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Statue in Scopes Monkey trial town enrages Christian zealots

Inherit the Wind, the highly-acclaimed fictionalised account of the infamous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, chillingly portrayed the folk of a small Tennessee town as pig-ignorant Christian hicks. Stanley Kramer’s 1960 movie showed fanatics taking to the streets to demand the jailing of a high school substitute teacher who refused to fill his pupils’ heads with […]

Money for old dope: more than £1-m for Christian philosopher

Alvin Plantinga, 84, described by Christian Today as ‘a giant of philosophy and apologetics’ has been awarded £1.1m by the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) , the US-based organisation that honours those who have ‘made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery or practical works’. Biologist Jerry A Coyne, PhD, author […]

Kill Bill: Science Guy’s ‘gay cure’ video riles the religious

American science presenter Bill Nye recently poured scorn on the idea that gays can be cured, and in doing so incurred the wrath of homophobic religious nutters. PinkNews reports that the popular science educator and TV host received death threats after an episode from his new Netflix talk show – Bill Nye Saves the World […]

Mandatory suggestions

Last Saturday, April 22, people around the world took part in the March for Science to defend the discipline against political interference. From climate change and pollution to medicine, men and women who support science were motivated on Saturday by the coverage of the recent Women’s March and are mobilising to make their concerns heard. You would […]

There’s always one imbecile …

Yesterday saw people take to the streets in their thousands across the world for a March for Science – but not everyone was on the side of those who gathered to reaffirm the importance of science to humanity’s continued existence on the planet. The photo above shows one prat who imagines that the Bible trumps […]

NASA slammed for illegally funding religious research

Why on earth (or in space) would America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) want to spend more than $1 million in taxpayer money on theological research? That’s the question being asked by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which claims that the 2015 grant to the Center of Theological Inquiry is “patently unconstitutional”. In […]

Religion may cure Muslims with mental health issues

That’s the view of Dr Ghazala Mir, above, of Leeds University’s Institute of Health Sciences. She believes that therapists who have traditionally shied away from involving religion – and often regard it as the cause of mental illnesses – are wrong. According to the BBC, Mir said: We know that in Muslim populations people can […]

What a surprise: study found that prayer won’t cure AIDS

The Chicago Tribune today carries a shocking report detailing the amount of taxpayers’ money used to fund studies into quack therapies in the US. For example, scientists were given $666,000 in federal research money to investigate whether distant prayer could heal AIDS. They found it could not. And a study that cost $374,000 found that […]

World tallest church tower is a magnet for urinating Germans

Last year, the good folk of Ulm in Germany celebrated the 125th anniversary of the world tallest church tower, Ulm Minster, which stands 161.53 meters tall. But the historic tower, which had recently undergone a costly renovation, is in danger of being toppled – by men pissing at its base. Extensive damage is reportedly being […]

Education Minister says religion should trump science

Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, above, last week stressed the importance of Jewish studies over secular subjects. He was quoted here as saying: Learning about Judaism and excellence in the subject is more important in my eyes than mathematics and the sciences – and it is hard for me to say that. His comments came […]