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  • Ron Reagan, Jr's Freedom From Religion Commercial just aired on CNN.

    07/21/2015 4:47:58 PM PDT · by ElainaVer · 46 replies
    58% have voted that it is 'spot on' . . 40% have voted against it. http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7p_l/freedom-from-religion-foundation-featuring-ron-reagan
  • The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State

    07/08/2015 4:15:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 7, 2015 | Ben Domenech
    Writing at the website of Time magazine, New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer called for abolishing the tax exemptions for nonprofits and instead turning over those funds to government to spend in the interests of the community. “We’d have fewer church soup kitchens — but countries that truly care about poverty don’t rely on churches to run soup kitchens”, he rationalizes. Take that, Salvation Army. Oppenheimer’s view takes the idea of “government as simply a word for the things we decide to do together” to an unsustainable extreme – suggesting that if we do not do things via government, they...
  • Atheism must be about more than just not believing in god

    06/24/2015 5:39:29 PM PDT · by xzins · 22 replies
    Disinfo ^ | June 23, 2015 | Patrick O’Connor
    Atheism is so often considered in the negative: as a lack of faith, or a disbelief in god; as an essential deprivation. Atheism is seen as being destitute of meaning, value, purpose; unfertile ground for growing the feelings of belonging needed to overcome the alienation that dogs modern life. In more extreme critiques, atheism is considered to be another name for nihilism; a fundamental negation of existence, a noxious blight on creation itself. Yet atheists – rather than flippantly dismissing the insights of theologians – should take them seriously indeed. Humans, by dint of being human, are confronted with baffling...
  • Does National Geographic Promote Atheism?

    06/16/2015 8:08:44 AM PDT · by fishtank · 42 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 6-16-2015 | Brian Thomas
    Does National Geographic Promote Atheism? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * National Geographic interviewed atheist Jerry Coyne.1 The subject was not science, but Coyne's personal beliefs. Will Nat Geo provide the same platform for a researcher who believes that God, rather than nature, created all things? In the article posted online May 31, 2015, Coyne took shots at the idea that God created the world from the perspective of his belief in an evolving universe. He is a professor of evolution at the University of Chicago, the author of the book Why Evolution is True, and has frequently contributed to National...
  • The Price of Forgiveness for Josh Duggar

    06/11/2015 4:39:42 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/10/15 | Steve Berman
    [caption id="attachment_1500" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image source: WENN[/caption] I was reading on Quora, which I like to do in the mornings to increase my knowledge of random subjects like WWII’s greatest atrocities or how astronauts aboard the ISS keep the toilet clean. I came across this piece titled “If Jesus forgives all sins what is the point in not sinning?”  Johnnie Lockett makes a really strong argument for living a righteous life. It’s actually the best, most concise answer I have seen, backed up with personal experience. And when people do such things well, those who watch are greatly impressed. We...
  • 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. It’s 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 state’s protection and encouragement of potential parents. Marriage in Ireland is the state’s 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...
  • Munich headteacher: ‘Atheists are stupid’

    05/29/2015 11:32:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 May 2015 14:57 GMT+02:00 | Matty Edwards
    A head teacher at a state school in Munich is attempting to introduce a strict Christian regime by hanging crosses in the classroom and holding daily prayers. He’s within the law, but parents and pupils are beginning to resist. According to Spiegel, the headteacher of Geretsried comprehensive was covering a lesson for a class of 14-15 year-olds when a debate broke out after the class refused to say a prayer. At the end of the debate, he said atheists were stupid, sparking outrage among teachers, parents and students alike. Not all pupils are baptized, and some teachers—including the biology teacher—don’t...
  • Can We Please Get God Out of Religion? (Barf)

    05/25/2015 5:31:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 24, 2015 | Barrett Holmes Pitner
    Millennials—soon to be the largest generation of Americans, surpassing the baby boomers—are fleeing organized religion in droves. As a result, a generation of Americans is creating a national existential crisis. How can a country that regularly proclaims “God Bless America,” emblazons its currency with “In God We Trust,” and mentions God so frequently that it could make a secularist nauseous, survive if the largest demographic is indifferent toward the Almighty? According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, about 35 percent of millennials have no religious affiliation and thus are categorized as the “nones.” Approximately 56 million Americans...
  • Atheist Activist Plans to Remove 'In God We Trust' from US Currency

    05/21/2015 4:10:12 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 50 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | 5/20/15 | Amanda Casanova |
    An atheist activist is planning to file lawsuits claiming the phrase “In God We Trust” on American money is “offensive” and “unlawful.” “It violates the first ten words of the Bill of Rights (‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion’) and it violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA),” said Michael Newdow, who is also a lawyer and doctor. “Unfortunately, because Constitutional principles can be twisted and perverted, the challenges to this practice under the Establishment Clause have, so far, failed.” Newdow wrote a guest post on the Friendly Atheist blog last week, arguing that the Religious...
  • Is the Atheist Population Really Skyrocketing?

    05/21/2015 9:39:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/21/2015 | Jerry Newcombe
    Will the last true Christian in America please turn out the lights on the way out? A recent study on religion and America that has received much attention has been interpreted by some to indicate that Christianity is on its virtual deathbed. But as the saying goes, “The good news is the bad news is wrong.” The study comes from the respected Pew Research Center: “America’s Changing Religious Landscape” (5/12/15). The subtitle is: “Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” They note that as recently as 2007, nearly eight in 10 Americans identify...
  • Is Christianity's Decline in America Due to 'Fewer Incognito Atheists,' Like Russell Moore Said?

    05/15/2015 8:02:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/15/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    The decline in Americans who identify as Christian shown by a new Pew report is mostly due to those with weak church ties no longer identifying as Christian, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recently wrote. Was he correct? The Christian Post contacted Pew Research Center to find out. The report, released Tuesday, found that Americans who identify as Christian fell from 78 percent to 71 percent of the U.S. population between 2007 and 2014. In the same period, the religiously unaffiliated increased six percentage points, from 16 to 22 percent. (Note: the report...
  • Time To Worry: Americans Are Turning Away From Christianity

    05/12/2015 1:14:52 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    The last several decades, the Left has done its best to change America’s religious landscape. According to a new Pew study, they’re succeeding better than many thought possible: "The number of Americans who don’t affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday." Christians are still the majority, but their numbers have fallen from 78 percent to just under 71 percent. The main reason? Increasingly more Americans consider themselves “non affiliated” with any...
  • Non-Believers Rising; Survey Says Protestants, Catholics On Decline

    05/12/2015 7:03:46 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 18 replies
    WBEN Radio ^ | may 12,2015 | Pew reseach
    The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.      Exclusive WBEN AudioOn The WBEN LivelineLana Benatovich, National Federation of Just Communities hristianity is still the dominant faith by far in the U.S.; 7 in 10 Americans identify with the tradition. However, the ranks of Christians have declined as the segment of people with no religion has grown, the survey says. Between 2007 and 2014,...
  • Ted Cruz, our ayatollah: Fight back now, or welcome to the 2016 religious right hellstorm

    05/03/2015 5:00:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 128 replies
    Salon ^ | May 3, 2015 | Jeffrey Tayler
    Way too many of us believe in a magic book negated by science and peppered with all manner of misanthropic myths. A lawyer and an associate dean at Liberty University, a columnist for Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and the founder of WND’s Christian fundamentalist site Barbwire.com, Matt Barber might seem like an evangelical fringe character, but, clearly, he means to have his voice heard and his pronouncements taken seriously: his work appears under the portentous slogan RELATIVISTS BEWARE: TRUTH TOLD HERE. Yet he is affiliated with Glenn Beck, so, in pursuit of Truth-Telling, he sees fit to publish such essays...
  • Will Christians be Fitted with Yellow Crosses?

    04/26/2015 7:59:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | Matt Barber
    Amid the cross-country race to election 2016, the secular left’s utter disdain for both our Creator Christ and His faithful followers is fast approaching critical mass. Self-styled “progressives” – that is, America’s cultural Marxist agents of ruin – typically disguise their designs on despotism in the flowery and euphemistic language of “reproductive health,” “anti-discrimination” and “multiculturalism.” We see this Orwellian newspeak at play right now in Washington, D.C., where congressional Republicans endeavor to prevent, if only timorously, two unconstitutional pieces of legislation from taking effect. The first, the District of Columbia’s so-called “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act,” would force pro-life groups,...
  • The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches

    04/20/2015 4:56:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/20/2015 | Quin Hillyer
    It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. WhatÂ’s worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements, steadfastly has refused to make public key documents pertaining to that decision. So the IRS, acting with the whole power of government behind it, seems to be saying it can monitor and presumably punish churches for the content of their sermons, but the churches canÂ’t know exactly if, how, and why they are being monitored. To fight this...
  • 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 don’t 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...
  • Ted Cruz needs to be more understanding of those less fortunate than him: Letter to the Editor

    04/01/2015 12:26:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | April 1, 2015 | James Mosher
    The article about Sen. Ted Cruz and the start of his White House run ("Ted Cruz announces campaign for president," Plain Dealer, March 23) reveals the sad state of America's fading hope for a sane future. No sane future without sane leaders, in all branches of government. To think of an individual who truly believes that "God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe that God is not done with Americans" is a statement of ignorance, not a sane vision. The original people who lived on this land before the light skinned...
  • Phil Robertson’s Point is Poorly Delivered but Nothing New

    03/29/2015 5:38:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | 03/28/2015 | Ben Howe
    I first became aware of Phil Robertson’s recent controversial comments because Ace wrote up a criticism headlined “So Phil Robertson Is Yammering Again.” I disagreed with some of what he said but that was that and I went about my day. Then an article by Katherine Timpf at National Review titled “Stop Defending Phil Robertson – You’re Embarrassing Yourself” popped up as well and I started to realize that the only people writing about Phil’s comments were people that disagreed with them.Before I show you the comments, let me make clear that I do not believe the language Phil used...
  • 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%). That’s 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...
  • The Atheist and His Metal Detector

    03/27/2015 4:56:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Frank Turek
    I grew up on the Jersey shore. (No, it wasn’t like the TV show.) Every summer morning I’d see several men combing the beach with metal detectors looking for jewelry and change lost the day before. One lost diamond earring or ring could pay for the metal detector several times over. But as useful and successful as metal detectors are, they can’t be used to find everything. Metal detectors won’t help you find wood, plastic, rubber, or other nonmetallic objects. Now, suppose metal-detector man, after just combing the beach, says to you, “I know there’s no plastic or rubber on...
  • 1 in 4 Americans Don't Believe in God; Lack of Trust in Local Churches Cited as a Reason

    03/26/2015 4:46:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2015 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV ,
    Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith. The study was focused on those who have not attended church within the past six months, and found that the majority of such people identify as non-practicing Christians. One in four, or 25 percent, however, were classed as skeptics, which Barna...
  • 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson under fire for graphic anti-atheist speech

    03/25/2015 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 97 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/25/15
    "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson has come under fire once again, this time for a speech he made about a hypothetical atheist family at an annual prayer breakfast in Florida on Friday. Robertson described a graphic scenario while sharing his thoughts on those who do not believe in God. "Two guys break into an atheist's home," Robertson began. "He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them...
  • I’m a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesn’t Believe in God

    03/21/2015 7:33:01 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 116 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 17, 2015 | John Shuck
    “How can you call yourself a Christian, let alone a minister?!” I get asked that question frequently and the questioner is hostile more often than not. Still, I like to answer it if I believe the questioner is sincere. Though I self-identify as a Christian and I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I raised eyebrows a few years ago when I posted an article on my website about how my personal beliefs don’t align with those of most Presbyterians. For example, I believe that: - Religion is a human construct - The symbols of faith are...
  • Imagine: Remembering John Lennon's Communist Anthem

    03/12/2015 12:49:36 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 55 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 3/12/2015 | Jan Sobieski
    Lest we forget the damage done to the moral fabric of our nation by Satan's minstrels, here are the lyrics to "Imagine" by John Lennon. A song still prominently played at most major venues and poignant to all but those who actually understand its horrifying "fundamentally transformed" implications... Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You...
  • Irrational Disbelief: The Hypocrisy of Scientific Atheism

    03/01/2015 6:17:28 AM PST · by Popman · 14 replies
    Crisi magazine ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2014 | DUSTY GATES
    Somewhere along the line of modern history, the idea has taken root, spread, and become commonly held among seculars that religious people hold to a Faith that is separate from, and at odds with, natural reason. Modern science, following the lead of modern philosophy and modern secularized religion, has fallen for the heretical notion that there are two separate tracks of history: a material track, which many assume to be the true one and to which many attach all their trust, and the spiritual one, which is reduced by many to mere fantasy; a delusion held by believers to bring...
  • 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...
  • Bangladeshis Protest After Atheist Writer Avijit Roy Hacked To Death

    02/27/2015 12:09:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Guardian(UK) ^ | February 27, 2015
    Bangladeshis Protest After Atheist Writer Avijit Roy Hacked To Death Hundreds rally against fundamentalism in Dhaka as Islamists claim responsibility for murder of prominent US-Bangladeshi blogger Bangladeshi secular activists take part in a torch-lit protest against the murder of Avijit Roy, founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site. He had received death threats from Islamists before arriving in the country. Saad Hammadi in Dakha and Mark Tran Friday 27 February 2015 Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Dhaka in protest at the murder of a prominent secular American blogger of Bangladeshi origin who was hacked to death...
  • World Christianity by the numbers (Islam now surpasses Catholic Church)

    02/27/2015 6:30:05 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 25, 2015 | George Weigel
    The annual “Status of Global Christianity” survey published by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research is a cornucopia of numbers: some are encouraging; others are discouraging; many of them are important for grasping the nature of this particular moment in Christian history. This year’s survey works from a baseline of 1900 A.D., and makes projections out to 2050. Within that century and a half there’s some good news about the global human condition that ought to be kept in mind when remembering the bad news of the 20th century and the early 21st. For example: in 1900, 27.6 percent...
  • If an atheist kills some Muslims over a parking space, why is it still my fault?

    02/18/2015 6:17:15 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 18, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    By now, the reader has surely heard about the murder last week of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill by Craig Stephen Hicks, a local resident. Because the killer is a gun-owning white male with a rather unshaven appearance, the immediate assumption made before the facts of the case began to come out, even by many conservatives, was that Hicks must be a right-wing Christian Tea Partier who killed the students because they were Muslim. The reason for this assumption is because this is the "narrative" that the news media have trained Americans to...
  • The Most Common Type of American Terrorist Is a White Man With a Weapon and a Grudge

    02/12/2015 9:02:43 AM PST · by PROCON · 35 replies
    thenation ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Michelle Goldberg
    Yesterday, an outspoken white atheist murdered three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We don’t yet know for sure whether this was a hate crime or whether the killer, Craig Stephen Hicks, had some other motivation; police have said the crime may have grown out of a dispute over parking. We do know that had Hicks been a Muslim and his victims atheists, few would be waiting for all the facts to come in before declaring him a terrorist. We know that there would be the usual calls for other Muslims to condemn the killings, coupled with the usual...
  • Student Utters ‘God Bless America’ at Morning Announcements…And Now He’s Getting Punished For It

    02/11/2015 3:54:42 PM PST · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | february 11, 2015 | nicholas kurch
    On February 9th, Florida’s Yulee High School brought the hammer down on a student who offended some of his fellow classmates. The student was reprimanded for his actions after reading the morning announcements over the school’s intercom. Why? Upon finishing the announcements, the student added, ‘God Bless America.’ Two atheist students took offense to the statement. A school spokesperson for the Nassau County School District said that the student had gone off script and was being reprimanded: “It wasn’t part of the scripted morning announcements,” district spokesperson Sharyl Wood said. “The principal took the appropriate steps in speaking with the student...
  • VIDEO: Chapel Hill Shooting - Is it "Terrorism"?

    02/11/2015 1:25:14 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 11 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 02/11/15 | Steven Crowder
    “Religion is not the cause of all wars and violence. Evil is.” Before you wade into the media’s non-stop conjecture, watch this video.
  • Killer of 3 UNC-Chapel Hill Muslim Students Was Hardcore Anti-Religion Atheist Progressive

    02/11/2015 7:56:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | February 11, 2015 | Patrick Poole
    A horrific act of domestic terror was committed yesterday in Chapel Hill, NC, as three Muslim students were apparently targeted by a deranged anti-religion progressive. The News & Observer reports: Police charged a Chapel Hill man Wednesday with first-degree murder in the deaths of three Muslim students in a quiet neighborhood near Meadowmont just south of N.C. 54.Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, is being held in the Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder. Hicks is accused of shooting his Finley Forest neighbors, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19,...
  • Resurrecting Supernaturalism

    02/11/2015 7:50:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Mike Adams
    The other day an old friend of mine said the following: “I believe in Christianity except for the part about the resurrection. We all know that didn’t happen. The New Testament may say Jesus arose from the dead. But that was probably due to corruption of the early manuscripts.” When you hear a quote like that you might assume it comes from reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. More likely, it comes from unwillingness to part ways with philosophical naturalism. In other words, it is not a surface factual problem. It is a deeper worldview problem. The problem,...
  • PROGRESSIVE ATHEIST KILLS 3 MUSLIM STUDENTS, MEDIA IGNORES

    02/11/2015 7:34:17 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 31 replies
    DailyCaller.Com ^ | 02/11/2015 | DEREK HUNTER
    PROGRESSIVE ATHEIST KILLS 3 MUSLIM STUDENTS, MEDIA IGNORES By DEREK HUNTER, Feb 11, 2015 Three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were tragically murdered by a crazed progressive atheist, and the mainstream media is ignoring that fact. The victims, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were shot and killed by Craig Stephen Hicks, 46. The New York Times reported on the murders and mentioned Hicks’ atheism, but not his politics. CNN did the same, as did The Washington Post. Yet even a passive look...
  • Chapel Hill police arrest man in triple homicide (NC)

    02/11/2015 4:47:57 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 18 replies
    newsobserver.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | TAMMY GRUBB
    CHAPEL HILL — Police charged a Chapel Hill man Wednesday with first-degree murder in the deaths of three Muslim students in a quiet neighborhood near Meadowmont just south of N.C. 54. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, is being held in the Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder. Hicks is accused of shooting his Finley Forest neighbors, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. Barakat was a doctoral student in UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry. The sisters were N.C. State University students. Chapel Hill police found all three...
  • Creation Conversion: From Atheist to Creationist

    02/09/2015 7:50:21 AM PST · by fishtank · 17 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Feb. 2015 | Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
    Creation Conversion: From Atheist to Creationist by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. * I have always loved science, partly due to the influence of my engineer father, who was heavily involved in research and development. While growing up, my free-time diet consisted of Mr. Wizard, Disney nature films, and doing science experiments. At Wayne State University, where I earned my bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees, I was exposed to evolution. Influenced by my atheist father and my professors, I accepted this worldview, as did most of my peers. We also accepted the atheist philosophy that came with it. The university invited a...
  • What God Might Say to Atheist Stephen Fry

    02/07/2015 6:09:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Outspoken British atheist Stephen Fry was recently asked what he would say to God if such a being really existed and he encountered him/her/it after death. His reply was passionate, eloquent, defiant, and irreverent. I wonder what God might say to him. How would the Creator respond to being characterized by a mere mortal as “utterly evil . . . capricious, mean-minded, stupid” and “monstrous,” among other choice descriptions? The first error made by Fry was assuming he would be able to speak at all in God’s presence, having no idea that he would suddenly encounter perfect purity, unimaginable love,...
  • 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...
  • Sociologists: 'Christianophobia,' Anti-Christian Hostility Infects Powerful Elite Subculture

    01/30/2015 8:11:28 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/29/2015 | NAPP NAZWORTH
    A small, but elite group of Americans demonstrate signs of anti-Christian hostility, sociologists David Williamson and George Yancey claim in their new book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States? In an email interview with The Christian Post, Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, explained that Christians are fortunate in one sense, because those with anti-Christian hostility are small in number; but in another sense, they should be concerned, because those with "Christianophobia" tend to be powerful elites with influence in certain important areas, such as higher education. The data...
  • Newsboys Co-Founder: I'm Now an Atheist, Richard Dawkins' Had an Influence

    01/30/2015 7:20:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The co-founder and former guitarist of the popular world-famous Christian rock band the Newsboys has officially renounced his Christian faith and is calling members of the current version of the band hypocrites. George Perdikis, who founded the chart-topping Christian band in 1985 with his friend Peter Furler, wrote an op-ed on Wednesday published by the website Patheos explaining how he transformed from a guitarist in one of the most popular Christian rock bands of all-time to a cosmology-enthused atheist. "I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity. All I wanted to do was play rock and roll,"...
  • Why Evil Disproves Atheism

    01/17/2015 6:20:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/17/2015 | Frank Turek
    As Islamists continue to kill innocents, they provide more fuel for the oft-made atheist claim that religion is evil. Atheist Richard Dawkins condemned the recent attacks in France by tweeting, "No, all religions are NOT equally violent. Some have never been violent, some gave it up centuries ago. One religion conspicuously didn't." Dawkins is right that some religions and religious people have consistently perpetrated evil. Atheists often use this fact to support atheism. However, the existence of evil turns out to be a bigger problem for atheists to explain than for theists. The kind of evil Dawkins and the rest...
  • Bill Maher On Charlie Hebdo: All Religions Are 'Stupid and Dangerous' [Video]

    01/09/2015 9:29:39 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 101 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 1/8/2015 | Staff
    Bill Maher stunned his liberal-friendly audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night with his most recent comments on the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, demonizing religious extremists and religion in general, true to form for the outspoken and controversial comedian and host of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. Maher was on Jimmy Kimmel Live the night of the attacks in Paris that killed 12, and he had plenty to say about liberalism, freedom of speech, and religion, particularly the Muslim religion, which he has come out against in the past, drawing the ire of his fellow liberals and accusations...
  • 'How Jesus Became God': Skeptic scholar asks why it matters

    01/06/2015 2:57:33 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 112 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 1/04/15 | Rebecca I. Denova
    For believing Christians, the identity of Jesus was announced at the Council of Chalcedon (A.D. 451): Jesus was always divine and human simultaneously. How did this work? Very simply, “it’s a mystery.” But a fuller explanation of how a peasant became God is the subject of Bart Ehrman’s latest book, “How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher From Galilee,” and the subject of contentious debate among scholars. Several colleagues published a response titled “How God Became Jesus.” Mr. Ehrman, a professor at the University of North Carolina, is a popular speaker on the evolution of Christian theology...
  • Self-Declared Jewish Atheist Behind Controversial ‘I Met God, She’s Black’ T-Shirt

    01/04/2015 3:42:22 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 48 replies
    A self-described Jewish atheist named Dylan Chenfeld is behind the ”I Met God, She’s Black” t-shirts that have recently been sported on major celebrities, The Huffington Post reported on Saturday.
  • My horrible right-wing past: Confessions of a one-time religious right icon (barfalert needed?)

    12/29/2014 9:25:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 06:58 AM EST | Frank Schaeffer
    I am a white, privileged, well-off, 61-year-old former Republican religious right-wing activist who changed his mind about religion and politics long ago. The New York Times profiled my change of heart saying that to my former friends I’m considered a “traitorous prince” since my religious-right family was once thought of as “evangelical royalty.” You see, only in the Mafia, the British Royal family and big time American religion is a nepotistic rise to power seen as normal. And I was good at it. And I hated it while hypocritically profiting from it—until, that is, in the mid-1980s, I quit. These...
  • How God turns a French atheist into a Christian theologian

    12/24/2014 11:18:31 PM PST · by redleghunter · 24 replies
    TheoloGUI ^ | Guillaume Bignon
    A number of people lately have been intrigued to meet a French theologian, and have asked me to tell them the story of how I, a French atheist, became a Christian scholar. Even the theologians and apologists I met recently at the ETS Conference in Baltimore (where by God’s grace I was delivering my first scholarly paper) seemed to care (understandably) more about my conversion from atheism than my immediate theology paper! Therefore, it seemed fitting to type it up properly, to have a clean telling of that story of God breaking into my life, ready to be shared with...
  • Religion Without God: Impulse to hold a “church” service despite a hesitant or nonexistent faith

    12/26/2014 7:00:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | T.M. Luhrmann
    THIS Christmas our family will go to church. The service is held in a beautiful old church in the charming town of Walpole, N.H., just over the border from Vermont. The Lord’s Prayer hangs on the wall behind the sanctuary. A lectern rises above the nave to let the pastor look down on his flock. The pews and the side stalls have the stern, pure lineaments suited to the Colonial congregation that once came to church to face God. Except that this church is Unitarian. Unitarianism emerged in early modern Europe from those who rejected a Trinitarian theology in preference...
  • NY Times Christmas Day Op-ed Page: No Believers, Two Atheists

    12/25/2014 7:26:34 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Couldn't the New York Times put aside its hostility to traditional religion on Christmas Day and feature a column by a believing Christian? No, it couidn't. Instead, believers who blunder onto the online op-ed page today are hit with a lead column entitled "Religion Without God." And just in case you didn't get the message, there's a second column called "An Atheist’s Christmas Dream."