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  • Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62

    12/16/2011 5:22:24 AM PST · by markomalley · 273 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2011 | Hillel Italie
    Cancer weakened, but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. As if granted diplomatic immunity, his mind’s eye looked plainly upon the attack and counterattack of disease and treatments that robbed him of his hair, his stamina, his speaking voice and eventually his life. “I love the imagery of struggle,” he wrote about his illness in an August 2010 essay in Vanity Fair. “I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.” Hitchens, a...
  • Christian Baker Faces Boycott For Refusing to Make Lesbian Cake

    11/16/2011 7:53:28 AM PST · by massmike · 70 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 11/16/2011 | Todd Starnes
    Pro-gay activists have launched a boycott of an Iowa baker who declined to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple based on her religious beliefs. Victoria Childress, the owner of Victoria’s Cake Cottage in Des Moines, has been accused of being anti-gay, homophobic, and a bigot after she refused to make a cake for Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers. Childress told Fox News & Commentary that she made five cakes for the couple to taste – unaware that they were lesbians. “She introduced herself, and I said, ‘Is this your sister?’” Childress said. “She said, ‘No. This is my...
  • New Hampshire Court orders Christian homeschooled girl to attend public school

    08/27/2009 5:51:11 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 66 replies · 3,379+ views
    onenewsnow.com ^ | 8/26/2009 | Pete Chagnon
    A Christian homeschool girl in New Hampshire has been ordered into government-run public school for having "sincerely held" religious beliefs. An attorney working with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has filed motions with a New Hampshire court, asking it to reconsider its order to send the 10-year-old homeschooled girl into public school. According to ADF allied attorney John Anthony Simmons, the court acknowledges that the girl in question is doing well socially and academically, but he adds that the court went too far when they determined that the girl's Christian faith was a "bit too sincerely held and must be...
  • (U.S. Supreme Court) Justices to decide if vets can be honored with cross

    05/25/2009 2:42:41 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 68 replies · 4,644+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 25, 2009 | Washington Times
    Some see it as the universal symbol of sacrifice in World War I, others see it as the undisputed sign of Christianity, but it will be up to the Supreme Court to make a final determination as to whether a 7-foot cross remains standing in a California desert to memorialize war veterans. The cross was first erected in 1934 in what is now the federally protected Mojave Desert Preserve by a group of veterans whose doctors advised them that the desert heat would help them recover from shell shock. Veterans today say this war memorial and others like it across...
  • Partisan Political Christian Bashing Continues

    05/21/2009 8:38:28 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 1 replies · 359+ views
    ChristianADC ^ | Thursday, 21 May 2009 21:07 | ChristianADC
    A Democratic Strategist memo, written by James Vega, entitled, What is ‘Right Wing Extremism?’ is another example of the lies and distortions aimed at defaming Christian conservatives. In the fallout of the discredited department of Homeland Security report on “Right Wing Extremism,” that labeled virtually anyone with an opposing view to the Obama administration as a potential domestic terrorist, this “strategy paper” is supposed to be a thoughtful response. But it only shows the left’s hypocrisy and paranoia. Vega makes slanderous generalizations in an attempt to demonize Christians and conservatives all the while proclaiming that liberals are the potential victims...
  • God-Less Congregations Planned

    03/20/2009 2:50:14 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies · 799+ views
    Slice of Laodicea ^ | 3-19-09 | Ingrid Schlueter
    The atheists and humanists must have been eyeing the benefits of Christian congregations because they now want a piece of the action. To accomplish this, they are establishing God-free, um, church-type places. They want all the benefits of a Christian church without the Christian part. I can save them a great deal of trouble in starting this God-free denomination. All they need to do is find their local mainline Protestant church. Why reinvent the wheel? These atheists, agnostics and humanists will feel right at home on Evolution Sunday, listening to lectures about the glories of man, and they can have...
  • How the secular humanist grinch didn't steal Christmas ; There is NO WAR ON CHRISTMAS (Barf Alert)

    12/24/2008 11:14:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 978+ views
    Salon ^ | Michelle Goldberg
    The right-wing crusade against the liberal "war on Christmas" is great for rallying the troops. Too bad the war doesn't exist. In 1959, the recently formed John Birch Society issued an urgent alert: Christmas was under attack. In a JBS pamphlet titled "There Goes Christmas?!" a writer named Hubert Kregeloh warned, "One of the techniques now being applied by the Reds to weaken the pillar of religion in our country is the drive to take Christ out of Christmas -- to denude the event of its religious meaning." The central front in this perfidious assault was American department stores, where...
  • Fundamentalism And Palin (Annie Sullivan swings his purse)

    11/11/2008 1:22:04 PM PST · by pissant · 38 replies · 296+ views
    Atlantic ^ | 11/11/08 | Andrew Loafers Sullivan
    A reader writes: I love to see you grapple with trying to explain this woman and her thought processes. You are Tcs2 missing something obvious though. She believes in the literal truth of the Bible. She believes it informs on matters of science, biology, evolution, physics, cosmology, etc. So if there are multiple creation versions in the Bible what do you do, make up your own reality. If there are contradictions in it, ignore them. Just like you ignore inconvenient facts about day-to-day life. If you BELIEVE the bible is the literal inerrant word of God what do you do?...
  • Church damaged in shooting spree

    09/04/2008 10:12:16 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 88+ views
    Cincinnati.com | 3 Sept 2008 | Lori Kurtzman
    Another whacked out God-hater shooting at a church. Fortunately, nobody was there at the time. Link to article is below, can't excerpt due to copyright complaints. http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080903/NEWS0107/309030059/1167/NEWS
  • Huckabee Supporters Get Warning Letters

    01/03/2008 8:04:21 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 26 replies · 96+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2 Jan 2008 | Staff Writer
    Iowa pastors who support Republican Mike Huckabee for president have received letters warning them that getting involved in politics could endanger the tax-exempt status of their churches. Several pastors who have publicly backed Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister who has support from many evangelicals, said they have received the letters, which have no return address. They have arrived in the weeks leading to Thursday's precinct caucuses. Two letters were sent to the Rev. Brad Sherman, of Solid Rock Christian Church in Coralville. The first arrived a couple weeks ago and warned that he could be prosecuted for his support of...
  • Woman Escorted Off Bus For Reading Bible Aloud

    12/31/2007 11:30:12 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 212 replies · 578+ views
    CBS 11 News ^ | December 31, 2007 | Carol Cavazos
    FORT WORTH: A passenger on a Fort Worth bus says the T. Bus Service discriminated against her religion. Christine Lutz says she was reading her Bible to her children when the bus driver asked her to stop or get off the bus
  • Scouts' forest chapel torn down after 70 years because it might offend non-Christians[UK]

    06/05/2007 12:23:33 PM PDT · by BGHater · 78 replies · 1,753+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 01 June 2007 | Dan Newling
    For almost 70 years, Scouts and Guides have savoured their place of peaceful worship under the trees. But no longer. The woodland chapel has been demolished - its wooden pews and rudimentary cross and altar removed. In its place is a campfire circle. The change has been imposed by the Scout Association, which believes the chapel excludes non-Christian Scouts. Locals are dismayed, but the association says it is simply "moving forward". The basic open-air structure in woodland surrounding Belchamps Scout Centre in Hockley, Essex, was built between the wars by volunteers. They used old telegraph poles for pews and built...
  • Teachers rebel over atheism promotion/ Gov. K-12 schools incompatible with 1st Amendment

    05/26/2007 8:07:10 AM PDT · by wintertime · 54 replies · 1,272+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | May 25, 2007 | Bob Unruh
    Some teachers in the Albemarle School District in Virginia are rebelling against their managers' orders to hand out to students as young as kindergarten a promotion for a summer camp that advocates for "Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever..." A representative of the teachers talked to WND only on condition that a name and school not be used, and said such advertisements provided by the district to hand out to children violate the teachers' religious beliefs. It was the same school district that WND earlier reported was distributing publicity about a "Pagan Christmas ritual" being held in the community.
  • Heaven-sent for the non-believers

    05/18/2007 9:06:58 AM PDT · by Jakarta ex-pat · 171 replies · 2,335+ views
    The Age.com ^ | 19/05/07
    ROOT OF ALL EVIL? THE God Delusion - based on Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion - is the best documentary I've ever seen. And, I imagine, will ever see. No jokes. No smart-arse cracks. No witty asides. Dawkins is a scientist and passionate atheist who has produced a stunning, thoroughly researched and expertly executed work that flatly denies the existence of God and illustrates what a destructive force religion is. Even in its mildest form. This provocative and entertaining ride will have some believers coming out the other end as atheists. And every Bible basher, Torah toter and Koran...
  • Atheism Isn't the Final Word

    04/16/2007 7:20:28 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 150 replies · 2,357+ views
    USA Today Opinion ^ | 16 April 2007 | Don Feder
    Excerpted from http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2007/04/post_47.html USA Today has complained about copyright issues, so cut and paste the link to read the full article: -------------------------------------------------------- My local Barnes & Noble has the following titles on display — Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam ; The Quotable Atheist; Letter To A Christian Nation; God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist; and The God Delusion, which is a New York Times best-seller. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., has become the first member of Congress to announce that he doesn't believe in God. He's probably just looking for a...
  • Chocolate Jesus Show Canceled

    03/30/2007 11:38:24 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 56 replies · 521+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) - A planned Holy Week exhibition of a nude, anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ was canceled Friday amid a choir of complaining Catholics that included Cardinal Edward Egan. The "My Sweet Lord" display was shut down by the hotel that houses the Lab Gallery in midtown Manhattan, said Matt Semler, the gallery's creative director. Semler said he submitted his resignation after officials at the Roger Smith Hotel shut down the show. The six-foot sculpture was the victim of "a strong-arming from people who haven't seen the show, seen what we're doing," Semler said. "They jumped...
  • ABC Can't Decide Whether Christ-as-a-Dog Offensive

    03/24/2007 6:24:26 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 150 replies · 2,806+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Can you believe it? ABC displayed a painting depicting Mohammed as a dog, and then had the temerity/stupidity to ask if Muslims would find it offensive. Actually, you can't believe it. ABC did no such thing -- nor is it conceivable they would do so. But displaying a painting depicting Christ as a dog, and wondering whether anyone would find it offensive? Sure. Happened today on Good Morning America. The show ran a segment on a painting by someone named Ron Burns who has recreated da Vinci's Last Supper with dogs substituted for Jesus and his disciples. Even more than...
  • Federal court says prayer is OK, but ‘mere worship’ not protected by the First Amendment

    03/23/2007 5:17:47 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 24 replies · 953+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 23 March 2007 | Quin Hillyer
    WASHINGTON (Map, News) - There they go again! The hard-left majority of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals tried again earlier this month to create out of thin air a constitutional principle of hostility to religion. It ought not succeed. In the case of Faith Center Church Evangelistic Ministries v. Glover, the majority overturned a perfectly reasonable preliminary injunction issued by a district court. The injunction ordered the Antioch Library in Contra Costa to allow Faith Center the same opportunity to use library meeting rooms that Democratic Party groups and other community organizations enjoy, at least until the court can...
  • In show of sensitivity, schools chief renames Easter events

    03/23/2007 5:09:23 AM PDT · by Ellesu · 63 replies · 1,906+ views
    projo.com ^ | 03/23/07 | Gina Macris
    TIVERTON — The Easter Bunny was to have made a stop at a craft fair at the Tiverton Middle School tomorrow, appearing for photos with students as part of a fundraising effort sponsored by the school’s Parent-Teacher Council. But Schools Supt. William Rearick called a halt to the use of the word “Easter” at a school event, just as the word “Christmas” is out of bounds in school publications and activities. Instead of the Easter Bunny, the Parent-Teacher Council booth will offer photos with Peter Rabbit. Similarly, Rearick said, he has told officials of the Tiverton Land Trust that a...
  • By gum, by golly, but not by God (God prohibited in Idaho Senate)

    03/22/2007 8:51:56 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 38 replies · 676+ views
    Times-News ^ | March 22, 2007 | Jared S. Hopkins
    BOISE - Thou shalt not invoke the name of God, at least not on the floor of the state Senate. In less than one week, there have been two hiccups involving God references by senators. Last week, longtime Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo, criticized Sen. Eliot Werk, D-Boise, for using the phrase "by God" while debating against a bill. Darrington called such language "unprecedented." The violation of Senate Rule 41 regarding language defined only as "exceptional words" was acknowledged by Senate Pro Tem Bob Geddes, R-Soda Springs, who was filling in as Senate president for Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, and recorded...
  • Without God, Gall Is Permitted

    01/05/2007 2:07:33 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 229 replies · 2,465+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 January 2007 | SAM SCHULMAN
    ....What is new about the new atheists? It's not their arguments. Spend as much time as you like with a pile of the recent anti-religion books, but you won't encounter a single point you didn't hear in your freshman dormitory. It's their tone that is novel. Belief, in their eyes, is not just misguided but contemptible, the product of provincial minds, the mark of people who need to be told how to think and how to vote -- both of which, the new atheists assure us, they do in lockstep with the pope and Jerry Falwell. For them, belief in...
  • A Mission to Convert (Dawkin's "God Delusion")

    01/04/2007 9:31:34 AM PST · by hocndoc · 177 replies · 2,097+ views
    New York Book Review ^ | January 11, 2007 | H. Allen Orr
    Scientists' interest in religion seems to come in waves. One arrived after the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species in 1859. Another followed in the 1930s and 1940s, inspired by surprising revelations from quantum mechanics, which suggested the insufficiency of conventional physical theories of the universe. And now scientists are once again writing about religion, apparently provoked this time by the controversy surrounding intelligent design. . . . Richard Dawkins, the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, has given us The God Delusion, an extended polemic against faith, which will be considered at length...
  • Atheists challenge the religious right

    01/03/2007 6:19:54 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 210 replies · 4,865+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4 January 2007 | Jane Lampman
    In bestselling books, on websites, and with a national lobbying effort, atheists and other nontheists are challenging the growing religious influence in government and public life. Some are attacking the foundations of religion itself. Two particularly provocative books, in fact, hit the top of Publishers Weekly's religion bestseller list in December. No. 1, "The God Delusion," by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, and No. 2, "Letter to a Christian Nation," by writer Sam Harris, are no-holds-barred, antireligion polemics that call for the eradication of all manifestations of faith. "I am attacking God, all gods, anything and everything supernatural, wherever and whenever...
  • Vandals Storm Creches Nationwide - Baby Jesus Smashed, Dismembered, Desecrated

    12/21/2006 5:43:40 PM PST · by wagglebee · 71 replies · 2,089+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/21/06 | LifeSiteNews
    WASHINGTON, December 21, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Catholic League is reporting vandalism to nativity scenes across the United States. Figures from nativity scenes were stolen or vandalized in Tucson, AZ ; Millbrae, CA; Mission Viejo, CA; Moorpark, CA; San Francisco, CA; Naugatuck, CT; Waterbury, CT (Jesus was taken, but one of the arms was left behind); Fort Walton Beach, FL; Des Moines, IA; Sioux City, IA; Ammon, ID; Chicago, IL (32 figures of baby Jesus were nabbed-they were later dumped on the lawn of a Catholic church); Jackson County, IL (two incidents); Tinley Park, IL; Floyd County, IN; Fort Wayne,...
  • Desecration of Virgin Mary statue investigated

    12/20/2006 8:41:52 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 336+ views
    The Evening Sun ^ | 12/20/2006 | MIKE HOOVER
    Police are trying to link a black sweatshirt found on the rooftop of Stewartstown Presbyterian Church to the culprits who used a nylon rope to hang a plastic statue of the Virgin Mary from an overhanging light fixture. The sweatshirt was most likely used to hide the 21Ú2 foot statute from view when it was stolen from a home on Sycamore Lane, a few blocks away from the church, said Stewartstown Police Chief George Cunningham. The sweatshirt was found on the roof and was not there a few weeks ago when church officials inspected for leaks, he said. Based on...
  • 'Not a pretty sight' A Virgin Mary statue was found hanging at Stewartstown Presbyterian Church.

    12/19/2006 8:49:11 PM PST · by lightman · 121 replies · 1,631+ views
    York Daily Record ^ | 18 December A.D. 2006 | Brent Burkey
    'Not a pretty sight' A Virgin Mary statue was found hanging at Stewartstown Presbyterian Church. By BRENT BURKEY Daily Record/Sunday News Article Launched: 12/19/2006 06:04:14 AM rd/Sunday News Article Launched: 12/19/2006 06:04:14 AM EST Dec 19, 2006 — Lori Adams went to work early Monday morning and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. But someone else did and told the church secretary that a Virgin Mary lawn ornament was hanging by the neck in the parking lot of Stewartstown Presbyterian Church. "It was not a pretty sight when I came into work this morning," said Adams, who added that...
  • ACLU targets Christmas (AGAIN!!!!)

    11/28/2006 8:07:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 53 replies · 1,530+ views
    American Center for Law and Justice ^ | Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel
    The ACLU is at it again. With an outrageous boldness that only they could muster, the ACLU has set their sights on Christmas ... In their never-ending quest to completely eradicate all things religious from public life, the ACLU's latest lawsuit is an all-out frontal attack on the freedom of speech. Let me ask you - when did a children's Christmas program become illegal? When did the nativity story and Christmas songs become unconstitutional? Because this is the dangerous charge the ACLU has leveled. A children's Christmas program has been deemed unconstitutional by the ACLU. I have assembled a senior...
  • Group says faith eroding science (Concerned that voice of secularism growing ever fainter)

    11/16/2006 6:07:08 AM PST · by NYer · 45 replies · 931+ views
    Journal Gazette ^ | November 15, 2006 | Marc Kaufman
    WASHINGTON – Concerned that the voice of science and secularism is growing ever fainter in the White House, on Capitol Hill and in culture, a group of prominent scientists and advocates of church-state separation on Tuesday announced formation of a Washington think tank designed to promote “rationalism” as the basis of public policy.The brainchild of Paul Kurtz, founder of the Center for Inquiry-Transnational, the small public policy office will lobby and sometimes litigate on behalf of science-based decision making and against religion in government affairs.The announcement was accompanied by release of a “Declaration in Defense of Science and Secularism,” which...
  • Elton John Wants to Ban Religion (Because It Promotes Hatred of Gays)

    11/12/2006 6:39:27 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 108 replies · 3,111+ views
    PoliPundit ^ | 11/102006
    Sir Elton John wants religion banned completely – because he believes it promotes hatred of gays. Speaking to the Observer Music Monthly Magazine the singer said religion lacked compassion and turned people into “hateful lemmings". The PRESS ASSOCIATION reports: In a candid interview for a dedicated Gay issue of the magazine he shared his views on topics as varied as being a pop icon to Tony Blair’s stance on the war in Iraq. He said there was a lack of religious leadership, particularly in world politics, and complained that people do not take to the streets to protest any more....
  • `Crosses' Lawsuit Dismissed (Las Cruces, NM)

    11/10/2006 8:10:09 AM PST · by CedarDave · 12 replies · 690+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 10, 2006 | Bruce Daniels
    Federal judge denies effort to remove symbol from Las Cruces logo. U.S. District Judge Robert Brack has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Las Cruces resident Paul Weinbaum seeking to remove Christian crosses from city logos and vehicles, and Weinbaum has vowed to appeal, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported today on its Web site. Brack acknowledged in a 30-page opinion released Thursday that it was a difficult call, the Sun-News reported. "Under any theory or application of the First Amendment to a governmental display of a religious symbol, the difficult question is to draw the line," Brack wrote. But Brack went...
  • Nearly half of Americans uncertain God exists: poll

    11/01/2006 7:56:52 AM PST · by presidio9 · 113 replies · 1,946+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/31/06
    Nearly half of Americans are not sure God exists, according to a poll that also found divisions among the public on whether God is male or female or whether God has a human form and has control over events. The survey conducted by Harris Poll found that 42 percent of US adults are not "absolutely certain" there is a God compared to 34 percent who felt that way when asked the same question three years ago. Among the various religious groups, 76 percent of Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics and 30 percent of Jews said they are "absolutely certain" there...
  • NYT- Religion Not Source of 'Moral Codes'

    10/31/2006 6:13:36 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 51 replies · 1,054+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 10/31/06 | warner todd huston
    The Times sets their premise quite straightforwardly with their very first sentence in a recent discussion of a new theory on the source of morals being promulgated by Harvard biologist, Marc D. Hauser. Who doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong? Yet that essential knowledge, generally assumed to come from parental teaching or religious or legal instruction, could turn out to have a quite different origin. What follows is several slaps at religion, the Times asserting that religion has nothing to do with morals short of serving as "social enforcers of instinctive moral behavior". But the Times seems not...
  • LA Times Columnist Joel Stein: Christianity is a "Death Cult"

    10/28/2006 7:08:27 PM PDT · by infoguy · 89 replies · 2,843+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 28 October 2006 | Dave Pierre
    An October 17, 2006, op-ed by Los Angeles Times columnist Joel "I Don't Support Our Troops" Stein condescendingly slams Christianity as a "death cult." Writing a lippy account of a Presbyterian service he had recently attended, Stein belches, "The first thing I noticed about church was how much like PBS it was. The lighting was dim, the speakers talked slowly, the songs were dated, there were a lot of references to reading material and every so often my eye line was interrupted by envelopes asking me to donate money. Also, I kept falling asleep." And (bold added), "I'd never realized...
  • Gold cross is removed from Wiliam and Mary chapel altar

    10/28/2006 9:45:00 AM PDT · by Doctor Raoul · 66 replies · 1,980+ views
    Daily Press, Hampton Roads, VA ^ | October 28, 2006 | SETH FREEDLAND
    WILLIAMSBURG -- College of William and Mary officials removed a 2-foot-high gold cross from the altar of the Sir Christopher Wren Building chapel this week, in an effort to modify the historic chapel into a nondenominational space. The cross is now kept in a nearby storage closet, near communion wine bottles and other religious articles.
  • Cross removed to make Wren Chapel less 'faith-specific'

    10/26/2006 6:07:52 PM PDT · by kubla · 72 replies · 1,921+ views
    The Flat Hat ^ | October 6, 2006 | Angela Cota
    The cross from the altar area of the Wren Chapel has been removed to ensure that the space is seen as a nondenominational area, Melissa Engimann, assistant director for Historic Campus, said in an e-mail to Wren building employees. “In order to make the Wren Chapel less of a faith-specific space, and to make it more welcoming to students, faculty, staff and visitors of all faiths, the cross has been removed from the altar area,” Engimann said.
  • God knows why faith is thriving [- Dinesh D'Souza]

    10/24/2006 7:40:57 PM PDT · by Harrius Magnus · 64 replies · 1,500+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/22/2006 | Dinesh D'Souza
    A group of leading atheists is puzzled by the continued existence and vitality of religion. As biologist Richard Dawkins puts it in his new book "The God Delusion," faith is a form of irrationality, what he terms a "virus of the mind." Philosopher Daniel Dennett compares belief in God to belief in the Easter Bunny. Sam Harris, author of "The End of Faith" and now "Letter to a Christian Nation," professes amazement that hundreds of millions of people worldwide profess religious beliefs when there is no rational evidence for any of those beliefs. Biologist E.O. Wilson says there must be...
  • In us we trust (Ithaca's "atheist" Jews call for Church-State Separation)

    10/12/2006 8:29:30 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 29 replies · 686+ views
    ©Ithaca Times 2006 ^ | 10/11/2006 | Diana Denner
    Kol Haverim, a humanistic Jewish congregation in Ithaca, will be hosting a discussion on increasing the scope and improving the decorum of non-theistic viewpoints in this country Oct. 13 at Kendal at 4 p.m. and Lifelong at 7:30 p.m. The presenter will be Lori Lipman Brown, a lawyer and former Nevada state senator. She will address issues that arise out of what she says is inappropriate incursion of religion into civil law. Brown lobbies U.S. Congressional representatives on such issues, and is the new director for the Secular Coalition of America, an advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. "Our mission...
  • Fighting Words For A Secular America Ashcroft & Friends VS. George Washington & The Framers

    10/07/2006 5:02:57 PM PDT · by restornu · 61 replies · 1,262+ views
    MS Magazine ^ | Fall 2004 | by Robin Morgan
    Alert: Americans who honor the U.S. Constitution’s strict separation of church and state are now genuinely alarmed. Agnostics and atheists, as well as observant people of every faith, fear — sensibly — that the religious right is gaining historic political power, via an ultraconservative movement with highly placed friends. But many of us feel helpless. We haven’t read the Founding Documents since school (if then). We lack arguing tools, “verbal karate” evidence we can cite in defending a secular United States. For instance, such extremists claim — and, too often, we ourselves assume — that U.S. law has religious...
  • European Court Rules German Home School Ban Okay

    09/28/2006 6:42:59 AM PDT · by CAWats · 45 replies · 854+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 28, 2006 | By Nathan Burchfiel
    (CNSNews.com) - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Sept. 18 ruled that German restrictions on religious-motivated home-schooling do not violate human rights, a decision that American religious rights groups fear could influence U.S. domestic policy. Some American religious rights groups worry that the decision could influence U.S. policy on religious home schooling by encouraging liberal-minded judges who increasingly rely on international law instead of American law.
  • Why the 'U' [of Minnesota] shouldn't present 'The Pope and the Witch' play

    09/24/2006 8:55:55 AM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies · 632+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | Sep. 24, 2006 | Pat Phillips
    I am writing in response to the Pioneer Press' editorial "Play is no threat to Catholic Church" (Sept. 20). The editorial argues from two premises: a. free speech is good, and b. the Catholic Church is big enough to take it. Before moving on to what I believe are issues that are more critical, let's look at those. Free speech, used responsibly, is good! There are laws against slander and libel. The Supreme Court says one may not shout "fire" in a crowded theater. So who gets to say what is responsible? Well, in a sense we all, collectively, do....
  • In defense of radical Christianity [Why Rosie is wrong]

    09/17/2006 4:11:47 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 32 replies · 1,553+ views
    In a bizarre turn towards the strange, Rosie O'Donnell and violent Islamic Clerics across the world bound themselves together this week in a bit of ideology that not only defied common sense, but also is insanely wrong. Muslims are brainwashed by their spiritual leaders in countries where free and independent education is unavailable - to a certain extent this explains how easily they can be whipped into a frothy frenzy over the Pope quoting from an historical debate. But what's Rosie's excuse? On Wednesday the big-mouthed-wonder uttered, "And as a result of the (9-11) attack and the killing of 3000...
  • O'Donnell on ABC: 'Radical Christians' no different than murderous radical Muslims

    09/14/2006 6:00:10 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 88 replies · 3,662+ views
    AFA | American Family Association
    Neither O'Donnell nor ABC has apologized ABC's Rosie O'Donnell told a nationwide audience this week that "radical Christians" are the same as radical Muslims who piloted hijacked jetliners into New York's Twin Towers, who chop off the heads of individuals and who bomb innocent children in suicide attacks. O'Donnell made her comments as host of ABC's "The View." "Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state," O'Donnell said. She had been saying that America was attacked "not by a nation." She continued: "And as a result...
  • Rosie O’Donnell: ‘Radical Christianity is Just as Threatening as Radical Islam’

    09/13/2006 8:34:41 AM PDT · by Sopater · 202 replies · 5,557+ views
    News Busters ^ | September 12, 2006 - 17:06. | Scott Whitlock
    Rosie O’Donnell, the new host of "The View," restrained herself for exactly one week before letting fly with her extreme liberalism. On the September 12 edition, in response to fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s comment that militant Islam is a grave threat, O’Donnell stated that "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America." The comedienne also attacked America’s response to 9/11: O’Donnell: "We were attacked not by a nation. And as a result of the attack and the killing of nearly 3,000 innocent people we invaded two countries and killed innocent people in their countries."...
  • Five years after 9/11, the ACLU considers Christians the terrorists

    09/11/2006 5:57:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies · 1,333+ views
    townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2006 | Alan Sears
    Joe Cook has long since apologized for what he said last summer. Although he is director of the Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and strenuously opposed to anything resembling prayer in public schools or God in public life, he says he wasn’t speaking for the ACLU – or, curiously, even for himself – when he said what he said. He said it about some teachers, students, and school board members in Tangipahoa Parish who, on infrequent occasions, have offered public, “sectarian” prayers in their classrooms, at school banquets, or to open board meetings. “They [the Christians] have...
  • How Britain is turning Christianity into a crime

    09/09/2006 1:27:43 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 30 replies · 1,192+ views
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | Sept. 7 , 2006 | Melanie Phillips
    How long will it be before Christianity becomes illegal in Britain? This is no longer the utterly absurd and offensive question that on first blush it would appear to be. An evangelical Christian campaigner, Stephen Green was arrested and charged last weekend with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. So what was this behaviour? Merely trying peacefully to hand out leaflets at a gay rally in Cardiff. So what was printed on those leaflets that was so threatening, abusive or insulting that it attracted the full force of the law? Why, none other than the majestic words of...
  • ACLU Loses In Latest Boy Scout Attack

    09/09/2006 6:54:19 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 79 replies · 2,111+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 9 Sep 06 | John Stephenson
    Via BSALegal.Org An atheist mother represented by the ACLU complained that allowing Boy Scouts to recruit in public schools on the same basis as other groups discriminated against her atheist son who attends Portland public schools. In today's decision reversing a lower court decision, the Oregon Supreme Court emphatically concluded that "nothing that occurred in any public school program, service, or activity was discriminatory at all." "Giving Boy Scouts equal access is not discrimination," said Scouting spokesperson Robert H. Bork, Jr. "It is the law." "The First Amendment and two federal statues require that Boy Scouts be given the same...
  • Judge halts Bible giveaway at Mo. school

    09/07/2006 10:51:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 112 replies · 1,754+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/7/06 | Jeff Douglas - ap
    ST. LOUIS - A federal judge ordered a small-town school to suspend a program that gives free Bibles to students, saying it improperly promotes Christianity. U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Perry also scolded school officials for continuing the program after warnings that it violated the Constitution. South Iron Elementary in Annapolis, a town of 300 in southeastern Missouri, has quietly allowed Gideons International to hand out Bibles to fifth-graders for years. After concerns were raised last year, the then-superintendent consulted with the district's attorneys and insurance company and recommended that the handouts stop, but the school board voted to continue...
  • The pope (JPII) as Assassin

    09/05/2006 2:26:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 380+ views
    CWNews Off the Record ^ | September 5, 2006 | Diogenes
    The city of Paris renamed the plaza outside of Notre Dame Cathedral after Pope John Paul II and the AZT-for-Lunch Bunch is livid. Among the groups whose members turned up on Sunday to protest the French capital's official honoring of the late pope: Act Up - Paris, the Pink Panthers, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Secularism-Ecology Association. Some handed out flyers denouncing the proceedings. Sharply criticizing the mayor, some called out: "Delanoë is honoring an assassin!" A statement issued by the gay-and-lesbian activist group the Pink Panthers linked the "words and actions" of John-Paul II with "a far-right...
  • Democrats push for own religious voice

    09/04/2006 9:19:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 915+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/06 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON - David Wilhelm once drew hisses when he suggested that Christians could be Republicans or Democrats. Years later, Wilhelm is spreading that message again, and he's hoping for a better response this time. With a leading poll showing only one in four Americans viewing the Democratic Party as friendly to religion, Wilhelm and a broad-based group of Christian Democratic activists are starting an Internet effort to organize religious voters whose views might be compatible with Democrats. The site, http://www.FaithfulDemocrats.com, will go online Tuesday and showcase theologians, party strategists, political leaders and bloggers in hopes of conducting a national discussion...
  • Air America Network in Turmoil: Mike Malloy and Lyndon LaRouche

    08/31/2006 12:37:35 PM PDT · by rface · 102 replies · 4,429+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Aug 31, 2006 | Cliff Kincaid
    Liberal Air America radio host Mike Malloy had his show abruptly “terminated” on Wednesday, allegedly for financial reasons. The network is failing but there could be another factor behind the Malloy debacle. There is still fallout from Malloy’s recent decision to turn over two-and-a-half hours of his three hour show to a former associate of ex-con Lyndon LaRouche, a perennial candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination who campaigns against what he views as British and Zionist control of the U.S. political system. The LaRouche organization is frequently labeled as a cult. The former high-level LaRouche associate, Webster Griffin Tarpley, was...