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For Sex Slaves, Catholic Bishops' ‘Help’ is No Help at All

For Sex Slaves, Catholic Bishops' ‘Help’ is No Help at All | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

In the United States, every year an estimated 50,000-75,000 women and children are trafficked into the country and forced into sexual servitude. As startling as that number is, it doesn’t even include the hundreds of thousands already residing within our borders forced into the commercial sex industry.

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Jesus Christ's Crucifixion Nails Discovered In Jerusalem, Claims Filmmaker

Jesus Christ's Crucifixion Nails Discovered In Jerusalem, Claims Filmmaker | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Could two of the nails used to crucify Jesus have been discovered in a 2,000-year-old tomb in Jerusalem?
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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 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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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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The FFRF’s Controversial ‘Fool Me Once’ Billboard Campaign | Friendly Atheist

The FFRF’s Controversial ‘Fool Me Once’ Billboard Campaign | Friendly Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The Freedom From Religion Foundation just began a new billboard campaign in Oakland, California that’s bound to upset devout Christians. They pull no punches and go right after delusional thinking — specifically the kind that leads you to believe Jesus is coming back one day.

Check out these new signs:

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You CAN be good with God! | Secular News Daily

You CAN be good with God! | Secular News Daily | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
OK – we have become used to the slogan “You can be good without God.” Versions of it have popped up all around the world over the last few years. Even in little old New Zealand.
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After The Rapture

It happened before the expected time of 6pm, but Harold Camping's May 21, 2011 prediction has come true. Everything has changed. It is now a world without Christians.

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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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Shelby County, TN — Christ Community receives $400,000 for family planning services, Planned Parenthood loses contract for first time in 35 years

Shelby County, TN — Christ Community receives $400,000 for family planning services, Planned Parenthood loses contract for first time in 35 years | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Finally breaking a deadlock, the Shelby County (Tennessee) Commissioners voted to award Christ Community Health Services a $400,000 contract for family planning services for the poor. This is the first time in 35 years that Planned Parenthood did not receive the funding.

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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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Ten Commandments: Basis for American Law?

Ten Commandments: Basis for American Law? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
One of the arguments most frequently offered for the creation of Ten Commandments plaques, monuments, or displays on government property is that they are the foundation of American (or Western) law.
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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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The Religious Sex Abuse Epidemic

The Religious Sex Abuse Epidemic | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Sexually repressive religions suffer numerous allegations of sexual abuse, which makes sense when you consider the effect that their scripture might have on normal sexual behavior.
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Embrace secularism; keep religion out of politics

Embrace secularism; keep religion out of politics | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The debate over Mitt Romney’s beliefs should serve as a reminder that religion has no place in politics.
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