Friday, 27 May 2016

Albert Einstein described the idea of God as the product of human weakness and the Bible as pretty childish.

In the year before his death, Albert Einstein described the idea of God as the product of human weakness and the Bible as pretty childish.

The letter shown below is being sold by Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday and is expected to fetch between $12,000 and $16,000.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The Religious Right: | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS - anti-abortion

Full Frontal goes deep inside the weirdest anti-abortion art film you've never seen.

The Religious Right - | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS -

The Religious Right finds out they might not have been all that right after all.

The Religious Right - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS - Christian conservatives

The untold story of how Christian conservatives went from politically inactive to never shutting the hell up. #NotAllChristians

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rule – Tax the Churches (HBO)

In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher calls out religious institutions for taking a free ride on the back of the American taxpayer. Original air date: April 15, 2016.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Jesus Christ Never Existed

Jesse decides to prove why Jesus Christ never existed, and shows Preston and Sticky some of the most bizarre Christian videos on the internet. Plus prank calling prayer lines and Sticky Hooves becomes the new Easter Bunny.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Televangelists Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, defending their private jets

I am sure I have posted this before, but it deserves posting again.
Televangelists Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis defending why they need their private jets!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Proof of evolution that you can find on your body

Forty-two percent of Americans say that humans were created in their present form within the past 10,000 years — a percentage that hasn't changed much since 1982, when Gallup started polling views on evolution.

Several lines of evidence, from the fossil record, comparative anatomy, and genetics, tell another story. But you don't have to read all the research to find signs of our evolutionary history — you can see it in the vestigial structures in each of our bodies, like the third molars that no longer fit in our mouths. For a few other examples, check out the video above.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Tim Minchin's response to Cardinal George Pell

Cardinal George Pell is the most powerful dude in the Catholic Church of Australia. He’s currently working at the Vatican, but The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has demanded his presence in Australia.

But George has sent a doctor’s note saying he’s too unwell to fly.

The whole thing stinks to high hell, and many people in Australia are very, very angry…not least of all, the survivors in Ballarat, where abuse was sickeningly rife.

Pell was born and educated in Ballarat, and at one point actually lived with Gerry Ridsdale, one of the most prolific (and allegedly protected) paedophiles in Australian history. He has been accused of covering up the actions of others, and of sexually abusing a kid himself.

The church in Australia (like elsewhere in the world) knew of the actions of many of their priests, and rather than going to the police, shuffled them from diocese to diocese, facilitating their abuse rather than arresting.

The idea that Pell was unaware of the behaviour of Ridsdale (and others) is laughable to me.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Bertrand Russell's Message to the Future

Interview of Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher and mathematician and Nobel laureate, on BBC's Face to Face (1959)

Bertrand Russell (18 May 1872 -- 2 February 1970)

One last question: Suppose, Lord Russell, that this film will be looked at by our descendants, like the Dead Sea scroll, in a thousand years' time. What would you think it's worth telling that generation about the life you've lived and the lessons you've learned from it?

I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral. The intellectual thing I should want to say to them is this: When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe, or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed, but look only, and solely, at what are the facts. That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say.

The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple. I should say love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more closely and closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other. We have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way; if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Noah's Ark: Practical Issues

My biblically inclined friends have since told me that The Lord specified he would only destroy the creatures that crawl upon the land. This simply raises the question as to what happened to all the amphibians and freshwater aquatic species. Apparently the creator of the universe spared the sharks but hates piranhas.

Friday, 29 January 2016

The Nightly Show - Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams Flat-Earth Theorist B.o.B

Rapper B.o.B creates a science emergency by insisting that the Earth is flat, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson comes to the rescue.

Carl Sagan - Globular earth deduced by Eratosthenes

A most simple deduction made around 200 bc by the Astronomer Eratosthenes. A Globular spheroid is our home

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Jimmy Kimmel Live - A Message for the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Jimmy feels that all of this anti-vaccination silliness is starting to snowball, so he invited some real doctors to address it. These are actual medical professionals so hear them out and then decide for yourself.

Flat To Fact (feat. Neil deGrasse Tyson) (B.o.B Diss Track)

Neil deGrasse Tyson and nephew Steve Tyson release 'Flat to Fact', a rap in response to B.o.B's flat-Earth claims. Hottest single of 2016 so far.
Written and performed by TYSON
Lyrics © 2016 JusListen Entertainment.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Richard Dawkins - "What if you're wrong?" South Park

Well here's another Dawkins themed upload. Had the urge to try my hand at some animation and some new software, I think it turned out quite well. For some reason I decided to recreate the popular "What if you're wrong?" clip on youtube featuring Richard Dawkins lecture in Lynchburg.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Islamic professor Suad Saleh explains how Allah allows Muslims to rape non-Muslim women in order to humiliate them

“The female prisoners of wars are ‘those whom you own.’ In order to humiliate them, they become the property of the army commander, or of a Muslim, and he can have sex with them just like he has sex with his wives,”

Renown Astrophysicist Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson explains what went wrong with Islam.

Renown Astrophysicist Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson explains what went wrong with Islam.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Why You Shouldn't Give Money to the Salvation Army

Transcript of Video
When you're out shopping this holiday season, you might see someone ringing a bell outside a store asking you to drop some money into a kettle. That person's from the Salvation Army.

And it seems like a nice gesture, right? A handful of coins means nothing to you, but it can make a big difference to the people you're helping.

And it's cold outside, and these people are ringing a bell, and you just want to help them out...

But here's what you might not know about the Salvation Army.

It's a religious organization. I mean, "salvation" is right in the name. The group says on its website that its primary mission is to "preach the gospel of Jesus Christ."

That alone isn't a problem -- there are a lot of religious charities that do really amazing things -- but when you donate to the Salvation Army, you are literally supporting a church. And it's a church that holds some really awful values.

For example, like other evangelical churches, they will discriminate against you in hiring, at least in certain positions within the organization, if you're gay or lesbian.

In 2001, they even asked the Bush administration for permission to override local laws in places that didn't allow discrimination. Even though they were getting taxpayer money for their charity work.

Their website also used to say that they believed all homosexuals had to be celibate. They still believe that; they just don't have it on their website anymore.

This issue has been a constant source of conflict for them. The handbook that they use to train "soldiers" and members actually cites Romans Chapter 1, Verses 18-32, as in these are important verses that guide our organization.

You know what those verses say? Gay people should be put to death.

One of their Media Relations officers got into a lot of trouble a few years ago when a radio host asked him about that fact. And his response was simply, "Well, that’s a part of our belief system."

What really makes you wonder: How the hell was that guy a media relations anything?

The fact is: Every time you give money to the Salvation Army, yes, a lot of it is going to where you want it to go: Helping people who are less fortunate. But some of it goes right back to fighting against LGBT rights.

It's kind of like buying food at Chick-fil-A. Yeah, you get your waffle fries, but a fraction of your bill is going back into the pockets of a family that has actively fought to make life worse for LGBT people.

I sincerely applaud the good work that the Salvation Army does. Because they do a ton of it. And none of this is to say all the people who work for the organization are bigots. Not at all.

But if you're an atheist who wouldn't want to give money to an evangelical church, why would you give any money to the Salvation Army, especially when you know what their beliefs are?

The only answer I can think of is: Because I want to help people and it's so convenient when they're right there.

Well, there are other charity organizations that do amazing work and they're only a click away. So consider giving to Doctors Without Borders or Donors Choose or (cheap plug for a group I work with) Foundation Beyond Belief.

They're all doing great things. Best of all, the foundation for their goodness isn't a holy book that treats homosexuality like a disease.

So the next time you see someone ringing a bell this winter, pass them by, save your money, and give it instead to an organization that shares your values.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Casually Explained: Evolution

Although first published in the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin in 1859, the theory has gone through many small changes to become what it is today.

Saturday, 2 January 2016