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Parents Had Man Beat Child: Teen Beaten By Man From Parents' Church, Officials Report

Parents Had Man Beat Child: Teen Beaten By Man From Parents' Church, Officials Report | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
IRVINE, Calif. -- An Irvine couple who suspected their 15-year-old son of smoking turned to a man believed to be relied on in their church to violently discipline children, authorities said.
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Awesome New UFO Theory: Approaching Comet is Really a Borg Cube From Jesus

Awesome New UFO Theory: Approaching Comet is Really a Borg Cube From Jesus | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

There's nothing better than a wild UFO conspiracy theory — unless it's a UFO theory that wraps in a debunked comet, the Catholic Church, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Church of Scotland rejects proposals to legalise gay marriage

Church of Scotland rejects proposals to legalise gay marriage | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Church responds to Scottish government's reform plan by saying same-sex marriage undermines society...
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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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Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you're helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations. Many LGBT people are rejected by the evangelical church charity because they're "sexually impure."

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Girls Beaten and Raped? Or The Catholic Church? Who are the victims? RichardDawkins.net

Girls Beaten and Raped? Or The Catholic Church? Who are the victims? RichardDawkins.net | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

14,000 daughters. Fourteen thousand women is a lot of victims of human trafficking.


In fact I’m wrong. I should write 14,000 females. Many of these 14,000 are girls, not yet women, girls often trafficked as sex workers -- a kind of 21st Century slavery. Many of these 14,000 victims are beaten, others raped. Many become pregnant, others contract HIV.
ACLU of Massachusetts v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al.

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Topless women protest the Catholic Church’s misogyny under Pope’s balcony

Topless women protest the Catholic Church’s misogyny under Pope’s balcony | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Topless women from the Ukrainp gathered under the Pope's balcony at the Vatican to protest what they say is the Catholic Church’s misogyny.

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Bishops gear up for fight with Obama

Bishops gear up for fight with Obama | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather for their annual fall meeting next week (Nov. 14-16) in Baltimore, the issue that will stand out in an otherwise small-bore internal agenda is their growing resolve to engage in politically charged battles over gay marriage and access to abortion and contraception.

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Catholic Church Threatens Lawsuits: We Sell "Erotica," Not Pornography!

Catholic Church Threatens Lawsuits: We Sell "Erotica," Not Pornography! | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The Catholic Church is threatening to sue publishers who have accused it of selling pornography, with titles such as “Fuckable,” through its bookseller, Weltbild.
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Mormons enlist rock star to improve image

Mormons enlist rock star to improve image | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Facing a sceptical public that still has questions about whether their faith is a religion or a cult, the Mormon Church is turning to one of its least stereotypical adherents to win...
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Fremont members vote to leave Presbyterian Church USA over gay minister - sacbee.com

Fremont members vote to leave Presbyterian Church USA over gay minister - sacbee.com | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Members of Fremont Presbyterian Church voted Sunday to leave their national denomination and join one that church leaders said reflects more traditional beliefs.
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Why Atheists Celebrate Christmas | Religion, Church & Tradition | LiveScience

Why Atheists Celebrate Christmas | Religion, Church & Tradition | LiveScience | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

They may not find much meaning in the birth of Jesus Christ, but many atheists embrace religious traditions such as churchgoing for the sake of the children, a new study finds.

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Amnesty calls for inquiry into child sex abuse by clergy in Northern Ireland

Amnesty calls for inquiry into child sex abuse by clergy in Northern Ireland | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Call for action comes after publication of internal Catholic Church reports that find it guilty of inaction over paedophile priests...
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Church and humanists clash over Bishops in parliament

The conflicting views of the Church of England and the British Humanist Association (BHA) were clear at today’s evidence session on Bishops sitting in the House of Lords, the ‘Lords Spiritual’. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and Andrew Copson, BHA Chief Executive, were both invited to give evidence to the parliamentary Joint Committee looking at the draft House of Lords Reform Bill on Monday 28 November. The BHA had, last month, submitted detailed written evidence to the Committee opposing and criticising the government’s proposals on the Bishops.

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'Harry Potter and yoga are evil', says Catholic Church exorcist - Telegraph

'Harry Potter and yoga are evil', says Catholic Church exorcist - Telegraph | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

For most people it is a way of toning the limbs and soothing the stresses of everyday life, but the Catholic Church’s best-known exorcist says yoga is evil.

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State Amendment would make taxpayers help fund churches and religious schools

State Amendment would make taxpayers help fund churches and religious schools | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The 2012 elections will be watched by every American coast to coast, and while the Presidential race is at the top of everyone's list, there is something going on in the state of Florida that could have a ripple effect on everyone else.

It's called "Florida Religious Freedom", or Amendment 7. If passed, the amendment would allow taxpayer money to be used to fund religious organizations.

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Catholic church plans campaign to re-evangelise inactive members

Catholic church plans campaign to re-evangelise inactive members | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

National tour of talks and workshops to help clergy and parishioners reach out lapsed membership of five million...

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Jeebus Would Knock The Shit Out Of You

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"Jesus said both to turn the other cheek and to bring a sword to defend oneself. So let’s not simply quote one thing he said as if it were the only thing he said. Furthermore, quoting Bible verses against assault or persecution is not appropriate in regards to MMA, because such verses do not refer to a regulated sporting competition governed by rules where two athletes of similar size and skill agree to a competition. It would be akin to telling a Christian hockey player they could never check anyone into the boards, or a soldier at war or police officer in a crisis to turn the other cheek. Good verse, wrong application." - Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle's Mars Hill Church, in a lengthy defense of his ministry's advocacy of mixed martial arts as part of "muscular Christianity," which demands that young men assault each other to prove their faith. (And that they're totally not homogay.)

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Rise of the Secularists: 1 in 4 Millennials Don't Identify With Any Religion

Rise of the Secularists: 1 in 4 Millennials Don't Identify With Any Religion | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A record number of Millennials don't claim any religion as their own. How will this affect the future of America?
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Not Every Church Practice Is Useless

Not Every Church Practice Is Useless | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"Particularly in immigrant and black communities (and conceivably in Central American/hispanic ones as well), the church is the focal point of civil life. It is a resource not only for instrumental support like counselling and a financial safety net, but as an existential anchor. The prospect for many of “leaving the church” is not so simple as just getting to sleep in on Sundays -– it has real repercussions. Setting up a humanist church speaks directly to those people: “you don’t have to ‘leave the church’, you are simply invited to switch churches. This one doesn’t have a god in it”."

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Richard Dawkins: 'Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist' - video interview

In the latest in John Harris's National Conversations series of interviews, Richard Dawkins is invited to defend his atheism. What about the comfort, community, and moral education offered by religion?

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