News and Links for Atheists: “6 Young Adults Refuse to Remain Silent In Viral Video” … about Gay Marriage

VIDEO: [MUST WATCH!] 6 Young Adults Refuse to Remain Silent In Viral Video

Prepare to be offended to the point where you question whether this video is satire or not. It seems to be genuine, however. I discovered the story on Addicting Info which took the story seriously. There are some other articles on the original site that seem like satire as well, such as this one, but they are marked as “humor.” (I don’t think they fully understand the concept of irony.) Note the followup article here if you have any doubts. If you find strong evidence it is bogus, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

VIDEO: A Timid Insurance Salesman Tries Convince God To Stop The Apocalypse

In this short comedy film, a very ordinary insurance salesman named Ike receives a very unusual honor: He gets to talk to God. But when he hears what God has to say, Ike finds he has to do some very quick thinking.
Eli Shapiro wrote and directed Ike Interviews God, and it’s a fun bit of wickedness. Not surprisingly, God turns out to be kind of a jerk.

I’m reminded a tiny bit of a short by Penn and Teller years ago about the discovery of an E.T.

Why doesn’t everyone believe in God?: The skeptical brain may hold the answer
VIDEO: Watch this great documentary about people who think they are gods

“Those Who Are Jesus” is Steven Eastwood’s fascinating 2001 documentary about three people who have true delusions of grandeur based on “profoundly religious or revalatory experiences.”

A Way to Respond to 40 Awful Questions from a “Loving” Christian

Kevin DeYoung, writing for The Gospel Coalition website, is frustrated with fellow Christians who support marriage equality. (Because if they support two people of the same sex declaring their love for each another, where will the slippery slope of consensual love stop?!)
So he tosses out 40 questions with the unmentioned implication that there are no good answers.

AUDIO: Leaving the Church A Conversation with Megan Phelps-Roper

An interview with Megan Phelps-Roper and Sam Harris.

In this episode, Sam Harris speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.

VIDEO: Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is annoyed that this Satanist is intelligent

Report: Tom Cruise Is Considering Leaving Scientology

I dunno about this one yet. More here.

Read Laura Prepon’s Insane Interview In Scientology’s Celebrity Magazine
Jesus Would Hate This Christian Blogger Just as Much as You Do

It’s Matt Walsh.

Restaurant That Refused Gay Wedding Closing After Outraged Customers Canceled

FOX Network to air ‘Lucifer’ – portraying Satan as a good guy

Thirty-One Episodes Of ‘Bill Nye The Science Guy’ Are Streaming On Netflix
VIDEO: Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Trace Beaulieu And Frank Conniff – Friendly Atheist Podcast EP 52

Don’t get too excited. They’re not atheists, really, but they did appear at an atheist convention.

The Atheist Experience Documentary “Mission Control Texas” is Available to View Online for Free!

Mission Control Texas is a German documentary about The Atheist Experience, a well known atheist TV show that is shot and filmed in Texas. For those who don’t know, it’s a live call-in show that addresses different topics and arguments posed by believers – LIVE! Mission Control Texas is, for now at least, available to view for free. FOR FREE. And it’s legal!

Bear in mind that the documentary has German subtitles. But you get to see some behind the scenes stuff and the audio is in English.

Learn more about The Atheist Experience at the following links:

The Atheist Experience TV Show

The Atheist Experience Show Archive

The Atheist Experience YouTube Channel

The Atheist Experience on USTREAM

News and Links for Atheists: “Announcing a new video series – The stories of young Scientologists not told in ‘Going Clear'”

Announcing a new video series — The stories of young Scientologists not told in ‘Going Clear’

Now, the two young men from those stories, Aaron Smith-Levin and Nick Lister, are teaming up to create a new YouTube channel that will feature the stories of other young Scientologists who grew up in the church and believe they have a unique view of it.

A Texas Christian couple fled the country after failing to raise a starved child from the dead

In Texas, two church members have fled to Mexico after an anonymous tip was called into the local police that church members had been trying to resurrect a child from the dead.
The child reportedly died a week earlier according to NBC News.

Bill Maher’s Bigoted Atheism: His Arrogant Shtick Is Just as Ugly as Religious Intolerance

You know what you call someone who makes sweeping generalizations on billions of people based on the extreme actions of a few? A bigot. Bill Maher, for example, is a bigot. And if you’re a fan of his smug, dismissive shtick, you’re a bigot too.

I’ll let you guys argue about this one amongst yourselves.

How Christians Think They Can Convert Atheists… According to WikiHow

You learn a lot about campaigns when you read their strategy memos. WikiHow contributors have put together a page on How to Persuade an Atheist to Become Christian, and it’s probably a little more revealing than they intended.


Australia to stop welfare cash of anti-vaccine parents

Learning the Hard Way: My Journey from #AntiVaxx to Science

10 Questions With Science Babe, the Blogger Who Took Down Food Babe

The article referenced in the link above, written by the Science Babe, appears here. If you’re a Food Babe fan, please read it. Sorry guys, but she doesn’t know what she’s talking about and her campaigns are actually hurting the quality of the foods she targets, not helping them.

FDA and Homeopathy

The skeptical community is abuzz with the announcement by the FDA’s announcement that they are reviewing the “regulatory framework” of homeopathic products and are open to public input. We have written about this at Science-Based Medicine, and as you can imagine, this is a serious topic of discussion among the editors.

Not unlike the Food Babe, homeopathy is full of shit.

More evidence that near death experiences are related to brain activity, not the supernatural

So even more research, then?

Atheists Rewrite The Ten Commandments — They’re Much Better Than The Originals

Like that’s hard. Seriously.

Author Suggests Jesus Never Existed After Finding No Mention Of Him In Historical Texts

News and Links for Atheists: “The Secret Knowledge is just ignorance by another name.”

The Secret Knowledge is just ignorance by another name

Meaning that body of information not everyone has, that body known only to those few people who had the good sense to go off the beaten path and seek it. It is information you’ll never see in your “newspapers” or “network news” or any other place overly concerned with verifiable “facts” and reliable “sources.” It will not come to you through a university “study,” peer-reviewed “article,” renowned “expert,” government “agency” or any other such traditional bastion of authority.

I have to agree, in general.

Your Brain Is Primed To Reach False Conclusions

But, as Offit’s story suggests, the fact that a child became sick after a vaccine is not strong evidence that the immunization was to blame. Psychologists have a name for the cognitive bias that makes us prone to assigning a causal relationship to two events simply because they happened one after the other: the “illusion of causality.” A study recently published in the British Journal of Psychology investigates how this illusion influences the way we process new information. Its finding: Causal illusions don’t just cement erroneous ideas in the mind; they can also prevent new information from correcting them.

Myths Debunked

Religious Right Activists Love To Spread False Information About The Separation Of Church And State. Here Are Ten Rebuttals:

Biology Professor Says Creationist Magazine Misquoted Him To Perpetuate Lies Against Evolution

This one is both for ex-Witnesses and atheists, really.

A biology professor is speaking out, demanding an apology and calling for an end to attempts to “perpetuate lies against evolution” after a statement from him was taken out of context in a creationist article in Awake!, a Jehovah’s Witness publication. He says that a portion of his statement was picked from the whole, leaving a completely different impression from his actual statement.

What? The Watchtower Society misrepresent someone’s point of view? I mean, they’ve been doing that for over a century, so why assume they’d stop now? Wait, that’s totally consistent. Sorry.

The dinosaur deniers

So now apparently it’s a thing amongst the devoutly religious not only to believe that evolution is false, but that dinosaurs never existed.

College Students Are Abandoning Religion In Record Numbers

More than 1,000 Ontario teens potentially exposed to measles at Toronto Christian concert, health officials warn

Crows Understand Analogies