star Trek at the Chi-Fi convention, moderated ...(Read more...)
12:27 PM | Pope fueling trend to blame the Devil
Great… back to the Dark Ages where we blame personal and social problems on supernatural entities instead of effectively dealing with harsh reality. How is that helpful? ‘Pope Francis effect’ leads to exorcism boom – Telegraph. The “Pope Francis effect” has been credited with encouraging a resurgence in faith among rank-and-file Catholics but it has… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Exorcism on the rise in Italy Exorcism or inexorable? How […]

April 11, 2015

3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Not Just a Number, Red River Women, and Coding in the Slum
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismKENYA #147notjustanumber: “An open-source social media campaign has begun commemorating those who died in the al-Shabaab terror assault, tweet by tweet” GHANA Girls in a slum in the Ghanaian capital ...(Read more...)

April 10, 2015

7:32 PM | Not So Fast: Is There a Connection Between Religious Fasting and Eating Disorders?
I’ve always wondered about how being encouraged to fast for religious reasons might impact those who are vulnerable to eating disorders and those who already have eating disorders. I can’t imagine it would be easy to be around others who were fasting in the name of religion while struggling with an eating disorder. Equally, I can certainly see the dangers of participating in fasting for those who are predisposed to eating disorders. Despite not being religious myself, however, I […]
4:06 PM | Explainer: Long-Standing Tension Between Iran and Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia and Iran are currently engaged in a "proxy war" in Yemen, with both sides recruiting allies to gain influence in the region. Conflict between the two countries is nothing new. Why are they at odds?
2:57 PM | The Power and Limits of Pope Francis’s Climate Change Campaign
The value and limits of Pope Francis's call for action on global warming as a moral imperative.

April 09, 2015

8:20 PM | A review of religion and vaccinations
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Revised 9 April 2015. A while ago, I wrote an article about a father who is suing the New York Department of Education to force a school to allow his unvaccinated son into school. The basis of his lawsuit is that vaccination is against his religious beliefs. The father is a Roman Catholic, and as far … Continue reading A review of religion and vaccinations →Continue reading «A review of religion and […]

April 08, 2015

11:00 PM | The Friendly Atheist Endorses a Hate Forum
Categories: ReligionHemant Mehta, aka The Friendly Atheist, has written a post characterizing “The Slymepit” as “online forum that frequently criticizes and mocks (PZ MYERS) and is populated by people he deems ...(Read more...)

April 07, 2015

6:49 PM | Neil deGrasse Tyson is Wrong about Scientology and Cults
Categories: ReligionSupport more videos like this at! I know I just talked about an HBO documentary I loved, but there’s already another one that I have to mention: Going Clear, ...(Read more...)

April 06, 2015

10:02 PM | Belief against blood transfusion blamed for death of baby and mother
One woman and her baby dead, a family loss, and caregivers traumatized because of a really stupid religious tenet. Pregnant Jehovah’s Witness’ decision to refuse treatment ‘harrowing’ for hospital staff after mother and baby die. A pregnant Jehovah’s Witness and her baby have died after the woman refused a blood transfusion in a Sydney hospital.… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Jehovah’s Witness dies in Ghana from refusing blood transfusion […]
4:53 PM | UChicago researcher documents dramatic shortcomings tracking American Muslim health disparities
Islam is the world’s second-largest religion, but in the U.S., few health researchers are studying the diverse and quickly growing American Muslim community. That’s a troubling and deeply personal problem for Aasim Padela, MD, an assistant professor of medicine and bioethicist at the University of Chicago Medicine.

April 02, 2015

1:20 PM | Last Supper Menu: Stew, Lamb, Wine...More
What did Jesus and his apostles eat during the Last Supper? New research reveals the likely menu.

March 31, 2015

10:18 PM | New Video! Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill & the Horror of Sin Cakes
Categories: ReligionSupport more videos like this at! Sorta transcript: Indiana has passed a “religious freedom” bill that will allow businesses to discriminate against customers if they say it’s their deeply ...(Read more...)
12:00 PM | Spanish Priest Arrested in Bizarre Exorcism Case
A judge in the northern Spanish town of Burgos has ordered the arrest of exorcist Jesus Hernandez Sahagun and a local priest following complaints relating to a series of exorcisms conducted on an underage girl suffering from anorexia. Sahagun, who...            Related StoriesThe Five Ws of BullyingSleepwalking Defense Leads to Acquittal in Child Murder CaseThe Two Messiahs (Part Two of Two) 

March 28, 2015

3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Attacks on Innocent Women, Giving Mom’s Their Names Back, Unchecked Privilege, and Elves
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies ReligionAFGHANISTAN The woman who was brutally killed by a mob last week after being falsely accused of burning pages of the Koran is said to have been arguing with a ...(Read more...)

March 26, 2015

4:17 PM | Life in the trenches - teaching biology to non-majors
For nearly 2 decades TPP taught biology to non-majors or freshman majors (but the class was still half non-majors) in large lecture sections, and he was very good at it. Although the upper mid-west is above the Bible belt, evolution was still a controversial subject for many students. Some students were adamantly opposed to evolution and all for religious reasons, some had never been taught evolution and were curious about why it was an issue, probably because high school teachers simply […]
11:00 AM | Minute By Minute | Kings of Leon’s ‘Talihina Sky’ is a Confused, Shoddy Mess
In Minute By Minute, we analyse long form music films and documentaries, pausing the chosen subject as each minute unfolds in a bid to make sense of it all. In this edition, we turn our attention to good ol’ boys Kings of Leon and their Talihina Sky… Long Story Short: “The story of Kings of [...] The post Minute By Minute | Kings of Leon’s ‘Talihina Sky’ is a Confused, Shoddy Mess appeared first on HeadStuff.
10:51 AM | Seeker Daily: The Dalai Lama 's Struggle to Keep China at Bay
Tibet's current Dalai Lama, now 80 years old, has announced he may not reincarnate, which would halt a 700-year-old religious practice. It may be his only option for saving Buddhism from Chinese government interference.

March 25, 2015

2:53 PM | Islamic veiling (hijab) and attractiveness. Jan 2014
Do Muslim men find women more attractive when they wear a hijab, burqa, or none of the above? How does sexuality influence our preferences for tall or short partners? And what are the best things to look for in a partner if you’re planning to take them home to meet the parents?Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.Pazhoohi and Hosseinchari reported this month that men find women who wear a full veil (chador) are less attractive than women who wear […]
3:21 AM | American Atheists President Dave Silverman: Humanists and Skeptics Are “Lying”
Categories: Activism ReligionThis evening, CNN aired an hour-long documentary entitled, “Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers.” Heavy on names like Dave Silverman and Richard Dawkins, but light on diversity, the documentary largely seemed to ...(Read more...)
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