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  • Should atheists who refuse to say ‘so help me God’ be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 47 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 8, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    The Stephen Losey (Air Force Times) reports (see also the American Humanist Association’s letter to the Air Force Inspector General): An atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada was denied reenlistment last month for refusing to take an oath containing “so help me God,” the American Humanist Association said Thursday…. Air Force Instruction 36-2606 spells out the active-duty oath of enlistment, which all airmen must take when they enlist or reenlist and ends with “so help me God.” The old version of that AFI included an exception: “Note: Airmen may omit the words ‘so help me God,’ if...
  • Atheists should follow their conscience Holy Father?....Not so fast!

    09/10/2014 7:41:42 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 6 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 10, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Back in 2011, before giving the traditional Christmas blessing to the City of Rome and the world ("urbi et orbi"), Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the Child of Bethlehem as Savior. His Holiness said (in part): "He was sent by God the Father to save us above all from the evil deeply rooted in man and in history: the evil of separation from God, the prideful presumption of being self-sufficient, of trying to compete with God and to take his place, to decide what is good and evil, to be the master of life and death.." The Holy Father said...
  • Atheists Accuse Pizza Shop of Violating Their Civil Rights by Offering Church Bulletin Discount

    08/22/2014 2:59:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/20/14 | Billy Hallowell
    A restaurant owner who is under fire for offering a faith-based discount to customers says he doesn’t plan to discontinue it, despite receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a secular activist group. Steven Rose, owner of Bailey’s Pizza in Searcy, Arkansas, told TheBlaze Wednesday that he posted a 10 percent discount on his restaurant’s Facebook page on July 19 for anyone who brought in a church bulletin. Not long after, he received a comment from a user named “Bong Hits for Jesus” that read, “Good luck on your discrimination lawsuit.” “I didn’t give much credence to it,”...
  • Atheists and IRS Against the US Constitution

    08/20/2014 1:28:03 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 13 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The American tax authority, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), will monitor churches for electioneering in a settlement reached on 18 July with an atheist group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). In 2012 the FFRF filed a lawsuit alleging that "the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the FFRF and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues, or proposed legislation. As part of their tax-exempt status, churches and other religious groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan political activity." Monitoring what is said in houses of worship is a clear violation of the First Amendment, since no law can be...
  • Actor Kevin Sorbo Not Too Fond of Atheists; Says They're Always 'So Angry'

    08/18/2014 5:47:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Actor Kevin Sorbo who starred in the Christian film, "God's Not Dead," says he did not have reservations about taking on an atheist role for the movie but he admits that he does not understand the logic behind atheist's lack of beliefs and why they are "so angry." Sorbo, who is most famous for the '90s TV series "Hercules," played an atheist professor in the film whose belief system is challenged by one of his Christian students. He recently sat down with Access Hollywood Live to discuss the film's success and his take on skeptics. "I'm a Christian myself and...
  • Hollywood Actor Reveals What He Thinks Is ‘Weird’ About Atheists

    08/16/2014 8:16:54 AM PDT · by blueyon · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/14/14 | Billy Hallowell
    Actor Kevin Sorbo isn’t shy about sharing his views on politics and religion, which he has candidly detailed in past interviews with TheBlaze. And in a recent appearance on “Access Hollywood,” the “God’s Not Dead” star spoke out about atheism, saying he doesn’t understand why some nonbelievers get so “offended by something they don’t believe in.” The actor, who is a Christian, went on to call it “weird” that atheists often become so turned off by nativity scenes that they try to get them removed from public property, especially considering that they don’t believe that these religious symbols hold any...
  • Navy reverses Bible ban

    08/15/2014 5:47:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Put the Bibles back! A Navy spokesman confirms that Bibles will be returned to base lodges, and they’ve also launched an investigation to determine why God’s Word was removed from guest rooms in the first place. Navy Exchange, which runs the base lodges, sent a directive out in June ordering the Bibles removed, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint. The atheist group alleged the books were a violation of the U.S. Constitution and amounted “to a government endorsement of that religious text.” Navy spokesman Ryan Perry said the decision was made without their knowledge. “In June 2014,...
  • Georgia Town to Atheists: Stop Bullying our Kids

    08/13/2014 1:36:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson -- folks around Gainesville, Georgia don’t take kindly to out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children. More than 200 people turned out in defiance of the self-described atheist group early Thursday morning for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle of the Chestatee High School football field. The previous day, the atheists (acting on behalf of a single, unnamed citizen) sent a letter to school officials demanding that the football coaching staff stop participating in team prayers and that they remove all biblical references and religious messages...
  • An Atheist Group Got The Navy To Remove Donated Bibles From All Lodges, Hotels

    08/12/2014 3:48:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/12/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Military chaplains are calling for donated Bibles to be allowed in Navy lodges after an atheist group successfully lobbied to have them removed.The atheist nonprofit Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Navy complaining about the Bibles back in March. The Bibles had been donated by various Christian charities, including the famous Gideons International, who have distributed nearly 2 million Bibles to hotels, motels, hospitals, schools and prisons since its founding in 1908. This shocking discovery was brought to their attention by two FFRF member servicemen who noted that “nearly every Navy lodging room” they’d stayed in over the...
  • Is the IRS Going to Censor Sermons at Your Church?

    08/09/2014 4:32:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/9/2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    An atheist group wants to censor what priests, pastors, rabbis and other clergy say in their sermons by threatening an IRS challenge of their tax-exempt status.Generally, the leaders of houses of worship in America have the constitutional right to preach and promote anything short of an outright endorsement of a political candidate. But now, that freedom is being challenged.In 2012, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit atheist organization that advocates strict separation of church and state, sued the Internal Revenue Service seeking to force the agency to question the tax-exempt status of churches and other houses of worship if they...
  • IRS has a “Political Activities Referral Committee” which spies on preaching

    08/06/2014 6:19:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 8-5-14 | Fr. John Zuhlsdotf
    While I was at the recent Napa Institute gathering, I got to know Kristina Arriaga, Executive Director of The Becket Fund, which defends religious freedom. They guided the Hobby Lobby decision to a good conclusion and for that we owe them a lot. I had this note from them today. It included this: [quote] Dear Friends, I grew up in a household where we were expected to pepper all tales with a bit of Cuban exaggeration. This was, after all, essential for good storytelling. So, in a way, I wish I were making this up. Within the IRS, there is,...
  • The IRS’s God Complex (IRS signs pact with atheists)

    08/05/2014 6:12:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating “theology as politics,” and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal...
  • What Atheists Have To Offer The Right

    08/05/2014 9:49:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 5, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Conservative writer and CNN talking head S.E. Cupp recently put out a video describing how she has been welcomed among conservatives even though she is an atheist. This led Hot Air's Allahpundit to chime in with his own experiences, citing myself and National Review's Charles Cooke as other examples of atheists on the Right. And we're not the only ones. There's Heather Mac Donald and Walter Olson, and a whole website devoted to the issue. Among marquee names, there are a few famous agnostics/atheists like Charles Krauthammer and George Will. When you start looking, we're everywhere. I pretty much agree...
  • The IRS’s God Complex: IRS signs secret pact with atheists, promising to investigate 99 churches.

    08/04/2014 7:01:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/04/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating “theology as politics,” and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal...
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • "Is Religion Good for Children?" (Slate)

    07/29/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/29/14 | Mark Joseph Stern
    I n the United States, conventional wisdom holds that you should raise your child to be religious. Taking the kids to church is the default; leaving them home requires justification. Push parents to explain why they should pass on their religion—apart from a principled urge to keep the faith—and they’re likely to tell you studies prove that kids do better with religion than without it. Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues. But is religion really good for kids? That might depend on what kind...
  • Flee Rather Than Stand Your Ground

    07/25/2014 6:22:54 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 6 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 07/24/14 | Wendy McElroy
    What Exiting Is and Isn't Virno believes a radical disobedience is needed to challenge the state's ability to command. This cannot be expressed through resistance to a specific law on the grounds, for example, that it contradicts a constitution. Such resistance is actually a vote of confidence in the state qua state; that is, such activists fight to enable a purer vision of state authority rather than against the idea of a state itself. A wholesale rejection is required. And, yet, revolutionaries who violently confront the state usually suffer one of two fates: they are slaughtered or otherwise broken or...
  • Court Calls Out Angry Atheists for Near Supernatural Claims Against the Ground Zero Cross

    07/07/2014 8:35:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    ACLJ.org ^ | 7/7/14 | Matthew Clark
    From day one, angry atheists have made outlandish claims about the Ground Zero Cross – the two intersecting steal beams in the shape of a cross that was found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center following 9/11. Not only have they made these absurd claims in public (calling it “offensive and repugnant”), they’ve made them in federal court. Now a federal appeals court is calling them out and demanding they provide a rational explanation as to how their “offense” constitutes a constitutional claim. When the American Atheists first filed their lawsuit in state court seeking to have the...
  • Nancy Pelosi says: "I pray for Republicans ‘every Sunday" (but Satan is too busy right now Nancy)

    06/20/2014 10:35:18 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 25 replies
    Nancy Pelosi prays | June 20, 2014 | SOL rant
    'House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that when Sunday dawns, she is more a praying woman and far less a partisan politician.“I was thinking about it on Sunday when I was praying for the Republicans in church, as I do at least every Sunday,” Ms. Pelosi also said, during a press conference on Capitol Hill. :“I pray for the Democrats and the Republicans, for our country."' Nancy Pelosi: I pray for Republicans ‘every Sunday’(Washington times (June 20, 2014) Yes I believe you on that Nancy, but Satan is too busy in the middle East right now to help you in...
  • Singer Tim Lambesis Said He Became Atheist But Kept Claiming to Be Christian to Keep Selling Music

    06/17/2014 1:40:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/17/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Tim Lambesis, lead singer and founder of Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, recently confessed that he and other members of his band had become atheists but kept claiming to be Christians so they could keep making money selling records to Christians. In a wide-ranging interview with Alternative Press shortly before he was sentenced to six years in prison last month for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife, Meggan Murphy Lambesis, the singer addressed a claim he made last year in a YouTube video about his spiritual allegiance after fans started saying he had become...
  • U.S. Navy Denies Atheist’s Application to Become Military Chaplain

    06/01/2014 5:52:26 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | June 1, 2014 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON – The United States Navy has denied an application from an outspoken atheist who sought to become a chaplain to the Godless in the military. As previously reported, 38-year-old Jason Heap submitted his application last July, noting that he had earned master’s degrees from both Oxford University and Brite Divinity School, with substantial experience in human resources. He also successfully completed the necessary paperwork and all the required physical tests. Heap told reporters at that time that a position as chaplain would be a chance for him “to give back to my country."
  • Massachusetts High Court Upholds 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance as Constitutional

    05/12/2014 5:30:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/12/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Atheist parents and students wanted the Pledge of Allegiance banned in schools in Massachusetts because it contains the phrase "under God," but the state's highest court has ruled that reciting it does not violate the commonwealth's constitution or laws. "We hold that the recitation of the pledge, which is entirely voluntary, violates neither the Constitution nor the statute [which prohibits discrimination in Massachusetts public school education] ...," the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said Friday in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. "Simply being offended by something does not make it a violation of the Massachusetts Constitution," said Senior Legal Counsel...
  • Massachusetts: Pledge of Allegiance not religious

    05/09/2014 2:39:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2014 3:41 PM EDT | Paige Sutherland
    The Pledge of Allegiance does not discriminate against atheists and can be recited at the start of the day in public schools, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Friday. The Supreme Judicial Court said the words “under God” in the pledge reflect patriotic practice, not a religious one. They acknowledged that the wording has a “religious tinge” but said it is fundamentally patriotic and voluntary. The court was ruling in a 2010 lawsuit filed by an atheist family from Acton who claimed that the daily recitation of the pledge in classrooms violated their three children’s equal protection rights under the state constitution,...
  • Saturday Afternoon :)

    04/19/2014 10:24:47 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | 4-19-2014
    Humorist: Brad Stine Tolerate This! "Atheists Are Irrational"
  • Wing and Prayer Decoupled

    03/21/2014 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 19, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    The hot seat just got hotter for Air Force officials at today’s [March 14, 2014] House Armed Services hearing. With the backdrop of Scripture scrubbing and Christian harassment at the branch’s Academy, a routine budget debate turned into a fireworks display over the Air Force’s growing hostility towards faith in the ranks. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Walsh were originally scheduled to talk about branch spending until conservatives intervened, demanding a detailed explanation of the events that unfolded at the Academy. Representatives from Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) to Democrat Mike McIntyre (N.C.)...
  • Christianity already being forced out in Russian-controlled Crimea

    03/17/2014 7:45:53 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 56 replies
    The Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, March 17, 2014 | Judi McLeod
    ...‘Christian’ Putin has returned the brutal heel of the Marxism-Leninism ideology which made atheism the official doctrine of the Soviet Union down on the people of Russia’s newly-acquired Crimea. Throughout the 70-year history of the Soviet Union, Christianity was suppressed and persecuted uninterrupted until Pope John Paul 11, President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher brought down the Iron Curtain and Soviet Communism. {SNIP} The Soviet Union didn’t change when it became plain Mother Russia. The KGB tiger called Putin has never changed his stripes. With yesterday’s cheers still resounding from the overwhelming 96.77 percent for Crimea to...
  • Who is Richard Greenleaf?

    03/10/2014 5:13:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: Those wishing to follow this column should note that the subject of the controversy, a course syllabus, can be accessed here (http://www.uncw.edu/soccrm/documents/proceduresyllabus.pdf). Last Friday I was sitting in my office with a couple of students. We were going over an exam and talking about the schedule for the rest of the semester. While we were talking, I got an unexpected email from another professor. I shared it with my students. After reading it, they begged me to respond and to share my response with others. Because I am a faithful public servant, I decided to honor their request....
  • Atheists Force Woman to Remove Cross Honoring Dead Son

    03/08/2014 9:38:16 AM PST · by Jacob Kell · 98 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | March 8, 2014 | Bobby Eberle
    There has been so much news lately of schools, organizations, and individuals being harassed by atheist groups, but this one sets a new low. In this case, a grieving mother erected a roadside cross where her son was killed, and now an atheist group has forced her to take it down. What is wrong with these people??? As reported by The Press Enterprise, a roadside cross was erected for 19-year-old Anthony Vincent Devaney who in May 2012 was killed crossing a street. A complaint prompted the American Humanist Association in Washington, D.C., to intervene, contending the placement of the symbol...
  • Battle Over World Trade Center Cross Goes to Court

    03/06/2014 12:12:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    WOR 710 AM NYC ^ | Posted Thursday, March 6th 2014 @ 6am
    An atheist group is suing to prevent the World Trade Center Cross from being put on display at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The 17 foot steel crossbeam was found in the wreckage at Ground Zero in the days after the September 11 attacks. For many, the cross was a symbol of hope during a time of tragedy. …
  • What's So Weird About a Conservative Atheist?

    02/26/2014 4:35:25 PM PST · by lbryce · 61 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 26, 2014 | Emma Green
    "It is an attack on God Himself." This was how Brent Bozell, founder of the conservative Media Research Center, felt about the prospect of representatives from the American Atheists attending the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual gathering of conservative leaders and organizations in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, the Atheists announced they would host a booth at the conference next week; within hours, they had been disinvited. The group "misrepresented itself about their willingness to engage in positive dialogue and work together to promote limited government," a CPAC spokesperson told the Washington Post yesterday. The American Atheists were invited—and...
  • NC Football Coach Ordered to Cease Leading Team Prayers Following Atheist Complaint

    02/09/2014 7:51:42 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 87 replies
    Christian news network ^ | February 1, 2014 | Heather Clark
    MOORESVILLE, N.C. – A high school football coach in North Carolina has been ordered to cease leading his team in prayers following a complaint by a prominent atheist activist organization. Officials with the Mooresville Graded School District recently told Mooresville High School football coach Hal Capps to stop leading the Blue Devils in prayer, and Capps has agreed to discontinue to the practice. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had contacted the district last fall after learning of Capps’ practice and asserted that the prayers were unlawful. According to reports, a parent of a student had complained to...
  • Philosopher Who Gave the New Atheists Their Theoretical Foundations Became Convinced that God Exists

    01/24/2014 7:51:27 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 30 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 29 December 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    British professor Antony Flew wrote over thirty philosophical works which established the foundations for atheism for half a century. His 1950 paper "Theology and Falsification" was the most reprinted philosophical publication of the 20th century. In December 2004 Flew announced in a symposium and subsequent video that he had completely changed his view and now, based on scientific evidence, believed that God exists. In 2007 he wrote the book There Is a God (Amazon USA) (Amazon UK) , subtitled How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. This is the man without whose ideas the various Richard Dawkins,...
  • Former Pastor Decides To Spend A Year Without God

    01/12/2014 4:02:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    NPR ^ | January 12, 2014
    Former Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Ryan Bell made an unusual New Year's resolution: to live for one year without God. He used to lead a congregation in Southern California, but in March, he was asked to step down after voicing some of the doubts that led to this decision to "try on" atheism. Just a few days into the new year, after announcing his resolution, Bell was asked to leave the teaching positions he held at the Christian Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. Bell spoke with NPR's Arun Rath about his flirtation with atheism and how he arrived at...
  • Atheists Donate to Former Pastor, Ryan Bell, Who Lost Jobs for Trying Out Atheism for a Year

    01/08/2014 10:04:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/08/2014 | Leonard Blair
    Ryan Bell, a former pastor who lost all his jobs after announcing he will experiment with atheism for a year, is currently getting overwhelming financial support from atheists and others after revealing in the fourth day of his controversial experiment that he was running out of money. "So I find myself, on Day 4, without any employment. My savings will run out in about two weeks and I'm scrambling to find immediate work doing, well…anything—manual labor, waiting tables, other teaching and consulting, or whatever I can find," wrote Bell, a Seventh Day Adventist, on his blog 'Year Without God'. Atheist...
  • Satanists & Atheists Vie For Space In Florida Capitol

    12/11/2013 10:34:33 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    CBS Local ^ | December 11, 2013
    A new display proposed for the Florida Capitol rotunda may leave you asking if the devil made them do it. After the state agreed to allow a private Christian group to put up a nativity scene and a private group to put up a Festivus pole made up of empty beer cans; more groups are applying to put their own displays in the rotunda. The latest filings for a Capitol display are from the Satanic Temple and from the Tallahassee Atheists, according to the News Service of Florida. The Satanic Temple hasn’t said what it would put on display in...
  • Atheist display added to holiday town hall scene in West Milford

    12/21/2012 4:56:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies
    Northjersey.com ^ | 12.17.12 | ANN GENADER
    It seems that those who favor the all or nothing inclusion of December symbols in the annual display in front of the municipal building have been successful in making that happen. Over the weekend - with it still unclear if the lighted tree is to be called a "Christmas tree" or a "Holiday tree" - a crčche and an atheist sign were added to the display. Meanwhile the official name for the lighted tree in the display remains an issue for some. Resident Tim Wagner and others said they will continue to press for administrative action to call the "Holiday...
  • Catholics and Atheists Wage Billboard War Over Christmas

    12/01/2010 1:17:50 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 2+ views
    DNA Info ^ | November 30, 2010 | Jordan Heller
    Prompted by a billboard calling Christmas a myth, the Catholic League erected a pro-Jesus billboard Tuesday. MANHATTAN — The Catholic League, upset over an anti-Christmas billboard at the New Jersey entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, threw a "counterpunch" at atheists Tuesday with a billboard of their own on the New York side of the tunnel.The new 26-by-24-foot billboard at Dyer Avenue and West 31st Street features a depiction of Joseph and Mary looking adoringly at baby Jesus, with the message: "You know it's real. This season, celebrate Jesus. Merry Christmas from the Catholic League," according to the Catholic League's website....
  • Atheists Use Times Square Billboard for Anti-Christmas Pitch

    12/21/2012 9:57:26 AM PST · by Coleus · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 12.14.12 | Dave Bohon
    A group called American Atheists has posted a high-profile billboard in New York City's Times Square depicting Christianity as a “myth,” apparently mocking Jesus Christ on the cross. The group, which first launched its Christmas “myth” campaign in 2010, ramped up its campaign with a giant sign that features an image of Santa Claus, an equally large picture portraying a suffering Jesus on the cross, along with the phrase, “Keep the Merry — Dump the Myth!”David Silverman, president of the atheist club, claimed in a press release that his group thinks “a large population of Christians are actually 'atheists'...
  • Rude and Uninformed. A reflection on a recent billboard campaign by Atheist Humanists

    12/21/2012 2:24:54 PM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was asked by the Young Adult group in my parish to address some ads on our local buses and subway trains here in Washington. The members of the Young adult group found the ads offensive and troubling, especially since they were aimed at kids. The ads are posted by the American “Humanist” Association (AHA) and are indeed aimed at kids and teenagers. The focus of the message is “Kids without God: You’re not the only one.” I have altered the ad at the upper right of this post to avoid listing its website but as you can see God...
  • Biased Reporter Uses His Media Job to Force City To Take Down Nativity Scene

    12/14/2013 11:02:24 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    A reporter for a small Florida newspaper decided that he wanted to see if he could get the city of Chipley to remove its nativity scene from public property because he claims it is somehow against the US Constitution. There is that unbiased media we are so in love with, eh? Reporter” Randal Seyler of the Washington County News decided to try and use his position in the media to destroy a community nativity scene when he noticed that the decoration was put up at city hall. This biased, troublemaker ran to city hall and warned them he was going...
  • SC air base mulls holiday display after protest

    12/10/2013 11:21:34 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 15 replies
    www.thestate.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | unknown
    <p>SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Officials at Shaw Air Force Base are trying to determine what to do about a holiday display after a Nativity scene was taken down last week.</p> <p>Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Keavy (kev-EE) Rake said Tuesday a Nativity display was set up Friday by a group of volunteers from the base chapel at a small lake on the installation. The site was near where a tree lighting ceremony was scheduled Friday evening.</p>
  • ‘Tis The Season For Militant Atheists To Whine

    12/09/2013 3:45:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    There’s nothing like the holidays for laughing at anti-religious malcontents being driven to madness by the thought of Christians and Jews celebrating their faiths. Crosses, menorahs, happy people with satisfying personal lives – these things drive the militant atheists into a sputtering rage. Watching them fume is the gift that keeps on giving. Normal atheists just don’t believe in God, and those of us who do, figure that’s between them. They respect our religion and we respect their right to have no part of it. Sure, some religious folks talk to people about their faith, but it’s not clear why...
  • Dear Christians, We Hate You. Sincerely, Atheists

    12/08/2013 12:35:03 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 274 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 8, 2013 | JP
    Imagine if an activist group blanketed a major city with 55 billboards urging that illegal aliens go back to their own country. Or that homosexuality is a crime against nature. Or that Muslims are responsible for most of the world’s terrorist attacks. The mainstream media would be all over the story. Organizations – like La Raza, like GLAAD, like CAIR – would organize protests. President Obama would publicly condemn the billboards (while defending illegals, homosexuals and Islam). And the sponsors of the billboards would be branded a “hate group.” Yet, there has been little outrage over the 55 billboards that...
  • Why Atheists Whiz on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    12/08/2013 8:34:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Why do some atheists embarrass themselves year after year trying to eradicate Christmas from American culture? Why do they make themselves societal hemorrhoids during this hallowed season? Is it because they are crusaders for equality, secularism’s saviors and humanism’s heroes? I’m sure that’s what they tell themselves when they’re pouting on their couches all alone on Christmas Eve after every single one of their friends has dumped them for being a rabid jackass. I believe, however—and I could be wrong—that the reason some rage against the machine is that they hate God and love their sin, and bringing up Jesus...
  • Atheist Churches - Even Secularists See the Problem (article)

    11/26/2013 10:33:10 AM PST · by fishtank · 26 replies
    Answers in Genesis ^ | 11-25-2013 | Ken Ham
    Not long ago, I blogged about a movement led by British comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans to establish atheist “churches” across the globe. They’ve been on a world tour covering Great Britain, the U.S., and currently my homeland Australia, helping atheist groups establish “Sunday Assemblies”—basically, churches for atheists. (You can read my prior blog posts on these atheist churches at the following links: Atheist Church (Yes!) Now Meets on Sunday and Why Would They Do This?) Now, I’ve said before that the reason these atheists feel the need to establish some sort of church-like gathering is because they know...
  • Making Liberty Lemonade From Atheist Lemons

    11/18/2013 9:43:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Matt Barber
    Another day, another secularist attempt at religious cleansing. The United States Supreme Court, which, with jaw-dropping irony, opens every session with prayer, recently heard – for the umpteenth time – oral arguments on whether local governing bodies can likewise open every session with prayer. (The U.S. Congress does it, too. Always has.) The answer, of course, is a resounding “yes,” and, unless the high court goes completely off the rails this time (anything’s possible under its presently imbalanced liberal makeup), so it shall remain. The case is Town of Greece v. Galloway. Hyper-litigious atheists – always on the prowl for...
  • Atheist ‘mega-churches’ spring up across U.S., world

    11/16/2013 11:56:02 AM PST · by boatbums · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Posted: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 | Gillian Flaccus
    It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Hundreds packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational sermon, a reading and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God. Dozens of gatherings dubbed “atheist mega-churches” by supporters and detractors are springing up around the U.S. after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year. The movement fueled by social media and spearheaded by two prominent British comedians is no joke. The inaugural Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles recently attracted more than 400 attendees, all bound by their belief in nonbelief. Read more here:...
  • Northwest Christian University Class President Reveals He's an Atheist

    11/12/2013 6:20:44 AM PST · by Kip Russell · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 11, 2013 | Tatiana Shams-Costa
    A student from a Christian university in Oregon ditched the privacy of the confessional and went public about his faith, writing in the school newspaper: "I am an atheist. Yes, you read that correctly, I am an atheist." Eric Fromm, 21, a senior at Northwest Christian University in Eugene published his thoughts about not believing in God in the Beacon Bolt, the student-run online newspaper -- despite the fact that his university is a Christian school. Although Fromm didn't share the religious beliefs as the school, he said in his post he decided to enroll because Northwest Christian had a...
  • London-based 'Atheist Church' Launches New Congregation in Nashville

    11/11/2013 11:13:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/08/2013 | BY JESSICA MARTINEZ
    Sunday Assembly, a godless church, founded by two British comedians that meet to hear "great talks, sing songs and celebrate life" throughout 30 cities around the world, launched a new congregation in Nashville, Tenn., last night as part of their effort to expand as a non-religious "megachurch." The Sunday Assembly opened its first church in London in January and both Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, leaders of the atheist group, decided to break ground in Nashville as their way of "church planting" since the pair has already established stateside congregations in San Diego, New York and Washington, D.C. Close to...
  • Atheist’s Lawyer: Devil Worshipers May Be OK with Prayers to ‘Almighty’ If…It Applies to Satan

    11/08/2013 9:31:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 8, 2013 - 4:14 PM | Penny Starr
    The lawyer representing an atheist and another woman who sued to stop the practice of opening city hall meetings with sectarian prayers told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that devil worshipers might not be offended by prayers that include “the Almighty” if those worshipers believe that term applies to Satan. … Now the Supreme Court will issue a decision on whether prayers in legislative settings violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” …