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  • New York Atheists Angry Over 'Heaven' Street Sign Honoring Sept. 11 Victims

    06/21/2011 12:23:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/21/11
    A group of New York City atheists is demanding that the city remove a street sign honoring seven firefighters killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks because they say the sign violates the separation of church and state. The street, “Seven in Heaven Way,” was officially dedicated last weekend in Brooklyn outside the firehouse where the firefighters once served. The ceremony was attended by dozens of firefighters, city leaders and widows of the fallen men. “There should be no signage or displays of religious nature in the public domain,” said Ken Bronstein, president of New York City Atheists. “It’s...
  • Soros Group Behind Attack on Boehner’s Catholicism

    05/14/2011 4:55:53 PM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    AIM ^ | May 13, 2011C | Cliff Kincaid
    A Washington Post story about Catholic professors challenging Rep. John Boehner’s Catholic faith with an open letter to the House Speaker ignores the role of one of the key signers in a George Soros-funded group.The letter to Boehner says, “Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress.” Ignoring the Catholic tradition of subsidiarity, or decentralized government, and voluntarism, the letter claims Boehner’s votes against expansion of the federal welfare state are anti-Catholic.Letter signer Stephen F. Schneck of the Catholic University of America (CUA) is a board member of...
  • Woman's "loud sex noises" lead to her arrest (Prominent Atheist, In Front of 10-year-Old)

    05/06/2011 1:00:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    NBC2 ^ | May 05, 2011
    A prominent Florida atheist activist has been charged with verbally simulating sex in the presence of a 10-year-old neighbor. Ellen Beth Wachs, 48, was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior. Wachs has been prominent in her opposition to prayer at public meetings and challenged the constitutionality of the sheriff donating jail basketball hoops to Polk County churches. An arrest affidavit said she was arrested following a Saturday morning dispute with a neighbor. According to the affidavit, the 10-year-old boy was playing basketball when Wachs yelled through her open bedroom window for him to stop. The boy was joined outside by...
  • Atheists Seek Chaplain Role in the Military

    04/27/2011 2:59:57 PM PDT · by arderkrag · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 26, 2011 | James Dao
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — In the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one is a Buddhist. A Hindu, possibly even a Wiccan may join their ranks soon. But an atheist? Strange as it sounds, groups representing atheists and secular humanists are pushing for the appointment of one of their own to the chaplaincy, hoping to give voice to what they say is a large — and largely underground — population of nonbelievers in...
  • Hitchens' address to American Atheists (self eulogy)

    04/23/2011 4:34:15 AM PDT · by Salman · 31 replies
    Pharyngula ^ | April 22, 2011 | Christopher Hitchens
    Dear fellow-unbelievers, Nothing would have kept me from joining you except the loss of my voice (at least my speaking voice) which in turn is due to a long argument I am currently having with the specter of death. Nobody ever wins this argument, though there are some solid points to be made while the discussion goes on. I have found, as the enemy becomes more familiar, that all the special pleading for salvation, redemption and supernatural deliverance appears even more hollow and artificial to me than it did before. I hope to help defend and pass on the lessons...
  • TSA Officer Admits Plot to Post Porn on Christian Site

    On April 10, Bob Seashols, a Coordination Center Officer for the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) at the Richmond International Airport (RIC) and an administrator for Atheists United’s Facebook page, took part in a coordinated effort to populate pornographic images, extreme profanity, and sexually explicit anti-Christian hate-speech on the Facebook page of Ken Ham, an internationally known Christian ministry leader who serves as president of Answers in Genesis-U.S (AiG) and the popular Creation Museum, located near Cincinnati, Ohio. Sunday afternoon visitors to Mr. Ham’s “public person” Facebook site found pages of sexually explicit commentary aimed at mocking him and deriding...
  • Angry Atheist's Facebook Attack (TSA officer!)

    04/15/2011 8:03:06 AM PDT · by Reddy · 20 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | 04/15/2011 | Charley Butts
    Ken Ham, co-founder of the Creation Museum, was recently shocked to learn that an atheist had placed pornographic images, extreme profanity and vile statements about Christianity on his Facebook page. Creation Museum spokesman Mark Looy sees the web as a wonderful tool for Christians, but he says many critics of the gospel and those who hate Christian ministries are using social networking sites like Facebook to promote their own agenda. "In this instance, we know who the person is who went to Ken Ham's Facebook page, [and] we know who his employers are," Looy reports. "The employer's code of conduct...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PAGAN, 04-08-11

    04/08/2011 8:35:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-08-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PAGAN A heathen. In general one who practices idolatry. Formerly used to describe anyone who did not profess monotheism, and still used by Christians, Jews, and Moslems to identify a person who does not believe in one God, Creator of heaven and earth. More properly a pagan is a person who has abandoned all religious belief, i.e., an irreligious person. (Etym. Latin paganus, countryman, villager, civilian; from pagus, district, province, village.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Army group 'coming out of the atheist closet'

    04/06/2011 10:48:33 AM PDT · by UndauntedR · 24 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 4/2/2011 | TOM BREEN
    The cliche notwithstanding, there are atheists in foxholes. In fact, atheists, agnostics, humanists and other assorted skeptics from the Army's Fort Bragg have formed an organization in a pioneering effort to win recognition and ensure fair treatment for nonbelievers in the overwhelmingly Christian U.S. military. "We exist, we're here, we're normal," said Sgt. Justin Griffith, chief organizer of Military Atheists and Secular Humanists, or MASH. "We're also in foxholes. That's a big one, right there." For now, the group meets regularly in homes and bars outside of Fort Bragg, one of the biggest military bases in the country. But it...
  • Atheist soldiers want recognition at NC army post

    04/05/2011 10:54:19 AM PDT · by UndauntedR · 68 replies · 1+ views
    WVEC.com ^ | April 1, 2011 | WVEC.com
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A group of religious non-believers at Fort Bragg is pushing for the U.S. military to make sure they get the same treatment as religious groups.</p> <p>Soldiers at the post have filed paperwork seeking recognition for their group, called Military Atheists and Secular Humanists. They want to hold meetings at the base, work with the Army's chaplains and have their gatherings listed in a bulletin of religious services.</p>
  • Who will pray for Christopher Hitchens?

    04/02/2011 7:20:05 PM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 82 replies
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | October 6, 2007 | Ellen Makkai
    With Christopher Hitchens teetering on the brink of eternity, revisit this query from 2007: Do we have any prayer volunteers for Christopher Hitchens? He’s the self -proclaimed “atheist/anti-theist,” and stunningly clever wordsmith. He leapfrogged puzzled agnosticism to a pledged rebellion against God. He’ll be a tough turn-around, so thick is his iron-clad ignorance of the divine. In a recent Newsweek he cynically dissects Mother Teresa’s dark theological struggles, a postscript to his derisive 1995 book, “The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice.” A week ago he was a featured speaker for an Atheist Alliance conference in Washington DC....
  • Top 10 Reasons George Soros is Dangerous

    04/02/2011 4:34:49 PM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 2, 2011 | Human Events
    Human Events’ readers, in an online poll, recently voted billionaire financier George Soros “the single most destructive leftist demagogue in the country.” Here are the Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous1. Gives billions to left-wing causes: Soros started the Open Society Institute in 1993 as a way to spread his wealth to progressive causes. Using Open Society as a conduit, Soros has given more than $7 billion to a who’s who of left-wing groups. This partial list of recipients of Soros’ money says it all: ACORN, Apollo Alliance, National Council of La Raza, Tides Foundation, Huffington Post, Southern Poverty...
  • Atheist Christopher Hitchens turns to evangelical Christian doctor in his fight against cancer

    03/28/2011 1:05:51 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 26 2011 | Simon Neville
    The last person you might expect Christopher Hitchens, one of the world’s best known atheists, to turn to for help would be an evangelical Christian. But a highly religious doctor might be the only individual who can help the author and journalist who is suffering from cancer. Hitchens, author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything...
  • "In this court of the Unknown God..." (Pope's msg at conclusion of "Courtyard of the Gentiles" )

    03/26/2011 8:45:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Chiesa ^ | March 25, 2011 | Sandro Magister
    Dear young people, dear friends! I know that at the invitation of Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris, and of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, you are gathered in great numbers in front of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. I greet all of you, together with our brothers and friends from the Taizé Community. I am grateful to the Pontifical Council for having taken up and extended my invitation to open a number of "Courts of the Gentiles" within the Church. This image refers to the vast open space near...
  • Nine countries are on the path to complete atheism.

    03/22/2011 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Scottmkiv · 25 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 3/22/11 | Scott Connery
    It seems like the religion in the U.S. is a juggernaut that will be nigh unstoppable in the next decade or two. It's seemingly impossible to get elected without being openly and devoutly religious. George Bush claimed to receive divine commandments on how to perform his job. President Obama has made his church attendance receives plenty of attention too. Some question his sincerity, but no one questions that this is the politically smart thing to do. George Bush famously said that Islam is a religion of peace despite all the evidence to the contrary. 40% of U.S. citizens are strict...
  • Estranged son of anti-gay Westboro pastor says father does evil

    03/17/2011 3:59:33 PM PDT · by Salman · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | March 17, 2011 | the CNN Wire Staff
    An estranged son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps said Wednesday that the spiritual leader of Westboro Baptist Church hit his wife and beat his children with a mattock handle until they bled. "I think what he does out there is evil," said Nathan "Nate" Phelps, during an appearance on HLN's "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell." Nate Phelps is the seventh of the Westboro Baptist minister's 13 children. The younger Phelps severed ties with his family on his 18th birthday and said he hasn't had contact with his father in three decades. Nate Phelps is currently writing a book about his...
  • Christopher Hitchens: a Brian Lamb Interview

    02/03/2011 4:46:28 PM PST · by blasater1960 · 22 replies
    Cspan ^ | 1-14-11 | Christopher Hitchens
    Christopher Hitchens was interviewed in his home about his life and work following a diagnosis of esophageal cancer. He authored over a dozen books including his recent memoir, Hitch-22. Other titles include, God Is Not Great, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and Thomas Jefferson: Author of America. He was a contributing editor for the Atlantic Monthly magazine and a columnist for Vanity Fair magazine, where he has been writing articles about his diagnosis in the summer 2010 of stage four esophageal cancer.
  • Atheist Chris Redford: I Am Smarter Than God, and I Have Higher Moral Standards

    01/28/2011 4:19:26 AM PST · by grassboots.org · 31 replies
    www.caffeinatedtheology.com ^ | 1/25/11 | David Shedlock
    Over the last several months I have been responding to a series of YouTube videos produced by unevangelist, Chris Redford, a former Assembly of God youth group member turned atheist. Most of his videos are professionally made, and His soft-spoken manner and “Christian” music do not fit the stereotypical view of an angry atheist.  Nevertheless, his viewpoint in the latest videos I watched can be summed up this way: “I don’t like the God of the Bible.  I am smarter than Him, and I have better moral standards.”  Few of his arguments in Deconversion 2.3 and 2.4 discuss the existence...
  • Vatican to launch dialogue with non-believers in March

    01/26/2011 2:42:56 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 1+ views
    cna ^ | January 26, 2011 | Alan Holdren
    Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi Vatican City, Jan 26, 2011 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dialogue between the Vatican, agnostics and atheists will take place in a new arena as of this spring.The "Courtyard of the Gentiles" project, brainchild of the Pontifical Council for Culture and its president Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, will be officially presented Mar. 24-25 in Paris, France.Cardinal Ravasi first unveiled his plans for the Paris inauguration of the "Courtyard" last year, but further details were released in a statement from the council on Jan. 25.The Vatican's culture department plans for it to be "a new permanent Vatican structure...
  • Who Owns "Crazy"?

    01/08/2011 4:40:20 PM PST · by mainstreetradical.com · 4 replies
    Main Street Radical ^ | 1/8/11 | James Devere
    Grifford’s shooter Jared Lee Loughner has spawned bitter comments from both sides of the “blame someone else” American media and bloggers. Every time there is politically motivated violence in our society, of late, it seams that the blogosphere lines up on two sides to point out that the perpetrator of that violence is either a liberal or conservative wacko. Following shortly is an attempt to asses blame to one group or another. In reality however, we have had some high profile incidents by people who are disturbed; they are crazy people espousing odd beliefs and acting out in a manner...
  • Happy Birthday Jesus the HOA and viewpoint discrimination

    12/29/2010 9:55:11 PM PST · by Binstence · 16 replies · 5+ views
    The WaPo ^ | 12/30/2010 | livefreeordie1776AnnoDomini
    Donald Henderson knows not to overdo it on Christmas decorations. A week after Thanksgiving, Henderson placed a tasteful wreath on the front door, strung a few lights along the front porch railing, and, just to elevate his game a notch or two, plopped an inflatable Mickey and Minnie Mouse on his front lawn, wishing all "Season's Greetings."
  • Video: An Atheist Christmas Coloring Book

    12/16/2010 7:38:14 AM PST · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Rick Marazzini of MindPosts appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss his new “Atheist Christmas Coloring Book” that he made especially for those who can’t stand the ‘War on Christmas’, yet aren’t Christians themselves.
  • It’s Christmas Time, So Of Course We Have The Usual All Out Assault On Christianity

    12/08/2010 10:39:13 AM PST · by Todd Kinsey · 7 replies
    It’s Christmas time so of course we have the usual all out assault on Christianity. The taxpayer funded Smithsonian has a display that shows an ant covered Jesus and other homoerotic pictures such as Ellen Dengeneres grabbing her breasts, and men kissing. The museum even promoted a “family day” on November 21st and after visiting, one child drew a picture depicting three naked people with an apparent child grabbing the genital region of an adult. Yep, that’s good ole American family values.
  • "War" on Christmas, and other Assorted Seasonal Amusements...

    12/07/2010 9:25:23 AM PST · by FiddlePig · 10 replies
    RedNeckoBlogger ^ | 12/7/2010 | RedNeckoBlogger
    December 7, Pearl Harbor day... so war (I 'spose) is appropriate subject matter. Among the news of the day, we have billboard ads about the nation purchased by atheists, dissing Christmas ("season for reason", as opposed to "Jesus, reason for the season"... clever those atheists). However, as an unabashed theist of the “born again Christian” variety... I find the atheist is a strange sort: he(she)often as part of their argument, rails against the "injustice" of God who does not exist, then (exclusively) claims to be of "rational and reasoned" mind! Try as I might, I can’t calculate their “math” (what...
  • Barking moonbat atheist explodes on youtube

    12/03/2010 11:39:51 AM PST · by mainestategop · 25 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | 12/1/10 | Mainestategop
    <p>YOUR **** RELIGION IS B****T AND YOUR GOD IS *%*&*% MAKE BELIEVE! I have exactly ZERO FEAR of what exists only in your rasist narrow simpleton mind. Your god is NOT AN OBJECTIVE REALITY and yet you keep pushing him on us. You are nothing but a bunch of stupid retarded bigots and hypicrites, PLEASE **$# OFF AND DIE. I am sick you your STUPID JEEEEEEESUS *%*&%* hijacking the legacy of the founding fathers to promote your controlling agenda. $&*^* YOUR STUPID &$&$* OF A GOD [long screed of swearing and curing and liberal slogans] ON YOUR IDIOT BI-BULL, IT BELONGETH IN DA TOILET! Are you so STUPID that you think quoting from theidiot BI-BULL will do anythimng besides make me LAUGH HYSTERICoLLY. The bi-BULL is a [more screaming and gibberish] that is good for nothing except wiping %&*^#. It is fiulled with STUPID, RIDICULOS errors and silly moronic fairy tales. It is the product of hateful rasist people. Its god is exclusive, racist, genocidal cunt of a monster whop loves only those who willingly ignore rational thought and become his sheeple. HE DOESN'T EXIST!</p>
  • Atheists’ ad blitz calls Christmas a myth

    11/27/2010 9:05:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 60 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | 11.26.10 | stephanie akin
    Drivers approaching the Lincoln Tunnel this holiday season will be the targets of an atheist advertisement that its sponsors describe as a strike against Christmas. A billboard sponsored by the American Atheists and posted in North Bergen, on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel, reads: 'You KNOW it's a Myth. This season, celebrate REASON.' A billboard scheduled to be displayed near the New Jersey entrance to the tunnel until the end of the holidays shows a silhouetted manger scene with the message, “You KNOW it’s a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON.” The $20,000 campaign, sponsored by a national...
  • Palestinian Authority seizes atheist after he criticizes Islam on Facebook and blog

    11/11/2010 2:33:51 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 11, 2010 | DIAA HADID
    QALQILIYA, West Bank (AP) — A mysterious blogger who set off an uproar in the Arab world by claiming he was God and hurling insults at the Prophet Muhammad is now behind bars — caught in a sting that used Facebook to track him down. The case of the unlikely apostate, a shy barber from this backwater West Bank town, is highlighting the limits of tolerance in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority — and illustrating a new trend by authorities in the Arab world to mine social media for evidence.
  • Where Did God Go in Afghanistan? An Atheist Writes.

    11/18/2010 7:03:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/18/2010 | Kathleen Johnson
    On Nov. 5, 2010, I read an article titled “Where Did God Go in Afghanistan?” by Capt. Michael Cummings. Captain Cummings, who reported his thoughts concerning sparse attendance at religious services in Afghanistan, speculated as to why so few soldiers were willing to attend these services. He stated that he personally could not imagine anyone being in combat without a belief in God, but theorized that being openly religious wasn’t “cool” enough for modern troops and that’s why they failed to attend religious services that were arranged for them. Throughout his heartfelt article, it was clear that he was distressed...
  • Go to church, meet an atheist

    11/15/2010 3:20:59 PM PST · by chickadee · 60 replies
    Isthmus ^ | 11/11/10 | Bill Lueders
    Esbensen, 53, who was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1996 and recently became head of a Madison congregation, does not believe in God or life after death. She calls herself a "humanist atheist." She thinks belief in deity has arguably done more to hurt than help the world. "People who do not believe in God are actually kinder, gentler people," she says. A personal belief in God, for instance, was not needed for Esbensen to comfort the dying woman in Minnesota, to "say what she needed to hear." This fall, Esbensen became minister of the Prairie Unitarian Universalist...
  • Atheist Adams ranting on the island of the gods

    11/15/2010 2:57:03 AM PST · by AustralianConservative · 6 replies
    Australian Conservative ^ | November 15, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    “BALI is so intensely spiritual that it makes the Vatican seem secular,” sniffs the self-proclaimed atheist Phillip Adams in The Weekend Australian Magazine. “Which, of course, it is. A corporate HQ running one of the world’s oldest multinational corporations.” But, for the sake of argument wouldn’t a more secular Vatican be more attractive than a more spiritual Bali, according to atheist logic? And, given that many devout Catholics give their years and resources to the poor – is Adams unwittingly arguing that multinationals are enlightened, after all? You can see where this is going. As always, Adams is trying to...
  • Author Of Pedophile Book Says He Has Sold One Copy Of Creepy Title

    11/11/2010 1:27:57 AM PST · by Parody · 14 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | November 10, 2010 | "Buster"
    In an interview today, the author at the center of a controversy about Amazon’s sale of a self-published pedophile’s guide told TSG that he has sold exactly one copy of the book and revealed that he was involuntarily hospitalized following a “mental breakdown.” Noting that, “I have what they call manic depression,” Phillip Greaves, 47, said that he himself was not a pedophile and that “the best advice I can give a pedophile is accept that masturbation is your best friend.” Greaves’s book, “The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover's Code of Conduct,” last week became available for...
  • Christopher Hitchens and Peter Hitchens God and the death bed

    10/21/2010 6:29:15 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 20 replies
    Truefreethinker.com ^ | Oct 20, 2010 AD | Mariano
    ...That “Hitchens delights too much…” is indeed true, which is why he refers to himself as an “anti-theist.” The greatest issue with the death bed conversion is that a death bed is not guaranteed. Whoever said that you will rest upon a death bed and reflect upon your life, etc.? One car wreck or one fallen piano could spell your instant demise. Daniel Dennett suffered a heart attack and he took pleasure in praising man and science for his physical salvation stating, “Thank goodness I’m alive.” Richard Dawkins stated that he is going to record his death bed experience so...
  • Obama Omits "Creator" from Declaration of Independence -- AGAIN

    10/20/2010 1:13:40 PM PDT · by GVnana · 43 replies
    Remarks by the President at a DSCC Dinner in Rockville, Maryland October 18, 2010 8:03 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: ... I want to, before I begin, just say that, Maryland, you are graced with two of the finest senators in the United States Senate in Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. (Applause.) We are so proud of them. Everything that I've been able to accomplish over the last couple of years has been because I had these great partners. And these are two of the best partners, and they were also wonderful colleagues when I was in the United States Senate....
  • Woman burnt alive for taking on Maoists

    10/19/2010 7:56:28 AM PDT · by LeaveAmericaNow · 20 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | October 19, 2010 | Saugar Sengupta
    Husband, son fell to outlaws earlier In yet another spine-chilling incident of Red terror, the Maoists operating in the Jangalmahal area burnt alive a woman after she tried to organise villagers to revolt against them. Not only this, the panic-stricken villagers were prevented from claiming and cremating the body which kept rotting for four days. A police officer at Jhargram, a police district under the West Midnapore district, told The Pioneer on Monday that....
  • Obama's Campaign-Season Christianity

    10/15/2010 2:02:13 PM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 9/30/10 | George Neumayr
    Barack Obama threw his mom under the parish van on Tuesday, describing her as formlessly "spiritual" while casting himself as the self-made convert. "I am a Christian by choice," he said at a campaign event in New Mexico this week. In 2007, he said the opposite: that he became a Christian through his mother. "My mother was a Christian from Kansas…I was raised by my mother. So, I've always been a Christian," he told a voter who had inquired about his Islamic background. The woman at the campaign stop in New Mexico on Tuesday asked him to explain why he...
  • The Atheist As Moralist

    10/15/2010 11:28:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 124 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2010 | Michael Gerson
    WASHINGTON -- Christopher Hitchens -- bald from cancer treatments, speaking between doctor's appointments -- has a special disdain for deathbed religious conversions. Appearing before a group of journalists organized by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life, he criticized the pressures put on Tom Paine to embrace Christianity and the malicious rumors of faith that followed Charles Darwin's demise. "I've already thought about this a great deal, thanks all the same," he explained. The idea "that you may be terrified" is no reason to "abandon the principles of a lifetime." At this event -- a joint appearance with his...
  • Are you smarter than an atheist? A religious quiz

    10/04/2010 6:48:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right. How will you do on the quiz? Write down your answers as you go. CLICK ABOVE LINK TO START THE QUIZ
  • Flawed Pew Poll on Religious Knowledge Falsely Flatters Atheists

    10/03/2010 9:00:38 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/03/2010 | Tom Trinko
    Recently the Pew Research Foundation took a poll on religious "knowledge".  The media is spinning the results of this poll to say that atheists are more knowledgeable about religion than are those who profess to be religious. Before showing why the results of the poll don't support that conclusion let's look at what the scores were.  Atheists/Agnostics correctly answered 20.9 of the 32 questions.  Jews correctly answered 20.5 questions.  For some reason Protestants and Catholics were broken out by race while Atheists/Agnostics weren't.  In any case, Catholics averaged 16 right answers while Protestants averaged 17.6. The first thing to...
  • Obama Omits the Creator. Again.

    09/29/2010 4:42:17 AM PDT · by Antioch · 25 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | Sept 27, 2010 | Creative Minority Report
    Well, for all those who said it was just a slip of the tongue last time or that his speechwriters were to blame, Obama just made sure you knew that he meant it the first time. Yup. President Obama just omitted God again from the Declaration of Independence. As Weasel Zippers said, "No denying it now." But while I take notice of what he doesn't say, what he does say irks me a bit too. Check it out. CNS reports: Just seven days after he sparked controversy by omitting the word “Creator” when he closely paraphrased the passage from the...
  • Blinded with 'science' - Atheist's worst nightmare takes apart Hawking's 'design' flaws

    09/25/2010 8:00:30 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 99 replies
    WND ^ | September 24, 2010
    God didn't create the universe, Stephen Hawking says in his latest book, "A Grand Design." Rather, the renowned physicist writes, "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing." Everything – created from nothing? The assertion begged a reply from the author of "Nothing Created Everything: The Scientific Impossibility of Atheistic Evolution." "It is embarrassingly unscientific to speak of anything creating itself from nothing," said Ray Comfort, a best-selling author and acclaimed minister who's confronted and confounded some of the world's most accomplished atheists. "Common sense says that if something possessed the...
  • So Now We're Not Endowed By Our Creator?

    09/20/2010 6:27:09 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-20-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Well how 'bout that Obama omits the part about being "endowed by our creator" from the Declaration of Independence during a speech with the National Hispanic Caucus.... via iOwnTheWorld Ann Coulter put forth a "theory" on Obama's religious beliefs that I've held for sometime myself, that he is in fact probably either agnostic, or (as Ann has put it) is just flat out atheist. America's problems aren't political, they are religious. The downward spiral of our gradually becoming more liberal on social issues is the symptom of that. I know there are a lot of conservatives who would disagree,...
  • The Atheist's Constant War Against Almighty God

    09/20/2010 6:01:31 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 13 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 9/20/10 | DJP I.F.
    The atheist is always... at constant war with Almighty God in his heart (Isa. 57:20-21, Acts 9:1-5, Romans 5:10, Gal 5:7, Eph 2:1-3, Rev. 17:12,14, 19:19). If Almighty God truly does not exist, then why do these possess such a passionate hatred for Him? It is NOT that they try to seek to dismiss the ABSOLUTE REALITY of Almighty God in their minds and hearts, but rather that they are in ABSOLUTE FULL REJECTION of Him (Psalm 14: 1-3, Luke 19:14, Romans 1:18-32). It is becoming more evident to many in the creation movement of today that the evolutionary fundamentalist...
  • OBAMA GOES TO CHURCH!

    09/19/2010 6:39:11 AM PDT · by coaltrain · 190 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 09/19/10 | Drudge Report
    Sent: Sun Sep 19 09:01:22 2010 Subject: Sunday pool report 1 The first family left the White House on foot this morning for the 9am choral holy eucharist service and sermon at St John's Church Lafayette Square. The Obamas walked out of the residence at 8.49am and crossed the park to the nearby Episcopal church. The president was wearing a dark suit and held Sasha Obama's hand. She was wearing a blue dress and cream cardigan. Michelle and Malia Obama were wearing cream-colored dresses. (Check photos for accuracy of descriptions. It's sunny and pool was at a distance.) The service...
  • Pope speech compares atheist 'extremism' with Nazism

    09/16/2010 10:59:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    bbc ^ | 9/16/10 | staff
    The Pope has compared ''atheist extremism'' to the Nazi tyranny of WWII in a speech given in Edinburgh as he begins a four-day visit to the UK. The pontiff praised Britain's fight against the Nazis - who ''wished to eradicate God'' - before relating it to modern day ''atheist extremism''. (snip) ''As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the 20th century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society,'' he added.
  • Ann Coulter Says That Obama Is An Atheist!

    09/05/2010 8:12:58 AM PDT · by pinochet · 42 replies · 1+ views
    In Ann Coulter's latest column, she defends Obama against claims that he is a Muslim. She reveals that he is an atheist: http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/printer_friendly.cgi?article=384 Obama's father was a former Muslim who later became a communist atheist. Obama's mother was also a communist atheist. He did not have a Christian experience in childhood. He remained an atheist while in his mid 20s as a community organizer. He makes it clear in his autobiography that he joined Rev. Wright's church, not because he desired the gospel, but because it would help him in his career as a community organizer. In 2008, when Rev....
  • Stephen Hawking: God was not needed to create the Universe

    09/02/2010 6:21:27 AM PDT · by tlb · 223 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 02 Sep 2010 | Laura Roberts
    The Big Bang was the result of the inevitable laws of physics and did not need God to spark the creation of the Universe, Stephen Hawking has concluded. In his latest book, The Grand Design, an extract of which is published in Eureka magazine in The Times, Hawking said: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.” “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the...
  • Ann Coulter: OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM (This Week)

    09/01/2010 2:55:18 PM PDT · by Syncro · 122 replies
    Ann Coulter.Com ^ | Sept 1, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIMSeptember 1, 2010 The nonsense about President Obama being a Muslim has got to stop. I rise to defend him from this absurd accusation by pointing out that he is obviously an atheist. Leave aside Obama's fanatical opposition to allowing Illinois hospitals to save the lives of babies with God-given souls inadvertently born alive during abortions. Also leave aside the fact that neither of his parents were Christians. And leave aside his current crop of "spiritual advisers," which is a collection of Mother Earth worshippers, polytheists and other nonbelievers. Now rest from all that "leaving...
  • Why do I hate God so much? I respond to that question

    08/27/2010 9:14:30 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 65 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | August 27, 2010 | Jeff Musall
    Let me start out by saying I'm an atheist. Am I absolutely sure there is no God, no supreme being looking over us? No, of course not. Contrary to some opinions, that doesn't make me agnostic. I hold the possibility of God to be so remote as to be inconsequential, but I don't for a moment think I possess all knowledge on the matter. I would also add that I am a hopeful atheist, not only confident in my lack of belief, but assured that it is ultimately the belief system most in the world will come to. When we...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Faith and Reason

    08/12/2010 4:42:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Faith and Reason 495. Did not a Catholic scientist say, "I keep my faith in one pocket, and my science in another"? If a Catholic scientist used those words with the idea that Catholic doctrine conflicts with science or reason, then either he knew very little of science, or very little of his religion. Instead of adopting the precaution of separate pockets, he should have adopted the precaution of studying a little more deeply either his science or his faith, when he would have found that there is no conflict between science rightly understood and his religion rightly understood. 496....
  • Brain study shows that thinking about God reduces distress -- but only for believers

    08/08/2010 7:52:15 AM PDT · by Sprite518 · 18 replies
    PHYSORG.com ^ | 08/04/2010 | Not Listed
    The researchers suggest that for religious people, thinking about God may provide a way of ordering the world and explaining apparently random events and thus reduce their feelings of distress. In contrast, for atheists, thoughts of God may contradict the meaning systems they embrace and thus cause them more distress.