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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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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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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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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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Scandal of the churches claiming they can cure HIV through God, as six die after abandoning medication

Scandal of the churches claiming they can cure HIV through God, as six die after abandoning medication | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Undercover reporters who posed as worshippers infected with HIV in south London were told they could be cured. They then had water sprayed in their face while a pastor called for the devil to leave.
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Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign

Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The Iowa forum was a triumph of the union of psychobabble and public religiosity that has come to dominate American politics.
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Darwinism Is a Delusion, According to New Book - Press Release

Author rebuts The God Delusion by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Ebifegha says, “The creationist worldview is a revealed fact that God confirmed historically in a speech before an audience on ancient Mount Sinai. Modern science, through discoveries such as DNA, supports the creationist worldview. Thus, the evolutionist worldview is a delusion resulting from materialism, the dead end to all scientific investigation.”

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Vicar 'sues God' over campaign of hate - Telegraph

Vicar 'sues God' over campaign of hate - Telegraph | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A vicar who moved to an “idyllic” rural parish claims that locals subjected him and his family to a four-year-reign of intimidation and terror.

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40 Examples of Christian Privilege | Godless Girl

40 Examples of Christian Privilege | Godless Girl | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

1. It is likely that state and federal holidays coincide with my religious practices, thereby having little to no impact on my job and/or education...

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Religious diversity linked to unhappiness

Religious diversity linked to unhappiness | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Most people - certainly most atheists - would say that one of the biggest problems with religion is that conflict you get when religion divides people who share a particular part of the world.
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Science and religion: God didn't make man; man made gods

Before John Lennon imagined "living life in peace," he conjured "no heaven … / no hell below us …/ and no religion too."
No religion: What was Lennon summoning?
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State Amendment would make taxpayers help fund churches and religious schools

State Amendment would make taxpayers help fund churches and religious schools | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The 2012 elections will be watched by every American coast to coast, and while the Presidential race is at the top of everyone's list, there is something going on in the state of Florida that could have a ripple effect on everyone else.

It's called "Florida Religious Freedom", or Amendment 7. If passed, the amendment would allow taxpayer money to be used to fund religious organizations.

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Dominionism & Dominion Theology: The Theological Basis for American Theocracy

Also known as Dominionism, Dominion Theology teaches that all of humanity is under the sovereign dominion of God. This means that Christians, as the followers of the only True Religion and representatives of God, have a divine mandate to rule over the rest of humanity.

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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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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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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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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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Darwin and Milton: two views of Creation

Darwin and Milton: two views of Creation | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Charles Darwin and John Milton were two pioneering thinkers of their time who had contrasting views of creation. John Milton wrote the epic poem Paradise Lost in 1667 in order to ‘justify the ways of God to man’. The poem depicts amongst many things the war in Heaven between God and the Angel Lucifer, the attempts by Satan to set up an army in Hell, his travels to Earth to tempt Adam and Eve and the consequent fall of Man. It also depicts the creation of life on Earth by God. Darwin on the other hand set out his theory of evolution of life through the means of natural selection in ‘The Origin of Species’ published in 1859. The work provided a great deal of evidence and observations that helped to explain the extraordinary variations found in creatures on Earth. He developed his theories further in the 1871 publication of ‘The Descent of Man”, where he argued that humans had evolved from a common ancestor of the ape.

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Motto Mania: Calif. Woman Promotes Government-Endorsed ‘In God We Trust’ Signs | Americans United

Motto Mania: Calif. Woman Promotes Government-Endorsed ‘In God We Trust’ Signs | Americans United | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Posting “In God We Trust” signs in city and county government buildings has become all the rage in California.

The drive is spearheaded by a Bakersfield woman named Jacquie Sullivan who persuaded officials in her town to adopt the motto and then took the crusade to other cities. The most recent town to approve the motto is Port Hueneme in Ventura County. The vote was 4-1.

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PracticalDoubt.com » That’s Disrespectful! Why Not Just Pray?

PracticalDoubt.com » That’s Disrespectful! Why Not Just Pray? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

As a society, we have a warped view of what speech and actions qualify as “disrespectful.” Instead of viewing “disrespect” as an action or attitude that lacks respect, it appears to be any action that disagrees with the majority.

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Canadians divided on whether religion does more harm than good: poll

Canadians divided on whether religion does more harm than good: poll | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

TORONTO – Canadians are split on the question of whether religion does more harm than good in the world, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos Reid.

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Is America a Christian Nation? Readers Respond to Chuck Colson

On November 4, the Los Angeles Times published my Opinion Editorial entitled “What’s God Got to do With it?” (which I also posted on Skepticblog) about Congress reaffirming our national motto “In God We Trust.” I argued that trust does not come from God but from very specific social, political, and economic institutions.

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We don’t need politicians who trumpet their belief in God (Donald Kaul column)

We don’t need politicians who trumpet their belief in God (Donald Kaul column) | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

You can tell politicians are getting nervous. They’re playing the “In God We Trust” card again.


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Understanding the Words of Jesus

Understanding the Words of Jesus | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered how a book, like the Bible, could be the word of God, yet there be so many translations of it?
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Tennessee State Rep. Rick Womick Calls Allah A ‘False God,’ Warns Of A Muslim Immigrant ‘Population Jihad’

Tennessee State Rep. Rick Womick Calls Allah A ‘False God,’ Warns Of A Muslim Immigrant ‘Population Jihad’ | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Last Friday, Veterans Day, anti-Muslim activists and politicians converged in a small town on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee to hold a convention. ThinkProgress attended the event, and spoke to a number of speakers involved. State Rep. Rick Womick (R-TN), a local politician from Murfreesboro already known for his inflammatory remarks about the Muslim religion, told us that he would like to purge the military of Muslims. ThinkProgress is now releasing more excerpts from our interview with Womick.

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