Christopher Hitchens vs. Tony Blair (1:0)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTUxcxHLdrM]

Back in November 2010, as part of the Munk Debate series about 2700 people gathered in Toronto’s Roy Thomson hall to watch Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair discuss Religion.

The rest of the debate spans about 2 hours, but is equally worth watching

Merry Christmas everyone!

Some fun facts about Christmas traditions, brought to you by your friendly neighborhood atheist!

People would be amazed that 1) many non-Christians celebrate the holiday season and 2) many Christians unknowingly implement pagan traditions into their commemoration of the baby Jesus.

This video takes a quick glance at just a few beloved Christmas traditions and some of their origins.

Some other resources:
http://www.jesusneverexisted.com/nazareth.html
http://www.atheists.org/Did_Jesus_Exist%3F
http://www.history.com/topics/christmas

Praised be the Woody Allen Jesus (by Tim Minchin)

This song was meant to air on the Jonathan Ross Show tomorrow night (23rd December 2011), but at the last minute ITV cut it. [… read the rest of the story …]

… which IMHO is way more offensive than his song is. But if you like it, make sure to check out the rest of his YouTube channel. Oh, and you get quite a bit more of his fun stuff at Amazon for very little money.

After the rapture

So apparently, once again, the world didn’t actually end today. Who’d have guessed?

I for one am really looking forward to what their explanation will be this time. One thing’s for sure though – it will be hilarious. :)

Easter parody: Friday

Lyrics:

Thirty-three A.D.; time for the passion
Get Ciaiphas, Get Pontius Pilate
Gotta get a whip, gotta take some lashes.
King of the Jews, my time is coming
A crucifixion, everybody’s yelling
Got a big cross; damn its heavy.
Gotta crown of thorns, where are my friends?

Judas he deceived me
Peter he denied me
Gotta tell my father
I need some new friends.

Good Friday, Friday
Gotta die on Good Friday
Everybody’s watching me fall and they’re not helping
Good Friday, Friday
Getting crucified day
Dad better be right about my resurrection.

Suffering, Suffering (Yeah)
Suffering, Suffering (Yeah)
This is not fun
Looking forward to Revelation!

It’s 3 P.M., I’m hanging on the big cross
Nails through my hands, and why did they stab me.
Son, Son, I am his son
You know he won’t like this.
Jesus Christ, Son of God
A thief is by my right side
Oh screw this, I am pissed
And now you’ll know it!

Darkness when it’s still day
Lightning cause I’m angry
Bet you didn’t think that
I was serious.

Good Friday, Friday
Gotta eat fish on Friday
Everybody’s sorry and now they’re Christians.
Good Friday, Friday
I just died on Friday
Everybody’s looking forward to Easter Sunday.

Rising up, Rising up (Yeah)
Rising up, Rising up (Yeah)
In just three days
Who the hell is the Easter Bunny?

Yesterday we feasted
Today is Good Friday
I.I.I so crucified
I so crucified
I just saved you all today

Tomorrow I’m in a cave
Then Easter comes afterwards
I just want Sunday to come!

JC Jesus Christ
Just hanging in Jerusalem
In robes of white.
Dude can walk on water
Then change it into wine
How you gonna kill a man so divine
But he tricked you son, he’s on the rise.
And you are in for a big surprise
Get down on your knees and start to pray
Cause J.C. is coming back in 3 days
Resurrection, son.

Good Friday, Friday
Gotta eat fish on Friday
Everybody’s sorry and now they’re Christians
Good Friday, Friday
I just died on Friday
Everybody’s looking forward to Easter Sunday.

Rising up, Rising up (Yeah)
Rising up, Rising up (Yeah)
In just three days
Who the hell is the Easter Bunny?

 

Slavery in Pakistan


Thousands of women are imprisoned for adultery and even locked up for having been raped.
In a bare prison cell a veiled teenage girl huddles against the wall. Ruqaiya Khan is in prison because she wants independence from her family and in Pakistan Islamic law says that a woman’s Place is in the home. Stark faces peer from behind the bars of a Karachi insane asylum, housing 1200 women. Abuse and over-work cause women to die on average younger than men. We speak to lawyers who fight the cases of women trapped by Pakistan’s harsh Islamic laws. On any day up to 3,000 slave girls are for sale on Karachi’s streets. We speak to a 14 year old who was sold. A community leader says that even the government is involved in a protected and flourishing slave trade. Pakistani prostitutes dance for our camera. The brothels are legal. In Pakistan men have made a society designed only for their comfort.
A film by Mark Stucke.
Journeyman Pictures