Friday, August 31, 2012

Knowledge Report: Colin Henderson on Narconon

Colin attended Scientology's drug rehab program at their flagship facility in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead. He quickly discovered that what he was told was a secular program was really just Scientology under a different name.



Video from 2012 Knowledge Report.

On AtheismPlus (Atheism+)

As requested, here's the drive-home-brain-dump...on Atheism +.



The short version: Matt Dillahunty have been atheism+ for years, without the label.

Video by Matt Dillahunty. August 2012

The Watchmakers Argument

Mitt Romney: Abortion Flip-Flop

The Christian/Mormon Mitt Romney says his position on abortion is "clear" but his campaign told anti-choice activist Marjorie Dannenfelser that he no longer supports abortion in cases where the health of the mother is threatened.



Comments from the Christian Bryan Ficher.

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, August 2012

Atheists, Faith, Trust, Belief, Creation and God

Jacob from Lafayette, LA talks about Atheists, Faith, Trust, Belief, Creation and God.



Video from The Atheist Experience February 20, 2011

Buster Wilson Links LGBT Festival to Hurricane Isaac

American Family Association's Buster Wilson ties "Southern Decadence" to Hurricane Isaac.



Video from AFA Channel, August 2012

If You Were Me: Using In-Group Language to Reach Out

Carrie Poppy, Director of Communications at the James Randi Educational Foundation and co-host of the popular "Oh No, Ross and Carrie!" podcast, discusses the importance of using inclusive language while doing outreach. Combining communication strategy and a spirit of friendly investigation, Carrie suggests that skeptical activists mirror themselves after a group she investigated and joined... the Mormon church.



Live on stage from TAM 2012, with a special musical introduction by TAM emcee George Hrab.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Colin Henderson on Narconon

Colin attended Scientology's drug rehab program at their flagship facility in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead. He quickly discovered that what he was told was a secular program was really just Scientology under a different name.



Knowledge Report: Colin Henderson on Narconon, from

Bert Leahy on the Squirrel Busters

Bert Leahy was hired by Scientologist's PI David Lubow to film a "documentary" on former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun. Bert quickly discovered this project was only meant to harass Rathbun who had been speaking out against Scientology's leader, David Miscavige.



2012

My "Coming Out" Letter

Many who have come out of religious families and cultures formally announced their rejection of superstition by writing letters/emails to their families and friends.



The letters weren't necessary written because these apostates were unwilling to say the words in person, but quite often they provide a comprehensive, detailed, measured and permenant record of such an important decision.

In this episode, our listeners are welcome to share the "Coming Out as an Atheist" letters with us (ommitting any elements too personal, of course). Callers may read their letters, or send them in email form (with any elaboration and backstory needed) to thethinkingatheist.com.

For time, longer letters may be abridged for broadcast, but we'll take every care to maintain the integrity of the piece.

Greg's letter

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chick-fil-A - The Atheist Experience #776

Short summary: Jen talks about the "thinking" behind the Chick-fil-A Day and Matt explains why atheists do not have the burden of proof when it comes to the existence of God.



The Atheist Experience #776 of August 26, 2012, with Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples.

Index:
Matt: Travis County seal;
4:38 Jen: Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day;
10:55 Kristan (TX): knowing beyond our mind;
22:42 Tom (PA): guilt and doubt;
26:45 Hamid (PA): the burden of proof and evolution.

Mom Slams Scientology Rehab Narconon

National News tells story of Toronto Mom who was duped by Scientology Rehab, Narconon Trois-Rivieres in Quebec Canada. The Mom, Yvonne Keller, and an ex-Narconon Trois-Rivieres staff member, David Edgar Love, and Narconon spokesperson, Andre Ahern, interviewed by CBC TV News. "I don't want my money going to that church," said Keller.



April 9, 2012 - CBC TV

Messing Around With Marriage will Affect Economic Prosperity in the Nation

David Barton says that allowing marriage between two men or a dog and a horse will prevent the nation from prospering economically because we are violating God's laws.



Video from 2012

What Do You Want In A President?

As the November U.S. Presidential election approaches, Seth Andrews spends a few minutes describing his own best-case scenario for a Commander-in-Chief and encourages others to do the same.



Video by The Thinking Atheist from August 2012

God Will Come Out Of Heaven To Oppose Our Unbiblical Economic System

David Barton explains that our government's economic system is unbiblical and that God will not only refuse to bless it but will actually come out of Heaven to oppose it.

Peole die at Narconon

Peaople die at Scientologys drup rehab center Narconon. www.indiegogo.com/knowledgereport Please help support the production of my documentary about Scientology fraud and abuse.

"The New Normal" Promotes "Moral Decay" - OneMillionMoms

Bryan Fischer and Monica Cole of the American Family Association's OneMillionMoms attack NBC comedy "The New Normal."



Video from AFA Channel. August 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Virtual Star Party August 26, 2012

Telescopes by Gary Gonella, John Kramer, Mike C., Cory S., David R., and Stuart Forman. Commentary by Scot Lewis, Thad Szabo, Emily Lakdawalla, and Amy Shira Teitel. Hosted by Fraser Cain



CosmoQuest: Virtual Star Party August 26, 2012

Today - Behind the walls of Scientology

Former top leading members of Scientology speaks out.

Featuring Nancy Many (27 years in Scientology) and Jeff Hawkins.



Video from 2012-07-08

Prayer Moved Storm Away From RNC

CBN News wonders if prayer moved Isaac away from Tampa to guard Republican delegates, and towards Louisiana and Mississippi, USA.



Video from CBN August 2012

Pat Robertson: "Out of Your Mind" to Support Same-Sex Marriage

CAAP warns that supporting gay marriage "hurts the heart of God" and Pat Robertson says Democrats are crazy to do it



Video from CBN. August 2012

Rusty Humphries: Sometimes You Have To Treat These Liberals Like Dogs

Conservative radio host Rusty Humphries kicked off the Tea Party Unity Rally ahead of the RNC by explaining that sometimes you just have to treat liberals like dogs.



Christianity 2012

Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. According to Bill Nye, aka "The Science Guy," if grownups want to "deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them."



Transcript-
Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. I mean, we're the world's most advanced technological—I mean, you could say Japan—but generally, the United States is where most of the innovations still happens. People still move to the United States. And that's largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back, really.

Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It's like, it's very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You're just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place.

As my old professor, Carl Sagan, said, "When you're in love you want to tell the world." So, once in a while I get people that really—or that claim—they don't believe in evolution. And my response generally is "Well, why not? Really, why not?" Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don't believe in evolution. I mean, here are these ancient dinosaur bones or fossils, here is radioactivity, here are distant stars that are just like our star but they're at a different point in their lifecycle. The idea of deep time, of this billions of years, explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your world view just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent.

And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.

It's just really hard a thing, it's really a hard thing. You know, in another couple of centuries that world view, I'm sure, will be, it just won't exist. There's no evidence for it.

Directed / Produced by
Elizabeth Rodd and Jonathan Fowler

Heaven - NO THANK YOU!



theUKatheist on "Heaven" - NO THANK YOU !

Monday, August 27, 2012

Stemberger: Only the Christian Right can Save America

FFPC's John Stemberger says only conservative Christians can save America and all other faiths are incompatible with democracy, freedom



Video from August 2012

Searching for Meaning in a Secular Age

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes philosophy professors Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Kelly to discuss their book, "All Things Shining." Drawing on their reading of Western classics, Dreyfus and Kelly analyze how different epochs offered unique answers to the question of what is sacred and what can provide meaning for human existence. They explore the examples of Homer, Jesus, and Melville to highlight differing paradigms of culture practice. Dreyfus and Kelly then trace the transition to the secular age in which nihilism prevails. They conclude by identifying how a sense of meaning emerges from heroism, athletics, and craftsmanship.



Series: "Conversations with History" [5/2011] [Humanities] [Show ID: 21338]

Discovering Ardi

Following publication in October, 2009 of multiple papers on the discovery and study of a 4.4 million-year-old female partial skeleton nicknamed "Ardi" in the journal Science, Discovery Channel presented a world premiere special that documented the sustained, intensive investigation leading up to this landmark publication of the Ardipithecus ramidus fossils.



The scientific investigation began in the Ethiopian desert 17 years ago, and now opens a new chapter on human evolution, revealing the first evolutionary steps our ancestors took after we diverged from a common ancestor we once shared with living chimpanzees. "Ardi's" centerpiece skeleton, the other hominids she lived with, and the rocks, soils, plants and animals that made up her world were analyzed in laboratories around the world, and the scientists have now published their findings in the prestigious journal Science.

"Ardi" is now the oldest skeleton from our (hominid) branch of the primate family tree. These Ethiopian discoveries reveal an early grade of human evolution in Africa that predated the famous Australopithecus nicknamed "Lucy." Ardipithecus was a woodland creature with a small brain, long arms, and short legs. The pelvis and feet show a primitive form of two-legged walking on the ground, but Ardipithecus was also a capable tree climber, with long fingers and big toes that allowed their feet to grasp like an ape's. The discoveries answer old questions about how hominids became bipedal.

The trailer / promo video


Video from 2009

Atheist billboards forced down

Report on the billboards in North Carolina with the messages "Mormonism: God is a space alien; Baptizes dead people; Big money; Big bigotry" and "Christianity: Sadistic god; Useless savior; 30,000+ versions of truth; Promotes hate, calls it love" and "Atheism: Simply Reasonable" sponsored by the American Atheists.

Mark Matthews, Pastor, Christian Life Center

Mary Quinn, Fox News (did you see her cross around her neck)

Video by Fox News. August 25, 2012

American Atheists Unveil Billboards Aimed at Christianity and Mormonism

Marty Rathbun on Lisa McPherson

Marty Rathbun talks about the coverup of Scientology's neglect of Lisa McPherson during the last 17 days of her life while be held against her will at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida.



Knowledge Report: Marty Rathbun on Lisa McPherson

The Truth About Alternative Medicine

Expert doctors Steven Novella, Harriet Hall, David Gorski, and Rachel Dunlop discuss so-called "alternative" medicine. What kinds of treatments does that term include? Are these treatments effective or even ethical? How can practitioners be held accountable for the services they provide? Plus, questions from the live audience at TAM 2012.



2012

Sects and Islam

Akber Choudhry is a political analyst based in London, UK, and the former spokesperson for the KNA. He is a founding member of Muslim Identity group and is an advocate of Muslims asserting their political identity in Western media, acting as fully engaged contributors to civic society.



The Jinn And Tonic Show 25th August 2012 feat. Akber Chaudhry

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Why Aren't Birthers Screaming To See Romney's Tax Returns

Will birthers who demanded to see the birth certificate of President Obama also demand to see the tax returns for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney? Jayar Jackson and Cenk Uygur discuss on The Young Turks.



Video from 2012

Bryan Fischer: DNC is a "Three Day Death Camp"

The Christian AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer describes the Democratic National Convention as a "three day death camp" akin to Auschwitz



Video by AFA Channel 2012

Christian/GOP Hurricane Forecast

Will Hurricane Isaac hit Tampa and disrupt the GOP's National Convention? Only God knows (although he did provide us with some percentages).



Video by Edward Current August 2012

You are the Future of Skepticism on the Internet

JREF research fellow Tim Farley, creator of WhatsTheHarm.net, details how skeptics are using the vast resources of the internet to educate the public about pseudoscience and the paranormal, and how skeptics on the web are holding peddlers of nonsense accountable for their actions. Live on stage from TAM 2012.

With a special musical introduction from TAM emcee George Hrab.



"You are the Future of Skepticism on the Internet" - Tim Farley - TAM 2012

Belief vs Knowledge

Atheist vs agnostic

Clip from Sunday, August 5, 2012. The Atheist Experience, #773,



Matt Dillahunty & Martin Wagner

Copyright © Atheist Community of Austin 2003-2012. All rights reserved. "Atheist Experience" is a trademark of the Atheist Community of Austin.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

A World Full of "Woo"

The Skeptic's Dictionary defines "Woo" (or "Woo Woo") as: ideas considered irrational or based on extremely flimsy evidence or that appeal to mysterious occult forces or powers.



"Woo" is concerned with emotions, mysticism, or spiritualism; other than rational or scientific. It often takes legitimate scientific theories or concepts and spins them into thick, often spiritual assertions about the world and universe. Sometimes it's just a nonsense claim with zero evidence and zero credibility. And it's everywhere.

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #68
Show date: August 21, 2012

On this show, we'll talk about "woo." Share you stories, your perspectives, your experiences. Your calls and emails

links:

Dr. Harriet A. Hall MD
QuackWatch
Science Based Medicine
Quackery and Mumbo-Jumbo in the U.S. Military, Slate article
Abbie Smith ERV
Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator
Center for Inquiry
The Skeptic's Society

Atheist Billboards REMOVED - Charlotte, NC

Report on the billboards in North Carolina with the messages "Mormonism: God is a space alien; Baptizes dead people; Big money; Big bigotry" and "Christianity: Sadistic god; Useless savior; 30,000+ versions of truth; Promotes hate, calls it love" and "Atheism: Simply Reasonable" sponsored by the American Atheists.





Video from August 24, 2012

American Atheists Unveil Billboards Aimed at Christianity and Mormonism

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Beyond Belief - greatest sermon

Neil deGrasse Tyson - 2006 Beyond Belief: Science, Reason, Religion & Survival



The great ending of the talk: The greatest "sermon"



Video from Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA from November 5-7, 2006.

Interview with Hayley Stevens at Denkfest

Interview with Ms. Hayley Stevens at Denkfest 2011 by sceptici.ro



Sceptici.ro interviews Ms. Hayley Stevens, Skeptical ghost hunter

Z├╝rich, 11th of September, Denkfest 2011

The Sky isn't the Limit

The Sky isn't the Limit...We are.
We must say no to godhood.



Royalty-free music: "Astral & Shit - subtile corpus" by Tunguska Electronic Music Society

Scientology: A Classroom Full 'O Crazy

Professor David Touretzky appears on the Glenn Beck show to discuss Scientology's increased encroachment into public classrooms. They are attempting to "Safepoint" Scientology which means to get the cult better accepted into society. Let's try to stop that until they reform.



Video 5/23/2007

Friday, August 24, 2012

Call In The National Guard To Defend Public School Prayers

Crazy Christian Bryan Fischer says the Freedom From Religion Foundation is waging "the second war on Northern aggression against the South" by telling public schools to stop delivering prayers before football games and says the Governor should call out the National Guard to all them to continue.



Video from AFA Channel, August 2012

Virtual Star Party - August 19, 2012

Telescopes by Chris Ridgway, Gary Gonella, and Stuart Forman. Color commentary by Thad Szabo. Hosted by Fraser Cain.



A CosmoQuest production.

Fischer Calls Out Limbaugh, Hannity & Palin

Bryan Fischer blasts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Sarah Palin for refusing to stand with Todd Akin, who has modern science on his side.



August 2012

Mormonism: God is a space alien

Report on the billboards in North Carolina with the messages "Mormonism: God is a space alien; Baptizes dead people; Big money; Big bigotry" and "Christianity: Sadistic god; Useless savior; 30,000+ versions of truth; Promotes hate, calls it love" and "Atheism: Simply Reasonable" sponsored by the American Atheists.



August 22, 2012

American Atheists Unveil Billboards Aimed at Christianity and Mormonism

Real Time with Bill Maher: Overtime - Episode #255

Bill Maher and his roundtable guests (Peter Byck, Mark Cuban, Reihan Salam, Alex Wagner and Chelsea Handler) answer fan questions from this week's show.



Video by HBO, August 2012

Matt Barber: Polygamy And Incest Are Inevitable If Gay Marriage Is Legalized

Matt Barber says that if gay marriage becomes legal, it will break the institution of marriage and then polygamy and incest will be inevitable.



Video from Liberty Counsil, August 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Right to Die - Interview with Andrew Copson

Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association, in a BBC interview on the "Right to Die" case and death of Locked-in Syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson.



Video by BBC 2012

A Faith-Based, Bible-Based, Anti-Science Party

The Republican Party Has Become A Faith-Based, Bible-Based, Anti-Science Party!

Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, Evolution and climate change.



Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC, August 22, 2012 with Bill Nye "The Science Guy" from The Planetary Society and Howard Fineman (MSNBC political analyst)

Paul Ryan Believes in Forcing Rape Victims to Give Birth

Paul Ryan Still Believes in Forcing Rape Victims to Give Birth to Their Rapists' Children



Video from August 2012

Robertson: Drought Caused by Ignoring God's Laws

Pat Robertson says "the heavens have been shut up," resulting in a drought, because America is ignoring God's laws.



Video from The 700 Club on Christian Broadcasting Network, August 2012

Teresa MacBain "Shift Happens"

A former minister, Teresa MacBain received her B.S. in Christian Education at Samford University and her M.Div at Duke Divinity School. Teresa MacBain also holds the distinction of being the first female graduate of The Clergy Project, a private, invitation-only "safe house" community of current and former ministers who no longer hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions.



Teresa MacBain is now the Director of Public Relations for American Atheists and speaks across the country. This presentation is a fascinating look into the "shift" that ultimately propelled her from a champion of the scriptures to a champion for reason.

Bryan Fischer: Akin is Like a Victim of Rape

American Family Association spokesman says Todd Akin is " a victim of forcible assault" over the backlash to his comments on "legitimate rape".



Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, August 2012


The "Mourning After" Pill



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Failure of Christian Medicine

The Atheist Experience #775 of August 19, 2012, with Russell Glasser and Don Baker. Index: 0:00; 0:43; 2:58 "Christian" medicine; 20:57 Kevin (Can.); 28:31 Todd (AR); 36:33 Sebastian (UK); 42:20 Nick (OH); 48:07 Ian (VA). The Failure of Christian Medicine - The Atheist Experience #775 (full episode)



The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.

The Sanctity of Israel

NJOP's Director Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald just returned home from a delightful trip to Israel and wants to share his enthusiasm with you. Rabbi Buchwald tells us about an email her recently received from a distinguished rabbi about the sanctity of the land of Israel and how unfortunately the people of Israel are not always so sanctified themselves. Rabbi Buchwald disagrees with this thought. He goes on to explain that even the secular Jews in Israel feel a connection to the land and traditions.



Close to 70% of the Jews in Israel light Shabbat candles and make kiddush over wine on Friday night and fast on Yom Kippur.

Chanukah is observed by close to 85% 76% of the homes in Israel keep kosher.

90% have a mezuzah on their front door.

Where outside of Israel do you see such a percentage? Whatever you say about the land of Israel, remember that Israel is the Holy Land and will always remain the Holy Land. May God Bless the land of Israel.

Video from August 2012

CBN News on Atheist Billboards

Report on the billboards in North Carolina with the messages "Mormonism: God is a space alien; Baptizes dead people; Big money; Big bigotry" and "Christianity: Sadistic god; Useless savior; 30,000+ versions of truth; Promotes hate, calls it love" and "Atheism: Simply Reasonable" sponsored by the American Atheists.

With Pat Robertson



CBN News August 20, 2012

Watch People should deny atheists their right to free speech in public

American Atheists Unveil Billboards Aimed at Christianity and Mormonism

Fischer: Media Treating Akin Like Pharisees Treated Jesus

The Christian Bryan Fischer compares Todd Akin's experience to that of Jesus over the backlash to his comments on "legitimate rape"



Video from AFA Channel, August 2012


Maddow: Rep. Akin’s ‘fake science’ is ‘the new Republican normal’


The "Mourning After" Pill



The Magic Sandwich Show - broadcast on 19 August 2012

The Magic Sandwich Show no 33 - Part 1


The Magic Sandwich Show no 33 - Part 2


The Magic Sandwich Show no 33 - Part 3


The Magic Sandwich Show - broadcast on 19 August 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Curiosity's first look at Mars - by Nature Video

On 5 August NASA successfully landed its rover, Curiosity, on Mars. Since landing, the rover has captured some striking images of the red planet. In this video, NASA scientists John Grotzinger and Joy Crisp talk about what we've seen so far, and what we might encounter when Curiosity drives towards Mount Sharp -- where we hope to find signs of water.



Check out more images at the Mars Science Laboratory.

FRC Calls SPLC 'Evil,' 'Anti-American,' 'Dangerous,' 'Anti-Christian,' 'Anti-Semitic,' and 'Marxist'

Jerry Boykin tells Glenf Beck



Video from 2012

People should deny atheists their right to free speech in public - Pat Robertson

The Christian televangelist Pat Robertson explains how we should "forget this first amendment stuff". A billboard with an atheist message is "repugnant" like one depicting "two teenagers having sex".

Rather than respect their right to different beliefs, people should "tell those atheists to take a hike" because "it's a mistake to put that kind of garbage in public view". Pat Robertson.



Video from The 700 Club on Christian Broadcasting Network. August 2012

Thank you AtheistBillboards

Atheist Billboards - Charlotte, NC

Report on the billboards in North Carolina with the messages "Mormonism: God is a space alien; Baptizes dead people; Big money; Big bigotry" and "Christianity: Sadistic god; Useless savior; 30,000+ versions of truth; Promotes hate, calls it love" and "Atheism: Simply Reasonable" sponsored by the American Atheists.



Video from August 20, 2012

Watch People should deny atheists their right to free speech in public

Christian Morality: To control the lives of others

Christian Morality: To control the lives of others & keep everyone subservient to Xtian authority

Edited clip from "Freethought Radio", August 18, 2012, with Josh Everett, a former fundamentalist evangelical minister and missionary who is now an outspoken atheist.



Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, Co-Presidents of Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The Clergy Project

Bryan Fischer: Akin is "Absolutely Right" about Rape

AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer defends Todd Akin's claim that "legitimate rape" does not result in pregnancy



Video from AFA Channel, August 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Are Energy Drinks Safe?

C0nc0rdance wrote: "I'm trying something a little different here. The script is either a paraphrase or direct quote from two reviews on the topic of the safety of energy drinks. You will find that I am basically reading out parts from these two papers with some bridging and clarification. These papers are linked below as free, full text articles. You can read them, follow the links to the sources cited, and even feel free to email the authors."



Source papers:

1. Mayo Clin Proc. 2010 November; 85(11): 1033--1041. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2966367/

2. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2009 January 1; 99(1-3): 1--10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2735818/

I'm sure I will be accused of all sorts of bias or fear mongering, but for the record, the views expressed, while they align with my own, are the views of the experts at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and UT-Houston School of Medicine.

Many people have asked me to cover this topic, but it's pretty far out of my area of expertise. That's why I'm relying on these expert reviews.

Making the Case for Atheists (former preacher Dan Barker)

Excerpts from Dan Barker's debate with Adam Deen (Muslim apologist). In it Dan tries to convey the basic principles behind atheism, why he rejected his own belief in god and became an atheist, what are the main fallacies of religion in general, with a bit of focus on Islam and the Quran since the debate was in front of a Muslim audience.



Dan Barker, who is sometime referred to as "USA's leading atheist" is the author of 'Godless' and an international public speaker and debater in topics surrounding atheism and religion.

Why Would a 'Mainstream Conservative Think Tank' Praise the 'Kill the Gays' Law?

The Chritian Tony Perkins om gays and Barack Hussain Obama.



The Atheist Experience #774 (full episode)

The Atheist Experience #774 of August 12, 2012, with Russell Glasser and Jeff Dee. Index: 0:00; 0:45; 1:34 YouTube; 2:47 Robert Ingersoll; 3:44 Nicole (NC); 6:56 Tom (WA); 16:23 Derrick (IL); 25:17 Jonathan (AZ); 30:13 Kevin (ON, Can.); 32:08 James (WV); 34:33 Scott (BC, Can.); 39:00 Charles (ME); 46:52 Jesse (NC); 48:50 Demetrius (KS); 52:08 Pranab (TX).



The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.

Tim Minchin on human logic



Tim Minchin on human logic

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Pamela Gay - Make the World Better (Ask if Anyone Minds Later)

Astronomer and educator Dr. Pamela Gay calls on skeptics to be proactive in creating a kinder, more rational, and welcoming society for both themselves and others. Live on stage at TAM 2012.



With a special musical introduction by TAM emcee George Hrab.

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie talking about science and religion

The actors Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie talking about science and religion.



Right Wing Watch

A project of People For the American Way



Thank you Right Wing Watch

Should We Tolerate The Intolerant

Multiculturalism has failed, says David Cameron



BBC1 06 February 2011

Beautiful Minds: Richard Dawkins

Professor Richard Dawkins reveals how he came to write his explosive first book The Selfish Gene, a work that was to divide the scientific community and make him the most influential evolutionary biologist of his generation. Richard Dawkins also explores how this set him on the path to becoming an outspoken spokesman for atheism.



BBC4 25 April 2012

Christianity makes perfect sense

Christianity



The belief that some cosmic Jewish Zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat fra a magical tree.

Makes perfect sence.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Karen Stollznow - Talking to Tomorrow

Linguist, investigator, and JREF fellow Dr. Karen Stollznow uses her expertise in language to explain psychics, mediums, channelers, and other peddlers of the paranormal. Live on stage from TAM 2012. With a special musical introduction by TAM emcee George Hrab.

A receding moon proves a young Earth - debunked

The Hovinds, Kent and Eric, try to show that the Earth can't be old because the moon is receding. Once again, a clear breach of the 9th Commandment that lands poor Eric with a Golden Crocoduck nomination. Both Hovind videos are listed in the Golden Crocoduck nominee 2012 playlist.



SOURCES:

"Geological constraints on the Precambrian history of Earth's rotation and the Moon's orbit" -- George E. Williams, Reviews of Geophysics 2000, doi:10.1029/1999RG900016

The changes to lunar recession due to tidal configuration are discussed at: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/moonrec.html

CosmoQuest Hangout: Weekly Science Hour - August 15, 2012

This week, Emily Lakdawalla and Fraser Cain explore the science that is being done by the Mars Science Lander, Curiosity.



CosmoQuest - August 15, 2012

They [atheists] are trying to destroy our society & leave a mess...like they did on 9/11

Dave Silverman, President, American Atheists.

Joe Conner



Fox news, NOW, Megan Kelly, 8-17-2012, WTC Museum Cross.

Tim Minchin interview: Atheism, Comedy and Religiosity in America

Tim Minchin Interview: Atheism, Comedy and Religiosity in America



Friday, August 17, 2012

Glenn Beck Gushes Over David Barton

The Mormon Glenn Beck vows to lead a search to get to the bottom of the criticisms of David Barton's shoddy scholarship ... right after he finishes endlessly praising David Barton.



Video from Glen Beck TV, 2012

The History of Women in Freethought

Annie Laurie Gaylor: "The History of Women in Freethought"



Not a great talk.

Filmed at the Center for Inquiry's 2012 Women in Secularism Conference.

Copyright 2012 Center for Inquiry. Video produced by Adam Isaak with assistance from Bill Goodwin.

Scientology: Clearwater Transit Board Meeting

Ads critical of Scientology were displayed on the side of buses during a protest in Clearwater but were yanked down after a half hour. The Transit Board voted on new rules to protect Scientology from future ads.



Video is made by Mark Bunker about Scientology ads

The Atheist Experience #773

The Atheist Experience #773 of August 5, 2012, with Matt Dillahunty and Martin Wagner.



Index: 0:00; 0:48; 3:34 Mark (CT)
21:07; 23:47 Brent (CA)
36:02; 36:35 Susan (Ireland);
43:22 Azar (NY);
49:42 Chris (OH)
52:28; 54:06 Eric (SC).

Dave Allen's thoughts about Adam and Eve

Dave Allen about creation, Adam and Eve.



Cute and funny

Pat Robertson's advice: Don't Adopt Children

The Christian prophet Pat Robertson says that people should be careful about adopting children because you never know what kind of problems them might have that would cause them to grow up weird.



Video from The 700 Club by CBN

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Social Networks: Civilizing the Future

Elisabeth Cornwell is the Executive Director of The Richard Dawkins Foundation (US)



Video from TAM 2012: Skepticism and the Future.

Truth in Action Ministries: US Becoming a 'Lawless' Nation

Religious Right activists warn the separation of church and state is ruining America.



Video by Truth in Action Ministries

Lawrence Krauss on Searching for Signs of Life on Mars

Author and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, discusses what it would be like if we found life on another planet.



Video from CNN, 8-12-2012

Mark Twain on The Book Of Mormon

Mark Twain read The Book Of Mormon and wrote this

Mark Twain on the Mormon Bible - part 1


Mark Twain on the Mormon Bible - part 2


All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the ‘elect’ have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so ‘slow,’ so sleepy; such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print. If Joseph Smith composed this book, the act was a miracle — keeping awake while he did it was, at any rate. If he, according to tradition, merely translated it from certain ancient and mysteriously-engraved plates of copper, which he declares he found under a stone, in an out-of-the-way locality, the work of translating was equally a miracle, for the same reason.



"The book seems to be merely a prosy detail of imaginary history, with the Old Testament for a model; followed by a tedious plagiarism of the New Testament. The author labored to give his words and phrases the quaint, old-fashioned sound and structure of our King James’s translation of the Scriptures; and the result is a mongrel — half modern glibness, and half ancient simplicity and gravity. The latter is awkward and constrained; the former natural, but grotesque by the contrast. Whenever he found his speech growing too modern — which was about every sentence or two — he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as ‘exceeding sore,’ ‘and it came to pass,’ etc., and made things satisfactory again. ‘And it came to pass’ was his pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet.


Quote by Mark Twain on The Book Of Mormon

Billboards Speak to the Democratic National Convention

WSOC-TV news, Charlotte, N.C., 8-13-2012



Dave Silverman, President, American Atheists

More
Sadistic God billboard
God is a space alien

Watch People should deny atheists their right to free speech in public

Nathan Phelps: Escaping Westboro Baptist Church

Nate Phelps is the son of Fred Phelps, infamous pastor of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church, an entity which asserts that "God Hates Fags," that President Obama is the AntiChrist, and that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were God's punishment upon the United States.



One of 13 children, Nate ultimately broke away from his father's extreme Calvanist teaching (and the emotional and physical abuse he asserts was prevalent in the Phelps home) at the age of eighteen. He built a new life, declared himself an atheist and is now on the front lines against Westboro, religion, child abuse, and is a strong supporter of the LGBT community.

Nate's website is http://www.natephelps.com

His story, plus your calls and emails

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #67

Showdate: 14th August 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Atheism: Simply Reasonable

Report on the billboards in North Carolina with the messages "Mormonism: God is a space alien; Baptizes dead people; Big money; Big bigotry" and "Christianity: Sadistic god; Useless savior; 30,000+ versions of truth; Promotes hate, calls it love" and "Atheism: Simply Reasonable" sponsored by the American Atheists.



Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Local News video August 14, 2012


Thanks to Atheist Billboards for this video.



Watch People should deny atheists their right to free speech in public

Non-Prophets 11.12



Matt Dillahunty
Russell Glasser
Denis Lubet

Atheist podcast from August 2012 called The Non-Prophets.

God is a space alien

Report on the billboards in North Carolina with the messages "Mormonism: God is a space alien; Baptizes dead people; Big money; Big bigotry" and "Christianity: Sadistic god; Useless savior; 30,000+ versions of truth; Promotes hate, calls it love" and "Atheism: Simply Reasonable" sponsored by the American Atheists.



August 14, 2012

How much would you pay for the Universe?

Neil deGrasse Tyson: "We stopped dreaming! How much would you pay for the Universe?"



Video by Evan Schurr.

Barton and Fischer Attack Warren Throckmorton Over "The Jefferson Lies"

David Barton and Bryan Fischer respond to Warren Throckmorton's criticism of the two of them by accusing him of being a member of the Religious Left who lost his moral compass because he doesn't support "ex-gay" therapy.



Video by Focal Point on AFA Channel

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jacobs: Prayer Led To The Capture of Manuel Noriega

Cindy Jacobs explains how it was prayer from a group of prophetic intercessors that led to the capture of Manuel Noriega in Panama in 1983 by binding Satan's power over the area.



Fischer & Beisner: Paul Ryan Agrees with us on the Environment

Crazy Christian Americans Bryan Fischer and Calvin Beisner (Cornwall Alliance) agree that Paul Ryan shares their "biblical" understanding of the environment, that is unfettered environmental exploitation and higher CO2 levels.



Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, August 2012

Sadistic God billboard

Report on the billboards in North Carolina with the messages "Mormonism: God is a space alien; Baptizes dead people; Big money; Big bigotry" and "Christianity: Sadistic god; Useless savior; 30,000+ versions of truth; Promotes hate, calls it love" and "Atheism: Simply Reasonable" sponsored by the American Atheists.



Christianity: Sadistic god; Useless savior; 30,000+ versions of truth; Promotes hate, calls it love


Sarah Rosario, West Charlotte. August 13, 2012

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Matt Barber: Obama Is Burning The Constitution And The Bible

Matt Barber says President Obama is trampling over both the Constitution and the Bible and telling Christians "we're going to burn them both."



Why do Christians lie all the time? And how do they come up with this crazy shit?

The Bible is Referenced Four Times More Than Any Other Document in our Constitution

Jerry Boykin claims that "there is no question" that our Constitution was divinely inspired and that it references the Bible more than any other document.



Jerry Boykin is Christian

Monday, August 13, 2012

Dave Silverman: Atheism Is Simply Reasonable

American Atheists, Presidential Billboard Press Conference, 8-13-2012.



From American Atheists:

It seems there is some confusion as to our intentions with this billboard campaign. Our goal is to point out the silliness of religion in politics. We think the future of the United States is serious business, and its leadership should not be based upon the influences of religion in our political system.

Take Rep. Paul Ryan's comments, for example. Ryan stated, "Our rights come from nature and god, NOT from government." Is this the type of leadership we need in our country? How does he choose which god? What would our rights be under Ryan's god?

The Bible doesn't give equal rights to women, gays, or those who are not a part of their tribe. The Bible promotes theocracy, not democracy. There isn't a system of checks and balances, trial by jury, or even racial equality in the Bible. Is this what we want? NO! We are a pluralistic nation. Our intention with these billboards is to show the absolute foolishness of allowing religion to be the litmus test of our policies and government.

The framers of the Constitution knew this very well, which is why they ignored their own religious beliefs to create a secular document devoid of religion. At American Atheists, we take a bold stand for equal rights, as we work to protect the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution."

The History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

The Jinn And Tonic Show looks apon The History of Jewish-Muslim Relations



FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/TheJinnAndTonicShow
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/TheJinnAndTonic

This show is from 11th August 2012

On leaving the Eastern Orthodox clergy

Victor Diac discusses leaving the Eastern Orthodox clergy at the Dublin Atheists in the Pub evening hosted by Atheist Ireland on 9 August 2012.



On leaving the Eastern Orthodox clergy - Victor Diac talks to Dublin Atheists in the Pub, August 2012

Christianity: Bring Your Own Reason, as long as it proves itself

NonStampCollector found this podcast "Freedom Over The Clay" on iTunes whilst searching for Bart Ehrman. Naturally NonStampCollector disagreed with a lot of what they said, but it was only in this section, towards the end, that they really specificaly outlined just how circular their reasoning was.



NonStampCollector was amazed - the reason that they're right and the Catholic and the Agnostic were wrong, is that the basis for "correct" Christian view is actually the basis for truth itself, so how could anything else be true? Becuase it can't be true, because it isn't based in the basis of truth, which is, by definition, the Christian view! Fuck me. An eight-year-old would be able to see through this shit.

We're Baaaaaaak (on the air)

A studio computer meltdown last month has kept The Thinking Atheist radio podcast from airing for a month.

At long last, warranties have been fulfilled, computers have been replaced and TTA is back on the air.



In this episode, we'll talk about the hot topics over the past several weeks (including the Chick-Fil-A controversy, the Mars mission, Pat Robertson and the Sikh Temple shooting, and more).

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #66

Fischer Repeatedly Asserts That Janet Jenkins Sexually Abused Her Daughter

Bryan Fischer says Lisa Miller had no choice but to kidnap her daughter and flee the country because her former partner was sexually abusing the young girl.



Bryan Fischer: "Taking bath without close on!" I wonder how Bryan Fischer bath.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Scientology: A Way to Happiness?

Scientology is using Hubbard's "improved" version of the Ten Commandments to infiltrate Christian churches. These flocks might be interested to hear Hubbard speak about his theory that Christ was nothing more than an alien implant.

Christian Scientologists


Charles Kennedy, rev.
Jimirra Kennedy, rev. daughter
Gary Tuchman, CNN
Rick Ross, Scientology Expert
James McLaughlin

Video from CNN 10/31/2007

Obama Cites "Creator" In Quoting The Declaration

The Religious Right keeps claiming that President Obama will not mention "Creator" when he quotes the Declaration of Independence, but that is absolutely false, as this video demonstrates.



Proving the Religious Right Wrong: Obama Cites "Creator" In Quoting The Declaration.

Mr. Deity & The Marriage

Mr. Deity shares his plans for marriage with Lucy.



Video from 2012 by Mr. Deity.

Chick-Fil-A's New Anti-Gay Commercial

Who knows, as crazy as Chick-Fil-A is, something like this may actually be their next national Ad Campaign. Comedian Dusty Smith takes over his role as the new "Southern Spokesperson" for Chick-Fil-A and explains why you should fear the homosexual chicken agenda!



On a serious note, Dusty Smith really think Chick-Fil-A has made a huge mistake. Eventually, Chick-Fil-A will be the "uncool" place that everyone's too embarrassed to eat at. In order to help that happen sooner rather than latter, Dusty Smith made this video.



If you enjoyed this please share it. Perhaps consider buying a T-shirt from www.CultofDusty.com . The support really helps. Love you guys.

The Lambaste Supper (and Sagan)

You've been invited to have dinner in heaven. Enjoy the show.



For those of you who aren't particularly savvy, the people in this video aren't just people. They represent varying political, social, and stereotypical roles and conflicts.

Audio portion of Carl Sagan: Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan Portrait on Ebay.

Bryan Fischer: Pelosi Visited by Demonic Spirits

Bryan Fischer of the AFA says Nancy Pelosi had an encounter with demons.



Video from AFA Channel, August 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Buster Wilson Warns 'Big Gay' Activists They Are Destined For Hell

AFA's Buster Wilson says Chick-fil-A has been successful because "they live according to God's word" and not-so-subtly warns gay activists that they are destined for Hell.



Video by AFA Channel August 2012

American Jews Don't Understand Hitler, Mistakenly Back Democrats

The Christian Jerry Boykin



The Science of Human Race, Part 2

There are a few errors in the content of the video... C0nc0rdance had to rush the post-production editing a bit. Some of the more embarrassing errors are misspelling governor and mispronouncing Tanzanian.



C0nc0rdance attempted to cite work on the slide in question wherever possible.

C0nc0rdance think the question of why Jamaican sprinters do so well is a valid scientific question. Through it, I think we can also explore the idea of significant differences arising from population substructure.

C0nc0rdance will explore in more depth the question of IQ differences at some point in the distant future.

Mind Over Matter Inside the Teen Mania Ministeries

This documentary Mind Over Matter Inside is a look inside the Teen Mania Christian Child Abuse Cult: Teen Mania Ministeries.

Mind Over Matter - Part 1 of 3



Mind Over Matter - Part 2 of 3



Mind Over Matter - Part 3 of 3



Video by MSNBC 2011

Science Hour with Alan Stern of Uwingu

During the August 8 Science Hour, host Dr Pamela L. Gay talks to former NASA deputy director Alan Stern about his new project, Uwingu. This startup, which is currently seeking start up funds through Indiegogo. Learn more at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/180221?c=home.



CosmoQuest

Friday, August 10, 2012

Pat Robertson: Gay Rights Advocates Should "Shut Their Mouth"

Pat Robertson says he won't back gay rights as homosexuality is one of "the reasons why land will vomit out its inhabitants".



Video by CBN 2012

Inside the Louisiana Science Education Act

NCSE board member Barbara Forrest digs into the LSEA, why it passed, why repeal will be very difficult, how the legislative message of science denial is spreading to other states (like Tennessee), and more.

Gov. Bobby Jindal

Barbara Forrest: "William Dembski -the intellectual of the group." ...



Barbara Forrest is sadly not a great speaker. She speaks to fast and have to mush accent.

Repeal Creationism.com When: May 20, 2012.
Where: 3rd Annual Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference, Irvine, CA

The Religio-Industrial Complex v The Innovators, Sean Faircloth

The author of Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It, http://richarddawkins.net/audio/645178-audiobook-of-attack-of-the-theocrats-w... describes how your tax money subsidizes fundamentalists then issues a call to action. See more videos of The Amaz!ing Meeting at youtube.com/JamesRandiFoundation. Faircloth is Director of Strategy & Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, US.



The Religio-Industrial Complex v The Innovators, Sean Faircloth @ The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012

Fischer Says Ex-Gay Mom Had Obligation To God To Kidnap Her Daughter And Flee

Bryan Fischer weighs in on the Lisa Miller case, saying she had no choice but to honor God by kidnapping her daughter and fleeing the country rather than abide by court orders.



Video by AFa Channel, 2012

A Skeptical Look at Pseudoneuroscience

Social psychologist Carol Tavris, Ph.D. explores the funny, disconcerting, and dangerous implications of poorly-applied neuroscience research. Live on stage at TAM 2012.



Carol Tavris, Ph.D. - "A Skeptical Look at Pseudoneuroscience" - TAM 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Democratic Platform Supporting Gay Marriage Will Lead to Christian Persecution

Mat Staver and Matt Barber warn that the plank in the Democratic Party platform supporting marrige equality will lead to persecution of Christians.



Video by Liberty Counsil 2012

What Militant Atheism Looks Like

No weapons and no holy wars: talking about what we think and how we feel.

This is everything we did from noon on July 13th to noon on July 14th, in support of Referendum 74. At YouTube's 30fps, one frame equals about ten seconds.



This was an event put on UStream by Ask an Atheist, with appearances by Rich and Deanna of Living After Faith, and Wes from Atheist Nomads. Music is "Me Quedo Muerto" by Oven Rake. Oven Rake is Dakota, who also appears in the video.

Thanks to: Deanna, Rich, Dakota, Ericka, Dave, Carol, Nick, Bob, Wes, Tyson, Kayla, Dan M., Libbie, Eileen, Steve, Kristi, Casey, Bridget, Dan L., Tim, Dani, and everyone who donated during the event.

Cindy Jacobs Can Raise The Dead

Self-styled Apostle Cindy Jacobs says she can raise the dead and claimed to have revived a dead child.



Cindy Jacobs: God is on the move

Todd Akin: Gay Marriage Destroys Civilization

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and GOP Senate nominee says gay marriage will destroy civilization.



Video from 2006

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Golden Crocoduck nominees 2012 (Part 2)

Two more Golden Crocoduck nominees -- ppsimmons and BT3701. You'll find them in the Golden Crocoduck nominees 2012 playlist. Voting will be at the end of September.



Regarding comments in the forum of this video, a lot of people maintain that BT3701's video "Hitler promotes Darwinism" is satire. However, the label "satire" was only added to his video title after the translation was questioned by myself and others. Satire at least has to be mildly humorous, poke fun, and be obviously satirical. If people are fooled into thinking the mistranslation is an actual rendering of what Hitler said, then as a satire it fails, it is simply a misquote. On top of that, if BT3701 is messaged by creationiosts who believe it to be an accurate quote and he encourages this rather than corrects them, then he cannot dress up this deception as "satire." I think we should all be able to tell the difference. If I caption a speech by the Pope with the mistranslation: "Contraception's a sin because we need more kids for priests to fondle," it would be obviously satire. If I translate the speech as "Contraception is a sin because without souls God's Church would die," it is not humorous, and feasible enough to be believable. Yet the implication would be that the Pope is against contraception because more poor, uneducated Catholics means more power for the Catholic Church, and this 'satire' would then spread around the Internet as a real quote. Now that BT3701 has come clean and written 'satire' at the top of his video, it is a start. However, that is not enough to be dropped as a coveted Golden Crocoduck nominee. He needs to explain that the satire is in the mistranslation, because it is so unfunny that it is not at all obvious.

By the way, I notice that even in the comments section BT3701 continues to misquote Hitler, with no intent to be satirical. He claims Hitler said "Our epoch in the next 200 years will certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity" without giving a source. I checked the source, which is a set of notes by two of Hitler's adjutants. According to the notes, which may or may not be accurate, Hitler said something completely different: "Die Zeit, inder wir leben, ist die Erscheinung des Zusammenbruchs dieser Sache. Es kann 100 oder 200 Jahre noch dauern."

Videos sourced:

Hitler was an atheist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQFEhyeac-4

Hitler promotes Darwinism http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=sQa9jxrcRao&NR=1
BT3701

Jamy Ian Swiss "Overlapping Magisteria" TAM 2012

World-famous magician and skeptic Jamy Ian Swiss shares his passionate vision for the scope of modern scientific skepticism, live from the stage at TAM 2012.





With a special musical introduction by TAM emcee George Hrab.

Aoife McLysaght of TCD Genetics Dept talks at Dublin

Aoife McLysaght of TCD Genetics Dept talks at Dublin Atheists in the Pub, July 2012. She talks about how we become atheists, a new book called the Young Atheists's Handbook by former Muslim Alom Shaha, the Giant's Causeway creationist controversy, and defending science against religious arguments.



Aoife McLysaght of TCD Genetics Dept talks at Dublin Atheists in the Pub, July 2012

2012 Atheism Debate HD, Richard Dawkins vs Cardinal George Pell. From Q and A

A debate between Richard Dawkins and Cardinal George Pell.



Cardinal George Pell: Atheists can come in Heaven.

"Dawkins was snooty. Pell was outwitted. The questions were predictable, as were the mentions of Hitler and Stalin. There were titters at Pell's reference to 'preparing' boys and sniggers when he clumsily criticised Jews as intellectually inferior shepherds" -@ToryShepherd

David Nutt - Evidence-based Drug & Alcohol Policy

A special irregular edition of Skeptics in the Pub, with Professor David Nutt, current Edmond J Safra Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London.

Professor Nutt was a member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines, and was President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology but it was during his chairmanship of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and his refusal to fudge the issue of perceived drug harm that brought him into the public spotlight.

The Struggle for Evidence-Based Drug & Alcohol Policy
9th July 2012
The Head of Steam, Liverpool

Hosts: The Head of Steam, Liverpool
twitter: @HeadofSteamLiv

Merseyside Skeptics
twitter: @merseyskeptics
facebook: www.facebook.com/merseyskeptics

MSS Members:

Mike Hall
Michael Marshall
Colin Harris
Andrew Johnston
Helen Wynne

Video Production - Mark & Heather Pentler

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (full movie)

Ben Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" is a Intelligent Design promotionel movie about "the freedom of speech suppression to which Intelligent Design proponents are being subjected" to by the "atheistic American academic dictatorship".







With:

Richard Dawkins
PZ Meyers
Danniel C Dennett
Michael Shermer
Genie Scott/Eugenie Scott

Intelligent Design:
William
Jonathan Wells
John Lennox

Scientology: The OT VII Panel

Four ex-Scientologists who reached the upper levels of the group speak out about their experiences in Scientology. Featuring Peter Alexander, Tory Christman and Greg & Debra Barnes.



Visit www.xenu.net for more about Scientology

Magic Sandwich Show with AronRa and c0nc0rdance

The Magic Sandwich Show with special guests AronRa (A-ron-Ra) and c0nc0rdance

There was no specific topic for this show. The conversation began with discussion about god's inability to communicat; Jonah and the big fish/whale/shark.

Number 32 - Part 1



Time Index

00:00 - god's failure to communicate
27:15 - our first caller raises the issue of morality
30:00 - faith healers, Todd Bentley and kicking 80 year old women in the head

How many has God killed? (Complete list and estimated total)


Part 2 - broadcast on 5 August 2012



Time index:

00:00 - what do we know about Jesus
14:14 - Samuel and homeopathy
35:30 - Daniel, more homeopathy, hic-cups, placebos and medical prostitution


Part 3 of The Magic Sandwich Show



Doomsday is comming.

This show was broadcast on 5 August 2012.

Fischer: 'Sharia Law Enshrined At The Olympic Games'

Bryan Fischer says the participation of a femal Saudi Arabian judo competitor at the Olympics was really just an effort to promote Sharia.



Fischer: "Barack Obama is a Fascist"

The crazy Christian Bryan Fischer says that the Obama administration's contraception mandate proves that Obama is a fascist dictator.



Video by August 2012

Matt Barber: Gay Activists Are Deceived By Satan

Matt Barber says gay activists protested Chick-fil-A because they know in their souls that they are in rebellion against God and are being deceived by Satan.



Monday, August 6, 2012

Pat Robertson Blames Atheists for Sikh Temple Shooting

Televangelist Pat Robertson says that "Satanic" atheists were to blame for the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.



Video by Christian Broadcasting Network. August 2012

Freedoms of Speech and Religion in the 21st Century

Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. is head of Doughty Street Chambers, the UK's largest human rights practice, a Master of the Middle Temple, and serves as a 'distinguished jurist member' of the UN's Justice Council.

Geoffrey Robertson was the first President of the UN War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone, and has delivered ground-breaking judgements on the illegality of recruiting child soldiers and the invalidity of amnesties for crimes against humanity.

Geoffrey Robertson - Freedoms of Speech and Religion in the 21st Century



A Celebration of Reason - 2012 Global Atheist Convention
13-15th April - Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
Presented by the Atheist Foundation of Australia

Garry Scarff: OSA Spy?

Mark Bunker just discovered old footage of Garry Scarff with Dan Murnan, one of the Scientologists who picketed my home. I thought it might be historically interesting to see Garry's view back in 1999.



Mark Bunker am not attempting to accuse Garry of being an OSA spy. When I met him I was amused that he wore a t-shirt labeling himself an OSA Spy.

Barton and Beck to Offer Two-Week Indoctrination Camps for College Students

David Barton reveals that he and Glenn Back are considering offering two-week long indoctrination camps to help prepare students to fight off all the counterfeit history they will encounter when they go off to college.

Scientology: Kristi Wachter

Kristy was one of my favorite critics of Scientology. Bright and articulate, she routinely protested in bright red pajamas. She has retired from the fight but before doing so she spent years combing through Scientology publications to compile a database of Scientology course completions which continues to aid researchers.



Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cosmoquest Science Hour with guest Mihály Horányi

CosmoQuest Science Hour with special guest Mihály Horányi.



Dr. Horányi discusses plasma physics and his work with lunar dust, space dust, and instrumentation on the New Horizons mission. Jason Davis hosting.

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the history and future of NASA and the US space program at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He argues space science and exploration are more important than many think.



This talk was made in 2012

Astronomy Cast - Energy

Our entire civilization depends on energy: getting it, converting it, burning it, and conserving it. But how do physicists think about energy? How do they measure and quantify it. And what is energy's special relationship with mass?



Video - Astronomy Cast from June 2012

The Failure of Biblical Morality

The Atheist Experience #765 of June 10, 2012, with Russell Glasser and Don Baker.

Don talks about the failure of biblical morality.



Video from June 10, 2012

Index: 0:15; 0:59; 2:41 Don talks about the failure of biblical morality;
28:41 Mike (Grand Junction, CO);
40:55 Jordan (Fort Wayne, IN);
50:40 Matthew (Las Vegas, NV);
53:18 Daniel (New York, NY);
58:34 SMTPE SD color bars.

WHAT IS THE ATHEIST EXPERIENCE?

The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.

The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.

Neil Degrasse Tyson debunks 2012 at the 2010 World Science Festival

Here Neil Degrasse Tyson talks of the Mayan 2012 planetary predictions. He talks about how the alignment of the Sun Earth and center of the galaxy is NOT a unique phenomenon.



In fact, this alignment happens each and every year. So why is 2012 any different? Neil Degrasse Tyson also explains many other non-scientific Mayan perceptions of cosmology. Including the observation that the Mayans thought the Earth was flat, had four corners, and was held up in space on the back of a crocodile and five trees of various bright colors. Which is in and of itself intriguing and culturally important but factually NOT TRUE.

National Center for Science Education

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents, and concerned citizens working to keep evolution and climate science in public school science education.



National Center for Science Education educate the press and public about the scientific and educational aspects of controversies surrounding the teaching of evolution and climate change, and supply needed information and advice to defend good science education at local, state, and national levels.



The 4500 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious and political affiliations.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Homeopathy at a local shop

Video from a local shop of the homeopathy sale.



Gullibility!

The Humanist Manifesto III

This reading is in honor of the recent passing of Gore Vidal, an author who influenced C0nc0rdance at a young age. Gore Vidal was a one-time spokesman for the American Humanist Association, sharing that honor with other authors like Kurt Vonnegut and Isaac Asimov. You can read more about Gore Vidal here.



What is Humanism? This Manifesto attempts to address the common goals of humanism. It is not a dogma. In fact, it is revised every twenty years or so. As Kurt Vonnegut elegantly put it "Being a humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead". It is the ethical and moral code of many non-believers.

Non-Prophets 11.9

The atheist podcast Non-Prophets from July 10, 2012



Newsnight creationism in UK schools

BBC newsnight piece on the encroachment of creationism into UK schools.



Andy McIntosh, from Truth in Science
Lewis Wolpert, British Humanist Association

Since neither Intelligent Design nor Creationism are recogniced scientific theories the Truth in Science information pack is not a suitable resource for the science curriculum.
Video by BBC

Matt Barber: God Will Bless Chick-fil-A

Matt Baber says companies should not take sides on political issues ... except for Chick-fil-A, which will be blessed by God for opposing gay marriage.



Video from Liberty Counsel, July 2012

Copeland: The Devil is Trying to Destroy America With Progressive Socialism

Speaking at the "Under God: Indivisible" rally, Kenneth Copeland declares that now is the time for Christians to rise up and put and end to the Devil's efforts to destroy America through progressive socialism.



Video from the summer of 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Bryan Fischer: Proof That Pornography Is Not A Victimless Crime

The Christian Bryan Fischer says the fact that people running the nation's missile defense system were warned to stop looking at porn on work computers is proof that pornography is not a victimless crime.



Video from the summer 2012

Mark Henderson - The Geek Manifesto - Skeptics In The Pub

The Geek Manifesto. Why science matter
19th July 2012
The Head of Steam, Liverpool



There are 650 MPs in the House of Commons. 158 have a background in business, 90 have been political advisers or organisers, and 86 are lawyers. Only one of them is a scientist. Is it any wonder that politics so often lets science down, and fails to exploit its skeptical methods to design policies that are fit for purpose?

In the Geek Manifesto, published by Bantam Press in May 2012, Mark Henderson explores this disconnect between science and politics, and charts the emergence of a new force that is promising to mend it. From the Simon Singh libel case to the sacking of David Nutt and the Science is Vital campaign, people who care about science are starting to stand up to be counted. The geeks are coming — and our country needs us.

Mark Henderson is ex Science Editor of The Times, and current Head of Communications at The Wellcome Trust.

If We Beg God's Forgiveness, Then He'll 'Have Mercy On Our Land' In November

Ralph Reed says that if Christians beg God's forgiveness for what they have allowed to happen to America, then God will have mercy on this nation in November.



Video from the summer 2012

Take Back Rainbow from Gays Before They Recruit Your Children

Harry Jackson tells Glenn Beck's Restoring Love pre-convening that gays are out to recruit their children and conservative Christians must take the rainbow symbol from them.

Harry Jackson "We are the army of God"



Video from 2012

The Olympic Spirit and Judaism

Rabbi Buchwald shares his pride in the United States Women's Gymnastics team for taking home the Gold Medal in London. This was partly due to the contributions of Aly Raisman*, a Jewish team member from Newton, Massachusetts. Not only did she score high in multiple events, but her floor routine was performed to Hava Nagila, the long beloved Jewish tune.



Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald explains how his pride in Aly's performance connects to the Chanukah holiday. During Chanukah we celebrate the victory of the Maccabees over the Hellenists whose goal was to make the Jewish people more Greek. A good part of their culture involved physical activities, like gymnastics, wrestling and building one's body. We fought them off back then to maintain our Jewish identity. Yet today we take pride in our Israeli team and all the Jewish Olympians. Rabbi Buchwald shares his hope that the Olympic spirit pervades the world and brings a fellowship where the competition will be in brotherhood and good taste. May this Olympic spirit bring an end to enmity among the nations and hopefully we will have peace.

*Aly Raisman also competed in the gymnastics all-around event on Thursday, August 2nd and place 4th behind her US teammate Gabrielle Douglas (Gold) and two Russian gymnasts.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Glenn Beck: I know history

The Mormon Glenn Beck speaks at the "Under God: Indivisible" rally in Dallas in conjunction with his "Restoring Love" event and declares that the gathered speakers are capable of making world leaders pee their pants becuase they know that "any population that follows God wins."

The Religious Right Will Make World Leaders "Pee Their Pants"



Glenn Beck: "I know history." - "I know history like David Barton knows history."

Video from 2012

Gays Make People Feel "Unwelcome" with Chick-fil-A Protests

Pat Robertson (Republican) defends Chick-fil-A against gay rights advocates.



Video from the summer 2012. The 700 Club on Christian Broadcasting Network

African Americans like 'Drug-Addled Addicts' looking for Government Welfare

American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer says the only reason black voters support the Democratic party is because they have become slaves to government.



Bryan Fischer says: "The Democrats wan'ts slaves"

"The goverment is like one big methadone clinic"


Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, 2012

Agnostic Theist Bar Mitzvah

Questions about God.



Videorecording from a Bar Mitzvah

Friendly neighbour atheist, Spokane

Report on the billboards in Washington with the "Out of the Closet" message sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.



Video from July 31, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mike Huckabee: Gay Marriage "Sinking" Democrats

The Christian Mike Huckabee (Republican) says Democrats will lose over marriage equality support, voters tolerate people who "choose to live in lifestyles" but not gay marriage.



Video from AFA Channel, July 2012

Radio Paul: Radio Rants with Matt Dillahunty

Matt Dillahunty is the president of the Atheist Community of Austin and host of their live, call-in, television program, "The Atheist Experience", seen on cable and streamed live to the world. A fundamentalist Christian for more than 25 years, his best efforts to become a minister backfired and gave birth to one of the most prolific voices on atheism of the past decade.



Radio from July 30, 2012 with guest Matt Dillahunty

In addition to hundreds of live television shows and thousands of informal debates on the show, Matt Dillahunty is also engaged in formal debates and traveled the United States speaking to local secular organizations and university groups as part of the Secular Student Alliance's Speakers Bureau.

What is Astrology?

Is astrology the same as the newspaper horoscope? Or is it something more. This video show how different astrologers describe astrology and explores the different branches. Using Tiger Woods as an example, it also shows how the Sun, Moon and Ascendant can be used to help describe an individual.



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