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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 ŕ 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 Ł1m 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 Ł1 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...
  • Liberals and Atheists Smarter? Intelligent People..(What a load)

    02/25/2010 9:26:39 AM PST · by blasater1960 · 40 replies · 871+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 02-25-10 | Kanazawa et al
    The theory suggests that more intelligent people are more likely than less intelligent people to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values, but intelligence does not correlate with preferences and values that are old enough to have been shaped by evolution over millions of years." "Evolutionarily novel" preferences and values are those that humans are not biologically designed to have and our ancestors probably did not possess. In contrast, those that our ancestors had for millions of years are "evolutionarily familiar."
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Supreme Control Over All Things and the Problem of Suffering and Evil

    01/10/2010 1:30:53 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 401+ views ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Supreme Control Over All Things and the Problem of Suffering and Evil 12. You insist on the existence of God. Do you believe that He is a benevolent God, and that His providence extends to all things? Yes, though I admit that you now introduce a problem which has baffled the keenest intelligences of all the centuries, and one the solution of which goes beyond the limits attainable by limited human reason. However, if reason cannot attain to a full and comprehensive explanation of this problem, it can go a certain distance towards a solution, and it can certainly refute...
  • Laura Ingraham Questions Co-President of Atheist Group About Their Anti-God Ad Campaign - Video

    12/21/2009 6:49:46 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 18 replies · 871+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 21, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of Laura Ingraham questioning Annie Laurie Gaylor the Co-President of the "Freedom From Religion Foundation" about their anti-God ad campaign...(Video)Some of the signs the foundation put up include billboards saying "Heathens greetings" and "Yes, Virginia...there is no God."
  • American Spectator warns of Soros’ manipulation of 2010+ elections

    12/17/2009 10:14:33 AM PST · by opentalk · 65 replies · 2,533+ views
    post and email ^ | Dec. 17, 2009 | John Charlton/ Matthew Vadum
    With a mere investment of $780,000 Soros and his allies were able to suborn free elections in the states of Montana, West Virginia, Missouri, Oregon, in 2008, and in Minnesota, Ohio, New Mexico, Nevada and Iowa, in 2006. How did he achieve so much with so little? He founded a 527 group which funded candidates in one kind of race in which the victor has the most influence over election integrity, and in which there is so little political competition: the Secretaries of State. In each State the SoS job is entrusted with overseeing the protection of free and fair...
  • Atheist author tells of disgust after America’s religious right halts Compass movie follow-ups

    12/16/2009 12:14:03 AM PST · by Brugmansian · 53 replies · 2,129+ views
    ATHEIST author Philip Pullman yesterday spoke of his “disgust” at the triumphalism of America’s religious right following its successful campaign to sideline attempts to dramatise the last two books in the writer’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Actor Sam Elliott, who starred in the film version of the first novel The Golden Compass, that grossed Ł230m, says a campaign by conservative Catholics has halted plans to complete the trilogy.
  • Politics, Religion, And Atheism In NC (Sore Loser Attacks Constitution)

    12/11/2009 6:53:45 AM PST · by steve-b · 29 replies · 1,307+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 12/10/09 | Michael Stone
    Politics, religion, and atheism in North Carolina are coming to a head. Cecil Bothwell, atheist, is soon to be seated as a City Council member in North Carolina. However, there is a problem: Under North Carolina's constitution politicians who deny the existence of God are barred from holding office. Opponents of Cecil Bothwell are using that law to argue.... Federal courts have ruled religious tests for public office are unlawful under the U.S. Constitution. While Article 6, section 8 of the North Carolina state constitution says: "The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny...
  • Atheist barred from office in North Carolina?

    12/11/2009 5:33:11 AM PST · by Locomotive Breath · 49 replies · 1,268+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2009 | Locomotive Breath
    A strange story surrounding a North Carolina city council election has suddenly become national news. Cecil Bothwell won his election fairly, a fact no one disputes. However, the former head of the Asheville NAACP has attempted to block Bothwell’s seating by pointing out an obscure clause in North Carolina’s state constitution that bars atheists from holding public office. The dispute will likely have to be settled in federal court:
  • Atheist says that Church accepts darwinism [Catholic Caucus]

    12/03/2009 11:53:05 AM PST · by Pope Pius XII · 17 replies · 562+ views
    I said to him: The Church doesn't accept darwinistic evolution Here's how he replied: "In July 2004, the International Theological Commission published a statement titled "Communion and Stewardship: Human Persons Created in the Image of God" on creation, evolution, and God's providence. The president of the commission was Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then head of doctrine in the Catholic Church, who the following year became Pope Benedict XVI." "The statement made explicit the Church's support of the findings of modern science and biological evolution, calling universal common descent "virtually certain," and that "even the outcome of a truly contingent natural process...
  • Atheist Group Takes "Godless Holiday" Campaign Nationwide

    12/02/2009 12:37:38 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 27 replies · 891+ views
    CNS News ^ | December 01, 2009 | Matt Cover
    The American Humanist Association is expanding its “Godless Holiday” advertising campaign to five major American cities this Christmas -- taking its message of a holiday season without religion nationwide for the first time. The ads read: “No God -- no problem! Be good for goodness’ sake. Humanism is the idea that you can be good without a belief in God” and feature several people in red and white Santa hats. The new ads come on the heels of an AHA campaign last year which asked “Why believe in a God?” and featured ads on public transit in Washington, D.C. Previously,...
  • Atheists Prepare for Plumb Dumb Luck Day!!!!

    11/23/2009 9:32:12 AM PST · by Repulican Donkey · 54 replies · 987+ views
    Thanksgiving is coming! For most people, despite what the media try to tell us, the day is just that – a day to give thanks to God for all of the blessings we have enjoyed over the past year. Every year Thanksgiving is tough on some people who are facing tough times and this year that may be especially true with many Americans separated by war, some who grieve for the loss of loved ones because of that war, others without jobs and always for those who are alone. Most of us will at least offer a prayer for our...
  • Children on atheist billboards 'are actually Evangelical Christians' (UK)

    11/22/2009 7:01:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies · 936+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/21/2009 | Matthew More
    Two smiling child models featured on an atheist billboard are actually Evangelical Christians, it has been claimed. The boy and girl can currently be seen next to the slogan "Don't Label Me" on adverts funded by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and endorsed by Prof Richard Dawkins, the scientist and prominent atheist. The posters form part of a campaign urging parents not to define their children by their own faith, which some secularists claim amounts to an abuse of their human rights. But the campaign appears to have backfired after a Christian community leader said that the models pictured in...
  • Hey, preacher – leave those kids alone (Atheists want to protect children from religion)

    11/19/2009 7:44:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 937+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 11/19/2009 | Ariane Sherin
    A poster from the atheist billboard campaign. Photograph: Public Domain This week, the final phase of the atheist bus campaign will appear in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – not on buses, but on billboards. Due to the amazing sums donated to the campaign fund by many Cif readers at the end of last year, we raised enough for a second wave of adverts – and the above posters will launch today. When, in this Cif piece back in October 2008, we asked how the extra funds should be spent, one of the issues which came up repeatedly in the...
  • The Zen of Rand (or, When can we stop butchering for peace?)

    11/14/2009 8:55:55 AM PST · by Talisker · 12 replies · 523+ views
    Way, way back in Econ 101 you might remember hearing about a guy named Adam Smith. He described what nowadays would be called an "emergent event of a complex system" that he named "the invisible hand of the free market." Simply put, it means that the economic market is too complex for conscious control, but is self-correcting (the invisible hand) if everyone pursues their own interests on a level playing field (equal rules). After Smith, some historical stuff happened for awhile, and then a writer appeared named Ayn Rand. People read her books, and immediately started arguing whether she is...
  • Mrs. Logic; Ayn Rand never got into an argument she couldn’t win...

    11/01/2009 6:12:32 PM PST · by Daffynition · 22 replies · 1,431+ views
    NYTMag ^ | Oct 18, 2009 | Sam Anderson
    Whenever Ayn Rand met someone new—an acolyte who’d traveled cross-country to study at her feet, an editor hoping to publish her next novel—she would open the conversation with a line that seems destined to go down as one of history’s all-time classic icebreakers: “Tell me your premises.” Once you’d managed to mumble something halfhearted about loving your family, say, or the Golden Rule, Rand would set about systematically exposing all of your logical contradictions, then steer you toward her own inviolable set of premises: that man is a heroic being, achievement is the aim of life, existence exists, A is...
  • ‘Good Without God,’ Atheist Subway Ads Proclaim

    10/20/2009 3:41:00 PM PDT · by guitarplayer1953 · 43 replies · 785+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/20/2009 | Jennifer 8. Lee
    Coalition of Reason An advertisement that promotes atheism will run in a dozen subway stations in Manhattan for a month starting next Monday. Atheism is coming to the subway — or at least subway ads promoting it are. Starting next Monday, a coalition of local groups will run a monthlong advertising campaign in a dozen Manhattan subway stations with the slogan “A Million New Yorkers Are Good Without God. Are You?” The posters also advertise the Web site, which provides a listing of local groups affiliated with the Coalition of Reason, the umbrella organization that coordinated the campaign.
  • Atheists say prayer makes them physically sick

    10/08/2009 4:47:47 AM PDT · by NRA1995 · 35 replies · 1,509+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10/8/09
    Atheists recruited to be part of a lawsuit that is trying to rid government ceremonies such as the inauguration of a president of any invocation or other prayer have claimed they are made physically ill by prayer. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FAITH UNDER FIRE Atheists say prayer makes them physically sick 'My stomach did a somersault with disgust' -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: October 07, 2009 10:30 pm Eastern By Bob Unruh © 2009 WorldNetDaily Michael Newdow Atheists recruited to be part of a lawsuit that is trying to rid government ceremonies such as the inauguration of a president of any invocation or other prayer...
  • Experts question scientist’s claim of reproducing Shroud of Turin

    10/07/2009 5:49:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 1,930+ views
    cna ^ | October 7, 2009
    Dr. John P. Jackson / The Shroud of Turin Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct 6, 2009 / 09:27 pm (CNA).- An Italian scientist is claiming to have re-created the burial cloth believed to have covered the crucified body of Jesus, called the Shroud of Turin.  However, CNA spoke with experts who maintain that there are till several major differences between the new shroud and the ancient one.According to Reuters, Luigi Garlaschelli, an organic chemistry professor at the University of Pavia announced that he and his team “have shown it is possible to reproduce something which has the same characteristics as...
  • Ex-Muslim receives death threats after publishing article critical of Islam -- in Tulsa

    10/02/2009 1:58:44 PM PDT · by Cindy · 20 replies · 1,636+ views
    JIHAD ^ | October 2, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET - Quote: Ex-Muslim receives death threats after publishing article critical of Islam -- in Tulsa He criticized all religious belief in his essay. But he's not in fear for his life from an angry mob down the road at Oral Roberts University. "Former Muslim receiving death threats," by Bill Sherman for Tulsa World, October 1 (thanks to Basil): Sabri Husibi, a former Muslim who is now an atheist, says he has been ostracized and threatened with death since publication of a Tulsa World article Saturday in which he was critical of Islam and all other religions. That article can...
  • How I Will Be Spending International Blasphemy Day

    09/29/2009 7:11:07 PM PDT · by Preachnteach · 9 replies · 642+ views
    Daily Review Atlas - Monmouth ^ | 09/29/09 | JF Bennett
    "Pastor's question to blasphemous artist: The date of Blasphemy Day was specifically chosen to commemorate a Danish newspaper’s publication in 2005 of cartoons that were unfavorable toward Islam and Muhammad. Muslims around the world rioted. Yet I notice that you, like virtually all atheist artists I have encountered, express your disdain for religion only by blaspheming Jesus. I’ve looked at all your paintings, but nothing in your work is aimed at Islam. Why do you and so many of your anti-religion colleagues give Islam a “free pass" but roast Christ mercilessly? You’re afraid of Muslim reprisals, and that’s just good...
  • T. Rex Cousin Evolved 60 Million Years Too Early

    09/29/2009 10:10:39 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 45 replies · 2,079+ views
    ICR News ^ | September 29, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    The most popular dinosaur is probably Tyrannosaurus rex, a Latin term that loosely translates as “king lizard.” Based on evolutionary assumptions, scientists have long held that these dinosaurs lived for “only” 3 million years, approximately 68 to 65 million years ago. A fossil looking remarkably like a small version of T. rex, however, has been located in a much lower rock layer.[1] Using the evolutionary dates assigned to the relevant strata, this adds 60 million years to the T. rex timeline. If the evolutionary interpretation was this wrong about one creature, can it be trusted on the rest of the...
  • Atheist Groups Increase on School Campuses (skeptic groups rising across the country's high schools)

    09/20/2009 7:14:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 725+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 9/19/2009 | Nathan Black
    Atheist and religious skeptic student groups are on the rise across the country's high school and college campuses. The Secular Student Alliance added its 160th affiliate campus group last week and reports that demand for their group starting packets are high. "It’s been a challenge to keep up with the demand for services, especially group-starting packets and follow-up," said Lyz Liddell, senior campus organizer, in a statement earlier this month. "That’s a nice problem to have." The number of SSA campus affiliate groups has increased from 100 in 2008 to 160 this year. In 2007, the alliance counted only 80....
  • Did Penn & Teller Set a World Record for Most Falsehoods in One Show?

    09/07/2009 1:14:53 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 16 replies · 2,280+ views ^ | September 7, 2009 | Dave Pierre
    Did Penn & Teller Set a World Record for Most Falsehoods in One Show? Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, has said, "Penn & Teller's Nazi-like assault on Catholicism that took place on August 27 will go down in history as one of the most vile, obscene programs ever aired in any nation." However, will the show also go down in history for airing the most number of lies, falsehoods, and misleading statements in a single half-hour show? Not counting credits, the guilty episode runs less than 26 minutes. Here's a lie-by-lie list of the falsehoods that Penn Jillette...
  • Atheism: is Dead

    07/29/2009 2:46:30 PM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 50 replies · 1,159+ views
    Atheism is Dead (blog) ^ | July 25, 2009 AD | Mariano
    Large portions of have been considered, dissected and declared fallacious on very many levels. Two examples of this fact are as follows: Whilst besmirching the Bible for allegedly commanding rape, for some odd reason, neglects to mention the most relevant biblical text related to the biblical view of and law about rape. Why this omission? Who knows, but it would certainly have gotten in the way of a good session of emotive expression of prejudice—it would have discredited to reference this most important text. Indeed, those annoying little facts have an annoying way of getting in the...
  • Atheist summer camp launched in Somerset (At Camp Quest,'There is no God')

    07/28/2009 8:55:00 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 25 replies · 582+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 28 Jul 2009
    Camp Quest UK, which is being held near Bath, offers 24 places. Its website claims the camp is for the children of 'atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and all those who embrace a naturalistic rather than supernatural world view.' There are currently six branches of Camp Quest operating in North America. Organisers said the purpose of the camp was to encourage critical thinking and provide children with a summer camp "free of religious dogma". The camp, supported by scientist Richard Dawkins, plans to expand after receiving hundreds of inquiries. The event has been set up by Samantha Stein, a postgraduate psychology...
  • "With six kids each morning it is about surviving!" (Brad Pitt says he does not believe in God)

    07/23/2009 6:35:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies · 1,529+ views
    BILD ^ | 7/23/2009
    EXCERPT [...] BILD: How would you rate your film if you were a critic? Brad Pitt: “Lots of fun! I’m happy with it, because all the actors are great. Each one is a mini star!” BILD: What does your wife Angelina Jolie think? Brad Pitt: “She really likes it. She laughed a lot.” BILD: You play an American soldier who scalps Nazi’s in a hit team and finally kills Hitler. Brad Pitt: “Yes there’s a lot going on in the movie, we had lots of fun. You have some great actors in Germany.” BILD: Who is the real Brad Pitt?...
  • NJ Ruling Raising Evidence Standard for Restraining Orders Overturned

    07/21/2009 10:47:30 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 2 replies · 356+ views ^ | July 20th, 2009 | by Glenn Sacks
    In Crespo v. Crespo, the New Jersey Appellate Division overturned the June 18, 2008 ruling of Francis Schultz, who vacated the final restraining order (FRO) entered against defendant Anibal Crespo. Judge Schultz vacated the FRO entered pursuant to the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act because the standard of proof provided by the Act, the preponderance of evidence standard as opposed to the clear-and-convincing standard, violated the defendant’s right to due process. (He also noted that the Act’s “practice and procedure” components violate the separation of powers doctrine, but this finding had no affect on his decision to vacate the FRO...
  • Turkish TV gameshow looks to convert atheists

    07/03/2009 6:38:48 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 15 replies · 747+ views ^ | Fri Jul 3, 2009 8:21am EDT | Daren Butler
    What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk in a room with 10 atheists? Turkish television station Kanal T hopes the answer is a ratings success as it prepares to launch a gameshow where spiritual guides from the four faiths will seek to convert a group of non-believers. The prize for converts will be a pilgrimage to a holy site of their chosen religion -- Mecca for Muslims, the Vatican for Christians, Jerusalem for Jews and Tibet for Buddhists. ...secular Turkey are not amused by the twist on the popular reality...
  • '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 Ł35,000 last year which was used to fund another set of guidance which told employers that...
  • 'Equality camp' for kids seeks recruits

    06/29/2009 8:22:42 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 131+ 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 Ł35,000 last year which was used to fund another set of guidance which told employers that...
  • Group Boosts "Atheist Pride" With NYC Bus Ads

    06/27/2009 3:16:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 865+ views
    NBC New York ^ | Sat, Jun 27, 2009
    An atheist group is running ads on two dozen New York City buses to raise "atheist pride'' among nonbelievers. The 12-foot-long ads have a blue background and three-foot-high white letters that proclaim "You don't have to believe in god to be a moral or ethical person." Members of the New York City Atheists will hold a Saturday press conference to discuss the ads at Manhattan's Columbus Circle. Spokeswoman Jane Everhart says American society is increasingly accepting of atheists and says President Obama even mentioned "nonbelievers'' in his inaugural speech. The ad campaign wants to reassure secretive nonbelievers that "it's OK...