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American Atheists 'Myth' Billboard In Jewish Brooklyn Neighborhood Rejected By Building Owner

American Atheists 'Myth' Billboard In Jewish Brooklyn Neighborhood Rejected By Building Owner | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
An atheist group has been blocked from erecting a billboard in a heavily Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.
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Lechery, Immodesty and the Talmud: Ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Modesty Fight

Lechery, Immodesty and the Talmud: Ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Modesty Fight | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Jewish law holds men responsible for controlling their licentious thoughts about women.
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Air Force Base denies atheist display, allows Menorah and Nativity Scene

Air Force Base denies atheist display, allows Menorah and Nativity Scene | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Travis Air Force base is already under intense scrutiny over these displays that are inappropriate to begin with. The official word so far was that each of the 20 or so displays represented a squadron on base. Apparently this facade implies that an entire squadron is Jewish. And wouldn’t you know it their display just happened to be next to an entire squadron of Nativity Scene enthusiasts.

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Ultra-Orthodox ‘Torah Declaration’ Calls For Ex-Gay Therapy For All Who ‘Struggle’ With Homosexuality

Ultra-Orthodox ‘Torah Declaration’ Calls For Ex-Gay Therapy For All Who ‘Struggle’ With Homosexuality | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders have secretly passed around a “Torah Declaration” on “The Torah Stance on Homosexuality.” It rebukes homosexuality as being “not an acceptable lifestyle or a genuine identity” and assumes that gays are by definition “unable to find happiness in a loving relationship.” To abide by the Torah, the Declaration stridently demands ex-gay therapy, including of teenagers, to repair “childhood emotional wounds”:

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Dead Sea Scrolls may have been written by mysterious sect

Dead Sea Scrolls may have been written by mysterious sect | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The world's oldest known biblical documents may have been penned by a sect called the Essenes, according to scholars who studied materials discovered in Qumran.
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Posthumous baptism: Was it wrong for Mormons to baptize Daniel Pearl?

Posthumous baptism: Was it wrong for Mormons to baptize Daniel Pearl? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Family members of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and beheaded by terrorists while on assignment in Pakistan in 2002, were disturbed to learn this week that he had been posthumously baptized by Mormons at a temple...
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Scholar Claims Dead Sea Scrolls 'Authors' Never Existed

Scholar Claims Dead Sea Scrolls 'Authors' Never Existed | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A scholar has rocked the world of biblical study with her claim that the Essenes, long attributed as the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, never existed...
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How Christians Have Secularized Christmas

How Christians Have Secularized Christmas | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Once various Christian extremist groups realized that their made-up "war on Christmas" would be a massively successful fundraiser, it was obvious that we would be treated to hearing about battles in this war each and every year. While it is still not clear how (or if) atheists should participate in this "war," I do believe that Christians are largely managing to secularize Christmas all on their own with minimal involvement on our part.

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Religion Imprisons Women | Daylight Atheism | Big Think

Religion Imprisons Women | Daylight Atheism | Big Think | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

One hypothesis for the origin of religion is that it's a kind of "costly signaling" - a way for people to prove their loyalty to the group by participating in complex rituals and extravagant shows of devotion. But there's an underappreciated danger to this: when everyone in a community already follows a strict interpretation of faith, religious belief will have a tendency to spiral out of control into extremism, as group members go to greater and greater lengths to express their piety. And when religion grows more and more fanatical, while it's bad for everyone forced to live under its dictates, it's inevitably women who suffer the most.

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Christians Vs. “The Mormon Cult:” Really? So What About the Jews?

Christians Vs. “The Mormon Cult:” Really? So What About the Jews? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Tweet Mr.wOw ponders the new world of “cults” Evangelical pastor — and Rick Perry supporter — Robert Jeffress announced at the “Values Voters Conference” last week that Mitt Romney was not fit to be president because his Mormon religion...
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