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Grooming minds

Posted by doctore0 on August 5, 2016

An exploration of the abusive practice of child religious indoctrination.

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Saudi Arabia sentences woman convicted of adultery to death by stoning – her male partner gets 100 lashes

Posted by doctore0 on December 4, 2015

Barbarians + The religion of peace

dearleadersSri Lanka has urged Saudi Arabia to pardon a domestic worker, sentenced to death by stoning after she admitted committing adultery while working in the Arab kingdom. An official from Sri Lanka’s Foreign Employment Bureau said the married 45-year-old, who had worked as a maid in Riyadh since 2013, was convicted of adultery in August.

Her single partner, also a Sri Lankan migrant worker, was given a lesser punishment of 100 lashes. A spokesman for the bureau said it had hired lawyers to file an appeal, while the Foreign Ministry was negotiating separately for her to be reprieved.

Some 1,000 Shia protesters gathered at a mosque in Awamiya, a largely Shia town in the oil-producing Eastern Province, to demand the release of activists on death row, after it emerged that officials planned to execute more than 50 prisoners in a single day.
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You can help

There is only us, the woman and the man, suffering because of a man made magic man in the sky and stupid magic books written by ignorant & insane maniacs.

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Meet three people targeted for being atheists, and a Muslim leader condemning their “beliefs”

Posted by doctore0 on September 25, 2015


There’s been a series of violent murders of Bangladeshi internet bloggers, accused of being atheists by Islamist groups – with four killed so far this year. In the videos and stories below, you can meet the people living through this situation.
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Egypt’s War on Atheism

Posted by doctore0 on January 28, 2015


and free from dogma

and free from dogma

CAIRO — It took one session on Jan. 10 for a court in the Nile Delta province of Beheira to sentence Karim al-Banna, a 21-year-old student, to three years in prison for saying on Facebook that he was an atheist. The student’s lawyer complained that he was denied the right even to present a defense, but an equally chilling aspect of Mr. Banna’s case is that his father testified against him.

Also telling is that Mr. Banna was originally arrested, in November, when he went to the police to complain that his neighbors were harassing him. This was after his name had appeared in a local newspaper on a list of known atheists. Instead of protecting him, the police accused him of insulting Islam.

Such tag teams of family, media and state are not uncommon in cases against atheists. Because atheism itself is not illegal in Egypt, charges are laid under laws against blasphemy or contempt for religion. In 2012, a 27-year-old blogger, Alber Saber, received a three-year sentence on charges of blasphemy for creating a web page called “Egyptian Atheists.” In 2013, the writer and human rights activist Karam Saber (no relation) was convicted of defaming religion in his short story collection “Where Is God?”

Similar charges have been used for political purposes against Egypt’s Christian minority. In 2013, a Coptic Christian lawyer, Roman Murad Saad, was sentenced in absentia for “ridiculing” the Quran. From 2011 to 2013, Egyptian courts convicted 27 of 42 defendants on charges of contempt for religion.
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Religion infiltrating politics is 21st century’s greatest problem – Nobel laureate Sir Kroto

Posted by doctore0 on November 11, 2014

The separation of religion and state is held as the hallmark of modern society, and as the recent rise of ISIS highlighted, great evils are still being committed in the name of religion. Is Islam compatible with democracy, and what are the dangers of mystical thinking insinuating into political decision making? Oksana is joined by Nobel Prize laureate Sir Harrold Kroto to shed light on these issues.

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The Evil God Challenge

Posted by doctore0 on November 10, 2014

Stephen Law lays out an interesting new argument that can be used against anyone who believes in an all-good god. This argument shows that a maximally good god cannot be established to be any more probable than a maximally evil god. Believers will generally reject the evil god hypothesis as absurd, but since there is such perfect symmetry in the arguments used defending the character each type of god, if theists are willing to reject the evil god hypothesis on the basis of counter evidence (the problem of good), they should be willing to reject the good god hypothesis as well.

Bonus

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Scientology Unmasked

Posted by doctore0 on September 24, 2014

TTA Podcast 184
Created by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology is a religion/cult which teaches that humans are actually immortal beings who, having forgotten their true nature, require intensive (and expensive) “auditing” techniques to rediscover their true, immortal selves.

Reports and allegations have been made, by journalists, courts, and governmental bodies of several countries, that the Church of Scientology is an unscrupulous commercial enterprise that harasses its critics and brutally exploits its members.

In this compelling episode, we explore Scientology’s practices, and we hear from those who escaped its shadow.

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Researchers: Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction

Posted by doctore0 on July 19, 2014

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santaA study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in “fantastical stories” are fictional — whereas children raised in a religious environment even “approach unfamiliar, fantastical stories flexibly.”

In “Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious Backgrounds,” Kathleen Corriveau, Eva Chen, and Paul Harris demonstrate that children typically have a “sensitivity to the implausible or magical elements in a narrative,” and can determine whether the characters in the narrative are real or fictional by references to fantastical elements within the narrative, such as “invisible sails” or “a sword that protects you from danger every time.”

However, children raised in households in which religious narratives are frequently encountered do not treat those narratives with the same skepticism. The authors believed that these children would “think of them as akin to fairy tales,” judging “the events described in them as implausible or magical and conclude that the protagonists in such narratives are only pretend.”

And yet, “this prediction is likely to be wrong,” because “with appropriate testimony from adults” in religious households, children “will conceive of the protagonist in such narratives as a real person — even if the narrative includes impossible events.
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Is there any evidence for Satan?

Posted by doctore0 on January 19, 2014

Uhh NO, pure myth/fantasy/crazy stuff, just like god(s) 🙂
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Saudi women take to the road

Posted by doctore0 on October 28, 2013

Women in Saudi Arabia stood up to authorities Saturday by breaking a ban on driving. The rule stems from conservative religious customs and isn’t written in law — but that hasn’t stopped police from arresting women who get behind the wheel.

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