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Leader of Poland's Catholic Church under fire over remarks about child sex abuse by priests

Leader of Poland's Catholic Church under fire over remarks about child sex abuse by priests | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

The leader of Poland's Catholic Church has come under a wave of condemnation by appearing to suggest that children are partly to blame for being sexually abused by priests. Archbishop Jozef Michalik, head of Poland's influential Episcopate, was commenting this month on revelations about Polish pedophile priests. A child from a troubled family, Michalik told reporters, "seeks closeness with others and may get lost and may get the other person involved, too."

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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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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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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'

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

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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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