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Go to: Why Eastern Germany is the most godless place on Earth

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Having grown up in East Germany and living there again at the moment, I would advise everyone to take the article’s content with a grain of salt. The author is a lecturer at the Lutheran Church’s journalist school, so I would hardly call him objective.

A number of bishops and other muppets get to whine in this article, but no atheists were interviewed. They are probably too hard to find in a population were two thirds of the people are atheist.

In his history description, he conveniently skips from early Slavic settlement to the modern era, ignoring anything the church might have messed up itself. East Germany is the area where the sale of indulgences was so rampant that resistance formed, which triggered Luther to start the reformation.

As a consequence, there was a series of religious wars culminating in the Thirty Years War. Those left large parts of what is now East Germany depopulated. Brandenburg and later Prussia and states in Thuringia were faced with a significant lack of manpower – the Prussian kings were forced to adopt religious tolerance and started mandatory education to keep army and treasury funded.

Needless to say, large parts of the church managed to slime up to the National Socialist and Communist governments in later times, that flexibility did not leave too good an impression on most people either.

Mon, 14 May 2012 21:12:55 UTC | #941482

Go to: Do Atheists Understand and Appreciate Black Bodies?

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Something I just stumbled across: On the 30th April, six days ago, abolitionists in Mauretania have been arrested for burning books containing fatwas encouraging slavery.

Fighting religion's support of slavery is not some theoretical exercise of the past, it is still going on. Link 1 Link 2

Sun, 06 May 2012 09:10:31 UTC | #940113

Go to: Do Atheists Understand and Appreciate Black Bodies?

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All of humanity is of African descent and all of them were unfree at some point – black Americans are not special because of that. In fact, many Europeans were serfs until the 19th century, gaining their emancipation from around 1805 to 1864, roughly at the same time as blacks in North America. Most Asians had it even worse.

If the author of this diatribe would like to see the stance of atheists on slavery, I would recommend him to read Christopher Hitchens on North Korea. There are 25 million slaves there, today.

Sat, 05 May 2012 12:09:04 UTC | #939879

Go to: Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

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Straight from the drain, fantastic. Reminds me of a nice study on holy water in Spain years ago. Perfect for breeding bacteria, and it looks like they have that covered in Mumbai.

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:44:34 UTC | #934500

Go to: Living After Faith Podcast - Jerry DeWitt

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I think former pastors like Jerry DeWitt could be great multipliers to our cause if they taught a bit rhetoric to other atheists. People from a scientific and engineering background are not usually among the greatest speakers, myself included.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:42:12 UTC | #932607

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