News archive Year 2011

 
 

**************   March 5, 2011      **************


 

  • When Mockery is Effective   I am not a loud angry atheist but it does take all kinds of people to make the world go round. Loud atheists turn religious people off but give courage to some non-theists....


 

  • Heart Beat: School days   How in the hell are some parents supposed to teach their children about the wonders of a religion that just happens to have multiple gods when the school district, the courthouse and the federal government all say there is only one god. I thought we had freedom OF religion in this country and not just the one being promoted by your elected officials...


 


 

**************   March 4, 2011      **************


 

  • Church, state and abortion: Don't let dogma dominate   I do not believe there is anyone IN FAVOR of abortions but having the ability to abort is a crucial need in our world. The sex drive of humans is more powerful than the discipline it takes to abstain or to take actions to prevent pregnancy.  Bringing a child into a loving intact functional family is the correct path to take. Aborting unwanted, unplanned, unloved zygotes has been happening on this planet for thousands of years and will continue whether the religious sector wants it or not...


 

  • MPs attack Bible 'madness'   Any government that hands out bibles to its citizens is without a doubt PROMOTING religion. I suppose if you want your government to be seen as a theocracy then promoting religion is a step in the right direction...


 


 

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  • VIEW: How many secular people will you kill? —Dr Irfan Zafar   At times I feel the fight for secularism in America is a very daunting task until I see the problems elsewhere on this planet. Please stop allowing your religious beliefs to control others and keep your religious beliefs out of overnment. One issue that cannot be resolved is the author cites passages in the Quran to decry a violent act but the problem is the same as with the Bible - there are many verses to cite that will justify ANY action you wish to take...


 

  • Science, religion and the universe   Two of Mr. Gingerich's assertions are preposterous. I know of no atheist's that claim to have all the answers or any that insists that evolution confirms atheism. If anything, evolution destroys the theory of intelligent design, and the 6000 year biblical history claim...


 

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  • Should same-sex marriage be legalised?   Poll - I just love polls. This one is out of Australia and the question at the bottom of the article is - Should same-sex marriage be legalized - The poll was running 80% for and 20% against at 800 PM CST on March 1st...


 

  • Opinion: Myths about the separation of church and state   I have a great respect for Baptists as they were one of the first if not THE first church in America many, many years ago that supported the separation of state and church. It seems the Baptists are still at it today...


 

  • Constitutionality of school-voucher bill unclear in Indiana   I would not have a problem with vouchers if they were not used at a religious institution. Churches are not governed, are not held to the same standards as public schools and they leech tax dollars from the local community instead of being tax paying businesses.  No vouchers for religious schools...


 

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**************   February 28, 2011      **************


 

  • Walk like an Egyptian   I don't care what your cause is just keep your religious beliefs out of the government realm. we don't want god running the government, we only need rational humans...


 


 


 

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  • Thousands march for secularism in Tunisia   True secularism is a pipe dream as long as the world allows any religion to deny that other religions are false. For this to happen you will have to rewrite all of the religious texts, you know, the ones that say have no other god before me and the ones that say kill the non-believer. Until then we will have to settle on pseudo secularism...


 

**************   February 26, 2011      **************


 

  • The Doomsday List   Come and revisit this site every now and then to see how the predictions hold out. Nobody has taken the prize yet...


 


 

  • When fists meet faith   This is absolutely sickening. This church is not operating as a 501(c)3 organization and should lose their tax exempt status....


 

**************   February 25, 2011      **************


 


 

  • Atheists encounter bigotry, lack civil rights   Great article Natalie. Thanks for taking the time to put this together for us to enjoy! Not only do mega-churches not pay taxes, the services they offer actually leech tax revenue from the local economy. How sad!...


 


 

**************   February 24, 2011      **************


 

  • Yucaipa adds 'God' to its walls   In God We Trust absolutely does not promote patriotism and is strictly meant to promote religion. In God We Trust, when portrayed as a national motto, is actually anti-American and should never have been designated as one of our nations mottos....


 


 


 

**************   February 23, 2011      **************


 

  • Atheist vs. theist   I have to disagree that intelligent design has anything to do with the universe. Yes the universe is awesome and there many examples of wonderment. There are also endless examples of pain and suffering and death and destruction. The human body is amazing but is ill equipped and designed so poorly as to be worn out and useless in an inadequate time frame. Give humans enough time and they will fix the "designers" flawed techniques...


 


 


 

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  • Ray Lutz Defends His Demands to Halt School District Meeting at Sonrise Church   Brilliant marketing plan - Hosting school events and polling places is a safe investment and a great marketing tool for the churches. They do not even need to charge for their services as their return on investment is huge. It just takes one convert in a thousand for them to quickly recoup the cost of hosting most events. Let me tell you that 10% tithes of some people’s paycheck will cover the costs in no time at all. No wonder today’s religious organizations jump at the chance to break down the wall separating church and state. It’s like leading sheep to the slaughter under the guise of helping out the community. Hey, I heard Westboro Baptist has openings on Wednesday and Friday and they have free ice cream and soda for the kids!


 

  • How Worried Should We Be About Offending Christians?   For now I am not the type to provoke a confrontation but I do feel that I am slowly moving in that direction. I am almost to the point of verbally attacking the religious for saying -god bless you- or other seemingly harmless phrases...


 

  • Pro-lifers decry clinic funding   I think I see a double standard here. The pro-lifers do not want government to be involved in actions contrary to their religious beliefs. The last I looked, the Christian bible allowed wholesale slaughter of men, women, babies both born and unborn...


 

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  • Ten Commandments in school stirs fight in Va. district   The ten commandments emanate from a book that is full of hate speech and death and rape and countless examples of human atrocities. How dare any government institution tout their religious display as groundwork for moral teachings for the nations children. One might think the school board members are direct descendants of witch burning zealots...


 

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  • Climate Change And Faith Collide In Kiribati   Many of the islanders have put their faith in god and that the bible says god will not destroy the land by flood. I am sorry to say but god does not control the sea or the climate or in the matters of the everyday lives of humans. Do not build your house on a sandbar because the ocean is in control of the sandbar and  sometimes the ocean decides to moved them from place to place...


 

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  • 'In God We Trust' promoter undeterred by opponents   This is nothing more than one person and their religion pushing their beliefs on the masses. E Pluribus Unum is the ONLY national motto that is inclusive of every American citizen and is hugely superior to the theocrats motto...


 


 


 

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  • Atheists Battle for High School Clubs   The religious people just don't get it - wherever you demand that the public support your cause will be the same place for secular groups to do the same. Great article from Candace Hodge...


 


 

**************   February 15, 2011      **************


 

  • Let Me Tell You About My Atheism   The dictionary definition, as the author states, is not adequate to define who I am. Yes I am an atheist but I leave open the possibility there may be a supernatural being out there somewhere that I have not had the pleasure to meet..


 

  • Judge dismisses Air Force Academy prayer lawsuit   This is a case where the event is clearly sponsored by the church but as long as someone says its not - then its okay.  Another fine example of government sponsored religion in the United States...


 


 

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  • Christian Bible Condemns Public Prayer   This is good bible verse to make a point out but you really cannot use the bible to argue any point because there are other parts in the bible to refute the other parts of the bible...


 


 

  • Confession of an atheist   The vast majority of atheists do not want religion to be destroyed, they just want religion to in no way be attached to, promoted by or funded by the government...


 

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  • Romania may get even tougher on witches   I wonder if we could get a law like that here in America for some of our faith healers. How about to get a license for healing one must first heal an amputee...


 

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**************   February 10, 2011      **************


 

  • Religious freedom under siege, Mormon leader says   Religion is absolutely under attack when it oversteps its boundary and tries to enter the realm of government domain. No one is attacking free religious speech on the street corner or in the church. Keep you religious views out of my government...


 

  • Idiot of the Week: PZ Myers   Great atheist blog posting about a great atheist blog posting. I also disagree with others definition and the dictionary definition of atheism. There are as many personal definitions of atheism as there are atheists...


 

  • Church, without God   Community, community, community. Everybody needs community, even atheists...


 

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  • As Cuban economy sputters, evangelicals rise   I am okay for people to believe as they wish but not okay for them to spread their faith by false advertising. Show me evidence of heaven and immortality and I will tithe 10 percent and follow your teachings...


 


 

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  • Group sues to block prayer event at AF Academy   The United States military should never be seen as a religious organization. Quit adding fuel to the fire of animosity between Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and the thousands of other religious sects....


 

  • God is dead. Now what?   The author is correct that atheism cannot replace god but family, friends, community, human advancement and charity can....


 

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**************   February 4, 2011      **************


 

  • Bush daughter supports gay marriage   More good news for LGBT - religious bigotry just got another slap in the face. Thanks Barbara for helping to take this issue to the front page...


 

  • Thank God for the New Atheism   Like the author, I too am glad there is much more debate. I could care less how people feel about religion and only want to insure that religion does not gain control of governmental powers...


 

  • Melbourne Lord Mayor denies Scientology support   It is WAY too late to deny your endorsement of Scientologists after you have attended their event as a dignitary. Attending a strip club also is an endorsement as is shopping at any store as is driving a certain type of vehicle...


 

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  • Conservative ideological bills concern group   The problem with allowing religion and government to mix is the government becomes a tool for whatever religion happens to take power in that area.  Will the take over be from Westboro Baptist or The 700 Club or The Muslim Brotherhood...


 

  • Christian talks about Christ in church; more as this develops   Your argument sounds good until one replaces the religious aspect for womanizing or racism. You can not be a governor of ALL the people and be a racist at the same time. You cannot be for ALL the people if you publicly say women should be submissive to men. You cannot be for ALL the people when publicly condemning a huge portion of them to Hell...


 


 

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**************   February 1, 2011      **************


 

  • Doyle at Scientology function   Senator Xenophon hits the nail on the head when saying the presence of the Mayor at such an event shows governmental endorsement...


 

  • Church and State Issues Flood Noah's Ark Theme Park   Again I say, if god wants a theme park in Kentucky, let god and the church pay for it, not the taxpayer. Besides, this type of activity makes the U.S. more of a laughing stock from the intelligent people the world over...


 

  • From the religious minority   The young atheist still in school is stigmatized and isolated. Our work at FTO is struggling to help people such as this...


 

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**************   January 29, 2011      **************


 

  • In atheist China, religion is winning   Anywhere you find poor uneducated people, you will find religion growing like a weed. What's not to like - everlasting life for only 10 percent of your income for life...


 


 


 

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  • Pastor Joel Osteen says homosexuality is a sin   Video - the church again cherry picks the portions of the bible that best fits their own personal beliefs. Why are they not saying working on the Sabbath is punishable by death, women should be subservient, and dozens of others...


 

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  • Hawaii Senate ends daily chamber prayers   Claiming the earth was flat was also a historical practice. Thank goodness they stopped that practice before someone fell off the edge of the earth. The Supreme Court needs to stop making this a gray area and outlaw it once and for all. Do "the peoples work" in the government and your "gods work" at church...


 

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  • When church meets state   A view of American state church problems from afar. Even the Muslim countries notice we are having serious problems with religion having way too much power and influence...


 


 

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  • Our Fight on Mount Soledad   I will gladly join arms with the Jewish community to put a stop to the Christians getting their way with this cross issue. Our justice system really needs to step up and settle this once and for all and to unite the country as Americans first, religion second...


 

  • Church nonprofit status   What a novel idea. If churches say there is no separation of church and state then they should start paying taxes. The local, state and federal governments could sure use the help....


 

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  • Editorial: Tablet offers much wisdom   Here it is again where someone, AGN, is giving credit to the Christian Commandments for guiding and saving our American society. What they fail to mention is that societies pre-dating Christianity are the ones to make rules against theft and murder. Those are the two main commandments that actually guide society.  Most of the 10 Commandments are strictly Christian in nature. And BTW, there was dissent against the placement of these monuments to the Christian faith but I guess the author chose to ignore or not bother to investigate....


 


 

  • Alabama's new governor apologizes for Christian comments, rabbi accepts   Situations in line with this type of rhetoric is getting way out of hand. The supreme court should really step in and take a stand and put a stop to the destruction of the wall separating church and state. All of this gray area surrounding this topic is causing too much stress - stop the National Day of Prayer, stop government functions from allowing opening prayers, stop erecting religious monuments on public property.  Supreme Court - please take a leadership role in this controversy and stop your sectarian prayers....


 

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  • When Idiocy is Contagious   Misinformation is a fact of life and the only way I can think to stem the tide is for major news organizations and or figure heads to publicly denounce this nonsense in a big way....


 

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  • Vatican: 1997 Irish abuse letter 'misunderstood'   There is no way any priest could escape Vatican punishment. The Vatican can get rid of any priest at any time especially if the priest has been convicted by a government court for being a pedophile. The Vatican's explanation of this the letter makes no sense but I am glad they are bringing it up again to showcase their absurd behavior...


 

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  • 'Moment of silence' returning to schools   There should be no prayer in public schools or moments of silence which are intended as prayer. I will gladly vote to have prayer in school as soon as someone prays and I see an American amputee soldier healed by their prayer...


 


 

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  • Anglicans counter "New atheism" with new online resource   Apologetics at its finest. I do not know any atheist who would ask why does god allow bad things to happen to good people. Bad things happen to good people and every other kind of person on the planet because there is no god in charge...


 


 

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  • Civil Rights: Despite Progress, We Have a Long Way to Go   It is nice to hear a rallying voice every once and awhile. The church sign in this piece makes me sad. These church people gives thanks (credit) to a god when they should be like atheists and give thanks to those that have actually done the work...


 


 


 

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  • Church leaders address sheriff's letter on capital punishment   When there is no separation between church and state you get scenarios just like this where a government official invokes their belief not only on their own department but the entire community as a whole. Keep your religious beliefs OUT of my government...


 


 

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  • Church of Scientology should not get rate break says Birmingham councillor   This is an item that should be added to ballot boxes around the country. If it looks like a business, smells like a business and acts like a business, then it should be taxed like a business.  If it is classified as a charity then it should spend in excess of 50 percent of its revenues on charitable works. If it has a coffee shop, gymnasium and sauna- is it really a church or a spa leaching taxes from the local community?


 

  • For the love of God   This article brings up a point to be pondered. Many atheists have read and continue to read religious text and undoubtedly most have read the bible. I would be curious to know the percentage of religious people that have read some of the more popular atheist writings...


 

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  • Activist Questions Church Waivers   The logic being used is "the church offers charitable services and therefore should not have to pay for garbage collection".  Can I expand that logic to my own personal use of - "I give money to charity therefore I should not have to pay for garbage collection and lets go one step further and make my utilities free also so I can give even more to charity"....


 

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  • Does Bachmann Believe Congress Should be Run by Christians?   These dominionists are a scary bunch and it is refreshing that some are taking this seriously enough to publish this type of article to let others be forewarned. I can only hope that in the end - reason rules over religion and sensible people exorcizes it from the governmental portion of society...


 


 

  • Judge orders key figures in Creation church jailed   This is getting to be a big issue as churches and other religious organizations feel they do not have to follow the rules. The government had better strengthen the laws and start enforcing them no matter what religion is involved...


 

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  • What Does the Arizona Shooting Say About Us?   The political machine has taken the issue of Us -vs- Them to the point of hatred and disrespect. Religion and politics are easy tools to use in dividing people into groups.  One fix would be to throw out "In God We Trust" and "Under God" and go back to the more UNITED terms of "E Pluribus Unum" and "Indivisible"....


 


 

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  • Congress to Repeal Ban on Preacher Politicking?   This has to be the most foolish idea from our congress in recent years. Nobody's god has any business telling the government how to conduct business especially fringe religions like Westboro Baptist....


 

  • Church denied permit waiver   Here is a very good reason why many of today's churches should lose their tax exempt status - this one uses 17 percent of its revenues to perform charitable work. Maybe they should be taxed on the other 83 percent.  Charging for a building permit is heading in the right direction. Thanks Colorado....


 

**************   January 10, 2011      **************


 

  • Kiva Atheists   Another great way to give back to the world community - without any dogma attached....


 

  • Atheism has side effects   The god associated with a particular religion should not be so impotent that they require the help of any governmental body....


 

  • Colton votes to display 'In God We Trust'   This is a sad day in America where the religious right continues to show reverence to a god where no reverence has been earned. Non Christians in America just took a back seat to this proselytizing tactic...


 

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  • Are You Angry at God?   I just love ABC News for publishing stories about religion in a non biased manner...


 


 

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  • State cutting kosher food inspectors   It is good to see that the citizens of New York will no longer have to pay the cost of this archaic practice. I would not want to pay for this anymore than to pay for inspectors to investigate the holiness of the Mormons magical underwear...


 


 

  • Appeals court says cross on federal land is unconstitutional   Stop putting religious symbols on public property and there will NEVER again be a challenge to remove the Christian cross.   Put up a symbol like an American flag or bald eagle that encompasses all Americans not just the Christian ones...


 

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  • Atheism 101: Can prayer heal the sick?   The ONLY healing through prayer that ever happens are those conditions that cannot be verified and those that the human body can actually heal itself. Come heal a severed limb with your prayer and have the whole world delivered to your particular brand of religion...


 

  • Palin re-tweet raises questions   I would be rather surprised to find that Palin is pro-gay. Politicians have a knack for telling the populace what they want to hear whether they support it or not...


 


 

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  • Evangelical activist invited to speak to lawmakers at Capitol   I consider this to be a step backwards for the State of Arkansas. Religion and government should always and forever be separate. Keep religion out of government so that all citizens feel welcomed in their own community and their own country...


 


 

  • Anger at God common, even among atheists   Somebody please get out the dictionary and look up atheist. This article is flawed because the study was flawed because they do not have a valid dictionary. Being angry at something that does not exist is like trying to put coins in an invisible vending machine...


 

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  • Pope rallies Christians not to despair in face of recent attacks   Religions that tend to force their beliefs onto others are the ones that receive the most resistance. Keep your attachment to a god private as it should be. Do not walk into a biker bar saying how much you hate bikers. Do not stand on the street corner professing that all others are bad and that your beliefs are the only road to heaven...


 


 

  • 11 faith-based predictions for 2011   Predictions are very useful tools in that they can be seen as goals to reach. My prediction is that the United States will strengthen the wall separating church and state as the religious extremists are slowly pushed to the side lines...


 

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  • Prayer doesn’t hurt   You have the right to pray in school or anywhere you so please. Just do not ask the government to sponsor prayer because doing so allows the extremists like Westboro Baptist Church, et al, to have a pulpit to spread their hate...


 

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