16 November 2016 Religion and Freethought News

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410gs28tbcl1John Loftus’s New Book: Why Religious Philosophy Should Be Deep-Sixed

I’ve read a lot of it and it’s all based on the assumption that God exists. Since we have no evidence for that, the rest is commentary on a nonexistent being and its wishes, more or less like building a philosophy on Santa Claus.

My Five-Year Fight Against The Religious Right

Goodbyes are frequently difficult, but this one seems especially so. After half a decade at Americans United, I am leaving to become the media relations manager for Small Business Majority.

religionoutofgovt1Albuquerque Billboard Reads “Keep Religion OUT of Government”

A billboard that just went up in Albuquerque, New Mexico has a timely message.

We Can Be More Rational and Less Tribalistic

I’ve noticed that the run-up and aftermath of every U.S. presidential election leaves me with the impression that the degree of political polarization, tribalism, and irrationality on display is getting progressively worse.

Bizarre Shift Cancels Madison’s Freethought Radio Broadcast

1freethoughtradio1FFRF received belated notice this morning that the broadcast of its decade-long radio program, Freethought Radio, has been canceled by the Madison, Wis., radio station formerly known as “Progressive Talk” The Mic 92.1.

‘Freedom from Religion’ Banner Denied

An area email campaign circulated last week to get opposing people to attend Monday’s meeting. Their messages said the county was being asked not to erect the traditional Nativity scene on the courthouse grounds during the Christmas season.

Federal Appeals Court Rules New Mexico Ten Commandments Monument Unconstitutional

The lawsuit was initially filed in 2012 against the city of Bloomfield [official website] by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of two residents who are members of the Wiccan religion.

Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit Claiming the Teaching of Evolution in Kansas Promotes Atheism

shutterstock_1430180171As science advocates have repeatedly said (much to the chagrin of many vocal atheists), evolution isn’t anti-religious. There are ways to reconcile your faith with reality if you so choose.

Faith-Based Selection in Schools Could Be Set to Increase

A Downing Street source told the BBC that this admissions cap had failed and was effectively discriminating against Catholic schools.

BBC Considers Expanding Its Religious Broadcasting Output

Religious leaders in the UK have been invited by the BBC’s Director-General Lord Hall, above, to ‘join discussions about plans for multi-faith coverage’.

ark-of-the-covenant_01Did the Templars Hide the Ark of the Covenant? Unraveling the Cove-Jones Cipher

Most historians doubt the existence of the Templar treasure. However, my research suggests that one of the ancient relics they are said to have possessed may have been hidden in central Britain.

California School District Decides to Restrict Prayer and Bible Citations During Public Meetings

A school district board in California voted on November 3 to set restrictions on the practice of prayer and citation of Bible verses during public meetings.

High School Football Coach No Longer Leading Prayers Following Complaint From Atheist Group

dunmore-compressed-701x3961A high school football coach in Pennsylvania is now no longer leading prayers with his team following the receipt of a complaint from a prominent professing atheist organization.

Did My Lust Cause Our Miscarriage?

Pastor John, here’s the next question on the list, and it’s a heavy one, an email from an anonymous man.

How the Faithful Voted: A Preliminary 2016 Analysis

ft_16-11-09_relig_exitpoll_religrace-610x4051Those who supported Republican candidates in recent elections, such as white born-again or evangelical Christians and white Catholics, strongly supported Donald Trump as well.

Be Very Skeptical of Claims That Donald Trump is an Atheist

Atheists have a lot at stake in politics. While the separation of church and state is documented in the US Constitution as a core value, it is a value that is getting constant pushback.

Sam Rohrer: Trump’s Win Was So Unexpected That The Only Conclusion Is That ‘God Did It’

Appearing on “Focus Today” on Friday, Sam Rohrer of the American Pastors Network declared that Donald Trump’s election last Tuesday was “an answer to prayer” and an unmistakable work of God.

Michael Moore: Don’t Call Yourself a Christian If You Won’t Defend Victims of Trump’s Bigotry

On AM Joy over the weekend, filmmaker Michael Moore argued that white people have a special responsibility, as the people who have been in power “forever,” to defend the rights of minorities under a Donald Trump presidency.

Following Hate Crimes And Trump’s Election, Muslims Remain Resilient

Since Trump’s election, there’s been an increase in the number of hate crimes reported against immigrants and minorities, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and others.

What Islam Really Teaches About Slavery