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  • Cuba Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

    04/17/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/15/14
    Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an "exceptional" measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012. The new Labor Code, passed by the National Assembly in December, established Good Friday as a holiday "every year," Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday.
  • Atheist Group Sets Up 'Jesus Is a Myth' Banner in Response to Easter Display at Wisconsin Capitol

    04/17/2014 7:43:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | Katherine Webber
    An atheist group is combatting a Christian Easter display at Wisconsin's Capitol building in Madison by setting up a sign that reads "Nobody died for our 'sins,' Jesus Christ is a myth." The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it rushed to get a permit for their display after seeing that the Concerned Women for America group was able to set up their own display at Wisconsin's Capitol building. The CWA group's display reportedly included a Christian cross and pro-life literature. The conservative women's group says on its website that it's dedicated to bringing "biblical principles into all levels of public...
  • MIKE BLOOMBERG: 'I've Earned My Place In Heaven — It's Not Even Close'

    04/15/2014 11:13:19 PM PDT · by P-Marlowe · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/15/15 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    Now that he's out of office, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is stepping up his efforts to battle the National Rifle Association and expand gun control laws. Bloomberg detailed his plans in an interview with the New York Times published Monday — in which he predicted his crusades against guns, smoking, and obesity would serve him well in the afterlife. "I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close," Bloomberg said....
  • Where Atheists Meet to Evangelize

    04/14/2014 8:51:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/14/2014 | DAVE SHIFLETT
    Look out unbelief—atheism is on a roll, or so proclaims American Atheists, whose annual convention kicks off Thursday in Salt Lake City. "This has been an excellent year for atheism," says Dave Muscato, public-relations director for the deity-dissing group. "Between 2005 and 2012 there was a fivefold increase in the number of people who use the word atheist when asked to identify their religion." That's still not a lot. While 20% of Americans profess no particular religious faith, according to the Pew Research Center, only 6% identify themselves as atheist or agnostic. Still, one hates to toss cold water on...
  • Jesus is Trending in Communist China

    04/12/2014 10:54:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 4/9/14 | Matthew Archbold
    This is amazing news. According to internet activity it would seem that Christianity is a lot more popular than Communism in China right now. There is something beautiful going on in one of the most oppressive countries on the globe. That's the odd thing about Christianity -the more you try to stamp it out the more desirous it becomes. I seem to remember the apostles weren't treated very well in their travels. But they did pretty well. World Mag: Foreign Policy released a fascinating infographic today, based on a compilation of information from Weibo, China’s huge social media platform that...
  • Scientists Confirm Biblical Account of the ‘Fountains of The Deep’

    04/08/2014 2:41:22 PM PDT · by OneVike · 57 replies
    In yet another confirmation of the Bible’s accuracy, scientists have now confirmed what Scripture refers to as “the fountains of the deep.” In the days of Noah and the Ark, these large pools of water beneath the Earth’s crust burst forth onto the surface providing the massive amounts of water needed for the global flood judgment. What has once been a source of skepticism and mockery for those who doubt the Bible, has now been confirmed by secular scientists, again showing that although written over 3,000 years ago, the Bible’s description of the Earth and its natural properties are...
  • 'Jesus Christ, Superstar' US Tour Announced: 'The Time is Right,' Andrew Lloyd Webber Says

    04/07/2014 5:01:32 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | April 4, 2014 | Sami K. Martin
    Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have announced that they are preparing to launch a new tour of hit show "Jesus Christ, Superstar." The musical started on Broadway in 1971 and is now being re-launched with an all-star cast featuring JC Chasez, Michelle Williams, and Brandon Boyd. The new production stars Brandon Boyd as "Judas Iscariot," JC Chasez as "Pontius Pilate" and Michelle Williams as "Mary Magdalene." Ben Forster, a relative newcomer to the U.S., takes on the daunting role of "Jesus Christ." The musical offers a unique interpretation of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, with Judas Iscariot,...
  • Antichristian NEA apparently tries to suppress a story (vanity)

    A couple of weeks ago, I happened to think of the NEA and went to their site. That was where I happened to learn officially what I'd already suspected for awhile, that the most segregated schools in America weren't in the South. This is the NEA headline giving me the official news: "The Most Segregated Schools are in the South, right? Wrong." When I clicked on the link, though, what I received instead of the story was "Page not found," (which still, to this point, anyone can see since all is still the same to this point). The other news...
  • Atheist Turned Christian Character in 'God's Not Dead' Movie Inspired By Real-Life Harvard Doctor

    04/04/2014 10:52:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/04/2014 | Morgan Lee
    A character who leaves behind his atheist convictions in the recently released God's Not Dead movie was inspired by the real-life Lasik and cataract surgeon, Tennessee resident Wing Mang. (Photo: "God's Not Dead" website.)Actor Paul Kwo plays a character inspired by Dr. Ming Wang in movie “God’s Not Dead.” 'God's Not Dead' Movie Surprises Again, Exceeding Expectations at Box Office'God's Not Dead' Actor Says His Opinions, Christian Beliefs Have Cost Him Jobs in Hollywood'God's Not Dead' Takes 'Incredible' .5M From Just 780 Screens; Hits No. 5 at US Box Office aside>Wang, a native of China, endured the country's Cultural Revolution in...
  • Why Obedience to all Ten Commandments is Essential

    03/27/2014 10:20:21 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 40 replies
    (Personal Letter) ^ | 3/27/2014 anno Domini | RepentandBelieve
    The Ten Commandments of The Automakers: 1. Thou shalt not drive thy automobile without having oil in the engine 2. Thou shalt not drive thy automobile without a connected battery of 12 volts D.C. 3. Thou shalt not lock the doors of thy automobile and dispose of all of the keys 4. Thou shalt not cover all of the openings provided through which to view the surroundings 5. Thou shalt not remove all of the wheels on thy automobile’s axles 6. Thou shalt not remove thy steering wheel with which to control the automobile’s direction 7. Thou shalt not forget...
  • Bill Gates Reveals Family Goes to Catholic Church: 'It Makes Sense to Believe in God'

    03/17/2014 6:02:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 3/14/17 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, revealed in a recent interview that his family goes to a Catholic church and that religious morality inspires a lot of his charity work. He also shared his personal thoughts on God and the biggest issues facing the world today. "The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's...
  • American Atheists Lawsuit Against 'World Trade Center Cross' Goes Before Appeals Court

    03/03/2014 10:05:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Oral arguments in a lawsuit by an atheist organization against the placement of the "World Trade Center cross" at a museum on government property will take place later this week. American Atheists will present their case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, arguing that the WTC cross does not belong in a museum on government leased property. Two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, construction workers found a cross beam among the wreckage of the Twin Towers. Measuring 17 feet tall and approximately 4,000 pounds, the piece of debris became known as the World Trade...
  • Bill Nye Says He Hopes Ken Ham's Ark Encounter Project 'Goes Out of Business'

    03/03/2014 9:52:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Morgan Lee
    A day after Ken Ham, president and CEO of the creationist organization Answer in Genesis announced he would be moving forward with plans to build a life-sized replica of Noah's ark, Bill Nye, his former debate opponent, said he hopes "the Ark Encounter goes out of business." On Thursday, Ham announced in a live web stream from the Kentucky-based Creation Museum that his organization has been able to come up with funding for the project, despite its financial viability being questioned last month. AiG said in a statement that it has raised the first $73 million for its project, which...
  • Atheist Group Tells Michigan City Council to Stop Praying on Taxpayers' Time

    02/22/2014 3:19:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/21/2014 | MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    An atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to a city council in Michigan over the local government's usage of prayer at council meetings. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has threatened legal action against the Saginaw City Council. In a letter sent to Saginaw City Manager Tim Morales, FFRF staff attorney Rebecca S. Markert wrote that Saginaw "should drop these prayers altogether." "Government prayers exclude a significant portion of Americans from the democratic process, are of dubious legality, and are a repudiation of our secular history," wrote Markert. "City Council members are free to pray privately or...
  • The Latest Challenge to the Bible's Accuracy: Abraham's Anachronistic Camels?

    02/16/2014 3:48:28 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 33 replies
    christianitytoday.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Gordon Govier
    Two researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) studied the bones of camels found in an area of ancient copper mines in the Aravah Valley, south of the Dead Sea. Using radiocarbon dating and other techniques, they determined that camels were first used in the mining operations near the end of the 10th century BC. They state that this is the first evidence of domesticated camels in ancient Israel. This would be almost 1,000 years later than the time of the patriarchs, when camels first appear in the Bible. Their study was quickly used to claim that the Bible was written...
  • "The Jesus Face Database" Maps Out Every Farm Animal And Foodstuff In Which Christ Has Risen

    02/12/2014 7:41:49 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Fast Company ^ | December 10, 2013 | Joe Berkowitz
    In terms of post-mortem sightings, Elvis gets a lot of play and so does the Virgin Mary. The real champ of random latter-day cameos, however, is Jesus Christ. But up until recently, there was no efficient way to keep up with every oil stain, pancake, and gnarled tree hollow the famed redeemer showed up in. Now, it looks like our prayers have been answered. The Jesus Face Database is an interactive website that allows users to pinpoint all the many spots around the world where people of questionable lucidity lay eyes on their lord and savior. It's a zoomable map...
  • The Pro-Life Movement Must Encourage Secular Participation in the Pro-Life Cause

    02/05/2014 7:08:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | Secular Pro-Life
    The weekend before last I had a wonderful time meeting up with other SPL members and representing Secular Pro-Life at San Francisco’s various pro-life events. On Saturday afternoon, SPL spoke at the Walk for Life West Coast rally, then gathered together and held our banner high for the entire Walk. On Sunday, pro-life atheist Ellen and I tabled at the first ever west coast Students for Life of America training conference, which lasted all day. Throughout all of these events, I was inspired by the number of religious pro-lifers who so warmly welcomed us. They said our speech was refreshing...
  • Can You Be Good Without God?

    01/29/2014 4:37:11 PM PST · by NYer · 75 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | January 28, 2014 | Todd Aglialoro
    Atheists and agnostics like to claim that religion or belief in God isn’t necessary for living a moral life. “I can be a good person without God,” they say. Some go a step further and try to build a case for why they can be even better people without God. For example, they might claim that whereas theists are concerned about obeying religious commands that will get them into a heavenly afterlife, unbelievers are able to apply all their energies to making this world a better place.In a certain sense, it’s correct to say that one can be a...
  • 'Culture of Encounter': An Opportunity to Deny Christ?

    01/24/2014 11:39:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    That the Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill ^ | 1-23-2014 | englandsgardens
    'Culture of Encounter': An Opportunity to Deny Christ? 'Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.' ~ His Holiness Pope Francis, on the Feast of St Francis de Sales Herein lies the Francis enigma, that the Successor of St Peter gives the impression that the Catholic Church does not necessarily contain the fullness of truth and inerrancy in Her teaching. Is this not precisely what the Devil, through his agents, and his whisperings, proposes to mankind in this century, as in previous centuries, that there can...
  • My Wife and I are Atheists, but Our Daughter Wants to be Baptised Catholic

    01/14/2014 8:25:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 95 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/14/14 | James Harrington
    I'm proud of my daughter, but I can't deny that she stopped us in our religiously disinterested, bleeding-heart liberal tracksFor decades, god and religion have played no part in my life. I was baptised as a baby, but didn't make it as far as first communion. That may officially make me a Catholic in the broadest sense, but if it does, I'm one who's not so much "lapsed" as "stalled before I started". Apart from morning assemblies and weekly hymn practices at primary school, followed by a couple of years of religious education classes at comprehensive (which I dropped as...
  • Rejecting God Because of Hell Is Illogical

    01/09/2014 9:09:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/09/2014 | BY DAN DELZELL
    "I could never believe in a God who sends people to hell." This common objection, while sincere, is nevertheless untrue and illogical. How can you say it is "untrue" Dan if someone really means it? This is how. Just walk through the reasoning with me if you will. First of all, think about what the person is saying. He is saying that if the biblical teaching about heaven and hell is correct, then he would never believe in a God who allows people to spend eternity in a place of suffering. This rationale is both illogical and irrational. His objection...
  • 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...
  • After a schism, a question: Can atheist churches last?

    01/05/2014 6:51:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    CNN Belief Blog ^ | 01/05/2014 | Katie Engelhart
    LONDON (CNN) - The Sunday Assembly was riding high. The world’s most voguish - though not its only - atheist church opened last year in London, to global attention and abundant acclaim. So popular was the premise, so bright the promise, that soon the Sunday Assembly was ready to franchise, branching out into cities such as New York, Dublin and Melbourne. “It’s a way to scale goodness,” declared Sanderson Jones, a standup comic and co-founder of The Sunday Assembly, which calls itself a “godless congregation.” But nearly as quickly as the Assembly spread, it split, with New York City emerging...
  • China's Detained Bishop Ma 'Given Political Lessons'

    12/30/2013 6:11:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/24/13 | John Sudworth
    As prisons go, it's a relatively pleasant one. The Sheshan seminary can be found on a quiet leafy lane that could just as well be in Tuscany as its true location, the outskirts of Shanghai. There is no barbed wire in sight and no guards, just a solitary, rather friendly watchman on the front gate. Nonetheless it is, as our inquiries confirm, being used for the effective confinement of China's missing bishop, Thaddeus Ma Daqin. Friends of Bishop Ma whom I spoke to told me that he does enjoy certain limited freedoms. He can get permission to come and go...
  • Do Atheists Exist? A new “godless” church makes you wonder.

    12/28/2013 10:32:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/28/2013 | Nicholas Frankovich
    For people who like church except for the parts about God, a British couple have bodied forth a new denomination that cheerfully excludes him, raising the volume on the question “What is atheism?” several decibels overnight. The Sunday Assembly, a “godless congregation” founded in East London last January by standup comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, now boasts affiliates in Brighton, Bristol, Oxford, Canberra, Melbourne, New York, and Portland, Ore. On September 21, it announced a “global missionary tour”: This past fall, interested individuals in 22 cities across the Anglosphere held Sunday Assembly meet-ups. Look for permanent congregations to be...
  • We Are Never Alone -- A story of a Miracle Birth

    12/25/2013 9:39:58 PM PST · by Phinneous
    SimpleToRemember.com Judaism Online ^ | Circa 2009 | Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen
    This is an UNBELIEVABLE story of a personal experience the narrator had after the birth of one of his children. It's an absolutely inspiring story for any believer in G-d. It's long (I think 3 or 4 hours) but I remember listening to it on the way home from work and cancelling the rest of my evening to complete it. Totally worth playing at least in the background tonight (as you like me clean up after your kids, exhausted, and ready for a spiritual boost.) It's basically a string of incredible "coincidences" that lead to the rabbi's baby boy being...
  • Atheist Symbol Seeks To Overshadow Nativity Scenes

    12/17/2013 6:43:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/17/13 | Nate Kellum
    In Chicago's Daley Plaza, wedged between – and in front of – the traditional nativity display and a giant menorah, there sits something new this year: an 8-foot-tall letter "A" lit up in red. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) placed the big "A" in downtown Chicago. They say the "A" stands for Atheist, but it also represents Attack, given its timing and placement. While the nativity scene is linked to Christmas, and the menorah is part of Hanukah, the only apparent purpose for this lighted letter "A" is to demean the other displays. In Florida's State Capitol, the...
  • 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...
  • The Denominational Imperative

    11/30/2013 2:08:40 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    The American Interest ^ | November 20, 2013 | PETER BERGER
    On November 11, 2013, Religion News Service reprinted an Associated Press story by Gillian Flaccus on the development of “atheist mega-churches”. These have the rather revealing name “Sunday Assemblies” (perhaps an allusion to the Pentecostal Assemblies of God—in the hope of emulating the success of the latter?). The story described a recent gathering of this type in Los Angeles: “It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.”...
  • Atheist Group Seeks to Recruit Members With Sign 'Relax, Hell Doesn't Exist, Enjoy Your Life'

    11/25/2013 8:59:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/25/2013 | Katherine Weber
    Atheists in San Diego, Calif. are trying a new approach to recruiting non-believers by offering food, such as pretzels and cheezits, and putting up large banners that read "Relax: hell does not exist, or heaven either, enjoy your life." The atheists are members of the San Diego-based group the San Diego Coalition of Reason, and every Saturday they set up a booth in the city's Balboa Park alongside other religious groups, such as Hare Krishnas and evangelical Christians, to educate passerby on their lack of beliefs. Along with the quirky banner that hangs over their booth, members of the group...
  • Atheist Group Threatens to Sue Public Schools Over Participation in Operation Christmas Child

    11/17/2013 11:39:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/17/2013 | Katherine Weber
    A humanist organization is threatening lawsuits against two public schools for their participation in Operation Christmas Child, a project of evangelist Franklin Graham's international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse that seeks to deliver Christmas toys to needy children throughout the world. The American Humanist Association recently sent letters to two public elementary schools, one in South Carolina and one in Colorado, threatening legal action if they continue participating in Operation Christmas Child, which delivers thousands of shoe boxes stuffed with gifts to needy children throughout the world every year during the holidays. Along with containing small gifts, the shoe boxes...
  • 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...
  • Here's What We Know About The 2.4% Of Americans Who Are Atheists

    11/07/2013 11:02:25 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/07/2013 | Pew Research Center's Fact Tank
    This post originally appeared at Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank blog. Estimating the number of atheists in the U.S. is complex. Some adults who describe themselves as atheists also say they do believe in God or a universal spirit, according to Pew Research Center surveys. At the same time, some people who identify with a religion (e.g., say they are Protestant, Catholic or Jewish) say they do not believe in God. The debate over the definition and identity of atheists came up recently during Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Diana Nyad, a self-identified atheist who recently gained attention for her Cuba-to-Florida...
  • Oprah and the Atheists

    11/03/2013 8:42:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    CatholicAnswers ^ | October 23, 2013 | Trent Horn
    Oprah and the AtheistsTrent Horn October 23, 2013 | Members of the atheist community are outraged, but not at their usual targets, such as conservative politicians or pastors. Instead, they have set their sights on Oprah Winfrey.This past weekend on her show Super Soul Sunday, Oprah interviewed Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old marathon swimmer, to discuss her amazing feat of swimming from Cuba to Florida in 53 hours. During the course of the interview the following exchange occurred:Nyad: I can stand at the beach’s edge with the most devout Christian, Jew, Buddhist, go on down the line, and weep with the...
  • The Miracles of Jesus

    11/02/2013 7:45:51 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 15 replies
    CARM ^ | Matt Slick
    The miracles of Jesus attest to who Jesus is, God in flesh (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9). Jesus used the Divine Name for Himself (John 8:58), the same Divine Name used by God when Moses asked God what His name was in Exodus 3:14. However, people claiming to be God is not that uncommon in the world. Mental institutions are filled with those who claim to be divine. But, Jesus doesn't fit the category of a crazy person. If anything, Jesus deserves the utmost respect and admiration for His humility, love, teaching, and self-sacrifice. But, even though there are other great...
  • Over 20,000 [who] Suffered for [the] Faith From Bolsheviks Commemorated at Butovo Firing Range

    11/01/2013 8:47:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/1 13
    Moscow, November 1, Interfax - Victims of political persecutions suffered for faith were commemorated at the Butovo firing range, the Moscow Patriarchate reports at its official website. Names well-known today (of about thousand people) killed in Butovo in the years of Great Purge were declared near the funeral ditches for several hours. The NKVD "shooting list" was voiced in compliance with the days when verdicts were carried out, photos of the killed people were shown at a special display. Rector of the Novospassky Monastery and other clerics read out the first names, then parishioners continued the reading. Several dozens of...
  • Why Do Non-Catholics Want So Desperately for the Catholic Church to Change Its Teachings?

    10/30/2013 8:09:25 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 105 replies
    Public Catholic at Patheos ^ | October 29, 2013 | Rebecca Hamilton
    It’s fascinating, the amount of emotion at least some non-Catholics seem to have about Catholic teaching. I can tell you that when I was in the anti-God period of my life, I did not give one whit what any church taught. I paid them the ultimate diss of not giving a care. But from what I’ve seen on this blog, there are a large number of people who claim to be atheist or some what-not version of what I was in my anti-God period, who appear to think about Christianity, the Catholic Church in particular, 24/7. They appear to be,...
  • Former religious skeptic believes she talked to God during the 9 minutes she was dead

    10/27/2013 4:21:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 26, 2013 | Ashley Collman
    An Oklahoma woman says she's a firm believer in God after meeting him during the nine minutes she died in 2009. Crystal McVea is a 36-year-old married school teacher and mother of four who didn't quite believe in God for most of her life. At the age of three, McVea started to be sexually abused by her drug and alcohol-addicted step father and that abuse continued by him and others until the age of 12. Those experiences made her second guess from a young age whether or not God existed, and if he did, whether he loved her. 'I saw...
  • Holy Logic: Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists

    10/24/2013 5:12:05 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 10/22/2013 | David Knight
    As headlines go, it's certainly an eye-catching one. "Scientists Prove Existence of God," German daily Die Welt wrote last week. But unsurprisingly, there is a rather significant caveat to that claim. In fact, what the researchers in question say they have actually proven is a theorem put forward by renowned Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel -- and the real news isn't about a Supreme Being, but rather what can now be achieved in scientific fields using superior technology. When Gödel died in 1978, he left behind a tantalizing theory based on principles of modal logic -- that a higher being must...
  • Let Us Not Pray: Atheists to Hold a Service in Leeds Church [UK]

    10/22/2013 7:51:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Yorkshire Evening Post ^ | 10/21/13 | Andreas Mullings
    A godless church may seem to some as an oxymoron, but it has become a reality as the oldest church in Leeds opens its doors for an atheist congregation. The Sunday Assembly Leeds is a non-profit organisation which has chosen to put away religion but still keep the traditions of song and sermons. Originally starting in London last January it was created by two comedians, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans. After success in the capital they have now launched their movement worldwide in their ‘40 days and 40 nights tour’, which will be opening assemblies in the UK, including Leeds,...
  • Evolution vs. God: Shaking the foundations of Faith

    10/17/2013 1:18:41 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 63 replies
    Way of the Master ministries ^ | Oct 2, 2013 | Ray Comfort
    If you are familiar with Ray Comfort and the man on the street Way of the Master ministries, you will like this video. WoM ministries produced the linked youtube 30 minute video on Evolution vs. God. Ray and crew go to two CA universities to interview and debate science students and science faculty on Darwinian evolution. So please set aside a half hour from your busy schedule and enjoy "Evolution vs. God." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ#t=743
  • Skepticism and Secularism Have a Serious Sexual Harassment Problem

    10/14/2013 7:40:12 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    Slate via Web Archive ^ | Aug. 7, 2013, at 10:01 AM | Amanda Marcotte
    Most mainstream media stories about women in the growing skeptic/secularist/science education movement (the boundaries between the three are pretty porous) usually begin with articles and videos asking, "Where are all the women?" But people within these circles know that there are actually a lot of female leaders, and the real woman problem is sexual harassment. As Rebecca Watson, a major writer and speaker on the skeptic/atheist circuit wrote in Slate last year, the amount of sexual harassment aimed at women over even the tiniest suggestions of how to make the movement more female-friendly is absolutely stunning. ... This sort of...
  • "Court of the Gentiles" To Take Place Next Month in Berlin

    10/14/2013 6:22:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Zenit ^ | 10/14/2013
    Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, president of the German Bishops Conference, was among several representatives from Germany on the upcoming “Court of the Gentiles” which will take place in Berlin from November 26th-28th. The event is promoted by the Pontifical Council for Culture in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Berlin and the German Bishops Conference.Fr. Laurent Mazas, Executive Director of the “Court of the Gentiles” began the conference by explaining the symbolic significance of such an event. One of the events include a procession of two groups near the Bode Museum. This he said, is symbolic of the “Court of the Gentiles”,...
  • Self-Professed ‘Bible Scholar’ Makes Explosive Allegation About Jesus... (Yeah Right)

    10/11/2013 9:53:50 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 51 replies
    The Blaze via Yahoo ^ | October 10, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    On Oct. 19, self-professed Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill is planning to make public some very flammable allegations. At a day-long symposium called "Covert Messiah" in London, England, he's set to unveil purported evidence that Roman aristocrats manufactured Jesus Christ - a claim that, if substantiated, would devalue the core of the Christian faith. The only problem? Most Biblical experts disagree with the scholar's pronouncements. A press release announcing the purported new evidence claims that Atwill has discovered "ancient confessions" that purportedly prove that Romans invented Jesus Christ in the first century. He has long argued that the faith system was...
  • (Justice) Scalia says atheism 'favors the devil's desires'

    10/09/2013 4:57:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    religion blogs ^ | October 7, 2013 | Daniel Burke
    (CNN) - As the Supreme Court begins its new term Monday, the devil is not on the docket – but the Evil One apparently is on the mind of Justice Antonin Scalia.New York magazine has published a fascinating new interview with Scalia in which the outspoken jurist tackled a number of topics. But none seemed to surprise Scalia's interviewer, Jennifer Senior, more than his views on Satan.The interview was conducted on September 26, the 27th anniversary of Scalia's swearing-in as a justice on the high court. He is one of a record six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court.After Scalia...
  • The Pope's Chat With An Atheist

    10/05/2013 1:58:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 4, 2013 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    The recent "La Repubblica" interview with Francis touches on many topics, not always with clarity or precision Left: Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 2. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Right: Eugenio Scalfari al Festival Internazionale del Giornalismo di Perugia in 2011. (Francesca Marchi/Wikipedia Commons) “St. Paul is the one who laid down the cornerstone of our religion and our creed. You cannot be a conscious Christian without St. Paul. He translated the teachings of Christ into a doctrinal structure that, even with the addition of a vast...
  • The Pope: how the (Catholic) Church will change (AP image removed)

    10/01/2013 2:30:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    La Republica ^ | October 1, 2013 | EUGENIO SCALFARI
    Dialogue between Francis and La Repubblica's founder, Eugenio Scalfari: "Starting from the Second Vatican Council, open to modern culture". The conversation in the Vatican after the Pope's letter to La Repubblica: "Convert you? Proselytism is solemn nonsense. You have to meet people and listen to them."by EUGENIO SCALFARIPope Francis told me: "The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don't even look for...
  • Bill Maher Makes Bold Proclamation About Gay Marriage and the Future of Atheism in America

    09/25/2013 4:44:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 25, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Comedian Bill Maher has no plans to run for public office. In fact, he believes his outspoken atheism would be a major barrier to any potential candidacy. But at the same time, the “Real Time” HBO host also sees changing tides on the horizon when it comes to the treatment of non-believers in America. In an interview Monday with entertainment news outlet TheWrap, Maher said that atheism will be “the new gay marriage.” What does he mean by this? With the nation becoming more understanding and accepting of same-sex unions, it seems Maher believes that atheists, who have frequently been...
  • Atheists Start PAC To Elect Nonreligious Candidates

    09/19/2013 1:00:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | 09/19/2013 | Frank James
    Americans who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee. The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the constitutional separation between church and state. "The Freethought Equality Fund will work to elect the nones ... in addition to those who will work for our rights so we can finally have the representation in Congress we deserve," said Maggie Ardiente of the American Humanist Association, at a Washington news conference Wednesday where the new...
  • Pirates Form Church to Battle Copyright Law That Insults Their Beliefs

    09/19/2013 8:05:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    TorrentFreak ^ | August 5, 2013 | Andy
    Last week Russia introduced its brand new anti-piracy law that will see sites blocked at the ISP level if they fail to respond swiftly to copyright complaints. The law, which critics say is overbroad and likely to cause collateral damage, is opposed by big companies such as Google, local search engine Yandex, Internet resources such as Wikipedia and thousands of website operators and users. But just as protests including last week’s blackout by 1,700 sites subside, a more unconventional front is opening up. Later today pirate activists in five regions – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Khabarovsk –...