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Religion and Child Abuse

Religion and Child Abuse | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The convergence of two news stories should be a wakeup call to alert us to the fact that there is a brutal movement in America that legitimizes child abuse in the name of God.

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There is a Dragon in my Garage

The following is an excerpt from "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In the Dark" by Carl Sagan, a Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author. The "Dragon" is a metaphor for God.

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Penn Jillette: An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election

Penn Jillette: An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

If you visit The Family Research Council (FRC) website, you can examine the "Pro-family voting record of your Member of Congress." The FRC, a conservative Christian lobbying group, is not alone in providing so-called "scorecards" that rate politicians according to how well they mesh with the group's core beliefs. Many labor groups, women's rights groups, environmental groups and various business interests offer similar services to their members and constituents.

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Atheists in military seek recognition to minister to troops

Capt. Ryan Jean wanted to perform well on the Army's psychological evaluation for soldiers. But he also wanted to answer the questions honestly. So when he was asked whether he believed his life had a lasting purpose, Jean, an atheist, saw no choice but to say no.


Those and other responses, Jean says, won him a trip to see the post chaplain, who berated him for his lack of faith.


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Growing Secularism

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Growing Secularism...It is estimated that there are around 1 billion secularists in the world, or about 15% of the total world population. This is smaller than the largest religions, but larger than most religions. What's more, these numbers seem to be growing. We may never reach a point where secularists are a majority, but we are approaching the point (or have reached it already) where secularists and secularism needs to be taken more seriously.

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‘In God we trust,’ when politically convenient

‘In God we trust,’ when politically convenient | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Such sectarian religious propaganda fails to unite us.
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The Christian Right and the Rise of American Fascism

The Christian Right and the Rise of American Fascism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Dr. James Luther Adams, my ethics professor at Harvard Divinity School , told us that when we were his age, he was then close to 80, we would all be fighting the “Christian fascists.”

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Arkansas state representative accused of using taxpayer money to fund religious preschool

Arkansas state representative accused of using taxpayer money to fund religious preschool | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Arkansas state representative Justin Harris runs a preschool called "Growing God's Kingdom." He's being investigated by the Arkansas Department of Human Services for violating church and state–the preschool receives state grants approved by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and the Harris' teach religion in their preschool.

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Jon Stewart Report On "In God We Trust" Motto Vote - Think Atheist

Jon Stewart Report On "In God We Trust" Motto Vote - Think Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Congressional Republicans believe that the only thing more important than focusing on jobs is sending Barack Obama a petty, unrelated message on official house stationery.

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Tim Minchin: Mocking God in the heart of Texas

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When Tim Minchin – actor, comedian, confirmed atheist – decided to take his comedy to America's Bible belt, we were concerned he might be burnt at the stake.
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Penn Jillette's 10 Commandments for atheists

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Atheist magician Penn Jillette tells how he was challenged by conservative radio host Glenn Beck to come up with an atheist's version of The Ten Commandments.
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A Voice of Reason on the ‘In God We Trust’ Bill Coming from an Unlikely Place…

A Voice of Reason on the ‘In God We Trust’ Bill Coming from an Unlikely Place… | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"The fear that unless “In God We Trust” is displayed throughout the government, Americans will somehow lose their faith in God, is a dim view of the profound religious convictions many citizens have. The faith that inspired many of the Founders of this country — the faith I practice — is stronger than that. Trying to score political points with unnecessary resolutions should not be Congress’s priority. I voted no." - Justin Amash (R-MI)

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Halloween: Trick Or Treating Is Cheating On Jesus, Says Linda Harvey

Halloween: Trick Or Treating Is Cheating On Jesus, Says Linda Harvey | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Halloween is a holiday founded on “the priorities of our spiritual enemy,” and trick-or-treating is cheating on Jesus, says Mission: America’s Linda Harvey.
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End Times fears persist, the latest fueled by a women hearing God talk to her in the shower

End Times fears persist, the latest fueled by a women hearing God talk to her in the shower | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The Christian community on YouTube is buzzing with a revelation that Time's Up and that the end is near.

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The Secular Outpost: William Lane Craig: Internet Infidels Websites "Are Literally Pornographic"

Similar to my last post where I quoted the Pope, in this post I am going to quote, without comment, what William Lane Craig has apparently written about the Internet Infidels. In response to a Christian struggling with doubt, Craig writes:

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Christian groups ask God to make Occupy Wall Street GO AWAY

Christian groups ask God to make Occupy Wall Street GO AWAY | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

First you had Lloyd Phillips calling the Occupy Wall Street movement the “Flea Party” at Rick Joyner’s Oak Initiative blog and now those nice Christian folk at the Family Research Council are asking their “prayer team” to petition God hisself to make these crazy Nazis ACORN-sponsored communist pinkos GO AWAY. For the good of America!

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People of faith must assert righteous principles to combat secularism | Deseret News

People of faith must assert righteous principles to combat secularism | Deseret News | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

God is becoming increasingly unpopular these days. Perhaps even more unpopular in our increasingly secularist world are individuals who openly practice their faith in him.

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'You just don't understand my religion' is not good enough

'You just don't understand my religion' is not good enough | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Too often, faith is mysterious only selectively. When questions get tough, a god can disappear in a puff of ineffability

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"Behold, It Is Written": The King James Bible at 400

"Behold, It Is Written": The King James Bible at 400 | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible turns 400 this year, and while the milestone has been lavishly celebrated already, I’d like to add my toast before the party ends. In principle, a good book can always use another recommendation.

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Why Evangelicals Believe Weird Things - Science and Religion Today

Why Evangelicals Believe Weird Things - Science and Religion Today | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens lamented “the evangelical rejection of reason.” The lay evangelical community, they explain, would rather get its science from folks like the young-Earth creationist Ken Ham than from the evolution-believing NIH director Francis Collins, even though both are evangelicals.

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At religious campuses, atheist groups operate underground

At religious campuses, atheist groups operate underground | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The university rejected their application — and rejected them again in September. Without university approval, the group cannot meet on campus, tap a student activities fund, participate in campus events or use campus media. For now, they meet at a Panera cafe off campus, relying on word-of-mouth to draw members, up to about 15 now. And they are appealing the rejection.

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Congress endorses God instead of creating jobs

Congress endorses God instead of creating jobs | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

On November 1st, 2011 the 112th United States Congress decided to pass H. Con. Res. 13, which reaffirms “In God We Trust” as our national motto and encourages the display of the motto on all public buildings, schools, and government institutions. The resolution passed by a vote of 396 to 9.


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As atheists know, you can be good without God - USATODAY.com

As atheists know, you can be good without God - USATODAY.com | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Human morality is instinctual and fits into the evolutionary paradigm. In fact, morality without faith might be the best option of all.
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Catholic Church Threatens Lawsuits: We Sell "Erotica," Not Pornography!

Catholic Church Threatens Lawsuits: We Sell "Erotica," Not Pornography! | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The Catholic Church is threatening to sue publishers who have accused it of selling pornography, with titles such as “Fuckable,” through its bookseller, Weltbild.
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Flogging God | Center for Inquiry

Flogging God | Center for Inquiry | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed overwhelmingly a resolution “reaffirming” the phrase “In God We Trust” as our national motto. The vote was 396 to 9. The need for reaffirming of this motto was not clearly stated in the resolution, but the real motivation for this resolution is both too obvious and too unseemly to warrant acknowledgment: most politicians in this God-intoxicated country want to milk God for all the votes they can get.

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