Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $31,010
Woo hoo!! And the first 35% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: atheismandstate

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Are Attempts to Reclaim the Culture a Pointless Exercise?

    10/26/2009 9:55:10 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 10 replies · 507+ views
    American Vision ^ | Oct 26, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    First-century believers could have offered tangible evidence that there was little chance for the gospel to have an impact on the status quo of religious and civil oppression in their day. How could a small band of men—led by a fisherman (Peter) and a tentmaker (Paul)—living under Roman occupation ever conceive that their circumstances would change enough so that the gospel message would lead to the transformation of the world? To add to the improbability of a world-wide impact, soon after the victorious ascension of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on His disciples, one of their own...
  • Must Science Declare a Holy War on Religion?

    08/11/2009 1:05:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies · 1,757+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 11, 2009 | Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum
    The so-called New Atheists are attacking the mantra of science and faith being compatible. Others in the science community question the value of confrontation.This fall, evolutionary biologist and bestselling author Richard Dawkins -- most recently famous for his public exhortation to atheism, "The God Delusion" -- returns to writing about science. Dawkins' new book, "The Greatest Show on Earth," will inform and regale us with the stunning "evidence for evolution," as the subtitle says. It will surely be an impressive display, as Dawkins excels at making the case for evolution. But it's also fair to ask: Who in the United...
  • Zogby Poll: Most Americans Want Strengths and Weaknesses of Darwinism Taught In Schools

    07/14/2009 10:19:19 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 62 replies · 1,684+ views
    CNS News ^ | July 13, 2009 | Christopher Neefus
    ( - A Zogby poll commissioned by the Seattle-based Discovery Institute says more than three-quarters of Americans would like teachers to have the freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution, with an even higher number reported among Democrats...
  • 'Equality camp' for kids seeks recruits

    06/29/2009 8:28:53 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 1 replies · 215+ views
    The Christian Institute ^ | Monday, June 29, 2009 | The Christian Institute
    The Government’s ‘equality’ watchdog is recruiting 14 and 15-year-olds for its second annual summer camp. The camp, called Our Space, will consist of a few days in the Lake District with outdoor activities and “modules to discuss diversity, equality and rights”. The camp is being organised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the body which recently funded a leading homosexual lobby group to write a guide for employers on how to deal with religious workers. The same watchdog gave an atheist group £35,000 last year which was used to fund another set of guidance which told employers that...
  • Religious Freedom or 'Silly Prejudice'? (Should health care workers have the right of conscience?)

    06/22/2009 5:45:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 808+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 6/21/2009 | Charles Colson
    It seems one man’s religious freedom is another man’s “ridiculous prejudice.” One government official fumed that Catholic doctors were refusing to perform abortions-abortions that were perfectly legal. He wrote in a memo: “After all, these scruples are in most cases nothing but ridiculous prejudices . . . One is tempted to ask: where does state authority come in these cases, or else, is the state, perhaps, not anxious to assert its authority in this particular instance?” Well, Nazi Germany was seldom hesitant to assert its authority, even over religion and individual conscience. As described in the June/July issue of First...
  • Texas Evolution Lobby Making Power Grabs to Promote Their Censorship Agenda

    05/29/2009 11:20:59 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 462 replies · 6,616+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | May 28, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Texas Evolution Lobby Making Power Grabs to Promote Their Censorship Agenda A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article from last month, “Education Board in Texas Faces Curbs,” revealed how the Texas evolution-lobby has been seeking to use both censorship and power grabs to promote their agenda. First, they sought to censor from Texas students any instruction on scientific weaknesses in evolution. Having lost that fight before the Texas State Board of Education (TSBOE), they have tried to use other tactics to punish the board for adopting science standards that teach evolution objectively, or to grab power away from the democratically elected...
  • Atheists Roll Out Ad Campaign ( "In the Beginning, Man Created God." )

    05/24/2009 5:59:09 AM PDT · by kellynla · 87 replies · 2,477+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 22, 2009 | staff
    This provocative twist on the Bible’s opening line was plastered on the side of 25 Chicago buses this week as part of an advertising crusade by the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign. The ads have been cruising between downtown and the city’s North and South sides, including the No. 56 Milwaukee route, since the beginning of the week and will run through June. "The intent of the campaign is to stimulate discussion of religion and its place in our society," said Charlie Sitzes, a spokesman for the Indiana group who with help from the American Humanist Association has collected more than...
  • iTunes for Obama? Apple Posts "Hope and Change" Playlist

    05/13/2009 5:20:14 AM PDT · by GreatDaggar · 32 replies · 660+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | May 13, 2009 | Tim Graham
    For the i-Pod-less, there are many playlists that are created by users, but the "Essentials" lists are made by Apple. It says it was posted April 28, but sounds like it was posted January 20. See the goopy Obama-loving text that came with the songs: Welcome to the beginning of a new era in the U.S. – Barack Obama's history-making win is really a victory for all those who keep the faith and firmly believe that people have the power to make a change. John Lennon was one of rock ‘n' roll's most determined dreamers, and the better world he...
  • White House boycott of National Day of Prayer?

    05/04/2009 7:27:41 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 52 replies · 2,235+ views
    AP ^ | 5-3-09
    <p>Organizers of this week's National Day of Prayer still don't know whether the White House will participate.</p> <p>The event's evangelical character earned it a White House welcome during President George W. Bush's eight years in office. But Brian Toon, vice chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, says to date, there's been no mention of a White House observance being held this year.</p>
  • Re-framing the Issue-How homosexual activists tricked Massachusetts into funding homosexual programs

    04/27/2009 11:01:41 AM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies · 665+ views ^ | 4/27/2009 | n/a
    The homosexual movement in the public schools has always been based on lies and deception. But until the mid-1990s, they were still having difficulty getting into the schools. Then they found the key to their huge success -- what they call "re-framing the issue". As a result, they've been able to persuade the Massachusetts Legislature to budget hundreds of thousands of public dollars for programs promoting homosexuality in the public schools. And their "gay-straight alliance" clubs, which started in Massachusetts, now are in hundreds of schools from Maine to San Diego. The following is from a speech entitled "Winning the...
  • Editorial Correction on 'Obama's Ungodly Youth Corp"

    04/27/2009 7:15:04 AM PDT · by OneVike · 11 replies · 1,148+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | OneVike
    In an article linked to FreeRepublic, I made an erroneous statement about the legislation (HR1388) Obama signedon April 21st. I need to clarify that statement and this is my attempt to do so. We always demand that the MSM come clean when they misrepresent facts in the way they write articles. I have come to the conclusion after thoughtful deliberation that I need to set the record straight on a claim I made in my article. What follows will be a clarification of my article about the legislation pertaining to Obama's Youth Brigade. To everyone who might have a problem...
  • We have drifted into a desert of godlessness: Pope gives Good Friday address

    04/10/2009 10:48:37 AM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 944+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 10th April 2009 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope Benedict XVI will tonight attack the rise of aggressive secularism in western societies, warning them that they risked drifting into a 'desert of godlessness'. The Bavarian-born Pontiff will use his Good Friday meditations to compare deliberate attempts to purge religion from public life to the mockery of Jesus Christ by the mob as he was led out to be crucified. He will say said that 'religious sentiments' were increasingly ranked among the 'unwelcome leftovers of antiquity' and held up to scorn and ridicule. 'We are shocked to see to what levels of brutality human beings can sink,' he will...
  • NC Judge Orders Homeschool Mom to Put Kids in Public School (to challenge the ideas she taught them)

    03/12/2009 10:40:35 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 54 replies · 3,567+ views
    Christian NewsWire ^ | Mar. 12, 2009 | Adam Cothes
    RALEIGH, NC -- Venessa Mills is fighting a legal battle for the heart and soul of homeschooling in North Carolina. As reported on World Net Daily, on Friday, March 6, Judge Ned W. Mangum stripped her of the right to homeschool, and ordered her three children to enter public school. Mills was forced to defend her right to homeschool during divorce proceedings brought on by her husband's unfaithfulness. Mr. Mills admitted, under oath, to repeatedly committing adultery. Even with abundant evidence showing the Mills children are well adjusted and well educated, Judge Mangum ruled overwhelmingly against Mrs. Mills on...
  • 'Jesus' banned -- so chaplain resigned

    03/11/2009 1:44:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies · 1,678+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | March 11, 2009 | Allie Martin
    A former chaplain with the Virginia State Police says he had no choice but to step down after a new policy took effect requiring generic prayers at department events. Last summer, Rex Carter and five others resigned from the volunteer chaplain program. The move came after a new rule was instituted that restricted prayers by the volunteer chaplains. Carter, who is still a State Police officer, said he had no other choice once he was told he could not pray in the name of Jesus. ~~snip~~ Recently, a State Senate panel killed a bill that would have prohibited State Police...
  • We cannot live by scepticism alone (Just defy common sense.)

    03/11/2009 12:18:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 383+ views
    Nature ^ | 4 March 2009 | Harry Collins
    Published online 4 March 2009 We cannot live by scepticism alone Harry Collins1 Harry Collins is director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise Science at Cardiff University, UK. He is currently working on a book about tacit and explicit knowledge. Email: Top of pageAbstract Scientists have been too dogmatic about scientific truth and sociologists have fostered too much scepticism — social scientists must now elect to put science back at the core of society, says Harry Collins. J. TAYLOR The term 'science studies' was invented in the 1970s by 'outsiders', such as those from the social sciences...
  • 'God' - the new four-letter word in public schools

    02/25/2009 9:57:19 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 41 replies · 1,262+ views
    One News Now ^ | 2/25/2009 | by Charlie Butts
    Why is religion taboo in American schools? Christian attorney John Whitehead addresses that question. "God has become THE four-letter word in most public schools in the United States," says Whitehead, founder of The Rutherford Institute. And he explains in a commentary why that has come to pass: "An elite segment of society that views God as irrelevant has come to predominate." (View video commentary) Whitehead gained his legal insights into the phenomenon through the many cases of religious discrimination that have crossed his desk. "What's happened is [that] the elitists -- the people who run American society, from the public...
  • Jurist (R. Bork) predicts ‘terrible conflict’ will endanger U.S. Catholics’ religious freedom

    01/21/2009 4:46:45 AM PST · by fabrizio · 97 replies · 3,613+ views
    Washington DC, Jan 21, 2009 / 03:19 am (CNA).- Former Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Bork has predicted that upcoming legal battles will have significant ramifications for religious freedom. He names as issues of major concern the continued freedom of Catholic hospitals to refuse to perform abortions and the likely “terrible conflict” resulting from the advancement of homosexual rights. Speaking in an interview published Tuesday by Cybercast News Service, Judge Bork discussed the contentious nature of modern politics. “Everything is up for debate these days. I can’t think of anything that isn’t,” he said. “You are going to get Catholic...
  • Denver Post Removes 'The Lord' From Burris Story

    01/07/2009 7:05:23 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies · 400+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 1/07/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Denver Post seems to have decided that "the Lord" should not be allowed in its paper. In a January 5 report about Illinois Senator wannabe Roland Burris, the unwelcome Burris is quoted by the AP as saying "the Lord" had "ordained" that he get his Senate seat. At 3AM the Post had the full religious quote featured on its site, yet by 8PM the religious reference was purged from the story. One wonders why reference to the Lord was scrubbed from the report? The report by David Espo of the Associated Press originally quoted Burris as saying that, "We...
  • Atheist will attempt to boot God from inauguration

    12/30/2008 11:54:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies · 1,747+ views
    D.C. Examiner ^ | 12/29/08 | Kathleen Miller
    A well-known California atheist says he and 17 others, plus atheist and humanist organizations, will file suit Tuesday in D.C.'s District Court to strip all references to God and religion from President-elect Barack Obama's January inauguration ceremony. Michael Newdow, of Sacramento, Calif., says he wants to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the oath of office, plus axe the invocation prayer from Pastor Rick Warren, already under fire from the left for his opposition to gay marriage. According to Newdow, any reference to God or religion violates the Constitution. "Equality is important to me," Newdow told The Examiner....
  • The War on Christmas

    12/10/2008 9:47:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 34 replies · 1,011+ views
    Because "public life" now entails virtually every part of our lives, erasing references to God entirely from public life means virtually eliminating them from America. Imagine, if you will, a gala birthday party given in your honor. The guests will sing, dance, give presents, eat, drink, and have the merriest of times. The hitch: your name will not be mentioned, the gifts will not be for you, the celebrants won't be thinking about you, and everyone would sort of prefer that you not come. That's all that will be left of Christmas if various groups have their way. All across...
  • My Favorite Atheist

    12/10/2008 7:41:45 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 3 replies · 327+ views
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 12/09/2008 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    "The nation’s elite universities disdain honest intellectual inquiry, which is by its nature distrustful of authority, fiercely independent and often subversive. They organize learning around minutely specialized disciplines, narrow answers and rigid structures that are designed to produce certain answers." ~ Chris Hedges This is an excellent piece about the state of higher education in America, the elites who run it, and what it's producing. Hedges, a self-proclaimed atheist who holds a seminary degree from Harvard, brilliantly diagnoses the elitist attitude in higher education and its rotten fruit. . .
  • What hath atheism wrought? A mess! (Festivus Now!)

    12/06/2008 4:36:38 PM PST · by llevrok · 11 replies · 938+ views
    An anti-religion placard posted alongside Christmas displays drew a thief, a preacher, a part-time elf and a security detail to the state Capitol on Friday as a weeklong uproar over religious speech hit a bizarre peak. It all started Monday, when the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation unveiled a winter solstice sign in the grand marble hallways around the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia. The sign’s atheistic message – reading in part that “Religion is but myth and superstition” – drew top billing on conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly’s TV show. Several days of angry messages to Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire followed,...
  • Jesus Versus the Atheists (Washington State Gov. Gregoire insults Christians Worldwide)

    12/06/2008 6:51:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 185 replies · 2,999+ views
    Townhall ^ | Dec 6, 2008 | Bill O'Reilly
    Just in time for the Christmas season, Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire has insulted Christians all over the world. Inside the state Capitol building in Olympia there is a traditional holiday display featuring a tree and the Nativity scene; perfectly appropriate since the federal and state Christmas holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. But this year Gregoire decided to add another item to the display. Standing alongside the baby Jesus is a giant placard designed by atheists that reads: "There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion...
  • Atheist group seeks 'special protection' for lost-and-found sign

    12/06/2008 2:15:47 PM PST · by Baladas · 23 replies · 827+ views
    KOMO staff ^ | Dec. 6, 2008 | staff
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - A controversial anti-religion placard was reported missing from the state Capitol Friday - then later found - and now the sign's sponsor wants the State Patrol to provide special protection for it when it is returned. The uproar came as several other groups clamored for permission to post their own holiday displays at the state Capitol. The anti-religion sign, posted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wis., was reported missing Friday morning then was turned over to a Seattle radio station by an unidentified man at about 10 a.m. Annie Laurie Gaylor, a spokesman for...
  • Missing atheist sign found in Washington state

    12/06/2008 8:07:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies · 1,306+ views
    CNN ^ | December 5, 2008 | Mallory Simon
    (CNN) -- An atheist sign criticizing Christianity that was erected alongside a Nativity scene was taken from the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, on Friday and later found in a ditch. An employee from country radio station KMPS-FM in Seattle told CNN the sign was dropped off at the station by someone who found it in a ditch.
  • The New Hollywood Blacklist

    12/05/2008 7:29:22 AM PST · by dbz77 · 27 replies · 1,173+ views
    TownHall ^ | December 5, 2008 | Brent Bozell III
    Hollywood can still mount a soapbox and recall the dark days when people lost their jobs in show business for daring to take an unpopular political position that was outside the mainstream. Whenever they're criticized, they proclaim, "McCarthyism," accuse their critics of "blacklisting," and condemn the deplorable "intolerance." Hollywood has yet to accept, perhaps even to understand, that it is the entertainment industry that excels at this slanderous behavior. After California voters narrowly approved Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, it was revealed that Scott Eckern, the artistic director...
  • American Teens Lie, Steal, Cheat At 'Alarming' Rates: Study

    12/02/2008 6:51:45 AM PST · by truthkeeper · 60 replies · 1,816+ views ^ | December 1, 2008 | unattributed
    American teenagers lie, steal and cheat more at "alarming rates," a study of nearly 30,000 high school students concluded Monday. The attitudes and conduct of some 29,760 high school students across the United States "doesn't bode well for the future when these youngsters become the next generation's politicians and parents, cops and corporate executives, and journalists and generals," the non-profit Josephson Institute said. In its 2008 Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth, the Los Angeles-based organization said the teenagers' responses to questions about lying, stealing and cheating "reveals entrenched habits of dishonesty for the workforce of the future..."
  • Atheist sign joins nativity scene, tree at Capitol

    12/01/2008 7:42:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 1,482+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 1, 2008 | CURT WOODWARD
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An atheist group has unveiled an anti-religion placard in the state Capitol, joining a Christian Nativity scene and "holiday tree" on display during December. The atheists' sign was installed Monday by Washington members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national group based in Madison, Wis. With a nod to the winter solstice - the year's shortest day, occurring in late December - the placard reads, in part, "There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
  • The Coming Secularist Storm

    11/25/2008 1:37:28 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 674+ views
    NCR ^ | November 25, 2008 | Father Alfonso Aguilar, LC
    In the last few years, the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ has been celebrated as “winter holidays” with “holiday trees” and “season’s greetings.” December has become the month of the “Christmas wars”: In some schools and public squares, Nativity scenes and Christmas carols are forbidden or replaced by non-religious displays and songs. By now, we are used to seeing movies, TV shows, novels, papers, magazines, websites, works of modern art and stage plays mock religion, especially Christian symbols and practices. The Catholic Church authorities are often portrayed as criminals involved in different kinds of malicious activities. Anti-Christian legislation isn’t...
  • NPR Sends Wiccan Priestess to Public Prayer Booth

    11/25/2008 8:12:12 AM PST · by SoftTyranny · 16 replies · 531+ views ^ | 11/25/08 | Soft Tyranny
    A pagan priestess runs into the president of the atheists in a phone booth in New York. No, it’s not a joke — it’s the start of a controversial report from National Public Radio — and your tax dollars may have paid for it. New York City officials this fall launched an art project called “Public Prayer Booth,” which features a modified phone booth rigged up with a flip-down kneeler. Passers-by, if they’re in the mood, can bend to their (padded) knee and say a prayer — a private moment in a very public atmosphere. To cover the story, NPR...
  • Atheist SoCal billboard embraces Godlessness

    11/19/2008 9:38:12 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies · 711+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/19/8
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA (AP) -- Atheists and agnostics now have a San Bernardino County billboard embracing Godlessness. The "Imagine No Religion" billboard in Rancho Cucamonga was put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates separation of church and state. The 12,000-member Madison, Wis.-based group now has billboards in nine states that include such messages as "Reasons Greetings" and "Beware of Dogma."
  • Military atheists want new rules on prayer

    11/11/2008 9:15:45 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 83 replies · 1,177+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 12 Nov 08 | Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON — A coalition of atheists and agnostics wants the new White House to protect young military members from what they see as rampant religious discrimination in the services. The Secular Coalition for America held a news conference Monday urging new rules against proselytizing and more training for chaplains on how to handle nonreligious troops. "When they say ‘there are no atheists in foxholes’ it’s slanderous," said Wayne Adkins, a former Army first lieutenant who served in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. "To deny their existence is to deny that they serve." The coalition also wants President-elect Obama to develop...
  • Hagan Protests 'Godless Americans' Ad (Elizabeth Dole)

    10/29/2008 12:15:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 1,590+ views
    Salisbury Post ^ | Wednesday, October 29, 2008 | Mark Wineka and Steve Huffman
    An angry Kay Hagan said today she was “appalled at the vile tactics” behind the “Godless American” television ad that Republican rival Elizabeth Dole began running against her last night. Hagan called it politics of the worst kind and “so unbecoming of a woman like Elizabeth Dole. “How dare she attack my Christian faith,” Hagan told reporters during a noon conference call. Hagan spoke as she was traveling to the General Baptist Convention in Fayetteville. Earlier in the day, she held a press conference at First Presbyterian Church, where she is an elder, has taught Sunday School and has accompanied...
  • Harry Potter fails to cast spell over Professor Richard Dawkins (atheist to write book for kids)

    10/28/2008 10:19:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies · 1,117+ views
    Telegraph ^ | October 28, 2008 | Martin Beckford and Urmee Khan
    The prominent atheist is stepping down from his post at Oxford University to write a book aimed at youngsters in which he will warn them against believing in "anti-scientific" fairytales. Prof Hawkins said: "The book I write next year will be a children's book on how to think about the world, science thinking contrasted with mythical thinking. "I haven't read Harry Potter, I have read Pullman who is the other leading children's author that one might mention and I love his books. I don't know what to think about magic and fairy tales." Prof Dawkins said he wanted to look...
  • 'No God' Ads to Hit London Buses [Dawkins & Co.]

    10/22/2008 1:02:01 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 40 replies · 797+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | October 22, 2008 | Ethan Cole
    London buses may soon be plastered with ads proclaiming “There’s probably no God,” if a British atheist group has its way. The slogan is the brainchild of the British Humanist Association (BHA), an atheist organization that seeks to promote a world without religion where people are “free to live good lives on the basis of reason, experience and shared human values.” Among the campaign’s supporters is well-known atheist activist Richard Dawkins, who promised to match BHA’s goal of raising $9,000 for the ads, according to BBC. But the group has now raised $59,000 on its own. “Religion is accustomed to...
  • God Gets Boot Again from Washington

    10/13/2008 11:01:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 1,415+ views ^ | October 14, 2008 | Chuck Norris
    Flying under the radar and literally under the ground of congressional bailout meetings were closet Capitol Hill discussions about God and Washington. It seems another revision of America's religious history has been under way -- this time at the $621 million, 580,000-square-foot Capitol Visitor Center, which will open in a couple of months. Most news media recently were covering Tina Fey and Congress' foolish financial bailouts; reporter Bob Unruh and WorldNetDaily were virtually alone in exposing this latest divine omission at the U.S. Capitol. This massive and largely underground museum of sorts (about three-quarters the size of the Capitol itself)...
  • Silhouette City: Anti-Christian Film

    10/12/2008 10:42:40 PM PDT · by johnnyford · 11 replies · 1,136+ views
    Talk to Action ^ | October 12, 2008 | johnnyford
    'Silhouette City' Captures Essence of Christian Right as Supremacist Political Movement By Bruce Wilson It is the mark of a truly outstanding documentary that it can survive the test of a fast-changing political and religious landscape and remain relevant and even transcendent. There have been many superb documentaries in the last few years about religion and politics, but my own personal opinion is that Michael W. Wilson's Silhouette City stands above the pack, and for one overriding reason - Wilson's deep understanding of the dynamic in which the militant, militia-movement grounded Christian right of the 1980's has morphed into a...
  • New Policy Bans Virginia State Police Chaplains From Saying ‘Jesus,’ Christ’ In Prayer

    10/02/2008 6:01:17 AM PDT · by TPOOH · 60 replies · 995+ views
    TriCities News - TN ^ | September 29, 2008 | Bill Christian
    Excerpt..... A new policy banning Virginia State Police chaplains from saying Jesus,’ Christ’ during prayer is stirring up a lot of controversy. Six chaplains have already resigned over the issue. “In the bible it says to pray in Jesus name,” said Charlotte Ryan, Johnson City, Tennessee resident. Claude Duncan from Johnson City is also against the prayer policy change. “I think it’s a terrible thing that they would create such a thing that would deny us the privilege of praying in the name of our savor, Jesus Christ,” Duncan said. We found strong opposition on Monday to a decision.........
  • Bill Maher: America 'Extremely Religious Because We're Young and Dumb'

    09/30/2008 12:34:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies · 1,235+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 30, 2008 | Justin McCarthy
    America is "dumb" because it remains the most religious country in the western world. This according to Bill Maher, who made such a statement on the September 30 edition of "The View." Appearing to promote his new documentary "Religulous," Maher continued his soapbox rants against organized religion. Elisabeth Hasselbeck set up Maher noting his comparison of President Bush to Osama Bin Laden, and noted that many presidents such as John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, spoke publicly of a higher power. Maher likewise replied "of course, it’s, it’s a religious country, unlike every other civilized western democracy...
  • Judge rules ban on teacher’s classroom ‘God Bless America’ banners violates free speech

    09/10/2008 1:49:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 157+ views
    CNA ^ | September 10, 2008
    Brad Johnson with his patriotic banners San Diego, Sep 10, 2008 / 07:51 am (CNA).- A federal judge ruled on Friday that a San Diego high school teacher has a free speech right to display patriotic banners in his classroom with messages such as “God Bless America,” “In God We Trust,” and “One Nation Under God.” School officials had ordered the banners removed on the grounds they promoted a “Judeo-Christian” viewpoint.Brad Johnson, a high school math teacher, had displayed such red, white and blue banners in his Poway Unified School District high school for twenty-five years before they were...
  • Jesus was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor (BARF ALERT!)

    09/04/2008 6:42:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 98 replies · 522+ views
    Google it. They're really saying that garbage. I guess Jesus also promoted abortions too. These people are demented.
  • What 'culture war'?

    08/27/2008 7:08:44 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 12 replies · 338+ views ^ | August 27, 2008 | Dick Meyer
    What 'culture war'? At the conventions, they'll try to stir up red-blue divisions. But most Americans hold un-partisan views. By Dick Meyer August 27, 2008 As the nation's attention reluctantly turns to the political parties' conventions, with their scripted suspense and stage-managed sentiment, it is important to keep in mind that these are phony representations of American political life. But the slick video profiles, the teary appearance of a beloved party elder -- these are not what is most phony about the conventions. This gathering of America's civic tribes -- and the reporters who love them -- in separate cities...
  • Back To School Special: What to do with Bible thumping students

    08/25/2008 2:01:52 PM PDT · by Soliton · 232 replies · 2,559+ views
    Greg Laden's Blog ^ | August 25, 2008 | Greg Laden
    Have you ever had this happen: You are minding your own business, teaching your life science course, it's early in the term. A student, on the way out after class (never at the beginning of class, rarely during class) mentions something about "carbon dating." This usually happens around the time of year you are doing an overview of the main points of the course, but before you've gotten to the "evolution module"... The student is talking about C14 dating and how it "has problems." But you are a life science teacher and can't think of a single point in your...
  • REVIEW: "RELIGULOUS" [BARF ALERT! "Borat" director's new film, starring Bill Maher]

    08/21/2008 9:26:17 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies · 496+ views
    CHUD ^ | 8/21/2008 | Devin Faraci
    This is the Apocalypse of St. Bill the Stoned. Though funny, smart and often profane, Religulous doesn't want to send you out of the theater with a smile on your lips. The final moments of the film aren't laugh out loud funny, but a parade of images of death and destruction. This, Bill Maher says, is what humanity is in for if it doesn't get rid of the nuerological disorder that is religion. You probably know my bias going into this film. I believe that religion is not just irrational but anti-rational, a Bronze Age worldview that should have been...
  • Groups wants atheists included in DNC interfaith service

    08/15/2008 11:09:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies · 617+ views
    The Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | August 15, 2008 | By MARK BARNA
    The Democratic National Convention's Aug. 24 interfaith service in Denver is supposed to be about unity. But to a Washington, D.C., coalition that supports nontheistic views, it's about division. The Secular Coalition Group, a lobbying organization for church-and-state separation, is pushing to get an atheist on the speaker list, and contends the service is divisive because it alienates nonreligious Democrats at a time when the party needs to unite to support the presumptive nominee, Sen. Barack Obama. "We can all hold different beliefs," said the group's executive director, Lori Lipman Brown, "but we can still come together as patriotic Americans."...
  • Judge Says University Can Deny Course Credit to Christian Graduates Taught With Creationism Texts

    08/13/2008 9:44:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 793 replies · 1,559+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 13, 2008
    A federal judge has ruled the University of California can deny course credit to Christian high school graduates who have been taught with textbooks that reject evolution and declare the Bible infallible, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.U.S. District Judge James Otero of Los Angeles ruled Friday that the school's review committees did not discriminate against Christians because of religious viewpoints when it denied credit to those taught with certain religious textbooks, but instead made a legitimate claim that the texts failed to teach critical thinking and omitted important science and history topics. Charles Robinson, the university's vice president for legal...
  • New PBS program says Bible isn't true, stories made up

    08/12/2008 7:54:29 PM PDT · by tang-soo · 121 replies · 626+ views
    AmericanFamily Association ^ | 8/12/2008 | Donald E. Wildman
    New PBS program says Bible isn't true, stories made up Your tax dollars helped fund "The Bible's Buried Secrets" The Public Broadcasting System (PBS), probably the most liberal network in America, will present a program this fall that says the Old Testament is a bunch of made-up stories that never happened. "The Bible's Buried Secrets" says the Bible is not true. It is scheduled to air on November 18. Archaeologist William Dever said: "...It's (The Bible's Buried Secrets) designed for intelligent people who are willing to change their mind. …it will give intelligent people who want to read the Bible...
  • Monkeying with evolution

    07/26/2008 9:41:39 AM PDT · by Soliton · 23 replies · 275+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | July 24, 2008 | David P. Barash
    "My dear, let us hope that it isn't true!" the wife of the bishop of Worcester is reputed to have exclaimed 150 years ago, on hearing that human beings might be descended from apes. "But if it is true, let us hope that it doesn't become widely known!" When it comes to sociobiology - better known these days as "evolutionary psychology" - the bishop's wife has modern counterparts: The religious right and the secular and supposedly scientific left are remarkably on the same page, both sides inclined to dispute or misrepresent the relevance of evolution to human beings. The former,...
  • Censoring intelligent design

    06/03/2008 7:07:13 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 107 replies · 181+ views
    Creation Ministries ^ | Roger Paull
    One man’s personal experience of state school anti-Christian intolerance in the USA The year was 1996. I had just moved to Arizona with my family, and though as a musician I had some income, it was not enough. So I worked as a substitute elementary school teacher. At the beginning of the day the students would recite the American Pledge of Allegiance. In many schools, students would then recite this well-known excerpt from America’s Declaration of Independence: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable...
  • Making God Unconstitutional

    05/19/2008 8:58:23 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 12 replies · 118+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 5-19-08 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The assault on America's religious beliefs is not a new one. It is derived from a practice which Damon Linker, the author of Theocons: Secular America Under Siege referenced in his December 2007 article for The New Republic titled, "Atheism's Wrong Turn, Mindless argument found in godless books." He stated that far from being what modern journalists incorrectly label the "new atheism," the campaign to "act as missionaries for unbelief" is centuries old. Advertisement The American version of this mission to demonize religion is founded on a distorted interpretation of the establishment and free-exercise clauses of the First Amendment. Those...