Tide goes in, stupid comes out: O'Reilly provides argument for lack of God

The Intertubes as a whole have been laughing at Bill O'Reilly's naming of the tides as "proof" of a magic man in the sky. Responding to the claim by David Silverman, President of American Atheists, that all religions are a scam, O'Reilly tells us how he knows they're not: 

"Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can't explain that."

Full video of the interview: Readeth thou more

Hucleus rays and the bed of woo

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Shooting more blanks at the "New Atheists"

Wow. The friendly-fire snipes against the "New Atheists" are becoming a full-on fusillade. But... Why are the riled-up gunslingers pointing their peashooters in every cock-eyed direction, and loading up with nothing more than those kiddie strips of paper caps?

Seriously. Take a read of the latest, and see if you can figure out: Where's the steak, cowboys? Readeth thou more

Attacking the New Atheists: It's fun, it's easy, it's thought-free!

Attacking the "New Atheists" (that odd label that apparently means nothing more than atheists who aren't afraid to speak up, which isn't even anything new) is a popular pastime. Its practitioners aren't only religious believers; some are secular or atheist types who prefer that we all just keep quiet about religion's special privileges. Readeth thou more

Don't burn books in a sea of gasoline

So some goober wants to conduct a public Koran-burning, partly because that book of scripture is bad while this book of scripture is good, and partly as a brilliant plan to protest Islamic extremists by equally enraging Muslim extremists and moderates alike. ("It's so crazy it just might..." Nah. I don't think so.)

As of this writing, the torching is on hold while the pastor milks all the publicity possible out of the uproar. He's got the full attention and commentary of Muslims, Christians, and atheists around the world – even pleas to desist from US President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and military commander Gen. David Petraeus! Not bad for a nobody from an unknown "ministry" in Florida.

Those high-level voices are calling for a halt to the stunt in the interest of avoiding riots and worse. It's a damn shame that anyone – even a goober burning silly books to get attention – has to refrain from goofy but perfectly legal activity because some offended persons will react with psychotic violence. But that's the reality of the world, and I have to agree with Obama and the rest: The burning will needlessly place real lives at risk, whether US soldiers in the Middle East, US citizens around the world, or just anyone who gets in the way of the offended lunatics.

I can't agree today with PZ Myers: Readeth thou more