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  • John Jay study: Catholic Church unfairly targeted on "clergy sex abuse"?

    11/16/2007 10:08:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies · 83+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Nov 16 2007 | John L Allen Jr
    A study presented to the [U.S. Catholic] bishops on Monday by Karen Terry and Margaret Smith of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the "causes and context" of the [sex abuse] crisis....said the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, which peaked numerically in the mid-1970s, for the most part reflected "overall changes in behavior, attitudes, and media representations in American society during this time period." "This is in conflict with the idea that there is something distinctive about the Catholic church that led to the sexual abuse of minors," Terry said. [snip] ...During a press briefing on...
  • [DNC Chair Howard]Dean rips GOP at G.A.(United Jewish Communities' General Assembly)

    11/14/2007 10:31:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 106+ views
    JTA ^ | November 12, 2007
    Democratic leader Howard Dean blasted the GOP's lack of diversity in a speech to Jewish communal leaders. Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, also appeared to criticize the practice of including an invocation of Jesus at the end of pre-game prayers at scholastic sporting events. Dean made the remark Sunday during a decidedly partisan speech at the opening plenary of the United Jewish Communities' General Assembly in Nashville. He painted the Republican Party as religiously and racially exclusive. His speech to the 3,500 Jewish communal leaders in attendance followed an address by the University of Tennessee's basketball coach, Bruce...
  • Board pulls out of program (Operation Christmas Child); Organizers try to understand reasoning

    11/08/2007 3:15:43 PM PST · by Heartofsong83 · 22 replies · 392+ views
    North Bay Nugget ^ | 10/08/07 | Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles
    Board pulls out of program; Organizers try to understand reasoning Posted By Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles The Nugget Posted 10 hours ago Rose Haufe doesn't buy the reason given by the area's largest school board to no longer support Operation Christmas Child. The Powassan resident told The Nugget Tuesday the project is "simply caring for people and is beyond any religious boundaries." "I'm trying to think of their motivation, but I can't think of why they wouldn't want to do this," Haufe said. "When a child gives they never forget. It's a lesson they need to learn. It teaches them there's others...
  • Secularist Conference Poster in NY to Combat Religious Faith (My Title)

    08/24/2007 12:55:48 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 60 replies · 749+ views
    Conference Poster : The Secular Society and Its Enemies
  • The New New Atheism

    07/15/2007 9:30:08 PM PDT · by gpapa · 5 replies · 559+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | July 16, 2007 | PETER BERKOWITZ
    Attacking "God" has become a lucrative book business. But there's not much substance behind the latest atheist tracts. There is nothing new under the sun," proclaims the Book of Ecclesiastes. The rise of the new new atheism confirms this ancient biblical wisdom. Of course the famous words of Ecclesiastes should not be taken in a slavishly literal sense, a technique that is all-too-common among those who think they can refute belief in God by showing that the Bible abounds in demonstrably false and self-contradictory statements.
  • Scientific fundamentalists

    06/26/2007 7:53:36 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 21 replies · 690+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/24/07 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    I participated in two debates this week, and between them learned a great deal about the nature of science and religion in our time. The first debate, on the subject of religion, was with Richard Dawkins, the famous evolutionary biologist and atheist, in Toronto. The second, in New York, was with a leading Jewish-Christian missionary on whether Jesus died for our sins. What startled me was how, in the religion debate, although my adversary and I challenged each other's most sacredly held beliefs, there was no offense taken on either side. Less so was there any acrimony directed toward me...
  • The mother's war (Columnist Vox Day on Mother's Day, Secularization, Jihad and Feminism)

    05/14/2007 3:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 819+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 14, 2007 | Vox Day
    Mother's Day is, to be honest, somewhat of an annoyance. It's manifestly one of those tedious Hallmark holidays wherein everyone is supposed to run out and support the revenue stream of cardboard manufacturers in the name of expressing gratitude to mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else to whom we might be related. I imagine it won't be long until Sept. 18 is declared Anonymous Sperm Donor's Day, which will probably be celebrated by giving matching card sets to one's two mommies and lighting a candle for dear old anonymous sperm donor, whoever he might be. Mothers are not only important,...
  • Turkish Ruling Party Warns Army

    04/28/2007 4:00:45 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 358+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-28-2007
    Turkish ruling party warns army Turkey's army chief (left) is said to have talked to the PM by phone Turkey's ruling party has sharply criticised an army threat to intervene in politics, saying the military must remain under civilian control. Cemil Cicek, spokesman for the Islamist-rooted party, was commenting after an unusual statement by the army vowing to defend the secular system. The army, which led coups in the past, said it was concerned by the party's choice of presidential candidate. Mr Cicek said any army intervention was "inconceivable in a democratic state". "The chief of the general staff is...
  • ATHEISTS WON'T SAVE EUROPE

    04/19/2007 4:11:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies · 1,478+ views
    Grasstops USA ^ | April 18, 2007 | Don Feder
    An article in The Wall Street Journal (April 12) breathlessly informs us of the latest fad on the Incredible Shrinking Continent -- "As Religious Strife Grows, Europe's Atheists Seize Pulpit: Islam's Rise Gives Boost To Militant Unbelievers; The Celebrity Hedonist," the headline teases. The "Celebrity Hedonist," isn't geriatric frat-boy Hugh Hefner, but Michel Onfray, a 48-year-old author dubbed "France's high-priest of atheism" in the Journal piece. Reporter Andrew Higgins describes the doyen of disbelief -- commander of the faith-less -- strutting onto the stage of Caen's 500-seat Alexis de Tocqueville auditorium, dressed in black from head to toe, to deliver...
  • 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...
  • Former ACLU Official Charged With Child-Porn Possession

    02/28/2007 5:28:31 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 4 replies · 202+ views
    CitizenLink Magazine ^ | 2-27-2007 | Focus On The Family - CitizenLink
    -27-2007 Former ACLU Official Charged With Child-Porn Possession The former president of the Virginia American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, ABC News reported. A criminal complaint against Charles Rust-Tierney said federal investigators found evidence of multiple subscriptions to child-porn sites on his computer. In addition, court papers noted that confiscated CD-ROMs contained graphic images of rape against prepubescent girls. Rust-Tierney opposed restrictions on Internet access in Virginia public libraries, arguing that people should be trusted to act responsibly. "The default should be maximum, unrestricted access to the valuable resources of the...
  • 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...
  • Traitors to the Enlightenment - Europe turns its back on Socrates, Locke, et al.

    10/02/2006 6:28:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 3,038+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 02, 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    October 02, 2006, 6:02 a.m. Traitors to the EnlightenmentEurope turns its back on Socrates, Locke, et al. By Victor Davis Hanson The first Western Enlightenment of the Greek fifth-century B.C. sought to explain natural phenomena through reason rather than superstition alone. Ethics were to be discussed in the realm of logic as well as religion. Much of what Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, and the Sophists thought may today seem self-evident, if not at times nonsensical. But that century was the beginning of the uniquely Western attempt to bring to the human experience empiricism, self-criticism, irony, and tolerance in thinking. The...
  • Bold Secular Arab Woman (Powerful video)

    10/01/2006 8:26:55 PM PDT · by Kay · 18 replies · 924+ views
    Al-Jazeera TV ^ | February 21, 2006 | Wafa Sultan
    This is a video of a brave Arab woman speaking passionately against violent Muslims on Al-Jazeera TV. I'm surprised they allowed her to speak and I wonder if she is still alive today.
  • Blessing Of School May Have Done More Harm To Students Than Good

    09/09/2006 8:49:37 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 36 replies · 1,192+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 9 September 2006 | Dan Birtcher
    Blessing of school may have done more harm to students than good Saturday, September 09, 2006 I write regarding the Aug. 27 blessing of Woodward Park Middle School and the Aug. 31 editorial "No harm done." Even if I grant that the 180 people who took part in this blessing were legally exercising their free-speech rights and that no unconstitutional mixing of church and state occurred, I am far from convinced that no harm was done. Can you cite any empirical studies proving that such blessing ceremonies are safe and effective? If you can’t, is it possible that students who...
  • Katherine Harris: God Didn't Want Secular U.S.

    08/27/2006 7:01:21 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 411 replies · 3,815+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 27 August 2006
    U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris told a religious journal that separation of church and state is "a lie" and God and the nation's founding fathers did not intend the country be "a nation of secular laws." The Florida Republican candidate for U.S. Senate also said that if Christians are not elected, politicians will "legislate sin," including abortion and gay marriage. Harris made the comments - which she clarified Saturday - in the Florida Baptist Witness, the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention, which interviewed political candidates and asked them about religion and their positions on issues. Separation of church...
  • Does 'Separation of Church and State' really exist?

    07/24/2006 11:08:37 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 60 replies · 1,070+ views
    RenewAmerica.us ^ | 7/24/06 | warner todd huston
    Secularists today have a catch phrase that they use like a club against religion in America. That club is named "The Separation of Church and State." So many Americans have heard the phrase that they think it is one actually written right into the Constitution of the United States. Those who are more learned on the subject realize it is not. In fact, those who are learned on the subject know that it wasn't mentioned in any law, or even in the halls of Congress, until long after the Constitution was written. In fact, there was not much attention paid...
  • Secular Jews seek their own version of halakha [Judaism Without G-D]

    06/18/2006 6:44:23 PM PDT · by Alouette · 6 replies · 237+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 19, 2006 | Yair Sheleg
    Shai Zarhi and Itamar Lapid want to take the renaissance of secular interest in Judaism to an unprecedented level: Now that secular study centers (batei midrash), rituals and prayers have been developed, Zarhi and Lapid, both from the Midrasha at the kibbutz movement's Seminar Oranim (the secular beit midrash that helped pioneer the phenomenon), are talking about fashioning a secular halakha, or Jewish legal code - a detailed code that, like religious halakha, will include a punctilious formulation of dos and don'ts, according to secular principles. Lapid, to be precise, refers to an "Israeli halakha," because in his vision, religious...
  • Troubled teens: Hitler king of Israel

    06/15/2006 9:18:36 AM PDT · by Alouette · 16 replies · 861+ views
    YNet ^ | June 15, 2006 | Natasha Mozgovia
    Call for help: High-risk teenagers, mostly new immigrants, use swastikas, racial slurs to convey their emotions; draw pictures of wounded ultra-Orthodox man saying ‘Hail Hitler’ and another calling for 'death to Jews.' Educators: Using Nazi symbols became most effective way of protest for them The repeated cases of swastikas spray-painted in synagogues and in public places, which naturally caused a storm all around Israel, do not surprise education experts who work with new immigrant high-risk teens. Nazi symbols and anti-Semite slurs have become the main and most effective means of protest against the injustice they feel they are subject to...