Thursday Religion/Agnosticism Report

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Atheism Has Finally Found Its Spiritual Leader

rtx147fe[1]The Godless have had a real PR problem for centuries. Up to this point in human history, atheism has lacked the wide, warm and consoling embrace that mystics, sages and religious leaders have been able to provide. [Read more]

Evangelical Christians, Religious Groups Want Secular Education in Irish Schools

signpost-near-irish-catholic-church[1]The Evangelical Alliance Ireland has said that believers, and not the State, should fund their own schools. The EAI stance is similar to that held by a prominent atheist group and a leading Muslim academic in the predominantly Catholic country. [Read more]

Progressive Evangelicals Launch Campaign To Expand Christian Support For Same-Sex Marriage

n-GAY-MARRIAGE-large570[1]As more states affirm same-sex marriage, U.S. evangelicals continue to wrestle with homosexuality, setting boundaries for what’s acceptable and what’s not, and setting the stage for a heated fall election season. [Read more]

History Books Spark Latest Texas Classroom Battle

437981-106131[1]As Texas mulls new social studies books for its 5-plus million public school students, some academics are decrying lessons they say exaggerate the influence of Christian values on America’s Founding Fathers. [Read more]

Atheist Movement Sure Has More Than Its Fair Share of Creeps

An enlightening piece titled Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement? was recently published on buzzfeed by Mark Oppenheimer. It is a long read that exposes the sexist, misogynistic behaviour of some well-known male Atheists leaders. [Read more]

Morality is Not Dependent Upon a God or Christian Worldview

empathy1[1]Religious people like to argue that human morality is dependent upon the Christian worldview to make sense. They use this argument as a support for the necessity of their God. They like to argue that without God as a basis, there is no objective morality. [Read more]

Tolerating Intolerance?

I do not consider it my duty to try to convert individuals I meet to my beliefs (or lack of beliefs). It is simply none of my business. This is quite different, as I see it, from exchanging ideas in print, when the point is to share opinions in theoretical terms. [Read more]

Religion, Mortality, and Our Shared Humanity

veteran-300x200[1]Discussions on religion often revolve around the profound differences which exist between people of various backgrounds of belief. [Read more]

On Dawkins, Hero Worship, and Doubling Down

We’re seeing an enormous number of people (who we thought would know and do better) ignore the most awful behavior from Dawkins. Obviously, not just with him, mind. [Read more]

The Muslim Face – On Policing the Resistance from Within

Ayaan%20Hirsi%20Ali%20WWSG%20Hi-Res(2)[1]The recent furore in the University of Yale for inviting Ayaan Hirsi Ali to deliver a speech has been for me the most unsettling of all the controversy that had Hirsi Ali in it. [Read more]

Why Is the Right-Wing So Shocked that Miss America Worked with Planned Parenthood?

If you thought her less than mind-blowing performance of “Happy” had  Miss America fans in a snit, wait till they find out where Kira Kazantsev used to work. [Read more]

Satanists Want to Give Out Materials in Orange Schools

os-satanic-book-for-kids-20140915A religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups. [Read more]

Freedom From Religion Foundation Says No Group Should Be Allowed to Leaflet in Public Schools

A Wisconsin-based group that advocates on behalf of atheists and agnostics says though it recently won the right to distribute its materials in Orange County public schools, it doesn’t think any religious or non-religious group should be allowed to. [Read more]

Oneida Cheerleaders Bringing Prayer Back to the Football Field

4749898_G[1]Oneida’s director of school’s Ann Sexton says they received a letter last fall from the ACLU reminding them it is unconstitutional to hold school sanctioned prayer at football games. [Read more]

Prayer on the Playing Field; Football Coach Says He Was Let Go for Letting Players Pray

Catalina Foothills High School volunteer freshmen football coach Gary Weiss said he was instructed to tell his players to stop praying before and after games or he would be let go. [Read more]

Supreme Court Rulings Raise Concerns Among Secular Groups

Secular-Coalition-SCOTUS-NEWS-sm[1]The Secular Coalition for America led demonstrations against recent Supreme Court decisions, including the Hobby Lobby ruling, which they believe allow religion to encroach on the state. [Read more]

Religion and Memory

The RSP interview with Alexandra Grieser established some useful connections between the study of religion and the study of memory. [Read more]

10 Most Absurd Right-Wing Christian Billboards

screen_shot_2014-05-02_at_2.02.57_pm[1]Apparently, when some conservative Christians ask themselves, “What would Jesus do?” the answer they come up with is, “Put up absurd, offensive billboards, preferably reminding passersby they’re going to hell.” [Read more]

No One Could Have Predicted Hobby Lobby Decision Would Be used to Protect FLDS Against Labor Laws

The Fundamentalist LDS, have decided not to pay kids to harvest pecans.  The Department of Labor is investigating labor violations.  FLDS leaders claim they do not have to testify because “religious freedom.” [Read more]

Still Church, But Not with Evolution

izloqvd[1]Crazy church signs are a genre unto itself. This one graces (pardon the pun) the Calvary Baptist Temple in Fort Collins, Colorado, whose motto is below. [Read more]

Evolution — The Greatest Hoax of All Time(?)

We’re warning you right up front: this one comes from RenewAmerica, where Ellis Washington’s columns have been appearing ever since he stopped writing for WorldNetDaily for reasons unknown to us. [Read more]

Books of the Bible: Genesis

Genesis[1]Genesis is the first book of the bible and gives an account of the creation of the word. Tradition holds that Moses wrote Genesis sometime between 1446 and 1406 BC. [Read more]

Pledge of Allegiance Poses Problems

The parents of a 6-year-old student at Edwin Loe Elementary School are upset because their son has not been allowed to sit down when the rest of his class recites the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. [Read more]

You Can Train Your Brain to Make Better Impulse Decisions

shutterstock_152968568[1]As Steven Cotler and Jamie Wheal explain at Forbes, hot cognition is a term used to describe the making of snap, impulse decisions without aid of a longer assessment period. [Read more]

The Subjectivity of Consciousness and the Illusion of Self, with Dr. Sam Harris

Neuroscientist and author Sam Harris, whose new book Waking Up: A Guide to Sprirituality Without Religion is currently the #1 Science and Mathematics Best Seller on Amazon, defines consciousness as “an experiential internal qualitative dimension to any physical system.” [Watch Video]

Jesus Hates Gays, Loves Bacon…Apparently

Noxious fundamentalist gasbag Bryan Fischer has come up with a bizarre new definition of a ‘Christian’ nation: it’s one where you can buy bacon.

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All Beliefs Not Equal or Equally Valid

همه عقايد يکسان نيستند
۱۷ سپتامبر ۲۰۱۴
مصاحبه با دانشمند پى زى مايرز

One-Finger Response to ISIS (Islamic State)

Here’s Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya’s One-finger response to ISIS (Islamic State)

Mid-Week Religion/Agnosticism Report, part 2

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Why is America So Religious? Because of America’s Inequality

Family-Bible-Lesson-180x[1]Everyone knows that American religiosity is unusual because America is so much more religious than every other industrialized nation. The mystery is why. [Read more]

Kevin Sorbo’s Message To Jews: ‘News Bulletin: You Did Kill Jesus’

Kevin Sorbo continues to make the rounds of Religious Right radio programs to promote the the DVD release of his recent film “God’s Not Dead.” [Read more]

Lying Cretans and Unknown Gods: Allusions to Epimenides in the New Testament

apostle-paul-preaching-upon-the-ruins-by-giovanni-paolo-panini-1744[1]My unfamiliarity with most ancient Greek literature has made me uncomfortably aware of how much context I am missing when I read the New Testament. [Read more]

A Former Christian Coalition Activist Tells All

The Rev. Welton Gaddy, president of The Interfaith Alliance–also someone very familiar with the conservative politicization of southern religioninterviewed White on his radio show State of Belief last week. [Read more]

An Atheist’s Faith – Part 1 of 2

leap_2[1]My faith as an atheist lies in two areas. The first will be one in which many atheists will disagree with me. [Read more]

Done with Dawkins

Blaming other people for their own rapes is a bright line for me. You don’t cross it. [Read more]

Americans’ Opinions On Spanking Vary By Party, Race, Region And Religion

VikingsThe arrest of Minnesota Vikings halfback Adrian Peterson, who is accused of abusing his 4-year-old son while disciplining him with a switch, has rekindled the long-running debate about corporal punishment. [Read more]

Morality Police, Jihadists, Religious Competition, Grindr, & Americans Abroad: Global LGBT Recap

We have reported on plans by the World Congress of Families to hold one of its annual summits in Moscow this month – and the suspension of those plans in the wake of Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea. [Read more]

Five Reasons You Should Be Less Empathetic

empathy[1]Yale psychologist Paul Bloom takes unlikely aim at empathy. He attacks empathy not because it’s impossible to feel other people’s pain—he thinks we can, in fact, experience the plight of another person. [Read more]

Atheists’ Flawed Understanding of Terrorism: Why Sam Harris Fails to Understand the ‘Islamic Threat’

Christopher Hitchens said that while atheism does not guarantee a smarter-than-thou intellect, an atheist’s intellectual advantage is his ability to reject false notions on face value. [Read more]

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim Tells for First Time of Her Ordeal

meriam_2993192b[1]Christian mother who faced death sentence in Sudan after being accused of abandoning Islam says she was read the Koran in prison in an attempt to convert her. [Read more]

Ben Carson: Evolution Is An Absurd Myth, ‘Give Me A Break’

In a “Faith & Liberty” interview posted last week, potential GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson discussed his rejection of the theory of evolution, arguing that the science of evolution is a sign of humankind’s arrogance. [Read more]

Why Is Obama Arming Syrian Jihadists?

249070_5_[1]The New York Times piece that Rich Lowry links to below makes for singularly depressing reading, and it illustrates that the Obama administration has learned nothing. [Read more]

Does Scientific Skepticism Exclude Atheism Because God Cannot be Tested?

I see two common errors when it comes to the intersection between skepticism and atheism. The first is treating atheism as if it were the same as skepticism. [Read more]

Massive 5,000-Year-Old Stone Monument Revealed in Israel

israel-stone-monument-1[1]A lunar-crescent-shaped stone monument that dates back around 5,000 years has been identified in Israel. [Read more]

Over Half of Republicans Want Christianity as the Official Religion in States

According to 2013 poll by YouGov, theocracy is popular in the United States. Slightly more than a third of all Americans would like to see Christianity made the official religion of their state; this is more popular among Republicans, older people, and those with just a high school education. [Read more]

Christians in Eastern China Scramble to Save Symbol of Their Faith

140915115248-china-church-story-body[1]At a gray church on the outskirts of Wenzhou in eastern China, Christians from across the county keep a nervous watch. Some stand behind the iron gate; others sit just inside the church door. [Read more]

Catholic Universities Have Been Paying for Abortions All Along

The revelation comes with the news that the California Department of Health and Human Services has reversed itself and rescinded permission for two Catholic universities in California to remove elective abortion coverage from their employee insurance plans. [Read more]

Mormons Embrace Social Media to Push Back Against Official Church Teachings

Unknown1-427x320[1]On a cool summer evening, in a borrowed classroom overlooking San Francisco Bay, about 150 men and women gathered to screen a short documentary about a Mormon family whose 13-year-old son came out as gay. [Read more]

When Criticizing Ideas Crosses a Line

We’ve been embroiled in some minor controversy surrounding our recent piece supporting the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics decision to stand with the Yale Muslim Student Alliance in criticizing the decision to host a lecture by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. [Read more]

Mid-Week Religion/Agnosticism Report

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How to Criticize with Kindness:
Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently

intuitionpumpsdennett[1]Daniel Dennett poses an apt question that probes some of the basic tendencies and dynamics of today’s everyone-is-a-critic culture: “Just how charitable are you supposed to be when criticizing the views of an opponent?” [Read more]

A Very Fundamentalist Sex Scandal

Between 1985 and 1997, Donald Howard continued to have sex more often than his wife did. She divorced him in October 1997 and took control of the company. This is common knowledge among anyone close to ACE. [Read more]

What Leaving My Religion Did for Me

bucketlistbandd[1]People often ask me if my life is better now that I’ve left my religion.  My honest answer is that it’s a mixed bag. [Read more]

Does Religion Have Too Much or Too Little Influence on Politics?

The influence of religion on American politics is a topic of much debate and Americans seem fairly equally divided on the subject — about one-third each believe that religion has too much, too little, or the right amount of influence. [Read more]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism from Fellow Atheists at Yale

7th edition of the Festival of Literature“We do not believe Ayaan Hirsi Ali represents the totality of the ex-Muslim experience,” members of Yale Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics posted on Facebook Friday (Sept. 12). [Read more]

Is the State a Religious Actor in Deeming Teen’s Crotch-Rubbing of Jesus Statue Illegal?

This week, controversies emerged involving both a statue of Satan and a statue of Jesus, a “tale of two statues” that raises interesting questions about how objects come to be regarded as sacred. [Read more]

Another Mega Church Implodes

1410692982681.cached[1]Once one of America’s fastest growing churches, Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, announced this week the closing of three locations and warned that another would be closed if donations fail to increase. [Read more]

Thanks, Tony Perkins, for Defending Those Violent Jewish-y Parts of the Bible

Apart from being wildly impertinent (and if we wanted to be impertinent toward propagandistic ends we could, say, point out that the Gideons don’t appear to allow women as members) there’s this: In a wild misrepresentation of the Old Testament… Say what? [Read more]

Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon

ISIL takes Turkey govt. hostage: Terrorists raises flag at Turkish borderAs an atheist, I cannot help wondering when this scrim of pretense and delusion will be finally burned away—either by the clear light of reason or by a surfeit of horror meted out to innocents by the parties of God. [Read more]

Americans United, Allies Ask Federal Appeals Court To Strike Down Texas’ Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Marriage Prohibition Is Unconstitutionally Based On Religion, Church-State Watchdog Says. [Read more]

Marriage is for Everybody, Says Former Anti-Gay Evangelical

Screen-Shot-2014-09-15-at-7.07.14-PM[1]Mark Achtemeier has been a minister with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) since 1984, and for much of his ministry he characterized himself as a “conservative anti-gay activist.” [Read more]

Penn State University Pulling Gideon Bibles From Guest Rooms Following Complaint

Pennsylvania State University is pulling Gideon Bibles from its guest rooms and moving them to its libraries and other public spaces following a complaint from a prominent atheist activist organization. [Read more]

Religion and the Causes of Terror

Screen-Shot-2014-09-11-at-3.56.44-PM[1]If you were to look at a map of suicide bombings, you would see it almost exclusively overlap with geopolitical conflicts in a small part of the globe. [Read more]

If ISIS Is Not Islamic, Then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic

As ISIS slaughters its way though Syria and Iraq, it became inevitable that we’d hear from apologists who claim that ISIS is not in fact “true Islam,” and that its depredations are due to something other than religious motivation. [Read more]

Texas Textbooks Butcher Climate Change Coverage—In Social Studies

1796600938_590d49e9ed_o-640x480[1]In three cases, the textbooks seem to confuse climate change and ozone depletion. One implies that it’s the loss of the ozone layer that’s leading to the planet’s warming by letting more sunlight in. [Read more]

LGBT-Friendly Church is Not “Christian” Enough?

The latest insult to my self-claimed Christianity came in the form of a website that lists LGBT-friendly churches around the US I had submitted my congregation, Jubilee! Circle in Columbia, S.C., to be listed in the database, since I consider us an LGBT-friendly Christian congregation. [Read more]

Let Us Now Praise Wealthy Men? Structural Poverty, Religiously (Re)Considered

buffett[1]Joerg Rieger, a leading theological thinker in relation to economic injustice, is also a principal presenter at a forthcoming conference in Houston that seeks to galvanize a stronger and religiously-infused bottom-up justice movement. [Read more]

Ray Comfort’s Latest Movie

This is difficult to believe, but it’s been a year since we had a post about Ray Comfort. That was WorldNetDaily Goes Wild Over Ray Comfort. [Read more]

Hard Questions We’re Not Asking Pope Francis

2014002-Allen-Hard-Questions-3C-717x450[1]Pope Francis is an undeniably attractive figure whose concern for people at society’s margins can be awesome to behold. As a result, it’s almost impossible sometimes not to go soft on the man. [Read more]

Understanding Revelations in the Bible

What does historical Bible study have to say about gospel meaning and understanding revelations in the Bible? [Read more]

Bryan Fischer Calls For Atheists To Be Banned From Serving In The Armed Forces

Bryan Fischer asserts that atheists should be prohibited from serving in all branches of the military because “there is no place in the United States military for those who do not believe in the Creator who is the source of every single one of our fundamental human and civil rights.”

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Kirk Cameron Has A Serious Crock-O-Duck Problem

Kirk Cameron and his pal Ray Comfort posted a video they thought for sure would finally debunk the foolishness that is evolution.

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Monday Morning Religion and Freethought Digest 9/15

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Strip Club Protests Pastor With Topless Dancers Outside Church

Good FridayOfficials are pleading for a pastor and an Ohio strip club owner to stop weekly protesting of each other’s establishments over a years-long feud. [Read more]

‘Pseudoscience Has Nested in Schools’

When Nick Rose worked as a parapsychologist, his job was to investigate why people believed they had been haunted by ghosts or abducted by aliens. [Read more]

Why Your Bible Feels Like Fantasy Fiction

Blake_jacobsladder-471x600[1]I’m often struck by the exotic world of the Bible; it operates by a completely different set of laws from our own. Debates about its scientific accuracy will rage on, but Bible readers might appreciate the text more if they let it sit on the shelves next to all their favorite fantasy fiction. [Read more]

Zionist Group Publishes Target List of “Anti-Israel” US Professors

The Amcha Initiative, the Zionist organization that has repeatedly intimidated, spied on and harassed students and faculty, appears to be escalating its campaign by publishing what amounts to a target list of “anti-Israel” professors. [Read more]

The True Cost of Heaven

lemmings[1]You hear it very often said by the religious, as they enumerate the wealthy prospects of their divine real estate, that no greater reward above paradise may exist. [Read more]

Tulsa Exorcist Facing Increasing ‘Demonic Activity'; Black Mass Sunday

The Satanic Black Mass scheduled for Sunday at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall has drawn attention to a little-known but rapidly growing ministry in the Catholic Church: exorcism. [Read more]

The Rastafarians’ Flawed African ‘Promised Land’

Jamaican_Man[1]Many people think of Rastafarians as dreadlocked Jamaicans for whom marijuana is a sacred herb. Partly true, but there’s much more to their beliefs, including the promised land in Ethiopia. [Read more]

The Integration of Church and State

When our founding fathers started drafting and amending our constitution, they included something to make sure that our government would make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, and also allow people to practice whatever religion they wanted. [Read more]

‘Church Mall’ Opens in Florida Offering Places of Worship for Over 50 Different Faiths

AllFaithsChurchMall[1]In this one-part documentary our microphones travel to the All Saints Church Mall in Fort Myers, Florida to learn how a former shopping centre became a place of worship for over 50 different faiths. [Read more]

Nigeria Bans Religious Gatherings To Stop Ebola Spread; Group Threatens Lawsuit

Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu has banned religious gatherings as a way to prevent the spread of Ebola. However, according to a report from This Day Live. [Read more]

The Satanic Temple to Distribute Educational Religious Materials in Florida Public Schools

cropped-header6[1]In response to a recent School Board decision in Orange County, Florida that allows for the dissemination of religious materials in public schools, The Satanic Temple has announced they will follow suit by providing Satanic materials to students during the new school year. [Read more]

Weekend Religion and Atheist Report

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Federal Prosecutors: Dinesh D’Souza’s Online Activity Proves He’s Not Sorry

dinesh_dsouza2-620x412[1]Offering a chilling reminder to the world that the first rule of Twitter is to never tweet, federal prosecutors on Wednesday rejected conservative filmmaker and campaign finance fraudster Dinesh D’Souza’s plea for a reduced sentence. [Read more]

‘God Particle’ Could Destroy Universe, Says Stephen Hawking

God particle: The Higgs boson, frequently referred to as the ‘God particle’ over the objections of scientists, could usher in a quantum doomsday, says renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. [Read more]

Malaysian Imprisoned for Offensive Ramadan Comment on Facebook

malaysia-muslims-at-ramadan[1]An offensive comment on Facebook about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the feast of breaking the fast, has resulted in a Malaysian man being sent to prison. [Read more]

27 Christians in Saudi Arabia Arrested for Using House as a Church

Saudi authorities have swooped on a house in the eastern province city of Khafji, on the border with Kuwait, and arrested 27 people for using the premises as church last week. [Read more]

The Strange, Complex Story of Women and ISIS Militants

islam8[1]With their penchant for gruesome beheadings, it’s easy to believe ISIS militants capable of any monstrosity, including medieval-sounding brutality towards women. [Read more]

10 Signs You Take The Bible Too Literally

1. You laugh when you read about dinosaur fossils, because you know they are really God’s little inside joke to confuse atheists. [Read more]

Pat Robertson Gets to the Bottom of What Turns Teen Girls Lesbian

screen_shot_2014-09-11_at_4.06.54_pm[1]Televangelist Pat Robertson warned on Thursday that teens could be turned into lesbians if they are molested or if they watch “girl-on-girl” movies. [Read more]

Another Republican Candidate Implodes by Telling the Truth

This time in a televised local debate, in front of an audience of interested voters and party loyalists. A spectacular fail, and I’m not exaggerating. [Read more]

Are Religious Rights and Freedoms Being Trampled?

images[1]Some religious people complain that we are now witnessing a ‘clash of rights’. They suppose that in the hotelier and photography examples, we are, in effect, allowing gay rights to ‘trump’ religious rights. [Read more]

Why Did Jesus’ Disciples Abandon Him in His Last Hours?

There is much in the New Testament to cause one to question whether the Jesus story(s) of the Gospels ever really happened. [Read more]

Secularists Query Decision to Reinstate Registrar Who Refused to Conduct Same-Sex Weddings

350x[1]Margaret Jones, a Senior Deputy Registrar at Bedford register office, was sacked by her employers after confirming that she would be unwilling to conduct same-sex weddings on the basis of her Christian beliefs. [Read more]

The Philandering Fundamentalists

Welcome to the world of Independent Fundamental Baptists (IFB). IFB types don’t believe in church hierarchy. They’re not usually part of any official denomination. [Read more]

Calls for National Debate Over Collective Worship Requirement in Schools

350x[1]Renewed calls have been made for a national debate about the requirement on schools to hold acts of collective worship. [Read more]

The Rise of Christian Sexual Atheists

I have an almost daily habit of reading various news articles on my iPhone, especially the ones that impinge on moral issues or Christianity in particular. [Read more]

Readers of the Lost Ark: Following the Literary Trail of an Ancient Religious Symbol

1280px-figures_the_erection_of_the_tabernacle_and_the_sacred_vessels-1728-figures-de-la-bible-illustrated-by-gerard-hoet-copy[1]There is probably no artifact in the Bible more famous than the Ark of the Covenant — or, to use its fullest and most ancient title, the “Ark of Yahweh Sabaoth Who Sits Enthroned upon the Cherubim”. [Read more]

Changes to Germany’s ‘Church Tax’ Prompts Exodus

Hundreds of thousands of German tax-payers are leaving their officially designated religions to avoid paying a ‘church tax’ levy on capital gains. [Read more]

25 Years: Women Working Against Fundamentalism in the UK

350x[1]Women Against Fundamentalism (WAF) was formed during the height of the Rushdie Affair in 1989, soon after the publication of The Satanic Verses when Muslim fundamentalist organisations, through their transnational networks, attempted to get the book banned, staging demonstrations and book burnings, including in the UK. Ayatollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, issued a fatwa authorizing the killing of Salman Rushdie. [Read more]

Facing Failure: Why the Seal of Confession Is Inviolable

3861959810_6c24391cf6_z[1]If a child told me, in the context of a confession, that she was being abused — by anyone — I would do everything in my power to counsel her to seek help, by disclosing the abuse to a parent, to a trusted adult, to a teacher or a counselor, or to me outside the confessional. [Read more]

Pennsylvania County Council Votes Against Displaying ‘In God We Trust’ Motto

A county council in Pennsylvania has voted against a proposal to display the national motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ at the county courthouse. [Read more]

Freedom From Religion Foundation ‘Objects’ to Prayers at Eagle Nest Senior Center

5411cc4b4719e.image[1]Until Aug. 21 “no one ever complained” to Eagle Nest Senior Center site manager Beverly Cownover about the center’s pre-meal Christian prayers. That day the village received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. [Read more]

Arkansas State Removes Christian Symbol From Football Helmets

Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets following a complaint that it violated separation of church and state laws, the school said Wednesday. [Read more]

Santorum: We Should Call Secularism a Religion So We Can Ban It from Schools

Rick Santorum is upset that teachers in public schools are using class time to teach things like math and arithmetic rather than the truth of Rick’s particular religion, and Santorum has a solution.

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