The Atheism News ...
Follow
Find
89.7K views | +32 today
 
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
onto The Atheism News Magazine
Scoop.it!

New Book Out Today: There Is No God: Atheists in America

New Book Out Today: <em>There Is No God: Atheists in America</em> | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Today marks the release of a new academic (and expensive) book called There Is No God: Atheists in America by David A. Williamson and George Yancey. It’s a look at atheists from a sociological perspective — not an argument for it or against it — but I’m already put off by the title, which suggests that atheists have this absolutecertainty that God doesn’t exist… instead of what most of us really live by, which isprobable certainty. We might live like God doesn’t exist but we’re open to evidence to the contrary.

more...
No comment yet.
The Atheism News Magazine
The Atheism News Magazine aims to be your most comprehensive and dependable source of atheist news.
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Christian teenager takes own life over misplaced fears about telling family she is a lesbian

Christian teenager takes own life over misplaced fears about telling family she is a lesbian | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
A teenage girl hanged herself because she feared telling her devoutly Christian parents she might be gay, an inquest has heard.
Elizabeth Lowe, 14, known as Lizzie, had confided in friends that she thought she might be a lesbian, but was struggling to reconcile her feelings with her own deep faith.
She was also worried about telling her parents, but her father said her fears were misplaced and she would have received a “wealth of love and acceptance”.
The schoolgirl from Didsbury in Manchester sparked concern when she sent a text to a friend on the evening of September 10, which ended with the words, “….stay strong. I am sorry”.
The friend told her mother who alerted the police, but tragically Lizzie was found hanged in a local park.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

The Pakistani Taliban Killed 132 Children, But Terrorists Aren't the Only Ones With Blood on Their Hands

The Pakistani Taliban Killed 132 Children, But Terrorists Aren't the Only Ones With Blood on Their Hands | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
hen gunmen from the Pakistani Taliban stormed an army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday and killed 145 people, including 132 children, they had two aims: to inflict maximal suffering on the people, and to remind political leaders that the Taliban would not stop shooting and bombing until the Pakistani government was overthrown and a purist Islamic regime was put in its place. The scenes from Peshawar are just the latest example of Pakistan's descent into terrorism and sectarian violence—all despite recent elections, billions of aid dollars, and millions of young Pakistanis' hunger for change.

But the country’s problem goes deeper than the Taliban. There is political and religious space in Pakistan for groups like the Taliban to operate unharmed, the result of decades of government financing and exporting of terrorism abroad and aggressive Islamization at home. The country’s moment of reckoning has arrived, and both the political and religious establishment will now need to confront the conditions that allowed the Taliban to enter a school and murder children.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Awesome atheist advert taken out in Indiana newspaper

Awesome atheist advert taken out in Indiana newspaper | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
This is the advert that someone I know took out in the newspaper, The South Bend Tribune,which  is in South Bend, Indiana. It is the home of Notre Dame University, a Catholic stronghold.
 

It has certainly been well received by local skeptics, though it is a shame that no Catholics from the University have so far reacted. It is good to see atheist activism takes on many guises. Changing people’s minds can be horses for courses.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Australia’s Catholic Church links priest celibacy to child sex abuse

Australia’s Catholic Church links priest celibacy to child sex abuse | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday said that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, and recommended that clergy should be given “psychosexual” training.

In a landmark report, an Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse added that some church institutions and their leaders turned a blind eye to what was going on for years.

“Obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to abuse in some circumstances,” the Truth, Justice and Healing Council said.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Are We Becoming a Theocracy? Four Fundamentalist Ideologies That Threaten America

Are We Becoming a Theocracy? Four Fundamentalist Ideologies That Threaten America | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Americans seem confident in the mythical notion that the United States is a free nation dedicated to reproducing the principles of equality, justice and democracy. What has been ignored in this delusional view is the growing rise of an expanded national security state since 2001 and an attack on individual rights that suggests that the United States has more in common with authoritarian regimes like China and Iran "than anyone may like to admit." I want to address this seemingly untenable notion that the United States has become a breeding ground for authoritarianism by focusing on four fundamentalisms: market fundamentalism, religious fundamentalism, educational fundamentalism and military fundamentalism. This is far from a exhaustive list, but it does raise serious questions about how the claim to democracy in the United States has been severely damaged, if not made impossible. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Shermer has a woo experience, admits there may be something to it

Shermer has a woo experience, admits there may be something to it | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
When a reader sent this to me, I was naturally curious, and so went over to Scientific American to see what all the fuss was about. There I found Michael's piece, "Anomalous events that can shake o...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

The Other Kind Of Religious Extremism

The Other Kind Of Religious Extremism | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Last Friday, Larry McQuilliams was shot and killed by police after embarking on a campaign of violence across Austin, Texas, firing more than 100 rounds in the downtown area before making a failed attempt to burn down the Mexican Consulate. The only casualty was McQuilliams himself, who was felled by officers when he entered police headquarters, but the death toll could have been far greater: McQuilliams, who was called a “terrorist” by Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, had several weapons, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and a map pinpointing 34 downtown buildings as possible targets — including several churches.
While the impetus for McQuilliams’ onslaught remains unclear, local authorities recently announced that he may have been motivated by religion — but not the one you might think. According to the Associated Press, police officers who searched McQuilliams’ van found a copy of “Vigilantes of Christendom,” a book connected with the Phineas Priesthood, an American white supremacist movement that claims Christian inspiration and opposes interracial intercourse, racial integration, homosexuality, and abortion.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

“Choose Faith in Spite of the Facts”

“Choose Faith in Spite of the Facts” | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

I usually don’t think it’s worth beating up on the purveyors of popular evangelical feel-goodism, for the same reason I don’t get in boxing matches with life-size Jell-O sculptures. But I had to make an exception for this tweet from human tooth-whitening strip Joel Osteen: "The facts may tell you one thing. But, God is not limited by the facts. Choose faith in spite of the facts." Osteen is most famous for his surgically implanted smile and his prosperity-gospel theology which teaches that Jesus is a jolly, rosy-cheeked Santa Claus who’s eager to shower you with wealth, happiness and worldly success, if you only ask.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Hilarious Awkwardness 101

Polish priest has enough of the people trying to lick his flesh and does his best to prevent it. He doesn't always succeed. And he appears to dislike it when that happens ..

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Christian right’s rage problem: How white fundamentalists are roiling America

Christian right’s rage problem: How white fundamentalists are roiling America | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Married to Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), the author has collected and annotated a sampling of the hate mail the foundation has received over the past few years.  This hate mail is not trolling or anonymous “Internet comments.”  The letters are specific and threatening and most often include a return address or email.  The Weinsteins’ home has been vandalized — many times — and the family has had to take serious and expensive security measures.  It’s no joke.  As I read the book, curled up on my couch, my wife kept asking if I was OK.  My face was fixed in an expression of horror and disbelief as I read the rage, hate and cruelty cataloged on every page.  Bonnie has uncovered a shocking reality: Self-professed Christians deny the fundamental humanity of other people they don’t even know.

As hard as it was to read in places, it’s important to read and understand.  It offers an unflinching examination of a subset of American fundamentalism, created by a segment of our society that is whiter, more conservative and a lot angrier than the rest of America.  For some people the future of their faith and of the nation are in danger, threatened by secular forces controlled by Satan himself.  This existential threat to Christian supremacy justifies the most offensive, vulgar and cruel letters I’ve ever read.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Creationists demand evidence of missing link between HIV viruses

Creationists demand evidence of missing link between HIV viruses | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
HIV has not ‘evolved’ into a less deadly form, because scientists don’t have any fossils of the missing link between old HIV and new HIV, according to creationists this morning.

Creationist Simon Williams told us, “If there are two versions of HIV, it’s because the baby Jesus put them there – not because of this theory of evolution you keep talking about.”
Ben C. O. Grimm's insight:

(It's satire, people)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Indian presenter slapped live on air by man from the audience for wearing revealing clothes

Indian presenter slapped live on air by man from the audience for wearing revealing clothes | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
“Being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress,” the Mumbai police quoted Malik as saying by way of explanation.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Creationist Ken Ham: Climate change is Earth ‘settling down’ after God punished sinners with the Flood

Creationist Ken Ham: Climate change is Earth ‘settling down’ after God punished sinners with the Flood | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

n Ham explained recently that creationists like himself did believe in climate change, but he said that there was no reason to be alarmed because the Earth was just “settling down” from the great biblical Flood.

In a Saturday column on his Answers in Genesis blog, Ham said that secularists insisted on using observational science instead of so-called “historical science” to explain the universe because “they want people to have a wrong understanding of what the word science means.”

According to Ham, “the secularists have spread their propaganda” that creationists deny climate change, which he said was not true.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

How many attacks on schools around the world?

How many attacks on schools around the world? | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Attacking schools and places of learning is a way of attacking someone else's culture - or else enforcing a religious or ideological campaign.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

No Comment

No Comment | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

The Neuroscience of Altruism

The Neuroscience of Altruism | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
“We are good,” Donald Pfaff declares early on in The Altruistic Brain. By this he means that all humans are innately moral, not in a philosophical/religious sense, but as a matter of objective science. “[T]he human brain is wired for goodwill,” he argues, “which propels us toward empathic displays of altruism.” The human brain is altruistic, and altruism is good; therefore humans are good. It’s a neat syllogism—but, unfortunately, reducing moral questions to syllogisms doesn’t work as well as Pfaff wants it to.

This is not to denigrate neuroscience, nor to dismiss Pfaff’s insights altogether. The book is most useful as a scientific refutation of the idea that human beings are innately selfish or innately cruel. Pfaff musters a great deal of evidence to show that the Christian notion of original sin—and the capitalist notion of human self-interest as a sole motivating force—are both unsustainable, at least in their more simplistic forms.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Is mocking religion enough? Harris, Dawkins and the future of atheist/secular politics

Is mocking religion enough? Harris, Dawkins and the future of atheist/secular politics | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Right from the start, the 2012 Reason Rally in Washington, D.C., set the tone that was to dominate the rest of the day. As the crowd was filtering in to the National Mall, a band fired up the crowd with a rousing song that lampooned the belief in “Jesus coming again,” mixing it with sexual innuendo. As the assembled crowd clapped and sang along to other songs satirizing religion, a large costumed puppet figure of Jesus danced among spectators. “We’re not here to bash anyone’s faith, but if it happens, it happens,” comedian and master of ceremonies Paul Provenza announced to laughter and applause at the outset of the event. The bashing and attacks on religion, mainly Christianity (in its evangelical and Catholic forms), happened as much if not more than positive portrayals of secularism and were in sync with new atheist leader and scientist Richard Dawkins’s advice to “mock and ridicule” people’s beliefs. When one of the authors asked an official from the Secular Students Alliance, a group prominent in organizing the event, about whether the ridiculing of religion was productive, he answered, “This is what we do.”
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Inviting an Atheist family to Thanksgiving

Inviting an Atheist family to Thanksgiving | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Atheist families don't believe in God, so who are they thanking on Thanksgiving? How do they celebrate? Do they give thanks at all? What if you have atheist Thanksgiving guests? How do you accommodate them? What about the kids? What will happen to them? Should you be worried that they don't know the "true" meaning of Thanksgiving? Here's some information that might surprise you.
Ben C. O. Grimm's insight:

It's almost like they're well-trained pets.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Jehovah’s Witnesses conspired to hide sexual predators in their congregations: lawsuit

Jehovah’s Witnesses conspired to hide sexual predators in their congregations: lawsuit | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Oregon man and a woman are suing Jehovah’s Witnesses for allegedly concealing the existence of sexual abuse among members of its congregations, The Oregonian reports.

According to Irwin Zalkin, the lawyer for Velicia Alston and an unnamed victim, John Roe, the Jehovah’s Witness organization is “more concerned about protecting its reputation than it is about protecting its children,” as evidenced by the fact that when sexual predators are discovered in their midst, they do not report them to the police.

Members of the clergy are considered to be mandatory reporters of child abuse by Oregon law, but according to Zalkin, the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Governing Body deems allegations of child abuse to be privileged religious communications. Moreover, they have a policy in place requiring that the accused abuser confess and two eyewitnesses to the abuse testify before they will take any action.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

What Is The Future Of Religion? - Do Anomalies Prove the Existence of God?

What Is The Future Of Religion? - Do Anomalies Prove the Existence of God? | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
For a quarter century, I have investigated and attempted to explain anomalous events that people report experiencing. I have written about a few of my own, such as being abducted by aliens (caused by extreme fatigue and sleep deprivation), hallucinating inside a sensory deprivation tank, and having an out-of-body experience while my temporal lobes were stimulated with electromagnetic fields. Most people interpret such experiences as evidence for the supernatural, the afterlife, or even God, but since mine all had clear and obvious natural explanations, few readers took them to be evidentiary.
In my October 2014 column in Scientific American titled “Infrequencies,” however, I wrote about an anomalous experience for which I have no explanation.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Arizona pastor predicts ‘AIDS-free Christmas’ if all gays are killed, as God commands

Arizona pastor predicts ‘AIDS-free Christmas’ if all gays are killed, as God commands | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
aptist pastor in Tempe, Arizona called for the mass extermination of LGBT people on Sunday in a sermon entitled “AIDS: The Judgement of God.”

In the sermon, which was uploaded to YouTube on Monday from Faithful Word Baptist Church, Pastor Steven Anderson said that God has ordered in the scriptures that gays should be killed, and that if humanity wants to have an “AIDS-free world by Christmas,” he said, that’s what should be done.

“Turn to Leviticus 20:13,” he says in the video, “because I actually discovered the cure for AIDS.”
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Grandson of Westboro Baptist Church Founder Is Exiled From Hate Group

Grandson of Westboro Baptist Church Founder Is Exiled From Hate Group | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
This summer, Zach Phelps-Roper could be seen on the streets of Topeka, Kansas, holding a sign above his head bearing the words, “You are beautiful.” He was picketing the Westboro Baptist Church, arguably the most reviled religious organization in the country. “Please forgive them,” he could be heard shouting, “for they know not what they do!”

Not long ago, Zach, 23, was holding an entirely different kind of picket sign. He is the grandson of the late Fred Phelps, Westboro’s founder and spiritual leader. Phelps shaped the church’s extreme zealotry and brazenly offensive anti-gay pickets, especially those staged at military funerals, where congregants of the church hold signs that read “God Hates Fags” and “Pray for More Dead Soldiers.” The Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the church “the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America.” The media often refers to it as a cult.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Hamilton family left corpse upstairs for six months expecting resurrection

Hamilton family left corpse upstairs for six months expecting resurrection | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
When neighbours asked about her husband, curious about the 52-year-old man's seeming disappearance, Kaling Wald would tell them he was "in God's hands now."

On Monday, Kaling, 50, pleaded guilty to failing to notify police or the coroner that her husband had died due to a sickness that was not being treated by a doctor. It's the first known case of its kind (involving the resurrection belief) in Canada.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

Gordon Klingenschmitt's Entire Activist Career Is Based On A Myth

Gordon Klingenschmitt's Entire Activist Career Is Based On A Myth | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Gordon Klingenschmitt, the right-wing televangelist who recently won a seat in the Colorado General Assembly, built a career out of making wildly inaccurate claims about anti-Christian persecution in the U.S. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Klingenschmitt’s entire career as a conservative activist is also based on a persecution story that is completely made-up.


Klingenschmitt, who goes by “Dr. Chaps,” has based his political activism on his own personal story of persecution, claiming that the military censored and fired him because he said the name of Jesus in his prayers as a chaplain. He filed a lawsuit to protect his First Amendment rights and has used his story to win persecution points from the Religious Right and raise lots of money for his group, the Pray In Jesus Name Project.

But as Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State reports, Klingenschmitt lost his lawsuit last week…because the incident never happened.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben C. O. Grimm
Scoop.it!

HBO is going after Scientology with a new documentary

The tell-all book about the Church of Scientology Going Clear has reportedly been made into a HBO documentary that could premiere as soon as the Sundance Film Festival in January. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney is directing the film, which will "feature new revelations about the controversial religion and its famous followers Tom Cruise and John Travolta."
more...
No comment yet.