News archive Year 2010

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  • Degree offering aimed at `new atheism' movement   Which came first - the incessant cramming of religion into society or the fight to keep society as secular. The only way to win this war is through the media and a huge influx of highly trained charismatic apologetics will do much harm to the wall separating church and state...


 

  • Faking It   Very few non-theists would be willing to voice opposition to religious rants because most non-theists are not out of the closet. There are times when faking it is the correct response...


 


 

**************   December 30, 2010     **************


 

  • The War on Christianity   As the author states, I have no problem with PRIVATE religion. The problem is PUBLIC religion where the mayor, principal, governor, president and governmental entities espouse the virtue and righteousness of their gods and I, being against that, will vehemently voice my disapproval no matter whose feelings get hurt. Prominent public officials should have ZZEERROO influence on my child's religious upbringing. Public officials and governmental entities should be in the same category of disdain as that held against professional athletes advertising tobacco and alcoholic products...


 

  • Merry Christmas, Richard Dawkins   I agree with the author and their dislike of the religious wars. I would be perfectly okay with theactions of either side if they would take their personal beliefs out of my government and out of the public arena. This is not likely to ahppen as people have tendencies to convert others to their own personal beliefs. Religion grows best where there are uneducated poor people and irreligion grows best in an educated affluent society...


 

  • Atheists would need to be a god to find God   If you give a god credit for the beauty of intelligent design then that same god has to take credit for the ugly and cruel non-intelligent parts of the universe as well...


 

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  • OUT ON A LIMB: Leave It Alone!   Religion as a topic, can bring out the worst in people. There are certain camps on both sides that are beligerant and in your face which I do not care for...


 


 

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  • Tax neglect cost Pinellas County millions   All churches should pay taxes on all facilities and services that are in direct competition with the general public. Gymnasiums, recreation centers, kitchens, counseling and the list goes on and on...


 


 

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  • Real patriots must be prepared to thwart aggression from religious right   This is a great piece written by a passionate patriot - my two cents -Any religious diatribe in a meeting meant for citizens is no more welcome than the advertisements from professional athletes espousing the virtues of tobacco and alcohol. The way I see it – to be anti-secular is to be anti-American. Get your religious beliefs out of MY government and keep it out....


 


 

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  • Christopher Hitchens and me   This author did a great job of praising Hitchens even though there is much disagreement in their beliefs....


 


 

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  • Candidate was blasted unfairly   Only a simple minded teenager would ask such sophomoric (moronic) questions during a debate for high office. Ms. O'Donnell's stance on the subject of church and state was probably the biggest factor of why she did not win...


 

  • The 'zombie theology' behind the walking dead   I would love for the religious right to use this zombie fest as a new avenue to recruit parishioners. This would be yet another aspect to discredit the silliness they already subscribe to...


 

  • Take Your Hand Off the Steering Wheel...   Thanks for the humor this morning. Please be careful in suggesting that people let god do all the work because we have enough overweight couch potatoes as it is...


 

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  • Non-believers stick to their conviction   This could be a very dangerous place to espouse religious disbelief. The fact that it is happening in the largest Muslim country in the world is also very promising...


 

  • Noah's ark coming to Kentucky   The United States will continue its decline partly due to the religious factions that are driven to teach the next generation these fables. Having the government back it up is probably the most damaging aspect...


 

  • SB COUNTY: 'In God We Trust' motto to be displayed   The phrase "under god" is without a doubt an anti-secular phrase which is without a doubt anti-American. The United States was born as a secular country and should always and forever remain a secular country...


 

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  • Religion is good for America, authors argue   The best part of the report cites that separation of church and state is one of the main causes for so much religious freedom.  Most of the rest of the report is questionable...


 

  • Religious ads banned from Fort Worth buses   It is good that the transit authority banned all religious ads. I doubt the same will happen in the general business arena as there is a good deal of money to be made from the conflict between the theists andnon-theists....


 

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  • Prayer Warriors Team Up to Storm Capitol Hill   I like the part that says the president is the representative of our nation - our nation contains millions and millions of Americans that do not believe in gods. "E Pluribus Unum" is a perfect fit for ALL Americans - In God We Trust is NOT a good fit...


 

  • Druplord with spiritual bent   Video - A wolf in sheep's clothing. Long has religion calmed the masses and used the cloak of religion to garner favor...


 


 

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  • Man Church!   Thanks Godless Girl for the tidbit on how churches are reaching out to the manly men in an effort to bolster attendance records. Sounds almost like the Cowboy Church we have here in Amarillo...


 

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  • Atheists To Protest Hartford City Council Meeting   You really can not argue with a city council that is willing to go far enough to actually make a point to include all religions and even a moment of silence. As far as I know that practice is approved. Do not get me wrong, I would prefer that government entities not get involved at all in religious rituals. The council is present at the government meeting to conduct government business not to pray...


 

  • Pakistan doctor arrested on suspicion of blasphemy   What lunacy abounds in the world of Islam. Not long ago a teacher got into big trouble for naming a teddy bear doll Mohamed and now you can not even throw paper in the trash if it has the word Mohamed. ha ha ha what lunacy...


 


 

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  • Atheist bus wars   Christians complaining about atheists voicing their opinions sounds just like the pot calling the kettle black. One comment attached to this story accused atheist's of being afraid to attack Islam with negative ads. Sounds to me that someone might benefit from a business course in marketing. Why would any sane business person specifically target Islam in the midst of a Christian community....


 


 


 

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  • Tempering Atheist Optimism: Remembering the Big Picture   I tend to be much more optimistic about the inroads being made by the atheist movement. Never before in American history has non-belief been so accepted. It is all over the news media, national prime time news, sitcoms, politics...


 

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  • Anti-church killjoys target high school graduations   Unfortunately, the religious zealots in America are still trying to place their brand of belief on young kids so they can have a slave to their cause for life. Let the kids learn religion on their own and not by sleight of hand by infusing the brand through the use of government entities...


 


 

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  • Video: Activist Not Guilty After Hawaii Prayer Protest   This is one serious activist. I can easily see how the passion of one's belief can make all the difference in making changes to our society. The more we speak out - the easier it becomes for others to do the same.  The religious right has lost another forum to insert their views onto society...


 


 

**************   December 8, 2010     **************


 

  • The Rise of Indonesian Atheism   To see that atheism is also growing in Muslim countries is a another sign that the tide against the intolerant repressive religious societies is growing stronger each day...


 


 

  • Anti-Gay Group Protests Local H.S. Play   Many churches have preached anti-gay rhetoric for many years now. Westboro Baptist takes that hate filled teaching one step further. Hopefully society will get fed-up with religious organizations and finally will be stripped of their powers...


 

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  • Atheists launch anti-Christian ad campaign   Atheists did not rename Christmas - businesses did - they want money from the pockets of Christians and atheists et al. The vast majority of businesses are united in their effort to service all people not divided like religions...


 

  • My take: Where's the outrage over Noah's Ark park?   This is another example of misuse of public money. Government entities - please stop funding and promoting religion. If God wants a theme park in Kentucky, let him pay for it through the tithing of his subjects...


 


 

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  • The God that Fails   This is a little long but worth the read. Another point about religious societies is that there is much more corruption in the government as previous studies have shown...


 

  • When Atheists Attack   I like to read viewpoints opposite of my own every now and then to keep up with the language of the apologetics...


 

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  • Warren Jeffs arraigned in Texas on sex charges   Old men having sex with children is not okay. Having numerous wives and dozens of kids is not okay unless you can afford them without society having to help raise your children. Maybe some liability insurance would fit into this scenario. And maybe even some paid up insurance to support each of the extra family members wives and children alike...


 


 

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  • Scientology, Narconon and the Domino Effect   Religion is still taboo for the politicians and other power brokers but that is slowly changing. A few Australian politicians have finally had enough and are actively investigating. Hoorah for them...


 


 


 

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  • Blown For Good   It is good for everyone, if they want, to be able to escape the ideology they grew up with for decades. You can formally leave the organization but it may take years to free your mind...


 


 

  • The Big Lie - Separation of Church and State   Politicians have and will continue to say anything in order to get votes. This is nothing new and is not a surprise at all. Good ole Ben had a lot of bad things to say about religion as well...


 

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  • Is religion good?   How could anyone mistakenly refer to Christopher Hitchens as an agnostic? It is quite acceptable to say that religions care about this subject but it is absolutely absurd for the same group to demand the government enforce belief...


 

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  • Oregon Fire Raises Muslims' Fears Of Backlash   Beware of all that hear voices in their heads telling them to commit acts of violence. Gods don't kill people but the hate speech you find in some religions is the first step to getting gods permission to take revenge...


 


 


 

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  • New cardinal slams ‘irrationality of atheism’   I've got news for the cardinal. People who believe in gods are irrational and are actually faith-less. The next time you need emergency care - call on your god instead of a doctor. oh ye of little faith...


 

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  • Cardinal: Atheism Is Irrational   All the gods prior to Yahweh have also been attacked and discarded as fairy tales just like Yahweh is being treated today. It is insane for anyone to believe that gods, as described in any modern religious text, actually exist...


 


 

**************   November 27, 2010     **************


 

  • More trouble at Hobson church   I do not regard this as an issue of church and state separation. Non profit corporations have bylaws and contracts that are enforceable by local governments and judiciaries...


 

  • Religious States the Fattest   This is very interesting. Good luck on gathering enough strong scientific data to tie obesity to religiosity...


 


 

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  • I'm Pro-Boy Scouts (And Pro-Gay)   I would have loved to have been able to enroll my son in scouts. But I cannot sign a document saying I believe in a higher power. I can hope in the future that the scout organization will stop being bigots...


 


 

  • Are Scientists Atheists?   I agree that the definition of atheist is still not very clear. Therefore I call myself an agnostic atheist. I definitely do not believe any god of any worldly religion exists. However that does not mean there is no god...


 

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  • One Nation Under God?   The words "under god" should be removed from the pledge. At the very least please stop allowing schools to coerce students into reciting the pledge until these very divisive words have been removed...


 

  • Culture War Brewing Within Tea Party?   I believe it will be very hard for any person to win an election while standing on a religious platform. Get religion out of politics and out of government. I want people who can run the country and not someone who wants to run what happens in my bedroom...


 

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  • Religion Blamed for Whooping Cough?   Not getting vaccinated?   Evolution will take care of you as you die off little by little. My heart goes out to the children who have to suffer. My loathing goes out to their parents and their archaic religious beliefs....


 

  • John F. Kennedy: One more Sarah Palin villain   I surely hope that Palin runs for the office of the president of the United States. Let us put her views to the real test of what the American people think about her very radical beleiefs about church and state....


 


 

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  • Pope says condoms may be OK in some circumstances   This is GREAT news. Another chink in the armor of the religiously pure catholic. But mind you - condoms are only allowed when used with a prostitute. I know that sounds a little silly but it is a step in the right direction....


 

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  • Facebook-banning NJ pastor acknowledges threesome   Let's see now - the pastor is from the church, his wife is from the church, the third person in the "ménage à trois" was from the church . I think the church is at fault and all people should abstain from religion because church causes people to seek extra marital stimulation....


 


 

  • Idiot of the Week: Mike Huckabee   I really look forward to the time when major political players or very well know and respected Americans come forward in a very loud way to voice opposition to this blatant disregard for the American governmental system...


 

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  • Pastor to Church: Drop Facebook   This is absolutely ridiculous. Are people to not talk to other humans who are not their spouse. A weak marriage will fail due to the loss of respect for their vows and not because of Facebook.  People that are more affectionate and/or attractive than our current mates are the real problem.


 

  • New Bible drops gender-neutral language of '05 version   Wow, I understand the the church needs to evolve to keep up with our ever changing society. Does it seem ironic that what religious people say that god wants turns out to be exactly what the people wanted prior to what god wanted?


 


 

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  • Solstice celebrated long before Christmas   The winter solstice season is rapidly approaching. I am getting ready for a good time of family and friends and will be celebrating the holiday time with many other belief systems. There is room for all ...


 


 

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  • Tenn. Judge Refuses To Stop Mosque Construction   This Christian extremism is the result of religion having too much power in this country. Please help to strengthen the wall separating church and state to lessen the amount of influence that religion has on the everyday lives of Americans ...


 


 


 

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  • Scolded for Not Attending Church   Atheists speaking out in public allows me to speak out in public about my non-theist belief. This activity snowballs to the point where more and more non-theists will be able to exit their closets...


 


 

  • Civil debate settled   Another church congregation evolves in step with society by casting off the final layer of the old gay bashing rhetoric...


 

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  • New Hampshire Pledge of Allegiance Law Upheld   Any child refusing to recite the "under god" part of the pledge will be ostracized by the majority. This should never happen in a REAL free society. Take religion completely out of government control and/or coercion...


 

  • Will a Secular Coalition of Florida become a reality?   Organization is key to any national movement. It has been said that organizing atheists is like trying to "herd" cats. Non-theists have reached the point that it is no longer taboo to criticize religion. Coming to a community near you, a non-theist community center...


 

  • Created by God to be good   This author seems to live in a bubble called western civilization. Please realize there are billions and billions of non-Christians. Please realize the bible did not invent morality. Criminal activity has been shunned by society for tens of thousands of years. Please read books other than the bible to get your history......


 

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  • An Anti-Bullying Message From the NOH8 Campaign   This is a great piece but does not go to the root of the problem. It is not the laws of the country alone that are the problem but the religious community that bashes gays from the pulpit......


 


 


 

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  • Clout: Church/state separation? Not in this polling place   Allowing voting to be held in a church lends credibility to the church and to that particular religion. Continue the church polling place if you must but at least designate a separate polling place that any may go to that do not want to mix church and state function...


 

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  • Atheism and Video Games   Such a simple statement can have a profound meaning - "If there is an all powerful, all good god, then how is there evil in the world"... -thanks Luke


 

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  • Lavanam Adresses Indian Secularism   I love this quote - "Let us make the human being the center of our social action in society". I believe this is to take the place of a god as the center of society...

 

 

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  • National Christmas tree   Your tax dollars at work. Ooops - I mean your borrowed tax dollars.  The government had to borrow the money to pay for this tree and will just add it to what you, the tax payer, owes...

 

  • The good death   I do not mind that the church has a political voice but they should pay a price for it. lLke say - loss of tax exempt status...

 

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  • Religion is fundamental to a child's development.   I believe strongly that the title of this article is not true at all but I agree with the author on many other points. All children are atheists until someone indoctrinates them.   There are untold billions of children that have made it through life just fine without Christian brainwashing...

 

 

**************   November 7, 2010     **************

 

  • More atheists speak out   Nice article about coming out as a non-believer. Freethought Oasis is on the cutting edge of this movement in the Texas Panhandle area...

 

  • Does voting in houses of worship violate church-state separation?   Allowing churches to be a place for electing government officials lends credibility to religion. In order to perform my civic duty, I am required to enter a building that is owned by people who worship a gay bashing, woman hating, baby killer.  That is if you believe the inerrancy of the Holy Bible...

 

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  • What Did Jefferson Mean By "Wall of Separation"?   It is extremely disingenuous for the author to say the Left want total elimination of religion from American public life. The Left and the Right want secularism. Secularist want nothing more than for government to butt out and stop backing religion altogether...

 

  • Mega Church Pastor: 'I'm Gay'   It is good to see Christians admit they are human. Gay people have been around longer than the church. Thank you sir for helping to heal our society...

 

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  • Voting: Can Faith Be a Guide?   So it sounds like the deciding method of where to place ones vote is that of reason and not of faith. To be a 100 percent faith based vote, one could just stay home and let God decide who to put in office....

 

 

 

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  • "An Atheist in Full Support of Faith"   As long as others do not spread there road to happiness onto me I am fine with whatever makes you happy as long as it harms no one else and you don't expend tax dollars to further your cause...

 

**************   October 28, 2010     **************

  • Christine O’Donnell Claims Divine Mandate for Candidacy   There have been many to say that God told them to run for office. An omnipotent God could simply make it happen if that is what was actually intended. For all the ones who ran and lost were probably just hearing the anti-Christ...

 

 

 

**************   October 27, 2010     **************

 

  • In atheism, they trust   Here comes Christmas - Please do not use Santa Claus in your theist or non-theist ads...

 

 

**************   October 26, 2010     **************

  • I believe in Dog   I have not seen such a wonderful article in a long time. Thanks Saul Friedman...

 

 

  • Political speech ends at steps of my church   This is the absolute best champion for secularism - please listen to the words of this wise woman - put churches back where they should be - out of the business of being in business and not playing as a political pawn...

 

**************   October 25, 2010     **************

  • Del. House candidate questions church, state   All religionists can stand in the public square and spew their spiel 24-7. Just do not use my government, my school and my tax money to spread your particular version of the one and only truth...

 

  • The Catholic Church must change with the times   It is ironic that this author is attempting to tie power hungry materialists to atheism. I believe the opposite is true as the many preachers in mega churches are filthy rich with mansions as their parsonage...

 

 

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  • Gay marriage surfaces as an issue in state races   It is good to see that the religious right has completely high jacked the republican party and this will be both of their downfalls. So what is a conservative to do now without a political party...

 

 

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  • No Atheists in [Chilean] Mines   There are atheists in fox holes and in the mines. Pray for God to get you out of the mine and you will be there for eternity. Science and regular ole human beings freed these men from the mine - period....

 

**************   October 18, 2010     **************

 

  • Don't Forget the New Atheists   It never hurts to throw in the old adage - we are all born as atheists and most are forced into religious belief WAY before we are able to make intelligent decisions...

 

 

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  • Scientology: The Secrets it Tries to Hide   I would like to see more "proof" of these allegations. Being an agnostic, I lack - faith that these assertions are actually true. I believe that your assertions are true but where is the official document showing costs of advancement in the Scientology society...

 

  • Oklahoma public school opens doors to Christian evangelicals   This ought to be interesting to see how the law handles this case. Me thinks the church is losing ground so fast that they are having to resort to picking up new members from the elementary schools. Children can be frightened into whatever belief you care to indoctrinate them with...

 

 

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  • No place for atheism   Even the most secular of constitutions have little power if enough "godly" citizens oppose it...

 

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  • Atheists Ignore Richard Dawkin's Advice   I would take this authors suggestion one step further. Please make bible reading mandatory for a college degree. This would be the best way to decrease the influence in government  from the already declining church...

 

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  • PBS looks at God and America   More and more references and shows about religion and the lack thereof. puts a BIG smile on my face. Lets talk about this most important subject especially from a critical point of view...

 

 

 

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  • Gordon says 100 churches will join ouster effort   I do not have a problem with any institution having opinions and voicing of those opinions. Tax-exempt status to assist churches in their charitable work, not their politics. There is no gray area here and this church should immediately lose it's tax-exempt status...

 

 

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  • Atheist America   I totally agree with this. It is going to get mean and nasty. As the church continues to decline it will fight back like a wounded animal...

 

 

  • U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey   The solution to bring the religious up to speed would most likely be counter productive. Studying religion - the bible - is one of the main factors of my rejection of Christianity and other religions...

 

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  • Alternative Realities and Mega-Churches   I believe the mega churches are actually doing themselves much harm by supplying most of the parishioners needs. This parasitic behavior is sucking money from the local tax base and will come to an end hopefully sooner rather than later....

 

 

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  • Meditations on Death: Prelude   Death is a subject that we all should deal with sooner rather than later. Existence after death is unknown to atheist as well as religionists because neither have proof either way....

 

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  • Statement from FFRF Regarding Pulpit Freedom Sunday   This is going to be very interesting to see if the IRS takes any action against these churches that violate the law. Of course if it is similar to the governments dealing with pedophile priests, I guess the government with take the cowardice route again having to face the more powerful church...

 

 

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  • Jon Stewart has the right idea   This is a good article outlining the purpose of Stewart's call to arms from the middle of the road America. Would love to attend the rally...

 

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  • Is His a Lone Voice in the Wilderness?   Vicious Atheism? Have you ever even read the bible. I know of no atheist books that call for stoning, murder and wholesale slaughter of children as you will find in the bible...

 

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  • Pope meets with abuse victims as thousands protest   If the Pope were actually seriously sorry - he would go through all documentation at all of his churches and release the names of ALL PRIESTS that have committed crimes against children. Until he can do that, his apologies have ZERO meaning to me...

 

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  • Lebanon polling place moves to church   It would be niceto see the courts close this loophole that allows for this break in the wall. Using churches lends to their credibility which should never happen in a secular society...

 

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  • State question is xenophobic   Interesting question - if courts are to consider laws where the entities are operating what about religious law - is Sharia Law to be thrown into the mix...

 

 

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  • Hartford council urged: Drop prayers altogether   The news media over the past week has been full of examples of religious bigotry. Now would be a great time for government to take a stand and kick the church out of the government's business...

 

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  • Brisbane atheist burns Koran and Bible   Burning one holy book may be disrespectful to those that have respect for that artifact. Even more disrespectful is for some to force their beliefs on the general public and even more so on to children...

 

 

  • Reverend Terry Jones: Relignoramus   We are not only born non-denominational, we are all born as atheists and are later brainwashed, (um, I mean indoctrinated) into the religion of the day....

 

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  • Church and State: What was   Here is a perfect example of someone "data mining" to extract only those arguments to prove one's point with a healthy disregard of the true context...

 

  • Time to lift taboo on atheism   Atheists need more community and many groups such as ours here in Amarillo Texas is working toward that goal. Great article...

 

 

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  • Bipartisan support for charities commission   Hopefully this commission will find that 90 percent of the churches activities are not in any way charitable events and therefore not tax exempt. It is great to see at least some countries fighting back against he mega churches...

 

 

 

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  • America a Christian nation?   This is exactly what is needed - educated responses to the hyperbole from the religious right that is thrown into the media as fact...

 

  • Strippers Protest Church   Isn't America great. Protestors protesting the protestors. Prostitution is much older than religion itself. Sex is very important to the human race and should not be outlawed for consenting adults...

 

 

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  • Religious leaders hit back at Hawking   I think we can all admit that we cannot claim to know the how and why. It would be nice if all admit they do not have the answer and neither faith or theory has a claim to the unknown...

 

 

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  • How Christians spoil sex   Here is another good reason for me to not become a Christian. They have bad hang-ups about sex. I was not even allowed to touch myself as a child and it took decades to correct the guilt...

 

 

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  • Stephen Hawking: God didn't create universe   It is good that scientists are openly discussing this topic. As an agnostic - I don't know but have serious doubts the God of the bible or Quran exists. There is enough evil in the world without added those two religions to the mix...

 

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  • Morality, not religion, is what matters   Hopefully the pastor is aware that neighborly kindness and golden rules were in vogue in human societies WAY before today's religions. I appreciate her statement that morals are much more important than the trappings of religion...

 

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  • An Atheist Blogger Apologizes   It is difficult to determine the line between religious freedom and harmful religious acts. I really like the inset cartoon...

 

 

 

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  • Glenn Beck's Faith: More Christian than Obama's?   The staging of Beck the Bigot event was purposefully orchestrated to interfere with MLK to drum up additional media attention to the event. My opinion, the event was a bust with less than 100,000...

 

 

  • Secularism and Atheism   Actual reporters writing news articles should have to print retractions/apologies if they make grave errors but writers of opinion pieces have leeway to to say lie after lie without repercussion...

 

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  • Obama sends $6m to global Muslim sites   I am all for restoring and preserving history but the churches should be responsible for their own property and not depend on government monies. Please stop propping up the church and makr them pay their own way...

 

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  • Words of Wisdom: Barry Goldwater   The United States needs more politicians to speak out against the church encroaching on the state. It was okay to state this opinion decades ago and should still be valid today...

 

 

 

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  • The Battle for America’s Heritage   The three "wingnuts", as the author puts it, are stirring a big pot full of hate. I doubt they see the damage they cause due to the boost in ratings that this hate speech gets...

 

 

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  • Hamburg to Close Down Scientology Task Force   It seems it took Scientology 17 years to finally clean up its act. Scientology and all other so called religious organizations should be watched closely and publicly ridiculed when necessary...

 

 

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  • After Life, Nothing?   Everyone must be true to themselves. I know of no gods as I have never experienced their presence even though I have searched and pleaded and asked for their acceptance but have yet to find them. I no longer search. If they want me, they know where I am...

 

 

 

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  • Local FFRF’er suggests: Enjoy life now   I personally disagree with the statement from this billboard. Being agnostic, I have no way of knowing if an afterlife exists or not but I do agree to Live Now. I have no plans for after death...

 

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  • Stop Stoning Now   Please contact Freethought Oasis for an event in Amarillo. We would like to participate or help organize an event...

 

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  • Are Religious Groups Hiding Behind The Tax Code?   Most churches should no longer be considered as non-profit tax exempt. Only a VERY small portion of their wealth goes to help the needy and the poor. Most of the money is spent on administration and building maintenance to their multi-million dollar houses of worship...

 

 

 

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  • Strippers Protest Church   This is a good idea that's time has come - protest church's that promote gay bashing, preaching that women should be submissive, etc...

 

 

 

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  • God and the election   If God were truly involved in politics then we might have all countries as theocracies. But we would need more countries to satisfy the plethora of Gods that are recognized around the world today...

 

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  • Philosophy and Faith   This is a wonderful quote by Gary Gutting - "the many who find religion more a comfort than a burden — happily remember that believing means never having to explain why"....

 

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  • God or no God is not the only choice   There are many good points of agreement in this article except for the "In God we Trust", etc. The U.S. government is showing REVERENCE to a God by including such phrases. This is clearly government sanction of religion. No god should be elevated to this status from any government entity. In other words - the government should be so far removed from religion that it in effect denies the existence of any god...

 

 

 

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  • The Muslim Mosque: A State Within A State   The Holy Bible also has many troubling passages that could easily be used to disrupt the American way of life. This is why it is so important to keep religion far away from the governmental reins of power...

 

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  • Judging religion and charity   It is good that the news media allows both sides of any story. My side is that churches should not be competing with private businesses that pay taxes for their services...

 

 

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  • Councillor under fire over Scientology remark   This is absolutely hilarious and made a great start to my day - "I didn’t know the Scientologists had a church on Tottenham Court Road. Just hurried past in case the stupid rubs off"....

 

 

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  • Syria bans full Islamic face veils at universities   This is great news - the evolution of religion appears before your eyes as a Muslim country also bans the covering of a persons face in certain public places. It wasn't long ago that Catholic women had to cover their hair, but no more...

 

 

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  • Will atheism spell trouble for Gillard?   The more people, like Ms Gillard, who openly admit their disbelief in gods, the easier it will be for others to come out of the closet. Thank you PM Gillard...

 

 

 

 

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  • School Aims To Re-Teach Civics With Focus On Faith   Church school can teach whatever they want even if it is divisive. Teaching children that the United State is a Christians Nation alienates the other thousands of religions and non-religious that exist in this great country...

 

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  • Church of England takes a step toward women bishops   The catholic church is slowly evolving. There have been numerous recantations of rules gone by the wayside in recent decades - women must cover their hair for one, married priest may be the next evolutionary step...

 

 

  • Religious Right's attack on PM   If the PM of Australia does not agree with the church, then the church should elect their own PM. And as soon as they politick from the pulpit - pull their tax exemption. That is if the Australian tax laws are similar to U.S...

 

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  • Mike Harden commentary: Atheist, snakes led sinners to salvation   There is a way to twist any story to fit one's belief system. No matter how you tell the story - the U.S. Constitution meant to keep the government out of the church's business and to keep the church out of the government's business. The "GOD" from "In God We Trust" is definitely the Christian God that can be found in the Holy Bible. The Christian religion is being promoted by the United States government every time money is minted. There are millions of American citizens that are simply not Christian. The Christian God should not be receiving preferential treatment over all other belief systems. Truth be known - Christianity is a minority religion on this planet of 7 billion ...

 

  • Christianity Vs. Atheism   The whole theme of this story brings to light the fact that this country needs a much stronger wall of separation...

 

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  • Afraid to Criticize Islam?   I will gladly say bad things about any fundamentalists extremists be they Islamic, Christian, Jewish, etc....

 

 

 

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  • Independence Day   The author is correct to say this is a great country but we got that way from hard work and not from blessings from some god...

 

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  • Faith healing in the USA   Faith healing will fade into history the same as blood letting but will take another century or two...

 

 

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  • God is great to Christopher Hitchens   If GOD has the ability to bless someone, GOD has the ability to stop bad things. I see a conflict in logic. Hello! Anybody there? GOD does not meddle with the everyday lives of humans. PERIOD...

 

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  • Credo: Barry Lynn   It would be wonderful for more pastors to preach this message from their pulpits as does Pastor Barry Lynn....

 

 

 

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  • Governor's Proclamations   I think the governor is asking way too much from god and in too general of terms. The prayer should be more specific like - god please stop the oil leak at 12 noon tomorrow....

 

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  • 'I Had an Atheist Wedding'   There are some pretty rude comments from Christians at the end of this wonderful article. I left a message to try and balance it out.

 

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  • 8: The Mormon Proposit   There will come a time when the church will not have enough money and influence to push their dogma onto the whole of society...

 

 

 

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  • Pray for an oil fix   The problem is, when the leak is fixed these people will give god the credit instead of the workers on the rig...

 

 

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  • Pope begs forgiveness, promises action on abuse   What I see here is all fluff and no action. Pope - release a list of all priests and all in their chain of command that acted against children and all that acted to cover-up these facts.  If you really want forgiveness and respect, have all names on the list that are still alive report to the local police station and turn themselves in...

 

 

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  • 'How Dawkins converted me from atheism to agnosticism'   I do not understand a lot of the negative comments attached to this story. Many of the comments were anti-agnostic, fence sitter.  That sounds like Madalyn Murray O'Hair come back from the grave.  You do not have to be a hard core atheist to be a free thinker or a secularist or dozens of other labels that are friendly to atheists....

 

 

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  • Blood in the Water   Seriously, this is just...wow. What do you get when you cross Christian Fundamentalists with the "Tea Party" ? Entertainment.

 

 

 

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  • Author offers class on 'New Atheism'   So this author is offering more untruths from a book full of untruths. I, a non-believer, have more morals than the majority of Christians.....

 

 

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  • Statement from the Church of Scientology   Voluntary work with religious organizations is great and should continue, but when churches leave the spritual realm and enter the business realm, these volunteers turn into a labor force...

 

  • I get email   I know we have in the past and will continue in the future to have a positive effect on peoples lives through this web site, through our own web site and the countless thousands of others available...

 

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  • Playing God   Alright, some more prime time discussion on Is there a god...

 

 

 

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  • Attention for atheists   As this article says, the news media is becoming more accepting of the rise of freethinkers...

 

 

  • Republicans v secular America   It is old news that the republicans are throwing in with the evangelicals. I believe this will be the death of the republicans if they do not shed this religious right wingers...

 

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  • When did God become a sports fan?   If any god bothers to meddle in the everyday lives of humans that god is a lousy excuse for being a god to allow so many children to suffer while they are busy blessing some sports event. ALL people who thank God for their win are very arrogant....

 

 

  • How to Leave the Catholic Church   Yes I too am disgusted with the Catholic Church and also with the legal systems that allow the church to circumvent the laws of nations....

 

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  • Thank God I'm not an Atheist   There are several well thought out comments to this story - one in particular- theists often give thanks to a god when they should be thanking a human being...

 

 

 

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  • When liberals bash atheists   Damn, just when I am starting to be comfortable in my belief system, someone says I need to stay in the closet...

 

 

 

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  • Alien vs Predator   This is a well written article and a recommended read (especially bible belted Oklahoman's...

 

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  • Atheism: The Name   Sometimes the word atheist fits nicely as a definistion for non-religious and other times it doesn't...

 

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  • Corporate sponsors contribute to Fla. faith-healing scam   Attention all faith healers - "Help a lot of people and make some big money for your cause" - I, Rodney Hinds, will pay you $10,000.00 for each and every amputee that you heal. Of course I will need to be present at the miraculous event prior to the healing process actually occurring..

 

 

 

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  • Prayer day does serve a secular function   My response in the comments area to this article was - Prayer does not work. If it did the hospitals would be empty and the doctors would be out of a job. I put prayer in the same category as the faith healing snake oil salesman. Why don't those faith healers just head on down to the local hospital and pray and heal and pray some more? Be honest with your answer now. Religious people's belief in prayer has killed many a child that was denied basic medical treatment in lieu of their ineffective prayer. FFRF does not want to stop prayer but just wants the government to stop sponsoring such activities.

 

 

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  • John Lennon Airport sexual image atheist gets Asbo   This would never stand in the United States. We may, on occasion, express appreciation for those nations more secular than ours...but THIS is why the United States of America is where I would rather be:

 

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  • Hastings defends anti-bias policy at high court   Hastings Law School has been in a battle with a conservative Christian student-formed club regarding who the students can and cannot exclude. While the Hight Court could simply kick the case back to a lower court for clarification, they could also rule on the case themselves and thereby effect the very definition of "academic freedom" on American College campuses.

 

 

 

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  • Letter: 'Radical' lesson?   Children are taught that schools offer "credible" and "actionable" information. As this parent expresses, it is not okay to plant the seeds of religion into a child's head..."

 

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  • The Pope-hunters' pathological campaign   An Australian article showcasing a rather myopic view of the child-abuse scandal centered on the Catholic Church. I suppose instead of taking action, we're just supposed to have "faith" that the Church will get better?

 

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  • Antony Flew dies   Antony Flew renounced his atheism toward the end of his life in favor of a vague sort of deism. Agree with him or not, he was one of the most influential philosophers in living memory.

 

 

 

 

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  • Young and atheist   Our youth have always been the wave of the future. Maybe someday there will be classes on freethought in elementary school...

 

  • Defining the Boundaries of Religion & Politics   Politics and religion should not be mixed together. If a church wants to delve into the political arena then they are no longer churches but political organizations and should pay taxes like the rest of the voting public...

 

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  • Atheists Are at It Again   An article written by a believer who obviously has some...interesting viewpoints concerning the alleged connection between atheism and communism:

 

 

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  • Rave Should Churches Be Tax Exempt?   Shall I dare say that prayer for an atheist will increase the number of atheists in this country. Quick, somebody take a benchmark so we can measure this phenomenon...

 

  • Rave Should Churches Be Tax Exempt?   How about any church with an income above $200,000.00 start paying taxes. Or better yet, churches should stop providing any services in competition with local businesses, i.e. fitness facilities, banquets, weddings, etc...

 

 

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  • The faith trap   Have you ever been paid to believe what you didn't believe?...

 

 

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  • Atheism is a broad church   This is a wrapup of the Atheist convention in Australia. There are also a lot of good one-liners and other quotes...

 

 

 

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  • Revisiting JFK JFK was right-on about separation of church and state. Religion, in order to survive, needs to evolve a little quicker. It is no longer okay for females to give birth to unwanted babies. It is no longer okay to deny females contraception. It is no longer okay to deny the use of condoms that could save millions from the AIDS epidemic....

 

 

 

 

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