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  • Atheists Step Up 'It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church' Campaign

    03/06/2012 9:45:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/06/2012 | By Alex Murashko
    An atheist activist group is fighting the Catholic Church's "war against contraception" by stepping up its campaign that suggests believers should end their faithfulness to their religion. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation plans to run a full-page ad in The New York Times that states, "It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church." FFRF is conducting a fundraiser to pay for the $52,000 ad and has collected $45,000 so far, according to a chart on the group's website. The FFRF campaign began last month in light of opposition from the Catholic Church to the Obama administration's decision that seeks...
  • Atheists buy billboards near hassidic, Muslim areas (Paterson, NJ.)

    03/05/2012 9:00:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/05/2012
    An atheist organization says it will unveil a Hebrew-language billboard calling God a “myth” near a Brooklyn hassidic enclave, and a similar billboard in Arabic in heavily Muslim Paterson, NJ. The group American Atheists says it will unveil a billboard Monday in hassidic-dominated South Williamsburg. The billboard writes out the name of God in Hebrew, and then features in English and Hebrew translation the phrase “You know it’s a myth… and you have a choice.” “If there are atheists in those communities, we are reaching out to them,” Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, told CNN last week. “We are...
  • Richard Dawkins, the Atheist Who Isn't, but the Episcopal Bishop Who Might Be

    03/02/2012 1:10:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/02/2012 | Wallace Henry
    Just as the atheist Richard Dawkins discloses he doubts God's non-existence, Richard Holloway, Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh, asserts his doubt in the Deity's existence. The atheist and the bishop have wound up at the same place. In the case of the world's most outspoken non-believer, the step is progression, but in the case of the leader in the Scottish Episcopal Church, the step is regression. "I can't be sure God does not exist," said Dawkins, crusader against belief in God, during a debate with the Archbishop of Canterbury February 24. The next day Holloway was quoted as saying he can't...
  • God is Dead theologian William Hamilton dead at 87

    Theologian William Hamilton, a member of the Death of God movement of the 1960s that reached its peak with a Time Magazine cover story, has died in Portland, Ore. He was 87. Hamilton died Tuesday from complications from congestive heart failure at the downtown apartment he shared with his wife, his family said. Hamilton told The Oregonian newspaper in 2007 that he had questioned the existence of God since he was a teenager, when two friends — an Episcopalian and a Catholic — died from the explosion of a pipe bomb they were building, while a third — an atheist...
  • Richard Dawkins: I can't be sure God does not exist (Is world's foremost atheist an agnostic now?)

    02/24/2012 10:12:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 190 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/24/2012 | John Bingham
    He is regarded as the most famous atheist in the world but last night Professor Richard Dawkins admitted he could not be sure that God does not exist. He told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, that he preferred to call himself an agnostic rather than an atheist. The two men were taking part in a public “dialogue” at Oxford University at the end of a week which has seen bitter debate about the role of religion in public life in Britain. Last week Baroness Warsi, the Tory party chairman, warned of a tide of “militant secularism” challenging the...
  • Rhode Island public school committee votes not to appeal prayer banner case

    02/16/2012 11:23:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | 2/16/12 | AP
    CRANSTON, R.I. – A Rhode Island public school district committee on Thursday voted not to appeal a federal court decision ordering the removal of a prayer banner displayed in a high school in a lawsuit brought on behalf of a 16-year-old atheist. The Cranston School Committee voted 5-2 at a public hearing to discuss the suit involving Jessica Ahlquist, a junior at Cranston High School West. After the vote, she said, "I'm thrilled." The hearing lasted more than two hours. The banner, put up in 1963, has been covered since a federal judge last month ruled it was unconstitutional and...
  • Rhode Island Public School Agrees to Remove Prayer

    02/16/2012 11:30:12 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mary Ellen Godin
    CRANSTON, Rhode Island (Reuters) - A Rhode Island school board voted on Thursday to comply with a federal court order to remove a prayer banner that has been displayed in a public high school for nearly a half century, saying the cash-strapped district cannot face a costly appeal.
  • Atheist Couple Sues School District to Remove 'Under God' From Pledge of Allegiance

    02/16/2012 2:03:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/16/2012 | Jeff Schapiro
    Oral arguments were heard in a Massachusetts Superior Court on Monday over a lawsuit filed by an atheist couple who believe that their children are being discriminated against because the Pledge of Allegiance – which is said every day in Mass. public school classrooms under state law – contains the phrase "under God." "The daily recitation in public schools of a pledge declaring that the nation is 'under God' is discriminatory toward atheists and humanists," David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association and lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, stated. "No child should go to school each...
  • We Are Spineless Fools

    02/15/2012 3:41:43 PM PST · by bthockey · 17 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 2/15/11 | Bryan Thomas
    After getting into a 170 comment Facebook argument with one of my lovely friends from school about a status I posted with a joke about Atheism, people came up to me in the following days and questioned my reasoning for doing something like that. People advised me to keep all political and religious ideas off of Facebook, to avoid conflict. This incident made me realize how much people hate conflict. But on another level, this advice bothered me. People will forgo any talk about religious or political views just to avoid a conflict or to make sure they don't offend...
  • Obama’s Former Faith Adviser: ‘I, Frankly, Am Glad American Civil Religion is Dying’

    01/29/2012 8:37:50 PM PST · by Tigen · 43 replies ^ | January 25, 2012 | Penny Starr – Shaun Casey, the religious affairs adviser to presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, said at a discussion on Tuesday about “God and Politics” that the demise of religious society in the United States is a good thing. “I, frankly, am glad American civil religion is dying,” said Casey, who is an associate professor of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Casey made the remarks at an event focusing on religion and the 2012 presidential election at the liberal Center for American Progress where he was a panelist along with Gabriel Salguero, president of the National...
  • The Most Dangerous Place to be an Atheist

    01/23/2012 5:09:33 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 23, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Alexander Aan was just another bureaucrat holding down a desk at the Department of Planning until his Facebook Atheism page came to the notice of Indonesian authorities in Obama’s old stomping grounds. Now Aan is facing a five year jail sentence for using social media to spread the message that Allah does not exist. Alexander is being charged with “defiling” Islam by using passages from the Koran to challenge the Islamic religion. And while the State Department and the media routinely go on the attack against any manifestation of what they call “Islamophobia,” it isn’t likely that they will be...
  • How Will The Shocking Decline Of Christianity In America Affect The Future Of This Nation?

    01/19/2012 7:18:48 AM PST · by blam · 171 replies · 1+ views
    How Will The Shocking Decline Of Christianity In America Affect The Future Of This Nation?January 19,2012 Is Christianity in decline in America? When you examine the cold, hard numbers it is simply not possible to come to any other conclusion. Over the past few decades, the percentage of Christians in America has been steadily declining. This has especially been true among young people. As you will see later in this article, there has been a mass exodus of teens and young adults out of U.S. churches. In addition, what "Christianity" means to American Christians today is often far different from...
  • Learning from Christopher Hitchens: Lessons Evangelicals Must Not Miss

    01/15/2012 2:18:32 PM PST · by rhema · 81 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1/11/12 | R. Albert Mohler
    The death of Christopher Hitchens on December 15 was not unexpected, and that seemed only to add to the tragedy. His fight against cancer had been lived, like almost every other aspect of his colorful life, in full public view. He had told numerous interviewers that he wanted to die in an active, not a passive sense. Then again, there may never have been a truly passive moment in Christopher Hitchens’ life. Long before he was known as one of the world’s most ardent atheists, he was known as a world-class essayist and a hard-driving public intellectual. Born in England,...
  • The Rise of Atheism in Pakistan

    01/10/2012 5:29:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 01/10/2012 | Ghaffar Hussain
    An increasing number of young Pakistani’s are adopting Atheism and openly questioning the existence of a God. Many analysts have attributed this trend to the rise of Islamist militancy in Pakistan as well as access to social media and other technological tools that allow people to share and explore new ideas. A Facebook group called ‘Pakistani Atheists and Agnostics’ was launched a few months ago and has already attracted over 800 members. I caught up with the founder of this group, a young Pakistani Technologist operating under the pseudonym ‘Hazrat Nakhuda’, in order to discuss this new phenomenon. _______________________________________ Ghaffar:...
  • Worst Book of the Year [TNR - The Answers, on "The Atheist's Guide to Reality"]

    01/04/2012 6:25:54 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 18 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 12/14/2011 | Leon Wieseltier
    "...What is the difference between right and wrong, good and bad? There is no moral difference between them. Why should I be moral? Because it makes you feel better than being immoral. Is abortion, euthanasia, suicide, paying taxes, foreign aid, or anything else you don’t like forbidden, permissible, or sometimes obligatory? Anything goes. What is love, and how can I find it? Love is the solution to a strategic interaction problem. Don’t look for it; it will find you when you need it. Does history have any meaning or purpose?It’s full of sound and fury, but signifies nothing.” I take...
  • WE Can't Go Back To The Garden...Genesis 3 pt 16

    And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.(Genesis 3:22-24)Once we were...
  • Christmas Lights

    12/28/2011 3:13:53 PM PST · by stolinsky ^ | 12-28-11 | stolinsky
      Christmas Lights David C. Stolinsky Dec. 28, 2011 The North Korean government recently warned South Korea not to put Christmas lights within sight of the border, because this would be “psychological warfare.” There are two ways to look at this odd situation: (1) What kind of government is so unpopular that it feels threatened by pretty lights? (2) What kind of lights are so powerful that they threaten tyrannical governments? I have always loved Christmas lights. The days grow short at this time of year, especially in the North, and colored lights in windows and on trees and...
  • Christopher Hitchens: Godlessness Is Not Great — How Atheism Poisons Everything

    12/20/2011 9:15:48 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 209 replies · 2+ views
    The New American ^ | Monday, 19 December 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    In writing this piece, I’m reminded of a little exchange between the late William F. Buckley and friend and fellow National Review writer Florence King. Buckley had just penned some less-than-flattering words about a recently deceased person of prominence whose name escapes me, and King chided him, saying something to the effect that he had broken ground in journalism: the “attack-obit.” Buckley’s response was, “Wait till you see the obituary I have planned for you!” And in writing this critical article about bon vivant Christopher Hitchens in the wake of his death this past Thursday, I expect some ridicule as...
  • A Liberal Secular Humanist Teacher Proudly shows his Condescension(warning to religious sensitive)

    12/18/2011 1:18:29 PM PST · by DomainMaster · 77 replies
    self | 12/16/11 | self
    This is an email sent from a friend to a demonstrates what some in the country now believe. (My dear friend): Thanx vm for the thoughtful (telephone) call. Sorry we were in a rush, but this was a “Super Solstice Celebration” party thrown by one of my dearest friends down here and he'd scheduled the event on Friday night just so (a friend) could attend. The party was excellent!! We barely made it home before midnight. Would have looked like any other nice party except we all stopped partying at ~10 p.m., gathered in our hosts’ great room, and...
  • Santa Monica nativity scenes displaced by atheist messages

    12/10/2011 7:25:41 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 16 replies
    Santa Monica Daily Press ^ | 12/9/11 | Ashley Archibald
    OCEAN AVENUE — A coalition of 13 churches will open a truncated version of their annual holiday display Sunday with an impassioned plea to City Hall to restore 11 pieces of prize real estate that were snatched up by a group of activist atheists. An organization called Save Our Nativity Scenes, or SONS, requested that churches ring bells at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 to signal the start of a ceremony that will end in a flashlight vigil, urging city officials to reserve space specifically for the booths....