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Exploring Atheism, Secularism, Humanism as well as Logic, Reason and Skepticism In Today's World
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Vatican newspaper sees reinvigorated atheism : Catholic Culture

In recent years, atheism become less of a “pragmatic space of irreligiousness and indifference” and more of an active intellectual force, according to an essay published in L’Osservatore Romano.

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Nihilistic Existentialism

Nihilistic Existentialism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Those who disbelieve in God will usually agree that there is no “objective” meaning to their lives, but deny that therefore there is no meaning at all. Instead, they argue that their lives can be fulfilling and purposeful from the subjective perspectives of themselves and other human beings. Because they find this satisfying, they do not sink into despair and they do not feel that suicide is the best option.

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Another reason to never debate creationists | Pharyngula

Another reason to never debate creationists | Pharyngula | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Because they are scumsucking profiteering liars.

Case in point: a few people had a conversation with Eric Hovind and Sye Ten Bruggencate, a couple of dishonest frauds. This was not a commercial transaction.

"We did not agree for God Quest, inc. to edit the conversation we had with Sye and Eric. We did not agree for God Quest, inc. to use our comments for any commercial purpose of any kind. We were not asked if God Quest, inc. could use our comments in this way. We specifically said the whole point of our having the conversation was that it would not be used in this way."

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Republican Political Theology Demands Special - Not Equal - Rights

Republican Political Theology Demands Special - Not Equal - Rights | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Here is a puzzler of a position, one held by pretty much every Republican candidate and group, but I will let Michele Bachmann’s words stand for all. This is what she had to say at a townhall meeting in Waverly, Iowa the other day:

“All of us Americans have the same rights, we have the same civil rights…There shouldn’t be any special rights or any special set of criteria. We all have the same civil rights.”

Now obviously this is the position of the United States Constitution, that we are all of us equal before the law, with the same rights. But does Michele Bachmann really believe it? Do any of them?

It doesn’t seem so.

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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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Victory by Adversarial Overreaction | Daylight Atheism | Big Think

Victory by Adversarial Overreaction | Daylight Atheism | Big Think | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

You may have heard that another atheist billboard campaign has been censored, this time in Ohio. The Mid-Ohio Atheists had spent several weeks coordinating with the billboard company, planning locations and designing graphics, with no hint of a problem. Then, just days before the first billboards were to go up, they received an unexpected e-mail from the company's senior managers canceling their contract.

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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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Atheist Saeed Khalid must not be deported to Pakistan | Maryam Namazie

Atheist Saeed Khalid must not be deported to Pakistan | Maryam Namazie | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is supporting ‘apostate’ Khalid Saeed’s demand for asylum in Sweden. We are astonished to hear he has been refused asylum and urge the Swedish authorities to reconsider and grant him protection.

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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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Barton: God Wants Us To Work Six Days A Week | Right Wing Watch

The more we listen to David Barton, the more clear it becomes that it is his goal to see the United States operate strictly in accordance with the Bible in literally every regard. As Barton says, "anything the Bible talks about cannot be considered secular," which means that every aspect of public life ought operate in accordance with Biblical teachings, including education, immigration, health care, taxes and economic policy, employment regulations, the role of government, and even our building codes.

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Religion Imprisons Women | Daylight Atheism | Big Think

Religion Imprisons Women | Daylight Atheism | Big Think | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

One hypothesis for the origin of religion is that it's a kind of "costly signaling" - a way for people to prove their loyalty to the group by participating in complex rituals and extravagant shows of devotion. But there's an underappreciated danger to this: when everyone in a community already follows a strict interpretation of faith, religious belief will have a tendency to spiral out of control into extremism, as group members go to greater and greater lengths to express their piety. And when religion grows more and more fanatical, while it's bad for everyone forced to live under its dictates, it's inevitably women who suffer the most.

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Tolkien and Atheists

Tolkien and Atheists | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

There's nothing about being an atheist that would cause a person to be "militant" in the "denial" of Tertius' god, although it is true that some atheists are. But when you have people (say, people like Tertius) who spend a lot of time trying to tell atheists how they can't be moral, how they can't enjoy life, how they can't understand what "real love" is, and so forth, it's only to be expected that some atheists will get pretty annoyed and start spending a lot of time returning the "love" and attacking back.

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Camp Quest | The Secular Summer Camp

Camp Quest | The Secular Summer Camp | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Camp Quest (noun): 1. Summer camp beyond belief! 2. A place for fun, friends, and freethought for kids ages 8-17.

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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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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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Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion? : NPR

A rabbi, a descendant of Charles Darwin, a philosopher and a scholar face off over religion in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Afghan Woman Freed From Jail So She Can Marry Her Rapist

Afghan Woman Freed From Jail So She Can Marry Her Rapist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
After lobbying from international groups, an Afghan woman who was raped by a relative and given a 12-year jail sentence has been pardoned by President Hamid Karzai.
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People Think Atheists Are Just As Bad As Rapists? Christ.

People Think Atheists Are Just As Bad As Rapists? Christ. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Today in hateration news: people really, really don't trust atheists. In a new study, the only group participants found as untrustworthy as nonbelievers were rapists.
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Cryptographer says that Apostle Paul acknowledged that homosexuality does not prevent Christians from going to heaven, biblical scholar agrees with him.

Cryptographer says that Apostle Paul acknowledged that homosexuality does not prevent Christians from going to heaven, biblical scholar agrees with him. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

For the last 2,000 years, Christians have been taught to believe that Apostle Paul condemned homosexuality. But a new discovery documents that he deliberately acknowledged that it does not prevent anyone from entering heaven. If accepted, this discovery by internationally acclaimed cryptographer Michael Wood could remove the final barrier to full societal acceptance of gays and lesbians.

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The Scarlet Letter of Atheism

The Scarlet Letter of Atheism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The wonderful irony must be the precise reasoning behind the symbol of The Out Campaign. The themes of pariahdom articulated in the pages of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s timeless novel mirror the mentality many atheists face today. The decision to reject a personal god (or the concepts of god/religion altogether) is typically viewed in the same damning light that poor Hester suffered due to her unchristian behaviors. Unfortunately, it is the rejectors of these foolish fairy tales and archaic paranormalities that are deemed the weird ones. Funny that those who come to religious decisions based on direct studying of the evidence are the ones looked at strangely.

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Bertrand Russell on authority in science - A Little Book for Humanity

Bertrand Russell on authority in science - A Little Book for Humanity | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"The most essential characteristic of scientific technique is that it proceeds from experiment, not from tradition. The experimental habit of mind is a difficult one for most people to maintain; indeed, the science of one generation has already become the tradition of the next."

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Rosa Rubicondior: 15 Answers for Creationists.

Rosa Rubicondior: 15 Answers for Creationists. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Written in reply to 15 Questions for Evolutionists.

This list of questions is depressing, not because they are difficult - any intermediate level biology student should be able to answer them with no more than a moments thought - but because they reveal the depths of ignorance, dishonesty and credulous stupidity on which Creationism relies. The questioner, apparently in all seriousness, believes these are difficult, killer knock-down questions which will challenge even the best of evolutionary biologists. Either that, or he imagines his target audience is that dishonest, ignorant and credulously stupid.

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Ultra-Orthodox ‘Torah Declaration’ Calls For Ex-Gay Therapy For All Who ‘Struggle’ With Homosexuality

Ultra-Orthodox ‘Torah Declaration’ Calls For Ex-Gay Therapy For All Who ‘Struggle’ With Homosexuality | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders have secretly passed around a “Torah Declaration” on “The Torah Stance on Homosexuality.” It rebukes homosexuality as being “not an acceptable lifestyle or a genuine identity” and assumes that gays are by definition “unable to find happiness in a loving relationship.” To abide by the Torah, the Declaration stridently demands ex-gay therapy, including of teenagers, to repair “childhood emotional wounds”:

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The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion | | Furious PurposeFurious Purpose

The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion | | Furious PurposeFurious Purpose | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

David Fitzgerald on the Mormons, at Skepticon 4 :

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil DeGrasse Tyson | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Stephen Colbert is a smart science fan and often features great science book authors and scientists on his show, The Colbert Report. I also appreciate his funny takes on scientific topics such as tissue engineered meat, the LHC and more!

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