04 July 2016 Atheism – Religion News, Commentary

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The Psychology Behind Why We Reject Evidence

confused[1]It’s important to be open-minded, but we should try to not be so open-minded that our brains fall out. We should always be open to new ideas, but if those ideas are not supported by solid evidence, we should reject them.

An Atheist Reads The Book of Job: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

One of the great questions of humanity is why do good things happen to bad people? Why is there war, famine and genocide? Why are rich and powerful people often dishonest and criminal?

Finding Your Sacred Book

han_shan_bw21-240x300[1]All sacred books, however wondrous they may be, were written by people. Whatever is said about the book, that it was channeled from extra-terrestrials, angels, gods, or God, in truth it was written by people.

Pressure from Religious Nations Checks UN Action for Human Rights

It may seem strange that when we challenge religious attempts to halt social progress, those invested in faith traditions would consider such challenges a denial of their religious freedom.

God and Country: Idolatry in the Hymnal

9208600333_cce798b9c4_z[1]I think it was a gradual shift during my college years as I began to confront the nationalistic Christianity I knew with our country’s checkered past.

Who Wrote the Pentateuch? Early Questions of Authorship.

Historically, it was always said that they were written by Moses, the great leader of the Israelites in the 13th century BCE, and main figure of all the books of the Pentateuch.

Does the Church Owe the LGBTQ Community An Apology?

pattern-1097268_1920[1]The problem with many of the apologists that I encountered in my early faith formation was that they often offered apologia when apologies were in order.

Stop Killing in Name of Religion: Bangladesh PM

“Islam is a religion of peace. Stop killing in the name of the religion,” Hasina said in a televised address to the nation in which she declared two days of mourning.

U.S. Judge Blocks Law Allowing Religion as Reason to Deny Service to LGBT People

equalpeple1[1]U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, in a ruling late on Thursday, said that the wide-ranging law adopted this spring unconstitutionally allowed “arbitrary discrimination.”

Former ‘Devout Atheist’ University of Bath Registrar to Train as Vicar

She describes herself as a “devout atheist” until November 2010 when she visited Wells Cathedral by chance and felt an “extraordinary sense of coming home to the God I didn’t believe in.”

Coverage of Istanbul Terror Attack Shows That America Doesn’t Care About Muslim Lives

slide_419780_5359744_free[1]As we all know, PuffHo is having a big campaign to not only make Islam seem like a Wonderful Religion of Peace, but (and more admirably) to show that not all Muslims are terrorists.

Pro-Gay Atheist Sides With Christian Mingle

The claim filed by two California men, alleges that since Christian Mingle only offers straight dating options, they are in violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.

Humanists Celebrate Major Victory for Reproductive Rights

Supreme_Court-294x300[1]Casey reaffirmed the Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, holding that the Constitution guarantees the right to abortion and that states must not impose undue burdens on those seeking abortion.

More Than 30 Burned During Famous Motivational Speaker’s Hot Coal Walk

Fire officials say more than 30 people attending a Tony Robbins event in Dallas have been treated for burns after the motivational speaker encouraged them to walk on hot coals.

Most American Christians Believe They’re Victims of Discrimination

A gold pendant of Jesus hangs in the window of a store in the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles November 2, 2007.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES) - RTR1VL7J

Many, many Christians believe they are subject to religious discrimination in the United States. A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute and Brookings offers evidence.

Pharmacists Must Put Patient Care Before Religious Beliefs

Secularists have urged the General Pharmaceutical Council to ensure that pharmacists set aside their personal religious beliefs if they conflict with a patient’s medical needs.

 

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