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  • Atheists Step Up 'It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church' Campaign

    03/06/2012 9:45:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/06/2012 | By Alex Murashko
    An atheist activist group is fighting the Catholic Church's "war against contraception" by stepping up its campaign that suggests believers should end their faithfulness to their religion. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation plans to run a full-page ad in The New York Times that states, "It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church." FFRF is conducting a fundraiser to pay for the $52,000 ad and has collected $45,000 so far, according to a chart on the group's website. The FFRF campaign began last month in light of opposition from the Catholic Church to the Obama administration's decision that seeks...
  • Atheists buy billboards near hassidic, Muslim areas (Paterson, NJ.)

    03/05/2012 9:00:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/05/2012
    An atheist organization says it will unveil a Hebrew-language billboard calling God a “myth” near a Brooklyn hassidic enclave, and a similar billboard in Arabic in heavily Muslim Paterson, NJ. The group American Atheists says it will unveil a billboard Monday in hassidic-dominated South Williamsburg. The billboard writes out the name of God in Hebrew, and then features in English and Hebrew translation the phrase “You know it’s a myth… and you have a choice.” “If there are atheists in those communities, we are reaching out to them,” Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, told CNN last week. “We are...
  • Richard Dawkins, the Atheist Who Isn't, but the Episcopal Bishop Who Might Be

    03/02/2012 1:10:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/02/2012 | Wallace Henry
    Just as the atheist Richard Dawkins discloses he doubts God's non-existence, Richard Holloway, Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh, asserts his doubt in the Deity's existence. The atheist and the bishop have wound up at the same place. In the case of the world's most outspoken non-believer, the step is progression, but in the case of the leader in the Scottish Episcopal Church, the step is regression. "I can't be sure God does not exist," said Dawkins, crusader against belief in God, during a debate with the Archbishop of Canterbury February 24. The next day Holloway was quoted as saying he can't...
  • Richard Dawkins: I can't be sure God does not exist (Is world's foremost atheist an agnostic now?)

    02/24/2012 10:12:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 190 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/24/2012 | John Bingham
    He is regarded as the most famous atheist in the world but last night Professor Richard Dawkins admitted he could not be sure that God does not exist. He told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, that he preferred to call himself an agnostic rather than an atheist. The two men were taking part in a public “dialogue” at Oxford University at the end of a week which has seen bitter debate about the role of religion in public life in Britain. Last week Baroness Warsi, the Tory party chairman, warned of a tide of “militant secularism” challenging the...
  • Atheist Couple Sues School District to Remove 'Under God' From Pledge of Allegiance

    02/16/2012 2:03:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/16/2012 | Jeff Schapiro
    Oral arguments were heard in a Massachusetts Superior Court on Monday over a lawsuit filed by an atheist couple who believe that their children are being discriminated against because the Pledge of Allegiance – which is said every day in Mass. public school classrooms under state law – contains the phrase "under God." "The daily recitation in public schools of a pledge declaring that the nation is 'under God' is discriminatory toward atheists and humanists," David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association and lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, stated. "No child should go to school each...
  • Last Temptation of Castro: Get Religion [To be Received Back into Church During Papal Visit]

    02/05/2012 2:58:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 706 replies · 2+ views
    Cranmer ^ | 2/4/12
    Fidel Castro will be received back into the communion of the Roman Catholic Church during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the island in March, the Italian press is reporting. If true, this is a remarkable story — and one that has yet to catch the attention of editors this side of the Atlantic. On 1 Feb 2012, La Republicca — [Italy’s second largest circulation daily newspaper, La Republicca follows a center-left political line and is strongly anti-clerical; not anti-Catholic per se but a critic of the institutional church] — reported that as death approaches, the octogenarian communist has turned to...
  • Bulgarian Bishops Were Communist Spies

    01/24/2012 10:06:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 1/23/12 | AFP
    THE ghost of communism has resurfaced in Bulgaria, with 11 of the country's 15 top bishops exposed as former secret police agents, shaking the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and its image just as it readies to choose a new patriarch. A list published by the parliamentary archives committee has singled out 97-year-old Patriarch Maxim and three other bishops as the only members of the church's top authority, the Holy Synod, not to have collaborated. The other 11 were listed as agents of the most notorious part of the Darzhavna Sigurnost, the political police who spied on people for suspected "anti-communist behaviour".
  • Etsuro Sotoo: The Sculptor Who Became Catholic Thanks to Gaudí's Sagrada Familia

    01/22/2012 9:46:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 1/21/12
    January 21, 2012. (Romereports.com) Etsuro Sotoo was a professor of art at Kyoto University when he decided to travel in Europe. He arrived in Barcelona in 1978, he was so impressed with Gaudí's Sagrada Familia that he dropped everything to follow in the work of Gaudí as a sculptor. Ever since then he continued to learn more and more about the architect. Etsuro Sotoo, Sculptor“I know all the works, all the words, all the models, but I can't take another step. I can't come close to Gaudí. I decided not to look to him. So then where do I look?...
  • Agnostic Assesses Vatican Dialogue at Assisi

    01/20/2012 8:33:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    One of the agnostics who took part in the day of reflection, dialogue, and prayer in Assisi in October suggested that the Vatican recognize that “non-believers are usually somewhere between the two extremes: on the one hand are the rabid atheists, enemies of God and of religion; on the other, the spiritual agnostics who are on the point of converting to some specific religion.” “Between these two extremes, so remote from each other, there are many kinds of non-believers--the tolerant, the indifferent, those who are seeking God, those who resist believing in him,” said Guillermo Hurtado, director of the Institute...
  • Benedict XVI and Fidel, a Surprise Meeting?

    01/18/2012 7:55:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 1/14/12 | Gianni Valente
    The Vatican and the Cuban government are working towards a face-to-face meeting between Benedict XVI and the sick and elderly leader, Fidel Castro, which will take place during the upcoming papal visit to the Caribbean islandIt was not mentioned in the official program published by the Cuban bishops. But by this time, it is a bit more than just a hypothesis: the surprise hit of the upcoming papal visit to Cuba could be the face to face meeting between Benedict XVI and Líder Máximo, Fidel Castro, who had a momentous meeting with Pope John Paul II back in 1998. The...
  • File Sharing Is Now an Official Religion In Sweden

    01/15/2012 10:23:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 01/04/2012
    Rejoice, brothers! File sharing is now an official religion in Sweden. For real. It took two years, but it's done: it's called the Missionary Church of Kopimism and has Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V as its sacred symbols. Founded in 2010 by philosophy student Isak Gerson, the 3,000-member Missionary Church of Kopimism was created to avoid legal persecution. Talking to Torrentfreak, Gerson believes the official seal of approval by the Swedish government will change things: ____________________________ I think that more people will have the courage to step out as Kopimists. Maybe not in the public, but at least to their close ones....
  • Atheist article calls Tim Tebow a "Christian Taliban"

    01/12/2012 9:04:25 PM PST · by Talkwire · 47 replies
    Tim Tebow is called a "Christian Taliban" by an atheist, comparing Southern Baptists to Muslim fundamentalists. Link to Mindposts article hereExcerpt: "Superstar NFL quarterback Tim Tebow looks like an All-American guy, but he has more in common with the Taliban than with our Founding Fathers. The press has given Tim an open mic to opine on abortion, virtue, and piety. When will reporters ask Tim to share his views on gay marriage, the subservience of women, the power of the devil, where the dinosaurs too big for the Ark, or the age of the planet? His overt Christianity has resounded...
  • Need help expressing some answers for skeptics

    01/09/2012 9:43:30 AM PST · by UnChained · 6 replies
    This is a vanity request instead of a news citation and I don't know if I'm posting amiss but I'm giving it my best guess on how to approach this. I had a stroke about eighteen months ago that left me partially paralyzed and mentally impaired also. I seem to have an OK ability to write though. My writing shortcomings though have led to this request for aid. I've lived a fairly unusual if not bizarre life that has given me an unusual Christian testimony. For years I felt constant prodding to share. I was hesitant to write it though,...
  • California atheists block out nativity scenes

    12/24/2011 7:45:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 24, 2011 | Jazz Shaw
    I don’t like dredging up that whole “war on Christmas” thing, but (with apologies in advance to Allahpundit) this story kind of gets under my skin. In Santa Monica, California, there is apparently one particular stretch of road alongside a park which has traditionally been set aside for Christmas displays. The nativity scenes on display have been popular with residents and tourists. But in order to be fair to everyone, the city used a lottery to allocate space to groups wishing to put up Creche displays and related scenes. Now, a group of atheists are accused of swamping the lottery...
  • The God-Haunted Atheism of Christopher Hitchens

    12/23/2011 3:13:01 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 23, 2011 | Francis J. Beckwith
    On December 15, contemporary unbelief lost one of its most gifted apologists, Christopher Hitchens. He, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett, are often referred to as the four horsemen of the New Atheism. It is called the “New” Atheism because of its evangelistic zeal, an enthusiasm largely absent from the more urbane and engaging infidelities of “the Old Atheists” like Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, or Antony Flew.  But like all undisciplined enthusiasts who confuse wisecracking proselytes with wisdom-seeking pilgrims, the New Atheists seem incapable of completely ridding themselves and their disciples of the metaphysical infrastructure of the...
  • China Sees New Surge in Christmas Tradition

    12/19/2011 6:38:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    CBN ^ | 12/19/11 | George Thomas
    BEIJING, China -- It's been a hectic few weeks for Wang San Ping. Ping owns a small Christmas shop near the U.S. embassy in Beijing. She, like so many other merchants on this street, is trying to entice shoppers to spend this Christmas season. The last couple of years, Christmas in China has been a huge money-making business, but this year, many are not feeling too merry about the season. This is traditionally one of the busiest times in China's economic calendar, as factories rush to export billions of dollars worth of goods made in China, most of which will...
  • Christians Grieve Death of Christopher Hitchens; Share Hopes for Deathbed Conversion

    12/18/2011 6:31:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12/16/2011 | Eryn Sun
    Christians everywhere have been responding in grief and sadness over the death of famed atheist Christopher Hitchens, who passed away late Thursday evening after a yearlong battle with esophageal cancer. From pastors to theologians alike, all expressed pain and sorrow over the recent news, which Vanity Fair was the first to announce. The magazine reported that Hitchens had died from pneumonia, a complication from his stage IV cancer. He was 62 years old. Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., tweeted, “My friend Christopher Hitchens has died. I loved & prayed for him constantly & grieve...
  • A Bishop's Life in North Vietnam

    12/17/2011 3:23:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Bac Ninh Prelate Tells of Government Surveillance and Thousands of Youth Seeking the ChurchROME, DEC. 16, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Bishop Cosme Hoŕng Van Dat of Bac Ninh, in North Vietnam, says he would not describe the Church of his homeland as a "persecuted Church." Yet he states with simplicity that he's sure the government watches his every move. The 64-year-old bishop's estimation of things is clearly marked by his simplicity and deep faith. His life as a bishop is simply a mission from Christ, he notes. Marie-Pauline Meyer for Where God Weeps in cooperation with Aid to the Church in Need...
  • RIP Christopher Hitchens: Abortion survivor, post-abortive father, cognitively pro-life

    12/17/2011 1:46:09 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    JillStanek ^ | December 17, 2011 | Jill Stanek
    I say, “RIP,” sadly thinking Christopher Hitchens is not.The renowned liberal author and journalist died yesterday at the age of 62 following a short battle against esophageal cancer since summer 2010.Hitchens spent his latter years evangelizing atheism. So he wanted it known he would not convert to Christianity at the end, and if he did he really didn’t. From Causa Celsum: Hitchens suspected there would be rumors of a deathbed conversion – but even more he feared that he might actually call out to God. Speaking perhaps truer than he knew, he sought to give a preemptive strike against...