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July 29, 2014

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11:20 PM | In Australia, money for science is cut, money for religious programs increased
Guest Post by Peter Mc, Australia Australian science body takes a funding hit while extra money is miraculously found for religious education in state schools to the tune of a quarter of a billion dollars. CSIRO cuts space research deeply to find required $114m savings Deep cuts to the CSIRO budget will see up to… Source: Doubtful News

July 28, 2014

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11:42 PM | Cop fired when supernatural beliefs got in the way of doing his job
Oh brother, this guy’s extreme beliefs impeded his ability to do his job and affected others in the workplace. But he’s claiming discrimination. Cop claims feds are targeting him because he believes in ghosts. A Department of Veterans Affairs cop [Valdo Vaher], convinced his former New Jersey workplace is haunted by evil spirits, says the… Source: Doubtful News

July 27, 2014

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Suggestive Logos, Un-Christian Christians, Mom’s Purse, and the Medical Model of Disability
Categories: Meta StuffTags: AirbnbComeniusDBTdisabilityeducationEscepticagraphic designgrounded parentsimmigrationMad Art Labmedical model of disabilitymental healthmusicParentingpedagogyphysicsReligionresearch fundingSamaritansschool of doubtSkeptabilityspiritualityswaddlingTeen SkepchickThe Great DidacticSunday Funny: Chaos (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 107: The Subjective Side of Physics Mindy explores the physics of sound. DBT Skills: The Benefits of Mindfulness […]

July 26, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Devil-Guided Journalism, Sexual bias, and More
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies ReligionIRAQ Doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict attributed to the Sunni Islamist group Isis controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul about ordering all females aged between 11 and 46 to undergo female genital mutilation.   EGYPT In explanation for jailing of three al-Jazeera journalists, the judge said the devil encouraged them to use journalism against Egypt.   FINLAND (From Radium Yttrium) The European Court of Human Rights […]

July 25, 2014

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3:44 PM | DNews: What Happens to Your Body When You Fast?
People in a number of religious faiths practice fasting at points throughout the year, and people find secular reasons to curb their food intake too. Besides the hunger a fasting person feels, what's going on inside the body when the food stops?
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7:08 AM | Is Atheism a Religion? (Hint: No)
Rarely do I make new articles based on my interactions with commenters, but a recent one warranted a full response. From my article “Read a Bible – Become an Atheist (In That Order)” one commenter said: Sorry, atheism is a … Continue reading →

July 24, 2014

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5:48 PM | God-Awful: The Worst Religious Leaders of the Western World
There are a lot of great and admirable religious leaders. Grandi. Some other guys. But there are also a lot of bad ones. Did you ever want to have a place to look up who these dudes are (and most, but not all, are dudes)? This may be especially helpful if you find yourself in…
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5:07 PM | How Would Christianity Deal with Extraterrestrial Life?
How would the world's religions react to the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence? There is, of course, no single answer. But for Christians who believe in the redemption of humanity through a singular event—the Incarnation of God through Christ—the question poses an especially complex dilemma.Read more...
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3:50 PM | Is Internet-Centrism a Religion?
On the evening of March 3 in 1514, Steven is sitting next to Friar Clay in a Nottingham pub, covering his face with his hands."I am losing the will to live", Steven sobs, "Death may be sweeter than life in this world of poverty, injustice and war.""Do not despair, my friend", Clay says, "for the printing press will change everything."*******Let us now fast-forward 500 years and re-enact this hypothetical scene with some tiny modifications.On the evening of March 3 in 2014, Steven is sitting […]

July 23, 2014

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3:34 PM | 400-Year-Old Crucifix Found by Canadian Student
A tiny crucifix found during the excavation of a 17th century colony on Newfoundland symbolizes early religious freedom in North America. Continue reading →
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3:34 PM | 400-Year-Old Crucifix Found by Canadian Student
A tiny crucifix found during the excavation of a 17th century colony on Newfoundland symbolizes early religious freedom in North America. Continue reading →

July 22, 2014

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10:11 PM | California’s vaccine exemption law–prevalence and clustering effects
All 50 US states (along with several territories and DC) require mandatory vaccination for children entering public (and frequently, private) schools. This system has essentially ended most vaccine preventable diseases in the USA, including measles, polio, chickenpox, and many others. It is considered one of the 10 greatest achievements in public health. Vaccines should probably be […]Continue reading «California's vaccine exemption law–prevalence and clustering […]
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10:00 PM | Exorcism Death Priest Released from Prison
A Romanian priest jailed for seven years for killing a woman during an exorcism has been released.
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7:34 PM | Is Eating Kosher Seafood Better for the Environment?
In some ways, absolutely yes. That's the conclusion reached by researchers from NOAA and California State University, Channel Islands. And it mostly has to do with the distance that seafood travels from the ocean to your plate.Read more...
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1:00 PM | Is kosher seafood an accidental eco-label?
Eco-labeling, from Fair Trade to Organic and beyond, has proliferated rapidly in recent years. Seafood is a particularly interesting arena for this type of labeling: many markets now drop different types of fish into categories like “good” or “avoid” based on the supposed sustainability of the fishery. Though there have been questions whether the labels

July 21, 2014

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11:44 PM | We're all gonna die!
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4:50 AM | Buddhist Musings in Ramadan
by Jalees Rehman Ramadan is the month of fasting and a time for spiritual growth among Muslims. The traditionalist approach to "spiritual growth" is for Muslims to complement their fasting with performing additional prayers at night and regular reading of...

July 20, 2014

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7:37 PM | My New Favorite Mayor…
…would be Her Honor Kimberley Driscoll, chief executive of the town of Salem, MA, now caught up in a  dispute with Gordon College.   Gordon is a Christian school with an educational mission it describes thusly: “The best foundation for Christian higher education is the narrative of Scripture, and the goal of Christian higher learning is love—for both God and […]
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12:00 PM | Sacrificing Edith (Part 2 of 2)
Continued from Part One At a special session of the Supreme Court on January 1880, a sanity hearing was held and several medical experts argued that Freeman was fit to stand trial. John Davis Long, who was governor of Massachusetts...            Related StoriesSacrificing EdithWhat is a Child Abuser?How Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers? 

July 19, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Banned Archie, Female Bishops, and Alien Rock Paintings
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismSUDAN Sudanese authorities are banning the construction of new Christian churches. Sudan is majority Muslim, but officially guarantees freedom of religion. NIGERIA Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria to appeal to Boko Haram militants to lay down their weapons and “stop misusing the name of Islam.” UK Church of England leaders voted to allow women to become bishops. The first female bishop could be appointed by the end of the year. […]

July 15, 2014

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2:06 PM | The DNews Explainer: Does the Government Legally Recognize Religions?
Tara takes a look at what our government's founding documents say about religion, and what Congress can or can't do with respect to it. Translation: Time to delve into the Establishment clause of the First Amendment.
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5:59 AM | Genes – the language of God 6: Theological implications
  The Rev. Dr Stephen Ames completes the series on genes as the language of God:  Our theme is asking if genetics is the language of God. John Wilkins has discussed in what sense can we say that ‘genetics’ is a ‘language’. His main point is that it is an analogy but one that is […]
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5:42 AM | Genes – the language of God 5: God and genes
This will be a my final post. In the next, Stephen will respond, giving a theological account of the importance of language as a literal, not metaphorical, way of understanding the world for a theist. For those who do believe in God, the issue is: Does God speak a language of natural causes? That is, […]

July 14, 2014

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8:40 PM | Are Religious People Victims?
Categories: Religion SkepticismThis is a guest post by Tony Lakey. Tony is a queer atheist, a social justice and interfaith activist, and an alleged Faitheist. A contributor to Columbia Faith and Values, he studied Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he also ran a secular student group. He tweets at @tonylakey. Last week, American Atheists posted an image with a quote from Dave Silverman: “I had thought when I was younger that I was right and […]
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2:10 AM | Not quite about religion, maybe about belief
As the title of this post says, this is not about religion, but maybe (actually pretty much) about belief.  However, I will talk about “belief” in a general sense, nothing specific. Additionally, it is not my intention to disrespect any point of view (I know, never a good phrase to start a conversation; brace yourselves). …

July 13, 2014

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12:00 PM | Sacrificing Edith
On May 1, 1879, Charles F. Freeman plunged a knife into his five-year-old daughter, Edith, apparently believing that it was God's will. As his wife would later testify, he then walked the room with her dead body as he prayed...            Related StoriesThe Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 2 of 2)"I Don't Like Mondays"Alzheimer's Patient Killed by her Children in Exorcism 
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12:00 PM | Sacrificing Edith (Part One of Two)
On May 1, 1879, Charles F. Freeman plunged a knife into his five-year-old daughter, Edith, apparently believing that it was God's will. As his wife would later testify, he then walked the room with her dead body as he prayed...            Related StoriesThe Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 2 of 2)"I Don't Like Mondays"Alzheimer's Patient Killed by her Children in Exorcism 

July 10, 2014

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8:00 PM | Trying to Sell Your Haunted House? Try Exorcism
While some are eager to move into supposedly haunted houses, many aren't so sure.

July 09, 2014

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5:00 PM | For Now, Religious Colleges Still Have to Cover Contraception
The decision in the Hobby Lobby case week, in which U.S. Supreme Court determined that privately held corporations could be exempt from components of laws to which their owners religiously object, was potentially interesting to many colleges. A few schools, after the passage of Obamacare, indicated similar concerns about their health insurance policies covering things like contraception. Many Catholic colleges baulked at being forced to cover birth control. But there is, according to this […]

July 08, 2014

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10:00 PM | Drool In Envy Over Some of the World's Largest Books
If you love books as a physical object, just imagine burying your nose between the pages of these beauties, massive atlases, photobooks, and tributes to the written word.Read more...
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