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  • 11 SiIlly Things That Some Atheists Say

    02/28/2015 8:40:57 AM PST · by Heartlander · 69 replies
    Historical Jesus Studies ^ | Feb 27, 2015 | James Bishop
    11 silly things that some atheists say. February 27, 2015 · by James Bishop · in Articles, Atheism. · Introduction: The atheist that this blog article is briefly referring to is the fundamentalist head-in-the-sand, fingers-in-their-ears type, which contrary to atheism makes up the majority of the religion hating New Atheists. My last point, point 11, addresses Stephen Hawking but I want to make it clear that I do not view him as a fundamentalist atheist like Richard Dawkins, or Sam Harris would be. Although I, alongside many, disagree with Hawking and his conclusions, I don’t take anything away from his...
  • Muslim lives matter

    02/15/2015 9:34:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Eastern Echo ^ | February 15, 2015 | Mona Beydoun
    Eastern Michigan University students taped their mouths shut in a silent protest Thursday. The students wrote #ChapelHillShooting across the tape in honor of the deaths of three students from the University of North Carolina. Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were Muslim-American students at the University of North Carolina. They were shot Tuesday, Feb. 10, by their neighbor, Craig Steven Hicks, 46. The Chapel Hill police released a statement Tuesday evening citing a parking dispute as Hickss motivation. EMU Junior Layali Alsada and senior Zaeem Zafar created a flyer...
  • Atheists Steal Rights From God

    02/06/2015 11:46:54 AM PST · by xzins · 32 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 2/6/2015 | Frank Turek
    Atheist Richard Dawkins has declared, "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind pitiless indifference. ... DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is, and we dance to its music." But Dawkins doesn't act like he actually believes that. He recently affirmed a woman has the right to choose an abortion and asserted that it would be "immoral" to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome. According to Dawkins, the "right to choose" is a good thing and...
  • Atheist group attacks Mother Teresa while on mission to improve image!

    02/05/2015 6:14:57 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 19 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/5/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation is trying to improve the image of atheists. Never mind much of their image problem is self-inflicted. When it was proposed that a piece of leftover rubble, that many believe resembled a cross, be included as a part of the World Trade Center Memorial, the American Atheists organization released a statement saying, The WTC cross has become a Christian icon. It has been blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their god, who couldnt be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name,...
  • Florida Schools Ban Bibles After Pressure from Atheists

    01/14/2015 6:32:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2015 - 7:31 AM | Brittany M. Hughes
    Amid mounting pressure from both atheist groups and concerned parents, Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools have banned Bible distribution in several area high schools after Satanists and an anti-religion group announced plans to pass out their own literature. One of the largest school systems in the country with more than 180,000 students, OCPS had allowed World Changers of Florida, a Christian group, in conjunction with the Florida Family Policy Council to passively distribute Bibles to high school students on Jan. 16which is National Freedom of Religion Dayfor the past three years. Under the school systems policy at the time, Bibles...
  • Kneeling soldier statue removed from King Veterans Memorial NC

    01/08/2015 8:35:41 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 26 replies
    Fox8 ^ | January 6, 2015 | Joe Dominguez
    KING, N.C. Effective immediately, all religious symbols at the veterans memorial in King have been removed as part of a settlement with Steven Hewett, a man who sued the city claiming his constitutional rights were being violated because of a Christian flag flown at the memorial and the inclusion of a cross as part of a statue honoring veterans. The decision was made at Tuesday nights city council meeting. The city council also repealed a 2010 law establishing a flag lottery that allowed flags of any religious denomination to be flown at the memorial.
  • Atheists urge lawmakers to reject Bible for swearing-in ceremonies

    01/06/2015 8:24:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/06/2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    The Secular Coalition for America asked members of Congress to reject using religious texts such as the Bible or Torah to swear into office Tuesday, urging them to instead use the Constitution or nothing at all. By taking the oath of office on the Constitution, senators will demonstrate their commitment to our secular government, the laws that theyre affirming to uphold, and the people they were elected to represent, said the coalition, which bills itself as a group of atheists, agnostics and humanists who are fighting against religious influences in politics. All members of the House and more than...
  • Satanic Display at Florida Capitol Damaged [by the "Catholic Warrior"]

    12/24/2014 9:18:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/23/14 | Brendan Farrington
    <p>TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida's Capitol has displayed a Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole, atheist banners and even a tribute to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But a display showing an angel falling into flames with the message "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple" was too much for one woman.</p>
  • Kids: Santa Is Fake But Christmas Is Real

    12/22/2014 4:25:56 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 12 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/21/2014 | Steve Berman
    Hows this for an explanation of Santa Claus: Santa and Mrs. Claus have a twelve-thousand square foot mansion at the North Pole, heated by geothermal power. The North Pole complex boasts an electrical generation system which directly extracts unlimited electricity from the Earths magnetic field for lights and equipment. Santas workshop maintains two million square feet of warehouse space (reaching 30 stories underground with a cubic volume well exceeding Amazon.coms North American 17 million square foot capacity) and an advanced production facility that combines robotics with elf-based manufacturing. The entire facility is hidden beneath the Arctic Ocean, under almost 14,000...
  • Atheists Couldn't Stop This Flash Mob of Amazing Grace

    12/21/2014 8:55:27 PM PST · by metmom · 32 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jen Thompson
    When one lady asked for volunteers to join her at a Rivertown Mall in Grandville, Michigan, to sing "Amazing Grace," 250 people responded with RSVPs, and over 1,000 showed up at the mall. What makes this different from other "flash mobs" is that the lyrics were given out in a high-quality gospel tract form (so that anyone could join in with the singing). "Fortunately the singing at the Rivertown Mall was video-taped, and it brought tears to my eyes," says Ray Comfort, who came up with the idea. "In the clip you can see people holding the tracts as they...
  • Atheist Group Erects 11 Billboards Across Chicago; Argues That Kindness 'Comes From Altruism'

    12/18/2014 7:35:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/18/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest secular groups in America, announced it is erecting 11 different billboards across Chicago this week with various messages. Some of the ads ask people to "think for (themselves)," while others argue that kindness "comes from altruism" and not from "seeking divine reward." "Research shows that atheists and other nonbelievers remain at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to social acceptance. One reason for that is that even though at least 20% of the population today is nonreligious in the United States, many Americans have never knowingly met an...
  • Military Punishes Chaplain for Referring to the Bible in Suicide-Prevention Seminar

    12/15/2014 5:30:21 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 14, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Army has disciplined a military chaplain for making references to the Bible during a suicide-prevention seminar last month.A serviceman brought the Judeo-Christian religious content to the attention of an atheist group, which complained about it.Now, the chaplain is fighting back, maintaining he did nothing wrong. The dispute has renewed a debate over the appropriate role of faith in the military.The chaplain, Capt. Joe Lawhorn, conducted the training session on suicide prevention Nov. 20 at the University of North Georgia. During the session, he shared his personal struggles with depression while an Army Ranger.What upset the atheist group is that...
  • Oklahoma school district caves to atheist group, cancels Bible elective

    11/27/2014 5:55:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    An Oklahoma school district is reportedly walking back plans to begin offering students an elective course on the Bible after facing pressure from a major atheist group. The class, called The Book: The Bibles History, Narrative and Impact, was developed, in part, by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, and it was set to launch in Mustang Public Schools, Raw Story reported. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said on its website Tuesday that the district canceled the class after Hobby Lobby allegedly did not provide the district with the final curriculum for approval and did not commit to providing legal...
  • The Madalyn Murray O'hair Murder

    11/11/2014 7:36:18 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 56 replies
    Religious Freedom Coalition ^ | 1999/2011 | William J. Murray
    (Statement of William J. Murray first released in 1999) My mother, brother and daughter were murdered by fellow atheists. There is no getting around the evidence. For almost three years the national atheist organization my mother once led has claimed she left the country with a large amount of money. This was false and I will tell you in this letter why they told this lie over and over again. First, I want to talk to you about spiritual matters that the general media does not understand. My mother was not just Madalyn Murray OHair, the atheist leader. She was...
  • Little Girl Screaming Shut Up at Street Preacher in Witch City Goes Viral

    11/07/2014 11:27:03 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 81 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 11/05/2014 | Editor
    SALEM, Mass. A video showing a little girl with pigtails screaming at a street preacher to shut up as she relentlessly mocked him and his message of redemption through Jesus Christ has gone viral. The video posted on Live Leak, which has been viewed more than 250,000 times, shows a child approaching Austin Coppock, who had been preaching on Salems busy Essex Street pedestrian mall during the citys annual Halloween celebration. Salem, which is also known as The Witch City and where police uniforms and patrol cars are even marked with the slogan and an image of a witch...
  • Whos the Party of One-Percenters?

    11/07/2014 5:55:01 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 6 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 11/7/2014 | Steve Berman
    Democrats love to dog-whistle how the Republicans are the party of the one-percenters. Projection of your own agenda onto others is the hallmark of an insecure soul; the false bravado, nervous laughter and deflecting conversationthis is just a normal midterm swingmarks the Democrats stunned awakening to truth. Yeah, a midterm swing. Democrats, just keep on saying that, and maybe even youll believe it. The one-percenter accusation applies all right, but not to the Republicans. Its the Democrats who have been co-opted by the far-Left fringe promoting the one-percent. Look at all the battles we conservatives have been fighting for years:...
  • Atheist Group To Distribute Pamphlets In Schools Of Cartoon Bible Sexually Assaulting Women

    10/27/2014 2:57:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    An atheist group is planning to distribute a pamphlet in several Florida public high schools that depicts an illustration of a cartoon Bible sexually assaulting a young woman.
  • Calif. district to apologize to 11-year-old who didn't stand for pledge

    10/26/2014 7:26:59 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 25, 2014
    SAN JACINTO, Calif. A Southern California school district will apologize to an 11-year-old atheist who says his teacher questioned him because he didn't stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Ivan Cobarrubias says he kept his seat during the morning pledge at Monte Vista Middle School in San Jacinto earlier this month because the words "under God" in it violate his beliefs.
  • Ignorance and Illogicality of Many Atheists

    10/20/2014 4:25:09 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 20 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    I often share on my personal Facebook page posts by Freedom From Atheism Foundation (FFAF) . This group provides many snappy and ready quotations, slogans and images that are perfectly suited to Facebook and in general to today's many time-poor and attention-span-even-poorer people. The problem is that somebody who hasn't bothered to take the effort to examine a topic like the existence of God needs much more than a few lines or a graphic, which is why I think that I'll put the brakes on this habit of mine. The last straw has been the following exchange of comments...
  • Hundreds of Kids, Parents and Residents Pray on a High School Football Field After Atheist Attacks

    10/17/2014 8:11:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 54 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 10/17/14 | Tiffiny Ruegner
    Pray to God to preserve the First Amendment. Hundreds of residents took to a high school football field Friday night to collectively bow down and pray a massive response to atheist activists recent accusations that a local school district is guilty of at least two violations of the separation of church and state. But the prayer event wasnt the only noteworthy response to secularists complaints, as local resident David Hoover placed three large Christian crosses on land he owns across the street from Licking Valley High School in Newark, Ohio 10 to 13-foot symbols intended to send a...
  • Are You There, Nobody? Its Me, Margaret [A Children's Book for Kids of Atheists]

    10/12/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/12/2014 | Candida Moss
    New childrens book is a gentle introduction that there is no dog but dog. For nearly two thousand years, religious groups have held a monopoly on how to teach morals to young children. Now Me & Dog, a new childrens book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gene Weingarten and illustrator Eric Shansbyboth of The Washington Poststeps into the competitive arena of nighttime reads (6-8 p.m. division) with an atheist lullaby. Cue sincere hand wringing: Wont somebody please think of the children? The setting for this shameless piece of atheist propaganda (you can quote me on that, religious right) is a walk...
  • Should atheists who refuse to say so help me God be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 47 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 8, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    The Stephen Losey (Air Force Times) reports (see also the American Humanist Associations letter to the Air Force Inspector General): An atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada was denied reenlistment last month for refusing to take an oath containing so help me God, the American Humanist Association said Thursday. Air Force Instruction 36-2606 spells out the active-duty oath of enlistment, which all airmen must take when they enlist or reenlist and ends with so help me God. The old version of that AFI included an exception: Note: Airmen may omit the words so help me God, if...
  • Atheists should follow their conscience Holy Father?....Not so fast!

    09/10/2014 7:41:42 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 6 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 10, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Back in 2011, before giving the traditional Christmas blessing to the City of Rome and the world ("urbi et orbi"), Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the Child of Bethlehem as Savior. His Holiness said (in part): "He was sent by God the Father to save us above all from the evil deeply rooted in man and in history: the evil of separation from God, the prideful presumption of being self-sufficient, of trying to compete with God and to take his place, to decide what is good and evil, to be the master of life and death.." The Holy Father said...
  • Atheists Accuse Pizza Shop of Violating Their Civil Rights by Offering Church Bulletin Discount

    08/22/2014 2:59:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/20/14 | Billy Hallowell
    A restaurant owner who is under fire for offering a faith-based discount to customers says he doesnt plan to discontinue it, despite receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a secular activist group. Steven Rose, owner of Baileys Pizza in Searcy, Arkansas, told TheBlaze Wednesday that he posted a 10 percent discount on his restaurants Facebook page on July 19 for anyone who brought in a church bulletin. Not long after, he received a comment from a user named Bong Hits for Jesus that read, Good luck on your discrimination lawsuit. I didnt give much credence to it,...
  • Atheists and IRS Against the US Constitution

    08/20/2014 1:28:03 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 13 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The American tax authority, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), will monitor churches for electioneering in a settlement reached on 18 July with an atheist group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). In 2012 the FFRF filed a lawsuit alleging that "the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the FFRF and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues, or proposed legislation. As part of their tax-exempt status, churches and other religious groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan political activity." Monitoring what is said in houses of worship is a clear violation of the First Amendment, since no law can be...
  • Actor Kevin Sorbo Not Too Fond of Atheists; Says They're Always 'So Angry'

    08/18/2014 5:47:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Actor Kevin Sorbo who starred in the Christian film, "God's Not Dead," says he did not have reservations about taking on an atheist role for the movie but he admits that he does not understand the logic behind atheist's lack of beliefs and why they are "so angry." Sorbo, who is most famous for the '90s TV series "Hercules," played an atheist professor in the film whose belief system is challenged by one of his Christian students. He recently sat down with Access Hollywood Live to discuss the film's success and his take on skeptics. "I'm a Christian myself and...
  • Hollywood Actor Reveals What He Thinks Is Weird About Atheists

    08/16/2014 8:16:54 AM PDT · by blueyon · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/14/14 | Billy Hallowell
    Actor Kevin Sorbo isnt shy about sharing his views on politics and religion, which he has candidly detailed in past interviews with TheBlaze. And in a recent appearance on Access Hollywood, the Gods Not Dead star spoke out about atheism, saying he doesnt understand why some nonbelievers get so offended by something they dont believe in. The actor, who is a Christian, went on to call it weird that atheists often become so turned off by nativity scenes that they try to get them removed from public property, especially considering that they dont believe that these religious symbols hold any...
  • Navy reverses Bible ban

    08/15/2014 5:47:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Put the Bibles back! A Navy spokesman confirms that Bibles will be returned to base lodges, and theyve also launched an investigation to determine why Gods Word was removed from guest rooms in the first place. Navy Exchange, which runs the base lodges, sent a directive out in June ordering the Bibles removed, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint. The atheist group alleged the books were a violation of the U.S. Constitution and amounted to a government endorsement of that religious text. Navy spokesman Ryan Perry said the decision was made without their knowledge. In June 2014,...
  • Georgia Town to Atheists: Stop Bullying our Kids

    08/13/2014 1:36:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson -- folks around Gainesville, Georgia dont take kindly to out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children. More than 200 people turned out in defiance of the self-described atheist group early Thursday morning for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle of the Chestatee High School football field. The previous day, the atheists (acting on behalf of a single, unnamed citizen) sent a letter to school officials demanding that the football coaching staff stop participating in team prayers and that they remove all biblical references and religious messages...
  • An Atheist Group Got The Navy To Remove Donated Bibles From All Lodges, Hotels

    08/12/2014 3:48:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/12/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Military chaplains are calling for donated Bibles to be allowed in Navy lodges after an atheist group successfully lobbied to have them removed.The atheist nonprofit Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Navy complaining about the Biblesback in March. The Bibles had been donated by various Christian charities, including the famous Gideons International, who have distributed nearly 2 million Bibles to hotels, motels, hospitals, schools and prisons since its founding in 1908. This shocking discovery was brought to their attention by two FFRF member servicemen who noted that nearly every Navy lodging room theyd stayed in over the...
  • Is the IRS Going to Censor Sermons at Your Church?

    08/09/2014 4:32:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/9/2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    An atheist group wants to censor what priests, pastors, rabbis and other clergy say in their sermons by threatening an IRS challenge of their tax-exempt status.Generally, the leaders of houses of worship in America have the constitutional right to preach and promote anything short of an outright endorsement of a political candidate. But now, that freedom is being challenged.In 2012, theFreedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit atheist organization that advocates strict separation of church and state, sued the Internal Revenue Service seeking to force the agency to question the tax-exempt status of churches and other houses of worship if they...
  • IRS has a Political Activities Referral Committee which spies on preaching

    08/06/2014 6:19:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 8-5-14 | Fr. John Zuhlsdotf
    While I was at the recent Napa Institute gathering, I got to know Kristina Arriaga, Executive Director of The Becket Fund, which defends religious freedom. They guided the Hobby Lobby decision to a good conclusion and for that we owe them a lot. I had this note from them today. It included this: [quote] Dear Friends, I grew up in a household where we were expected to pepper all tales with a bit of Cuban exaggeration. This was, after all, essential for good storytelling. So, in a way, I wish I were making this up. Within the IRS, there is,...
  • The IRSs God Complex (IRS signs pact with atheists)

    08/05/2014 6:12:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating theology as politics, and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit high priority examination for allegedly illegal...
  • What Atheists Have To Offer The Right

    08/05/2014 9:49:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 5, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Conservative writer and CNN talking head S.E. Cupp recently put out a video describing how she has been welcomed among conservatives even though she is an atheist. This led Hot Air's Allahpundit to chime in with his own experiences, citing myself and National Review's Charles Cooke as other examples of atheists on the Right. And we're not the only ones. There's Heather Mac Donald and Walter Olson, and a whole website devoted to the issue. Among marquee names, there are a few famous agnostics/atheists like Charles Krauthammer and George Will. When you start looking, we're everywhere. I pretty much agree...
  • The IRSs God Complex: IRS signs secret pact with atheists, promising to investigate 99 churches.

    08/04/2014 7:01:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/04/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating theology as politics, and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit high priority examination for allegedly illegal...
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 75 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • "Is Religion Good for Children?" (Slate)

    07/29/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/29/14 | Mark Joseph Stern
    I n the United States, conventional wisdom holds that you should raise your child to be religious. Taking the kids to church is the default; leaving them home requires justification. Push parents to explain why they should pass on their religionapart from a principled urge to keep the faithand theyre likely to tell you studies prove that kids do better with religion than without it. Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues. But is religion really good for kids? That might depend on what kind...
  • Flee Rather Than Stand Your Ground

    07/25/2014 6:22:54 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 6 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 07/24/14 | Wendy McElroy
    What Exiting Is and Isn't Virno believes a radical disobedience is needed to challenge the state's ability to command. This cannot be expressed through resistance to a specific law on the grounds, for example, that it contradicts a constitution. Such resistance is actually a vote of confidence in the state qua state; that is, such activists fight to enable a purer vision of state authority rather than against the idea of a state itself. A wholesale rejection is required. And, yet, revolutionaries who violently confront the state usually suffer one of two fates: they are slaughtered or otherwise broken or...
  • Court Calls Out Angry Atheists for Near Supernatural Claims Against the Ground Zero Cross

    07/07/2014 8:35:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    ACLJ.org ^ | 7/7/14 | Matthew Clark
    From day one, angry atheists have made outlandish claims about the Ground Zero Cross the two intersecting steal beams in the shape of a cross that was found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center following 9/11. Not only have they made these absurd claims in public (calling it offensive and repugnant), theyve made them in federal court. Now a federal appeals court is calling them out and demanding they provide a rational explanation as to how their offense constitutes a constitutional claim. When the American Atheists first filed their lawsuit in state court seeking to have the...
  • Nancy Pelosi says: "I pray for Republicans every Sunday" (but Satan is too busy right now Nancy)

    06/20/2014 10:35:18 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 25 replies
    Nancy Pelosi prays | June 20, 2014 | SOL rant
    'House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that when Sunday dawns, she is more a praying woman and far less a partisan politician.I was thinking about it on Sunday when I was praying for the Republicans in church, as I do at least every Sunday, Ms. Pelosi also said, during a press conference on Capitol Hill. :I pray for the Democrats and the Republicans, for our country."' Nancy Pelosi: I pray for Republicans every Sunday(Washington times (June 20, 2014) Yes I believe you on that Nancy, but Satan is too busy in the middle East right now to help you in...
  • Singer Tim Lambesis Said He Became Atheist But Kept Claiming to Be Christian to Keep Selling Music

    06/17/2014 1:40:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/17/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Tim Lambesis, lead singer and founder of Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, recently confessed that he and other members of his band had become atheists but kept claiming to be Christians so they could keep making money selling records to Christians. In a wide-ranging interview with Alternative Press shortly before he was sentenced to six years in prison last month for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife, Meggan Murphy Lambesis, the singer addressed a claim he made last year in a YouTube video about his spiritual allegiance after fans started saying he had become...
  • U.S. Navy Denies Atheists Application to Become Military Chaplain

    06/01/2014 5:52:26 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | June 1, 2014 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON The United States Navy has denied an application from an outspoken atheist who sought to become a chaplain to the Godless in the military. As previously reported, 38-year-old Jason Heap submitted his application last July, noting that he had earned masters degrees from both Oxford University and Brite Divinity School, with substantial experience in human resources. He also successfully completed the necessary paperwork and all the required physical tests. Heap told reporters at that time that a position as chaplain would be a chance for him to give back to my country."
  • Massachusetts High Court Upholds 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance as Constitutional

    05/12/2014 5:30:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/12/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Atheist parents and students wanted the Pledge of Allegiance banned in schools in Massachusetts because it contains the phrase "under God," but the state's highest court has ruled that reciting it does not violate the commonwealth's constitution or laws. "We hold that the recitation of the pledge, which is entirely voluntary, violates neither the Constitution nor the statute [which prohibits discrimination in Massachusetts public school education] ...," the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said Friday in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. "Simply being offended by something does not make it a violation of the Massachusetts Constitution," said Senior Legal Counsel...
  • Massachusetts: Pledge of Allegiance not religious

    05/09/2014 2:39:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2014 3:41 PM EDT | Paige Sutherland
    The Pledge of Allegiance does not discriminate against atheists and can be recited at the start of the day in public schools, Massachusetts highest court ruled Friday. The Supreme Judicial Court said the words under God in the pledge reflect patriotic practice, not a religious one. They acknowledged that the wording has a religious tinge but said it is fundamentally patriotic and voluntary. The court was ruling in a 2010 lawsuit filed by an atheist family from Acton who claimed that the daily recitation of the pledge in classrooms violated their three childrens equal protection rights under the state constitution,...
  • Saturday Afternoon :)

    04/19/2014 10:24:47 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | 4-19-2014
    Humorist: Brad Stine Tolerate This! "Atheists Are Irrational"
  • Wing and Prayer Decoupled

    03/21/2014 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 19, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    The hot seat just got hotter for Air Force officials at todays [March 14, 2014] House Armed Services hearing. With the backdrop of Scripture scrubbing and Christian harassment at the branchs Academy, a routine budget debate turned into a fireworks display over the Air Forces growing hostility towards faith in the ranks. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Walsh were originally scheduled to talk about branch spending until conservatives intervened, demanding a detailed explanation of the events that unfolded at the Academy. Representatives from Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) to Democrat Mike McIntyre (N.C.)...
  • Christianity already being forced out in Russian-controlled Crimea

    03/17/2014 7:45:53 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 56 replies
    The Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, March 17, 2014 | Judi McLeod
    ...Christian Putin has returned the brutal heel of the Marxism-Leninism ideology which made atheism the official doctrine of the Soviet Union down on the people of Russias newly-acquired Crimea. Throughout the 70-year history of the Soviet Union, Christianity was suppressed and persecuted uninterrupted until Pope John Paul 11, President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher brought down the Iron Curtain and Soviet Communism. {SNIP} The Soviet Union didnt change when it became plain Mother Russia. The KGB tiger called Putin has never changed his stripes. With yesterdays cheers still resounding from the overwhelming 96.77 percent for Crimea to...
  • Who is Richard Greenleaf?

    03/10/2014 5:13:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Authors Note: Those wishing to follow this column should note that the subject of the controversy, a course syllabus, can be accessed here (http://www.uncw.edu/soccrm/documents/proceduresyllabus.pdf). Last Friday I was sitting in my office with a couple of students. We were going over an exam and talking about the schedule for the rest of the semester. While we were talking, I got an unexpected email from another professor. I shared it with my students. After reading it, they begged me to respond and to share my response with others. Because I am a faithful public servant, I decided to honor their request....
  • Atheists Force Woman to Remove Cross Honoring Dead Son

    03/08/2014 9:38:16 AM PST · by Jacob Kell · 98 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | March 8, 2014 | Bobby Eberle
    There has been so much news lately of schools, organizations, and individuals being harassed by atheist groups, but this one sets a new low. In this case, a grieving mother erected a roadside cross where her son was killed, and now an atheist group has forced her to take it down. What is wrong with these people??? As reported by The Press Enterprise, a roadside cross was erected for 19-year-old Anthony Vincent Devaney who in May 2012 was killed crossing a street. A complaint prompted the American Humanist Association in Washington, D.C., to intervene, contending the placement of the symbol...
  • Battle Over World Trade Center Cross Goes to Court

    03/06/2014 12:12:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    WOR 710 AM NYC ^ | Posted Thursday, March 6th 2014 @ 6am
    An atheist group is suing to prevent the World Trade Center Cross from being put on display at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The 17 foot steel crossbeam was found in the wreckage at Ground Zero in the days after the September 11 attacks. For many, the cross was a symbol of hope during a time of tragedy.