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  • Atheist article calls Tim Tebow a "Christian Taliban"

    01/12/2012 9:04:25 PM PST · by Talkwire · 47 replies
    Tim Tebow is called a "Christian Taliban" by an atheist, comparing Southern Baptists to Muslim fundamentalists. Link to Mindposts article hereExcerpt: "Superstar NFL quarterback Tim Tebow looks like an All-American guy, but he has more in common with the Taliban than with our Founding Fathers. The press has given Tim an open mic to opine on abortion, virtue, and piety. When will reporters ask Tim to share his views on gay marriage, the subservience of women, the power of the devil, where the dinosaurs too big for the Ark, or the age of the planet? His overt Christianity has resounded...
  • Worst Book of the Year [TNR - The Answers, on "The Atheist's Guide to Reality"]

    01/04/2012 6:25:54 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 18 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 12/14/2011 | Leon Wieseltier
    "...What is the difference between right and wrong, good and bad? There is no moral difference between them. Why should I be moral? Because it makes you feel better than being immoral. Is abortion, euthanasia, suicide, paying taxes, foreign aid, or anything else you don’t like forbidden, permissible, or sometimes obligatory? Anything goes. What is love, and how can I find it? Love is the solution to a strategic interaction problem. Don’t look for it; it will find you when you need it. Does history have any meaning or purpose?It’s full of sound and fury, but signifies nothing.” I take...
  • Nativity scene up in Wisconsin Capitol; Atheist group upset

    12/12/2011 5:59:41 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-12-11 | ap
    A conservative group has set up a nativity scene at the Capitol building in Madison, and an atheists' group is seeking its own permit for an opposing display. A WISC-TV report says Wisconsin Family Action has been granted a permit to display its scene until the end of the month. The six statuettes that sit on a table depict the birth of Jesus Christ. Group spokeswoman Julaine Appling says the display is tasteful. She says there's room for a number of different voices. But the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation says a nativity scene isn't appropriate for a state building....
  • Pennsylvania Town Rejects Atheist 'There Are No Gods' Banner in Holiday (Christmas?) Display

    12/04/2011 12:40:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/03/11
    Pennsylvania Town Rejects Atheist 'There Are No Gods' Banner in Holiday DisplayPublished December 03, 2011 | Associated Press ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. – A western Pennsylvania mayor refused to include a banner from an atheist group that says "there are no gods" as part of a holiday display that includes a Nativity scene, which has been erected annually on city property for decades. Hundreds of people turned out to support the mayor's decision to go ahead with the display Friday, which also includes symbols pertaining to Kwanzaa and Hanukkah and secular symbols, including Santa Claus, a snowman and a Christmas tree....
  • Why Atheists Celebrate Christmas

    12/04/2011 6:18:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12/02/2010 | Stephanie Pappas
    They may not find much meaning in the birth of Jesus Christ, but many atheists embrace religious traditions such as churchgoing for the sake of the children, a new study finds. The research, which focused on atheist scientists, found that 17 percent of atheists in the study attended a religious service more than once a year. The atheists embraced religious traditions for social and personal reasons, they told the study researchers. "Our research shows just how tightly linked religion and family are in U.S. society — so much so that even some of society's least religious people find religion to...
  • Andy Rooney dead at 92

    11/05/2011 4:25:27 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 114 replies
    Fox news TV announcement | 11/5/2011 | self
    Just announced
  • Atheist Convert: R.J. Stove

    10/24/2011 7:56:07 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 25 replies
    Why I'm Catholic ^ | R. J. Stove
    The upbringing I underwent in New South Wales, Australia —partly in Sydney, but mainly in the village of Mulgoa— was one of complete, although predominantly quiet and civil, atheism. Both my parents (who are now dead) spent their childhood as Presbyterians, but shed religious belief soon after attaining adulthood. My father was the philosopher and political polemicist David Stove. During his undergraduate years, he fell under the spell of the militantly atheistic guru John Anderson of the University of Sydney's philosophy department. Except that "fell under" seems a much too gentle phrase to describe what my father and thousands like...
  • Socialism, Communism and Cultural Marxism: Spiritual Diseases of Our Time

    10/22/2011 1:58:37 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 33 replies
    Renew America ^ | Oct. 22, 2011 | Linda Kimball
    "In 1919, Georg Lukacs became Deputy Commissar for Culture in the short-lived Bolshevik Bela Kun regime in Hungary. He immediately set plans in motion to de-Christianize Hungary. Reasoning that if Christian sexual ethics could be undermined among children, then both the hated (traditional) family and the Church would be dealt a crippling blow, Lukacs launched a radical sex education program in the schools. Sex lectures were organized and literature handed out which graphically instructed youth in free love (promiscuity) and sexual intercourse while simultaneously encouraging them to deride and reject Christian moral ethics, monogamy, and parental and church authority. All...
  • DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be

    10/12/2011 11:27:49 AM PDT · by Dr. White · 77 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/12/2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    In yet another stunning attack on freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be. The case involves a former teacher at Lutheran school, who along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pushing a claim that a Lutheran congregation should be forced to restore her ministry position. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and American Atheists, Inc. have filed briefs siding with the Obama administration against the church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church...
  • Cancer-stricken Hitchens says his 'time' is coming ... receive(s) TX atheism award [shortened]

    10/11/2011 1:30:41 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 55 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | 10th October 2011 | John Stevens
    Christopher Hitchens said that his 'time' is coming as he made his first public appearance in months...The controversial writer and fervent atheist, who is suffering from oesophagus cancer, attended the Atheist Alliance of America conference in Texas where he was presented an award by Richard Dawkins. The 62-year-old said that he had been determined to attend the conference because of the state's Bible Belt devotion. Receiving the Richard Dawkins Freethinker of the Year Award, Hitchens looked gaunt and his voice was soft. ... During his speech Hitchens said that he appreciated the fact that Texas governor Rick Perry had been...
  • Judge rules bus line wrong to deny atheist ads

    08/12/2011 5:05:50 PM PDT · by LonelyCon · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2011 | Suzi Parker
    A federal judge ruled on Thursday that the free speech of a coalition of atheists had been violated when Little Rock's public bus line denied them the right to place $5,000 worth of ads on city buses. Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that the Central Arkansas Transit Authority and its advertising agency should not have denied the group the right to place the ads on 18 publicly-funded city buses during Memorial Day weekend. Washington-based United Coalition of Reason filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Arkansas group in June after the transit authority and its advertising agency rejected The transit...
  • Atheist group wants to stop World Trade Center cross

    07/26/2011 12:38:57 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 94 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/26/2011 | n/a
    <p>A group of atheists has filed a lawsuit to stop the display of the World Trade Center cross at a memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks.</p>
  • Planned Parenthood cries foul over Anthony verdict, fears could render abortions obsolete

    07/06/2011 7:15:10 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 29 replies · 1+ views
    WINE & EXCREMENT ^ | July 05, 2011 | Sisyphus - Executive Editor
    WASHINGTON – In an ironic twist, Planned Parenthood, the health care and industry-leading abortion provider, has joined some of its longtime pro-life antagonists in condemning a Florida jury’s decision to acquit Tot Mom Casey Anthony of murdering her daughter, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. While the organization may find itself in agreement with some of its archenemies on the issue of the promiscuous procreator’s alleged actions, it took a very different path in getting there. According to a statement it released, Planned Parenthood believes “This case sets a dangerous precedent. If women can so easily be acquitted...
  • Preschool Bans Use of Words 'Him' and 'Her' (Sweden)

    06/27/2011 3:14:04 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 23 replies
    Associated Press - KDVR News ^ | June 26, 2011 | JENNY SOFFEL
    <p>STOCKHOLM (AP) — At the "Egalia" preschool, staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 kids as "friends" rather than girls and boys.</p> <p>From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don't fall into gender stereotypes.</p>
  • Vatican considering dialogue with non-believers in Chicago and DC

    06/24/2011 4:05:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    cna ^ | June 24, 2011 | David Kerr
    Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi Vatican City, Jun 24, 2011 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s new initiative aimed at sparking dialogue with atheists and agnostics may soon be coming to North America. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, told CNA in a recent interview that the “The Courtyard of the Gentiles” may come to three cities. “Quebec in Canada, which is one of the so-called ‘most secular’ places there is, where it seems like these days the question of faith is almost bothersome,” he said.“And, also, we’re thinking about two U.S. cities--Chicago on the one...
  • 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...