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The ultimate cowardice: British student union refuses to condemn ISIS

When even Muslim organizations are condemning ISIS left and right, one organization refuses to do so. That’s right—it’s the National Union of Students, the British students’ organization.  And below is the motion up for approval at their convention, according to The Tab, an Oxford student news site: Proposed: Daniel Cooper Seconded: Shreya Paudel, Clifford Fleming NUS National […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have a feast for birders today: several photos of both owls and terns (one good tern deserves another). First, the owls from reader Stephen Barnard, who tells me he considers these some of his best photos (and indeed, they’re terrific): This Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) can often be found perched in the morning […]

Is atheism irrational? A philosopher says “yes”

Over at The Atlantic, you can read one of the more bizarre takes on atheism I’ve seen in a while. It’s not a nasty critique of New Atheism in the John Gray style, but a very strange piece about how New Atheism, LIKE RELIGION (these articles always draw that parallel), is based on wish-thinking. “What?”, you say. […]

The evidence for evolution: a short video and a slightly longer take

This video came out only five days ago and already has garnered 127,000+ views, so the production outfit, Stated Clearly, must be doing something right. And indeed, it’s very good. If you can’t get somebody to read WEIT, at least have them watch this video, and ask them, if they’re creationists, how their own theory could explain the […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ another way of knowing

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip is apparently a reprinted old one, as the authors says he/she has had “unforseen circumstances” (according to the subscriber’s email, it’s “bad family news”). Let’s wish the artist well. This is about as good a four-panel description of theology as I’ve seen. I’d love to put this as the frontispieces […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

This evening I’ll be on my way to Bulgaria via Munich. Who knows what delights await in that distant land? Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Cyrus cracks a joke—perhaps unwittingly. Hili: Are you a skeptic, too? Cyrus: I doubt it. In Polish: Hili: Czy ty też jesteś sceptykiem? Cyrus: Wątpię.

Exorcisms on Skype?

If you click the screenshot below, you’ll go to a segment of the Daily Show showing a priest who does exorcisms via Skype.  The whole bit looks like a comedy spoof, but I’m almost certain it’s for real, even though the interviewer clearly thinks the whole thing is ludicrous. (Thanks to several readers for the link.) The […]

A stunning blue bug from New Guinea

Yes, yes, I know that beetles aren’t “true” bugs; I was just testing you (beetles are in the order Coleoptera, while “true” bugs are Hemiptera). Here’s a tw**t from Jolie Jolies (via Matthew Cobb) showing two gorgeous blue beetles:   I have no idea what these colors mean in an evolutionary sense. They don’t seem […]

Accommodationism at the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is perhaps the finest museum of its type in the U.S. My old friend Betsy visited it during her trip to NYC with her husband to see the Rigged Dog Debate, and she sent me a picture from her visit to the Museum’s Hall of Human Origins. The […]

The first secular invocation at a public meeting in Alabama

According to North Country Public Radio (a subsidiary of NPR), an atheist delivered the opening “invocation” at a city council meeting last month in Huntsville, Alabama. It was the first time in the history of the state (as far as we know) that a secular invocation opened a public meeting in that state. If you […]

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