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Open Thread: How Did You Become an Atheist?

I didn’t call myself an atheist for many years to come after that, but I could not take religion seriously any more. It no longer held any interest for me and we parted ways amicably.

‘Big Mountain Jesus’ Case Goes Before 9th Circuit on Tuesday

51ca23e8509a5.image[1]“A large statue of Jesus on public land, on government land, is a violation of the Constitution,” said Rebecca Markert, an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

‘Hallelujah!’ Says Foundation Co-Founder on News Christian Flag Removed

The co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation said she is pleased an Etowah County town has removed the Christian flag from the flagpole outside City Hall.

American Independence and the Ten Commandments

20150704_blp517_473[1]That relative religious diversity was one of the reasons why, 14 years later, the founders adopted the clause in the First Amendment which forbade the establishment of any religion.

Are Religion and Science Mutually Exclusive?

The book [Faith Versus Fact] purports to set aside the idea that faith and science are two separate worlds where each can be left to their own devices.

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?

150703134038-09-early-u-s-history-trumbull-signing-exlarge-169[1]That question has served a variety of political causes since July 4, 1776, from legalizing persecution and aiding runaway slaves to fighting Nazis and Communists.

Priests Are Stressed and This Study Tells Why

It turns out, the life of a priest is jam-packed with harsh expectations, little support and almost non-stop hours.

Nine Iowa Lawmakers Think Same-Sex Marriage Violates the Separation of Church and State

Iowa-lawmaker-Jason-Schultz-Facebook-800x430[1]Nine state senators and representatives signed the document, which proclaims that “the rights of mankind are anchored in Natural Law.”

Seventh-Day Adventists to Decide Whether Women Can Become Clergy

The question has special complexity for Adventists, who to this day revere one of their founders who saw visions, a woman described in documents from her lifetime as “ordained.”

Young People Drawn to ISIS Like Zombies, for Money or Out of Foolishness

Many young men and women are seeking to join extremist groups like ISIS because of the wide propaganda and brainwashing, according to 29% of the Russians polled by the Public Opinion foundation.

The Rise of Arab Atheism

Across the Middle East, governments are cracking down on non-belief. But Arab atheists are becoming more visible.