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New Jersey rejects atheist license plate, approves Baptist one

I wish this stuff would just stop happening, and that people would read the U.S. Constitution. On the other hand, if it did stop, what would I have to kvetch about. Thanks to several readers who sent various links to the story, which appears to be genuine. According to HuffPo, a New Jersey woman applied for an […]

Was Ayaan Hirsi Ali censored?

I’m always amused by those readers who, because I’ve blocked them on one ground or another, send me angry emails accusing me of censoring them.  But that’s not really censorship; it’s my website and I have the right to determine what appears on it. Those people have every right to start their own website, and, to be […]

Another dumb politician doesn’t understand the First Amendment

From the Raw Story (where there’s a video I can’t embed), we find another example of an ignorant politician—the mayor of Warren, Michigan—who doesn’t understand that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (the one that guarantees freedom of religion) also guarantees freedom from religion. You can’t promote religious belief and at the same time […]

Sony World Photography winners

Here’s another photography contest—this time the Sony World Photography Awards. The selection of photos below—the ones I like best—come from a post at Higher Learning.    Crossing the river es muy peligroso for wildebeest:          

The Roolz reiterated

On the sidebar you will see a document called “Da Roolz!,” which gives guidelines for posting at this site (you can also access it here). I guess I have to call attention to it from time to time, as people may not see it. I want to mention the two Roolz that continue to be […]

A lovely fossilized beetle

Reader Ant sent me a link to this photo and short article from ZME Science showing a beetle that is way, way old, with jeweled exoskeleton nicely preserved. The caption (the website is starting a “Fossil Friday” feature): So, here’s a jewel beetle from the Messel Pit, Germany, 47 million years old. It’s fossilized in such a […]

What we’re up against: Weekly roundup of creationist comments

It was a big week for creationists trying to comment on this website (there was lots of other craziness too), so I can present only a short selection: From creationist dentist Don McLeroy, once head of the Texas State Board of Education when it was trying to purge evolution from state biology textbooks. I asked him […]

Evolution made my daughter cry

[Jerry asked me to write something about this article forwarded by reader Steve as he is pretty much tied up today and tomorrow. I would normally approach the subject of US politics cautiously, not being an American myself; but "evolution made my daughter cry" is one of the most plaintive battle cries I have ever heard. - Grania […]

A discussion of Christopher Hitchens by Stephen Fry and friends

Here’s a podcast of an Intelligence Squared event that took place on November 11, 2011 at the Royal Festival Hall in London: “Stephen Fry and friends on the life, loves, and hates of Christopher Hitchens.” Moderated by Fry, the event includes discussion by Richard Dawkins, Sean Penn, Christopher Buckley, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, and Salman Rushdie. […]

True facts about owls

True facts about owls and some fascinating footage of these beautiful birds in this video made by Ze Frank.   And don’t miss the image at the very end!     There are a lot more links to owl videos and owl information if you click through to the Youtube page.     h/t Gregory James


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