TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts released all-star defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell on Monday. The CFL club didn’t provide a reason for the move but a league source requesting anonymity said it was to allow Mitchell to pursue NFL opportunities. Mitchell, […]
How far have we fallen? Is there a bottom to the well of stupidity that christianity is? I keep expecting one day that people will grab a clue, catch on to the devious mind-fuck of organized religion and simply say, “Enough.”
That fabled day seems to be moving into the future – outpacing our best attempts ever to reach it. Why? Because we need to believe so desperately in magic that we throw Reason right out fracking window. Critical thinking, rationality, skepticism? Defenestration for the lot of you! Jebus trumps all your asses!
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OTTAWA – Canada is an international role model for civil society, diversity and religious freedom with a vital role to play in overcoming crises in the developing world, the Aga Khan told Parliament Thursday. In a rare address from […]
In less than a year since his election, Pope Francis has become one of the most admired people on the planet, both among the faithful and in the secular world. And while he may not be a superhero, he does […]
What with wars, destroying the environment, and general imbecility, humanity is constantly getting itself into trouble. More than a few kindly aliens have come to Earth trying to help us change our ways, and for the most part, we’ve tried to kill them….
It’s fairly clear, even after reading only a few verses, why Lucretius’s didactic poem, On the Nature of Things – De Rerum Natura – made such an impact on thought, philosophy, religion and science in the Renaissance. It must have been like a lighthouse in the dark night; a “Eureka” moment for many of the age’s thinkers. […]
Where do you draw the line between taking on bad arguments and lending credence to corrosively stupid notions? This was one of the meta-debates that went on before, during and after the Nye v. Ham debate. It is a fine line to walk as savaging creationist stupidity publicly lends said stupidity, a veneer of credibility that it most certainly does not deserve. Bill did a fairly good job of making Ham’s arguments look like the silly pap that they are, but also brought more attention to the creationist set of bass-ackward notions as a whole.
Creation “science” needs (Read more…)
OTTAWA — A delegation of Canadian politicians — including senators and government and opposition MPs — are at the Vatican this week for the elevation of Gérald Cyprien Lacroix to the College of Cardinals. It’s just the latest taxpayer-funded visit […]
In what may be the first of its kind, a proposed bill in Missouri would require that parents be notified when evolution is being taught to their children at school. They could then pull them from the class. Critics say the bill would “eviscerate” the teaching of biology.
Love it or hate it, the world’s religions are in no danger of disappearing any time soon. But that doesn’t mean religious and spiritual sensibilities aren’t going to evolve. To learn more about religion’s future, we talked to Michael LaTorra. By day, h…
Folks, we have our Sunday Religious News, Sunday Morning Funnies, and our “Asshole of the Day,” all rolled into one! Jamie Coots, a snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show “Snake Salvation,” died Saturday after being bitten by a snake. Coots was handling a rattlesnake during a Saturday night service […]
The title of this video is “what if you’re wrong” and yes atheist friends DM2525 does touch on that venerated old chestnut of Pascal’s Wager, but like M. Night – Can’tmakeagoodmovietosafehislife- with a twist – there are questions and consequences that the deluded must face.
If your god happens to be the right one, how is it merciful to condemn some 5 million other people to hell? How do you know your god is the “right” one, given the sectarian nature of the christian and muslim faiths you might be on the right team, but sitting in the wrong (Read more…)
February 12 is international Darwin Day, the day when we collectively celebrate science and reason. And, of course, we recognize Charles Darwin’s birthday: February 12, 1809 (the same birthdate as Abraham Lincoln, by the way). If Collingwood made such declarations, I would propose we recognize the day in our municipality. Other Canadian municipalities have done […]
Synchronized phoning, coming soon to a summer Olympics near you…
Trivia note: Swedish supergroup Abba’s “Why did it have to be me” was originally titled (and lyricized) as “Happy Hawaii”. But those of you who also secretly bought the 4-CD ABBA box set without admitting it to your friends, already knew that!
We recently returned from Hawaii where we met up with most of Aya’s family. And wow, if their plan was to leave Japan behind, was that ever a bad choice. There was so much Japanese signage in the tourist-area stores, that I felt like a (Read more…)
Alright, we already know we have enough flashes to make one hell of a light show, but this gem is really too good not to give extra attention to.
Never coming to a science course near you.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Creationist Fail, The DWR Sunday Disservice, What is this strange thing you call Maths?
LONDON — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip will visit Pope Francis in Rome. The palace said Tuesday the royals would have an audience with the pope at the Vatican in April. The palace said Monday […]
One of the top comments on yesterday’s post about a picture of Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen all geared up for the Super Bowl came from NGEFAN, who wrote: “I’ve never understood the dislike/indifference towards American football and sports in general that people have on here.” On that point, I’d like to clarify something.
Oh, probably not, but here is Discovering Religions take on why god isn’t necessary in our Universe.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Creation, Logic, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, The Universe
Here’s my reasoning.
After the game, someone on the winning team, exulting ecstatically, will say “God was on our side” or words to that effect. It’s as sure as a post-touchdown two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, if the team is still down by a pair.
This will lead humorists and atheists alike to mock the athlete’s egocentric theology, along the lines of the great “God-Man on the Gridiron” cartoon from a few years back. Which will inspire angry rebuttals from offended fundamentalists.
Religious moderates are the collateral damage in this snake-vs-mongoose battle, bitten by both (Read more…)
A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia is providing new details about the mythological tale of Noah and his ark, including detailed instructions on how the massive, round floating vessel was to be built.Read more…&n…
Oh, so close, Vegas. You just missed cracking the top ten of “Least Bible-Minded.” Better luck next year!
As with most biblical examinations – Trigger Warning for Rape, Violence, and Profanity.
Isn’t it cute when Christians ask atheists how they can be moral without god, when actually the converse is the correct question?
Filed under: Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, Sodom and Gomorra, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
Discussion of the Parti Québécois’ “Charter of Quebec Values” has until now been conducted rather on the same lines as discussion of a third referendum: as a theoretical possibility, but not an immediate likelihood. The thing was so outlandish, so […]
Nietzsche is famous for saying that God is dead, but news of The Almighty’s demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Here are some of the most fascinating and provocative philosophical arguments for the existence of God.Read more… &…
CAPERNAUM, Israel — Prime Minister Stephen Harper toured some of the most important sites in biblical history Wednesday — including where Jesus Christ is said to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. He also travelled to the Hula Valley, […]
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a Christian who rarely speaks publicly of his own faith, went Tuesday to the holiest of sites for Jews to pay his respects and say a prayer. He was met with cheers from some […]
If you haven’t heard, a York University prof denied a student’s request to work in all male groups for religious reasons. York’s Centre for Human Rights suggested the student should be granted the request to avoid being with women in public. I commented with my views here:
I see education as a stepping stone for the working world. If he expects to work in Canada, he has to get used to working with women, so it’s in the male student’s best interest to find a way to cope with this expectation within a Canadian institution.
Then today I (Read more…)
Pulling down the turgid crown of religious obeisance is high on most atheists “to do” lists.
Easier said than done.
Getting into the atheist loop and then bringing your wisdom to the faithful can be a tricky undertaking. One of the foremost requirements of being an atheist is possessing a great deal of patience as listening to people drone on about how wonderful their sky-daddy is and how he coerces them to do “good” becomes fairly boring, not to mention vexing, quickly.
Telling someone that they are full of shit isn’t always the most diplomatic strategy, although it is (Read more…)
Religious freedom ambassador not worried about ‘push back’ from abroad! By Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News OTTAWA — Andrew Bennett admits some foreign governments don’t necessarily like what he has to say. Since being named Canada’s first ambassador for religious freedom in March, Bennett has publicly criticized Egypt for failing to protect Coptic Christians, condemned Iran’s […]
The Pew Research Center recently published a study of religious persecution over the period 2007-12 and the results aren’t pretty. Of 198 countries and territories included in the study, 29 per cent had high or very high government restrictions on religion and 33 per cent had high or very high social hostilities involving religion. Egypt had the highest level of government restrictions and
I think I can safely say that in the icy heart of this Harperland winter, just about the last thing I want to think about, talk about, or write about is the Quebec’s Secular Charter.I’ve written about it before, and no doubt I’ll write about it again. But not tonight.Tonight I’ll just say I think it’s unnecessary, divisive, and will stir up the bigots in this country like hitting a hornet’s nest with a stick does to the flying hordes inside it.And although I’m an atheist, and a devoted secularist, I hate bullies of any stripe.And this video (Read more…)
I think I can safely say that in the icy heart of this Harperland winter, just about the last thing I want to think about, talk about, or write about is the Quebec’s Secular Charter.
I’ve written about it before, and no doubt I’ll write about it again. But not tonight.
Tonight I’ll just say I think it’s unnecessary, divisive, and will stir up the bigots in this country like hitting a hornet’s nest with a stick does to the flying hordes inside it.
And although I’m an atheist, and a devoted secularist, I hate bullies of any stripe.
And this video sums up exactly how I feel…
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A Montreal woman who was attacked on the Metro for wearing a hijab is urging Quebecers to don religious symbols to protest the Values Charter, proposed provincial legislation that would ban public employees from wearing “ostentatious” symbols of faith. Sana […]
VATICAN, Vatican City — The archbishop of Quebec is among a new batch of cardinals selected today by Pope Francis. Gerald Cyprien Lacroix was one of 19 men named to the senior ecclesiastical post this morning at the Vatican. Lacroix, […]
Hold the phone gentle readers, the persecuted christian majority in the United States is once again in crisis mode. Why? Satanists want to put up a religious monument of their own, just like the pious Christians have done on the capitol grounds. The threat of Satan beckoning to them, on the grounds of the Oklahoma state legislature no less, is causing the usual conniptions among the faithful (you know, the usual conniptions, where they get called on their abject duplicity and refuse to back down while accusing others of persecuting them). Amanda Marcotte from alter.net writes (Read more…)
A jesus I can get behind. Gore and silliness warning. Filed under: Humour Tagged: Atheism, DWR Friday Movie Interlude, Fist of Jesus, Humour, Religion, Zombie
In the spirit of the holidays we here at DWR are going to go easy (for one week at least) on the religiously deluded, thus today’s disservice is a gift, only for religious emergencies mind you.
Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Emergency Pope, Humour, The DWR Sunday Disservice
Browsing the time sink known as Reddit today I came across a very cool comic showing someone building a chat-bot to debate a theist. I googled the title of the comic and found the original as well a very awesome comic called Bag of Toast. I highly recommend checking it out.
The comic in question:
This made me think that I would love a chat bot to debate the theists, global warming deniers, anti-vaccine advocates, scumbags MRAs, or anyone I disagree with but constantly have to have 101 level discussions with. It would be wonderful. But then the Reddit community (Read more…)
I know, I know. Belief in magic is not really the best way to run anything, but rather than focusing on the silly nature of believing in the Grand Oooga-Booga, lets look at how those in power keep their ‘base’ ignorant and happy to continue to lap up all mendacity that spews forth from the Party of No. Alter.net has a nifty article about biblical illiteracy in America, so lets go over the highlights.
“More than 95 percent of U.S. households own at least one copy of the Bible. So how much do Americans know of (Read more…)