Teenager sent to jail in Turkey for the crime of calling for secularism

You may have heard about the story of a teenager in Turkey who was sent to jail for apparently insulting the president. Now the words “teen” and “insult” might conjure up in your mind some rebellious kid yelling unprintable abuse at a well-respected politician, but that is not what went down here, this is something quite different. This is a story about a brave kid (pictured below) who read out a statement hailing the principles of secularism as enshrined by the Turkish […]


The “Highly Offensive” tweets of Neil deGrasse Tyson

For those of you that are highly religious Christians, are insecure about that position, and have no sense of humour, please stop reading now. If you do not heed this warning then there is a distinct possibility that you are about to be highly offended. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, Author, and host of Cosmos, has been tweeting some hilarious tweets on Christmas day that have apparently upset rather a lot of religious people, and here for your enjoyment are a couple […]

A Celebration Of Carl Sagan

An Open Letter to Dennis Garvin 2

Background Context On 2nd Dec Mr Garvin wrote an article within the Roanoke Star entitled – Atheism and Adolescent Rebellion in which he writes that “the proper application of modern science persuaded me that my atheism was a nonintellectual exercise in self-deception“ On 4th Dec I replied with a long rebuttal on my blog that analysed the claim presented, and posted a link to that within the comments section of the article Mr Garvin has followed up on Dec 24th by posting […]


Sol Invictus

Did you by any chance know that today, the 25th of December, is supposed to be the day that a god was born? It is all associated with a time when specific things happen … People exchanging gifts People attending a religious ritual, then later indulging in feasting and drinking. People decorating their houses with green plants such as mistletoe … and of course you all know the name of the god I am referring to and the specific festival […]


Raggle’s final performance

It is a clever bit of viral marketing, and yet it is more than that, it is also a wonderfully inventive bit of seasonal fun. Yes, I’m taking a different tack today and am not scribbling my usual daily rant, but am instead sharing some of Raggle’s pictures. Photographer, Peter Thorpe, who is based in Bristol in the UK has a Christmas tradition that goes back over 24 years that involves transforming the family pet into another animal and then uses the image […]

'Bah Humbug' 2012

The Myth of the war on Christmas 1

A war on what? The first observation to make is that the celebration of Christmas as we now experience it is very much an invention of the victorian era, and historically it was Easter that had far more significance to Christians. Much may in fact has been prompted by Charles Dickens writing A Christmas Carol in which he constructs Christmas as a family-centered festival of generosity. To quote from the Wikipedia page on that story … Dickens’ Carol was one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas […]