Category Archives: Religion

Teleportation of consciousness rediscovered

Chew on this for a few years… Recent experiments by researchers at the Karolinksa Institutet in Sweden show that it is possible to rather easily trick the mind’s sense of self into leaving the body. Given visual cues and physical sensations of the right timing your brain will ‘teleport’ what you experience as ‘you’ into space, into a complete… Read More »

Thor attacks Jesus in Rio, damages a thumb

A vicious lightning strike from the heavens hurt Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue during an electrical storm on Thursday night. The 125-foot-tall figure that presides over the Brazilian city had its right thumb damaged when a lightning bolt struck its outstretched hand. Father Omar, of The Archdiocese of Rio, who manages the… Read More »

Group unveils Satan statue design for Oklahoma

A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012. The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist’s rendering that depicts Satan as… Read More »

Former Pastor Decides To Spend A Year Without God

Former Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Ryan Bell made an unusual New Year’s resolution: . He used to lead a congregation in Southern California, but in March, he was asked to step down after voicing some of the doubts that led to this decision to “try on” atheism. Just a few days into the new year, after… Read More »

Are there any known virgin births? Sort of, but not really

Parthenogenesis is a form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization. In animals, parthenogenesis means development of an embryo from an unfertilized egg cell. Are there any case reports of virgin births in the medical literature? Sort of. According to a 1995 report in the journal Nature Genetics, a… Read More »

World’s oldest Buddhist shrine discovered in Nepal

Archaeologists in Nepal say they have discovered traces of a wooden structure dating from the sixth century BC which they believe is the world’s oldest Buddhist shrine. Kosh Prasad Acharya, who worked with archaeologists from Durham University, said on Tuesday that the structure had been unearthed inside the sacred Mayadevi temple in Lumbini. The Buddha,… Read More »

Tennessee judge orders baby’s name changed from ‘Messiah’: report

A Tennessee judge has ordered a baby’s first name changed from “Messiah” to Martin, saying that the only true messiah is Jesus Christ, a ruling the boy’s mother promises to appeal, a Tennessee television station has reported. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/oddlyEnoughNews/~3/8deaYJCrLU8/story01.htm

Long backlog for godless wedding services in Ireland

(Reuters) – Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed an atheist group to perform weddings this year for the first time, and the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by hundreds of couples seeking their services. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/oddlyEnoughNews/~3/dGrBXA_ekpM/story01.htm

Video: Creationism Camouflage: Ohio School Board Mulls Policy To Counter “Controversial” Evolution

The Springboro Board of Education is asking for trouble. Board members are considering a policy that would require faculty to teach creationism in science class. According to the Dayton Daily News, the proposed policy would require teachers to offer all sides of “controversial issues” such as evolution. Evolution is lumped in with other “controversial” issues… Read More »

Quantum gravity takes singularity out of black holes

Falling into a black hole may not be as final as it seems. Apply a quantum theory of gravity to these bizarre objects and the all-crushing singularity at their core disappears. In its place is something that looks a lot like an entry point to another universe. Most immediately, that could help resolve the nagging… Read More »

Video footage shows Pope Francis ‘performing exorcism’

… Pope Francis lays his hands on the head of a young man on Sunday, May 19, 2013, after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, convulsed and shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him. Photo: AP The Vatican was more cautious. In… Read More »

Florida parent says “religious zealots” got teen daughter arrested for lesbian relationship

An 18-year-old girl was arrested for statutory rape over a same-sex relationship in Florida because of bigoted parents, according to the mother of the arrested teen. Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt was arrested February 16 by the Indian River County Sheriff's Office on two counts of lewd or lascivious battery on child. Her mother, Kelley Hunt Smith,… Read More »

Louisiana Teachers Can Continue To Teach Creationism

Creationism will be staying in the classrooms of Louisiana, for now at least. An attempt to repeal legislation that permits teachers to bring creationist textbooks into the classroom was defeated by a 3-2 vote. The effort to eliminate the Louisiana Science Education Act was started by teenage activist Zack Kopplin. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson was… Read More »

Louisiana counts the cost of teaching creationism – in reputation and dollars

… GOP Governor Bobby Jindal defends anti-evolution education policy, but it costs his state millions in science-based business Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal endorsed teaching creationism in public schools, by way of the state’s creationism law, a misnamed and misguided piece of legislation called the Louisiana Science Education Act. In a recent interview with NBC News,… Read More »

Why Is An Orthodox Jew Flying In A Huge Plastic Bag?

A picture of an Orthodox Jew encased in a giant plastic bag is causing some debate on the Internet this week, as commenters attempt to explain the man’s unusual traveling garb. Redditor “FinalSay” posted the picture of the man early Thursday morning to the r/atheism subreddit, with the caption, “An Orthodox Jew in an airplane… Read More »

Woman Says She Could See, Smell God

A woman who said she saw, heard, spoke with and even smelled God during a near-death experience in 2009 recounted her experiences on an episode of Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday. Crystal McVea, an Oklahoma native, said she spent time in heaven when she went into full respiratory arrest after a medical procedure… Read More »