Some Christians are offended when their dominance in western culture is questioned. American Atheists has paid to have a billboard in Times Square that emphasizes that the holiday this time of year is not the property of Christians.
Anyone with a modicum of understanding of ancient history is aware that the Winter Solstice has been celebrated long before 1 CE. For one example, Saturnalia, the Roman celebration, was based on the changing of the solar year.
In the clip below, American Atheists president David Silverman and Marius Forté debate this wholesale co-opting os the season for their own religion, and their reluctance to have this challenged in any way. In fact, the host of the show Spirited Debate, Lauren Green, begins by pointing out how offended she is by the message of the billboard—that Christ is unnecessary for the celebration of the season. Continue reading
It’s that time of year when the lists are made: news-makers, influential people, science stories, etc, etc.
Here’s a list from Real Clear Science to really make your blood run cold: The Biggest Junk Science Stories of 2013. Continue reading
In Kenya, some Pentecostal ministers are praying for a cure for AIDS, but in a very destructive way. Normally, I would consider people in church praying for healing to be perhaps a comforting thing to do, but not to have any particular harmful effects. Of course, there are examples where people have eschewed medical treatment in favour of prayer, and that’s where it can get deadly. That’s what is happening in Kenya, and while to ministers claim they don’t charge for their efforts, some families are giving up their worldly savings.
At prayer healing services in some Pentecostal churches, pastors invite people infected with HIV to come forward for a public healing, after which they burn the person’s anti-retroviral medications and declare the person cured. Continue reading
Some religious believers struggle with the concept of discrimination. In their minds, anything than impinges on their ability to enforce their beliefs and practices on the rest of society is discrimination against them. We have seen this play out in every jurisdiction where gay marriage has been recognized.
The complaints are all the same and centre around how religious beliefs are being trampled on the the name of political correctness. The rights of others don’t matter. In the UK, there have been incidences of Islamic speakers demanding that the audiences be segregated by gender, and the vice-chancellors’ group Universities UK have acquiesced. Continue reading
Remembrance of Things Past: sometimes a tabula rasa, sometimes a palimpsest. Impermanent, transient and always malleable. The only thing we can know with certainty about the past is that others will not have the same memories or the same understanding of those memories as we do.
And goodness. What defines ‘goodness’? Is it a faithfulness to this past we only partially remember, or is it faithfulness to the expectations placed upon us by society? Are we all just wolves constrained by our current existence? What faith must we place in our memories to answer these questions? Continue reading
Just a year ago a paper by Gilles-Eric Séralini published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize created a stir in the anti-GMO community. It was touted around the world as the definitive proof that GMOs caused cancer, just as many had decided many years ago. This month, the paper was retracted, which means that it has been removed from the archives of the journal, and we should consider that the paper had never been published. Continue reading
Something different in wedding cakes: his and hers Daleks. Dawn Butler of Dinky Doodle Designs in Nottingham, England makes speciality cakes for every occasions. There were created for a Dr Who themed wedding
You may now exterminate the bride and groom, and all the guests.
Dawn Butler and her creations.
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At least in the eyes of the Catholic Church in Mexico. Estimates by Mexican media have suggested that since 2006, approximately 70,000 people have died in the drug wars.and many thousands more have been disappeared. The church’s explanation? Demons.
“We believe that behind all these big and structural evils there is a dark agent and his name is The Demon. That is why the Lord wants to have here a ministry of exorcism and liberation, for the fight against the Devil,” says Father Carlos Triana, a priest, and an exorcist, in Mexico City.
“As much as we believe that the Devil was behind Adolf Hitler, possessing and directing him, we also believe that he (the Devil) is here behind the drug cartels.” Continue reading
Autoway Tires in Japan has a new ad out that shows the need for good traction in the snow when faced with supernatural beings. There’s just nothing worse than being run down by the undead while you sit a spin your tires in the snow.
The ad even comes with a warning.
I hope the winter tires we can buy in Canada are as good as that.
Jeff Friesen is a photographer based in Halifax NS. Along with numerous international awards, he has had his photographs published in such papers as National Grographic, Der Spiegal (Germany), London Daily Mail, Saltscapes, and many others. As a sideline, he plays with Lego. And he plays with skill and wit.
He has assembled dioramas to symbolize each province of Canada, and photographed them. All photos are available on his website. Continue reading