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  • 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....
  • Hillary Clinton laughs as woman removes ‘under God’ from Pledge of Allegiance [Flashback to May]

    10/26/2016 7:26:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/12/16 | Bradford Richardson
    A woman introducing Hillary Clinton at a campaign event conspicuously removed the words “under God” from the end of the Pledge of Allegiance, prompting the Democratic primary front-runner to laugh. Susan Shin Angulo, a member of the Camden County Board of Freeholders, began to say the phrase at a campaign rally in Blackwood, New Jersey, on Wednesday, but caught herself in the act and skipped over it. “Only Hillary can bring us together as one nation, un- — indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” Ms. Angulo said.The crowd broke out into applause and cheers. Mrs. Clinton nodded and laughed.
  • Life Has No Meaning and Purpose, Without Belief in God

    10/24/2016 8:26:25 AM PDT · by pinochet · 30 replies
    For a 6 month period in 1990, I was a member of a New York chess club, in which I was the only person who was religious. Most members were extreme atheists. There is a difference between regular atheists and extreme atheists. Extreme atheists not only reject the existence of God, but deny the existence of the human soul. Extreme atheists believe that human beings are collections of atoms, and are not different from tables and chairs. They believe that love does not exist, as it cannot be seen in a microscope, and is a mental hallucination. They also believe...
  • Atheism in Europe

    09/18/2016 11:46:10 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 11 replies
    Reddit ^ | European Union
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  • Defrock atheist minister, United Church (of Canada) panel urges in split decision

    09/10/2016 6:08:34 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 13 replies
    CTV News ^ | September 10, 2016 | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
    TORONTO -- An unabashedly atheist minister who does not believe in the Bible should be defrocked for her beliefs, a United Church committee has recommended in a split decision that seems likely to stir further dissent in the church. In its unprecedented report, the reviewing panel said Gretta Vosper would not be ordained were she applying today given her extreme beliefs. "She is not suitable to continue in ordained ministry because she does not believe in God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit," the report by the Toronto Conference interview committee states. "Ms. Vosper does not recognize the primacy...
  • It’s Easy to Be an Atheist if You Ignore Science

    08/16/2016 6:51:56 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 19 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | August 10, 2016 | Rabbi Moshe Averick
    It’s Easy to Be an Atheist if You Ignore Science Although the general public is disconcertingly unaware of it, it is a fact that scientists do not have even the slightest clue as to how life could have begun through an unguided naturalistic process absent the intervention of a conscious creative force.Here are just a few well-chosen statements on the Origin of Life: (2016) “[There is] collective cluelessness…those who say this is well worked out, they know nothing, nothing about chemical synthesis…Those who think that scientists understand the details of life’s origin are wholly uninformed. Nobody understands…when will the scientific...
  • Elon Musk Says No to God, Yes to Computer Simulation

    06/26/2016 7:54:24 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 20 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | JUNE 26, 2016 | JP
    In “Our Town” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play authored by Thornton Wilder, one of the characters, Rebecca Gibbs, tells her older brother George about the sick friend of hers, Jane Crofut, who received a strangely-addressed letter from her minister: Jane Crofut The Crofut Farm; Grover’s Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America; Continent of North America; Western Hemisphere; The Earth; The Solar System; The Universe; The Mind of God. Nearly 80 years after “Our Town” was first performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey, Elon Musk appeared this month at Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The...
  • Atheists are embracing Gods and creationism

    06/08/2016 7:14:12 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 26 replies
    The Spectator ^ | June 8, 2016 | Daniel Jackson
    Atheists are embracing Gods and creationism Elon Musk, the billionaire inventor and entrepreneur, the twenty-first century’s answer to Howard Hughes, believes we are living in a computer simulation. The chances that we exist in ‘base reality’ are billions to one, he says.Last week he told an audience of Silicon Valley tech evangelists: ‘Forty years ago we had Pong. Like, two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were.’‘Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year. Soon we’ll have virtual reality, augmented reality.’‘If you assume any rate...
  • ‘The Atheist Delusion’: Ray Comfort’s Masterpiece

    06/05/2016 6:17:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2016 | Matt Barber
    Those who deny the existence of their Creator are delusional.This is not an insult. It’s not a personal attack. It’s not a pejorative.It’s a fact.They’re also “fools.”God’s Word declares, “The fool hath said in his heart ‘there is no God'” (Psalm 14).When the Creator calls God-deniers “fools,” He’s not saying they’re stupid clowns. Merriam Webster defines “fool” as “a person lacking in judgment or prudence.”Psalm 19:1 observes: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”Romans 1:20 likewise notes, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since...