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The religious having nothing to fear from secularism

The religious having nothing to fear from secularism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

In an earlier article, I reflected on why so many religious people felt threatened by atheism, especially the so-called "new atheism" associated with Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and company.

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To debate religion, we must first find out what people believe

To debate religion, we must first find out what people believe | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Julian Baggini: Heathen's progress: Does true religion involve belief in mythical beings, or is it really practice not doctrine?
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U.S. Media Has Blind Spot For Christian Extremism

U.S. Media Has Blind Spot For Christian Extremism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

One can find all sorts of despicable examples of anti-atheist bias and other examples of blatant idiocy in the mainstream media. I cannot help wondering, however, if the more subtle forms of bias do even more damage. They facilitate ignorance and bigotry while masquerading as objective news. A recent post at Atheist Haven got me thinking about how the U.S. media typically handles clear examples of Christian extremism.

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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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A deluded rabbi explains why *everyone* is a believer

Much to my chagrin, the Parade of Apologist Rabbis continues in the religion pages of PuffHo. Here is Rabbi Adam Jacobs of New York, with “The God test: why really everyone believes.” It really is the dumbest piece written by a rabbi that’s been HuffPo on my watch, and that’s saying something.

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Religion and government must not mix in America, say experts | National Secular Society

Religion and government must not mix in America, say experts | National Secular Society | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Senior academics in the United States have stressed that separation of church and state in public life is essential to ensure that U.S.citizens retain their civil liberties.

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Major Religions Ranked by Size

This is a listing of the major religions of the world, ranked by number of adherents.
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Atheist student presses VP Biden on tax exemptions for religious clergy | Secular News Daily

Friday, Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a group of students at the University of Pittsburgh. Cate Laskovics, a senior philosophy major and self-described atheist, asked Biden how the administration justifies religious clergy housing tax exemptions—especially in a time of economic upheaval.

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Christians are being ‘crushed under the pink jackboot’, says lunatic ex-councillor

Christians are being ‘crushed under the pink jackboot’, says lunatic ex-councillor | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

GAYS are the New Nazis, according to the demented leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig.

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Rise of the Secularists: 1 in 4 Millennials Don't Identify With Any Religion

Rise of the Secularists: 1 in 4 Millennials Don't Identify With Any Religion | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A record number of Millennials don't claim any religion as their own. How will this affect the future of America?
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Archbishop Dolan Prohibits Church From Using Facilities, Services That May Further Same-Sex Marriage

Archbishop Dolan Prohibits Church From Using Facilities, Services That May Further Same-Sex Marriage | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
New York Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been incredibly vocal in his opposition to marriage equality, repeatedly condemning the rights of same-sex couples under the guise of love and support for the gay community.
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Debunking Christianity: Ten Ways How To Resist Preaching to the Choir

I have extensively read both atheist and Christian literature, their blogs, journals and books, along with listening to their videos and podcasts. What I have discovered is that most people are preaching to the choir. They do not step inside each others shoes to understand where they are coming from. They do not meet on common ground, assume common assumptions, and common understandings.

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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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Parents support Judeo-Christian teaching: LNP

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Queensland's Liberal National Party has strongly backed religious instruction in state schools, arguing Islamic and non-religious parents often want children brought up with a Judeo-Christian grounding

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Religion and Child Abuse

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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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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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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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Secular Coalition for America submits statement to Congress on religious liberty in the U.S.

The Secular Coalition for America Wednesday submitted comments to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Constitution regarding the State of Religious Liberty in the United States.


The comments focus on several key areas, including Religion in Public Schools, Faith Based Initiatives, Religion in Medical Treatment, Anti-Discrimination Laws and Freedom from Government Religious Tests.

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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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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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Atheists at Fort Meade seek official recognition

Atheists at Fort Meade seek official recognition | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Capt. Ryan Jean wanted to perform well on the Army 's psychological evaluation for soldiers. But he also wanted to answer the questions honestly.
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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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‘In God we trust,’ when politically convenient

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Such sectarian religious propaganda fails to unite us.
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