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Evolution is coming to Bible-belt Alabama

A 40-member education committee – including people with ‘very strong religious beliefs’ – has decided to update Alabama’s old science standards to include evolutionary theory and climate change. The current state standard, according to this report, says students “should understand the nature of evolutionary theories”, but such knowledge isn’t required. Textbooks used in Alabama science […]

Darwin’s atheism note to be auctioned

A private letter in which Charles Darwin confesses to not believing in the Bible or that Jesus was the son of God is set to sell for more than £50,000. The naturalist and geologist was renowned for keeping his religious views to himself and very rarely discussed the existence of God. He avoided the subject […]

Darwin for youngsters

In Engand lessons about evolution designed for kids aged from ten have begun – thanks to the efforts of the British Humanist Association. A new primary national curriculum in English schools was introduced on September 1. For the first time it includes a module on evolution as part of the year six programme of study […]

Death of atheist Dr Oliver Sacks

Readers of the weekly Freethinker bulletin may recall that, on July 9 of this year, neurologist and author Oliver Sacks was the subject of our  “Born on this day” feature. Sadly, today we learned that Sacks, an atheist who was branded by his mother as an “abomination” because he was gay, has died at the […]

Creationist Science Minister for Denmark

A row has broken out in Denmark following the appointment this week of creationist Esben Lunde Larsen, above, to the post of Science Minister. Larsen (full title: Minister for Education and Research), is, according to this report, known for his scientific scepticism and belief that God created the Earth. When asked by Jyllands-Posten whether humans […]

Why what Tim Hunt said in Seoul matters

On June 7 the biochemist Tim Hunt, above, a Nobel laureate, addressed a lunch for women scientists at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea. He started with his own experience: Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You […]

My Family

It is easy, looking around us, to believe that humans are the pinnacle of evolution, the masters of the world. We have developed tools with which we have spilt atoms, put probes on other planets and cured diseases amongst many thousands of other incredible achievements. We drive to work in super-efficient cars, take calls on […]

IHEU condemns slaying of blogger

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has issued a statement condemning yesterday’s killing of Ananta Bijoy Das in Bangladesh. Prior to Ananta’s murder, blogger Md Washiqur (or Oyasiqur) Rahman Babu was hacked to death on March 30 this year in Bangladesh. His attackers claiming they had been instructed to kill him as their “Islamic duty”. […]

Visits to ‘Holy City’ may drive folk crazy

A visit to Jerusalem may trigger obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychotic experiences. Since ancient times, the city has been a magnet for religious pilgrims from some of the world’s largest faiths — namely, Judaism, Christianity and Islam – but, according to this report, a small percentage of these visitors might succumb to “Jerusalem syndrome”. […]

Superstition eclipses rare solar blackout

While milllions marvelled today over one of the most dramatic solar eclipses seen in years, pupils at a London primary school told they could not watch it for ‘religious and cultural reasons’. According to this report, pupils at North Primary School in Southall were stopped from watching the solar eclipse directly and had to observe […]