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How We Won the Hominid Wars, and All the Others Died Out | Human Evolution | DISCOVER Magazine

How We Won the Hominid Wars, and All the Others Died Out | Human Evolution | DISCOVER Magazine | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The unique adaptability of Homo sapiens is what allowed us to survive when so many other species died out, paleoanthropologist Rick Potts contends. .
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Humanist literature now available for new enlistees | Atheists in Foxholes News

Humanist literature now available for new enlistees | Atheists in Foxholes News | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

New enlistees are exposed to an imposing new culture as they enter the military. For decades, the Gideons have been treating them to a good Christian introduction. Good for the Gideons for taking care of their people. For the first time, enlistees will see that it’s ok if you’re not Christian. Humanist enlistees now have access to “Living Well Through Secular Humanism”, a publication of MAAF introducing humanism as a positive, science-based, and ethical life stance for nontheists.

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Lent: New Year’s Resolutions for Jesus | Friendly Atheist

Lent: New Year’s Resolutions for Jesus | Friendly Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

As I’m sure we all know, Lent is in full swing and we have successfully survived Ash Wednesday.

As a former Catholic, who always wiped off my ashes as soon as church was over, I have to say that Lent seems to be a bit of a publicity stunt. Wear ashes on your head all day on Ash Wednesday. Tell everyone within earshot how close to Jesus you are by gloating about what you are sacrificing for Lent. Proclaim you just can’t eat meat on Friday — though the flesh of sea creatures is totally acceptable.

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Lenoir City High School won't publish atheist student's editorial on religion in schools

Lenoir City High School won't publish atheist student's editorial on religion in schools | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

LENOIR CITY — Krystal Myers is an honors student, captain of the swim team and editor of her high school newspaper. She's also an atheist in a predominantly Christian student body.

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Announcing the JREF's Skeptical Group Database

Announcing the JREF's Skeptical Group Database | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Some of the most exciting and important skeptical work is done on the local level by the many local skeptics' groups that exist all over the world. Many of these groups organize and participate in activism work, such as holding free vaccine clinics and educating the public about the pseudoscience of homeopathy through mass overdoses. Several offer a safe social setting for skeptics to meet, greet, and share their ideas.

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True Religious Freedom Means No Government Involvement

The United States is the most religiously diverse country in the world. In no other nation can you find as many varied religious groups, beliefs and practices as there are here.
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UK Christians are not "persecuted", says England's top Catholic

UK Christians are not "persecuted", says England's top Catholic | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the Rt Rev Vincent Nichols, has responded to the recent debates over "militant secularism" by saying that he does not believe Christians in Britain are the victim of persecution. "I personally don't feel in the least bit persecuted," he told the Guardian. "I don't think Christians should use that word."

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From "Pillar Of The Community" To Prisoner To Pastor

From "Pillar Of The Community" To Prisoner To Pastor | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Dirk Davenport, who pleaded guilty in the 1980's to sexual assault of nine Boy Scouts, is serving as an associate pastor at a Florida church. His actions in the 1980's led to a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Boy Scouts of America.
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Christian Right's 2012 Meme: Atheist Dictatorship or Secular Theocracy

Christian Right's 2012 Meme: Atheist Dictatorship or Secular Theocracy | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The more Rick Santorum pushes for an American theocracy the more the Christian Right accuses liberals of plotting an atheist dictatorship...
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Fox Sets High-water Mark In Hypocrisy: How DARE Obama Use Jesus For Politics? (VIDEO)

Fox Sets High-water Mark In Hypocrisy: How DARE Obama Use Jesus For Politics? (VIDEO) | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
In one the most jaw dropping displays of fake outrage in recent history, Fox contributor Steven Crowder let loose a diatribe against President Obama for daring to speak of his religion as the basis of his politics.
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Rick Santorum: Satan is Systematically Destroying America

Rick Santorum: Satan is Systematically Destroying America | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Via the Daily Beast: In 2008, then-Senator Rick Santorum gave a speech at Ave Maria University where he declared “Satan has his sights on the U.S."

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Rick Santorum or Satanic Heavy Metal: The Quiz

Rick Santorum or Satanic Heavy Metal: The Quiz | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Can you tell the difference between Santorum quotes and Megadeth lyrics? Nope, you probably can't.
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Cosmologists Try to Explain a Universe Springing From Nothing

Cosmologists Try to Explain a Universe Springing From Nothing | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The cosmologist Lawrence Krauss joins a chorus of scientists trying to explain how the universe could be born from, if not nothing, something close to it.
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Girls Scouts No Longer Welcome At Virginia Church Because Of Connection To Planned Parenthood

Girls Scouts No Longer Welcome At Virginia Church Because Of Connection To Planned Parenthood | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
As the Right Wing assault on the Girls Scouts escalates, individual chapters of the group are finding themselves unwelcome by those who object their inclusiveness.
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Gelada monkeys offer evidence that abortion is part of evolutionary fitness

Gelada monkeys offer evidence that abortion is part of evolutionary fitness | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The story begins with an insurrection, and ends with infanticide. A male gelada monkey, unsatisfied with his social standing, challenges the authority of a superior gelada.
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Victory for teachers who say that creationism is nonsense

Victory for teachers who say that creationism is nonsense | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Yesterday, the Supreme Court “declined to hear an appeal Tuesday from a former high school student who sued his history teacher, saying he disparaged Christianity in class in violation of the student’s First Amendment rights.” The case, C. F. v. Capistrano USD, involved a high school student who was insulted that his history teacher, James Corbett, didn’t think much of creationism and religion. Some of Corbett’s comments (which deserve some sort of hero’s award) are:

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The Voice of Kurt Vonnegut: Audio Recording of 1992 Humanist of the Year Acceptance Speech

The Voice of Kurt Vonnegut: Audio Recording of 1992 Humanist of the Year Acceptance Speech | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

From the AHA archives, we hope you enjoy the official audio recording of the late prolific author and past AHA honorary president Kurt Vonnegut as he accepts the 1992 Humanist of the Year award. The title of his speech is, “Why My Dog is Not a Humanist.”

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Catholic Nuns File Brief Supporting Affordable Care Act

Catholic Nuns File Brief Supporting Affordable Care Act | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

As further proof that conservative efforts to paint President Obama as the enemy of religion are a red herring, nearly two dozen leading Catholic nuns filed a brief in the Supreme Court last week supporting the president’s signature legislative accomplishment.

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Eight dead because four Qur’ans burned

How many lives does it take to expiate four charred books?  As you probably know, a few copies of the Qur'an were incinerated by Americans at Bagram air base in Afghanistan. According to the BBC:
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Dead-Logic: The Path of a Critical Thinker (part one)

Dead-Logic: The Path of a Critical Thinker (part one) | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

If I had to choose the "If You're Only Going to Read One Thing on Dead-Logic, Read This" blog entries, my gut would want me to say this series is the one. I'm not sure whether my mind agrees with my gut, but I will say that these next few entries will showcase the critical thinking tips and tools that I've learned over the past two decades (that makes me sound old), and feature some of the foundational principles I learned from two of the biggest influences in my life in this area: Dr. Herman Stark from South Suburban College, and Dr. Gary Burlington (formerly) from Lincoln Christian College. I am indebted to these men more than they know.

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Physicists explain technical glitches behind those faster-than-light neutrinos

Physicists explain technical glitches behind those faster-than-light neutrinos | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Yesterday, rumors were circulating that last year's faster-than-light neutrino results had been undone by a simple mechanical mishap: one of the fiber optic cables connecting a GPS unit to a computer may have been loose.
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Atheist high school groups on the rise!

Atheist high school groups on the rise! | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
As readers of this site know, on Jan. 3 I began working with the Secular Student Alliance, an international organization which supports student groups.  Today the SSA put out a press release about my position that has our office drowning in press...
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Creationism Kicked: Indiana Bill Killed Over Fears Of Costly Litigation

Ding, dong, the bill is dead, the creationism bill is dead!

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has decided to table legislation that would have mandated the teaching of “creation science” in public schools. The bill had passed the Indiana Senate, albeit with a modification requiring the teaching of other theories on the origins of life on Earth from several religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Scientology.

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Poll: Should 'Under God' Be Removed From Pledge?

Poll: Should 'Under God' Be Removed From Pledge? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A Massachusetts family faced a judge Monday to ask to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
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Catholic Food Shelf Rejects Food From Planned Parenthood

Catholic Food Shelf Rejects Food From Planned Parenthood | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A Catholic food shelf willingly turned down 50 lbs of food because it came from Planned Parenthood.
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