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I'm an Ex-Westboro Church Member Who Has Renounced the Group My Grandfather Founded

I'm an Ex-Westboro Church Member Who Has Renounced the Group My Grandfather Founded | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

"I was involved in a group so inflammatory that their website is namedwww.godhatesfags.com People sometimes ask why it took me so long to leave. I seem so well-adjusted and, well, normal, so they don’t understand how I could have ever thought my family and their beliefs were anything but hateful."


"But, for almost 26 years, I was more than just sheltered. I was warned against the outside world: again and again, in sermons and private conversations, I was told that people outside of WBC were sinners, alcoholics, drug addicts, lost souls with no moral compass.  So I was terrified of what lurked beyond the protective walls my family had carefully erected around me -– especially of gay people, because according to the WBC, homosexuals were the absolute worst group of people in the world."

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An atheist comes out in Milwaukee Magazine

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Most large cities in the U.S. have a magazine named after that city, highlighting the local events, restaurants, concerts, and so on. Milwaukee, about 1.5 hours north of Chicago, is no exception (C...
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I Asked Atheists How They Find Meaning In A Purposeless Universe

I Asked Atheists How They Find Meaning In A Purposeless Universe | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
If there’s no afterlife or reason for the universe, how do you make your life matter? Warning: The last answer may break your heart.
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Priest, 70, gets 12 years for child porn, sex assault

Priest, 70, gets 12 years for child porn, sex assault | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
The Catholic priest, who worked at a Detroit high school, pleaded guilty to transporting child porn and admitted to sexually assaulting a former student.
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New Billboard Criticizes Jehovah’s Witness Leadership for Enabling Pedophiles

New Billboard Criticizes Jehovah’s Witness Leadership for Enabling Pedophiles | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
A few months ago, the ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses on Reddit had an idea: They wanted to put up a billboard in Belton, Texas, where a couple of JW conventions were set to take place in late July/early August.
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Irish school teachers must be Catholic missionaries

Irish school teachers must be Catholic missionaries | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Thinking of getting into the teacher profession in Ireland?  If so be prepared to be a missionary for the Catholic Church.
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An unhinged Christian woman has a mascara meltdown over gay marriage

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Meet The Middle East’s Atheist Preacher

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In a region increasingly defined by its Islamic fundamentalism, Ismail Mohammed is vocal about his belief that there is no God. And he’s discovering that he’s not alone.
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Catholic church writes to companies who support same-sex marriage

Catholic church writes to companies who support same-sex marriage | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Two companies reveal correspondence from church as more business sign Australian Marriage Equality’s open letter of support
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"Atheism must be about more than just not believing in god"

"Atheism must be about more than just not believing in god" | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
In our ever more secular society, why does atheism still get a bad rep?
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Do we have free will? The atheist case for determinism

Do we have free will? The atheist case for determinism | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Accepting that we are governed not by free will but by the processes of the body could provide a positive vision for society.
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Another Florida Megachurch Preacher, Billy Graham’s Grandson, Resigns After Affair

Another Florida Megachurch Preacher, Billy Graham’s Grandson, Resigns After Affair | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
A high-profile pastor resigned over the weekend after admitting he had had an affair.
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Crowdsourced constitution calls for secular state

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The London School of Economics has published its "People's Constitution" which would enshrine secular principles across the UK.
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Twisting the facts over church shooting

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This we now know about yesterday’s horrific shooting at a black church in South Carolina that claimed nine lives: the alleged terrorist is 21-year-old  Dylann Roof, pictured above, who has been described as a “white supremacist”.  But “Fox &...
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Priest gets prison time for groping a sleeping woman on an airplane

Priest gets prison time for groping a sleeping woman on an airplane | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
The Catholic priest blamed the victim, saying he thought her silence meant she was just being "coy." Now he's a convicted sex offender.
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In Denmark, animal rights trump religion

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Muslims and Jews in Denmark have expressed anger over a ban imposed this week on the religious slaughter of animals.
But Denmark’s Minister for Agriculture and Food Dan Jørgensen insisted that :
Animal rights come before religion.
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Pope Francis dumps 2 more bishops as housecleaning continues

Pope Francis dumps 2 more bishops as housecleaning continues | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
(RNS) The removals are the latest signs that Pope Francis aims to address the accountability of bishops in the sex abuse scandal, while also removing those who don’t reflect a humble and simple lifestyle.
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Vicar stole money paid to church for weddings and funerals, court told

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Simon Reynolds denies charges of stealing fees from bereaved families and engaged couples at All Saints Church in Darton, South Yorkshire A Church of England vicar stole thousands of pounds of cash handed over as fees for weddings, funerals and...
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'Sin free Facebook' attracts thousands

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A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil has launched a social network where swearing and erotic content in any form is completely banned.
The creators of Facegloria claim the site has attracted 100,000 members since its launch last month.
There are 600 words which are forbidden on the site and an "Amen" button for expressing appreciation for a post.
Ummaland, a social network for Muslims which launched in 2013, currently has around 329,000 members.
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Pope portrait made out of 1,700 condoms scandalises art-loving Catholics

Pope portrait made out of 1,700 condoms scandalises art-loving Catholics | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Eggs Benedict, a $25,000 artwork made from multicoloured condoms, has split the Milwaukee community
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The rise of Arab atheism

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Across the Middle East, governments are cracking down on non-belief. But Arab atheists are becoming more visible
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"My hijab has nothing to do with oppression. It's a feminist statement"

Hanna Yusuf asks why a simple piece of clothing is seen as the very epitome of oppression
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"Why I Left Scientology"

"Why I Left Scientology" | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
I was a Scientologist for eight years. Although I identified as one I didn’t really understand what actually being a Scientologist fully entailed until after a couple of years of being heavily indoctrinated. The reality of Scientology is deceptively hidden and cleverly disguised. When I look at Scientology today, I have to forgive myself for not seeing through the manipulation sooner. I’ve spent the last 13 years keeping Scientology out of my life. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve realized that the religion is built on a foundation of violence. I’m proud to add my voice to the many who, despite fear of retribution and humiliation, have come forward to tell of our experiences. This is my story.
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Is science policy a theological matter?

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With his latest statement on science, technology and the environment, Pope Francis has sought to change the debate on climate change.
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The Hierarchy of Religious Beliefs

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Crispian Jago created a hierarchy of religious beliefs, from the most harmless at the bottom to the most harmful at the top. He argues you can’t make your way up the pyramid without hitting all the levels below first: Before you can believe in something utterly ridiculous and hateful, you need to first believe in something seemingly slightly less ridiculous and hateful. The best way to believe in something slightly less ridiculous is firstly to make it a cultural norm, so we stop questioning it, and secondly to make sure you start believing in it before you are capable of fully comprehending the ridiculousness of the belief.

 

 

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8 atheist leaders actually worth listening to

8 atheist leaders actually worth listening to | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
If you've read anything about the blossoming atheist movement, there's a good chance it was about Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris.
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