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  • Then they Came for the Atheists

    07/31/2017 1:07:08 PM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 18 replies
    TakiMag ^ | 7/31/17 | Jim Goad
    It’s official: Atheists now occupy a lower place than Muslims in the “progressive stack,” meaning that in the Sacred Church of Equality, Muslims are now considered holier than atheists. If you doubt my assertion, riddle me this: When was the last time you heard a Muslim accused of “infidelophobia”? Superstar atheist Richard Dawkins recently had an upcoming radio appearance canceled by a listener-funded radio station in Berkeley, CA, a city whose primary purpose these days is to ban things considered sinful to progressives. In justifying their ritualistic shunning of Dawkins, KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley cited “hurtful” comments from Dawkins...
  • Religious people 'cling to certain beliefs'.

    07/28/2017 4:18:32 PM PDT · by NYAmerican · 52 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7/28/17 | PHOEBE WESTON
    Religious people's minds are dominated by emotion and not analytical thinking which makes them cling to their views - even when evidence proves them wrong - a study claims. Such 'Emotional resonance' can make individuals hold on to their faith. Meanwhile, militant atheists are completely negative about religion because they have analytical brains, according to researchers.
  • Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People?

    07/25/2017 11:15:43 AM PDT · by fishtank · 146 replies
    Creation-Evolution Headlines ^ | June 8, 2017 | Dr Jerry Bergman
    June 8, 2017 Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People? by Dr Jerry Bergman In a recent article at Live Science, Laura Geggel asks, “Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People?” She claims that “For more than a millennium, scholars have noticed a curious correlation: Atheists tend to be more intelligent than religious people.”[i] How they could know this, since IQ tests and other means of measuring intelligence were only developed at the start of the last century, was not answered. Another problem is many kinds of intelligence exist, such as doing well on paper and pencil tests, or...
  • Six Out of Ten Scots Now Say They Have No Religion

    07/09/2017 5:43:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Sunday Post ^ | 7/1/17 | Catriona Webster
    THE proportion of Scots who say they have no religion has reached a new high, a survey shows. The latest Scottish Social Attitudes survey found that nearly six in 10 (58%) describe themselves as having no religion, up from 40% in 1999. The survey, carried out by ScotCen, revealed that those aged 18-34 were the least likely to be religious, at 74% compared to 34% of those over 65. The Church of Scotland has been hardest hit by the drop in religious affiliation, with just 18% saying they belong to the Kirk compared to 35% in 1999. The proportion of...
  • Why I Write about Race and IQ

    07/05/2017 7:46:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The National Review ^ | July 5, 2017 | Robert VerBruggen
    There are good reasons not to confine the discussion to academic journals. In the latest issue of National Review, John McWhorter has a challenging and thought-provoking essay about the topic of race and IQ — specifically, about whether that topic should even be up for discussion in liberal-arts classrooms and in the media, as opposed to in scientific journals. He suggests not, as there is nothing to gain from discussing it. I read McWhorter’s essay with special interest because I have violated the norm he proposes. I have written about race and IQ on numerous occasions — and for a...
  • Richard Dawkins: Hypocritical Leftists Give Muslim Extremists a Pass

    07/03/2017 8:06:59 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 20 replies
    Gospel Herald Society ^ | 7/3/17 | Leah Klett
    Famed atheist Richard Dawkins has said an article claiming "hypocritical leftists" are willing to give "Muslim extremists a pass" - but not Christians - is "sadly very true" and "utterly disgraceful." The evolutionary biologist recently took to Twitter to share a New York Post article titled "Hypocritical leftists willing to give Muslim extremists a pass." "OK, it's the NY Post," he tweeted. "But it happens to be true. Sadly, very true. And utterly disgraceful."
  • High School Atheist

    06/30/2017 3:13:14 PM PDT · by ModernDayCato · 7 replies
    ModernDayCato | 6/30/2017 | ModernDayCato
    As many of you know I have lived in Sandy Hook, CT for about 20 years. Newtown (the Connecticut town that Sandy Hook is part of) has its institutions, including Fairfield Hills, the former mental institution and $30 million albatross, our giant American flag in the center of Main St., and the rooster weathervane atop the Congregational church that Revolutionary War soldiers used for target practice. It later became the town symbol according to legend. We also have the deli and coffee shop owned for decades by my friend of 20 years Agnes (not her real name). Agnes is known...
  • Why the Odds Favor Islam (Nails it! Excellent points)

    06/12/2017 3:55:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 108 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 12, 2017 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    On May 22, an Islamic suicide bomber detonated himself outside a pop concert in Manchester, England, killing and wounding dozens, many of them young children.The terrorist was a 22-year-old named Salman Abedi. A few days after the attack, I was reading an article about the mosque he attended—the Didsbury Mosque. “That’s funny,” I thought looking at the accompanying photo, “that doesn’t look like a mosque, it looks like a church.”Sure enough, as I discovered, the Didsbury Mosque was once the Albert Park Methodist Chapel. It had been bought by the local Syrian Muslim community and transformed into a Muslim...
  • Are Atheists Really a Persecuted Minority?

    05/21/2017 3:44:58 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 19 replies
    Will Gervais and Maxine Najle are co-authors of a study suggesting that far more Americans are atheist than previously thought. The dubious claim by Gervais, director of the University of Kentucky’s Beliefs and Morality Lab (Bam! for short), and Najle, a grad student advised by Gervais, provided fodder for a fake news story posted this past week on the website FiveThirtyEight. “Attitudes about atheists are quickly changing, driven by the same powerful force that transformed opinion on gay rights,” wrote Daniel Cox, who hyped the study by Gervais and Najle. Dismissing recent studies in which no more than 3 percent...
  • Madison woman helps fund abortions

    08/22/2010 11:02:16 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 106 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 8/22/10 | Doug Erickson
    MADISON — At all hours, strangers phone Anne Nicol Gaylor's Madison home, always desperate.The caller one recent morning was a middle-aged woman with a 14-year-old pregnant daughter."What clinic will she be using?" asked Gaylor, 83, jotting down the response and the cost of a second-trimester abortion ($875)."If we helped with $300, do you think you could find the rest?" Gaylor asked.After the call, Gaylor opened a checkbook for the Women's Medical Fund, a Madison nonprofit that has helped pay for abortions for 34 years. Gaylor has written every check for every abortion.This was No. 18,986.Controversial figureGaylor is well-known for...
  • Benedict XVI Warns of ‘Dangerous Situation’ With Radical Atheism and Radical Islam

    05/02/2017 7:35:59 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | May. 1, 2017 | Filip Mazurczak
    Pope Emeritus Benedict discussed the joint perils posed by radical Islam and radical atheistic secularism in a message he sent to a conference held April 19 in Warsaw, Poland, on the topic of his thinking about the concept of the state... I was greatly moved, grateful and happy to learn that an academic conference on the topic of “The Concept of the State From the Perspective of the Teachings of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI” (Pojęcie Państwa w perspektywie nauczania Kardynała Józefa Ratzingera/Benedykta XVI), attended by the representatives of Poland’s government and Church and organized under the patronage of the...
  • Socialist Europe is nothing but a big Potemkin village

    03/24/2017 6:18:06 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 10 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    In 1787, Russian Empress Catherine Romanov the Great visited Crimea. Her tour guide was her lover Prince Grigory Potemkin. The Prince's estates in Crimea were shoddy and run down. To give her majesty the impression that all was well and that Crimea was pristine and beautiful, he erected portable settlements and facades along the river that her boat would be travelling. The deception worked, The middle aged aristocrat impressed the Middle aged Empress and Prince Grigory curried favor with the empress. In reality, behind the facade, Grigory's subjects lived in abject poverty and misery. An Austrian delegation toured Potemkin's...
  • It's time we all stopped saying 'God Bless You' (when people sneeze)

    03/16/2017 2:35:20 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 115 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 16, 2017 | Ariel Scotti
    Please stop acknowledging my bodily functions. "Bless you" is a phrase so reflexively spoken upon hearing a sneeze that many of us forgot or don't even know where it came from. It has obvious religious connotations but they're archaic and no longer make any sense in our modern-day world. You don't protect your friend from the devil when she coughs so please, let her sneeze in peace. Here are five reasons why "bless you" has to go. [Snip] 2. Religious political correctness. You never know who you're trying to bless and not everyone's going to be receptive of your random...
  • What Atheist Ricky Gervais Got Wrong Debating God With Stephen Colbert

    02/09/2017 8:11:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/09/2017 | John Ellis
    Comedian and atheist Ricky Gervais recently squared off with comedian and Roman Catholic Stephen Colbert over religion during a recent taping of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." The exchange was brief and mostly unproductive in terms of articulating anything of value, but it did provide some insight into one of atheism's blind spots—teleology (the purpose of things). I encourage you to watch the video. Not long into the discussion, Colbert presents Gervais with the philosophical question, "Why is there something instead of nothing?" Gervais immediately dismisses the question as making "no sense at all." Ricky Gervais then proceeds to change the question...
  • 'Antitheist' given life sentence for killing Christian flatmate over religion [Freiburg, Germany]

    01/31/2017 7:37:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 January 2017 11:00 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    A self-proclaimed “antitheist” was sentenced to life in prison for killing his Christian flatmate over her religion. The 25-year-old Daniel E. was sentenced to life in prison by a court in Freiburg on Monday for killing his Christian student flatmate last August in a crime ruled to be motivated by hate and disdain. The 31-year-old victim from Paderborn had first met her killer when she moved into a student flatshare last summer. The young woman was an active member of her parish who wanted to later work for the church. But Daniel E. vehemently rejected any form of religion, and...
  • Atheism Became Way More Popular During The Obama Era

    01/13/2017 1:23:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/13/2017 | Peter Hasson
    The number of Americans who don’t ascribe to any religion grew significantly during Obama’s eight years in office, according to a recent Pew Research report on how the country changed during the Obama era.U.S. President Barack Obama (L) stands with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst “When it comes to the nation’s religious identity, the biggest trend during Obama’s presidency is the rise of those who claim no religion at all. Those who self-identify as atheists or agnostics, as well as those who say their religion...
  • Mark Zuckerberg says he is NOT an atheist and believes 'religion is very important'

    12/30/2016 4:55:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:30 EST, 30 December 2016 | Clemence Michallon
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has clarified that he is not an atheist, ending years of speculation about his religious beliefs. The revelation came in a comment underneath a post Zuckerberg originally posted on Christmas Day, wishing his followers a merry Christmas and a happy Hanukkah. Someone asked: “But aren’t you atheist [sic]?” prompting Zuckerberg to say he was not and that he believes religion to be “very important”. Zuckerberg, who was raised Jewish, has cultivated an interest in Buddhism through his wife and met the Pope last summer, did not elaborate on his beliefs and did not explicitly say if...
  • Democrats Have a Religion Problem

    12/29/2016 11:31:54 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 28 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 29, 2016 | Emma Green
    There aren’t many people like Michael Wear in today’s Democratic Party. The former director of Barack Obama’s 2012 faith-outreach efforts is a theologically conservative evangelical Christian. He is opposed to both abortion and same-sex marriage, although he would argue that those are primarily theological positions, and other issues, including poverty and immigration, are also important to his faith. During his time working for Obama, Wear was often alone in many of his views, he writes in his new book, Reclaiming Hope. He helped with faith-outreach strategies for Obama’s 2008 campaign, but was surprised when some state-level officials decided not to...
  • Atheism rises in Netherlands: Half of Dutch people do not believe in deities

    12/25/2016 9:28:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    NL Times ^ | December 23, 2016 - 13:20 | Janene Pieters
    For the first time in history there are an equal number of religious and non-religious people in the Netherlands, according to a report by Statistics Netherlands. Last year, 50 percent of the 18-years and older population were atheists, and 50 percent followed some form of religion, NOS reports. The largest group of believers are Roman Catholics, with 24 percent of the population. Protestants follow with 15 percent. Around 5 percent of the Dutch population are Muslim and 6 percent adhere to other faiths like Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism. …
  • Atheist who fought Illinois laws dies in small plane crash

    12/12/2016 11:40:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2016 11:14 PM EST
    An Illinois man who was one of the better-known atheists in the country and an activist for keeping religious and government affairs separate died in a plane crash last week, officials said Monday. The McHenry County coroner said an autopsy Monday revealed that Robert I. Sherman, 63, of Poplar Grove, died from multiple crash injuries. Authorities said Sherman was piloting a small plane that crashed into a cornfield either Friday night or Saturday morning. The crash is under investigation. Sherman was an outspoken atheist and critic of using state money for religious purposes and having religious displays in public spaces....