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  • Sick and Tired of ‘God Bless America’

    02/08/2016 8:20:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/08/2016 | Susan Jacoby
    THE population of nonreligious Americans -- including atheists, agnostics and those who call themselves "nothing in particular" -- stands at an all-time high this election year. Americans who say religion is not important in their lives and who do not belong to a religious group, according to Pew Research Center, have risen in numbers from an estimated 21 million in 2008 to more than 36 million now. Despite the extraordinary swiftness and magnitude of this shift, our political campaigns are still conducted as if all potential voters were among the faithful. The presumption is that candidates have everything to gain...
  • Satanic group set to lead Phoenix City Council in prayer

    01/30/2016 9:01:44 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 29, 2016
    A Satanic group is set to deliver an opening prayer at an upcoming meeting of the Phoenix City Council, sparking controversy. The local Satanic Temple will deliver the invocation at the Council’s Feb. 17 meeting after winning approval -- and at least one Councilman is calling that a joke, Fox 10 reported Thursday. "Well it's definitely going to be making a mockery of everything, they want to mock the City of Phoenix, the taxpayers, and the people who want to take this stuff seriously," the councilman Sal DiCiccio told that station.
  • Why Bernie Sanders doesn't participate in organized religion

    01/27/2016 1:46:04 PM PST · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/27/16 | Frances Stead Sellers
    Growing up, Bernie Sanders followed the path of many young American Jews. He went to Hebrew school, was bar mitzvahed and traveled to Israel to work on a kibbutz. But as an adult, Sanders drifted away from Jewish customs. And as his bid for the White House gains momentum, he has the chance to make history. Not just as the first Jewish president — but as one of the few modern presidents to present himself as not religious. "I am not actively involved with organized religion," Sanders said in a recent interview. Sanders said he believes in God, though not...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Reporters "I'm a Christian First, American Second"

    01/25/2016 10:47:54 AM PST · by mandaladon · 270 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 25 Jan 2016 | Tom McKay
    According to presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, there's one thing that more important to him than the country he's running to lead: his God. In a remarkable exchange in New Hampshire, Politico reports, Cruz told reporters "I'm a Christian first, American second, conservative third and Republican fourth." "I'll tell ya, there are a whole lot of people in this country that feel exactly the same way," he added. Cruz, currently ranked second in GOP candidate polls according to RealClearPolitics, enjoys wide support among evangelical Christians in important, early-voting primary states like Iowa, where Cruz is locked in a...
  • Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses

    01/05/2016 5:57:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 35 replies
    Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it certainly is. The manual identifies a new mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. Defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed. - See more at: http://theunboundedspirit.com/nonconformity-and-freethinking-now-considered-mental-illnesses/#sthash.2oD6Hpv1.dpuf
  • Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven [John 8]

    12/29/2015 11:47:48 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 173 replies
    Times of India ^ | 12/26/2015 | Michael Day
    In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences. Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: "You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don't believe and who don't seek the faith. I start by saying - and this is the fundamental thing - that God's mercy has no limits if you go...
  • Pope Francis offers hope to faithless, says atheists can go to heaven

    12/26/2015 3:42:01 PM PST · by aimhigh · 528 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 12/26/2015 | Douglas Perry
    Pope Francis says God opens heaven's doors to non-believers who "obey their conscience," shattering a widely-held assumption about Christian beliefs and reinforcing his image as the most progressive pontiff in history. "You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don't believe and who don't seek the faith," Francis wrote Friday in an open letter published in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Francis was responding to questions from the paper's 91-year-old founder Eugenio Scalfari, reports Britain's The Independent.
  • Christmas Message to Unbelievers: Just Take the Bet!

    12/21/2015 10:35:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2015 | Joy Overbeck
    Once upon a time in a galaxy right here and now the Creator God who made it all decided that although his man children had become nasty pieces of work (consult your local headlines) He loved these fallen creatures enough to try and give them a last chance at the really good stuff called the afterlife (or heaven). So He sent His Son (who was also Him) down to Earth to give His life for them, and all they had to do was believe that the Father God loved them enough to do such an outrageous thing, and then they...
  • Five atheists who lost faith in atheism

    12/15/2015 8:00:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Martin Saunders
    Atheism is cool. At least, that's the popular perception of a worldview that's enjoyed a rebrand and a renaissance in the last couple of decades. Authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have issued forceful public challenges to the claims of the major faiths and the rights they've traditionally been granted, while well-respected and high-profile public figures have lent vocal support to their ideas. When Stephen Fry outlined an atheist (or even anti-theist) position on an Irish talk show, the interview went viral in hours, while comedian Ricky Gervais frequently uses his substantial platform to attack and undermine religion in...
  • Atheist Group Seeks End to Tennessee Police Department’s ‘Adopt a Cop’ Prayer Program

    12/10/2015 6:06:24 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 14 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/10/15 | Heather Clark
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- A prominent professing atheist group is seeking to put an end a Tennessee police department's "Adopt a Cop" program, which invites local residents to pray for members of the city's police force. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter on Tuesday to the Johnson City Police Department to object to the program. The initiative involves assigning an officer to those who sign up for the effort, who in turn promise to pray daily for the officer's safety and well-being, as well as to send him or her a word of encouragement.
  • Islamic Society students disrupt university lecture on blasphemy and make 'death threat'

    12/03/2015 11:40:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Express UK ^ | 12/3/15 | Katie Mansfield
    MUSLIM students repeatedly disrupted a lecture on blasphemy given by a human rights activist with one making a death threat, it has been claimed. Maryam Namazie was giving a lecture on blasphemy at the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society (ASH), of Goldsmiths in London. Her talk was repeatedly disrupted by members of the university's Islamic Society (ISOC) with hecklers shouting and turning off her Powerpoint presentation when she showed a cartoon of Jesus and the prophet Muhammad. One member of the audience also claimed he received a death threat during Ms Namazie's talk.
  • Islamist students try to disrupt talk on blasphemy at Goldsmiths University (UK)

    12/03/2015 11:44:37 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 10 replies
    Protesters from the Goldsmiths University Islamic Society have heckled and aggressively disrupted a talk from ex-Muslim and feminist campaigner Maryam Namazie. Ms Namazie was giving a speech on blasphemy and apostasy at the invitation of the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society at Goldsmiths University when several men from the Goldsmiths Islamic Society (ISOC) arrived and started disrupting the event. The night before the event the president of the Islamic Society wrote to the ASH society saying "we feel extremely uncomfortable by the fact that you have invited Maryam Namazie. As you very well probably know, she is renowned for being...
  • An atheist church is raising money to buy Penn Jillette’s totally bananas house in Nevada

    12/03/2015 7:17:43 AM PST · by dennisw · 23 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | — October 10, 2015 | By Jenny McGrath
    What do you get when a magician buys an A-frame house in the desert? A sprawling, brightly colored compound that looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. It has hidden rooms, fire poles, and a place where visitors must sign in and have their mugshot taken. The Slammer is the creation of Penn Jillette. It sits on 10 acres of land in the Las Vegas desert. The residence started out as an A-frame house and grew as the magician, one half of the act Penn and Teller, added on. It has covered parking, a recording studio, a home...
  • Atheists Blast Ted Cruz’s Response When Asked How Important It Is for a President to ‘Fear...

    11/10/2015 8:44:46 AM PST · by Isara · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov. 10, 2015 | Billy Hallowell
    Atheists Blast Ted Cruz's Response When Asked How Important It Is for a President to 'Fear God' Atheists are decrying Ted Cruz’s recent claim that any president who does not pray to God each day is unfit to serve as commander-in-chief.The Center for Freethought Equality, a secular lobbying group, released a statement on Monday condemning the Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate over a response that he gave to a question at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday.Cruz, who was asked how important he believes it is for “the president of the United States to...
  • Religious ‘Nones’ Multiply in Both U.S. Political Parties

    11/03/2015 1:10:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/03/2015 | Tamara Audi
    Americans with no religious affiliation have supplanted Catholics as the largest such group in the Democratic Party, according to a new Pew Research study set to be released on Tuesday. “Nones,” as the religiously unaffiliated are called, make up 28% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning adults, Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey found, compared with 19% in 2007, the last time it studied the issue. Christians overall still make up a majority of the Democratic Party, 63%. Catholics comprised 21% of the party as of 2014, down from 24% in 2007, the Pew study concluded. Evangelicals remain by far the largest single religious...
  • Texas Police Chief tells Freedom From Religion Foundation to 'fly a kite'

    09/30/2015 12:33:24 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    My East Texas ^ | 9/29/15 | Michael Wesp
    CHILDRESS, Texas (KETK) A Texas police chief is garnering national attention after responding to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia posted to his department's Facebook page, he received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, "demanding we remove the 'In God we trust' off our patrol units." He responded with the following letter: "After carefully reading your letter I must deny your request in the removal of our Nations motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite." He posted his response to the department's...
  • Liberal activists try to get Jesus portrait removed from courthouse; residents revolt

    09/28/2015 7:06:08 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 19 replies
    Allen West ^ | 9/28/2015 | Ashley Edwardson
    Weve often reported here on the efforts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FRFF) to remove all vestiges of religious symbols in public places and by religious, its really only the Christian religion they object to. Their actions extend to public schools, military facilities and public offices. Most recently, FFRFF has drawn a red line in the sand in Breathitt County, Kentucky. Jesus must go. For some time, the FRFF has been trying to get a picture of Jesus removed from the courthouse. Theres just one little problem. FRFF cant find anyone in Breathitt County to act as their...
  • Meet three people targeted for being atheists, and a Muslim leader condemning their beliefs

    09/24/2015 7:15:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    BBC Trending ^ | 23 September 2015 | Mukul Devichand
    Theres been a series of violent murders of Bangladeshi internet bloggers, accused of being atheists by Islamist groupswith four killed so far this year. [] Bonya Ahmed is herself a writer and was also married to perhaps the most famous atheist killed this year, Avijit Roythe moderator of a popular online blog called Free Thinking, which defended secular and humanist ideas. She and her husband were attacked together in February. Bonya lost fingers and was scarred, but lived. Her husband was hacked to death with machetes in a manner that followed the same gruesome pattern of later killings. They had...
  • Police cars In God We Trust decals draw complaints (Childress, TX)

    09/06/2015 10:32:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2015 1:04 PM EDT | David Warren
    A police department in a Texas Bible Belt community has placed large In God We Trust decals on its patrol vehicles in response to recent violence against law enforcement officers, drawing criticism from a watchdog group that says the decals amount to an illegal government endorsement of religion. The decision by police this month to unveil the phrase in Childress, an agricultural community of some 6,100 people at the southern edge of the Texas Panhandle, follows a similar move by dozens of other police agencies elsewhere in the country. [] (O)f the dozens of complaints about the decals lodged...
  • The religious right isnt going away: Why proclamations of its decline are a dangerous myth

    08/15/2015 8:39:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | August 15, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    Religous conservatives aren't going quietly into the night, Americans United's Barry Lynn tells Salon.Because non-politicians like Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson have garnered the most attention during the GOP presidential primary thus far, another distinctive feature of this cycles batch of candidates has gone relatively unnoticed. For all the talk and hype about the GOP modernizing and learning the lessons of the George W. Bush era and for all the breathless speculation about the millennial generation and how it demands of politicians a different approach the religious rights presence within the party remains formidable. The aforementioned...
  • Atheist Jerry Coyne explains why morality is impossible for atheists

    08/05/2015 11:23:15 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 40 replies
    Wintery Knight ^ | 8/4/2015 | Wintery Knight
    Atheist Jerry Coyne explains why morality is impossible for atheists Let’s review what you need in your worldview in order to have a rationally grounded system of morality.You need 5 things:1) Objective moral valuesThere needs to be a way to distinguish what is good from what is bad. For example, the moral standard might specify that being kind to children is good, but torturing them for fun is bad. If the standard is purely subjective, then people could believe anything and each person would be justified in doing right in their own eyes. Even a “social contract” is just based...
  • Missouri sheriff's 'In God We Trust' patrol car decals spark church vs. state debate

    07/26/2015 2:19:47 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | July 26, 2015
    A Missouri sheriff has slapped In God We Trust decals on patrol cars saying there is no better time than now to be displaying the national motto. Sheriff Doug Rader of Stone County in the Ozarks said he was proud to announce that the decals are now on the back of department vehicles, but not everyone is pleased, Fox2Now reports. Very simple and ill state for the record, Im not offended that these decals exist, ITS INAPPROPRIATE TO HAVE THEM ON GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. No voting required, its a violation of church and state. You are showing preference to a...
  • HuffPo: Discovery of Planet Outside Solar System Is 'Bad News For God'

    07/25/2015 8:16:52 AM PDT · by PROCON · 95 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | July 24, 2015 | Matthew Balan
    Jeff Schweitzer heralded the discovery of an apparent Earth-like planet as a nail in the coffin for religion in a Thursday item on Huffington Post. Schweitzer, a scientist, "rationalist," and former Clinton administration senior policy analyst contended that "with this discovery, we come ever closer to the idea that life is common in the universe," and added that religions would "all will come out and say such a discovery is completely consistent with religious teachings. My goal here is to declare this as nonsense before it happens."The Huffington Post contributor led his article, "Earth 2.0: Bad News for God," by...
  • Atheists greet crowd arriving at Christian conservative cattle call

    07/18/2015 12:48:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | July 18, 2015 | Lissandra Villa
    Group sought to convince Republicans that their rhetoric was pushing away atheist voters.AMES As they arrived at an all-day cattle call of conservative presidential hopefuls, Christian conservatives were greeted by demonstrators from the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers who sought to convince Republicans that the partys rhetoric was pushing atheists away as voters. Theyre telling me they dont want me in their party, said John Fruetel, of Newton, who was part of a protest outside of Stephens Auditorium in Ames where more than 2,500 people were arriving to hear from the 2016 GOP candidates at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit....
  • Christian Colleges' Right to Deny Married Housing for Gay Couples Is 'Indefensible'(shortened)

    07/07/2015 3:13:24 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 38 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | July 7, 2015 | Samuel Smith
    Title shortened because of space limitation. Complete title: Christian Colleges' Right to Deny Married Housing for Gay Couples Is 'on the Edge of the Indefensible,' Barry Lynn Asserts WASHINGTON Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced Monday the launch of an "aggressive" initiative to combat any state or federal legislation, or court ruling seeking to protect religious objectors of same-sex marriage from government consequence for living according to their religious convictions. The organization, which advocates a strict separation view of the religious freedom clauses of the First Amendment, has started the "Protect Thy Neighbor" project, which will...
  • Gallup: Record 58% of Americans Would Vote to Elect an Atheist President

    06/25/2015 11:00:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 25, 2015 | 10:42 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a nation that based its Declaration of Independence on the principle that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, a record 58 percent now say they would vote to elect a generally well-qualified atheist as president if their political party nominated such a person. In a poll conducted June 2-7, Gallup asked 771 adults living in the United States this question: Between now and the 2016 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidatestheir education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president...
  • Religious freedom group: Sheriff Grady Judd broke the law

    06/18/2015 3:32:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | 6/18/15 | Saundra Weathers
    LAKELAND -- A religious freedom group says Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd broke the law when he gave a sermon at a local church. The sermon was titled, Wouldnt the world be better if everyone behaved like a Christian? Its a question Sheriff Judd asked hundreds of people from the pulpit of First Baptist Church at the mall in Lakeland. Its a question hes now defending two months after the sermon he delivered in April. I was invited to this church, as I am to many churches and secular events, and you know what, the message was clear, Judd said....
  • The Big American City That Has a Stunning Number of Atheists and Agnostics

    06/01/2015 7:40:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 06/01/2015 | Billy Hallowell
    Just 3 percent of Americans consider themselves atheists, but theres one city in which a much larger portion of the population a stunning one in 10 residents identify as nonbelievers: Seattle.In fact, according to the Seattle Sun Times, the city has the highest rate of atheists among the nations largest metro areas.Overall, the percentage of unaffiliated residents in Seattle those individuals who either dont believe in a higher power or are unaffiliated with a faith is 37 percent, compared to about 23 percent nationally, according to recently released Pew Research Center data.And the total percentage...
  • The Radical Secular West Will Fall in Our Lifetime

    06/01/2015 11:03:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 31, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    Sometimes it feels like the whole world is collapsing around us. Its not. But you can see why it looks like it is. Ireland rejected what every major religion and every major civilization in history has said about marriage. (Marriage is the states protection and encouragement of potential parents. Marriage in Ireland is the states registry of official sexual partners.) In America, public opinion has changed drastically to reject commonsense morality: big majorities say you can kill yourself through physician-assisted suicide, turn your descendants into science projects through embryonic research, and that pretty much any kind of sex with...
  • Josh Duggar, atheists, and pedophiles

    05/27/2015 8:02:37 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 43 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 27, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    By now, many readers have probably heard about the recent revelation that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting fame, has admitted to molesting some young girls a decade ago when he was a teenager. The information about this came out recently when a heavily redacted police report from 2006 was released by In Touch Weekly detailing the incidents. Duggar has since apologized for the acts, even as the scandal has grown and the Duggar's television show has been pulled from TLC. I have no interest here in defending Josh Duggar...
  • Josh Duggar, Atheists, and Pedophiles

    05/26/2015 4:07:33 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 36 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Tim Dunkin
    So while Josh Duggar may be a hypocrite who needs to face up to the consequences of his actions, the radical "freethinker" community is really the last group of people who have any business pointing it out By now, many readers have probably heard about the recent revelation that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting fame, has admitted to molesting some young girls a decade ago when he was a teenager. The information about this came out recently when a heavily redacted police report from 2006 was released by In...
  • The Mythology of an Anti-Christian Bigot

    05/24/2015 1:53:26 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 22, 2015 | James Matthew Wilson
    Have a look at this article, whose nominal subject is academic freedom and whose implicit subject is the crudity and ineptitude with which a professor at a third tier state university can go about instructing his students: [Liberty Counsels] complaint relates to Grace Lewis, a high school student enrolled at Polk State through the Florida Virtual School Full Time program Liberty alleges that Russum is a radical ideologue, bent on imposing his views on students, in violation of acceptable academic standards and the U.S. Constitution. As evidence, it cites multiple elements of the syllabus and assignments for the...
  • Atheist demands court martial for Christian Air Force general for speaking about his faith

    05/19/2015 8:02:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 05/19/2015 | Gregory Tomlin
    WASHINGTON (Christian Examiner) A group claiming to defend the military against a Christian takeover is demanding an Air Force general face a court martial for saying he is a "redeemed believer in Christ" while in uniform at a National Day of Prayer Task Force meeting in Washington May 7, the Air Force Times has reported. Mikey Weinstein, who heads the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, wrote an editorial on the organization's website May 15 that Maj. Gen. Craig Olson violated Air Force instructions about speaking openly of God and Jesus Christ as a representative of the military. Weinstein believes the...
  • Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious (WI)

    05/03/2015 10:30:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2015 11:04 AM EDT | Dana Ferguson
    While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws werent invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsins capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on April 1, giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race, sexual orientation and religion, among other reasons. Its hardly surprising that such a statute would originate in Madison, an island of liberalism in a conservative-leaning state...
  • The IRS vs. The Church

    04/27/2015 9:33:46 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups prior to the 2012 election was an unconscionable abuse of power for which accountability and punishment have been noticeably absent. But this was and is not the only use by the Obama administration of the power to tax to attempt to destroy its political opponents. The IRS is also involved in targeting what President Obama has called less than loving Christians through the mandates of ObamaCare and its attack on the free exercise of religion through the attempted coercion of mandated health insurance coverage This administrations war on religion is...
  • Teachers Barred From Giving Students Free Bibles at Okla. School After Atheists Threaten Lawsuit

    04/16/2015 11:21:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/16/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A public school district in Oklahoma has agreed to stop allowing for the distribution of Bibles following threatened legal action from an atheist organization. Duncan Public Schools sent a letter to the American Humanist Association in response to a complaint leveled against an elementary school teacher who distributed several Gideon Bibles to her students. Scott W. Stone, legal counsel for Duncan Schools, explained to the AHA's legal arm the Appignani Humanist Legal Center that actions were being taken in response to their complaint. "All teachers and administrators in the district are being advised that they are not permitted to distribute...
  • In All Seriousness, Will Ted Cruz Really Drive People to Atheism?

    04/07/2015 2:04:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 7, 2015 | Hemant Mehta
    Yesterday, humorist Andy Borowitz published a piece at the New Yorker with the headline Cruzs Constant References to Jesus Drive Millions to Atheism: The Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruzs constant references to Jesus Christ in his speeches and campaign ads are sparking a strong interest in atheism among millions of Americans, atheist leaders report. Its been amazing, [executive director of the American Society of Atheists Carol] Foyler said. Were getting calls from people who are curious about atheism for the first time in their lives. And when we ask them what got them thinking about it, they all say...
  • Atheists May Mount More Challenges to Ten Commandments Monuments

    04/06/2015 8:02:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/06/2015 | ROD KACKLEY
    Those who dont believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, but do profess an overwhelming belief in the constitutional separation of church and state, may soon have to round up their lawyers and head to Arkansas under the banner of the organization known as American Atheists, Inc. Arkansas state politicians have approved legislation to build a Ten Commandments monument, which would be paid for with private donations, on the grounds of their state Capitol in Little Rock. American Atheists, Inc. does not have a problem with the Ten Commandments or building monuments, per se, to immortalize the basic...
  • 2015 State of Atheism in America

    03/28/2015 1:00:48 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    www.barna.org . ^ | March 24, 2015 | Barna Group
    Who Are the Atheists? [excerpts] For reporting purposes at Barna, we often combine atheists and agnostics into one group, which we call skeptics. Skeptics either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics). Skeptics represent one-quarter of all unchurched adults (25%). Nearly one-third of skeptics have never attended a Christian church service in their lives (31%). Thats nearly double the proportion of virgin unchurched who are not skeptics (17%)... Five Demographic Shifts among Skeptics They are younger. Skeptics today are, on average, younger than in the past. Twenty years...
  • 11 SiIlly Things That Some Atheists Say

    02/28/2015 8:40:57 AM PST · by Heartlander · 69 replies
    Historical Jesus Studies ^ | Feb 27, 2015 | James Bishop
    11 silly things that some atheists say. February 27, 2015 · by James Bishop · in Articles, Atheism. · Introduction: The atheist that this blog article is briefly referring to is the fundamentalist head-in-the-sand, fingers-in-their-ears type, which contrary to atheism makes up the majority of the religion hating New Atheists. My last point, point 11, addresses Stephen Hawking but I want to make it clear that I do not view him as a fundamentalist atheist like Richard Dawkins, or Sam Harris would be. Although I, alongside many, disagree with Hawking and his conclusions, I don’t take anything away from his...
  • Muslim lives matter

    02/15/2015 9:34:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Eastern Echo ^ | February 15, 2015 | Mona Beydoun
    Eastern Michigan University students taped their mouths shut in a silent protest Thursday. The students wrote #ChapelHillShooting across the tape in honor of the deaths of three students from the University of North Carolina. Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were Muslim-American students at the University of North Carolina. They were shot Tuesday, Feb. 10, by their neighbor, Craig Steven Hicks, 46. The Chapel Hill police released a statement Tuesday evening citing a parking dispute as Hickss motivation. EMU Junior Layali Alsada and senior Zaeem Zafar created a flyer...
  • Atheists Steal Rights From God

    02/06/2015 11:46:54 AM PST · by xzins · 32 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 2/6/2015 | Frank Turek
    Atheist Richard Dawkins has declared, "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind pitiless indifference. ... DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is, and we dance to its music." But Dawkins doesn't act like he actually believes that. He recently affirmed a woman has the right to choose an abortion and asserted that it would be "immoral" to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome. According to Dawkins, the "right to choose" is a good thing and...
  • Atheist group attacks Mother Teresa while on mission to improve image!

    02/05/2015 6:14:57 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 19 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/5/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation is trying to improve the image of atheists. Never mind much of their image problem is self-inflicted. When it was proposed that a piece of leftover rubble, that many believe resembled a cross, be included as a part of the World Trade Center Memorial, the American Atheists organization released a statement saying, The WTC cross has become a Christian icon. It has been blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their god, who couldnt be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name,...
  • Florida Schools Ban Bibles After Pressure from Atheists

    01/14/2015 6:32:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2015 - 7:31 AM | Brittany M. Hughes
    Amid mounting pressure from both atheist groups and concerned parents, Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools have banned Bible distribution in several area high schools after Satanists and an anti-religion group announced plans to pass out their own literature. One of the largest school systems in the country with more than 180,000 students, OCPS had allowed World Changers of Florida, a Christian group, in conjunction with the Florida Family Policy Council to passively distribute Bibles to high school students on Jan. 16which is National Freedom of Religion Dayfor the past three years. Under the school systems policy at the time, Bibles...
  • Kneeling soldier statue removed from King Veterans Memorial NC

    01/08/2015 8:35:41 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 26 replies
    Fox8 ^ | January 6, 2015 | Joe Dominguez
    KING, N.C. Effective immediately, all religious symbols at the veterans memorial in King have been removed as part of a settlement with Steven Hewett, a man who sued the city claiming his constitutional rights were being violated because of a Christian flag flown at the memorial and the inclusion of a cross as part of a statue honoring veterans. The decision was made at Tuesday nights city council meeting. The city council also repealed a 2010 law establishing a flag lottery that allowed flags of any religious denomination to be flown at the memorial.
  • Atheists urge lawmakers to reject Bible for swearing-in ceremonies

    01/06/2015 8:24:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/06/2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    The Secular Coalition for America asked members of Congress to reject using religious texts such as the Bible or Torah to swear into office Tuesday, urging them to instead use the Constitution or nothing at all. By taking the oath of office on the Constitution, senators will demonstrate their commitment to our secular government, the laws that theyre affirming to uphold, and the people they were elected to represent, said the coalition, which bills itself as a group of atheists, agnostics and humanists who are fighting against religious influences in politics. All members of the House and more than...
  • Satanic Display at Florida Capitol Damaged [by the "Catholic Warrior"]

    12/24/2014 9:18:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/23/14 | Brendan Farrington
    <p>TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida's Capitol has displayed a Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole, atheist banners and even a tribute to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But a display showing an angel falling into flames with the message "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple" was too much for one woman.</p>
  • Kids: Santa Is Fake But Christmas Is Real

    12/22/2014 4:25:56 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 12 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/21/2014 | Steve Berman
    Hows this for an explanation of Santa Claus: Santa and Mrs. Claus have a twelve-thousand square foot mansion at the North Pole, heated by geothermal power. The North Pole complex boasts an electrical generation system which directly extracts unlimited electricity from the Earths magnetic field for lights and equipment. Santas workshop maintains two million square feet of warehouse space (reaching 30 stories underground with a cubic volume well exceeding Amazon.coms North American 17 million square foot capacity) and an advanced production facility that combines robotics with elf-based manufacturing. The entire facility is hidden beneath the Arctic Ocean, under almost 14,000...
  • Atheists Couldn't Stop This Flash Mob of Amazing Grace

    12/21/2014 8:55:27 PM PST · by metmom · 32 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jen Thompson
    When one lady asked for volunteers to join her at a Rivertown Mall in Grandville, Michigan, to sing "Amazing Grace," 250 people responded with RSVPs, and over 1,000 showed up at the mall. What makes this different from other "flash mobs" is that the lyrics were given out in a high-quality gospel tract form (so that anyone could join in with the singing). "Fortunately the singing at the Rivertown Mall was video-taped, and it brought tears to my eyes," says Ray Comfort, who came up with the idea. "In the clip you can see people holding the tracts as they...
  • Atheist Group Erects 11 Billboards Across Chicago; Argues That Kindness 'Comes From Altruism'

    12/18/2014 7:35:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/18/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest secular groups in America, announced it is erecting 11 different billboards across Chicago this week with various messages. Some of the ads ask people to "think for (themselves)," while others argue that kindness "comes from altruism" and not from "seeking divine reward." "Research shows that atheists and other nonbelievers remain at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to social acceptance. One reason for that is that even though at least 20% of the population today is nonreligious in the United States, many Americans have never knowingly met an...