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Petition: King Abdullah: Immediately release journalist Hamza Kashgari

Just a few days ago i wrote about Hamza Kashgari.

Obviously he was arrested and sent back to Saudi Arabia.…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on February 13, 2012 at 10:05am — 3 Comments

Hamza Kashgari: "satanic tweets" result in calls for the death penalty

Until last weekend 23 years old Kashgari Hamza was just a young and upcoming journalist from Saudi Arabia with quite a fan base following him not only in the newspapers but also on twitter. Currently he is a man who has to fear for his life with a saudi government prohibiting all newspapers from publishing any texts by Kashgari. More than 10.000 people on facebook demand his death and it is…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on February 10, 2012 at 3:12am — 3 Comments

Calls to Behead Indonesian Atheist Alexander Aan

As Dan Barker once formulated



Any belief system that threatens you with (physical) violence is morally bankrupt. 



It is 2012 and we take a look at some "democratic" country that allows for "6 religions":  …

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on February 3, 2012 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

God being honest and allknowing ... impossible

This is my first try to create a youtube video. It turns out that an essentially easy topic is not so easily put into images...

I could need some critique and help. For those that dont understand the video i have a small explanation below. I dont know why i cant embedd it....

Ok... here is the original thought...

Although god might be allknowing in the sense that he knows all that is…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on January 3, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Andreas Hamza Tzorzis another unimportant person deleted on wikipedia

Hamza .. the "international public speaker" of the "islamic education and research academy" (already two jokes in one sentence) was a guy who tried to educate PZ Myers on embryology (three and counting) and the quran's superior knowledge about the topic 1400 years ago. 



I was shocked to see that he had a page entry in wikipedia. But…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on December 18, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hitchens in Hell.... "God is going to give us what we insist on having"

Could anybody make the points in "god Is Not Great" any better than the followers of god?
Via Atheist Media Blog

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on December 17, 2011 at 2:11pm — 3 Comments

Christopher Hitchens is dead

Sad thing. He was a brilliant writer, I loved his English, I feared his wit and I admired his courage.

Actually there is nothing more to say. 
If it wasn't for some of the comments that I see throughout the net. Some by people that should know better.
An atheist writing read on

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on December 16, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why most discussions with believers fail

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on December 12, 2011 at 2:58am — 3 Comments

The sad state of muslims (a generalization)

I do ask people to understand the following NOT as an insult but rather as an expression of deep sadness about the current state of things....

Frithjof Schuon once wrote:
"The intellectual - and thereby the rational - foundation of Islam results in the average Muslim having a curious tendency to believe that non-Muslims either know that Islam is the truth and reject it out of pure obstinacy, or else are simply ignorant of it and can be converted by elementary explanations; that…
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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on September 26, 2011 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Girl accused of blasphemy for a spelling error

Again it is Pakistan, again it is ridiculous and i would laugh if it weren't for such a nasty thing called "reality".



Faryal Bhatti, a student at the Sir Syed Girls High School in Pakistan Ordnance…
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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on September 25, 2011 at 9:29am — 1 Comment

Near death experiences no sign of life after death afterall....

as if we hadn't said so before....

Seeing your life pass before you and the light at the end of the tunnel, can be explained by new research on abnormal functioning of dopamine and oxygen flow

Here goes another argument of theists ......

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on September 16, 2011 at 11:31am — 3 Comments

86 percent of Germans consider the Popes visit to be unimportant

Only 14% of the German population think the popes visit would be "important" for them.

(Source in german)

86 % actually don't care personally. Even the majority of catholics (63% of them) think that the visit doesnt play a major role in their life. 26% say its "totally unimportant", 37% say its "rather unimportant".

 

All this just…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on September 14, 2011 at 10:33am — 4 Comments

How to know if something is wrong with your (interpretation of your) religion?

It's not really hard to see when something is wrong....

 

.....

“I do feel bad people had to die,” said Asep Setiadi, 40, as he headed out to his rice field. “But I’m grateful that they’re finally gone.”

Twenty-eight-year-old Siti…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on August 16, 2011 at 4:39am — 1 Comment

Blasphemy is a right (says the UN)

What a lucky day. By chance i found something that obviously escaped my notice before and which i haven't found much reported in the media either.

Already last month the UN issued a statement concerning the freedom of speech in relation with the human rights convention.

 

Here is the good part (emphasis mine):

 

 

48.  Prohibitions of displays of lack of respect for a…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on August 16, 2011 at 4:04am — No Comments

Psychological association calls for legalization of same-sex marriage

Interesting to see that the APA is finally calling for the legalization of same sex marriage.

As we saw same sex marriages in NY just weeks ago this seems a very good move at a very good time.

 

The scientific and professional organization's guiding body voted unanimously at its annual meeting this week in…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on August 5, 2011 at 11:03am — No Comments

Religion defined as a result of stress disorder ?

just read my blog entry here

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on April 8, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Death anxiety prompts people to believe in intelligent design? - Why am I different?

Yesterday I came upon an article posted through RD.Net.



Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) have found that people's death anxiety can influence them to support theories of intelligent design and reject evolutionary theory. .....

"Our results suggest that when confronted…
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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on April 1, 2011 at 4:25am — No Comments

Finland: Anti-Gay Campaign Doubles Average Church Resignations

(found after an initial tip scanning the blasphemieblog)

Sometimes it needs nonbelievers and rationality to get religious people out of churches. Often it's a hard and long  process. Sometimes religious people alienate others from religion. Then it is a very short process.



In Finland the religious did something remarkably good (again). They told everybody that… Continue

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on April 1, 2011 at 3:51am — No Comments

Belgian lawmakers pass burka ban

As the BBC reports Belgium passes a law banning burqas.

Belgium's lower house of parliament has voted for a law that would ban women from wearing the full Islamic face veil in public. The law would ban any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in places like parks and on the street. No-one voted against it.

The law now goes to the Senate, where it may face challenges over its wording, which may delay…
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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on April 1, 2011 at 3:40am — No Comments

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