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Top 11 Conversation Killers for Atheists

Top 11 Conversation Killers for Atheists | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Atheists and theists frequently get into debates over the existence of gods, over the nature of religion, over whether religions do more harm than good, etc. Although every atheist and theist are different, it still works out that a lot of these conversations keep hitting the same topics and keep running into the same problems. Both sides can be at fault for this, but there are a number of common errors which theists make that can kill any chance there might have been at having a productive, interesting, and substantive discussion. These errors can be avoided if theists know about them in advance and care.

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Saudi Arabia Seriously Considering Allowing Women to Use Forks

Saudi Arabia Seriously Considering Allowing Women to Use Forks | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced today that it is leaning towards finally allowing its female population to use forks. "There is something very unclean about a woman putting four long hard things in her mouth at once," explains a leading Islamic cleric close to government policymakers. "When a man sees a woman putting metal with such shapes into her sacred orifice, he cannot help but think the most unnatural thoughts. This measure exists to prevent sexual chaos between men and women."

 

 

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5th Circuit Court Of Appeals Blocks Anti-Abortion Mississippi Law

5th Circuit Court Of Appeals Blocks Anti-Abortion Mississippi Law | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
After a year in court, the law is struck down, but the clinics are already closed. Will any reopen?
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Youth Minister Arrested For Raping Girl In Church And Child Porn

Youth Minister Arrested For Raping Girl In Church And Child Porn | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Raping a 15-year-old girl caused a youth pastor to fall off his pedestal, hard. “Both of us knew it was wrong,” claimed the Brian Keith Smith (33) man. Really? She is 15. He is 33. One of them is a...
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Tim Tebow Struck By Lightning

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was struck by lightning today. According to local reports, the deeply religious college star is recovering in a New Mexico hospital after being hit with a burst of lightning in a Home Depot parking lot on a mostly sunny day. “I would just like to thank Jesus Christ for this amazing experience,” he told reporters from his hospital bedside,”If it weren't for the Lord’s grace this could have been a lot worse."

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Jesus Still Doesn’t Appear on Mississippi Man’s Toast

Jesus Still Doesn’t Appear on Mississippi Man’s Toast | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

As yet another two slices of evenly-browned toast pop up, 46-year-old Stanley (Stan) Nault studies them carefully and then tosses them in the garbage can with the dozens of others. The toasted Wonderbread had no images of Jesus. He’s disappointed but even after three years of trying he’s not giving up. “I’ve been so close a few times,” self-employed Nault told the Jackson Free Press today.

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ISIS Orders Iraqi Women and Girls to Undergo Genital Mutilation

ISIS Orders Iraqi Women and Girls to Undergo Genital Mutilation | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
According to a report from the U.N., ISIS — the Sunni militant group taking control of Iraq and Syria — has ordered women and girls in Mosul to undergo genital mutilation. This fatwa potentially affects 4 million women and girls.
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Teenage Missionary Accused of Raping Young Children at African Orphanage

Teenage Missionary Accused of Raping Young Children at African Orphanage | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
An Edmond teenager faces a possible life in prison sentence after authorities say they learned about shocking crimes he allegedly committed on an African mission trip. The suspect was volunteering ...
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Afghani mullah rapes ten-year-old girl; family wants to kill her

Afghani mullah rapes ten-year-old girl; family wants to kill her | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
There is no explicit statement in the Qur'an (I don't know about the hadith) urging or sanctioning "honor killings," but it's now become a feature of Islamic culture, and has been justified on reli...
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Christian Student Says God Wants You To Pay Her Tuition So She Doesn’t Have To Take Out Loans

Christian Student Says God Wants You To Pay Her Tuition So She Doesn’t Have To Take Out Loans | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
When God spoke to Abraham, it was to instruct him to sacrifice his own child. When God spoke to Moses, it was to instruct him to set his people free. When God spoke to Julianna Battenfield, it was ...
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Mayor of Dearborn Michigan tells citizens to 'turn to Allah' at Islamic event

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The mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, Mohammed Al Kannard, has signed an official proclamation exhorting citizens to turn to Allah for guidance on a daily basis. The mayor has issued this statement in the midst of Ramadan so that the city's 40,000 or so Arab Americans feel that their religious freedom is protected by city government. Mayor Kannard recently announced the declaration while celebrating the breaking of the Ramadan fast.

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Governor tells Iowans to ‘repent’ in official proclamation for Christian revival at Capitol

Governor tells Iowans to ‘repent’ in official proclamation for Christian revival at Capitol | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

An official proclamation signed by Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) has called on Iowans to pray and repent on a daily basis.

In a public ceremony earlier this year, Branstad signed the proclamation ahead of a July 14 revival at the Iowa Capitol:


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E Branstad, as Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby invite all Iowans who choose to join in the thoughtful prayer and humble repentance according to II Chronicles 7:14 in favor of our state and nation to come together on July 14, 2014.

 

On Tuesday, Branstad was also one of the speakers at the 11-hour Christian event.

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Head of Polish hospital dismissed after refusing abortion on religious grounds

Head of Polish hospital dismissed after refusing abortion on religious grounds | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
The head of a Polish public hospital has been dismissed for refusing on religious grounds to carry out an abortion on a woman whose unborn baby suffered from serious malformations.
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Bank teller says she was fired for saying 'Have a blessed day'

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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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Church deacon who blamed Satan for sex abuse may have jail time cut from 20 years to one

Church deacon who blamed Satan for sex abuse may have jail time cut from 20 years to one | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

An Idaho church deacon who blamed Satan after he molested a 12-year-old girl in a storage closet has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, but could spend less than a year behind bars. Alexander Gonzalez Garcia, 57, was arrested last December on charges of lewd conduct with a minor. According to authorities, the girl said that Garcia had touched her inappropriately while they were in a storage closet at Nampa Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where he was a deacon. Garcia reportedly told investigators that “Satan was in the storage room with him and the girl.” But he insisted that he had only kissed her and hugged her.

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"Richard Dawkins, what on earth happened to you?"

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Eleanor Robertson: Dawkins in 2014 is a man so convinced that he possesses God-like powers of omniscience that he can’t understand why everyone is angry at him for pointing out the obvious
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German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Germany's biggest selling newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, has had to apologise for an editorial comment piece which has sparked debate and controversy in the country for its criticism of Islam.
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Satanists want to use Hobby Lobby decision to exempt women from anti-abortion laws

Satanists want to use Hobby Lobby decision to exempt women from anti-abortion laws | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

In a statement, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material. Informed consent or “right to know” laws state that women seeking elective abortions be provided with information about alternatives to the procedure, often couched in language that attempts to personify the fetus. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 35 states currently have informed consent laws, and of those, 33 require that the woman be told the gestational age of the fetus.

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Editor Fired For Calling Gays 'Gaystapo' And 'The Enemy' Now Claims Religious Discrimination

Editor Fired For Calling Gays 'Gaystapo' And 'The Enemy' Now Claims Religious Discrimination | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
A former newspaper editor has filed a federal complaint against his former employer, claiming his religious beliefs were violated when he was fired for writing a blog post that referred to gay people as the "gaystapo" and "the enemy."
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Fifty-two Catholic priests defrocked in England and Wales since 2001

Fifty-two Catholic priests defrocked in England and Wales since 2001 | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Figure reveals total number of priests defrocked since new rules to combat clerical sex abuse were put in place
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Why circumcision should be abhorred

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Driver Says God Told Her He'd Take The Wheel. She Then Hits Biker, Runs Him Over

Driver Says God Told Her He'd Take The Wheel. She Then Hits Biker, Runs Him Over | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Maybe it wasn't really God.
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Creationist Ken Ham: Cancel the Space Progam, Aliens Are Going To Hell!

Creationist Ken Ham: Cancel the Space Progam, Aliens Are Going To Hell! | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Creationist Ken Ham has called on the US government to cancel its space program, arguing the money is being wasted as all aliens are doomed to hell anyway. Writing on his Answers in Genesis website...
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Female church representatives to finally push for equal right to abuse kids

Female church representatives to finally push for equal right to abuse kids | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
After the Church of England voted to allow female bishops, Christian organisations around the world have been encouraged to allow women to partake in the last of their 'male only' rituals.
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Believe Me Official Teaser Trailer (2014) HD

A trailer for the upcoming Christian parody film Believe Me starring Nick Offerman. h/t Christian Nightmares.

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I don't want a religious person talking at my funeral, I want a physicist to speak at my funeral

I don't want a religious person talking at my funeral, I want a physicist to speak at my funeral | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.

And at one point you'd hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him/her that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let him/her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her/his eyes, that those photons created within her/him constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.

And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they'll be comforted to know your energy's still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly.


-- Written by NPR commentator Aaron Freeman

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