News and Links for Atheists: A cancer diagnosis suspends Christopher Hitchens’ book tour

A cancer diagnosis suspends Christopher Hitchens’ book tour

Holy crap! I can’t believe I didn’t hear about this sooner.

VIDEO: Christopher Hitchens reviews ‘The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ’

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The producers, working behind the scenes of the Skeptologists TV series and other related TV projects needs the assistance of a talented graphic designer to help us create a new logo.

Here’s your chance to hit the big time. Well, sorta.

Billboard seeks to tell non-believers: you are not alone

The billboard isn’t meant to mock religion or even deny the existence of God, says Rhoades, the coordinator of the coalition. It’s a message to folks out there who don’t believe: There are other people who think like you. You, too, can find a community.

VIDEO: A Conversation Between Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking

Atheist-agnostic coalition promotes its patriotism

A statewide coalition of atheists and agnostics has placed billboards in six cities, including Winston-Salem, to show that the nonreligious also are patriotic, including one along a parkway named for a famous evangelist.

The sign in Winston-Salem is on Business 40 near Kernersville.

The sign is sponsored by the Forsyth Area Critical Thinkers and the Forsyth County Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. It shows an American flag in the background and the words “One Nation Indivisible.”

The words “Under God,” are left out, organizers of the campaign say.

What Atheist Should Be on Obama’s Faith Advisory Council?

President Obama has a “President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships” consisting of 25 people. They help advise the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Strikingly, there are no atheists on the Council.

There are Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, Muslims, Interfaith-supporters… but no non-theists.

My Answers to a Question People Often Ask Me About Atheism and Homelessness

Seems that people think her problems are her just rewards for being an atheist. I keep waiting to hear the same sorta crap about my migraines. ::Sigh::

A quiet place for free thinkers on the Internet

If you just want to see his site, it’s here.

Creation debuts on DVD

Creation, the 2009 film about Darwin starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connolly, will be available on DVD and for digital download on June 29, 2010. In her review of Creation at The Panda’s Thumb blog, NCSE’s executive director Eugenie C. Scott described it as “a thoughtful, well-made film that will change many views of Darwin held by the public — for the good.”

GodBlock Software Available!

GodBlock is a web filter that blocks religious content. It is targeted at parents and schools who wish to protect their kids from the often violent, sexual, and psychologically harmful material in many holy texts, and from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions. When installed properly, GodBlock will test each page that your child visits before it is loaded, looking for passages from holy texts, names of religious figures, and other signs of religious propaganda. If none are found, then your child is allowed to browse freely.

An Abundance of Amusing Apocalypticism

As a former Jehovah’s Witness, I know nothing about this.

After years of silence, Nate Phelps faces off with his anti-gay father

The father, the son, and a whole of lot ghosts: with the controverisal pastor Fred Phelps as a father, Nate’s upbringing resulted in a journey to atheism

On a related note, some may also find this link interesting.

PZ Myers on Kenneth J. Howell and Hate Speech

Mark Twain’s view of Christianity revealed

Sinead O’Connor No Longer Alone In Church Protest

In a 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live, Sinead O’Connor sang an a cappella version of the Bob Marley song “War,” but substituted the word “racism” with “child abuse” in protest of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. What she did at the end of the song shocked viewers: She held up a picture of Pope John Paul II and ripped it in two.

Eighteen years later, amid continuing revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, O’Connor’s anger is matched by the public worldwide. A Facebook page has even been started called “Apologize to Sinead O’Connor NOW.”

Martin Gardner’s Signs of a Crank

When recreational mathematician Martin Gardner died earlier this year, he left us a huge number of books. One of these is called Fads & Fallacies in the Name of Science. In his first chapter, Gardner went into some depth on characterizing cranks. Cranks are folks whom I encounter quite frequently in my work on Skeptoid; not only from the side promoting pseudoscience, but also from the side of skeptics. I find that a few skeptics are little different methodologically from the pseudoscientists they so fervently argue against, and so I believe it’s of great value to everyone to familiarize himself with Gardner’s list.

Hate Speech Comments – Almost Always Anonymous

Yeah, weird, isn’t it? I tend to get comments from people offended on behalf of Jehovah’s Witnesses who never respond when I leave my reaction to their posts. Kinda like getting a shotgun blast to the face, only they scamper off before you can hit’em back…or before you can present them with the aftermath of their knee jerk reactions. Nice.

‘Star Trek’ franchise an homage to humanist philosophy

At least it used to be. I think Trek slowly moved away from Roddenberry’s original atheist ideals over the years.

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