29 July 2016 Religion and Atheism News

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Here’s What It’s Like Being an Atheist in the Democratic Party

8f0ad2c5-5cce-4af1-8d9c-b13ee0adb419-medium16x9_ScreenShot20160726at8.06.46AM[1]Of the 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails released by Wikileaks this week, one of the most memorable was one that showed a DNC staffer appearing to target Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over his religious beliefs.

Democrats Should Know that Religion Is Not a Litmus Test for Public Office

sanders-300x200[1]Sanders went on CNN’s State of the Union to make his public statement. “First of all, I am not an atheist,” he said. “It is an outrage and sad that you would have people in important positions in the DNC trying to undermine my campaign.”

Can a Christian Vote for Donald Trump?

Among the most perplexing features of Donald Trump’s surge to victory has been the enthusiastic support of evangelical Christians for a man who can barely name any books of the Bible.

Is This Where God Lives in the Brain?

epilepsy_brain[1]Religion and science don’t often mix. But in the case of religious experiences scientists found a surprising overlap in a recent case study.

Engineering an Enhanced Human? The More Religious You Are, the Less Likely You’ll Want To

Most Americans are put off by the idea of using science to ‘enhance’ human abilities — and these attitudes are strongly connected with people’s religiosity.

Why This Pastor Spent $3,000 in Church Funds to Win a Raffle with an AR-15 as the Prize

proxy[1]Rev. Jeremy Lucas had just returned to Oregon from a family vacation back home to Alabama when he pulled out his phone and started scrolling.

Ken Ham Criticizes Richard Dawkins

Drowning almost everything that lived on land in the Flood, which Hambo celebrates with his Ark Encounter tourist attraction, shows how much the bible opposes terrorism.

Ken Ham: Atheists ‘Go Ballistic’ When Children Visit Ark Encounter, Speak Against Naturalism

Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham, whose life-sized Noah’s Ark theme park opened to the public earlier in July, says atheists “go ballistic” when children visit the Ark Encounter and declare that they disagree with naturalism.

There’s No Controversy: Let’s Stop Failing Our Children On Evolution

ap_16187714307189-2d556045675ad22a9de1ceb8957f94b1c1d13ccd-s800-c85[1]For one thing, that the Ark shows in its animatronic displays the co-existence of dinosaurs and people. Dinosaurs, of course, went extinct (well, except for birds, but that’s another subject) 65 million years ago; the human lineage evolved 6 million years ago, and our own species about 200,000 years ago.

A Former Elder Lets You In On The Real Message of the “Loving” Watchtower

armageddon-watchtower-sep-15-2012[1]Jehovah’s Witnesses go door to door preaching a message that most of them truly believe to be life-saving. The vast majority of the ones who do this work no doubt believe that they do so out of love for their neighbor.

Atheists Sue over use of tax dollars relating to KC Baptist convention

At issue is the City Council’s approval in April of $65,000 from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund to Modest Miles Ministries Inc. for the National Baptist Convention USA Inc.

Israelis Back Donald Trump Because of His Anti-Muslim Talk, Right?

The assumption is rooted in the belief that Trump will be a more full-throated supporter of Israel than Clinton will be, and so of course Israelis back him over her.

India Cow Vigilantes Held for Beating Up Muslim Women Over Beef

_90543894_4fb20e1a-db31-4415-a5d3-7f5f4a6f6592[1]The two women were also arrested on suspicion of selling cow meat, which is banned in the state – although a preliminary test found the meat they were carrying came from a buffalo.

Muslims and Islam: Key Findings in the U.S. and Around the World

Many facts about Muslims are not well known in some of these places, and most Americans say they know little or nothing about Islam.

Islamic State and Secular France Are Locked in an Existential War

image-20160727-5645-1lz3tp[1]The killing of a priest during morning mass at a Catholic church near Rouen on July 26 has sent new shockwaves through France.

Islamic State’s Failing ‘War of Religion’

After Islamic State claimed credit for the killing of a French Catholic priest, leaders of major faiths gathered to counter this attempt to incite Muslims and Christians against each other.

Julia Sweeney’s Excellent Reason Rally Speech is Now Online

If you haven’t heard it already, you should definitely listen to her one-woman show Letting Go of God. A huge segment aired years ago on This American Life.

 

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