News And Links For Atheists: Video Featuring Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali

VIDEO: Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris & Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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

VIDEO: Why creationism isn’t science

VIDEO: How 2 Debate Theist “Gotcha!” Arguments

Nonbelievers Who Aren’t Atheists?

What is worthy of criticism, however, is the disingenuous claim that one’s refusal to identify as atheist is the result of some high-minded, principled position, if in fact it is not. If we refuse to identify as atheist even though the term, objectively applied, would accurately describe us, then we should at least be honest about the reasons.

Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology

Wikipedia has banned the Church of Scientology from editing any articles. It’s a punishment for repeated and deceptive editing of articles related to the controversial religion. The landmark ruling comes from the inner circle of a site that prides itself on being open and inclusive.

Atheist Acceptability on the Rise in America

The good news for nonbelievers is that, for the first time ever, more than half the American population would vote for a qualified, open atheist for president. A recent Gallup poll shows that 54 percent of Americans would not consider a candidate’s atheism to be a disqualification for holding the nation’s highest office.

The bad news, however, is that atheists still rank lowest among the groups listed.

Giant cross on government land: Supreme Court declines cases, for now

The Supreme Court refused to take two cases in a longstanding church-state dispute over the 43-foot Mt. Soledad cross on federal lands in La Jolla, Calif. The court expects that lower courts may yet resolve the issue.

Loch Ness monster cited by US schools as evidence that evolution is myth

Circumcision ruling condemned by Germany’s Muslim and Jewish leaders

News and Links: Christopher Hitchens Has Died

Christopher HitchensI knew that Christopher Hitchens had been ill for some time, but was surprised when I learned of his death on the morning news just a few days ago. Without realizing it, I somehow thought he could beat anything, including the Terminator, Godzilla, and cancer. If only it were so. Christopher Hitchens will be missed by many, especially those atheists who saw him in action during debates, interviews, or read his book “God is Not Great.”

If only everyone felt that way.

The very fact that his death has caused a stir among believers as well as nonbelievers says something about the Hitch. Maybe he’s just a love him or hate him kinda guy? Many fundamentalist believers have shared their reactions online, including this brilliant thread at JWD entitled “Notorious Asshole Christopher Hitchens Thrown Into Eternal Flame of Gehenna.”

The first time I heard of Christopher Hitchens was today when his named was mentioned multiple times in the comment section of a YouTube video. After reading a brief summary of his life, it became clear that this guy was a complete douche-bag. A very arrogant sarcastic bigoted f**k who looked down on everyone who didn’t share his beliefs. It’s always nice to see someone who deserves to die actually die, rather than the usual innocent victim. Hopefully the grim reaper can rid us of two more a**holes by coming for Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins next.

Hitch with cancerYes, very witty. I knew nothing of the poster before that day, but trust me, Philadelphia Ponos made an impression. In fact, he (?) originally created two threads with the same name as the one above because one thread just wasn’t enough to express the joy P.P. felt about the death of a man he claims not to have even heard of a day before. I remember a similarly brilliant comment that was posted here when I announced the death of Raymond Franz by someone calling them self Opheliagrneyes.

So he died, huh? Well…..

….he ain’t coming back 🙂

See what I mean? I can practically hear Opheliagrneyes chuckling to himself at the death of a man who stood up for his principles and suffered for them. Good times, eh? I can see that the New System of Things will be filled with good people if they’re anything like Opheliagrneyes. Glad I won’t be there to see it.

HitchensI think both comments are amazing tributes to the kinds of people and ideas both men sought to oppose. Not only because they reveal the true character of the people who hated them, but because they give the rest of us the chance to show our mettle.1 There are at least 4 pages of reactions to P.P’s. comment about Hitchens on JWD as you read this. Some of them would have made the Hitch proud.

So, in honor of the Hitch’s memory, here are some links of interest. Some will make you laugh. Some will piss you off. What could be a more appropriate tribute to a man like Christopher Hitchens than that?

VIDEO: UK Channel 4 Tribute | Daily Hitchens

Hitchens fought dogma’s delusion

Is Christopher Hitchens about to convert? « » Print The Daily Caller

Note the date on this last one. It came out shortly before he died.

New Statesman – Preview: Richard Dawkins interviews Christopher Hitchens

25 Ridiculous Reactions To #GodIsNotGreat

The 20 Best Christopher Hitchens Quotes | Unreasonable Faith

Christopher Hitchens quotes: the writer’s most memorable bons mots | Books | guardian.co.uk

Christopher Hitchens – Godless Quotes

Christopher Hitchens’ Greatest Hits

VIDEO: Christopher Hitchens – The Best of the Hitchslap – YouTube

  1. My original response to Opheliagrneyes ended with: “…neither are you.”

News And Links For Atheists: Deepak Chopra and Bill O’Reilly Believers vs. Non-Believers Discussion

VIDEO: Deepak Chopra and Bill O’Reilly: Believers vs. Non-Believers Discussion

AUDIO: Humanist Network News #35: Andy Rooney on Atheism

VIDEO: Morality 3: Of objectivity and oughtness

Another video by Qualia Soup!

VIDEO: The Tribute “To Hitch”

The link to this is pretty much mandatory. Christopher Hitchens, one of the Four Horsemen of Atheism now suffering from cancer, gets a tribute.

‘You just don’t understand my religion’ is not good enough

Too often, faith is mysterious only selectively. When questions get tough, a god can disappear in a puff of ineffability.

Atheism, Depression, & Meaning: Do Atheists Lead Meaningless Lives?

Myth: Life for atheists must be depressing and meaningless.

What is a person?

This week the citizens of Mississippi will vote whether to legally assign the status of “personhood” to any human egg that has been penetrated by a sperm. I, for one, think that being a person is a serious gift. And I hope that if Mississippi awards personhood to fertilized eggs, they will take this seriously.

Richard Dawkins’s refusal to debate is cynical and anti-intellectualist

Here’s what Dawkins says about it, too.

Utah’s Huge Roadside Crosses Must Come Down

The Ground Zero “Cross”

Carl S. recently shared with me a letter his wife received from the American Center for Law and Justice, a far right evangelical organization founded by Pat Robertson. The letter is a request for donations for the Committee to Protect the Ground Zero Cross.

They want the addressee to enclose a check or money order and sign a document which reads:

George Carlin Still Causing Trouble for the Catholic Church

I’m sure George would be smiling down from Heaven right now…if there was such a thing.

South Park Creators Investigated By the Church of Scientology?

Rathbun says this first posting is just one “of a trove” of documents related to the investigation. The document he revealed Sunday suggests that Scientology was examining public records on those people, looking for a vulnerability.

“Phone records. Bank records. Personal letters that expose some kind of vulnerability. They’ll read stuff into the kind of alcohol you’re drinking and how much. Prescriptions. They’ll figure out your diet. They can find out a lot about you through your trash,” he told the Voice.

Pat Robertson says Oklahoma earthquake a sign of the End Times

Religion and Obesity; Report Associates Religious Activity With Weight Gain

Monicks: Unleashed

A new atheist site I discovered thanks to the power of G+. Here’s a little more about the creator of the site.

Finally, you may call me Reverend Atheist Geek. I have been ordained as a member of the Spiritual Humanist clergy and the First Church of Atheism. Why? Because it’s fun, that’s why! Hey, don’t you want to tell people they have to call you Reverend? Damn right you do. Thanks to Emily from Facebook for encouraging me and others to do it.

Uh, if you want to try this as well, note that it’s free for both sites. But if you want the I.D. and everything, well…the Spiritual Humanist clergy thing is cheaper. Don’t know what those guys at the First Church of Atheism are thinking! Get with the competition, man.

P.S. And someone needs to tell the guys behind the Nasa Image of the Day plugin that it’s italicizing all the text on my web site. Grrr… Plugin disabled until further notice.

Witnesses for Atheism: Cool Podcasts for Ex-Witnesses Turned Atheists

Normally, I’d include this with my news and links updates, but I’m lazy and didn’t want to wait. Witnesses for Atheism is a pretty sweet podcast for those hungry masses of ex-Witnesses that want to hear more podcasts from…well, ex-Witnesses! I discovered it through Twitter, which I finally joined about a week or two ago.

The podcasters grew up as Jehovah’s Witnesses and start out by telling us how they went from believers to atheists. Please encourage them to do more and let them know we’re listening.