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Viewpoints: Why is faith falling in the US?

- - BBC News - 22 August 2012 Comments

A new poll suggests that atheism is on the rise in the US, while those who consider themselves religious has dropped. What's the cause? Two writers debate. Thousands attended an atheism rally in...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Blasphemy Laws Exposed: The Consequences of Criminalizing “Defamation of Religions”

- - human rights first - 20 August 2012 Comments

FOR OVER A DECADE, efforts have been made in several venues at the United Nations to promote the concept that States have an obligation to adopt and enforce laws against the “defamation of...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION

Update - Too crazy even for the evangelical right - Barton’s Fall From Grace - The Most Influential Evangelist You've Never Heard Of

Ed Kilgore - Political Animal - 20 August 2012 Comments

Barton’s Fall From Grace Political Animal Ed Kilgore Back in June I wrote about a new book by two conservative evangelical writers who took great issue with the take on Thomas Jefferson’s...

TAGGED: RELIGION

Pussy Riot's closing statement

Cory Doctorow - BoingBoing - 18 August 2012 Comments

Argument in the show-trial of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot -- who gave an unlicensed anti-Putin performance in a cathedral and now face harsh, Stalinist justice for daring to point out the...

TAGGED: CENSORSHIP, POLITICS, RELIGION

Refuting Richard: Dawkins Doesn’t “Get” God

Graham Veale - Saints & Sceptics? - 16 August 2012 Comments

Richard Dawkins seems to concede that God could make sense of the universe (see his interview with Alister McGrath ). However, he does not believe that theism is a good explanation because “God is...

TAGGED: RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Witchcraft-based child abuse: Action plan launched

- - BBC News - 15 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Ken Thomson and Tony Andrews for submitting the link The government has launched an action plan to tackle child abuse linked to witchcraft or religion in England. ...

TAGGED: HARM, RELIGION

Why I won't take part in debate with fundamentalists

Richard Dawkins - for the Press and Journal - 14 August 2012 Comments

I was invited several months ago to speak at the Faclan Book Festival in Stornoway and I was delighted to accept, as I have a great affection for the Highlands and Islands but have never visited...

TAGGED: RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SPEECHES

Parents who believe in miracles 'torturing' dying children, doctors warn

John Bingham - The Telegraph - 14 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Linda Ward Selbie for the link Parents who trust in divine intervention, even after doctors say there is no hope of survival, are putting their children through aggressive but...

TAGGED: HARM, RELIGION

Atheist group targets presidential candidates' faith with billboards

Dan Merica - CNN - 13 August 2012 Comments

A prominent atheist group is using next month's Democratic National Convention to take aim at the presidential candidates' religion, putting up billboards targeting Mormonism and Christianity in...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, SECULARISM

Thinking style and belief in God

Art Markman - Psychology Today - 13 August 2012 Comments

There is no doubt that the human mind is prepared to believe in the divine. All over the world, cultures have created belief in one or many gods. These beliefs are common in societies regardless...

TAGGED: REASON, RELIGION

Is Richard Dawkins a bully?

Neil Ormerod - Religion and Ethics - 13 August 2012 Comments

In the preface to his best-selling book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins explains the fundamental reason for writing the book: "If this book works as I intend, the religious readers who open it...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Atheist wants to know why Christians express joy in knowing their friends are going to be tortured in hell!?

Don Lacey - Tucson Citizen - 13 August 2012 Comments

Jim Wilson, for this argument, assumes there is a Christian God and a hell. He then examines the character of those Christians that seem to take pleasure in telling their friends that they’re going...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

God and the Ivory Tower

Scott Atran - Foreign Policy - 09 August 2012 Comments

What we don't understand about religion just might kill us. The era of world struggle between the great secular ideological -isms that began with the French Revolution and lasted through the...

TAGGED: RELIGION

Ireland second only to Vietnam in loss of religious sentiment

Patsy McGarry - Irish Times - 08 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Tyler Durden for the link In a survey of more than 50 countries, Ireland has experienced the second-greatest drop in recent years in the percentage of the population that claims...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

Parents shun school religion

Jewel Topsfield - The Age - 07 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Mike Sloan for the link The group representing parents in Victorian state schools has joined teachers in calling for controversial religious instruction classes to be scrapped...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, RELIGION

Kenya Bishops slam Melinda Gates’ contraception plan for Africa

Peter Baklinski - LifeSiteNews - 04 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Jonathan Dore for the link The Catholic Bishops of Kenya have collectively slammed a pro-contraception article that appeared in the country’s Africa Review earlier this month as...

TAGGED: RELIGION

$5 Million Grant Awarded by Private Foundation to Study Immortality

Bettye Miller - UCR Today - 04 August 2012 Comments

The John Templeton Foundation has awarded philosopher John Martin Fischer $5 million to study issues related to immortality. For millennia, humans have pondered their mortality and whether death...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION

The tragedy at the heart of New Atheism

Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith - CatholicHerald.co.uk - 03 August 2012 Comments

Belief in an ordered universe is hard to reconcile with a tragic view of life Richard Dawkins poses on a London bus displaying an atheist advertisement (PA) I remember sitting up and taking...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS

Religion’s fair game if it motivates politics

Lawrence Martin - The Globe and Mail - 01 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Linda Ward Selbie for the link Much has been made of the government’s muzzling of the science community, its low regard for statistics, its hard line against environmentalists. ...

TAGGED: POLITICS, RELIGION

Mississippi church refuses to marry black couple

AP - CBC News - 01 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Roedy for the link Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson in their home in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. (WLBT TV/Associated Press) A Mississippi couple says the church where they...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION