Keyword: secularhumanism

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  • Florida school district replaces football chaplains with "life coaches"

    08/26/2014 4:02:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-26-14 | Todd Starnes
    Troy Schmidt’s jaw dropped. A few minutes before, he had been preparing to start his seventh year as chaplain for the Olympia High School football team in Florida. But now, those plans had been changed – radically changed. “I received a call from the coach,” Schmidt told me. “He said Orange County Public Schools is no longer allowed to have chaplains as a part of the football program.” Schmidt, who is a campus pastor of the First Baptist Church of Windermere, Florida, listened as the football coach explained the district’s decision to cleanse Christianity from its ranks. “I could no...
  • Help! My paradox meter broke: an “atheist church”?

    07/29/2014 6:56:36 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 19 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 7/29/2014 | Steve Berman
    Image credit: Jimmy Demello Artworks[/caption] The last time I was in Houston, I had to change the fuse in my paradox meter after meeting a self-described pro-choice Republican woman, who was also a lawyer.  I told her at least she was better than Wendy Davis, to which no response was offered.  I said it a second time, and with a puff of white smoke, the paradox-meter died. Dang, the fuse just blew again, reading Time’s August 4 issue, Religion section article “Atheist “Churches” Gain Popularity—Even in the Bible Belt” (behind a paywall).  Yup, the “Atheist Church” they wrote about...
  • 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-22-2014 | FoxNews.com
    <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>
  • The Post-Protestant Ethic and Spirit of America (Compelling Read)

    03/07/2014 11:48:59 AM PST · by mojito · 5 replies
    The American ^ | 2/22/2014 | Joseph Bottum
    ...Over the past 50 years or so, these post-Protestants have gradually formed the core of a new and fascinating social class in America....And we can recognize their origins in mainline Protestantism when we discern some of the ways in which they see the world and themselves. They are, for the most part, politically liberal, preferring that government rather than private associations address social concerns. They remained puritanical and highly judgmental, at least about health. And like all puritans, they are willing to use law to compel behavior they think right. Nonetheless, they do not think of themselves as akin to...
  • President Obama's proclamation for 'Religious Freedom Day' recognizes atheists and agnostics

    01/16/2014 1:56:14 PM PST · by ColdOne · 29 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 1/16/14 | Jennifer Harper
    “Today, America embraces people of all faiths and of no faith. We are Christians and Jews, Muslims and Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs, atheists and agnostics. Our religious diversity enriches our cultural fabric and reminds us that what binds us as one is not the tenets of our faiths, the colors of our skin, or the origins of our names. What makes us American is our adherence to shared ideals - freedom, equality, justice, and our right as a people to set our own course.”
  • President Obama Didn't Go To Church For Christmas

    12/27/2013 3:37:52 PM PST · by george76 · 103 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 27, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters did not go to church on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, according to press pool reports. The Obamas are in Kailua, Hawaii for a 17-day Christmas vacation. Although the Obamas did not go to church for Christmas, President Obama did play golf
  • Obama Wants You To Thank His God - Government

    11/30/2013 7:31:48 AM PST · by massmike · 14 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 11/30/2013 | Don Feder
    Like the Golden Calf the Children of Israel made while Moses was receiving the law at Sinai, Obama is making a new God for the masses to worship – big government, the Golden Calf state. "Praise Washington from whence all blessings flow. Praise it all peons here below." The president's policies are designed to maximize dependency – government as the source of all blessings. Under Obama, the food-stamp rolls increased by 33% (to 44.7 million – a record one in seven Americans). The number now receiving Social Security disability payments reached 11 million. (Costs increased from $56 billion in 2000...
  • 'Gays' admit ENDA game: outlaw Christian morality

    11/11/2013 4:18:22 PM PST · by James R. Aist · 21 replies
    renewamerica.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | Matt Barber
    If Signorile and other "LGBT" activists get their way, this would mean that churches, mosques, synagogues, religious schools, Bible bookstores, as well as any and every other business in America with 15 or more employees, would be forced, under penalty of law, to abandon the biblical and traditional-values viewpoint on human sexuality, and hire (and otherwise not offend) those who openly flaunt expressly sinful and demonstrably self-destructive sexual behaviors.
  • Parliament calls on EU to ‘enforce environmental law more rigorously’

    11/02/2013 8:45:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 October 2013 | Marc Hall
    The European Parliament called on Thursday (24 October) for EU countries to better implement European environmental rules despite the initial costs involved. The vote put the EU legislature’s seal on a deal with the EU Council of Ministers on the program to lay out the EU’s approach to environmental action up to 2020, “Living well, within the limits of our planet”. The program, the seventh of its kind, will structure EU action on all environmental policy, from water management to climate change, and boost so-called “green growth”. …
  • Walesa Wants New Secular ‘Ten Commandments’

    10/21/2013 10:58:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    AFP via Newsmax ^ | Monday, 21 Oct 2013 12:17 PM | (AFP)
    Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Wałęsa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw. “We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit. … Besides universal values, the international community needs to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said. …
  • Global study: World not ready for aging population

    09/30/2013 8:03:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2013 10:52 PM EDT | Kristen Gelineau
    The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study being issued Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group. The report ranks the social and economic well-being of elders in 91 countries, with Sweden coming out on top and Afghanistan at the bottom. It reflects what advocates for the old have been warning, with increasing urgency, for years: Nations are simply not working quickly enough to cope with a population graying faster than ever before. By the year 2050, for the first...
  • Air Force Says Drag Acts Symbolize Gay Pride

    08/10/2013 8:23:07 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 120 replies
    radio.foxnews.com ^ | August 10, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The U.S. Air Force said that a well-known drag queen group was invited to perform on base during a “Diversity Day” celebration because drag is a “symbol of gay pride and unity. But the performance sparked outrage among some airmen who called the drag show “totally offensive and inappropriate.” Jewels and the Brunchettes performed to a small crowd at the Los Angeles Air Force Base on Aug. 8, the military confirmed. Photographs provided to Fox News show an individual wearing a giant wig and sporting form-fitting dresses performing to a sparse crowd underneath the American flag. “Drag acts to this...
  • Switzerland to Replace 'Psalm'-Like National Anthem With a Secular One

    08/09/2013 9:38:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/09/2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Switzerland announced a national competition this week that will search for a new national anthem to replace its current one, which government officials say has too many references to God and is too old-fashioned. "The real problem is above all the text," said Lukas Niederberger, who is part of the Swiss Society for Public Utility (SGG), the completion organizer in charge of looking for a new anthem. "Officially the anthem is a psalm, a prayer, but of course we have an open society, religiously neutral. We have atheists, no single god, so this anthem is a difficulty," he told BBC...
  • PCUSA rejects popular hymn “In Christ Alone”

    07/30/2013 5:30:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 69 replies
    I saw this over at Denny Burk’s blog today. Apparently the reason the Presbyterian Church USA doesn’t like “In Christ Alone (one of my favorites), is because of that unpopular, un-politically correct word, “Wrath.” As we’ve pointed out many times here at SUFTT, the more sin is watered down, the less we have of the true Gospel. In other words – no sin = FALSE gospel. The PCUSA has been going down a concerning path for quite some time now, and it appears that this is just another symptom of the problem the devil delights in: a departure from Truth...
  • Christ In Context: 'Zealot' Explores The Life Of Jesus

    07/16/2013 5:02:25 AM PDT · by vg0va3 · 10 replies
    NPR book review ^ | July 15, 2013 3:02 PM | Books by Reza Aslan
    Writer and scholar Reza Aslan was 15 years old when he found Jesus. His secular Muslim family had fled to the U.S. from Iran, and Aslan's conversion was, in a sense, an adolescent's attempt to fit into American life and culture. "My parents were certainly surprised," Aslan tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. As Aslan got older, he began his studies in the history of Christianity, and he started to lose faith. He came to the realization that Jesus of Nazareth was quite different from the Messiah he'd been introduced to at church. "I became very angry," he says. "I became...
  • Girl Scouts of Britain Replace 'God' with 'Myself' in Oath

    06/26/2013 8:47:27 AM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | 20 Jun 2013 | William Bigelow
    On Wednesday, Great Britain’s Girl Guides (their equivalent of U.S. Girl Scouts) and Brownies removed God from their 103-year-old oath. Instead of the passage where they used to promise to “love God,” they will now vow to be true to "myself" and develop "my beliefs." The organization said the move is intended to attract girls from secular families. Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, condemned the move, saying, "These values have their roots in a Christian outlook. Taking ‘God’ out of the promise denies the history and foundations of the movement without offering anything in its place, with the...
  • Christianity Still a Leader In America, Except in Our White House

    05/11/2013 12:03:34 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | Thursday, May 9, 2013 | By Jerry McConnell
    Obama is clearly in the process of making our military forces a “faithless” total entity by decreeing the removal of any expression or manifestation of faith within the ranks of the U.S. militaryOn Wednesday, May 01, 2013, a national event was held in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. It probably did not get your attention as these events intended for nationwide consumption as designed initially to do, but because of its subject there seems to be an enormous effort to act effortless and downplay the whole program. Why? Well, it’s all about religion and...
  • Breaking: Pentagon Confirms May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith

    05/01/2013 9:27:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 474 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/1/13
    The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis...”. The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith. (From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians--including chaplains--sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military...
  • Christian Church opens doors to Muslims (Christian hymns replaced with Islamic prayer in the chapel)

    04/25/2013 9:19:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | 03/30/2013 | Divya Talwar
    On a bitterly cold and snowing afternoon in Aberdeen, the doors of St John's Episcopal Church are open to hundreds of Muslim worshippers, arriving for daily prayers. The familiar sounds of Christian hymns have been replaced with Islamic prayer in the chapel this Friday lunchtime and the church priest with the imam from the neighbouring mosque. Muslims from the Syed Shah Mustafa Jame Masjid mosque next door share this church with Christian worshippers up to five times a day. Church leaders believe this may be the only place in the country where Christian and Muslim worshippers pray side by side....
  • Army Labeled Evangelicals as Religious Extremists

    04/06/2013 8:04:39 AM PDT · by libstripper · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 5, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A U.S. Army training instructor listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania, Fox News has learned.
  • CDC: 110,197,000 Venereal Infections in U.S.; Nation Creating New STIs Faster

    03/27/2013 12:37:35 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 60 replies
    According to new data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 19.7 million new venereal infections in the United States in 2008, bringing the total number of existing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. at that time to 110,197,000.
  • Whittaker Chambers and Totalitarian Islam

    07/09/2011 12:33:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE | July 9, 2011 | Andrew G. Bostom
    Whittaker Chambers and Totalitarian Islam Playwright David Mamet recently acknowledged that he had been profoundly influenced by Communist apostate Whittaker Chambers’s 1952 anti-Communist memoir, Witness. Mamet described how reading Chambers’s opus inspired “the wrenching experience” of forcibly reevaluating the way he thought, particularly his confessed leftist-herd co-dependence. Also, echoing the delusive herd mentality of the Left’s ad hominem attacks in the 1950s on Chambers — whose allegations of Communist conspiracies have been entirely vindicated with irrefragable documentation from the captured Soviet Venona cables — Congressman Peter King’s staid initial hearings of March 10, 2011, on American Muslim radicalization engendered similarly...
  • Mass Shootings And The New Generation Of Young American Zombies

    12/17/2012 8:43:58 AM PST · by joeclarke · 33 replies
    JoeClarke.Net | 12/17/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    Adam Lanza (Connecticut School Kid Killer), Jared Loughner (Killed and wounded, including Gabby Giffords), T.J. Lane (Recently killed fellow classmates in Chardon Ohio) ,Brogan Rafferty (Teen conspired to kill Craigslist job applicants), James Holmes (Shot up theater dressed as orange haired Batman Joker), SeungHui Choi (Virginia Tech Massacre), Anders Brevik (2011 Norway Attacks) I cannot recall a time in U.S. history where there was such a proliferation of younger conscienceless males, who created so much death and destruction in one generation  in American society - outside of war. Even during the Vietnam Era, many of us returning vets were admittedly "not quite right," but we were...
  • Ben Stein's confession

    11/17/2012 7:32:25 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-10-12 | Ben Stein
    "The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary. My confession: [Ben Stein] I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat... Or maybe I can put it another way: where...
  • The only religion that my patients see me practice is medicine [and secular humanism]

    11/02/2012 11:14:12 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 71 replies
    KevinMD ^ | November 1st, 2012 | Jennifer Gunter, MD
    When I was the director of undergraduate medical education for OB/GYN at a Midwestern university (a state school), it came to my attention that a medical student was refusing to have anything to do with contraception as it was against her religion.So I spoke with her. I explained that over the course of her career she would undoubtedly see people from all walks of life with a myriad of religious and or personal practices. I explained that medical care is not about fulfilling any personal need beyond the need to help.I gave the example of a doctor who is a...
  • Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ Hits Evolution Deniers

    08/27/2012 1:42:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 78 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Aug 27, 2012 | Kevin Dolak
    In a clip posted to online knowledge forum Big Think via YouTube, former children’s show host Bill Nye spoke out against the denial of evolution, saying such views harm young people especially and hamper scientific progress. Nye, who hosted the educational show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which aired on PBS Kids from 1993 through 1998, made the statements in a clip posted online on Thursday, and has since been viewed over one million times. In the clip, Nye praises the United States for its contribution to technological innovation, but says that the denial of evolution is unique to the...
  • Obama talks about his faith

    08/21/2012 11:29:20 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 110 replies
    politico ^ | 8/21/12 | BYRON TAU
    In an interview with the Washington National Cathedral magazine, President Obama discussed how his faith influenced his politics — saying that at the end of the day 'God is in control.' “First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: that I am loved. That, at the end of the day, God is in control," Obama said. Obama also tied faith in God to his belief in a compassionate role for government.
  • Paul Ryan Faces Left-Wing Religious Attack

    08/11/2012 2:20:27 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 11, 2012 | JP
    The Obama re-election campaign huddled today with “progressive” religious leaders as they coordinate a line of attack against conservative Catholic congressman Paul Ryan, Republican Mitt Romney’s selection as his ticket-mate. The Democrat-aligned religious leaders are critical of the budget proposals Rep. Ryan has championed on Capitol Hill, which, they charge, will exacerbate the sufferings of the nation’s poor. They also portray Ryan as a secret admirer of Ayn Rand, who famously authored “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead;” who was, at once, a strong defender of capitalism and an avowed atheist. Of course, it is hard for left-wing religious leaders to...
  • Is Liberal Christianity Worth Saving?

    07/25/2012 3:03:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/25/2012 | Ken Connor
    The recent General Convention of the Episcopal Church has prompted a broader discussion of the fate of liberal Christianity. No surprise—the Episcopal Church has been one of the most aggressively liberal influences in American Christianity in the past few years, pushing hard against the traditions of the broader Anglican Communion. In The New York Times, Ross Douthat goes so far as to ask, "Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?" But that question necessarily prompts two others: What is Liberal Christianity, and Should it be saved? Liberal Christianity is dying on the vine. Mainline denominations are taking big hits across the board....
  • Is the Obama Administration Anti-Christian by Opposing D-Day Prayer at FDR Memorial? (YES)

    11/06/2011 2:31:54 PM PST · by Driftwood1 · 23 replies
    Associated Content ^ | 11-6-11 | Driftwood1
    The Obama administration has stepped into another controversy by announcing its opposition to the inclusion of a plaque depicting Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day prayer at the memorial that celebrates his life and presidency. The proposal to include the prayer is being offered by Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, and has bipartisan support. It is expected to pass committee, then be passed by the House. Its fate in the Senate is unclear. The objection was raised by Robert Abbey, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, who claimed such a plaque would "dilute" the memorial's central message and therefore should not be...
  • School ethics course linked to Nazism, says Nile

    08/07/2011 8:13:15 PM PDT · by bronxville · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | August 05, 2011 | Staff
    Conservative NSW crossbench MP Fred Nile has introduced his private member's bill to abolish school ethics classes, arguing the course is based on a philosophy linked to Nazism and communism. The Christian Democratic Party MP told the upper house his bill would abolish ethics classes in public schools at the end of this school year, saying that with just 2700 students enrolled, the program had been a failure. "It's relative ethics, which is the basis of secular humanism and I believe ... this is the philosophy we saw during World War II with the Nazis and with the communists," Mr...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HUMANISM, 09-08-10

    09/08/2010 9:30:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-08-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HUMANISM Name originally given to the intellectual, literary, and scientific movements of the fourteenth century through the early sixteenth. Their aim was to base every branch of learning on the culture of classical Greek and Roman antiquity. On its pagan side, it extolled the early non-Christian writers who stressed the full development of human nature, only vaguely interested in life after death. On its Christian side, believing humanists encouraged the free use of the treasures of antiquity without compromising the truths of the Gospel. Christian humanism began with Dante (1265-1321), while pagan humanism reached its peak...
  • Secularists Assault on Christmas and Christianity

    12/21/2010 7:59:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2010 | Armstrong Williams
    One of the most effective ways to overturn a culture is not to take it on directly, but to undermine it gradually. If you carry out a full-frontal assault on majority opinion, people become alarmed and fight back. But when you do it slowly, step-by-step, you can make your destruction look harmless... even reasonable. That's exactly what's happening in this country. For the past half century, there has been a slow but unrelenting attack on the Christian foundations of the United States. The evidence is beyond dispute. First, secularists took prayer out of the public schools, because it "promoted religion...
  • Where’s the Human in Humanism? Humanist Ads Violate...Own Humanist Standards (Attacking Christmas]

    12/02/2010 3:28:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 2, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where’s the Human in Humanism? Humanist Ads Violate their Own Humanist Standards By:   Some parishioners have recently expressed distress over an Ad campaign of the American Humanist Association. Rather provocative Ads are appearing on buses and subways here in the Nation’s Capitol and I suspect elsewhere as well. As Christmas draws near, the “Humanists” have made it a practice in recent years to tweak Christians (as well as Jews and Muslims) and attempt to make the concept of faith look ridiculous. They generally do this by quoting a sacred text and interpreting it in a mechanistic, fundamentalist and literalistic  manner....
  • Obama: A Christian by Choice?

    11/09/2010 1:07:31 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 49 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | PastorRudy
    ...According to the Associated Press the president "described himself as a "Christian by choice" who arrived at his faith in adulthood because "the precepts of Jesus Christ" helped him envision the kind of life he wanted to lead." Some conservatives and political opponents have questioned Obama's Christian faith... "my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn't raise me in the church" "So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want...
  • Lies of secular elitists exposed: Christianity under attack!

    11/09/2010 10:19:52 AM PST · by Jim 0216 · 11 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 08, 2010 | WorldNetDaily
    The battle over America's Judeo-Christian identity is heating up, and at least one author isn't taking the fight lying down. Two new books from best-selling author Brad O'Leary put the lie to secularist claims that America is not a Christian nation and that Christianity isn't under an intense attack. "God and America's Leaders" is the definitive collection of quotations by our Founding Fathers and past presidents on matters pertaining to God, Jesus Christ and Christianity. This invaluable resource leaves no doubt that America's top leaders were men of faith, and that ultimately, their strong faith in God inspired their faith...
  • Angle: Democrats want to 'make government our God'

    08/05/2010 2:03:56 PM PDT · by goldendays · 46 replies · 1+ views
    myway.com ^ | Aug 4, 2010 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Angle: Democrats want to 'make government our God' LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle sees her campaign as a battle to stop Democrats in Washington who want to expand entitlement programs and "make government our God." In an interview with a Christian radio network, Angle describes her effort to oust Majority Leader Harry Reid as a religious calling in "a war of ideology, it's a war of thoughts and of faith." Reid, President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have pushed "entitlement programs built to make government our God," says Angle, who has called for...
  • Anne Rice Breaks Up With Christianity via Facebook...

    07/29/2010 1:53:32 PM PDT · by TaraP · 156 replies · 2+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | July 28th, 2010
    Well, some stars like Amanda Bynes use technology like Twitter to tell the world they are retiring. Some stars like Kelsey Grammar announce the end of his marriage. But today Anne Rice became the first pop culture figure I know that decided to break up with Christians, and she did it using facebook. On her official website she posted the following announcement via her facebook feed this afternoon:"I quit being a Christian. I'm out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be...
  • ‘Star Trek' franchise an homage to humanist philosophy

    06/30/2010 9:05:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 48 replies
    Worcester (MA) Telegram ^ | 06/29/2010 | Bronislaus B. Kush
    If you're a big fan of the Star Trek science fiction genre, then there's a good chance that you're a humanist at heart. That's the way that Susan Sackett, the longtime personal executive assistant to Trek franchise creator Gene Roddenberry, sees it. Ms. Sackett, who met recently with the Greater Worcester Humanists group at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, said Mr. Roddenberry was an admitted humanist who liberally sprinkled his out of this world stories about Capt. James Tiberius Kirk, Mr. Spock and the other Star Trek characters with the fundamentals of humanism — a non-theistic, or secular, approach,...
  • End of the Culture Wars

    06/28/2010 9:56:29 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 23 replies · 3+ views
    NY Post ^ | 062710 | KYLE SMITH
    You know something is changing in American mores when the supposed leader of the culture wars from the right, Sarah Palin, declares that smoking pot is “a minimal problem” and that “if somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in.”
  • ‘Under God’ Spray-Painted On Secularist Billboard

    06/28/2010 9:18:54 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 64 replies
    http://www.wsoctv.com ^ | 6.28.10 | staff
    HARLOTTE, N.C. -- A secularist billboard on the Billy Graham Parkway was vandalized over the weekend. The billboard, which was paid for by the The North Carolina Secular Association, shows an American flag and the words "One Nation, Indivisible." Over the weekend, someone spray-painted the words “under God” on the billboard. Police were notified and are reviewing surveillance video from a nearby gas station, according to the NC Secular Association. Will Warren, a spokesman for the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics, the local ad sponsor, said they have asked the billboard company to repair or replace the billboard this week. "We...
  • Texas Judge Rips Creationism Group in Science Degree Suit

    06/24/2010 9:15:19 AM PDT · by tlb · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2010 | Clifford M. Marks
    Austin federal judge Sam Sparks dismissed a suit by the Dallas-based Institute of Creation Research, which seeks the right to grant a master’s degree in science from a biblical perspective. And by “dismissed,” we mean the judge tore it apart. But first, a summary of the suit, as reported today by the San Antonio Express-News. The Institute seeks to offer a masters degree that critiques evolution and champions a literal interpretation of the biblical account of creation. Texas’s higher education board nixed the group’s application, because of the proposed program’s creationist slant. This, the Institute contended, was a violation of...
  • Even Catholic schools must teach sex ed to six-year-olds: McGuinty (Ontario, Canada)

    04/22/2010 10:45:03 AM PDT · by Rutles4Ever · 43 replies · 785+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 4/21/2010 | Maria Babbage
    TORONTO - Ontario's Catholic schools can't opt out of a revamped sex ed curriculum even if it goes against their religious beliefs to teach kids about masturbation and homosexuality, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Wednesday. Several conservative and religious groups claim the changes coming this fall will corrupt young minds with "explicit" topics like anal sex. But Ontario's Catholic premier made it clear that all public schools must teach the lessons that will start as early as age six. The first changes to Ontario's curriculum in a dozen years will see students learning about masturbation in Grade 6 and oral and...
  • President Obama says First Family won't join a D.C. church

    03/31/2010 3:48:18 AM PDT · by Scanian · 58 replies · 1,565+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 31, 2010 | Peter Barry Chowka
    On Monday, March 29, 2010, President Obama was interviewed by NBC News and portions were broadcast on the Today show on March 30. According to the The Caucus blog at the New York Times: "Mr. Obama said he would not select a church while living in the White House. 'What we have decided for now is not to join a single church, and the reason is because Michelle and I have realized we are very disruptive to services,' he said. Instead, he said he would from time to time visit St. John's Church, across Lafayette Square from the White House,...
  • Republicans v Secular America

    02/23/2010 11:20:37 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 719+ views
    Guardian ^ | 2/23/10 | Dan Kennedy
    With blatant disregard for the first amendment, Republicans' intolerance of US secularism means things are turning uglyIf you're part of secular America – that is, if you're an atheist, an agnostic, a religious liberal or even a mainstream believer who thinks religion should be kept out of politics and vice-versa – then you should be very afraid of what the Republican party has in store for you in 2012. No news there, you might say. The Republicans, as we all know, have been in thrall to the Christian right since the Reagan era. But there's something new, something more intolerant,...
  • Leaked Document: No Opt-Out for Children from Pro-Gay Classes in Ontario Schools

    02/15/2010 4:04:23 PM PST · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 1,206+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/15/10 | Patrick B. Craine
    HAMILTON, Ontario, February 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Public school children in Hamilton, Ontario will not be permitted to withdraw from classes that promote homosexuality, according to the Hamilton Mountain News. At the same time, according to a leaked document obtained by a local journalist, teachers are being instructed to tell parents who object to the curriculum that “this is not about parent rights.”At the end of January, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) hosted a professional development day dedicated to “equity” training, where they distributed a sheet to teachers with “quick responses” they can offer to parents who object to...
  • Leaked Document: No Opt-Out for Children from Pro-Gay Classes in Ontario Schools

    02/16/2010 8:04:14 AM PST · by Pope Pius XII · 31 replies · 809+ views
    Lifesitenews ^ | February 15, 2010 | Patrick B. Craine
    HAMILTON, Ontario, February 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Public school children in Hamilton, Ontario will not be permitted to withdraw from classes that promote homosexuality, according to the Hamilton Mountain News. At the same time, according to a leaked document obtained by a local journalist, teachers are being instructed to tell parents who object to the curriculum that “this is not about parent rights.” At the end of January, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) hosted a professional development day dedicated to “equity” training, where they distributed a sheet to teachers with “quick responses” they can offer to parents who object...
  • SCIENCE and SCRIPTURE. Is the Bible Reliable?

    12/11/2009 2:38:04 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies · 1,322+ views
    Bible Bulletin Board ^ | unknown | John Macarthur
    Introduction The famous evolutionist Julian Huxley once said, "Any view of God as a personal being is becoming frankly untenable. The difficulty of understanding the functions of a personal ruler in a universe which the march of knowledge is showing us ever more clearly as self-ordered and self-ordering in every minutest detail is becoming more and more apparent" (Essays of a Biologist [New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923], p. 217). His sentiments were echoed by the British philosopher Bertrand Russell: "That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin,...
  • School cafeterias expand vegetarian options (Miami)

    12/08/2009 8:44:12 AM PST · by markomalley · 51 replies · 1,062+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/8/2009 | HANNAH SAMPSON AND KATHLEEN McGRORY
    For Ashley Valentín, giving up meat was easy. The hard part: finding something to eat in the school cafeteria. ``At first, there weren't that many options,'' said Ashley, 17, a senior at Miami Sunset High. ``There was always pizza. But eating pizza all the time is unhealthy.'' School cafeterias are taking note. While the Miami-Dade school district has long offered vegetarian items, it debuted three new vegan options this year: faux chicken nuggets, veggie burgers and hummus platters. The Broward school district also added veggie burgers to menus districtwide. And cafeterias are now offering vegetarian and vegan salads daily --...
  • Church of England apologises to Darwin (bows to Temple of Darwin)

    11/02/2009 10:47:44 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 604+ views
    CMI ^ | October 28, 2009 | Jonathan Safarti, Ph.D.
    This weekend’s feedback is in response to a number of queries about the Church of England (Anglicans) officially apologizing to Darwin. However, they don’t speak for all attenders of this church, since many of them are still faithful to Scripture and are appalled by their ‘leaders’. There are numerous mistakes in the article by the official CoE representative, a Rev. Dr Malcolm Brown, on the official CoE website, and Jonathan Sarfati replies point-by-point...