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  • Taking Atheism Seriously

    Recently a man burst into a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and shot and killed 26 parishioners (including an unborn child). The killer’s former high school classmates described him as a militant atheist. “He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism,” wrote former classmate Nina Rose Nava in a Facebook post, according to the Daily Mail. “I legit just deleted him off my fb cause I couldn’t stand his post.” Which raises this question: To what extent was the killer’s rampage inspired by his atheist beliefs? Obviously, I am...
  • Army atheist yells, ‘God save me’, as shells explode

    12/12/2017 10:42:15 AM PST · by fishtank · 28 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Published: 12 December 2017 (GMT+10) | Roger Griffiths
    Army atheist yells, ‘God save me’, as shells explode by Roger Griffiths This article arose from an exchange of information between CMI’s translations facilitator Roger Griffiths and John T. Tolbert, an evangelist working with several language groups in Asia, primarily Vietnamese. Published: 12 December 2017 (GMT+10) John recalls, as a five-year-old, looking up at the sky, and realizing there must be a God. At 17 years, he joined the US Army, which was engaged in the Vietnam War. During basic training, an older colleague, hearing that John believed in God, gave him Mark Twain’s Letters from the Earth, which lampoons...
  • Atheist group files lawsuit over ‘unconstitutional’ pet blessings at animal shelter

    11/23/2017 4:57:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/23/17 | Douglas Ernst
    A New Jersey animal shelter’s annual pet blessings has prompted a federal lawsuit by a group called American Atheists Inc. of Cranford. The Bergen County Animal Shelter is accused of violating the First and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution over two events held in 2016 and 2017. Each event featured a member of the Franciscan Order of the Divine Mercy in North Arlington. Plaintiffs say that animal blessings at the facility are tantamount to an endorsement of religion. They seek an injunction to stop the annual event, and legal fees.
  • Texas Church Shooter Claimed He Used Dogs As Target Practice, Says Former Colleague

    11/10/2017 3:48:54 PM PST · by ETL · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 10, 2017 | Hilary Hanson
    Jessika Edwards told CNN that she and Devin Kelley worked together at Hollomon Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 to 2012. Kelley was released from the military on a bad-conduct discharge in 2014 after serving time for assaulting his wife and stepson. Edwards said that when the two made contact on Facebook in 2014, Kelley said he had been purchasing dogs through Craigslist and then using them for “target practice.” While in the Air Force, she said, Kelley was preoccupied with mass murders and made jokes about killing people. ..." In 2014, the same year he allegedly made...
  • MEDIA LOWBALL KILLER’S ATHEISM

    11/08/2017 8:55:42 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 4 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | 11/08/2017 | Bill Donohue
    The following media outlets cited Kelley’s atheism: ABC (“Good Morning America”) Boston Globe CNN CNN Wire Fox News Los Angeles Times New York Times TMZ Washington Times The following did a profile of Kelley’s background but said nothing about his hateful brand of atheism: Associated Press CBS cbsnews.com NBC PBS USA Today Time.com Washington Post The following left-wing Internet sites covered Kelley’s background but did not report his militant atheism: Alternet Daily Beast Daily Kos Huffington Post Mother Jones Salon Slate Think Progress
  • Church shooter escaped mental health facility months after attack on wife, child (tr)

    11/08/2017 8:54:48 AM PST · by ETL · 17 replies
    Click 2 Houston (NBC affiliate) ^ | November 07, 2017 | Mario Diaz , Cathy Tatom , Aaron Wische
    Ex-facility official says Kelley made death threats and tried to buy weaponsHOUSTON - Channel 2 Investigates obtained law enforcement documents revealing Devin Kelley escaped from a behavioral center in New Mexico a little more than five years before Sunday’s deadly rampage in Sutherland Springs. The incident report, filed by the El Paso Police Department, states Kelley was picked up at a bus terminal in downtown El Paso before midnight on the evening of June 7, 2012. The report states two officers were dispatched to the terminal to look into a missing-person report. READ: Incident report on Devin Kelley When they...
  • Dem walks out of moment of silence for Texas shooting: 'I can't do this again'

    11/06/2017 6:43:57 PM PST · by markomalley · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/6/17 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) says he walked out of a moment of silence on the House floor for victims of the mass shooting in Texas, saying he “will not be silent” after yet another massacre. Lieu posted a video on his Facebook page Monday night after the moment of silence, during which he said he was “heartbroken about the children and adults that were killed in the worst mass shooting in Texas history this Sunday.” “My colleagues right now are doing a moment of silence in the House of Representatives’ chambers,” Lieu said. “I respect their right to do that...
  • The Texas church shooter should not have been legally able to buy a gun

    11/06/2017 7:48:17 AM PST · by servo1969 · 65 replies
    BusinessInsider.com ^ | 11-6-2017 | Alex Lockie
    The federal government's firearm transaction record, which buyers must legally fill out, asks about felony convictions. Kelley bought a Ruger AR-556 rifle, used in the attack on the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in April of last year from an Academy Sports & Outdoors store in San Antonio, a law-enforcement official told CNN. The purchase of the gun took place two years after Kelley had been court-martialed, imprisoned, and discharged from the military.
  • Atheist Woman Sues To Remove "So Help Me God" From Oath

    11/06/2017 7:45:49 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 54 replies
    Newsweek ^ | November 4th, 2017 | Summer Meza
    An atheist woman seeking citizenship in Massachusetts is suing to remove the phrase “so help me God” from the United States citizenship oath. Olga Paule Perrier-Bilbo, a French national who has lived in the U.S. since 2000 with a green card, says that the inclusion of the phrase is an unconstitutional violation of her religious freedom. Her lawyer, Michael Newdow, drew attention for a similar Supreme Court case in 2004, when he argued that the Pledge of Allegiance should be rewritten to omit “under God.”
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Creepy, crazy and weird': Former classmates say Texas gunman

    11/06/2017 3:32:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5 November, 2017 | Jenny Stanton
    The Texas church shooter who mercilessly shot dead 26 people and injured 24 others was an 'outcast' who 'preached his atheism' online. Former classmates say Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who stormed First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire on Sunday, was 'creepy', 'crazy' and 'weird'. Patrick Boyce, who attended New Braunfels High School with the killer, told DailyMail.com: 'He had a kid or two, fairly normal, but kinda quiet and lately seemed depressed. 'He was the first atheist I met. He went Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don't know why. 'I was...
  • Texas Church Shooter Was Atheist, Thought Christians ‘Stupid’

    11/06/2017 3:21:52 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/05/2017 | Bob Price
    The man who shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday is reported to be a creepy, crazy, and weird outcast who preached atheism online. Former classmates of the Texas church shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, said he was an atheist and outcast who thought Christians were stupid, the Daily Mail reported. “He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism,” former New Braunfels High School classmate Nina Rose Nava posted on Facebook. She said she was in “complete shock” after learning Kelley was the killer. “I legit...
  • Former classmates say Texas gunman was an 'outcast' who 'preached his atheism online'

    11/05/2017 9:00:51 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 90 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11-5-2017 | Jenny Stanton
    The Texas church shooter who mercilessly shot dead 26 people and injured 24 others was an 'outcast' who 'preached his atheism' online. Former classmates say Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who stormed First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire on Sunday, was 'creepy', 'crazy' and 'weird'. Patrick Boyce, who attended New Braunfels High School with the killer, told DailyMail.com: 'He had a kid or two, fairly normal, but kinda quiet and lately seemed depressed. 'He was the first atheist I met. He went Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don't know why. 'I was...
  • Exclusive: Facebook Has Been Regularly Shutting Down Atheist and Ex-Muslim Groups

    05/11/2017 12:08:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    HEATSTREET ^ | May 9, 2017 | Masha Froliak
    Yesterday, Facebook restricted and then shut down the public pages of Ex-Muslims of North America (24k followers) and Atheist Republic (1,6 million followers) –groups that advocate secularism and provide support to “apostates” (people who leave Islam and who often face persecution). In fact, the ex-Muslim group claims that for the last several years, Facebook has been continuously blocking groups like it. The ex-Muslims have written an open letter to the social media giant, calling on it to “to stop exercising intellectual persecution” against atheist and ex-Muslim organizations and to “whitelist” such vulnerable groups from organized false flagging attacks. On Monday,...
  • Youtube's most Senile and Liberal pinko oldfartrants

    03/22/2017 8:17:19 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 11 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Several days ago, one of my arch nemesis oldfartrants, a senile old hippie bum from West LA who has a YouTube channel advocating socialism has now called for the overthrow of Donald Trump. This, after spending nearly a decade referring to Conservatives as traitors and opponents of Barack Obama as seditionists. He attacks Trump comparing him to Hitler and attacking other conservatives such as Ron Paul, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, Sarah Palin and so on. Yet now its not treason anymore to be in dissent, its no longer treason to want to overthrow an elected official like Trump or...
  • Atheist Woman Tells Shocking Story of Her Horrid Treatment at a Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic

    03/17/2017 1:17:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    life news ^ | march 17, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Christian women’s blog Sheologians received a powerful testimony recently from an atheist who visited Planned Parenthood looking for adoption information. That’s not what she got. In her letter to Sheologians, she described how the abortion group repeatedly pressured her to abort her unborn child, ignored her desires to make an adoption plan and tried to manipulate her emotionally. The Blaze reports Apologia Studios created a video of blogger Summer White reading the woman’s letter. The woman’s name is not used. “I am a victim of rape, but I’m also a victim of feminism. I was lied to,” the woman...
  • Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

    02/23/2017 8:48:34 AM PST · by detective · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb 23, 2017
    Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he said: "It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life." "There are those who say 'I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association'," the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church said, according to...
  • 'Words can't describe how excited I am about the new Philip Pullman books': [tr]

    02/15/2017 6:26:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Keiligh Baker
    His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has announced he will release the long-awaited follow-up to the popular trilogy - sparking an online frenzy from his delighted fans. The next trilogy of books, which the Cambridge-based writer describes as an 'equel' rather than a prequel or sequel, begins with The Book Of Dust which will be published on October 19 by Penguin Random House Children's and David Fickling Books.
  • "..Staunch liberal and anti-abortion" Nat Hentoff, in his own words)

    01/09/2017 5:21:06 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    BVT News ^ | January 9, 2017 | Nat Hentoff
    [Jazz critic and longtime Village Voice columnist Nat Hentoff died Saturday at age 91. Though a self-identified man of the left, he was hard to pigeonhole. This op-ed appeared in the Inquirer on Feb 28, 1988.] ***** As a former board member of the American Civil Liberties Union, I am nonetheless considered a bewildering heretic by many of the ACLU's officers and members. They can't understand how I became pro-life. The lawyer for the ACLU's Reproductive Rights Division refers to me rather contemptuously as having been "born again." Yet I remain an atheist. What changed me on the question of...
  • Pilot killed in Marengo plane crash identified as atheist activist Rob Sherman

    12/13/2016 7:08:35 AM PST · by blueyon · 55 replies
    WGNtv.com ^ | 12/12/16 | by WGN Web Desk
    MARENGO, Ill. — Officials have identified the pilot killed in a small plane crash over the weekend. 63-year-old Robert Sherman of Poplar Grove, Illinois died when his homebuilt Zenair CH601 crashed into a cornfield near Meyer and Pleasant Grove Rd. Sherman was the only person on board. The cause of the crash is not yet known. Local officials believe it may have gone down overnight, but it wasn’t spotted until around 7 a.m. Saturday. Sherman is an atheist activist known for his court battles dealing with the separation of church and state.
  • Atheist activist, Green candidate Rob Sherman dies in plane crash

    12/13/2016 6:39:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/12/2016 | Maureen O'Donnell and Jordan Owen
    Atheist activist, Green candidate Rob Sherman dies in plane crash Rob Sherman, who died over the weekend in a crash of his small plane in Marengo, operated a business helping people build aircraft from kits. But the 63-year-old was better known as a colorful political activist and Green Party candidate — some might say gadfly — who called journalists and introduced himself as “Rob Sherman, your favorite atheist.” At one time, he had license plates that spelled out ATHEIST. Though he came in for derision as a self-promoter, he challenged the use of government-sponsored Christmas creches and displays and anything...