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Taxpayer Funded ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ Tell Jewish Woman To Convert To Christianity Or Go To Hell

Taxpayer Funded ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ Tell Jewish Woman To Convert To Christianity Or Go To Hell | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
As ThinkProgress has reported, so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” that claim to help women in need are actually established by anti-abortion activists with the sole objective of shaming women out of having abortions.
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Egyptian man sentenced to 3 years in jail for blasphemy

Egyptian man sentenced to 3 years in jail for blasphemy | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

As you might recall, in late August I wrote that Egyptian police had arrested 23-year-old Ayman Yusef Mansur for "insulting Islam" in postings on his Facebook wall. Last week, the case came to an unfortunate close when a court convincted and sentenced Mansur to three years in prison, with hard labor, according to the news outlet Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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Monday Morning Quotes: Ricky Gervais

Monday Morning Quotes: Ricky Gervais | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

“I don't go after any particular religious group. I look at the absurdity of some beliefs. I don't think there's anything scary about this, these are facts to me. When a fundamentalist's belief is that the Earth is 5000 years old, that's ludicrous. It's 4.6 billion years. That should be taught as strict a truth as two and two are four. I don't want to offend anyone but sometimes I feel as if I'm talking to a 25-year-old child who believes in the tooth fairy. I've got to go: 'There's no such thing. Listen to yourself.’

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Atheism 101: What happens when we die?

Atheism 101: What happens when we die? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

From the beginning of human history people have wondered about death. It is not uncommon for young children to ask their parents, what happens when we die?

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Ricky Gervais act outs atheist bewilderment and frustration in the face of nice Christian nonsense

Scene from Extras series one, "Kate Winslet", in a conversation all atheists will recognise only too well.
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Evangelical: Why Do Many Evangelicals Get Science From a Creationist?

Lately, Karl Giberson and Randall J. Stephens have spilled some ink trying to convince the world that there is a distinction to be drawn between evangelicalism and fundamentalism. “Fundamentalism appeals to evangelicals who have become convinced that their country has been overrun by a vast secular conspiracy; denial is the simplest and most attractive response to change,” they write in this week’s Times. “Evangelicalism at its best seeks a biblically grounded expression of Christianity that is intellectually engaged, humble and forward-looking. In contrast, fundamentalism is literalistic, overconfident and reactionary.” So fundamentalism is, in their view, spiritually and intellectually stagnant evangelicalism.

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A More Honest COEXIST Poster | Friendly Atheist

A More Honest COEXIST Poster | Friendly Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

After my rant about the misguided Christian COEXIST poster, the folks at Truth-Saves made one that’s much more realistic (click on the image for a larger version):

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Forcing your beliefs on others is not religious freedom | Secular News Daily

First it was doctors who wouldn’t perform abortions and pharmacists who wouldn’t fill prescriptions for contraceptives. Several years back a Chicago police officer sought an exemption from an assignment to guard an abortion clinic.
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Evil Conflicts with the Existence of God: God Doesn't Care or God Doesn't Exist

Closely associated with taking action that should be considered immoral is the fact that there is so much evil in the world today. If there are any gods, why don't they act to eliminate it?
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Conservatives Want America to be a "Christian Nation" -- Here's What That Would Actually Look Like | Belief | AlterNet

Conservatives Want America to be a "Christian Nation" -- Here's What That Would Actually Look Like | Belief | AlterNet | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Let's compare Rick Perry's version of "Christian values" to what the Bible really dictates.

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Peter Cundall - beyond atheism | Martin S Pribble

Peter Cundall - beyond atheism | Martin S Pribble | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Longtime host of ABC's Gardening Australia, the much loved Peter Cundall was recently interviewed for ABC's religious program Compass, asking about the more ethereal moments of life, and the search for meaning.
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Human Rights: Religion vs. secularism

Human Rights: Religion vs. secularism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"Rabbi Alana Suskin recently posted an article on Huffington Post titled, “Why Religion Is Better Than Secular Ethics for Human Rights.” I attempted to post a comment on this article to address some of the claims made by Rabbi Suskin, but because Huffington Post has a horrible moderator system which only posts about half my comments and this one wasn't it apparently. So I have extended the comment to an article."

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Military backs off threat to pull atheist from ceremony

By Jennifer Rizzo, CNN Washington (CNN) -- After almost being pulled from a graduation ceremony for refusal to lower the head during a benediction, a soldier is now allowed to attend but must instead stand at attention.
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Media Banned From Secretive Religious Right Event

"It turned out that the Champion The Vote effort was a project of organization called United In Purpose, which is being funded by conservative millionaires for the purpose of mobilizing "40 million out of the estimated 60 million evangelicals in the United States to vote" over the next decade."

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What do Pakistani atheists mean for Pakistan?

What do Pakistani atheists mean for Pakistan? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Atheism framed as a (farcical) response to extremism in the country is a joke. But plurality, overall, is good.
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Mississippi personhood amendment ad warns that opponents mock God

Mississippi personhood amendment ad warns that opponents mock God | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

On November 8, Mississippi voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 26, the so-called personhood amendment that would change the state constitution so that fertilized human eggs will be "persons" having constitutional rights.

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Florida Atheist drops lawsuit against sheriff

Florida Atheist drops lawsuit against sheriff | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
  Ellenbeth Wachs announced yesterday that she had directed her lawyer to drop her lawsuit against Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.  Earlier this year...
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Preacher says the End of the World really, really is today. Maybe.

Preacher says the End of the World really, really is today. Maybe. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Today might be the end of the world, but Family Radio Network preacher Harold Camping, whose last Doomsday prediction in May fizzled, doesn't want to make a big fuss of it this time.
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A Debate About The Wisdom of Trying To Deconvert People

A Debate About The Wisdom of Trying To Deconvert People | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"We live in the 21st Century, in a world with highly complex modern challenges and the vast majority of our fellow citizens (including an entire major political party) are enthralled to ancient, regressive superstitious beliefs with harmful real world consequences. I think we have a responsibility to actively oppose such falsehoods and their corrosive effects."

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European Commission failing in its duty to meet with the non-religious

European Commission failing in its duty to meet with the non-religious | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

An official complaint has been lodged by the European Humanist Federation (EHF) against the European Commission for refusing to comply with their obligation to hold discussions with non-religious groups. The EHF is the main umbrella organisation representing non-religious groups, including the British Humanist Association, at a European level.

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Newt Gingrich doesn't think 'you have judgment if you have no faith'

Newt Gingrich doesn't think 'you have judgment if you have no faith' | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Despite the U.S.’s long history of separation of church and state, there is still a lot of canoodling between the two.
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Why I refuse to debate with William Lane Craig by Richard Dawkins

Why I refuse to debate with William Lane Craig by Richard Dawkins | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Richard Dawkins: This Christian 'philosopher' is an apologist for genocide. I would rather leave an empty chair than share a platform with him.

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It's 2011 -- Why Is God Still Involved In American Politics? | Belief | AlterNet

It's 2011 -- Why Is God Still Involved In American Politics? | Belief | AlterNet | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The Mormon-bashing directed at Mitt Romney should concern everyone for what it reveals about the undue influence of religion in American elections.
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'Ghostwriting' the Torah? New algorithm distinguishes contributors to the Old Testament with high accuracy

A professor has developed a new computer algorithm to help unravel the different sources that contributed to the authorship of the scriptures.
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Gingrich Says Atheists Can't be Trusted, Disregards 50 Million Secular Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Secular Coalition for America condemns Newt Gingrich’s statements attacking secularists in government and public office. Gingrich made the anti-atheist statements Tuesday night at the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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