Welcome to Atheists NSD, a blog about atheism and its growth and its importance. Read on for news and the ideas and opinions of prominent atheists, along with a few thoughts of my own.

Teaching Both Sides (Comic)

This is a nice comic about “teaching both sides”, giving equal time. Funny how the expectation is that we are meant to give equal time to religious and non-religious explanations in schools, yet in churches only the religious side is offered. Sorry, but if the religious location gets to be religious, the secular location gets to be secular.

John Onaiyekan and Anne Widdecombe, Conservative MP, debate Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry

Here at Intelligence Squared, Archbishop John Onaiyekan and Anne Widdecombe, Conservative MP, debate Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry about whether or not the Catholic church is a force for good in the world. Do your best to endure Widdecombe’s voice to hear all her points, if you can.

All five parts are below, including opening speeches by each and a question/answer period:

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Roman Catholic Church’s Pedophile Investigator Jailed for Possessing Child Pornography

This is beyond run-of-the-mill Catholic pedophilia. Christopher Jarvis was arrested for possessing over 4,000 images, including child rape and sadism images, while acting as a child safety coordinator for the church. Disgusting on many levels.

The full story can be found here.

Video of Sam Harris at La Ciudad de las Ideas in 2009

Above is a great video of a talk delivered by Sam Harris about the reliability of religion, of Christianity in particular.
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Richard Dawkins Calls for Pope’s Arrest

With Pope Benedict XVI scheduled for a visit to the UK, scientist, author, and renowned atheist Richard Dawkins has said that he agrees with Christoper Hitchens’ call to arrest the head of the Catholic church for crimes against humanity when he steps on British soil.

In the video below, he discusses this hope with CNN’s Hala Gorani:

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Dale and Leilani Neumann Sentenced to Jail

Dale and Leilani Neumann decided to pray instead of sending their child Madeline Kara Neumann for medical attention after collapsing in their home. She had an undiagnosed and treatable form of diabetes. The couple will receive 6 months of jail time and 10 years of probation their negligence. Read more about the story here.

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Crazy Religious People Videos. Christ Almighty…

Batsh*t crazy believers that’ll make you cringe, laugh, and shake your head.

Let’s start – naturally – with a psychotic preaching baby:
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Religious Pluralism from the Atheist Perspective

Trying to Make Sense of Many Religions At Once

In attempting to comprehend the religious perspective, I’ve tried hard to see the world through the lens of pure belief in the existence and involvement of a higher power. I try to pull myself from godlessness, to find a place of feigned but complete conviction, to see what beliefs and insights follow from the initial perspective. Indeed, religion is not quite irrationality but reasoning that follows from false premises.

I always end up hitting a mental wall, however, when faced with faiths other than the one I’ve attempted to adopt for my personal thought experiment. Once “convinced” of my religion, it’s hard to imagine how to treat others in contrast. Are they “wrong”? As we both right, somehow? Read more