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Anonymous attacks Brazilian Government websites.

Editor: Shirley Galdino

The anonymous group of hackers attacked at dawn on Saturday several pages of the Government of Brasilia and the official website of singer Paula Fernandes, in protest against the closure of the site for downloads Megaupload by American justice.

Through its own Twitter page, the hacker group claimed responsibility for the raids that have continued throughout the early morning of Saturday, more than 100 pagesof Brasilia, with

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Funding a Political Cause

By Alonzo Fyfe
Editor: Shirley Galdino

It is an election year, and I am looking at the issue of creating political change.

In my first post I argued that to make political change you need to bring votes or money to the table. At this stage, evidence and sound reasoning are largely irrelevant. They are relevant elsewhere. I will get to that in a future post.

This is not a cynical complaint about a world gone corrupt. This is a fact, as morally neutral as gravity.

If I were a legislator and you came Read more…

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How Can Atheist Parents Break Religion Tradition and Help Their Children?

Posted by Shirley Galdino
From: http://www.patheos.com/

There are plenty of atheists out there who choose to take their children to a church for a number of reasons: It sounds like the “right” thing to do, they want to raise their children with good morals (as if religion is the only route to doing that), their spouse wants to go to church and they don’t feel like arguing about it, etc.

Phil Ferguson used to be one of those fathers who took his kids to church despite being a closeted atheist. At least there’s a happy ending to

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I thought that it would be nice for [my kids] to know about religion and never thought that it would take over their minds. Everyone told them that the crazy was true and I kept silent. I was an atheist raising fundamentalist kids. Just a few short years after I stopped pretending they have both come out as atheists.

There are cases (and Phil highlights one of them) where the kids have already drank the Kool-Aid and it’s too late to do anything about it.

So how do you avoid that fate? How do you make sure your kids grow up free of religion — without “indoctrinating them into atheism” the same way preachers do with Christianity?

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15th anniversary of Carl Sagan’s death.

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Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Dr. Carl Sagan called the best science educator in the world of the twentieth century. Has reached the minds of hundreds of millions of people and has inspired generations of young people to devote themselves to science.

Carl Sagan’s idea was to turn the camera on the Voyager back towards the planet that had launched the probe, to reveal to the inhabitants of that planet their “true circumstance and condition.” After much resistance, Dr. Sagan had the better of February 14, 1990, from a distance of 6.4 billion miles, Voyager 1 captured this image of our Earth. Here the entire world fills only 0.12 pixel and appears as a minute sliver of light. The rays of light rays of the

sun are not apparent, but an effect of diffraction in the lens of the camera, the result of having bet so close to the Sun now one of our most famous photographs ever taken from space, we consider the humility of our beloved house is part of the immeasurable will of Sagan. Read more…

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Human Rights Day – 10 december 2011

Posted by Shirley Galdino
From: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2011/index.shtml

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Human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. As a global community we all share a day in common: Human Rights Day on 10 December, when we remember the creation 63 years ago of the Universal Declaration of

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On Human Rights Day 2011, we pay tribute to all human rights defenders and ask you to get involved in the global human rights movement.

2011: An extraordinary year for human rights

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“Militant Atheism” — I don’t think that means what you think it means.

From: Monicks Unleashed
Posted by: Åsa Heuser

There is this new tendency to label outspoken atheists as “Militant Atheists.” Here’s why I think it’s wrong.

I wish I could renounce the label Atheist, to begin with. In case you didn’t know, “atheist” is a label given to us by believers. It used to be a derogatory label, a Christian slur against us coined in France in the 16th century as a reaction to growing free thought, skeptical inquiry, and intellectual criticism of religion. When someone called you an atheist it was not a good thing. “Atheist” was used exclusively as an insult. Nobody in their right mind would have called themselves an atheist back then, if you were an atheist, you were an outcast.

“No one ever needs to identify himself as a “non-astrologer” or a “non-alchemist.” We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.”

– Sam Harris, The End of Faith Read more…

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“The World Would be Better Without Religion” Intelligence Squared Debate

Posted by: Shirley Galdino

On the last 15th, the writer and director Matthew Chapman participated in debate promoted by Intelligence Squared U.S. debates.
The theme was “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion.”
Matthew and A.C. Grayling argued against Dinesh D’Souza and Rabbi David Wolpe with John Donvan as moderator. John is a correspondent for ABC News Nightline.
With a narrow victory the debate ended with “FOR” 59% for the motion, while the “AGAINST” ends with 31%.
Matthew Chapman is editor and emeritus member of the Flying Teapot. Check out his opening speech for the debate.



God really exists and religion makes us behave better.


To partially answer that question let me read you a verse or two from my beloved Gideon’s bible. If it’s good enough for Motel 6, it’s good enough for me.

Deuteronomy Chapter 25, verses 11 and 12. “When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand,

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Matthew Chapman: An Atheist’s Evolution

By Matthew Chapman


Why Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson stopped believing in God.

Matthew Chapman is an English journalist, screenwriter, and director.

Matthew Chapman, great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, is an English journalist, screenwriter, and director Photograph by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images.

Matthew Chapman will argue for the motion “the world would be better off without religion” at the Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate in New York. Read more about the debate here. Find out why Chapman’s opponent, Dinesh D’Souza, thinks a world without religion would be

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People usually assume I’m an atheist because I’m Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson. This is less than half the story. I was born into a family that went to church, and attended schools that mandated daily prayers. Sometimes a hymn or carol would move me, but mostly the whole thing left me cold—until I was 7 and had a transcendent religious experience. I describe it in my book Trials of the Monkey—An Accidental Memoir and am including an excerpt below. To give it some context: My parents’ marriage was in turmoil and they’d sent me to a prep school where small boys were caned (sometimes in public) and molested (always in private). Sometimes the two were combined: a light caning (usually just after prayers) followed by a supposedly comforting molestation. “Spare the rod and spoil the child,” as fundamentalists like to say, though in this case there was more than one rod in play and none were spared.

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Interview: Founder of group that ‘heals homosexuals’ out of the closet

By William De Luca
Posted by Eleições Hoje
Translation: Sérgio Viula

Founder of group that ‘heals homosexuals’ reveals: “Nobody quit being gay, there were relationships even within the group”

Nothing better than an example to rebuke the supposed efficiency of treatments to convert sexual orientation, which claim that gay people can “go” straight. The English and philosophy teacher, also a theologian, Sergio Viula, 42, born and resident in Rio de Janeiro, was one of the founders of the Movement for the Healthy Sexuality (MOSES), an evangelical NGO which

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How did your life within the evangelical church begin? How did you get in? Read more…

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Sergio Viula: former ex-gay evangelical, now secular LGBT activist

From the Media Council of LiHS

Sergio Viula is an ex-ex-gay. That’s right, he saw all sides of the situation, got married, became a pastor and took part in a movement which allegedly “cured” gay people, but eventually realized all the inconsistencies within it. It would be fair enough to give him a clap as to having being able to be completely and painfully honest to himself and with those around him.

Theologian, philosopher, English teacher and gay, he keeps the blog Fora do Armário (Out of the Closet), where one can find information as to ordering his book, Em Busca de Mim Mesmo (In Search of Myself – only available in Portuguese), in which he shares all his journey.

Highly recommended, the book daringly unveils how much religion can damage and make suffer anyone who is homosexual, infusing absolutely unnecessary guilt and self-rejection.

Last Monday, Sergio granted O Bule Voador (The Flying Pot) this interview.

LiHS - Over a hundred years ago, in a legally homophobic United Kingdom, Alfred Douglas – Oscar Wilde’s lover – called homogenic love “the love that dare not speak its name”. The verse was used as evidence to convict the poet and sentence him to forced labor. And here, today, dare that love speak its name? Who still impedes it?

Sergio - A lot of progress has been made since then. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, issued by the UN after World War II has conquered more and more space in the legal system of every afiliated country. And even in countries that still don’t see eye to eye with the UN, there has been a lot of domestic and international pressure to get human rights respected, regardlessly of their sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Read more…

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