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Pagans, atheists, Christians and the battle for equal treatment

Pagans, atheists, Christians and the battle for equal treatment | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Religious freedom is hugely popular in America—until, of course, it’s applied to unpopular groups.

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No True Christians | Martin S Pribble

No True Christians | Martin S Pribble | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

To deny that someone is Christian because of the decisions they make on a personal or professional level only serves as a way for the claimant to distance themselves from the person making the bad decisions. Saying, for instance, that the Pope is not a true Christian is an ad-hoc statement, because it is obvious to all that the Pope IS in fact a Christian, being a follower of one of the many Christian sub-orders.

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Did you know that Jesus Christ's tomb is in Japan?

Did you know that Jesus Christ's tomb is in Japan? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
In the 2,800-person village of Shingō in Japan's Aomori prefecture, you can visit a tourist attraction that earns almost doodlysquat fanfare despite its world-shattering theological ramifications.
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Italian study claims Turin Shroud is Christ's authentic burial robe - Telegraph

Italian study claims Turin Shroud is Christ's authentic burial robe  - Telegraph | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Just days before Christmas, a new study has emerged that suggests that one of Christianity's most prized but mysterious relics – the Turin Shroud – is not a medieval forgery but could be the authentic burial robe of Christ.
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25 Ridiculous Reactions To #GodIsNotGreat

25 Ridiculous Reactions To #GodIsNotGreat | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

After Christopher Hitchens passed away, the title of his book, “God Is Not Great,” started trending on Twitter. Here's how some people, mostly “Christians,” reacted.

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The faith (and doubts) of our fathers

The faith (and doubts) of our fathers | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The founders’ genius lay in their willingness to cast doubt on fixed ways of thinking inherited from the past.
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The Faux Rage About a False War on Christmas

The Faux Rage About a False War on Christmas | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
There is no war on Christmas; the idea is absurd at every level. You are probably being deafened by a rendition of "Jingle Bells" right now. But the Christian right is waging a war against reason. And they are winning.
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What a Savior Looks Like

What a Savior Looks Like | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

I was re-reading the interview with wrong incarnate (otherwise known as Sean McDowell), when I came across this bit.

"Remember, the Christian story makes sense only if we were created by God and then rebelled. Otherwise, what’s the need for a Savior?"

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PracticalDoubt.com » Why Christians Need the War on Christmas (with comments)

PracticalDoubt.com » Why Christians Need the War on Christmas (with comments) | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

What is it about Christmastime that puts so many Christians on edge about the importance of their religion in American culture? Could the so-called War on Christmas be more of a blame-game for Christianity’s own failures than a war? Could Christians actually need the War on Christmas (and not just because the Bible told them they’d be persecuted)? How else could the paranoid position that there is an atheistic effort to stop all businesses from saying, “Merry Christmas,” and remove “Christ” from all things solstice come about?

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Vatican Cardinal Burke: ‘We’re well on the way’ to Christian persecution in the U.S. | LifeSiteNews.com

Vatican Cardinal Burke: ‘We’re well on the way’ to Christian persecution in the U.S. | LifeSiteNews.com | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

VATICAN, November 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of the highest ranking cardinals in the Vatican has said that the United States is “well on the way” to the persecution of Christians.

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George Michael Hospitalized: Christians For A Moral America Calls For Singer's Death In Light Of His 'Satanic Lifestyle'

George Michael Hospitalized: Christians For A Moral America Calls For Singer's Death In Light Of His 'Satanic Lifestyle' | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

After the Daily Mail reported that Michael's family and long-time partner Fadi Fawaz had gathered at his bedside in Vienna, Christians For A Moral America took to Twitter, claiming the singer "has AIDS" and calling for followers to pray for the his demise in light of his "satanic lifestyle."

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The Religion vs. Evolution Bigotry

The Religion vs. Evolution Bigotry | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Conservapedia has published (what they call) an essay, titled, “Capisizing people’s evolutionary views via 15 questions,” which attempts to explore why evolutionists (or, those who believe evolution) are just dead wrong in their understanding of how the world works.

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Secular and non-bigoted alternatives to the Salvation Army

Secular and non-bigoted alternatives to the Salvation Army | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Every year as we head into Christmas, members of the Salvation Army appear in public areas to solicit donations for the organization. It is easy to dig into a pocket and drop some loose change into the bucket, but that may not be the best decision, and it certainly should not give warm feelings of charity and good holiday cheer for those who do.

 

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Nigeria killings called ‘ethnic, religious cleansing’

Nigeria killings called ‘ethnic, religious cleansing’ | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The head of Nigeria’s Christians said Saturday the killing of dozens of faithful in attacks blamed on Islamists suggested “ethnic andreligious cleansing” reminiscent of the start of the 1960s civil war.

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Santorum wants to impose 'Judeo-Christian Sharia' - CNN.com

Santorum wants to impose 'Judeo-Christian Sharia' - CNN.com | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Dean Obeidallah asks: How do his claims that U.S. civil law should reflect Christian law differ from the Taliban in Afghanistan?
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George Michael slams “twisted” prayer for his death

George Michael slams “twisted” prayer for his death | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Recovering from pneumonia, George Michael has slammed a fundamentalist organisation which told people to pray for his death, but praised the "admirable, generous and loving" Christians in his life.
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Gingrich vows to arrest judges who don't toe the Christian party line.

Gingrich vows to arrest judges who don't toe the Christian party line. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The Republican hyper-emphasis on "Christian Values" recently took a sharp turn and landed squarely on fascist police state.
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10 Things You Miss About Christian Fundamentalism

10 Things You Miss About Christian Fundamentalism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

So you used to be a Christian fundamentalist, but now you’ve been born again in the fires of hell and baptized in the cold water of atheism. Congratulations. And while you appreciate all your new free time and ability to think through a situation without superstitiously invoking a deity or fleeing to church, there are also some things you miss about your old faith…

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This just in: creationists deny the existence of dinosaurs!

This just in: creationists deny the existence of dinosaurs! | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

This just in: creationists deny the existence of dinosaurs! We’re used to the familiar creationist trope of dinosaurs coexisting with humans, and we all remember the photo of P.Z. riding on a _Triceratops_ at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. At least those creationists have the decency to admit that dinosaurs were real, and that the fossils are real remnants of animals that once existed.

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The Ten Marks of a Deluded Person | Debunking Christianity

The Ten Marks of a Deluded Person | Debunking Christianity | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Below in no particular order are what I consider the ten marks (or characteristics) of a deluded person. I think even educated Christians will agree with most of them. You might want to consider from this checklist how many of them apply to you. To the degree that more of them apply then the more likely you are deluded by your faith. Now it’s quite possible that Christians can be deluded and yet their faith is true, in the same sense that a person might be brainwashed or indoctrinated into believing the truth. But the point is that if you’re deluded then you have no reason to believe.

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Life's Extremes: Atheists vs. Believers | Religious Zealots & World's Religions | LiveScience

Life's Extremes: Atheists vs. Believers | Religious Zealots & World's Religions | LiveScience | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Whether a person is an atheist or a strong believer in a god or religion, going as far as religious zealotry, comes down to many factors, including genes and the environment in which that person grows up, scientists say.
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2 Shocking Attacks on Atheism -- And How Atheists Fought Back | AlterNet

2 Shocking Attacks on Atheism -- And How Atheists Fought Back | AlterNet | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
In the last few years atheists have become seriously organized, mobilized, visible, vocal and unapologetic about their atheism.
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An Open Letter To Christians: Merry Christmas From An Atheist

An Open Letter To Christians:  Merry Christmas From An Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

That’s right, I didn’t say “happy holidays” or “seasons greetings” — I said “merry Christmas.” And yes, I’m an atheist, one who loves the Christmas season so much that I tend to get into the spirit of the holiday a little earlier than most. I love the decorations, the music, the gift-giving, the mythology — all of it. This often surprises people because I tend to have a dark sense of humor and an unsentimental, pragmatic worldview. But every December, you’ll find me singing along with Nat King Cole and Dean Martin as I decorate the tree; you’ll find me getting misty-eyed and sniffly when George Bailey comes to understand how many lives his mundane existence has touched and influenced; you’ll hear me wishing “merry Christmas” — and yes, sometimes “happy holidays” — to total strangers. And I’ll say it again — I’m an atheist.

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I’m Christian, unless you’re gay.

I’m Christian, unless you’re gay. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Today I want to write about something that has bothered me for the better part of a decade. Truth is, I’ve been trying to write it off and on for more than a year now, and the right words have been seemingly impossible to come by.
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The religion of an increasingly godless America | The Great Debate

The religion of an increasingly godless America | The Great Debate | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Americans seem not just more religious, but more drawn to reactionary religion than ever before. That is, until you start to dig into the actual facts.
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