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FFRF sends “Reasons’s Greetings” to New Yorkers | Secular News Daily

FFRF sends “Reasons’s Greetings” to New Yorkers | Secular News Daily | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The FFRF has placed two billboards in NYC, wishing everyone Reason's Greetings. Were they discriminated against by any billboard site owners? Care to guess?
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Fears for Australian man facing 500 lashes - Religion and Beliefs - NZ Herald News

Fears for Australian man facing 500 lashes - Religion and Beliefs - NZ Herald News | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Grave fears are held for the survival of an Australian man sentenced to 500 lashes and a year's jail for blasphemy during a pilgrimage to Islam's holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

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How Christians Have Secularized Christmas

How Christians Have Secularized Christmas | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Once various Christian extremist groups realized that their made-up "war on Christmas" would be a massively successful fundraiser, it was obvious that we would be treated to hearing about battles in this war each and every year. While it is still not clear how (or if) atheists should participate in this "war," I do believe that Christians are largely managing to secularize Christmas all on their own with minimal involvement on our part.

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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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All Believers Are Not Created Equal – A Clarification | Al Stefanelli

All Believers Are Not Created Equal – A Clarification | Al Stefanelli | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

I have been asked why I “paint with a broad brush” regarding those who hold beliefs in deities; why I ‘”lump together” all believers. I find this to be extremely annoying because I don’t do this on the level that I am frequently accused of. Yes, there are areas in which I do paint with such a brush, and do engage in the lumping together of all believers. These areas are relegated to my categorical rejection of the existence of all gods, that all religious belief is a form of mental illness (the clinical delusion of adults with imaginary friends) and that religion has absolutely no place in government, public schools and any spaces that have been set aside for the use of the general public.

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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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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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Revealed: Eight honour attacks a day in Britain as rates rise

Revealed: Eight honour attacks a day in Britain as rates rise | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Britain is facing an epidemic of “honour” attacks with EIGHT happening per day, new figures have revealed.

Last year 2,823 attacks were reported – most on women in South Asian, Eastern European and Middle Eastern communities – who suffered acid attacks, abduction, ­mutilations and beatings.

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Christians take aim at Depp for Christmas song

Christians take aim at Depp for Christmas song | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Johnny Depp has come under fire from religious activists for a new Christmas-themed track they've branded "filth."

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Saudi Religious Scholars: Women Drivers Means ‘No More Virgins’

Saudi Religious Scholars: Women Drivers Means ‘No More Virgins’ | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A group of academics from a Saudi Arabian religious council warned that, should women in the repressive monarchy be allowed to legally drive cars, the country would see a rapid “moral decline.” The religious scholars are from Saudi Arabia’s top institution...
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How to spot a heathen - The Daily Californian

How to spot a heathen - The Daily Californian | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

At this present time in the United States, non-religious atheists, agnostics and other non-believers make up over 16 percent of the population, according to Pew Research Center data. This is to say that currently in America, the fourth largest religious tradition is not to adhere to any religious beliefs at all.

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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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Miracle Mineral Solution Part 2 – The Deception and Harm of Alternative Medicine

If it weren’t bad enough that Jim Humble is still pushing bleach as a cure-all, the latest product that he is championing is MMS2. What is MMS2, you may ask? I’ll let Jim speak for himself:

“OK, so what is MMS2? What chemical turns to hypochlorous acid in the body? Hold on to your hat. It’s a special type of swimming ----- pool ----- chlorine. Well, that's what everybody calls it - swimming pool chlorine. BUT it is really not chlorine. It's a special agent that is used to "shock" the pool, called CALCIUM HYPOCHLORITE.”

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More cause for celebration: evolution acceptance on the uptick

More cause for celebration: evolution acceptance on the uptick | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

According to a Gallup poll released today, there’s some heartening news: acceptance of evolution in America is on the rise. It isn’t jumping up precipitiously, but here are the latest data in a long-term (29-year) survey of Americans’ views on one aspect of evolution: how humans came to be.

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Julian Baggini discovers, to his chagrin, that atheism and “real” religion are incompatible

Philosopher Julian Baggini has written a series of seven essays on religion and atheism at the “Comment is free” section of The Guardian. His avowed purpose was to find common ground between atheism and religion, and his arguments are set out in these pieces:

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LGBT group boycotts Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign

LGBT group boycotts Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The Salvation Army's bellringer campaign is not getting a ringing endorsement from the LGBT community. On The Bilirico Project's website, the reason they are giving is because the Salvation Army discriminates against the gay community.

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Why It Makes People Uncomfortable When You Talk About Your Religious Beliefs

Why It Makes People Uncomfortable When You Talk About Your Religious Beliefs | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

I have heard many religious believers, mostly Christians, ask why it makes other people uncomfortable when they talk about their religious beliefs. It is a fair question, and as you might expect, different people are going to have many different answers. I'll highlight a few of the reasons it makes me uncomfortable. Please recognize that my reasons may be a bit different from those of other atheists based on differences in our experiences.

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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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On Black Atheism: Jamila Bey

On Black Atheism: Jamila Bey | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A recent New York Times article profiled African Americans who don't believe in God or who have eschewed the faith that many assume is central to the black experience. What does the apparent rise in atheism and agnosticism (pdf) among blacks tell us about the utility of religion for African Americans in today's social and political climate? Interviews with academics, activists and advocates from everywhere on the religious spectrum reveal the diversity of views on this historically fraught -- and, for many, highly personal -- topic.

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Scooby-Doo is Veggie Tales for secular humanists - Boing Boing

Scooby-Doo is Veggie Tales for secular humanists - Boing Boing | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

At Comics Alliance, Chris Sims makes such a good argument that I can only gape and think, "Oh my god, why had I never noticed this before?"

"Because that's the thing about Scooby-Doo: The bad guys in every episode aren't monsters, they're liars."

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Atheists protest holiday exclusion with Human Tree of Knowledge

Atheists protest holiday exclusion with Human Tree of Knowledge | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

On Saturday December 3rd, 2011 the Freethought Society assembled at the Chester County Courthouse in West Chester, Pennsylvania to protest the exclusion of the atheist group’s Tree of Knowledge winter display for the second year in a row.

 

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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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Former scientology member 'held against will aboard cruise ship' - Telegraph

Former scientology member 'held against will aboard cruise ship'  - Telegraph | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A former Church of Scientology member has claimed she was held against her will aboard the Church's cruise ship, The Freewinds, for 12 years.
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Skeptic News: Burzynski petition

Skeptic News: Burzynski petition | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

There has been a recent flurry of interest in the activities of the Burzynski clinic among skeptics triggered by an article in the Observer where another family tragically affected by a rare cancer has turned to fundraising to pay for treatment at the controversial Texas facility. Josephine Jones has an excellent summary of the recent blogging activity about Burzynski here.

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Hey, Atheists, don't destroy Christmas... just steal it back!

Hey, Atheists, don't destroy Christmas... just steal it back! | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
I've been getting a lot of questions lately from Christian and Atheist friends wanting to know how I celebrate Christmas.
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