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A Looming U.S. Theocracy?

A Looming U.S. Theocracy? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Translated literally, “theocracy” means “rule by God.” Pragmatically, it pertains to the belief that a certain religion should receive preferential treatment and, further, that they should control at least the judicial system of a country.

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Santorum’s War on Satan... er, on Higher Education

Santorum’s War on Satan... er, on Higher Education | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Much of the hullabaloo surrounding Rick Santorum’s comment that President Obama is a “snob” for pushing college is missing the bigger picture: that Santorum is a cosmic conspiracy theorist, and higher education sits at the heart of the imagined...
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Indiana creationism teaching bill clears Senate committee

Indiana creationism teaching bill clears Senate committee | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Indiana's Senate Education Committee has given the OK to a bill that would allow creationism to be taught alongside evolution in the state's public school science classes.
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On Our Radar – The Crash And Burn Of An Anti-Gay Marriage Talking Point

On Our Radar – The Crash And Burn Of An Anti-Gay Marriage Talking Point | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A judge’s decision makes a blatant lie out of this anti-gay marriage talking point: religious institutions will be forced to allow same-sex unions on their property.
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Kansas GOP House Speaker ‘Prays’ That Obama’s ‘Children Be Fatherless And His Wife A Widow’

Kansas GOP House Speaker ‘Prays’ That Obama’s ‘Children Be Fatherless And His Wife A Widow’ | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
ThinkProgress reported last week that Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R) was forced to apologize to First Lady Michelle Obama after forwarding an email to fellow lawmakers that called her “Mrs. YoMama” and compared her to the Grinch.
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Santorum wants to impose 'Judeo-Christian Sharia' - CNN.com

Santorum wants to impose 'Judeo-Christian Sharia' - CNN.com | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Dean Obeidallah asks: How do his claims that U.S. civil law should reflect Christian law differ from the Taliban in Afghanistan?
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Republican Political Theology Demands Special - Not Equal - Rights

Republican Political Theology Demands Special - Not Equal - Rights | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Here is a puzzler of a position, one held by pretty much every Republican candidate and group, but I will let Michele Bachmann’s words stand for all. This is what she had to say at a townhall meeting in Waverly, Iowa the other day:

“All of us Americans have the same rights, we have the same civil rights…There shouldn’t be any special rights or any special set of criteria. We all have the same civil rights.”

Now obviously this is the position of the United States Constitution, that we are all of us equal before the law, with the same rights. But does Michele Bachmann really believe it? Do any of them?

It doesn’t seem so.

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Why doesn’t America like science? - FT.com

Why doesn’t America like science? - FT.com | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Just three Republican candidates have declared that they believe in the scientific basis for evolution.

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Tennessee State Rep. Rick Womick Calls Allah A ‘False God,’ Warns Of A Muslim Immigrant ‘Population Jihad’

Tennessee State Rep. Rick Womick Calls Allah A ‘False God,’ Warns Of A Muslim Immigrant ‘Population Jihad’ | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Last Friday, Veterans Day, anti-Muslim activists and politicians converged in a small town on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee to hold a convention. ThinkProgress attended the event, and spoke to a number of speakers involved. State Rep. Rick Womick (R-TN), a local politician from Murfreesboro already known for his inflammatory remarks about the Muslim religion, told us that he would like to purge the military of Muslims. ThinkProgress is now releasing more excerpts from our interview with Womick.

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Christian Opposition To Evolution Is Neither Inevitable Nor Universal

Christian Opposition To Evolution Is Neither Inevitable Nor Universal | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
We can see that among Christians there are in fact radically different ways of thinking about science that need not disturb faith.

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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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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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Inhofe refutes climate science with scripture

Inhofe refutes climate science with scripture | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading opponent of climate science, appeared on a Christian radio talk show this week to present an odd argument: the far-right senator's interpretation of Scripture helps bolster his hostility towards scientific data.

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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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Why Is There So Much God in Our Politics? The Religious Right's Theocratic Plan for the 2012 Election

Why Is There So Much God in Our Politics? The Religious Right's Theocratic Plan for the 2012 Election | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
In an unusually religion-soaked primary season, faith has been front and center for months. What's next?
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New Missouri anti-science legislation tabled

New Missouri anti-science legislation tabled | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

State Representative, Rick Brattin (R-MO) has introduced yet another ridiculous piece of legislation, known as the "Missouri Standard Science Act" - or HB1227.

Brattin says the bill is “not about religion.”, but as has already been noted in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial, '[T]he religious nature of ID [intelligent design] would be readily apparent to an objective observer, adult or child - Judge John E. Jones III.

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Anti-Gay Legal Guns For Hire: How The Right Uses ‘Religious Liberty’ To Fight Discrimination Suits

Anti-Gay Legal Guns For Hire: How The Right Uses ‘Religious Liberty’ To Fight Discrimination Suits | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Phyllis Young, the owner of the Aloha Bed And Breakfast in Oahu, Hawaii says that being gay is “detestable” and “defiles our land.” That’s why she denied a lesbian couple a reservation in 2007, and that is why the couple filed a discrimination suit against her in December.

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Jerry Bergevin, New Hampshire Legislator, Links Evolution With Nazis And Columbine

Jerry Bergevin, New Hampshire Legislator, Links Evolution With Nazis And Columbine | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A Republican state lawmaker in New Hampshire who introduced legislation to stop the teaching of evolution in schools has claimed that the theory of evolution lead to the Columbine massacre.
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The religion of an increasingly godless America | The Great Debate

The religion of an increasingly godless America | The Great Debate | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Americans seem not just more religious, but more drawn to reactionary religion than ever before. That is, until you start to dig into the actual facts.
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Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign

Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The Iowa forum was a triumph of the union of psychobabble and public religiosity that has come to dominate American politics.
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Why Is Atheism a Bigger Obstacle to Political Office Than Mormonism?

Why Is Atheism a Bigger Obstacle to Political Office Than Mormonism? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Although it's Republicans who are primarily making the charge that atheists are un-American, Democrats aren't exactly lining up to defend non-believers.

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Dear Christians: You Are Not Being Oppressed.

Dear Christians: You Are Not Being Oppressed. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
You know who doesn’t need a book called It Gets Better? Straight Christians.
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New Law Protects Christians Who Bully Gay Kids : AtheismTV

New Law Protects Christians Who Bully Gay Kids : AtheismTV | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

New law does nothing to protect gay children from being bullied, but basically outlines how to get away with bullying in accordance to the law.

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