Gliese 581g – The next "Earth"?

The fact that we’ve found a habitable planet candidate so soon after starting our search has important implications for the number of habitable planets that may exist in our galaxy – which was estimated to be around 10 billion. 

Having found Gliese 581g so soon though, may mean one of two things. Either we were very lucky, or there are more planets out there than we thought. Based on this discovery, it’s possible that we may have many more habitable planets than originally thought.

Perhaps 20 to 30 billion stars in our galaxy may have conditions suitable for life.

13-year-old girl beaten to death for not saying prayers

When will these extremist theists realize that they are sacrificing real people over a made up deity. This is so sad.

Nouténé Sidimé, 13, died over the weekend after being allegedly slapped by her father. (Facebook)

Dad in custody after daughter, 13, dies

Girl refused to say prayers with father: neighbours

By QMI Agency

MONTREAL — A 13-year-old girl whose beating death led to the arrest of her 71-year-old father had enraged him by refusing to say her prayers, according to neighbours.

Noutene Sidime died Saturday evening in suburban Longueuil, Que., three days after she was rushed to hospital with breathing difficulties, her face covered in blood.
Her father, Moussa Sidime, had called 911 last Wednesday. Sidime was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, but the charges could be upgraded, police said.
Neighbours said Noutene Sidime was a polite girl who was often unable to please her elderly father.
Others who live in the apartment building south of Montreal said the girl sometimes neglected to say daily prayers, which infuriated her father.
“(He) was mean,” said Karine Girard, who lives on the street. “I’ve seen him grab her by the arm because she wouldn’t go up to say her prayers.”
Relatives told QMI Agency they believe the girl’s death was an accident.

Markella – Imaginary Friend



From the commencement of life
We’re expected to pretend
We are taught to believe
Things we cannot comprehend

We are told that somewhere up above
A friend is guiding our lives with his love

And the moment we die
We will get our reward
In eternity’s hand
We will be with our lord

But it’s not true
It’s completely insane
It’s all fantasy

There is no imaginary friend, imaginary faith, imaginary hope, imaginary love

Now as I look at the world
And I see reality
I am fully aware
Of my own mortality

Every moment is sacred to me
Each day brings a chance to be who I want to be

But I need time to unlearn
All those things that are untrue
My thoughts were not my own
But part of the mass collective delusion

Reason has shown me
There’s no imaginary friend, imaginary faith, imaginary hope, imaginary love

If there is no god in the sky
Why should we care, why should we even try
To be moral human beings
The answer is reciprocity

I have faith in the human race to be loving neighbors
Without imaginary friends, imaginary faith, imaginary hope, imaginary love

I have faith in the human race to find understanding, to be loving neighbors
Without imaginary friends, imaginary faith, imaginary hope, imaginary love

© 2010 New Age of Reason

Richard Dawkins on the Big Debate

Jonathan Dimbleby and a panel of experts come together to debate the controversial subject of religion in Britain’s schools.

The role of religion in education is a subject rarely out of the headlines. Despite Britain’s multi-faith society, schools are still required to include a collective act of worship of a Christian nature, while faith schools and religious academies have raised fears about community cohesion and covert selection.

Claims by some religious educationalists that faith is the best way to teach moral values is challenged by others in schools who believe religious morality to be outdated and dangerous.

Dimbleby is joined by Professor Richard Dawkins, Schools Select Committee chairman Barry Sheerman MP, and a multi-faith studio audience.