Showing posts with label RT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RT. Show all posts

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Comedian Doug Stanhope Raises $100K for Atheist Who Lost Her Home in Oklahoma Tornado

Update: Donation page
Rebecca Vitsmun made headlines around the world last week when CNN's Wolf Blitzer was caught off guard on live TV by the victim of the recent Moore, Oklahoma tornado. Blitzer asked Vitsmun if she thanked "the Lord" for being spared in the storm, only for the woman to respond, "I'm actually an atheist." Blitzer was taken aback, but not Doug Stanhope — an award-winning stand-up comedian and 'devout' atheist in his own right.

Stanhope started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for Vitsmun and her family and has so far managed to bring in over $100,000 — well past his $50,000 goal — as part of his "Atheists Unite" effort.

Stanhope says "it's important that our community shows that we have your back when you come out publicly as an atheist" and pleaded with fans: "Let's show the world that you don't need to believe in a god to have human compassion nor does all charity fall under the banner of religion."

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Film Portraying Islam as Violent Triggers Violent Attacks on US Consulate in Libya, Embassy in Egypt

September 12, 2012 on Russia Today
American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt have been attacked by angry mobs over a US-made film said to insult the Prophet Mohammed. The assault in the Libyan city of Benghazi left US ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other consulate employees killed. Post-revolutionary Libya and Egypt will only see a further rise in extremism and instability, says Nader Hashemi, an Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the University of Denver.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mohammed –°artoons: Blasphemy or artistic expression?

August 27, 2012 on Russia Today
Germany's struggling to see eye to eye with its Muslim community over whose laws and beliefs should prevail. From anti-extremism protests to openly displaying portraits of the prophet Mohammed, demonstrations have been taking place in a number of cities across the country.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Reason Rally 'Question Silly Beliefs' - Interview with Lawrence Krauss

March 27, 2012 on RT News:
The Reason Rally took over the National Mall here in Washington D.C. this weekend, billed as the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history. So what does the largest gathering in history of atheists, humanists, secularists, freethinkers, skeptics, really mean? Are we seeing a more open minded society or judging by the rhetoric coming from GOP candidates, and legislation being brought up in states across the country, is the tension between the religious and the not, only growing? Lawrence Krauss, author and Foundation Professor at Arizona State University joins the show.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Conversations with Great Minds - Richard Dawkins

September 28, 2011 on Russia Today
Professor Richard Dawkins, British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author-his latest is "The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True" joins Thom Hartmann for Conversations w/ Great Minds.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tool Time: Good Christians Threaten Atheist

August 2, 2011 on Russia Today:
FOX News was covering the story of the legal battle over a large cross being placed at the Ground Zero Memorial in New York. After Blair Scott, the communications director for American Atheists appeared on air he started getting death threats. He was quoted on the American Atheist blog saying he can always tell when someone from the group is on FOX News because his inbox explodes with hate e-mail. Over at the Fox News Facebook Page irate "Christians" didn't like the interview either.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Five Arrested Over 'Muhammad Cartoon' Terror Plot in Denmark

December 30, 2010 on Russia Today:
Danish police are investigating what they call the most-serious terror plot ever attempted in the country. Five suspected Islamist militants have been arrested for allegedly planning a gun attack in Copenhagen.

Their target was the office of the newspaper that printed the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed five years ago.

Police say the suspects intended to break into the building and to kill as many people as possible.

The publication of the cartoons, one of which depicted the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb-shaped turban, invoked the fury of Muslims around the world.

The arrests are the latest in a series throughout the year which have put European nations on high alert over the spread of Islamic radicalism.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Russian Inquisition? Church Teens Claim Harsh Abuse, Cry for Help

October 21, 2010 on Russia Today:
Allegations of child abuse in a convent school in central Russia: pupils are said to have been suffering from harsh treatment.

One of the convents in central Russia has made headlines after accusations of victimizing children from a boarding school based at the convent. Former students of the Svyato-Bogolyubovsky convent said that the nuns beat the children with belts and forced them to make hundreds of bows, as well as deprived them of food and sleep as "punishments".

“They beat us often, sometimes three times a day, 40 lashes each time,” recalled Ksenia Golovchenko, a former convent boarding student. “Once it was even 103 lashes for one girl. We cried every day. Our eyes were never dry, and always puffy. We would always have headaches from crying so much. And we had no one to complain to.”
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fox Station Reports Jupiter and Balloons as UFOs

October 13, 2010 on Fox NYC

October 14, 2010 on Russia Today

From Bad Astronomy:
Yesterday, there were UFO reports from all over the city. Not to keep you in suspense, but those UFOs were actually hundreds of balloons released on Broadway to celebrate a visit by Madrid officials. You can see more about this by my friend Ben Radford and at Science-Based Parenting.

Note that balloons explain everything: the UFOs were in clusters, they moved randomly, they were seen as dots, nothing was reported on radar, they floated for hours, they slowly disappeared, the timing was right. As far as explanations go, we’re done here. [I'll note that there were some reports of UFO earlier in the day, but those look just like balloons as well, probably from a different event.]

Now, I can forgive the Fox reporter for not knowing about the balloons; cases like this do happen. However, watch the video of the reporter: she clearly didn’t do any investigation at all of this other than to talk to a few people in the street

Pay attention around 35 seconds in. That star she spends a lot of time talking about is the planet Jupiter.
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(via Derren Brown Blog)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Violent Quran Burning Protests Leave 11 Injured in Afghanistan

Seprember 11, 2010 on RT
At least 11 people were injured in Afghanistan as thousands protested plans by a tiny Florida church to burn the Muslim holy book. 4 protesters and 5 police were injured in clashes after several hundred demonstrators ran toward a NATO compound in the northern province of Badakhshan. In western Farah province, police said two people were injured in another protest. The Reverend Terry Jones from the Dove Outreach Center in Florida triggered outrage when he promised to burn the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. He later said the plans had been put on hold.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Addicts In 'Religious Rehab' Seen As Cult

August 29, 2010 on Russia Today
Religious rehab centers are on the rise in Russia, offering non-traditional aid to drug addicts in the country. But critics argue such centers are no more than sects, and that addicts trade one crutch for another there.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Genital Mutilation On The Rise As UK Combats The Crime

August 27, 2010 on Russia Today
Medical officials in the UK say the number of women who've been subjected to genital mutilation is on the rise. Although the practice is illegal in the country, thousands are considered to be at risk annually -- and no one has ever been convicted of the crime.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fortune Tellers Pocket $8 Billion As People Lose Trust In Banks

August 15, 2010 on Russia Today
Playing the stock market has always been a guessing game, but since the global recession diminished European investors' confidence in their own predicting abilities, more are now turning to paranormal professionals.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Blasphemy Trial in Moscow - 'Forbidden Art' Show Organizers Convicted of "Fueling Religious Hatred"

July 12, 2010 on Russia Today
The organisers of a Russian exhibition called 'Forbidden art' have been found guilty of sparking religious hatred. The show was an explosive mix of works considered too outrageous to show elsewhere.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sharia Law in UK: Rule of God or Wing of Terrorism?

June 21, 2010 on Russia Today
A heated rally outside London's Downing Street sparked counter-demonstrations and chaos. Muslim protestors had gathered - calling for aspects of Sharia Law to be introduced into Britain.

Monday, June 14, 2010

"Honor Killings" of Inter-Caste Couples in India

June 14, 2010 on Russia Today
In India, clan councils want the government to ban marriages within the same sub-caste. But some couples who choose love over tradition pay the ultimate price: death at the hands of their own family.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Danish Daily Appologises for Muhammad Cartoons

February 26, 2010 on Russia Today
A Danish newspaper's apologised for offending Muslims over its printing of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad five years ago. It sparked fierce protest in the Muslim world and intense debate about freedom of speech. The Politiken newspaper says its apology was part of a settlement with a Saudi lawyer representing eight Muslim groups in the Middle East and Australia.