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Father tweets ‘GOD IS GOOD’ after daughter’s surgery for random stabbing | The Raw Story

Father tweets ‘GOD IS GOOD’ after daughter’s surgery for random stabbing | The Raw Story | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

The father of a Tennessee teenager tweeted “GOD IS GOOD” after his daughter, 16-year-old Allison Meadow, emerged from surgery after a vicious random stabbing by a homeless man in an East Liberty, Pennsylvania Target store.  Silverdale Baptist Academy in Chattanooga, TN, where Meadows is a sophomore, posted a message to its Facebook page thanking God for saving the girl’s life. “After hearing the actual details of the attack, only God could have saved her life,” the page read. “Our job now should be to pray for the Meadows family and Allison, show our love and support, and be there for them should they need us. Praise God that this little girl was being watched over and she we will be back home soon.”

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“Mommy, What’s a Soul?” - Secular Global Institute

“Mommy, What’s a Soul?” - Secular Global Institute | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
“Soul carried to Heaven” by artist William Bouguereau Not long ago, I began a series called "Mommy, What's That?" - which give secular parents quick a...
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Is atheism irrational? A philosopher says "yes"

Is atheism irrational? A philosopher says "yes" | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Over at The Atlantic, you can read one of the more bizarre takes on atheism I've seen in a while. It's not a nasty critique of New Atheism in the John Gray style, but a very strange piece about how...
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Washington rabbi arrested for voyeurism over camera hidden in synagogue showers

Washington rabbi arrested for voyeurism over camera hidden in synagogue showers | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

A prominent Washington rabbi whose congregation includes leading political figures was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of voyeurism, police said.

Rabbi Barry Freundel, 62, was taken into custody by police at his home in the U.S. capital’s upscale Georgetown district, a few blocks from his synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation.

Washington’s NBC TV affiliate NBC4 reported that Freundel allegedly installed a hidden camera inside the women’s showers at the Orthodox synagogue.

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5 Reasons America Is Not—And Has Never Been—A Christian Nation

5 Reasons America Is Not—And Has Never Been—A Christian Nation | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

"The United States is a Christian nation." If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard this statement at a religious Right meeting or in the media, I wouldn’t be rich—but I’d probably have enough to buy a really cool iPad. The assertion is widely believed by followers of the religious Right and often repeated—and, too often, it seeps into the beliefs of the rest of the population as well. But like other myths that are widely accepted (you use only 10 percent of your brain, vitamin C helps you get over a cold, and the like), it lacks a factual basis.

Over the years, numerous scholars, historians, lawyers and judges have debunked the “Christian nation” myth. Yet it persists. Does it have any basis in American history? Why is the myth so powerful? What psychological need does it fill?

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German Catholics petition Schleswig-Holstein state to reinstate God in constitution

German Catholics petition Schleswig-Holstein state to reinstate God in constitution | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
BERLIN (RNS) The Schleswig-Holstein parliament voted with a two-thirds majority to exclude mention of God from the new constitution, becoming the seventh of 16 German states to do so.
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SAM HARRIS RESPONDS! - YouTube

The LAST WORD with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC, 10-9-2014 Sam Harris responds on blog post: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/can-liberalism-be-saved-from-its...
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Here’s What Marriage Equality Looks Like After The Supreme Court’s Action Today

Here’s What Marriage Equality Looks Like After The Supreme Court’s Action Today | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
This map shows exactly what happened with the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to not hear the pending marriage equality cases.
There were seven pending suits in five states: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Utah. Marriage equality is arriving more or less immediately in those states. There are complications about when the Circuit Courts issue their mandates, but the states’ attorney generals and clerks — like in Virginia, for example — are already planning to issue licenses to same-sex couples before the day is over. This brings the total of marriage equality states to 24, plus the District of Columbia.
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CBS Bans Atheist Group's Ad Advocating For Separation Of Church And State

CBS Bans Atheist Group's Ad Advocating For Separation Of Church And State | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
CBS has refused to air a 30-second spot featuring Ron Reagan, that asks for viewers to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
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Conservatives Try To Make Their Own 'Ice Bucket Challenge' With Guns, Flags, And The Bible

Conservatives Try To Make Their Own 'Ice Bucket Challenge' With Guns, Flags, And The Bible | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Some conservatives took one look at the Ice Bucket Challenge and said, "Nope, not patriotic enough." Meet "The American Challenge."
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Atheism Isn’t a Choice

Atheism Isn’t a Choice | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Religious believers often claim that atheists choose to not believe in God for various reasons. Some will even say that our choice not to believe is just a phase. Obviously I disagree with that point of view, but more than that I disagree with the premise that atheism or even belief is a choice at all.
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Cut it out, atheists! Why it’s time to stop behaving like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins

Cut it out, atheists! Why it’s time to stop behaving like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
If you’re at all familiar with atheism in America, then the following two scenes should probably come as no surprise: Biologist Richard Dawkins exhorting his followers to mock and ridicule believers with contempt, Bill Maher telling MSNBC host Joe Scarborough that “religion is a neurological disorder.” As an atheist who grew up in a fundamentalist Christian milieu, I admit that this rhetoric is not without its appeal. But the atmosphere this kind of animus creates has become as pungent and disagreeable as the stale bread and cheap wine of the church I grew up in.
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Anti-Islam Ad Campaign To Run On New York City Buses, Subway

Anti-Islam Ad Campaign To Run On New York City Buses, Subway | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
An anti-Islam ad campaign is coming to MTA buses in New York City thanks to political activist blogger Pamela Geller.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, of which Geller is a co-founder, has purchased the MTA ad space at a reported cost of $100,000.
Ben C. O. Grimm's insight:

It is basically a pro-Israel campaign, of course.

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The root cause of extremism among British Muslims is alienation

The root cause of extremism among British Muslims is alienation | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Britain has a problem with terrorism. Nothing focuses the mind more than the image of an apparently British man addressing the world in high definition as he brutally beheads a fellow Brit. But while the numbers of violent extremists are, by all accounts, relatively small, the issues underlying their reasons for turning towards terrorism are widespread.

I’ve been talking to young Muslims for a documentary on the root causes of extremism, and it’s clear there are a series of common complaints.
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GOD ON TRIAL / The Fable of the Christ - Secular Global Institute

GOD ON TRIAL / The Fable of the Christ - Secular Global Institute | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
  I have always been a staunch Bible skeptic but not a Christ-mythicist. I maintained that Jesus probably existed but had fantastic stories foist...
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Physicist Lawrence Krauss: God is a byproduct of your hard-wired narcissism

Physicist Lawrence Krauss: God is a byproduct of your hard-wired narcissism | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
the “Science Technology Future” conference in Melbourne, Australia last month, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss was asked whether spiritual experiences could ever be scientifically validated.

“The spiritual things — the exotic phenomena people experience — in general violate the things we know to be correct on the basis of experiment, so they’re highly likely to be wrong,” Krauss answered.

“I can’t say to someone who’s heard God in their ears that they’re not hearing God,” he continued. “But I can say that it’s much more likely that they’re hallucinating, based on what we know.”
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An Atheist Visits Church To Speak About Atheism

An Atheist Visits Church To Speak About Atheism | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

I was invited to speak about atheism at a local Lutheran Church. In order to get a better idea about what I was walking into, I went to the Church website, which offered no help. After Googling the Pastor, I guessed that my audience would probably be an older white crowd. The Church is in a pretty liberal town and they did invite an atheist to speak as part of their series on learning about other beliefs (or non-beliefs in my case). So I reasoned that they would probably also be fairly liberal. My reasoned guesses were proven correct. Last night, I went to the Church to give my presentation.

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Abortions and Penis Fetishes: Is This the World's Worst Televangelist?

Abortions and Penis Fetishes: Is This the World's Worst Televangelist? | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
In the televangelism world, Ernest Angley used to be a big deal, up there with Oral Roberts and Jimmy Swaggart. But the 93-year-old's Grace Cathedral seems quaint and a little creepy now. A new investigation says that might have to do with Angley's weird encroachments into his flock's sexual and reproductive lives.

"Falling From Grace?", a five-part series by the Akron Beacon Journal, suggests that Angley's Ohio-based ministry runs as a totalitarian cult that bars parishioners from having children—mandating abortions and vasectomies—and has required some men, including the now ex-associate pastor, to receive "a special anointing" from Angley in the nude.

It's hard to decide which are the worst allegations leveled by dozens of ex-church members against Angley, but his China-like reproductive mandates—especially ironic, given most evangelical Christians' condemnation of abortion—are chilling
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Pastor's Wife Tried To Kill Daughters After Getting 'End of the World' Messages from Estranged Husband

Pastor's Wife Tried To Kill Daughters After Getting 'End of the World' Messages from Estranged Husband | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
A Montgomery, Illinois, woman who attempted to kill her three daughters told police that she wanted them to “meet Jesus Christ,” after receiving messages from her estranged pastor husband telling her the world was coming to an end, according to the  Chicago Sun-Times.

Police arrived at the door of Pamela J. Christensen, 47, on Sept. 25 following two 9/11 hang-up calls to discover the woman covered in blood.

According to court documents, Christensen dropped to her knees and confessed that she had tried to kill her daughters.
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Lawsuit: Cop Preaches Jesus During Traffic Stop, Hands Woman Church Pamphlet

Lawsuit: Cop Preaches Jesus During Traffic Stop, Hands Woman Church Pamphlet | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Ellen Bogan of Huntington says Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Hamilton preached Christianity to her when he pulled her over for an alleged traffic violation in Union County in August. Bogan says the trooper handed her a warning ticket, then he began to ask some personal questions. Hamilton allegedly asked if she has a home church, then went on to ask, ‘Did she accept Jesus Christ as her savior?'

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What U.S. Religious Groups Really Think About One Another

What U.S. Religious Groups Really Think About One Another | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
If you're Jewish, Catholic or Evangelical, you're one of the three most highly regarded religions in the U.S., according to a Pew survey. Atheists and Muslims score considerably lower, while agnostics and atheists rank Buddhists higher than any other group. It's hard to keep track, so here's a scorecard.
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'This brings the best of religion – and leaves the worst out': inside the atheist church hoping to take America by storm

'This brings the best of religion – and leaves the worst out': inside the atheist church hoping to take America by storm | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
At the weekend, the Sunday Assembly launched new services in 35 cities across the world – the largest expansion yet of their 'atheist churches'. Started in January 2013 by British comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, the Sunday Assembly seeks to offer the communal, uplifting aspect of church, without any of the God business.

The US has proved one of the most fertile markets for the Sunday Assembly, with 11 cities already hosting events and another 16 launching new services as part of the latest expansion. The Guardian sent Adam Gabbatt to the first service in Cleveland, Ohio, to find out how a godless church works
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Husband threatens to sue Catholic Church for bishop's affair with wife

Husband threatens to sue Catholic Church for bishop's affair with wife | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Having resigned at the weekend, the Bishop of Arundel is now facing a legal threat from a man whose wife allegedly stayed at the cleric’s house
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New Poll Finds “Growing Appetite” for Mixing Religion and Politics

New Poll Finds “Growing Appetite” for Mixing Religion and Politics | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

A new poll out today from the Pew Research Center finds an increasing number of Americans in favor of injecting religion into electoral politics, a growing perception that the Obama administration is “unfriendly” to religion, and discontent among white evangelicals with how the Republican Party represents their interests.

Heading into the mid-term elections, and looking ahead to the 2016 presidential campaign, these results should prove unsettling for advocates of untangling religion from electoral politics, as they could signal to candidates that a growing number of voters are interested in hearing them talk about their faith. While the number of Americans who believe it is important for members of Congress to have strong religious beliefs has remained steady since 2010–about 6-in-10, with even more significant majorities among Protestants and Catholics–this poll shows a growing number of Americans who want to hear candidates talk about their religion.

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Interview: Atheist running for congress, James Woods

Interview: Atheist running for congress, James Woods | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Candidates for political office generally brag about how religious they are, but that isn’t the case for James Woods, the Democratic candidate for Arizona’s 5th
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Pope Francis adviser hints at rethink on contraception ban

Pope Francis adviser hints at rethink on contraception ban | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Cardinal Walter Kasper, a close influence on Pope Francis, says it is up to parents to decide how many children to have ahead of global gathering of Roman Catholic bishops to discuss the family
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