Well-known atheist Richard Dawkins is receiving criticism on social media networks after publically expressing his outrage at an international airport security checkpoint for confiscating his jar of honey.
Dawkins took to his Twitter account on Sunday to express his dismay that a tiny jar of honey he had been traveling with through an international airport security checkpoint had been confiscated due to current TSA [Transportation Security Administration] regulations regarding the amount of liquid one can carry on a plane. "Bin Laden has won, in airports of the world every day. I had a little jar of honey, now thrown away by rule-bound dundridges [sic]. STUPID [sic] waste," Dawkins tweeted.
Dawkins then received a rash of public backlash, both on the user sharing websites Reddit and Twitter, for his complaint about the honey. Some said he was wrong to write that "Bin Laden had won" over such a petty item as a small jar of honey, while others argued Dawkins should have understood the TSA rules before putting a large-sized liquid in his carry-on luggage. more >>
In a triumphant move over his acute stammer which used to get him bullied in high school, a British teen moving on to college delivered a farewell speech in front of his classmates and teachers that made it difficult for them to keep their eyes dry.
The teen, Musharaf Asghar, was a character and student in a British documentary television series called "Educating Yorkshire," which chronicled the lives of students and staff at Thornhill Community Academy, a high school equivalent in the diverse Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Much like Colin Firth's character in the 2010 movie, "The King's Speech," Musharaf's struggles with his stammer is highlighted in a YouTube clip from the series and ends with him thanking his teachers and classmates for cheering him on to the point of graduating with a pass in his oral English exams. more >>
Germany has become the first European nation to allow parents to effectively choose an "intermediate sex" gender for newborn babies displaying characteristics of both males and females, in an effort to improve "acceptance and equality."
"Many people who were subjected to a 'normalizing' operation in their childhood have later felt it to have been a mutilation and would never have agreed to it as adults," read a 2012 report by the German Ethics Council, on which the law is based on, as reported by DW.DE.
With the new law in effect in November, parents will not be forced to pick between male and female identifications or make quick decisions about sex assignment surgery for the newborns. more >>
Pope Francis announced earlier this week that he reached a social media milestone by amassing more than 10 million followers on Twitter.
"Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying for me," said Francis in a tweet on Sunday.
The pope has nine different Twitter handles, each of them beginning with "Pontifex," and his words of encouragement and insight are published in a different language on each of them. Currently about 3.2 million people follow the pontiff's English language handle. more >>
An atheist shoe company from Germany has targeted a new audience by promoting a line of atheist-themed shoes for babies and toddlers. The company, known simply as ATHEIST, made national headlines earlier this year when it accused the U.S. Postal Service of discriminating against its company for being godless.
The company, based in Berlin, created a Kickstarter page to raise money for its new line of atheist-themed baby shoes, hoping to raise £7,000, or roughly $9,636, so it can incorporate the new line into its business model. The company has already raised over half the amount needed to reach its goal.
The Kickstarter page for the baby shoes offers a brief description as to why the small company chose to make a shoe line for infants in the first place: "We're pretty sure all babies are born atheists and, rather than commit them to some religion before they're old enough to have a say [let alone control their pooping functions] we'd rather celebrate their undoubted belief in Mummy, Daddy and breasts." more >>
Did Jesus and Mary make an appearance in Switzerland? A screenshot of a Google Maps Streetview image on the A5 road near Walensee in Switzerland has some on the internet claiming they saw the divine.
Photo enthusiasts say two shapes floating in the clouds above the mountains at the very least share a strong resemblance to the Son of God and his mother. Social media users have identified "Christ" as the tall figure wearing a black and burgundy cloak while Mary, as the shorter figure, in an outfit of pink and red.
The photo, which been shared hundreds of times across Twitter and Facebook, has not made believers out of everyone. more >>