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Air Force Base denies atheist display, allows Menorah and Nativity Scene

Air Force Base denies atheist display, allows Menorah and Nativity Scene | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Travis Air Force base is already under intense scrutiny over these displays that are inappropriate to begin with. The official word so far was that each of the 20 or so displays represented a squadron on base. Apparently this facade implies that an entire squadron is Jewish. And wouldn’t you know it their display just happened to be next to an entire squadron of Nativity Scene enthusiasts.

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'10 for Tebow' Encourages Donating to Pro-Choice Causes Every Time Tim Tebow Scores a Touchdown

'10 for Tebow' Encourages Donating to Pro-Choice Causes Every Time Tim Tebow Scores a Touchdown | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Starting Denver Broncos quarterback and real life Forrest Gump Tim Tebow has made no secret of his ultraconservative views, once appearing with his mom in an anti-abortion ad that aired during the Super Bowl. Now, an internet-based group of pro-choice advocates is turning his moderate gridiron success into a fundraising effort by donating $10 to abortion providers for every touchdown Tebow scores. This makes me want to Tebow right here, right now.

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Atheist messages kick nativity scene to the curb in California park

Atheist messages kick nativity scene to the curb in California park | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

theists scored big in a lottery that gave them 18 out of the 21 spaces traditionally reserved for the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee, a coalition of 13 churches, and the Santa Monica Police Officers Association for the last 60 years. The coalition got two of the spaces in the new lottery system, and a spokesman for the coalition of the city's churches is crying foul, despite the fact that the atheists only used three of the spaces:

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Scientists: Higgs boson is not God - Times LIVE

Scientists: Higgs boson is not God - Times LIVE | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
“We don’t call it the ‘God particle’, it’s just the media that do that,” a senior US scientist politely told an interviewer on a major European radio station.
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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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10 Reasons Atheists Are More Moral Than Religious Fundamentalists

10 Reasons Atheists Are More Moral Than Religious Fundamentalists | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

While most atheists are faced with answering how they can be moral without a god, I have a list of 10 reasons that the irreligious are morally superior to religious fundamentalists.

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Atheists & Agnostics Speak Out in Arabic | Atheismtube

Atheists & Agnostics Speak Out in Arabic | Atheismtube | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Here in the west it’s often “inconvenient” to come out as an atheist, but these former Muslims who have come out as atheists on this video are brave souls indeed as I’m sure there are some religious nuts out there who would do something extreme. Well done!

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4.5 million years of human evolution summed up in one picture

4.5 million years of human evolution summed up in one picture | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Redditor kreaturesleeper points out about the photo, “I like the part where gawd put those here to test us.”

Click here to see larger image.

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Hemley Gonzalez: The Truth About Mother Teresa | Daylight Atheism

Hemley Gonzalez: The Truth About Mother Teresa | Daylight Atheism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Note: Please welcome Hemley Gonzalez to Daylight Atheism. Hemley is the founder of Responsible Charity, a secular non-profit organization serving the poor of Calcutta, which was a past beneficiary of the Foundation Beyond Belief. In this interview, he discusses his time as a volunteer with Mother Teresa's supposed charitable organization, how he became disillusioned, and how it inspired him to start a better alternative. See also my past post on the same subject. —Adam

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SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).
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ICC Vatican Prosecution | Center for Constitutional Rights

ICC Vatican Prosecution | Center for Constitutional Rights | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Clergy Victims File International Criminal Court Complaint: Case Charges Vatican Officials with ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

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Debunking Santa Is Just Practice for God | Friendly Atheist

Debunking Santa Is Just Practice for God | Friendly Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

As Christmas approaches, many atheist parents might be wondering if they should tell their young children about the infamous obese man in a red velvet suit, who goes around the world (overnight) in a flying sleigh pulled by reindeer, slides down chimneys (or possibly picks the locks), and delivers presents (but only if you have been really well behaved).

Sounds plausible…

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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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Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal

Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Before he became pope, Benedict XVI held a position that had authority over abuse cases but did not assert it for many years.
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Preview: Richard Dawkins interviews Christopher Hitchens

Preview: Richard Dawkins interviews Christopher Hitchens | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

As we revealed earlier this week, this year's New Statesman Christmas special is guest-edited by Richard Dawkins (copies can be purchased here). Among the many highlights is Dawkins's interview with his fellow anti-theist Christopher Hitchens, who began his Fleet Street career at the NS in 1973.

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Anger doesn’t make the irrational more sensible | Pharyngula

Anger doesn’t make the irrational more sensible | Pharyngula | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
I actually enjoyed this little rant by a fervent Catholic, Mary Kochan: You Whiny Sniveling Little Atheists Are Pathetic!
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Cambridge University Library gives Newton papers to the world

Cambridge University Library gives Newton papers to the world | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Isaac Newton’s own annotated copy of his Principia Mathematica is among his notebooks and, manuscripts being made available online by Cambridge University Library.

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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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County school superintendent blasts evolution | NCSE

County school superintendent blasts evolution | NCSE | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The superintendent of the school system in Hart County, Kentucky, is complaining about the emphasis on evolution in the state's new end-of-course test for biology, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader (December 13, 2011). In a November 21, 2011, letter to state education commissioner Terry Holliday and the state board of education, Ricky D. Line expressed "deep concern about the increased emphasis on the evolution content required in the new End-of-Course Blueprint ... I find the increase is substantial and alarming." He continued, "I have a very difficult time believing that we have come to a point in education that we are teaching evolution, not the theory of evolution, as a factual occurence, while totally omitting the creation story by a God who is bigger than all of us. I do not believe in macroevolution, and I do believe in creation by our God." Line oversees six schools with about 2200 students.

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LIND Billboard Company Discriminates Against Atheists?

LIND Billboard Company Discriminates Against Atheists? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

According to the LIND Billboard Company, if you're an atheist group and want to put up a billboard saying "There Is No God - Don't Believe Everything You Hear," that would be "inflammatory" as well "obscene, offensive, and/or not in the best interests of the community." Say what?

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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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Atheists donated way too many care packages to deployed troops

Atheists donated way too many care packages to deployed troops | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, I highlighted an incredibly easy way to send a care package to a deployed military member, completely free of charge.

It was a combined effort between Revision Military, who makes SawFly battle-ready eye wear among other things, and also the AnySoldier charity who helps match military members with individual donors.

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Fox Host Kicks Atheist Off Show For Calling Jesus & the Nativity ‘An Insult’

Fox Host Kicks Atheist Off Show For Calling Jesus & the Nativity ‘An Insult’ | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The atheists over at the Freedom From Religion Foundation aren't ashamed to let their anti-faith message be heard loud and clear.
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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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Controversial Turkish Internet Censorship Program Targets Evolution Sites - ScienceInsider

Controversial Turkish Internet Censorship Program Targets Evolution Sites - ScienceInsider | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Evolution, apparently, ranks alongside pornography and terrorism as topics that the Turkish government's controversial new Internet filtering scheme keeps out of the hands of children. Internet users in Turkey were surprised yesterday to find that several educational Web sites about evolution, such as this one, were inaccessible. After Hürriyet Daily News reported the censorship yesterday, the government reversed the block today. But science advocates and Internet freedom activists say it's a worrying sign of the government's attitude toward evolution.

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