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Thinking Atheist Podcast: The Richard Dawkins Interview

On September 24th, Richard Dawkins' new book, "An Appetite For Wonder: the Making of a Scientist" released worldwide. Four days later in Washington DC, Dawkins sat down for a one-hour conversation with Seth Andrews to talk about a variety of subjects...including childhood, music, evolution, apologist "fleas," Christopher Hitchens and the memoir itself. This is the audio of that conversation.

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Philippines: Devotees nail themselves to crosses in recreation of Christ's crucifixion

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Men in the Philippines barangay of San Pedro Cutud recreated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ Friday, an annual tradition that drew thousands of onlookers. Men volunteered to be whipped and nailed to crosses while wearing a crown of thorns, in order to experience the pain Jesus Christ is said to have gone through and to ask forgiveness for their sins.

Among the participants was 53-year-old Ruben Enaje, a mason and plumber who was crucified for the 28th time since 1986. He said that he is usually afraid before the event, but when he finally had to carry a cross and had nails driven through his hands and feet the fear vanishes.

The New Testament of the Bible says that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem the day after the Jewish Passover, in fulfillment of a prophecy in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. Christians believe he then returned to life that Sunday.

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Minnesota Cult Leader On the Run From 59 Charges of Sexual Misconduct With Minor 'Maidens'

Minnesota Cult Leader On the Run From 59 Charges of Sexual Misconduct With Minor 'Maidens' | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Victor Arden Barnard, a minister who claimed to be the messiah and dressed to match, is now facing 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct for abusing girls who came to live at his compound.

Barnard, 52, is the founder of a Minnesota cult where he ministered to his “maidens,” a group of virginal girls and women who came to receive his teachings. Two girls who were sent to live with him at River Road Fellowship camp near Finlayson, Minn. at the ages of 12 and 13 have come forth with accusations that Barnard sexually abused them.

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Rich People Call Cops On Statue Of Homeless Jesus

Rich People Call Cops On Statue Of Homeless Jesus | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

I’ve often heard it said that if Jesus showed up in rags, many Christians would turn him away. Metaphorically speaking, that’s what happened when a statue of a homeless Jesus was installed on a park bench at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, N.C. 


One woman even called the police . . . because she thought the statue was an actual homeless man.

 

While most people are in support of the statue – that is only recognizable as Jesus by the wounds on his bare feet – there are others like the woman who called the cops. One man wrote a letter to the editor of DavidsonNews.net to say that the statue “creeps him out.”

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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child sex abuse by Catholic priests

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Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests — the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year.

 

“I feel compelled… to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” the pope said at a meeting with members of a children’s charity, Vatican Radio reported.

 

Francis said the number of guilty priests was “quite a few in number” but “obviously not compared to the number of all the priests”.

 

“The Church is aware of this damage,” he said.

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Anti-gay crusader Peter LaBarbara detained in Canada under ‘hate propaganda’ law

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Longtime anti-LGBT crusader and leader of the group Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) Peter LaBarbera was denied entry into Canada on Thursday.

 

According to BarbWire.com, the country blocked LaBarbera at the border under its “hate propaganda” law, which forbids the spread of misinformation and hate speech about protected groups, the type of defamatory speech that the Southern Poverty Law Center says is LaBarbera’s stock in trade.

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Creationists Invited To Give Commencement Speech At Montana Tech

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A group of students and faculty at Montana Tech are organizing an unprecedented graduation boycott to protest the university's decision to invite two commencement speakers who are prominent supporters of a young earth creationist museum. [.] For their part, the Gianfortes have told Montana reporters that they will talk about their engineering careers and will not touch on social issues at commencement. But for the students, faculty and alumni who oppose the invitation, the key issue is that their university should not be honoring individuals who campaign against science. 

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Christianity as a Failed Religion

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People notice and wonder why Christians of the literal Bible-believing kind are so angry. [.] There are serious problems for a person with Christianity as a framework for living in the modern world. [.] The thing is that Christianity is not just a cognitive set of beliefs. It is a worldview that completely colors reality. It works on a deep level of the mind through metaphors, images, and tacit assumptions. The Christian worldview is a closed, irrational system which is taught to small children who can’t and don’t question. It is transmitted like a virus down through generations and supported in the larger culture.

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"It is a curious thing that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste."

 

-- E. Waugh

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‘Please stop killing each other in my name, I don’t exist,’ clarifies God

‘Please stop killing each other in my name, I don’t exist,’ clarifies God | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

God has spoken out for the first time in pretty much two thousand years in an effort to distance himself from the continuing acts of barbarity carried out in his name around the world, claiming non-existence in his defence. ‘Honestly, it’s fuck all to do with me,’ God said, ‘I don’t care what you call me – Allah, God, Yahweh, Vishnu, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, whatever – It really doesn’t matter because I don’t exist. Seriously, can you please stop killing each other in my name, which isn’t real by the way, because even if it were it still wouldn’t be any kind of justification whatsoever.’

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Atlanta archbishop apologizes over $2.2M mansion

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Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently moved into a nearly 6,400-square-foot (595-square-meter) residence. Its construction was made possible by a large donation from the estate of Joseph Mitchell, nephew of Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With The Wind," the Civil War epic that made his family wealthy. When Mitchell died in 2011, he left an estate worth more than $15 million to the archdiocese on the condition it be used for "general religious and charitable purposes." Gregory said that he has received criticism over the spending in letters, emails and telephone messages.

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Knowledge Report: A documentary on Scientology fraud and abuse

Knowledge Report: A documentary on Scientology fraud and abuse | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
A feature-lengthy, professionally produced documentary film by Mark Bunker
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Christians busy consulting Bible for next basic human right to oppose

Christians busy consulting Bible for next basic human right to oppose | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

After the first night of legal Gay marriage ceremonies in England and Wales, Christians are today desperately leafing through the Bible to identify another basic human right to rail against. Followers of the faith who have long opposed the right of homosexual couples to commit themselves to a life of petty bickering and sex-withholding, now find themselves with little to do, concerned that the devil himself finds work for idle hands.

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Pastor charged with sexual battery claims devil ‘motivated his mind’ in motel attack

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A Forest City, SC pastor is charged with sexual battery after he harassed a woman at a Super 8 motel who he believed was a prostitute.

According to WSOC-TV Channel 9, Harriett Memorial Freewill Baptist Church’s Pastor Robert Harris said that the bizarre incident at the motel happened because “I allowed the devil to motivate my mind.”

Harris told Channel 9 that he intends to ask forgiveness from his congregation after explaining to them that he asked a woman for sex at the motel in Gastonia.

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Roman Catholic flagellation during Easter in Philippines

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Roman Catholic penitents flagellate themselves at Easter in Philippines
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Michigan mayor bans atheist City Hall display to not upset Christian ‘Prayer Station’

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A Michigan mayor who says that he believes in freedom of religion has refused to allow atheists to set up a so-called “Reason Station” inside City Hall, saying it could upset Christians visiting the nearby “Prayer Station.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, Warren resident Douglas Marshall proposed the “Reason Station” to promote separation of church and state, and to tell people about using free thought, reason and logic.

But Warren Mayor Jim Fouts rejected the display for a period of one year because of Marshall’s affiliation with a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In a letter to Marshall, Fouts explained that the Freedom From Religion Foundation was not protected under the First Amendment’s Establishment clause because atheism was not a religion.

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Creationist Slams PBS Series on Science, Evolution

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The Los Angeles Times praised the PBS series, "All in all, 'Your Inner Fish' reminds us what smart TV really is."

However, creationist Elizabeth Mitchell recently panned the series on creationist Ken Ham's web site Answers In Genesis and even blamed belief in evolution for abortion:


Wrongly believing that humans are just animals that go through a fish stage in the womb has tragically led many women to destroy the human life within them.

And the false belief that the human body suffers from many flaws consequent to our evolutionary heritage leads to a mistaken view of the real origin of suffering and death.

...God designed a perfect human body along with a perfect world in the beginning. How do we know? He told us so in Genesis 1:31. And God warned Adam that rebellion would have consequences (Genesis 2:16–17).

Adam did rebel and ever since that day the entire world has groaned (Romans 8:22) under sin’s curse. People’s bodies have worn down, gotten ill, and died. The problem is neither bad design nor evolutionary bondage, but the perversion of God’s good original designs as a consequence of man’s rebellion against the Creator.

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Louisiana lawmakers advance bill that would make the Bible the state’s official book

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Brushing aside concerns over potential lawsuits, a bill has been sent to the Louisiana state legislature that would make the Bible the official state book.

 

On an 8-5 vote, the House municipal committee advanced the bill which now goes to the full House for debate, according to WWLTV.

 

Rep. Thomas Carmody (R) said he sponsored the proposal at the request of a constituent but insisted that the bill wasn’t designed to be a state-endorsement of Christianity.

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Hundreds Of Moore Residents Chase Westboro Baptist Church Out Of Town (Video)

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Westboro Baptist Church protestors left Moore, Okla., in a hurry Sunday after residents didn’t take kindly to the group’s claims that God sent the 2013 F5 tornado that killed 24 people to punish the town. [.] They demonstrated for 10 minutes before Moore residents began crossing the road and police escorted the fleeing WBC members to their vehicles. 

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Christians chasing out the only Christians telling the truth about Christianity. Christianity is a hateful bigoted superstition!!!!!
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Trigger warning for EVOLUTION at children's science center

Trigger warning for EVOLUTION at children's science center | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

While I suppose other interpretations are possible, it’s most likely that the “This program may discuss the topic of evolution” is a trigger warning for creationists or those whose sensibilities may be offended by the “e-word”. But that’s reprehensible, particularly in a place where evolution should not only be taken for granted, but positively promoted as one of the world’s wonders that will excite kids about science. The only reason for such a warning seems to be to avoid injuring parents’ religious beliefs.

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Does the internet make you lose your religion?

Does the internet make you lose your religion? | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

According to the MIT Technology Review, the internet does cause a decrease in religious affiliation.  A recent study by Allen Downey, a computer scientist at Olin College of Engineering located in Massachusetts, found a correlation between internet usage and a decrease in religion. [.] Downey said "We have controlled for the most obvious candidates, including income, education, socio-economic status, and rural/urban environments."  He does admit being on the Internet does not account for all of the decreasing religious affiliation, just a large part of it.

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Facts vs. Faith - How do Believers Separate Facts from Faith?

Facts vs. Faith - How do Believers Separate Facts from Faith? | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Debates about the nature and value of faith occupy a great deal of time in conversations between Christians and atheists - and it's a frequent subject for believers as well. It's not a concept that has been given an especially coherent and straightforward definition, unfortunately, and that's especially serious given just how central 'faith' is to so many religions. How can they insist on the importance of 'faith' unless they can reliably distinguish between faith and non-faith?

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Meet the Weird Christian Content Mill Behind Newsweek's New Owners

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Last year, when it was announced that International Business Times had bought the shrinking Newsweek brand, some media organizations started asking questions about IBT's connection to a shady Korean-born Christian minister. Now we have some new, weird info on that connection.

 

A new feature story in Mother Jones by Ben Dooley details the role played in IBT—and inNewsweek—by David Jang, an enigmatic pastor who has spent the past decade helping to assemble the Community, a Christian ministry, and a religiously oriented media empire that uses Jang's faithful for cheap labor.

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Newsweek's New Owner Believes In Anti-Gay Christian 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Newsweek's New Owner Believes In Anti-Gay Christian 'Ex-Gay' Therapy | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Newsweek, the venerable but flailing eighty-year old news magazine, until recently was a part of the IAC media and online dating empire. IAC owns The Daily Beast and websites including Match.com and Dictionary.com. Last summer, IAC sold Newsweek to a company called IBT, which publishes the International Business Times. In reports first from The Guardian and later from Gawker late last week, and in a stunningly in-depth report from Mother Jones, published just this morning, it seems clear Newsweek’s new owners, IBT, are linked to a Christian Evangelical cult-like group run by Korean Christian David Jang, that sounds somewhat similar to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. 

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Catholic School Under Fire For Teaching Masturbation, Poor Parenting Lead To Being Gay

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A Catholic high school in Charlotte, North Carolina is under fire after one of its regular guest instructors last week delivered a lecture that reportedly blamed poor parenting, single parenting, pornography and masturbation as the causes of homosexuality. Sister Jane Dominic Laurel is accused also of telling students at a mandatory school assembly at the Charlotte Catholic High School that gay people have have between 500 and 1000 sexual partners, and of portraying same-sex couples as child abusers.

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