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Atheist Richard Dawkins: ‘Indoctrination of religion’ is ‘child abuse’

Atheist Richard Dawkins: ‘Indoctrination of religion’ is ‘child abuse’ | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on Sunday told a British literary festival that parents who forced their children to believe that religion was a fact were guilty of “child abuse.”

Speaking about his family-friendly book The Magic of Reality at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival, the University of Oxford professor warned against the “indoctrination of children,” according to The Daily Mail.

“What a child should never be taught is that you are a Catholic or Muslim child, therefore that is what you believe. That’s child abuse.”

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Bank teller says she was fired for saying 'Have a blessed day'

Bank teller says she was fired for saying 'Have a blessed day' | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
A Kentucky woman claims saying the phrase 'Have a blessed day' to customers got her fired from her bank teller job at U.S. Bank.
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Demon-Slayer Gordon Klingenschmitt Pretty Sure All Those Atheists Need Is A Good Exorcism

Demon-Slayer Gordon Klingenschmitt Pretty Sure All Those Atheists Need Is A Good Exorcism | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Gordon Klingenschmitt has a solution for atheists that don’t want to listen to Christian prayers at public high school graduations: exorcism.
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Harry Potter producer to adapt controversial Jesus Christ book

Harry Potter producer to adapt controversial Jesus Christ book | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
David Heyman will produce a film based on Reza Aslan's book Zealot, a 'historical' retelling of the life of Jesus Christ
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Are the Countries That Contribute the Most Good to the World Also Home to More Atheistss?

Are the Countries That Contribute the Most Good to the World Also Home to More Atheistss? | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

The “Good Country Index” recently released a list of 125 countries, all ranked in order of how much “good” they contribute to the world, based on factors such as international peace, prosperity/equality, culture, science/technology, etc. Business Insider then created a nice visual representation of the top 30 countries on that list.

In 2012, WIN-Gallup International released a global survey on religiosity, in which 57 countries were ranked according to what percentage of citizens called themselves “religious,” “not religious,” and “convinced atheist.”

So I put the two together. Just to see if there was any correlation.

 

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A Christian scientist tells us why evolution and religion are compatible, but gets it all wrong

A Christian scientist tells us why evolution and religion are compatible, but gets it all wrong | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
The John Templeton Foundation's Big Questions website is chugging away at a slow pace after having been moribund for a while. And it's still purveying the same brand of accommodationism. But in con...
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FFRF to Run Full-Page Ad in Tomorrow’s New York Times Slamming Hobby Lobby Decision

FFRF to Run Full-Page Ad in Tomorrow’s New York Times Slamming Hobby Lobby Decision | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
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Vatican gives official backing to exorcists

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Head of International Association of Exorcists says Vatican approval is cause for joy for those who suffer demons
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Banning the burka is not racist - it's a kindness - Telegraph

Banning the burka is not racist - it's a kindness - Telegraph | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Even the European Court of Human Rights supports France's ban on the burka. It's time the UK did the same
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Publishers of Christian Homeschooling Magazine Exposed for Protecting Child Abuser

Publishers of Christian Homeschooling Magazine Exposed for Protecting Child Abuser | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Seven years ago, Jenefer Igarashi‘s son was molested. The crime was committed by the son of the publishers of a Christian homeschooling magazine that employed Igarashi. (The boys happened to be cousins as well.) And after several years of silence, both she and her son are finally talking about what happened.

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Sexual Abuse Victim Reflects on Her “Affair” with a Youth Pastor

Sexual Abuse Victim Reflects on Her “Affair” with a Youth Pastor | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Another week, another Christian leader using his position of power over young people to gain a child’s trust before abusing her.

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Watch the new trailer for Kidnapped for Christ

Watch the new trailer for Kidnapped for Christ, which is premiering on Showtime on July 10th (For an interview with the director, click here...
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How Can Atheists Also Rationally Call Themselves Republicans?

How Can Atheists Also Rationally Call Themselves Republicans? | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
CJ Werleman's new book proves that simply being an atheist does not make one smart or educated about politics.
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Supreme Court Ruling Gives Us License to Name Women’s Primary Enemies: Male Dominated Monotheistic Religions

Supreme Court Ruling Gives Us License to Name Women’s Primary Enemies: Male Dominated Monotheistic Religions | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Folks, Pandora’s box of evils is open. These five misguided males have completely lost their way in a manner obviously less invasive than the Moslem leaders who find many reasons to kill women for seeking the basic human rights to which we are all entitled. But their action on June 30th was clearly in that tradition of female repression.
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Here’s Why Pope Francis’ Meeting Yesterday with Sexual Abuse Victims Was Meaningless

Here’s Why Pope Francis’ Meeting Yesterday with Sexual Abuse Victims Was Meaningless | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Yesterday, Pope Francis met with six victims of Catholic-priest-initiated sexual abuse and assured them that bishops would be “held accountable” for not doing enough. But unless he starts pushing pedophile priests out of the Church and into the hands of the criminal justice system, those words really mean nothing. [..] he would be moving in the right direction by removing all priests accused of sexual abuse from their parishes immediately, kicking them out of the Church altogether if they’re found guilty of abuse (or covering it up), and supporting harsh criminal sentences against anyone involved. Let’s see him support criminal charges against bishops who transferred pedophile priests to new locations. Let’s see him open up all the Vatican’s books to secular authorities instead of impeding their investigations by limiting access. 

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Bert and Ernie gay marriage cake refused by Northern Ireland bakery

Bert and Ernie gay marriage cake refused by Northern Ireland bakery | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Ashers Baking Company accused of discrimination after refusing to make cake featuring gay pressure group slogan
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Epiphenom: What does the latest research say on religion decreasing the risk of suicide?

Epiphenom: What does the latest research say on religion decreasing the risk of suicide? | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
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Abuse survivors deride Vatican for not handing over all documents

Abuse survivors deride Vatican for not handing over all documents | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Vatican tells royal commission that requests 'for all information regarding every case' of abuse by priests 'are not appropriate'
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More Trouble Down Under for Pedo-Protecting Pope

More Trouble Down Under for Pedo-Protecting Pope | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

In stark contrast to Pope Francis' public professions of sorrow and wheedling apologies for the Catholic Church's role in facilitating institutionalised sexual abuse of vulnerable children by it clergy, and his assurances that the Vatican will do everything to bring them to justice, the Vatican has declined to cooperate with an Australian Royal Commission set up to investigate abuses by Catholic priests in Australia.

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National Right to Life Director Admits Pregnancy Is Riskier Than Abortion

National Right to Life Director Admits Pregnancy Is Riskier Than Abortion | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
At last weekend's National Right to Life Committee's convention, Mary Spaulding Balch criticized the legislative strategy used by other anti-choice groups to pass 20-week abortion bans by claiming the procedure is dangerous to women. The proper approach, she said, is to base the argument around the unborn.
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Anti-Gay Archbishop Under Investigation For Sexual Misconduct

Anti-Gay Archbishop Under Investigation For Sexual Misconduct | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
John Nienstedt, the Catholic archbishop who championed the failed effort to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota, is facing a church investigation over allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships
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An irrational fear of the burqa means less freedom for us all - Telegraph

An irrational fear of the burqa means less freedom for us all - Telegraph | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
This week, a ban on women in France wearing the veil was upheld in court. Shelina Janmohamed says it shows a worrying shift towards marginal discrimination - and a Europe that's throwing away our hard won human rights
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Florida Judge Who Ran Her Christian Ministry from the Courthouse May Soon Be Kicked Out of Office

Florida Judge Who Ran Her Christian Ministry from the Courthouse May Soon Be Kicked Out of Office | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Judith Hawkins (below) is a county judge in Tallahassee, Florida who doesn’t seem to care much about the law. That would explain why she used her government position to advance her religious ministry.

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How an atheist blogger converted to Catholicism – my discussion with Leah Libresco

How an atheist blogger converted to Catholicism – my discussion with Leah Libresco | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
I had a very interesting discussion this week with Leah Libresco, who in 2012 converted from being an atheist blogger at Unequally Yoked to being a Roman Catholic. We discussed her atheism, her conversion and her Catholicism. Here’s the video, […]
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At Shooters Grill, waitresses carry guns for Jesus

At Shooters Grill, waitresses carry guns for Jesus | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
"People can come in carrying their gun, and they can pray over their food," the owner said.
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Hobby Lobby Proves Courts Are Not the Answer

In a stunning case of religious privileging, the Supreme Court decided a for-profit corporation not only has religious rights, but can flex those rights to deny employees contraception coverage.  This ruling represents the latest in a pattern of court decisions privileging certain religious viewpoints.

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