Saturday, February 28, 2009

Jim Clancy Interviews Geert Wilders


February 26, 2009 on CNN International
Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders tells CNN his U.S. visit centers on freedom of religion, as well as freedom of speech.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bill O'Reilly Interviews Geert Wilders


February 23, 2009 on FOX News

Important Things with Demetri Martin: Creedocide

Viewers in Canada click here (starts around 8:40)
Thanks to PDX Chris and "1984"

Freedom Under Fire: U.N. Anti-Blasphemy Resolution


February 25, 2009 on CNN's Lou Dobbs with Christopher Hitchens
The United Nations Anti-Blasphemy Resolution aims to curtail speech that offends religion, specifically Islam. Critics, religious groups and free speech advocates say the resolution is spreading Sharia law to the Western world. Christopher Hitchens joined Lou.

What Darwin Didn't Know | BBC 4


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Aired January 28, 2009 on BBC Four
Documentary which tells the story of evolution theory since Darwin postulated it in 1859 in 'On the Origin of Species'.

The theory of evolution by natural selection is now scientific orthodoxy, but when it was unveiled it caused a storm of controversy, from fellow scientists as well as religious people. They criticised it for being short on evidence and long on assertion and Darwin, being the honest scientist that he was, agreed with them. He knew that his theory was riddled with 'difficulties', but he entrusted future generations to complete his work and prove the essential truth of his vision, which is what scientists have been doing for the past 150 years.

Evolutionary biologist Professor Armand Marie Leroi charts the scientific endeavour that brought about the triumphant renaissance of Darwin's theory. He argues that, with the new science of evolutionary developmental biology (evo devo), it may be possible to take that theory to a new level - to do more than explain what has evolved in the past, and start to predict what might evolve in the future

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Darwin's Struggle: The Evolution of the Origin of Species


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Aired February 8, 2009 on BBC Four  
Documentary telling the little-known story of how Darwin came to write his great masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, a book which explains the wonderful variety of the natural world as emerging out of death and the struggle of life.

In the twenty years he took to develop a brilliant idea into a revolutionary book, Darwin went through a personal struggle every bit as turbulent as that of the natural world he observed. Fortunately, he left us an extraordinary record of his brilliant insights, observations of nature, and touching expressions of love and affection for those around him. He also wrote frank accounts of family tragedies, physical illnesses and moments of self-doubt, as he laboured towards publication of the book that would change the way we see the world.

The story is told with the benefit of Darwin's secret notes and correspondence, enhanced by natural history filming, powerful imagery from the time and contributions from leading contemporary biographers and scientists.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Astrology


Neil deGrasse Tyson at The Amazing Meeting
(via JREF)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Glenn Beck Interviews Geert Wilders


February 23, 2009 on Fox News

The Big Questions: Is Islam an intolerant religion?


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Aired February 22, 2009 on BBC One

Russia Today: Finnish Heavy Metal Band Rocks Lutheran Churches


February 23, 2009
Its church music but definitely with a difference, a priest in Finland has given up the traditional choir for a heavy metal band which now offers a unique take on the traditional Lutheran church service.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Al Jazeera: The Iraqi Muslims who convert to Christianity - UPDATED


February 22. 2009 on Al Jazeera English
A campaign of violence against Christians has seen thousands flee the country since 2003.
Many of those who remain have complained of intimidation and persecution.
But in some parts of Iraq, muslims are now choosing to become christians.
UPDATE: Here is how the Christian Broadcasting Network reported on the same church:
CBN: Iraq's 'Safe Haven' a Refuge from Torture - February 23, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Conversation between Richard Dawkins and Bishop Harries

Link
February 12, 2009
Darwin day conversation at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Read more information about this event here.
(via RichardDawkins.net)

Explore: Sex and Religion in Manila | BBC 2


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Aired February 19, 2009 on BBC Two
Manila is one of the fastest growing cities on Earth and evidence of population pressure is everywhere.

In a devoutly Catholic country, Seyi Rhodes reports on moves to introduce a reproductive health bill to provide free contraception. The Church fears a breakdown in Filipino family values and is resisting the move, blaming the widespread poverty on bad government and corruption rather than population growth. But there is evidence that many young Filipinos, while retaining their Catholicism, are now moving against the teachings of the Church on Contraception.
Thanks to TroisVitesse for making this and many other documentaries available on YT as soon as they are aired.

Ultimate Praying Championship


by POYKPAC
Thanks to Taige for the link

Lou Engle Calls for a 40-Day Fast Preaching "Sexual Purity"


Added February 19, 2009 by Lou Engle
From TheCall.com:
I would like to call the pastors, leaders, and believers in the state of California to join me on this Lenten fast from February 25th to April 5th. In my fast 7 years ago I had to overcome the compromise of my eyes to get a spiritual breakthrough in the state. I believe that if the pastors of California would call their people to 40-days of cleansing, confession, and preach sexual purity, as the core of this fast, we could step into a place of corporate spiritual authority that could once again shake leaders in government, in our judges, release spiritual awakening, and the beginnings of reformation. I believe if we could form a remnant in California (the 7000 that have not bowed there knee to Baal) then we could see a breakthrough even on the issue of marriage.

Everyday pray for the following Justices: Chief Justice, Ronald George, and Associate Justices Carlos R. Moreno, Joyce L. Kennard, Kathryn Mickle Wedegar, Ming W. Chin, Marvin R. Baxter, and Carol A. Corrigan.

And everyday pray for Governor Schwarzenegger.

Consumed by TheCall,
~ Lou Engle

Thursday, February 19, 2009

For The Record: Darwin vs. Liberals


by Illuminati TV:
To celebrate Darwin's 200th birthday, Molotov points out a few of the conundrums liberals face concerning natural selection.

Two quick notes: 1) As a "Christian Supremacist", Molotov believes that there are only 2 types of people, those who believe the Bible and liberals. 2) "For The Record" is now a bi-weekly video column at Worldnet Daily.

"For The Record" is brought to you by the Domestic Emergency Network (DEN), the free market response to FEMA. 

MEP Gerard Batten on the Geert Wilders Ban

UKIP MEP Gerard Batten comments on Geert Wilders being banned from the UK
*Note: UKIP is the party that invited Geert Wilders to Britain, and Gerard Batten was one of the people waiting for him at Heathrow airport 

See also: Dutch MP Geert Wilders Banned From Entering UK

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

James Randi Speaks: Dowsing, the Ideomotor Effect


February 18, 2009
The James Randi Educational Foundation gets many applicants for it's Million Dollar Challenge who claim to be able to dowse. Many say that they can detect things from Water, Gold, Money and the like. What many of them fail to do is to research the ideomotor effect.

We received an application for the Challenge which is a perfect example of how people sometimes just can't understand that the rods are only responding to their movements.
Links from JR:

Bristol Palin: Abstinence Is 'Not Realistic'


February 17, 2009 on Fox News
From transcript:
VAN SUSTERN: I don't want to pry too personally, but I mean, actually, contraception is an issue here. Is that something that you were just lazy about or not interested, or do you have a philosophical or religious opposition to it or...

BRISTOL: No. I don't want to get into detail about that. But I think abstinence is, like -- like, the -- I don't know how to put it -- like, the main -- everyone should be abstinent or whatever, but it's not realistic at all. 
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Founder of TV Station to Improve Muslims Image In Media Beheads Wife

February 16, 2009
From Times Online:
The founder of a television station which aims to counteract negative stereotypes of Muslims in America has been charged with beheading his wife.

Muzzamil Hassan, 44, walked into a police station last Thursday evening and told detectives that 37-year-old Aasiya Zubair Hassan's body was lying at the Bridges TV station where they both worked.

"He came into the police station at 6.20pm and told us that she was dead," said Andrew Benz, the police chief in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo in New York state.

Officers went to the headquarters of Bridges TV and found Mrs Hassan lying decapitated in a hallway, having apparently died that afternoon. Police are still hunting for a murder weapon, according to reports in The Buffalo News. Read more
Thanks to Thad for the tip
Updated with new video form CNN

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Richard Dawkins: Seven Wonders of the World (1997)


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Richard Dawkins explains his picks for the seven wonders of the world in this program from 1997.
Video from RichardDawkins.net
The last wonder was a pleasant surprise!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Al Jazeera: Hindu extremists want to limit women's freedom

February 14, 2008 on Al Jazeera English
A Hindu extremist group in India has threatened to protest on Valentine's Day because they say it is immoral.

The Shri Ram Sena group has previously launched violent attacks against women to protest against "eroding culture and tradition".
Some Indian women are fighting back by sending pink underwear to right-wing Hindu activist Pramod Muthalik.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Freedom go to hell


by Pat Condell

Christopher Hitchens Interviewed on France 24


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February 7, 2009 on France 24 English
Our guest today is a writer who has more than once defied definition and frequently dares to challenge everything the reader believes in. His latest book, God is not great, has recently been released in French.
In part 2 Hitchens says that president Obama is "not a believer"
Thanks to Tom for the link

Rachel Maddow: Evolution, Darwin Day, and the FSM!


February 12, 2009
Rachel Maddow Interviews Edward Larson, Professor of History and Law at Pepperdine University

CBN: On Darwin Day, Myths Parade as Facts


February 12, 2009 on the Christian Broadcasting Network
Although born on the same day as President Abraham Lincoln, millions think scientist Charles Darwin was more heroic.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Al Jazeera: Darwin's Evolution Ideas Remain Controversial


February 13, 2009 on Al Jazeera English
With Richard Dawkins, Paul Taylor, and Bob Bloomfield
Charles Darwin, the British scientist, laid the foundations of the theory of evolution and transformed the way many people think about the natural world. But his ideas still have their detractors.

As the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth is celebrated, an evolutionary biologist, a creationist and a natural histrorian give Al Jazeera their views on his discoveries.

*Note: Post title was edited after the edit on Al Jazeera's YT channel; "theory still debated" was changed to "ideas remain controversial" 

CBN: Using Common Sense to Debunk Evolution


Added February 12, 2009 by the Christian Broadcasting Network
Pat Robertson interviews evangelist and author Ray Comfort about how Christians can use logic to point Darwin followers to God.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dutch MP Geert Wilders banned from entering UK - UPDATED


February 11, 2009
From BBC News:
A Dutch MP who described the Koran as a "fascist book" has been banned from entering the UK amid fears his presence would endanger public security.

Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders was invited to show his controversial film - which links the Islamic holy book to terrorism - in the UK's House of Lords.

But Mr Wilders, who faces trial in his own country for inciting hatred, has been denied entry by the Home Office.
Mr Wilders said the move was "cowardly" but one peer said it was "welcome". Read more
UPDATE: Wilders refused entry to Britain, sent back to the Netherlands (Thanks Doctor E)

Muslim Cleric: Valentine's Day More Dangerous than AIDS, Ebola, and Cholera


February 6, 2009 on Al-Rahma TV (Egypt)

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Big Questions: Can the Bible and Darwin both be right?


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February 8, 2009 on BBC One with Professor Peter Atkins
Thanks to TroisVitesse

National Geographic: Professor Richard Dawkins on Darwin


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Richard Dawkins Exclusive Interview: Professor Richard Dawkins explains the importance of Charles Darwin, what evolution means and why the National Geographic Channel should celebrate the bi-centenary of his birth. Watch the exclusive interview with Richard Dawkins now. Please Note: The views expressed in this interview are the views of the person or persons being interviewed and are not necessarily views shared by The National Geographic Channel.

Please Note: The views expressed in this interview are the views of the person or persons being interviewed and are not necessarily views shared by The National Geographic Channel."

We want to teach both sides. Stay tuned for Ben Stein on Intelligent Design.
*Edited - Thanks Michael

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Penn & Teller: The Seven Basic Principles of Magic


  1. Palm: To hold an object in an apparently empty hand.
  2. Ditch: To secretly dispose of an unneeded object.
  3. Steal: To secretly obtain a needed object.
  4. Load: To secretly move a needed object to where it is hidden.
  5. Simulation: To give the impression that something that hasn’t happened, has.
  6. Misdirection: To lead attention away from a secret move.
  7. Switch: To secretly exchange one object for another.
(via Unreasonable Faith)

Tony Blair: Faith Needs to be Restored to Help World


February 5, 2009 on Sky News
Former prime minister Tony Blair, now a Middle East envoy, has given a speech at the annual Washington prayer breakfast - a US tradition. He recalled wanting to end an address with the words 'God bless the British people', but advisers were not so sure.

L Ron Hubbard Recording About Xenu Aired on Australian TV


February 4, 2009 on Channel 7
From Today Tonight:
Scientology has denied for decades that it preaches stories about aliens infecting humankind.

In a world exclusive, Today Tonight has aired founder L Ron Hubbard explaining the story of Xenu the alien.
It's been scientology's most fiercely guarded secret - but not any more.

In this audio tape, the founder of the organisation says: "there is a base on this planet and it so shredded away as to be hardly recognisable."

The tape was recorded in 1968 as Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard gave a lecture to the faithful. Read more

Friday, February 6, 2009

Richard Dawkins: Uncut Interview with Jill Mytton


From RichardDawkins.net
This is the uncut interview from the Channel 4 TV program 'The Root of All Evil?', hosted by Richard Dawkins.

Jill Mytton left a religious cult as a young adult, and now helps counsel people who are struggling with life after leaving cult environments.

This video is part of the DVD collection available through the RichardDawkins.net store

This video is provided free online by The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. If you enjoy it, please consider purchasing the DVD to help us provide more content like this.

John Stewart: When Did "Good Person" Get Intricately Linked to Faith?


February 5, 2009 - Youtube copy
Partial Transcript:
Jon Stewart: Do you think we could ever elect an atheist?… Now, we have a black president. Could an atheist — What will come first: black, woman, Hispanic, gay, Jew, Atheist? Where do you go?

Randall Balmer: I think, pretty much, in that order…

JS: [Laughs] I hope somebody wrote that down!

RB: And I think atheist is probably at the end. Because we Americans want to know about our candidates’ faith. What we really want to know is: Are they good people? Are they moral? Are they trustworthy?

JS: But when did “good person” get intricately linked to faith? Why can’t goodness be a virtue without fear of Biblical punishment or any of those other…

RB: Well, it certainly can. But in America… religion is a proxy for morality… the only way we can frame the question is ask, “Do you go to church?” “Are you a religious person?” And I think the problem is that we, as the voters, take those kind of blithe responses at face value and we should interrogate those claims…
(via Friendly Atheist)

Qi: Why Was it Hard for a Camel to Pass Through the Eye of a Needle?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life


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Aired February 1, 2009 on BBC One
Re-queued and updated with complete video. Thanks to The Sydenham Infidel
Update II: Better quality video from TroisVitesse

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Science Comedian Brian Malow on Evolution


Brian Malow's blog
Thanks to Fred for the link!

Saudi Cleric on Muslims in the West and the Collapse of Western Families


November 21, 2008 on Al-Jazeera TV - Transcript (Requires registration)
Saudi Cleric Sultan Al-Dugheilbi on the Religious Zeal of Drunk Muslims in the West and the Collapse of Western Families

Richard Dawkins: Uncut Interview with Ian McEwan


This is the uncut interview from the Channel 4 TV program 'The Root of All Evil?', hosted by Richard Dawkins. This video is part of the DVD collection available through the RichardDawkins.net store
(via RichardDawkins.net)

Sir David Attenborough: Tree of life video


This is the six-minute Tree of Life video that appeared on the BBC One programme 'Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life' narrated by David Attenborough

Sunday, February 1, 2009

David Attenborough on The Andrew Marr Show


February 1, 2009

David Attenborough on BBC Breakfast


January 30, 2009

NBC Poll: Should "In God We Trust" be removed form the U.S. Currency?

AMB reader Josh, received an email about an NBC poll asking whether "In God We Trust" should be removed from the U.S. currency. The email is being circulated between Christians and Josh wanted to share it with us:
Let's surprise NBC!

Here's your chance to let the media know where the people stand on our faith in God, as a nation. NBC is taking a poll on "In God We Trust" to stay on our American currency. Please send this to every Christian you know so they can vote on this important subject. Please do it right away, before NBC takes this off the web page.

Poll is still open so you can vote.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10103521/

This is not sent for discussion, if you agree forward it, if you don't, delete it. By me forwarding it, you know how I feel. I'll bet this was a surprise to NBC
Poll results are now at 14% Yes, 86% No. Vote here