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  • Humanist Weddings Outstrip Church of Scotland Ceremonies for First Time

    08/19/2016 8:26:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 18, 2016 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    The number of weddings being performed by the Church of Scotland slipped below the number of humanist ceremonies taking place for the first time last year, latest figures have shown. The decline in church weddings is yet another indication of declining support for the increasingly liberal Kirk. According to figures from the National Records of Scotland 4,290 Humanist wedding ceremonies took place in Scotland in 2015, of which approximately 80 percent (3,378) were conducted by the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS).
  • VANITY: Is Communism Part of the Common Core Curriculum?

    07/28/2016 8:01:20 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 26 replies
    7/28/2016 | Stars & Stripes Forever
    Why so many young people following Bernie?
  • New Jersey student wins court case to keep 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

    02/06/2015 1:51:31 PM PST · by blueyon · 9 replies ^ | 2/06/15 |
    A New Jersey high school senior has won her case to keep "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, defeating atheist attacks that sought to strike the language from the pledge. Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School, declared victory Friday in protecting what she has described as the right of her fellow students to continue reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety. After hearing the teen and her family's case, a state judge dismiss the latest efforts by the American Humanist Association to remove "under God" from the Pledge. The legal battle first began...
  • Humanist group sues NJ school district over 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

    04/22/2014 7:49:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies ^ | 4-22-2014 |
    <p>David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said public schools should not permit an exercise that "teaches students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God."</p> <p>“Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices,” Niose said in a statement.</p>
  • Home schooling without God? Humanists find a way

    07/04/2013 5:47:17 PM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    RNS - Religious News Service ^ | Jul 1, 2013 | Kimberly Winston
    (RNS) When KellyAnne Kitchin began home schooling her three sons three years ago, she had difficulty finding curriculum programs that fit her atheist and humanist beliefs. So Kitchin, 33, cobbled together what she could. She left out one geography textbook’s description of the earth as God’s creation and another’s disdain for Darwin, and substituted her own point of view — that no supernatural powers guide human beings, who alone have the power to improve the world. She also found many online forums for home-schoolers were unwelcoming. Some had statements faith members needed to agree to. On others she was made...
  • Babies left screaming in terror as they are swung round head of 'baby yoga' guru

    02/27/2012 11:06:23 AM PST · by Altariel · 37 replies · 2+ views
    DailyMail ^ | February 27, 2012 | David Baker
    Frightening images of babies as young as two weeks old being flung around a therapist's head have shocked millions around the world. And now the Russian woman filmed spinning the babies by their wrists and ankles has confirmed she hopes to bring the practice to the UK. Lena Fokina can be seen flipping a baby over her head in her bizarre 'baby yoga' routine which has been banned from a number of websites for fear that it glorifies child abuse. Many viewers believed the moves must have been performed on dolls but the 51-year-old says they are definitely real babies...
  • Pennsylvania Court: Guardians Can't Pull the Plug on Mentally Disabled People

    08/30/2010 4:19:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 315 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/30/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Harrisburg, PA ( -- In a ruling involving a mentally disabled man whose legal guardians sought the power to end his medical care, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has determined that state law requires life-preserving treatment for people who are not near death and have not refused treatment. The Alliance Defense Fund and allied pro-life attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 53-year-old David Hockenberry, who has had acute mental disabilities since birth, arguing that his legal guardians should not be allowed to deny him life-preserving treatment while he is not terminal or unconscious.Hockenberry’s guardians unsuccessfully attempted to deny him...
  • In response to Mississippi schoolboard, Humanists pledge $20,000 for LGBT friendly prom.

    03/14/2010 5:45:27 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 22 replies · 1,214+ views ^ | March 13, 2010 | Tucker Phelps
    As most people have already heard, a Mississippi school has canceled its Senior Prom in response to a lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf Constance McMillen, a young girl who was barred from attending the school dance because her choice of date is also female. The chain of events are pretty simple. Back in December Constance inquired about the possibility of bringing her girlfriend to the upcoming event and was told it was against school policy. According to her the rule is meant to prevent non-coupled students from purchasing tickets at a discount price; guest tickets are only $10....
  • Atheist Group Takes "Godless Holiday" Campaign Nationwide

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

    11/23/2009 3:57:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 745+ views
    Sphere ^ | 11/23/2009 | Dana Chivvis
    As Americans gear up for the holiday season, they're fine-tuning wish lists, digging out unfortunate Christmas sweaters and bracing for the onslaught of holiday advertising campaigns. This year adds a new contender to the long list of groups vying for attention, and it comes with a twist. The American Humanist Association today launched its first nationwide "godless holiday campaign." Its slogan: "No God? ... No Problem!" The ads, which show smiling people in Santa hats, will appear first on Washington, D.C., buses and subway trains over Thanksgiving weekend. In early December the campaign will expand to Los Angeles, San Francisco,...
  • Children on atheist billboards 'are actually Evangelical Christians' (UK)

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

    02/18/2009 5:20:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    CMI ^ | February 19, 2009 | Gary Bates
    For example, Dr Eugenie Scott of the staunchly anticreationist National Center for Science Education (NCSE) revealed their agenda when she said: “ … I would describe myself as a humanist or a nontheist. I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day! … What we [such clergy and atheists] have in common is that we want to see evolution taught in the public schools … .”4
  • (Christmas & Holiday) Decoration debate: Vague laws put municipalities in awkward position

    01/12/2009 6:56:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 848+ views
    northjersey ^ | 12.25.08 | ASHLEY KINDERGAN
    Nativity scenes made of real straw. Wise Men 2 feet tall. Menorahs bigger than a human being.   Holiday display in Teaneck. In many North Jersey municipalities, those sacred symbols can be found at the same place people get dog licenses, pay taxes and apply for building permits — town hall.  The display of religious items on public property has long been a charged discussion in American communities, and the case law governing holiday displays is still murky enough to confound local governments trying to create a festive atmosphere for residents.* Fair Lawn for years just lit a holiday tree....

    08/01/2007 9:16:42 PM PDT · by unspun · 84 replies · 1,530+ views
    vanity | 08/01/2007 | unspun
    I hate grays.
  • How Do We Think About What Is Human? (C S Lewis views on humanist future)

    07/06/2007 1:19:54 AM PDT · by restornu · 2 replies · 440+ views
    BYU Forum ^ | (10/24/2006) | Jean Bethke Elshtain
    How Do We Think About What Is Human? A talk on C S Lewis view on the humanist future Tonight on O Riley was this video and the indifference this father had towards his Baby daughter I thought this observation of C S Lewis was chilling and we know in the News we are hearing more deprave interference taking place in the world in which we are living! To think these people get to vote and this is why it is important the Real America wakes up and votes in 2008! Landlord and teaching a baby to about stress and...
  • Atheists Split Over Message

    03/30/2007 6:20:58 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 190 replies · 1,127+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 30,2007 | JAY LINDSAY
    Atheists Split Over Message By JAY LINDSAY BOSTON - Atheists are under attack these days for being too militant, for not just disbelieving in religious faith but for trying to eradicate it. And who's leveling these accusations? Other atheists, it turns out. Among the millions of Americans who don't believe God exists, there's a split between people such as Greg Epstein, who holds the partially endowed post of humanist chaplain at Harvard University, and so-called "New Atheists." Epstein and other humanists feel their movement is on the verge of explosive growth, but are concerned it will be dragged down by...
  • CA: Group:(Fortney 'Pete') Stark is highest-ranking official to declare atheism

    03/13/2007 6:32:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 958+ views
    Secular groups applauded Rep. Pete Stark for publicly acknowledging he does not believe in a supreme being. The declaration, they said, makes the California Democrat the highest-ranking elected official - and first congressman - to publicly claim to be an atheist. The American Humanist Association took out an ad in the Washington Post on Tuesday, congratulating Stark's stance. "With Stark's courageous public announcement of his nontheism, it is our hope that he will become an inspiration for others who have hidden their conclusions for far too long," the group's executive director, Roy Speckhardt, said in a statement. Stark's beliefs garnered...
  • 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...
  • The Big Story

    03/18/2006 6:24:23 AM PST · by jonno · 61 replies · 715+ views
    RZIM ^ | 03/16/06 | Joe Boot
    In modern society it is often considered arrogant and intolerant to suggest that any individual or group knows the truth about the world. Yet as we see from moment to moment in life all around us, truth is inescapable. To reject any worldview is simply to counter it with your own, whatever that may be, or however undeveloped in your own mind. The question is simply, which account of the universe is true? The atheistic evolutionist's and humanist's big story about the human condition is summarized by Oxford zoologist and atheist Richard Dawkins: If the universe were just electrons and...
  • How to be a Perfect Liberal Democrat (vanity)

    02/20/2006 6:30:48 AM PST · by timsbella · 56 replies · 2,059+ views
    email | 20 Feb 2006 | Unknown
    1. You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on demand. 2. You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity. 3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese and North Korean communists. 4. You have to believe that there was no art before Federal funding. 5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical documented changes in the earth's climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUV's. 6. You...
  • US chastity ring funding attacked

    05/17/2005 5:21:10 PM PDT · by ViLaLuz · 9 replies · 963+ views
    BBC News - World Edition ^ | Tuesday, 17 May, 2005 | Not listed
    US chastity ring funding attacked The silver ring is a constant reminder of the abstinence promise The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the US government over its funding of a nationwide sexual abstinence programme.The ACLU says the Silver Ring Thing programme violates the principle that the state budget cannot be used to promote religion. The programme, which targets teenagers, is an offshoot of a Christian ministry. Since 2003, it has received more than $1m from the Department of Health and Human Services. Symbolic ringThe funding is part of a government initiative to expand abstinence-only sex...
  • A humanist future: Now that God is dead (from an Anglican Bishop)

    01/14/2005 2:07:12 PM PST · by ColoCdn · 8 replies · 346+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Wednesday, January 12, 2005 | Richard Holloway
    EDINBURGH The madman in Nietzsche's "Thus Spake Zarathustra," who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours and ran to the market to proclaim the death of God to the scoffing bystanders, realized he had come too early: "My time is not yet. This tremendous event is still on its way. ... It has not yet reached the ears of man." It has reached them now. Its time has come. God is dead. . That may sound like a quixotic claim in a time transfixed by religious controversy, with the devotees of rival gods at each other's throats, but it...
  • Humanists and atheists look to higher profile

    01/06/2005 11:37:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 447+ views
    Stuff (New Zealand) ^ | 04 January 2005
    GENEVA: Humanist and atheist groups around the world are looking to boost their profile in 2005 to counter religious fundamentalism and efforts by some Western leaders to relaunch faith as a keystone of national life.Under pressure from the rise of militant Islam, Vatican activism in the European Union and the re-election of a "born-again" Christian to the White House, they feel they must resist to ensure the ideas of secularism survive and spread. "In the face of the religious onslaught on Humanist values, we have to speak out and get our message over," says Roy Brown, Swiss-based president of the...
  • Why Does Man Feel Justified With His Dictates Upon God?

    10/06/2004 9:19:14 PM PDT · by Radio Bible Guy · 2 replies · 392+ views
    Don Hicks (Radio Bible Guy). ^ | October 6, 2004 | Don Hicks
    When is it “OK” for an innocent bystander to be brutalized at the whim of a common thug? Amid the collection of worldviews we endeavor to rationalize in our pluralistic cultural, brutalizing ones neighbor and stranger alike is still repugnant to most. Who among us, whether atheist, Christian, or secular humanist will praise and commend the actions of a judge who in the name of love and understanding does not penalize the lawbreaking thief, rapist, and murderer. Why is it so difficult for the average person to apply this simple example of reality to God? If the Creator God...
  • Egypt bans Madonna after Israel visit

    09/24/2004 3:32:47 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 32 replies · 846+ views ^ | Friday, September 24, 2004 | Aaron Klein
    Egypt has issued an order barring pop star Madonna from entering the country because she visited Israel. Members of Egypt's parliament have demanded Madonna, who has not requested entry into Egypt or announced any plans to visit the country, be barred from entering Egyptian soil. The parliament directed Egyptian embassies abroad to deny any visa requests from Madonna. The demand comes after Madonna, aka Esther, visited the Jewish state last week making daily headline news with midnight trips to a Jewish cemetery, a quick drive by past the Wailing Wall, and even the arrest of her security detail. The Material...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • Savage: Homosexual activists like Marxists

    02/24/2004 11:53:41 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 24 replies · 528+ views ^ | Wednesday, February 25, 2004
    © 2004 From his perch at the current ground zero in the battle over traditional marriage, San Francisco-based syndicated talk-show star Michael Savage warns one of America's "last institutions" is under attack from radical homosexuals with an agenda that mirror's revolutionary communists. "Gay marriage is an oxymoron," Savage said in comments e-mailed to WND. "It is a mockery of marriage by radical homosexuals who wish to destroy one of the last cornerstones of our culture. Those who have studied the communist agenda understand very well that Karl Marx himself derided marriage and family." He quoted from Marx's Communist Manifesto, which said,...
  • Then Came Federal Aid...

    08/15/2003 4:46:22 PM PDT · by steplock · 2 replies · 185+ views
    Arkansas Publik Skulz ^ | Aug 2003 | Margaret Brogley
    Then Came Federal AidDate: Friday, August 15 @ 16:40:43 Topic Letters to Editor THEN CAME FEDERAL AID by Margaret Brogley For over one hundred years the educrats have used the Hegelian method of creating a problem, then offering a solution that is worse than the original problem. Actually, the problem began in the early nineteenth century when public schools were first formed, but the more visible part came around the end of that century when John Dewey gained control. John Dewey was a dedicated socialist and a humanist. Read the three Humanist Manifestos to understand our problems and why...
  • Atheist To Give Invocation (Do What?)

    03/24/2003 8:26:30 AM PST · by SquirrelKing · 20 replies · 324+ views
    The State ^ | 03/22/03 | AP
    Posted on Sat, Mar. 22, 2003 Atheist to deliver council invocation Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston City Council will open its meeting next week with an invocation by an atheist. Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, asked Councilman Kwadjo Campbell for the opportunity to give the invocation so he could introduce diversity to council meetings. He will give the invocation Tuesday. "The definition of an invocation is 'to call for with fervent desire,' " he said. "What I expect to happen is giving advice to other human beings." Silverman, a mathematics instructor at the...
  • Pillars of Unbelief, Part 1: Kant

    07/02/2002 4:01:48 PM PDT · by JMJ333 · 32 replies · 483+ views
    CERC ^ | Peter Kreeft
    Few philosophers in history have been so unreadable and dry as Immanuel Kant. Yet few have had a more devastating impact on human thought. Kant's devoted servant, Lumppe, is said to have faithfully read each thing his master published, but when Kant published his most important work, “The Critique of Pure Reason,” Lumppe began but did not finish it because, he said, if he were to finish it, it would have to be in a mental hospital. Many students since then have echoed his sentiments. Yet this abstract professor, writing in abstract style about abstract questions, is, I believe, the...