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God Must Be Proud of Atheists

My friend and fellow secular humanist, Judge Tommy Hughston, invited me to attend the Unitarian Church in Charleston on July 19. He would be coordinating the service for[...]


New computer program first to recognize sketches more accurately than a human

by Science Daily Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have built the first computer program that can recognise hand-drawn sketches better than humans. Known as Sketch-a-Net, the program[...]


Pharmacists can’t claim religion to deny emergency contraception, appeals court rules

by Reuters The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy’s owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday,[...]


Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found ‘closest twin’ outside solar system

by Alan Yuhas Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday. Working off four years’ worth[...]


Link Between Religiosity, Good Health Debunked

by Tom Jacobs Religious devotion, as news reports constantly remind us, can inspire everything from empathy for the poor to horrific violence. But whatever its impact on society, divine[...]


Church & State

IRS Commissioner: Religious Institutions Will Not Lose Tax Status over Marriage Beliefs

By Don Byrd Written by Don Byrd IRS Commissioner John Koskinen this week assured members of the Se[...]


Paying For The Pope?: Pa. Government Seeks Taxpayer Funds For Costs Associated With Papal Visit

Simon BrownWall of SeparationPope Francis will visit the United States in September, with scheduled [...]


DOD Inspector General Issues Report on Conscience Rights in the Military

By Don Byrd Written by Don Byrd Via Religion Clause, the Inspector General of the Department of De[...]


No More ‘Jesus Pizza:’ Court Tells Colo. Cowboy Church To Hit The Trail

Sarah JonesWall of SeparationThe Cowboy Church of the Crossroads may no longer meet in a public high[...]


First Amendment Folly: Court Says Pa. Ten Commandments Monument May Remain At Public School Because It Isn’t Offensive Enough

Simon BrownWall of SeparationA federal judge recently ruled that it’s perfectly fine for a Ten[...]


Oklahoma Supreme Court Reiterates: Ten Commandments Monument Must Go

By Don Byrd Written by Don Byrd The Oklahoma Supreme Court earlier this week rebuffed state offici[...]


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    One of the worst pieces of distortion and misrepresentation of the Cochrane Fluoridation Review is that written by an anti-fluoridation journalist Douglas Main in Newsweek – Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities, Scientific Review Shows. It has, of course, been heavily promoted … Continue reading →
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    Image credit: Rachel Knowles – Successful blogging workshop Big problems with Sitemeter The problems with SiteMeter are still bad  this month. No data could be obtained for about 50 blogs using SiteMeter. People have also reported strange results. So if you … Continue reading →