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Exploring Atheism, Secularism, Humanism as well as Logic, Reason and Skepticism In Today's World
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Catholic abbot, 80, wanted in connection with child sex offences, has vanished

Catholic abbot, 80, wanted in connection with child sex offences, has vanished | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Father Laurence Soper, an ex-London abbot accused of sexually abusing children, is reportedly on the run from police after jumping bail.
Soper, an abbot in Ealing between 1991 and 2000, was arrested last year on suspicion of sexual assault. He is now the subject of an international manhunt after jumping bail earlier this year.

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Christian radio host warns that lesbian nurses can make kids gay | Breaking News | Wisconsin Gazette - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) News

Christian radio host warns that lesbian nurses can make kids gay | Breaking News | Wisconsin Gazette - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) News | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Radio host Linda Harvey of Mission America went on an anti-gay rant during her “Christian” radio show yesterday, warning parents to keep their children away from LGBT healthcare professionals.
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Chelsea Rubio's curator insight, March 5, 2014 10:48 AM

It is not proven that contact with a professional medical caregiver, or a caregiver of any kind, can make children gay. It is an insult to LGBT medical professionals everywhere for someone to even suggest that having contact with them can turn someone gay.

 

If you feel the need to keep your child away, it is your choice. Don't go along with someone just because they tell you to do it.

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Proof Prayer Doesn't Work - A Double-Blind Scientific Study

"The Templeton Foundation, a christian organization, in 2006, set out to prove that prayer works, with a massive study that ended up costing over 2.4 million dollars. 1,802 patients at 6 different hospitals were organized into the study. They'd all received heart bypass surgery so that there would be as much similarity as possible. Here are the results:"

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Why I’m an Anti-Theist

"*The following is taken from a rant I had today on my Twitter timeline, in response to being called "intolerant" for expressing atheist or anti-theist views in public."

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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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Skeptical 'Zombies' Attack Alleged Psychic James Van Praagh (VIDEO)

Skeptical 'Zombies' Attack Alleged Psychic James Van Praagh (VIDEO) | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Psychic James Van Praagh has made a fortune by allegedly speaking to the dead, but apparently he has no time for the undead.
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A Christian Overreaction to An Atheist Group’s Existence

A Christian Overreaction to An Atheist Group’s Existence | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"The Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison took advantage of a program that allows them to send an email to the entire student population… for a price."

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Faith ceases to be a virtue when it has little connection with facts of reality

Faith ceases to be a virtue when it has little connection with facts of reality | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
RITE AND REASON:Belief unsupported by proportionate evidence corrupts our search for truth and morality...
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Christopher Hitchens in conversation via satellite with Stephen Fry

Christopher Hitchens in conversation via satellite with Stephen Fry | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

For over forty years Christopher Hitchens has written and spoken with passionate commitment on matters that others fear to broach. His life has been one of defiance, wit and humility. Now his life is threatened by cancer, but his devotion to the truth and his extraordinary courage are undiminished. In this special event for Intelligence⊃2; , he'll be in conversation via satellite in Washington D.C. with Stephen Fry who'll be on stage live at the Royal Festival Hall. Don't miss this chance to hear one of the great public intellectuals of our age discussing politics, literature and, as he puts it, "the things that make life worth defending – foes like faith and false consolation".

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Outrage as top Italian history professor blames fall of Rome on rise of homosexuality

Outrage as top Italian history professor blames fall of Rome on rise of homosexuality | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Roberto De Mattei, a devout Roman Catholic, had already raised eyebrows by saying the Japanese tsunami was ‘divine punishment’.
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Secular Help for Trafficking Survivors

Secular Help for Trafficking Survivors | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

I've written in the past about the phenomenon of people who think that their religious beliefs excuse them from doing their job. The correct solution, of course, is to not accept a job whose duties you won't perform; but the religious privilege that pervades society often leads people to expect that their employer should accommodate them, rather than vice versa, and that they should be paid for work they refuse to do.

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Science is independent of humanism, atheism and religion

Science is independent of humanism, atheism and religion | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Julian Baggini: Heathen's progress: It's one of the highest human achievements, but some atheists seem to want to raise science to the level of our saviour...
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The Confrontational Nature of Coming Out Atheist

The Confrontational Nature of Coming Out Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"Greta Christina has written one of the most thought-provoking posts about coming out atheist I've read in awhile. Her central point is that coming out as an atheist (i.e., disclosing our atheism to others) is an inherently oppositional act because it communicates to believers that they are wrong on the god question. For all of us who have been wondering why our very existence seems to agitate the religious so much, I think we may have our answer."

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Atheists, creationists and the pitfalls of public debate - The Drum Opinion

Atheists, creationists and the pitfalls of public debate - The Drum Opinion | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The gulf between an apologist theologian and an atheist biologist is an abyss only bridgeable by epiphany or tragedy.
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Review: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True

Review: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Book Review: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True by Richard Dawkins.
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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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We’re Telling Them They’re Wrong: Why Coming Out Atheist Is Inherently Oppositional

We’re Telling Them They’re Wrong: Why Coming Out Atheist Is Inherently Oppositional | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"Yup. Coming out is hugely important for atheists. I assume this is not a wildly controversial statement. Coming out — and making our community a safer place to come out into, and making the world a safer place to come out in — is pretty much Number One on atheists’ To Do list. And yes, atheists have a huge amount to learn from the LGBT communities about coming out, not just the why but the how: what to say, when to say it, how to say it, who to say it to, what to do if people freak out. There are tons of parallels between the LGBT movement and the atheist movement, and the importance of coming out is one of them — as are many of the specific strategies about doing it."

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Nadine Dorries defends her comments about humanists

"Yesterday, I posted on the Conservative MP Nadine Dorries' reaction to becoming the frontrunner for our annual Bad Faith Award, whereby she described New Humanist as an "extreme" organisation and a "cult", and suggested that humanists advocate infanticide."

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The Secular Outpost: Republican​s Unite Against Atheists

"And I, frankly, would be really worried if somebody assured me that nothing in their faith would affect their judgments because then I'd wonder, where's your judgment -- how can you have judgment if you have no faith? And how can I trust you with power if you don't pray?" - Newt Gingrich

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Alabama schools continue in unlawful prayer

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has yet to receive a response from Superintendent William Valentine regarding Lauderdale County School District's sanction of illegal prayer before athletic events.
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Taxpayer Funded ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ Tell Jewish Woman To Convert To Christianity Or Go To Hell

Taxpayer Funded ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ Tell Jewish Woman To Convert To Christianity Or Go To Hell | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
As ThinkProgress has reported, so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” that claim to help women in need are actually established by anti-abortion activists with the sole objective of shaming women out of having abortions.
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Media Banned From Secretive Religious Right Event

"It turned out that the Champion The Vote effort was a project of organization called United In Purpose, which is being funded by conservative millionaires for the purpose of mobilizing "40 million out of the estimated 60 million evangelicals in the United States to vote" over the next decade."

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Egyptian man sentenced to 3 years in jail for blasphemy

Egyptian man sentenced to 3 years in jail for blasphemy | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

As you might recall, in late August I wrote that Egyptian police had arrested 23-year-old Ayman Yusef Mansur for "insulting Islam" in postings on his Facebook wall. Last week, the case came to an unfortunate close when a court convincted and sentenced Mansur to three years in prison, with hard labor, according to the news outlet Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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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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