Australia: One Nation Candidate Stephanie Banister Makes Sarah Palin Look Like a Rhodes Scholar

27-year-old mother of two from Queensland, Stephanie Banister, is hoping to represent the One Nation Party in next month’s election in Australia. She has some pretty monumental odds to overcome. She could be disqualified if convicted of charges stemming from an anti-Muslim contamination scare at a shopping center. Banister is due to face a charge of “contaminating or interfering with goods” over allegations she stuck a sticker which read “Beware! Halal food funds terrorism” on Nestle products at her local Woolworths.


Scientology Executive Describes Use of Kidnapping and Torture by Church Leaders

In 2012, Debbie Cook, who ran the "spiritual Mecca" for seventeen years, came forward and accused the church of repeated accounts of "screaming, slapping" and being "made to stand in a trash and water's poured over you" in efforts to confess her sins. This was all done in "The Hole", located at Scientology's International base in the California Desert. She claims that she was taken there against her will and forced to stay for seven weeks. The church states that she "voluntarily" participated in their program of "religious discipline."


Are Religions Unfair to Women?

BBC One 05 May 2013

This is a special edition from King Edward VI Handsworth School in Birmingham and Nicky Campbell asks just one Big Question: Are religions unfair to women?

Taking part are: Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter; Cole Moreton, author of Is God Still an Englishman?; Christina Rees, who sits on The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England; the theologian Vicky Beeching; the feminist Kate Smurthwaite; Liz Weston from Christ Church, Southampton; Sarah de Nordwall from Catholic Voices; Eunice Olumide, a convert to Islam; Rania Hafez from Muslim Women in Education; Rabbi Shmuel Arkush, Director of Lubavitch in the Midlands; and Bharti Tailor, President of the Hindu Forum for Europe.


Real Time with Bill Maher: Sam Harris

Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction.

Mr. Harris' writing has been published in over fifteen languages. He and his work have been discussed in Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.

Mr. Harris is a Co-Founder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.


The Scopes Monkey Trial

The Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was a famous American legal case in 1925 in which a high school teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach evolution in any state-funded school.


In Conversation with Richard Dawkins

Professor Richard Dawkins in conversation with Dr Stephen Law, senior lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London, discussing the major issues of importance to humanists and atheists at a time when opposition to rationalist thought appears to be on the rise. Filmed at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, on Friday 15th February 2013.

February 2013 marked the forth annual Think Week -- a week of high profile public events that ran from the 8th to the18th February. Think Week was organized by student groups from both local Universities, the Oxford Humanists and Oxford Sea of Faith. Events covered a range of themes from science and philosophy to politics, equality, human rights, and the arts.


NOVA: The Bible's Buried Secrets

An archeological detective story traces the origins of the Hebrew Bible.

In this landmark two-hour special, NOVA takes viewers on a scientific journey that began 3,000 years ago and continues today. The film presents the latest archeological scholarship from the Holy Land to explore the beginnings of modern religion and the origins of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. This archeological detective story tackles some of the biggest questions in biblical studies: Where did the ancient Israelites come from? Who wrote the Bible, when, and why? How did the worship of one Godthe foundation of modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islamemerge?

Aired November 18, 2008 on PBS


Vice: Resistance in the West Bank

We traveled to the largest refugee camp in the West Bank to meet some of the Palestinian youth, and to find out if the Palestinian Authority's commitment to non-violent struggle against the occupying Israelis was a national consensus. While there, we experienced the extremes of violent and non-violent protests, from hunger strikers to jihadists.


Mexico Man: Mechanic to Messiah

Each year, nearly 5,000 amateur actors take part in the world's largest annual open-air play.

In the passion play depicting passages from the Bible, the role of Jesus Christ is the most sought after.

This Easter, Al Jazeera spoke to Jess Flores Domnguez, a 25-year-old mechanic, who stars as the messiah in Mexico City.