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  • Australia’s first atheist PM celebrates nation’s first saint

    08/06/2010 3:14:57 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Gazette ^ | 6 August, 2010 | AFP
    SYDNEY, (AFP) - Australia’s first openly atheist leader Friday declared her support for the country’s first saint-in-waiting, Mary MacKillop, saying her October canonisation would be a "great celebration" for the nation. Prime Minister Julia Gillard pledged 1.5 million dollars to festivities for MacKillop’s anointment as Australia’s first saint at a fundraising dinner in Sydney on Thursday night. "It will be a fantastic celebration around the country, the canonisation of Mary MacKillop," said Gillard. "Whether you believe Mary MacKillop’s a saint, whether you believe she was a great Australian pioneer providing education to kids who needed it, whether you believe both,...
  • A Cautionary Tale: Augustine, Aquinas, and Anne Rice

    07/29/2010 7:17:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies · 3+ views
    Insight ^ | 07-29-10 | Carl E. Olson
    Thursday, July 29, 2010 A Cautionary Tale: Augustine, Aquinas, and Anne Rice Less than five years ago author Anne Rice, most famous for her vampire novels, was named "Literary Convert of the Year" by National Catholic Register. She went on to write two books about the childhood of Jesus, both of them acclaimed quite widely by Catholics such as Peter Kreeft and others. Sadly, as you might already know, she has now renounced Christianity, writing the following on her Facebook page (ht: First Thoughts @ First Things): For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit...
  • Believe It or Not

    07/18/2010 1:34:04 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 5 replies · 1+ views
    First Things ^ | David B. Hart
    I think I am very close to concluding that this whole “New Atheism” movement is only a passing fad—not the cultural watershed its purveyors imagine it to be, but simply one of those occasional and inexplicable marketing vogues that inevitably go the way of pet rocks, disco, prime-time soaps, and The Bridges of Madison County. This is not because I necessarily think the current “marketplace of ideas” particularly good at sorting out wise arguments from foolish. But the latest trend in à la mode godlessness, it seems to me, has by now proved itself to be so intellectually and morally...
  • Atheist child indoctrination, “child abuse,” and “brain washing”

    07/10/2010 8:29:54 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 25 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 15, 2010 AD | Mariano Grinbank
    Albuquerque’s local all things liberal publication “The Weekly Alibi” reported on a local “workshop on thoughtful ways to raise intellectually curious children outside of a religious faith” via the atheist catechism in the form of the book “Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Children Without Religion” which was an “event, sponsored by the Humanist Society of New Mexico.” As much research as uncovered, “raise intellectually curious children…” is a way for atheist parents to hide the fact that they want to raise their children to be atheists. Of course, research has also uncovered that some atheist parents are not at all...
  • Threads That Make It Worthwhile

    07/04/2010 12:13:03 AM PDT · by Darkwolf377 · 99 replies · 1+ views
    Darkwolf377 ^ | 7/4/10 | Darkwolf377
    I've been wanting to post this for awhile--a thread that praises the regular threads that keep me coming back to FR. I invite folks to respond by adding their comments on FR regular threads (no more than three) that they think deserve the spotlight. Please, don't publicize your own thread, and if I or someone else has already posted a thread, don't just repeat it.
  • Writer Christopher Hitchens to undergo chemotherapy (Diagnosed With Cancer)

    06/30/2010 5:08:13 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 97 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-30-10
    OS ANGELES (Reuters) – British-born author Christopher Hitchens on Wednesday cut short a book tour to undergo chemotherapy, which several media outlets reported was because the heavy smoker has been diagnosed with cancer. "I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice," Hitchens, 61, said in a statement released through his publishers Twelve. A representative for the publisher offered no details beyond the statement. Hitchens, known to be a heavy smoker, launched...
  • Writer Christopher Hitchens has oesophegal cancer (Author of best-seller -- "God is Not Great")

    06/30/2010 7:29:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 2+ views
    The Australian ^ | 06/30/2010
    AUTHOR, journalist and public intellectual Christopher Hitchens has announced he has cancer of the oesophagus and will undergo treatment. Hitchens revealed his condition in a three-sentence statement on the website of Vanity Fair, a magazine to which he regularly contributes, and said he would have to cut short his current book tour. “I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my oesophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice,” Hitchens said. The English-born Hitchens, 61, was in the middle of...
  • Atheist ad goes up on Billy Graham Parkway

    06/24/2010 2:16:03 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies · 1+ views
    upi. ^ | June 24,
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., - An atheists organization says it rented a billboard on a Charlotte, N.C., street named after the most famous U.S. evangelist strictly for economic reasons. The Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics ad appeared over Billy Graham Parkway Monday and will be up for four weeks, The Charlotte Observer said. William Warren, a spokesman for the group, said the location was chosen because two other possibilities near the interstate were too expensive and a third billboard would have been seen by fewer people in the heart of the Bible Belt. "We got more bang for our buck there," Warren said...
  • How Bill Maher Sees Black People (Video, profanity)

    05/30/2010 10:41:41 AM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 32 replies · 1,277+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | May 30, 2010 | Big Hollywood
    How Bill Maher Sees Black People
  • Christopher Hitchens: 'I was right and they were wrong' (Reflections on him & memoir, 'Hitch-22')

    05/25/2010 6:43:59 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies · 714+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 22 May 2010 | Decca Aitkenhead
    Hero of the left to neocon turncoat, and still battling on: I'm not sure what a legend should look like exactly, but I'm pretty sure it's not this. The paunchy, middle-aged figure who opens the door at 10am has a crust of dried toothpaste around his mouth, an air of bleary dishevelment and the stooped shuffle of a man just out of bed and wishing he'd postponed the appointment to a less ungodly hour... Where is the celebrated rhetorician, famed for speaking in perfect paragraphs sculpted from flawless sentences? Gruff, vague and nursing a cup of tea, he clasps one...
  • The Media And Obama Handle Christianity Poorly – According To One Atheist

    05/03/2010 11:24:56 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 16 replies · 435+ views
    MediaITE ^ | May 3rd, 2010 | Steve Krakauer
    The latest book from a conservative pundit takes aim at the media and praises Christianity…but with a twist. It’s written by an atheist. S.E. Cupp’s Losing Our Religion came out last week, and we talked to the frequent FNC and CNN guest about how the media covers religion, how Pres. Barack Obama handles Christianity and why an atheist would pick this topic to cover. Mediaite: You probably get this question a lot, but throughout the book you describe yourself as being an atheist. What makes an atheist pick this topic to write about? Cupp: I’ve always been fascinated by religion....
  • Science vs. Religion: What do scientists say?

    05/02/2010 7:11:27 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 7 replies · 499+ views
    beliefnet ^ | April 30, 2010 | Rod Dreher
    I dropped by a colleague's office today carrying a copy of a new Oxford University Press book, "Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think," by Elaine Howard Ecklund. "Have you seen this?" I asked her. "It's really great." "You know," she said. "We funded her research." Sure enough, Ecklund, a Rice University sociologist, credits the Templeton Foundation with primary support for her data collection. I tell you this up front so you won't think I'm praising this book as some sort of professional obligation. It's truly an enlightening book, one that promises to change for the better the way we...
  • Anthony Flew, a former atheist who discovered God, RIP

    04/23/2010 4:13:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 427+ views
    PatrickMadrid ^ | April 23, 2010 | Patrick Madrid
    World Pays Tribute on Death of Atheist Turned Believer Leading academics, philosophers and members of the Christian faith across the world continue to pay tribute to Antony Flew, the famed British atheist and thinker who discovered God at the end of his life. The renowned rationalist philosopher died earlier this month at age 87 and continues to be remembered in obituaries and tributes world-wide. Those paying tribute to him include Catholic Theology professors from the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, well known American rabbis such as Rabbi Brad Hirshfield from New York and leading philosphers from academia such as Dr...
  • Saintly ‘science’: When doctors and doubters are called upon to prove miracles

    04/05/2010 10:57:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 762+ views
    National Post ^ | April 3, 2010 | Charles Lewis
    Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, a hematologist, lapsed Anglican and firm atheist, was desperate for work in the mid-1980s when she took on a small contract in Ottawa to interpret a set of laboratory slides for a colleague and write a report. She was given no information about the patient and assumed her report would be used in a malpractice lawsuit, which is common for that kind of blind medical analysis. Instead, her findings and subsequent oral testimony became the last piece of “evidence” of a miracle in the 200-year cause for canonization of Marie-Marguerite d’Youville, the first Canadian to be made...
  • Obama Removes Jesus from Easter Message

    04/04/2010 3:35:21 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 17 replies · 1,063+ views ^ | April 4, 2010 | Vince Haley
    President Obama literally edited Christ out of his “holiday greeting” today when he excerpted a sermon given by a military chaplain on Iwo Jima on Easter Sunday 1945. Below is the relevant paragraph from Obama’s holiday greeting today: The rites of Passover, and the traditions of Easter, have been marked by people in every corner of the planet for thousands of years. They have been marked in times of peace, in times of upheaval, in times of war. One such war-time service was held on the black sands of Iwo Jima more than sixty years ago. There, in the wake...
  • Winner of £1m Templeton prize attacks ‘fundamentalism’ of Dawkins

    03/27/2010 1:53:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 409+ views
    The Times ^ | 3/26/10 | Hannah Devlin
    The “scientific fundamentalism” promoted by the atheist Richard Dawkins was criticised yesterday by the winner of a prize he had attacked. Professor Francisco Ayala, who won the £1 million Templeton Prize for scientific thought, said that attacking religion and ridiculing believers provided ammunition for religious leaders who insisted that followers had to choose between God and Darwin. “Richard Dawkins has been a friend for more than 20 years, but it is unfortunate that he goes beyond the boundaries of science in making statements that antagonise believers,” he said.
  • Would You Vote For An Atheist For President, If You Agreed With His Policies?

    03/27/2010 7:04:16 AM PDT · by pinochet · 192 replies · 2,316+ views
    Last year, I met with a former congressional aide, who said that there were several closeted atheists in Congress. To run for public office in America, it is almost a requirement that people publicly proclaim their religious affiliation, irrespective of whether they believe or not. Would you vote for a self-proclaimed atheist?
  • "Under God" and "In God We Trust" Upheld as constitutional

    03/12/2010 1:35:19 PM PST · by Patriot1259 · 12 replies · 276+ views ^ | 03/12/2010 | John G. Winder
    The Almighty Wins one in U.S. Federal court…in San Francisco. Professional atheist Michael Newdow, founder of The First Atheist Church of True Science, lost his claim that the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance are unconstitutional and infringe upon his religious beliefs. The San Francisco 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Newdow’s claims and ruled that “under God” was indeed constitutional.
  • Court clears reciting of Pledge of Allegiance at Western schools

    03/11/2010 2:51:24 PM PST · by McBuff · 12 replies · 337+ views
    CNN ^ | March 11 | Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
    Washington (CNN) -- Public schools in Western states can continue teacher-led reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, after a federal court ruled against a group of atheist parents. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, California, ruled 2-1 Thursday that the pledge does not represent a government endorsement of religion, prohibited by the Constitution. "The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our republic was founded and for which we continue to strive: one Nation under God," wrote the majority. "Millions of people...
  • New Scientist : Time to accept that atheism, not God, is odd

    03/05/2010 10:26:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies · 1,195+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 03/2010 | Editorial
    IF YOU'RE one of those committed atheists in the Richard Dawkins mould who dreams of ridding the world of religious mumbo-jumbo, prepare yourself for a disappointment: there is no good evidence that education leads to secularisation. In fact, the more we learn about the "god instinct" and the refusal of religion to fade away under the onslaught of progress, the more the non-religious mindset looks like the odd man out. That is why anthropologists, psychologists and social scientists are now putting irreligion under the microscope in the same way they once did with religious belief (see "Where do atheists come...