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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 […]

Ex-President Carter dismisses creationism, favours gay rights

If Ken Ham, the ‘brain’ behind Kentucky’s Ark Encounter, imagined that a visit his silly creationist theme park yesterday by former US President Jimmy Carter would gain him positive PR points, he was in for a shock. For Carter told reporters that he doesn’t buy the idea that the earth is six thousand years old, […]

UK scientist helps Christian cult to promote creationism

The Jehovah’s Witness bagged themselves a Big One when they got Professor Raj Kalaria, above, to speak about his belief in creationism in a new video posted online by the cult. Keralia is currently a deputy director of the Newcastle Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle, and a professor of neuropathology at Newcastle University, […]

Scientific journal withdraws ‘intelligent design’ study

A scientific journal has been forced to withdraw a paper that repeatedly claimed that the human hand is the result of  ‘the Creator’. PLOS ONE, according to its website: Accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty … The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigour of the methodology and conclusions […]

App launched to help Iranians dodge ‘morality police’ patrols

A range of punishments face ‘inappropriately dressed’ young Iranians who fall foul of Iran’s notorious ‘morality police’, known in Persian as ‘Ershad’. Ershad personnel, according to this report, have a very extensive list of powers. These range from issuing warnings and forcing those they accuse of violating Iran’s Islamic code of conduct to make a […]

Be fruitful and multiply

Genesis 1.28 goes on to command that the Earth be subdued and to give dominion over living things. Where has that led us? To an astonishing destruction of nature and a frighteningly rapid change of our global climate. So much for the Bible-waving Trump (‘This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop.’) and […]

Brief Candle in the Dark reveals a ‘softer’ Dawkins

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science is the second volume of Richard Dawkins’ autobiography. The title is a combination of Macbeth’s famous speech and Carl Sagan referring to science as a candle in the dark. I am pleased to report that there is much more of interest to freethinkers than in his […]

Pope Francis is on the path to paganism

The marketing director of a powerful Chicago-based group of climate change deniers has accused ‘bad advisers’ of  leading the Pope along a path to paganism. Gene Koprowski, (inset above), of the barmy but well-funded Heartland Institute, attacked the pontiff at a press conference in Philadelphia last Thursday. The event, which Heartland had billed as a […]