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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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Tim Minchin: Mocking God in the heart of Texas

Tim Minchin: Mocking God in the heart of Texas | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
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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Anti-bullying legislation passes state Senate

Anti-bullying legislation passes state Senate | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it


The Michigan Senate passed legislation Wednesday that requires school districts to develop anti-bullying policies, but the father of the boy for whom the bill is named says he has strong objections to language inserted at the last minute.

One of the reforms will require school districts to have procedures in place to address bullying complaints. But the bill now also has language that says requirements don't "prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil's parent or guardian."

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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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Religion in the workplace is an issue on the rise

Religion in the workplace is an issue on the rise | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Justice statistics indicate that complaints of religious harassment in the workplace are on the rise.
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‘Hitler Was Sent By God’ According To Pastor Involved With Rick Perry Prayer Event

‘Hitler Was Sent By God’ According To Pastor Involved With Rick Perry Prayer Event | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Now why do you suppose very few people are reporting on Rick Perry's association with a man that claims Hitler was an agent of God?
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Gingrich says atheists can't be trusted, disregards 50 million secular Americans

The Secular Coalition for America condemns Newt Gingrich’s statements attacking secularists in government and public office. Gingrich made the anti-atheist statements October 18 at the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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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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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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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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Scientists demand tougher guidelines on teaching of creationism in schools

Scientists demand tougher guidelines on teaching of creationism in schools | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Sir David Attenborough among those accusing 'fundamentalists' of seeking to portray creationism as scientific theory in class...
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A Debate About The Wisdom of Trying To Deconvert People

A Debate About The Wisdom of Trying To Deconvert People | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"We live in the 21st Century, in a world with highly complex modern challenges and the vast majority of our fellow citizens (including an entire major political party) are enthralled to ancient, regressive superstitious beliefs with harmful real world consequences. I think we have a responsibility to actively oppose such falsehoods and their corrosive effects."

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Newt Gingrich doesn't think 'you have judgment if you have no faith'

Newt Gingrich doesn't think 'you have judgment if you have no faith' | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Despite the U.S.’s long history of separation of church and state, there is still a lot of canoodling between the two.
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Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians

Apologist Josh McDowell:  Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Atheists and skeptics now have equal access to our children as we have, which is why the number of Christian youth who believe in the fundamentals of Christianity is decreasing and sexual immorality is growing, apologist Josh McDowell said.
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Suicidal lesbian Marine Corps vet seeks help, gets Jesus instead | Rock Beyond Belief

Suicidal lesbian Marine Corps vet seeks help, gets Jesus instead | Rock Beyond Belief | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Esther Garatie is a hero to our nation, serving in the Marine Corps in war-time. She also happens to be a lesbian. But that shouldn't matter.
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ON THE RIGHT TO SATIRISE, PROVOKE, AND BE DOWNRIGHT OFFENSIVE

ON THE RIGHT TO SATIRISE, PROVOKE, AND BE DOWNRIGHT OFFENSIVE | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were this morning firebombed, just as it was about to publish its latest edition, a spoof issue 'guest edited by Muhammed', in response to...
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U.S. Military Teaches Foreign Students That Liberals Subverted America's Judeo-Christian Heritage

U.S. Military Teaches Foreign Students That Liberals Subverted America's Judeo-Christian Heritage | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"There's a program in the military called the International Military Student Officer (IMSO) program. This program is run by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and exists in all branches of the military. But, while this program is run by the military, the Secretary of State is responsible for its "continuous supervision and general direction."

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Petulant mayor breaks cross to abide by First Amendment

Petulant mayor breaks cross to abide by First Amendment | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Whiteville, Tenn., certainly isn't Pleasantville for non-Christians with James Bellar behind the civic wheel, but the mayor of that Tennessee town finally and very grudgingly agreed that a water tower cross had to go.
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Is Your Religion a Cult? Of Course It Is!

Is Your Religion a Cult? Of Course It Is! | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

When I was a little kid I started a club. It was kind of small, only four members including me. Nonetheless I was the leader and I made the rules. The only rule I actually remember was very simple, and very childish. The rule stated that no club member could believe that super heroes were real...except for my favorite one at the time...Spiderman. Who would have thought that at age 7, I actually understood the foundation of all religions..."your personal favorite fairy tale is the only one in which you may believe."

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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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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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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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Evangelical: Why Do Many Evangelicals Get Science From a Creationist?

Lately, Karl Giberson and Randall J. Stephens have spilled some ink trying to convince the world that there is a distinction to be drawn between evangelicalism and fundamentalism. “Fundamentalism appeals to evangelicals who have become convinced that their country has been overrun by a vast secular conspiracy; denial is the simplest and most attractive response to change,” they write in this week’s Times. “Evangelicalism at its best seeks a biblically grounded expression of Christianity that is intellectually engaged, humble and forward-looking. In contrast, fundamentalism is literalistic, overconfident and reactionary.” So fundamentalism is, in their view, spiritually and intellectually stagnant evangelicalism.

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Forcing your beliefs on others is not religious freedom | Secular News Daily

First it was doctors who wouldn’t perform abortions and pharmacists who wouldn’t fill prescriptions for contraceptives. Several years back a Chicago police officer sought an exemption from an assignment to guard an abortion clinic.
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