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The Atheist News .................................................................................................................................................1 Atheist Ireland Publishes 25 Blasphemous Quotes..........................................................................................2 Feedback for Post "Atheist Ireland Publishes 25 Blasphemous Quotes"................................................4 Happy New Year for the Readers of the Atheist News!..................................................................................5 Internet Imams act as Recruiters for Al Qaeda...............................................................................................7 Court: Vatican Bank can't be tried in U.S. for storing Nazi loot...................................................................9 "Forget Jesus" The Stars Died For Us - Lawrence Krauss..........................................................................11 Feedback for Post ""Forget Jesus" The Stars Died For Us - Lawrence Krauss"...................................13 Danish police shoot intruder at cartoonist's home .........................................................................................14 Daniel Dennett - The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Uncut Interviews....................................................16 The new blasphemy law in Ireland causes fears of prosecution...................................................................18 Feedback for Post "The new blasphemy law in Ireland causes fears of prosecution"...........................21 Fox News Anchor: Tiger Woods Should 'Turn to the Christian Faith'......................................................22 . Feedback for Post "Fox News Anchor: Tiger Woods Should 'Turn to the Christian Faith'"................24 VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization...........................................................................25 Feedback for Post "VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization"....................................27 "The God Fraud" - Sam Harris owns Karen Armstrong.............................................................................28 Call to fix creationist abuse of the DMCA in YouTube................................................................................30 Are We 'Hard-Wired' for God?......................................................................................................................32 Feedback for Post "Are We 'Hard-Wired' for God?".............................................................................34 Blasphemy Battles Continue at the United Nations.......................................................................................35 Feedback for Post "Blasphemy Battles Continue at the United Nations".............................................37 Iran: The World's Biggest Journalist Prison.................................................................................................38 Everybody Knows What Blasphemy Is ...........................................................................................................40 Fox News' Shameless Christian Crusade........................................................................................................42 Beyond belief.....................................................................................................................................................44 Student, community groups bring together non-believers, free thinkers....................................................46

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Richard Dawkins in "One on One"................................................................................................................48 Nicholas D. Kristof: Religions as source for oppression of women..............................................................51 Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans................................................................................................53 Feedback for Post "Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans".......................................................55 Why book bans don't prevent riots.................................................................................................................56 Herb Silverman; Everybody's a blasphemer.................................................................................................58 Muslim prisoners 'refuse to take part in group therapy as it's against religion'........................................60 How Iran intimidates protesters abroad .........................................................................................................62 Robertson: Haiti had pact with devil..............................................................................................................64 Feedback for Post "Robertson: Haiti had pact with devil"....................................................................66 Bad Faith Awards 2009: Pope Benedict XVI emerges victorious................................................................68 Rachel Maddow- Haitian ambassador shames Pat Robertson.....................................................................70 Televangelist Robertson is Likely Possessed by Satan..................................................................................72 85 sharia courts in UK, says report.................................................................................................................74 Non-Believers Giving Aid: a religion-free way to help disaster victims......................................................76 BBC - The Secret Life of Chaos (2010)...........................................................................................................78 Feedback for Post "BBC - The Secret Life of Chaos (2010) "..............................................................80 Making Darwin the Legend a Man Again......................................................................................................81 Some Haitians See Hand of God in Earthquake............................................................................................83 U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes.............................................................85 Feedback for Post "U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes ".....................87 Haiti's "pact with the devil" myth explained.................................................................................................88 The Creation "Museum" in Vanity Fair........................................................................................................90 Religious riots spread despite Nigerian troops...............................................................................................92 Feedback for Post "Religious riots spread despite Nigerian troops".....................................................94 Muhammad Cartoonist Defiant After Attack................................................................................................95

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The Bible Is True!.............................................................................................................................................97 Feedback for Post "The Bible Is True!" .................................................................................................99 Ricky Gervais takes a philosophical turn.....................................................................................................100 Feedback for Post "Ricky Gervais takes a philosophical turn"...........................................................102 RTE Prime Time Report on Ireland's Blasphemy Law.............................................................................103 Plans collapse for Britain's biggest mosque in London...............................................................................105 Feedback for Post "Plans collapse for Britain's biggest mosque in London"......................................107 Holy water puts 117 Russians in the hospital...............................................................................................108 Catholics cry foul as Celebrity Cruises drops priests from voyages..........................................................110 Feedback for Post "Catholics cry foul as Celebrity Cruises drops priests from voyages ".................112 Paul Bettany on Charles Darwin: 'He Was an Atheist and So Am I'........................................................113 Problem of evil and religion's double standard...........................................................................................115 Scientologists "heal" disaster patients by touching in Haiti.......................................................................117 'Oral sex' definition prompts dictionary ban in US schools.......................................................................119 Feedback for Post "'Oral sex' definition prompts dictionary ban in US schools" ................................121 Pope John Paul II Whipped Himself With Belt, Book Says.......................................................................122 Iran executes two over post-election unrest as 'enemies of God'...............................................................124 . Massive overdose of homeopathy in Britain.................................................................................................126 Feedback for Post "Massive overdose of homeopathy in Britain"......................................................128 United States grants political asylum for Christian German homeschoolers...........................................129 The Weird World of Occult America ............................................................................................................131 Evidence for Evolution...................................................................................................................................133 Feedback for Post "Evidence for Evolution".......................................................................................135 "We should not absolve Islam of the crimes committed in its name".......................................................136 Feedback for Post ""We should not absolve Islam of the crimes committed in its name""................138 Priest checks fingerprints for mass attendance ............................................................................................139 Feedback for Post "Priest checks fingerprints for mass attendance"...................................................141 Ricky Gervais: 'The Invention Of Lying isn't atheist propaganda'...........................................................142 Feedback for Post "Ricky Gervais: 'The Invention Of Lying isn't atheist propaganda'".....................144

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Voodoo: The old religion rises from the rubble in Haiti.............................................................................145 Embarrassment for the Catholic Church, Bishop Williamson Unrepentent in Holocaust Denial.........147 . Pope: I'll visit Britain, but I don't like your equality laws..........................................................................149 Nine people wait execution in Iran for crimes against God; 'There is no room for Islamic mercy.'......151 Atheist from Botswana speaks out................................................................................................................153 Antievolution bill in Mississippi dies.............................................................................................................155 Feedback for Post "Antievolution bill in Mississippi dies".................................................................157 "Voodoo Histories": When smart people believe dumb things..................................................................158 India's 'untouchables' declare own religion.................................................................................................160 A big increase in religious programming in BBC for Easter......................................................................162 Is Popular Religion Derived from Egotism?................................................................................................164 Unite for human rights in Iran on February 11th.......................................................................................166 The Fallacy of the God Gene ..........................................................................................................................168 Christians are fatter than other Americans.................................................................................................170 Celebrity judge spares a violent man from prison because he is a religious man in Britain..............172 Al-Shabaab declares Holy War on Kenya....................................................................................................174 London bus driver pulls over to worship in the aisle..................................................................................176 Feedback for Post "London bus driver pulls over to worship in the aisle" ..........................................178 'Christian' Manifesto Comparing Liberals to Nazis Gathers Signatures of Religious Right Leaders -- and Catholic Bishops ..................................................................................................................................179 Hindu wins Northumberland funeral pyre battle........................................................................................181 Atheist billboards appear in Sacramento area.............................................................................................183 Don t know your Sunnis from your Shias?.................................................................................................185 Being religious may not make you healthier after all..................................................................................187 Iran 'suspends' Gmail....................................................................................................................................189

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Stephen Fry: "it is essential to nail one s colours to the mast as a humanist." ........................................191 Can Christians Read Your Mind? .................................................................................................................194 Forget the war on Christmas; it's a war on Valentine's Day in Saudi-Arabia.........................................196 Dave Allen and God (1986)............................................................................................................................198 The Ties that Bind Extremist Politics to Christian Patriarchy..................................................................200 One hundred little windows into humanity..................................................................................................202 Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The closed minds that deny a civilisation's glories............................................205 What the "Theory" in Theory of Evolution means.....................................................................................207 Sam Harris in a candid radio interview in SCPR........................................................................................209 Bernard-Henri Lévy: Why I Support a Ban on Burqas ..............................................................................211 Feedback for Post "Bernard-Henri Lévy: Why I Support a Ban on Burqas"......................................213 Michael Lind: The mythological politics of Christian right.......................................................................216 Atheist billboard vandalized in Sacramento area........................................................................................218 Canadian church faces 'extinction'...............................................................................................................220 Feedback for Post "Canadian church faces 'extinction' ".....................................................................222 The War on Neuroscience..............................................................................................................................223 An Atheist In Space........................................................................................................................................225 Feedback for Post "An Atheist In Space"............................................................................................227 Escape from Israel's Ultra-Orthodox; The High Price of Religious Defection.........................................228 Nearly a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time.................230 Feedback for Post "Nearly a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time" .....................................................................................................................................232 Three women caned for adultery in Malaysia..............................................................................................233 Halal-burgers only and no pork in a big French fast-food chain...............................................................235 MSNBC: New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior........................................................................237 Feedback for Post "MSNBC: New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior"...............................239

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Saudi-Arabia plans to allow female lawyers to speak in court - in family related cases only, though...240 Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot (In HD)..............................................................................................................242 The Times: The fires of Hell are real and eternal, Pope warns..................................................................244 Feedback for Post "The Times: The fires of Hell are real and eternal, Pope warns"..........................246 Virginia State Delegate: Disabled kids are God's punishment for abortion.............................................247 Feedback for Post "Virginia State Delegate: Disabled kids are God's punishment for abortion".......249 Bill Hicks - Religion........................................................................................................................................250 German bishop admits drink-driving three times over the legal limit......................................................252 Major bus company rejects the atheist bus campaign in New Zealand .....................................................254 A publisher and writer convicted for 'supporting Shi'ism' in Jordan.......................................................256 'Puppet cleavage' was too much in Colorado...............................................................................................258 Miss Beverly Hills: "God wants gays put to death"....................................................................................260 Olympian says there's 'no atheist at the top of a bobsled run'...................................................................262 New study: Intelligent people more likely to exhibit novel religious and political preferences ...............264 Der Spiegel: The circle of victims of Islam expands rapidly.......................................................................266 Catholics attack distribution of condoms in Philippines.............................................................................268 Context!!!!!!.....................................................................................................................................................270 Rowan Atkinson: "Amazing Jesus"..............................................................................................................272 Danish paper apologises for printing Muhammad cartoon........................................................................274 Islamist militants are starving 360 000 people in Somalia..........................................................................276 Iran: An Unknown Apartheid.......................................................................................................................278 Islamic radicals 'infiltrate' the Labour Party in Britain.............................................................................280 Serb leader Karadzic claims to have led a ' holy war' in Bosnia ................................................................282 Feedback for Post "Serb leader Karadzic claims to have led a ' holy war' in Bosnia"........................284 Amnesty urges abolition of flogging of women in Sudan............................................................................287

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Symphony of Science - 'We Are All Connected' (ft. Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye).....289 Indian Humanists Arrested for Distributing a Book Critical of Islam......................................................291 Nigerian court rejects case against Humanist campaigning against witch-hunts .....................................293 Atheist Group Heralds 'First Time in History' Policy Briefing with White House Officials..................295 Muslim rioters try to burn newspaper offices in India...............................................................................297 Creationists use global warming denial to undermine science...................................................................299 Hindu holy man attacked violently because of suspicions of having relationships with women.............301 Vanity Fair - Christopher Hitchens on The New Commandments............................................................303 Islamic solidarity crumbles over dispute of names of waterways..............................................................305 Great Minds: Richard Feynman - The Uncertainty Of Knowledge..........................................................307 Pope's sainthood setback after 'miracle cure' nun reported to be ill again..............................................309 Feedback for Post "Pope's sainthood setback after 'miracle cure' nun reported to be ill again" ..........311 Violence fueled by Islam erupts again in four different countries.............................................................312 Feedback for Post "Violence fueled by Islam erupts again in four different countries".....................314 Sam Harris warns about the 'relativistic trap'............................................................................................315 . Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Islamic tyranny 'is crushing Iran's artists'.....................................................317 Leading home-school text-books dismiss evolution in the United States...................................................319 US study shows strong links between religiosity and racism......................................................................321 Seven Muslims arrested in Ireland over 'plot to kill Swedish cartoonist'.................................................323 DrJerryK Rebuttal.........................................................................................................................................325 . God is all in your head, author of the new book says..................................................................................327 The new Buddhist atheism.............................................................................................................................329 Italian coach banned for saying God's name in vain...................................................................................331 Italian school angers the Vatican by installing condom machines on campus ..........................................333 Feedback for Post "Italian school angers the Vatican by installing condom machines on campus"...335

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Vatican's chief exorcist says that devil is in Vatican...................................................................................336 Feedback for Post "Vatican's chief exorcist says that devil is in Vatican ".........................................338 Scientologists try to block 'intolerant' German feature film......................................................................339 Pharmacist refuses to sell contraceptive pills 'because of her religion' in Britain ....................................341 Students flock to Liberty University to study creationism ..........................................................................343 Philosopher A. C. Grayling: "Religion can't carry on unconstrained" .....................................................345 Feedback for Post "Philosopher A. C. Grayling: "Religion can't carry on unconstrained""...............347 Religion - Man's Flaw.....................................................................................................................................349 The Internet: Where religions come to die...................................................................................................351 Feedback for Post "The Internet: Where religions come to die "........................................................353 "I dumped out all the bathwater and I found there was no baby there.".................................................354 A surprise victory for the campaign against the blasphemy law in Ireland? ............................................356 Richard Dawkins: "The whole idea of creating saints, it's pure Monty Python"....................................358 Survivor star gets thrown out of an airplane for uttering the 'Lords name in vain'................................360 Feedback for Post "Survivor star gets thrown out of an airplane for uttering the 'Lords name in vain'"...................................................................................................................................................362 Public voting for Project Reason video contest has started!.......................................................................363 Feedback for Post "Public voting for Project Reason video contest has started!" ...............................365 Hitler Responds To Crackergate...................................................................................................................366 Orthodox Jews fight against the new organ donor law in Israel - but allow receiving organs...............368 . Feedback for Post "Orthodox Jews fight against the new organ donor law in Israel - but allow receiving organs...".............................................................................................................................370 Raj Patel Is The Messiah, Says Religious Group After Author Appears On 'The Colbert Report'......371 Feedback for Post " Raj Patel Is The Messiah, Says Religious Group After Author Appears On 'The Colbert Report' ".........................................................................................................................373 Actor Stephen Baldwin Takes Christian Indoctrination to the Xtreme....................................................374 Feedback for Post "Actor Stephen Baldwin Takes Christian Indoctrination to the Xtreme"..............376 Who gave Secular Coalition for America half a million bucks?................................................................377 Introduction To Christianity - Comedian Dave Allen On Religion...........................................................379

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TV presenter gets death sentence for 'sorcery' in Saudi-Arabia................................................................381 Iran will execute another young man for 'waging war against God'.........................................................383 Why Don't Bees Go to Heaven? (or The Rational Anthem).......................................................................385 Feedback for Post "Why Don't Bees Go to Heaven? (or The Rational Anthem)"..............................387 Christopher Hitchens: "All Jihads have always failed".............................................................................388 Feedback for Post "Christopher Hitchens: "All Jihads have always failed""......................................390 Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions.......................................................................................391 Stand up to the Texas Taliban......................................................................................................................393 Iran: New wave of blogger arrests...............................................................................................................395 Sam Harris and Michael Shermer debate Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston on Nightline..................397 Feedback for Post "Sam Harris and Michael Shermer debate Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston on Nightline".......................................................................................................................................399 Breakthrough in "Shabbat module" allows using a scooter on shabbat...................................................400 Whopping 24 per cent of Republicans say that Obama 'may be the Antichrist'......................................402 Feedback for Post "Whopping 24 per cent of Republicans say that Obama 'may be the Antichrist'"..........................................................................................................................................404 Is Christian Science's extreme opposition to science finally mellowing? ...................................................405 Nigerian Islamic court bans discussing sharia-based amputations in Twitter and Facebook .................407 Feedback for Post "Nigerian Islamic court bans discussing sharia-based amputations in Twitter and Facebook" .....................................................................................................................................409 Scandal: National Academy of Sciences will host ceremony for religious Templeton-prize..................410 Supreme Court of India delivers a shocker: "Unmarried couples can live together".............................412 Project Reason's video contest winners announced.....................................................................................414 In Colbert Report: "You make God sound like a opportunistic virus"....................................................416 Feedback for Post "In Colbert Report: "You make God sound like a opportunistic virus""...............418 Hitler reacts to the Global Atheist Convention............................................................................................419 Did Prostitution Really Exist in the Temples of Antiquity?.......................................................................421 Did Jesus live his final days in Kashmir?.....................................................................................................424 Feedback for Post "Did Jesus live his final days in Kashmir? "..........................................................426

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Fewer than half of Americans link Easter to Resurrection........................................................................427 Why Don't Scientists Fear Hell?....................................................................................................................429 Feedback for Post "Why Don't Scientists Fear Hell?".........................................................................431 Eric Idle's "Not the Messiah" -show banned from a British radio channel.............................................432 . Feedback for Post "Eric Idle's "Not the Messiah" -show banned from a British radio channel ".......435 Stephen Fry goes hard on the "New Age" stuff...........................................................................................436 Advertising authority in New Zealand: 'Its okay to comment on the sexual activities of the parents of Jesus Christ'...............................................................................................................................................438 Feedback for Post "Advertising authority in New Zealand: 'Its okay to comment on the sexual activities of the parents of Jesus Christ'"............................................................................................440 Carl Sagan on Astrology................................................................................................................................441 Sam Harris responds to the vicious criticism on his TED-talk ...................................................................443 Feedback for Post "Sam Harris responds to the vicious criticism on his TED-talk" ...........................446 Iowa town renames 'Good Friday' as 'Spring Holiday'..............................................................................447 Students protest gender-segregation in buses in Jerusalem.......................................................................449 Iranian rapper allegedly arrested for 'dressing in outrageous outfits, dancing and performing repulsive acts'.................................................................................................................................................451 Flow of money dries up in US churches........................................................................................................453 Director Joss Whedon: "I'm an atheist and an absurdist" .........................................................................455 A absolute first in Ireland; Limerick pubs allowed to open doors in 'Good Friday'...............................457 CNN: Man accused of sorcery will be beheaded today in Saudi-Arabia...................................................459 Necla Kelek; the Muslim Islam-critic who loves democracy......................................................................461 Beheading of the man accused of sorcery postponed in Saudi-Arabia......................................................463 A secretive temple commemorates Japanese war-criminals.......................................................................465 Neil deGrasse Tyson: "We're part of the universe"....................................................................................467 Feedback for Post "Neil deGrasse Tyson: "We're part of the universe""............................................469 A Catholic chapel becomes a shrine for Nazi past in Germany.................................................................470

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A. C. Grayling: "Philosophy is a driving force in society".........................................................................472 Symphony of Science - The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)...................................................474 You Can't Leave Islam!..................................................................................................................................476 Michael Shermer puts 'miracles' in perspective..........................................................................................478 A month in jail for a British couple for kissing in public in Dubai............................................................480 Skeptic Bible Study: Easter Sunday ..............................................................................................................482 How is fear of death used in religious infection?.........................................................................................484 The struggle against stoning of women continues in Iran...........................................................................486 Reuters: Gambling in real estate hurts churches badly in the US.............................................................488 Large German Jihadist colonies in Waziristan............................................................................................490 The writer of Golden Compass writes of 'scoundrel Christ'......................................................................492 Elizabeth Pisani: Sex, drugs and HIV -- let's get rational..........................................................................494 . God and Karma: Batchelor Rejects 'Consolatory' Beliefs..........................................................................496 British Islamist Anjem Choudary: They Give US Money, But We Attack Their System.......................498 Powerful Islamic groups demand that radio station stop broadcasting music in Somalia......................500 Feedback for Post "Powerful Islamic groups demand that radio station stop broadcasting music in Somalia " .........................................................................................................................................502 10-year old with explosives belt arrested in Iraq.........................................................................................503 Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From National Science Foundation Report......................................505 Feedback for Post "Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From National Science Foundation Report "...............................................................................................................................................507 Why Call Him God?.......................................................................................................................................508 The Atheist Barbie doll is finally here!.........................................................................................................510 Humanist Heroes.............................................................................................................................................512 Sir David Attenborough Sums Up Evolution In 5½ Minutes.....................................................................514

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Leonard Pitts: Christian terrorism is alive..................................................................................................516 Sikhs battle out their differences in Canada with kirpans ..........................................................................519 Ringo Starr: 'Vatican has more to talk about than the Beatles'................................................................522 . Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "I chose the principles of The House of Liberty"...........................................................524 Somali radio stations stop playing music on demand of the Islamists.......................................................527 Was the biblical covenant copied from a Assyrian text? .............................................................................529 Feedback for Post "Was the biblical covenant copied from a Assyrian text?"....................................531 Evangelical scholar expelled over evolution.................................................................................................532 Feedback for Post "Evangelical scholar expelled over evolution"......................................................534 Every Black Hole Contains Another Universe?...........................................................................................535 Feedback for Post "Every Black Hole Contains Another Universe?".................................................537 Stephen Fry's magnificent speech in The Intelligence² Debate..................................................................538 Feedback for Post "Stephen Fry's magnificent speech in The Intelligence² Debate ".........................540 Federal judge: The US National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional...........................................................541 Islamist militants ban school bells as un-Islamic.........................................................................................543 Feedback for Post "Islamist militants ban school bells as un-Islamic"...............................................545 Darwin's Legacy - Genie at Stanford............................................................................................................546 Holocaust-denying British bishop fined in Germany..................................................................................548 'Osama Bin Laden' Facebook page shut down............................................................................................550 'What I know about Islam' by Pat Condell..................................................................................................552 'The Unconsidered Life' by A.C. Grayling...................................................................................................554 Christian beliefs do not prevent belief in witchcraft and evil spirits in Kenya.........................................556 When Jews slaughtered Christians; The forgotten massacre of Mamilla.................................................558 Feedback for Post "When Jews slaughtered Christians; The forgotten massacre of Mamilla"...........560 Study: More crime at church than strip clubs.............................................................................................561 Iranian cleric says that promiscuous women cause earthquakes...............................................................563

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Stan Cox: Four of the Most Dangerous Fraudulent Scientific Theories That Must Be Confronted......565 James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud in TED-talks...................................................................567 CNN: Muslims extremists threaten to kill South Park creators .................................................................569 Sarah Palin vs. Thomas Jefferson in ABCNews..........................................................................................571 Young Turks: "Hot Women Cause Earthquakes?! ".................................................................................573 Feedback for Post "Young Turks: "Hot Women Cause Earthquakes?! ""..........................................575 Thousands sold their immortal souls - for five pounds...............................................................................576 Facebook's 'Boobquake' aims to shame a Iranian cleric............................................................................578 Shall we have The International Day of Reason on May 6th? ....................................................................580 The Giant Plus Sign........................................................................................................................................582 Orthodox experts considers Iceland volcano eruption a sign of God's wrath ...........................................584 A Islamic group calls for banning 'A Thousand and One Nights' and jailing its publishers..................586 Feedback for Post "A Islamic group calls for banning 'A Thousand and One Nights' and jailing its publishers" ......................................................................................................................................588 Was Marco Polo an 'Islamophobe'? ..............................................................................................................589 Ayaan Hirsi Ali on CNN: Religion, Violence & South Park.......................................................................592 Taliban suspected of attacking a girl-school with poison-gas in Afghanistan ...........................................594 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!' grows in reaction to 'South Park' [................................................596 Feedback for Post "'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!' grows in reaction to 'South Park' ["...........598 German Muslim politician wants to ban headscarves AND crucifixes from classrooms .........................599 Feedback for Post "German Muslim politician wants to ban headscarves AND crucifixes from classrooms".........................................................................................................................................601 Iranian Woman on Cruel Islam .....................................................................................................................602 Religious Origins of Secularism: Secularism is Not an Atheist Conspiracy ..............................................604 Feedback for Post "Religious Origins of Secularism: Secularism is Not an Atheist Conspiracy"......606 'the plunder the LORD your God gives you'...............................................................................................607 . New Scientist: Brain shuts off in response to healer's prayer....................................................................610

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Supreme Court allows talking about pre-marital sex in India...................................................................612 Chief of police: A sinful tan will get a woman into jail in Tehran ..............................................................615 Mark Morford: 'Placebo effect beats God, Prozac'.....................................................................................617 Charlie's Playhouse: Evolution for kids.......................................................................................................619 The New Republic: The End Of The European Church.............................................................................621 Feedback for Post "The New Republic: The End Of The European Church".....................................623 You Can't Trust Science!...............................................................................................................................624 Have You Seen This Man?.............................................................................................................................626 Feedback for Post "Have You Seen This Man? "................................................................................628 Church of Maradona is still well and kicking..............................................................................................629 Feedback for Post "Church of Maradona is still well and kicking" .....................................................631 Richard Dawkins - Absolute Morality..........................................................................................................632 Feedback for Post "Richard Dawkins - Absolute Morality " ...............................................................634 South Pacific tribe preparing for return of god Prince Philip...............................................................635 A C Grayling: Why no Asbo for the Pope?..................................................................................................637 Quiz Show (Bible Contradictions).................................................................................................................639 Feedback for Post "Quiz Show (Bible Contradictions)" ......................................................................641 Christian extremists join forces with Muslim hardliners in banning a book in Egypt............................642 Feedback for Post "Christian extremists join forces with Muslim hardliners in banning a book in Egypt".................................................................................................................................................644 Austin Cline: Modern Science Needs No Religion or Gods for Values......................................................645 Feedback for Post "Austin Cline: Modern Science Needs No Religion or Gods for Values" .............647 Tomorrow is the day for "The International Day of Reason"...................................................................648 Richard Dawkins: If Science Worked Like Religion...................................................................................650 Feedback for Post "Richard Dawkins: If Science Worked Like Religion".........................................652 Steven Pinker: 'Humanism will succeed when no one notices that it's there'...........................................653 Feedback for Post "Steven Pinker: 'Humanism will succeed when no one notices that it's there'".....655 What Is Secular Humanism?.........................................................................................................................656

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'YouTube The Internet's Primary and Rapidly Expanding Jihadi Base'..............................................658 25-day walk across Ireland for blasphemy referendum..............................................................................660 Hell's Angel: Mother Teresa by Christopher Hitchens...............................................................................662 Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Why are Muslims so hypersensitive?' ...........................................................................664 . Sarah Palin wants Bible as basis for US law................................................................................................667 Feedback for Post "Sarah Palin wants Bible as basis for US law"......................................................669 Iran hangs woman, four other as 'enemies of God'.....................................................................................670 Feedback for Post "Iran hangs woman, four other as 'enemies of God'".............................................673 Young Turks bash Palin & O'Reilly: 'US Law Based On God, Bible'......................................................674 When Islamic atheism thrived.......................................................................................................................676 Christopher Hitchens: 'French attempts to outlaw the burqa strike a blow for the rights of women'............................................................................................................................................................678 Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg: 'I don't believe in God'.............................680 . Feedback for Post "Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg: 'I don't believe in God' "..............................................................................................................................................682 India in uproar over decision to include caste in national census..............................................................683 1,000 former Church of Scientology members speak publicly against Scientology.................................685 List of biggest Christian evangelist scandals in the US...............................................................................687 Does Atheism Need to Be Rebranded? ..........................................................................................................690 Listen to the Scientists, Genie Scott on science , videos parts I - III..........................................................692 The Guardian: Texas schools board rewrites US history with lessons promoting God and guns..........694 Tim Minchin - The Good Book (Live video)................................................................................................696 Angry ultra-orthodox Jews fight against building a hospital in Israel......................................................698 Christopher Hitchens: Can they erase Thomas Jefferson from history?..................................................700 Feedback for Post "Christopher Hitchens: Can they erase Thomas Jefferson from history?"............702 Michael Zimmerman: "Intelligent Design: Scientifically and Religiously Bankrupt"............................703

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Iranian cleric wants Iran to rule the entire Middle East and Central Asia..............................................705 Feedback for Post "Iranian cleric wants Iran to rule the entire Middle East and Central Asia"..........707 The legendary BBC Bertrand Russell interview right here in Atheist News!...........................................708 Feedback for Post "The legendary BBC Bertrand Russell interview right here in Atheist News!"....710 Bertrand Russell: 'Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed''.................................711 Feedback for Post "Bertrand Russell: 'Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed''".............................................................................................................................................713 Pakistan court orders block of Facebook over caricatures of Prophet Mohammad................................714 Johann Hari: Islamists, their victims, and hypocrisy..................................................................................716 Feedback for Post "Johann Hari: Islamists, their victims, and hypocrisy"..........................................718 Pakistan blocks also YouTube over unIslamic content...............................................................................719 Hemant Mehta: 'Why I Support Drawing Muhammad '...........................................................................721 British Humanist Association wants to know: Who's your Humanist Hero?...........................................723 Remember The Sabbath.................................................................................................................................725 Feedback for Post "Remember The Sabbath" ......................................................................................727 Religious extremists to picket Ronnie James Dio's funeral........................................................................728 Feedback for Post "Religious extremists to picket Ronnie James Dio's funeral"................................731 Why atheism grows faster than religion?.....................................................................................................732 Court forces Hispanic catholic woman to follow orthodox Jewish rules...................................................734 Feedback for Post "Court forces Hispanic catholic woman to follow orthodox Jewish rules"...........736 Saudi 'emo' girls busted by religious cops....................................................................................................737 Feedback for Post "Saudi 'emo' girls busted by religious cops"..........................................................739 Genie Scott speaks of evolution of Creationism...........................................................................................740 Bertrand Russell's Ten Commandments......................................................................................................742 Feedback for Post "Bertrand Russell's Ten Commandments".............................................................744 After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all.............................................745 1.3 million tomans of fine for women who fail to cover up their hair properly in Iran...........................748 Feedback for Post "1.3 million tomans of fine for women who fail to cover up their hair properly in Iran"................................................................................................................................................750

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'She's buried chest high'.................................................................................................................................751 Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence..........................................................755 'The walls of my prison crumbled and fell'..................................................................................................757 Israeli chief rabbi: 'Women must only be heard through their husbands'...............................................760 Feedback for Post "Israeli chief rabbi: 'Women must only be heard through their husbands'"...........762 'Death is nothing to us'...................................................................................................................................763 Feedback for Post "'Death is nothing to us'"........................................................................................766 Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers..................................................................767 'Sex and the City 2' banned in the United Arab Emirates because it is "Anti-Muslim".........................769 Secrets of the Dalai Lama ...............................................................................................................................771 Feedback for Post "Secrets of the Dalai Lama"...................................................................................773 The culture minister of Northern Ireland wants creationism into museums............................................774 Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Islam is imbued with violence' ........................................................................................776 . Iowa Catholic school fires math teacher after Facebook survey indicates she doesn't believe in God ...779 Richard Dawkins on fundamentalism in Intelligence Squared Wellington..............................................781 Islamic cleric recommends breastfeeding male colleagues at work...........................................................784 Vatican reaches out to atheists but not you, Richard Dawkins...............................................................787 Feedback for Post "Vatican reaches out to atheists but not you, Richard Dawkins".......................789 Richard Carrier smashes the "Intelligent design" fallacy with black holes (video) .................................790 Intelligent Design as Deliberate Ignorance...................................................................................................792 Westboro Church Protests Outside Ronnie James Dio's Memorial Service.............................................794 Violent mob demands beheading of a man who publicly renounces Islam in Maldives..........................796 Feedback for Post "Violent mob demands beheading of a man who publicly renounces Islam in Maldives"............................................................................................................................................798 Saudi religious police probe MTV programme for 'sin'.............................................................................799 Intelligent design to be taught in Queensland schools in Australia ............................................................801

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Joke of the day: Iran denouces European 'intolerance' in issues concerning allowed clothing..............803 Vampire fascination has religious roots, scholar says.................................................................................805 Dominican priest wants church painting removed because ’angels look gay .........................................807 Antievolution bills in South Carolina die ......................................................................................................809 The Beauty of Skepticism (video)..................................................................................................................811 Test Supports Universal Common Ancestor for All Life............................................................................813 A teenage Jehovah's Witness dies after refusing blood transfusion in Birminghan .................................815 Feedback for Post "A teenage Jehovah's Witness dies after refusing blood transfusion in Birminghan"........................................................................................................................................817 Seven Baha'i leaders in court in Iran............................................................................................................819 Bangladesh opens Facebook after it caves in to Muslim demands .............................................................821 Bertrand Russell - Why I Am Not a Christian (audio) ................................................................................823 A new victory for gender-apartheid in Iran: Iran's first women-only bank opens..................................826 Your Miracles Wont Do It - Cristopher Hitchens (video) ...........................................................................828 No, Adolf Hitler was not an atheist...............................................................................................................830 Feedback for Post "No, Adolf Hitler was not an atheist"....................................................................834 Russian Orthodox Church wants end to Darwin school "monopoly".......................................................836 "It takes money, a medical miracle, and a compelling vita to make it as a saint today".........................838 Iran today: "Anyone who is found guilty of moharebeh can expect to receive the death penalty" ........840 Christian right group tries to kill Comedy Central show about Jesus......................................................842 Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?.............................................................................................844 Feedback for Post " Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?" ....................................................846 German study shows: "Muslim boys more violent if pious"......................................................................847 Iran will use 1,5 billion to dollars promote moral conduct"....................................................................849 Why Evolution is True: Interview with Jerry Coyne..................................................................................851 Feedback for Post "Why Evolution is True: Interview with Jerry Coyne " .........................................853

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Not Knocking on Heaven s Door: Black Atheists, Urban America..........................................................854 Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "Islam is not a race but a set of beliefs" (video).............................................................856 Feedback for Post "Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "Islam is not a race but a set of beliefs" (video)".....................858 St. Petersburg Times exposes the cruel policies of Scientology..................................................................859 Teacher fired for having premarital sex three weeks before wedding in Florida....................................862 Over 70 women barred from boarding airplanes because of 'improper dress' in Iran...........................864 Feedback for Post "Over 70 women barred from boarding airplanes because of 'improper dress' in Iran"................................................................................................................................................866 New financial scandals hit the German Catholic Church hard ..................................................................867 Feedback for Post "New financial scandals hit the German Catholic Church hard "..........................869 A Christian construction worker on a solo mission to kill Osama bin Laden with a 40-inch knife and pistol is held in Pakistan .........................................................................................................................870 Mass demonstration against the Sharia Law in London .............................................................................872 Blast from the past: James Randi exposes Uri Geller and Peter Popoff...................................................874 Let's make it a religion ! (video)....................................................................................................................876 Iraqi Kurds pressed to finally ban the female genital mutilation..............................................................878 Everybody bake a Jesus day on 3th of July..................................................................................................880 Feedback for Post "Everybody bake a Jesus day on 3th of July ".......................................................882 Ultra-Orthodox Jew: 'I don't want my daughter to be educated with a girl who has a TV at home'....883 Feedback for Post "Ultra-Orthodox Jew: 'I don't want my daughter to be educated with a girl who has a TV at home'"......................................................................................................................885 "Personal freedom? An alien concept in Egyptian society".......................................................................886 A Baptist church buys access to a school in Florida; the price for the souls: just 5000 dollars!.............888 Feedback for Post "A Baptist church buys access to a school in Florida; the price for the souls: just 5000 dollars!"...............................................................................................................................890 Nobel winner who slammed Bible as 'handbook of bad morals'dies.........................................................891 Police: Family killed dad for watching World Cup instead of gospel show in South Africa..................893 Feedback for Post " Police: Family killed dad for watching World Cup instead of gospel show in South Africa"......................................................................................................................................895

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"Meet three men who believe the Second Coming has already occurred"...............................................896 Feedback for Post ""Meet three men who believe the Second Coming has already occurred"".........898 Louisiana lawmakers propose prayer to stop oil disaster...........................................................................899 Feedback for Post "Louisiana lawmakers propose prayer to stop oil disaster "..................................901 Introduction to Naturalism (video)...............................................................................................................902 Dance Your Ph.D" comes again!.................................................................................................................904 President Nixon s Secret Psychic Adviser Revealed...................................................................................906 Pakistani lawyer petitions for death sentence for Mark Zuckerberg bacause of the 'Draw Muhammad' contest......................................................................................................................................909 Germany to Launch Exit Program for Militant Islamists..........................................................................912 Hitchens Warns of American-Born Jihad....................................................................................................914 New report: Sharia law in Britain is a threat to the equal rights...............................................................916 Atheism-o-phobia - Does it exist?..................................................................................................................919 Feedback for Post "Atheism-o-phobia - Does it exist? ".....................................................................921 Richard Dawkins interested in setting up free-thinking school.................................................................922 . 2012: Nibiru, Planet X & Mayan Calender - Science vs Fiction (video)....................................................924 Feedback for Post "2012: Nibiru, Planet X & Mayan Calender - Science vs Fiction (video)"...........926 The Giant Plus Sign........................................................................................................................................927 Pakistan to monitor Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Amazon, MSN, Hotmail and Bing for 'blasphemy'.....929 Feedback for Post "Pakistan to monitor Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Amazon, MSN, Hotmail and Bing for 'blasphemy'" ..........................................................................................................................931 Atheism - What We Believe...........................................................................................................................932 Biblical scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman: 'Bible is not a reliable source' (video)................................................934 Feedback for Post "Biblical scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman: 'Bible is not a reliable source' (video)" ..........937 'The only safe driving is abstinence from driving' ......................................................................................938 . Feedback for Post "'The only safe driving is abstinence from driving'"..............................................940 Saudi Feminist Wajeha Al-Huwaider: An Open Letter to President Obama..........................................941 Feedback for Post "Saudi Feminist Wajeha Al-Huwaider: An Open Letter to President Obama "....943

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The new prime minister of Australia: "I am not going to pretend a faith I don't feel" ...........................944 Pope wants to "re-evangelize" the West.......................................................................................................946 Feedback for Post "Pope wants to "re-evangelize" the West".............................................................948 Coming out as atheist has not hurt the only atheist in the U.S. Congress.................................................949 The most unsexy slideshow ever in Vanity Fair: "Sex and the Saudis"....................................................952 "My Spirituality as an Atheist " (video).......................................................................................................954 Feedback for Post ""My Spirituality as an Atheist " (video)".............................................................956 Being a god can be expensive; Nepal's "living goddess" gets a pay rise ....................................................957 Atheist billboards go up in New Zealand ......................................................................................................959 Feedback for Post "Atheist billboards go up in New Zealand"...........................................................961 Al Qaeda' new English magazine tells how to "make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom.".................962 Feedback for Post "Al Qaeda' new English magazine tells how to "make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom.""...................................................................................................................................964 Atheist Miracle (video)...................................................................................................................................965 Feedback for Post "Atheist Miracle (video)".......................................................................................967 Jimmy Carter: Religion is one of the 'basic causes' of violations of women's rights (video)...................968 Feedback for Post "Jimmy Carter: Religion is one of the 'basic causes' of violations of women's rights (video)".....................................................................................................................................970 New York Times: "You Say God Is Dead? There s an App for That"....................................................971 A two-headed calf is a proof that "God is able to do anything." ................................................................973 Feedback for Post "A two-headed calf is a proof that "God is able to do anything.""........................975 The best Facebook fan-pages for humanist and secular writers, thinkers and philosophers ..................976 Micro and Macroevolution (Video in HD) ...................................................................................................980 Maryam Namazie in Guardian; "What isn't wrong with Sharia law?"...................................................982 Ruthless drug cartel leader promotes 'Christian values'............................................................................984 Feedback for Post "Ruthless drug cartel leader promotes 'Christian values'".....................................986 Mina Ahadi: "Sakineh can be stoned at any minute."................................................................................987 Feedback for Post "Mina Ahadi: "Sakineh can be stoned at any minute.""........................................989 Opponents of stonings in Iran bring stones to city centres, universities and workplaces on 11th of July..................................................................................................................................................................990

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Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made For Us...................................................................................................992 Feedback for Post "Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made For Us "........................................................994 Iran bans the mullet; Islamic republic aims to free itself of 'decadent' western hairstyles.....................995 Ode To Rationality (Video with Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Dennett featuring Bertrand Russell).......997 Iran woman escapes stoning death for adultery..........................................................................................999 Feedback for Post "Iran woman escapes stoning death for adultery"................................................1001 Penn Jillette: 'Reading the Bible (Or the Koran, Or the Torah) Will Make You an Atheist'...............1002 Feedback for Post "Penn Jillette: 'Reading the Bible (Or the Koran, Or the Torah) Will Make You an Atheist'"................................................................................................................................1004 Thomas Jefferson in a letter to friend: "I too am an Epicurean"............................................................1005 Young Turks: 'Christian Fundamentalists' (Video)..................................................................................1008 Feedback for Post "Young Turks: 'Christian Fundamentalists' (Video) ".........................................1010 Vatican sees third straight loss....................................................................................................................1011 Feedback for Post "Vatican sees third straight loss".........................................................................1013 Cartoonist Molly Norris ends up in radical Muslims hit list....................................................................1014 Feedback for Post "Cartoonist Molly Norris ends up in radical Muslims hit list "...........................1016 Amnesty: Hangman still waits for 27-year old female political activist in Iran ......................................1017 Feedback for Post "Amnesty: Hangman still waits for 27-year old female political activist in Iran"..................................................................................................................................................1019 Extremist Christians aim to create armed militias against "Godless" federal government in United States.................................................................................................................................................1020 Feedback for Post "Extremist Christians aim to create armed militias against "Godless" federal government in United States"...........................................................................................................1023 What can an atheist possibly celebrate?.....................................................................................................1024 Feedback for Post "What can an atheist possibly celebrate? "..........................................................1026 Israeli ultra-orthodox rabbis lauch 'divinely ordained war' against net use..........................................1027 Feedback for Post "Israeli ultra-orthodox rabbis lauch 'divinely ordained war' against net use"......1029 Bangladesh High Court bans religious punishments .................................................................................1030 Feedback for Post "Bangladesh High Court bans religious punishments ".......................................1032 Saudi Islamic academic: 'Journalists are soldiers of Satan'.....................................................................1033 Feedback for Post "Saudi Islamic academic: 'Journalists are soldiers of Satan'"..............................1035

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Jesus in the cover of Playboy was too much in Portugal...........................................................................1036 Feedback for Post "Jesus in the cover of Playboy was too much in Portugal" ..................................1038 Scientology fires a broadside on a tv-host critical of it..............................................................................1039 'Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time.' by Carl Sagan.................1041 Maldives man driven to suicide after revealing his atheism.....................................................................1043 Christian foster carer wins case against council who struck her off because Muslim girl in her care changed religion...................................................................................................................................1045 ABC News: 'Atheists Break Out New Ritual Tool: The Blow-Dryer'.....................................................1047 Oops, Indonesian Muslims told to change prayer direction.....................................................................1049 Feedback for Post "Oops, Indonesian Muslims told to change prayer direction".............................1051 A true classic: 'Door To Door Atheists Bother Mormons'........................................................................1052 Feedback for Post "A true classic: 'Door To Door Atheists Bother Mormons'" ................................1054 Philhellenes: 'Four billion years of evolution is not easily overcome' (video).........................................1055 TheThinkingAtheist: 'Welcome To This World' (video)..........................................................................1057 'Agora' review: Hypatia vs. the forces of intolerance................................................................................1059 Feedback for Post "'Agora' review: Hypatia vs. the forces of intolerance "......................................1062 Christopher Hitchens reminds: Mel Gibson is a member of a fascist religous splinter group ..............1063 Face veils banned at Syrian universities.....................................................................................................1065 Feedback for Post "Face veils banned at Syrian universities "..........................................................1067 Saturday 24th of July is International Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani Day World Citizens against Stoning.............................................................................................................................................1068 Arab man jailed for claiming to be a Jew before consensual sex with a Jewish woman ........................1070 Feedback for Post "Arab man jailed for claiming to be a Jew before consensual sex with a Jewish woman".................................................................................................................................1072 London buses to carry female ordination advert during pope's visit......................................................1074 Feedback for Post "London buses to carry female ordination advert during pope's visit"................1076 Iran cuts off hands from five thieves...........................................................................................................1077 'God in the Constitution' By Col. Robert G. Ingersoll..............................................................................1079 Feedback for Post "'God in the Constitution' By Col. Robert G. Ingersoll"......................................1087

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Israel's strict religious marriage laws still force thousands to weddings outside Israel........................1088 Feedback for Post " Israel's strict religious marriage laws still force thousands to weddings outside Israel"...................................................................................................................................1091 Carl Sagan: Consider Again That Pale Blue Dot (video)..........................................................................1092 Rachel Maddow presents: The Rap Guide to Evolution! by Baba Brinkman........................................1095 Feedback for Post "Rachel Maddow presents: The Rap Guide to Evolution! by Baba Brinkman ".........................................................................................................................................................1098 The Guardian: Hundreds of British girls will undergo horror of genital mutilation this summer......1099 Feedback for Post "The Guardian: Hundreds of British girls will undergo horror of genital mutilation this summer"....................................................................................................................1101 Pat Condell: 'A god of life' (video)..............................................................................................................1102 Feedback for Post "Pat Condell: 'A god of life' (video)"...................................................................1104 New wave of charismatic evangelical movements seek polical power in the US.....................................1105 Iran wants to encourage population growth - Islamic government pays for babies..............................1108 Feedback for Post "Iran wants to encourage population growth - Islamic government pays for babies" ...............................................................................................................................................1111 Enviromentalists: Jordan River too polluted for baptisms .......................................................................1112 'Ayatollah, leave those kids alone' Pink Floyd get an Iranian twist.....................................................1114

Lionel Tiger: Believing in God generates soothing "juices" of the brain................................................1116 Feedback for Post "Lionel Tiger: Believing in God generates soothing "juices" of the brain" .........1118 Jihad in the West:; Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries .............................................1119 Feedback for Post "Jihad in the West:; Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries" .......1121 Creationism in schools in Australia: 'Adam and Eve were not eaten by dinosaurs because they were under a protective spell'.....................................................................................................................1123 Feedback for Post "Creationism in schools in Australia: 'Adam and Eve were not eaten by dinosaurs because they were under a protective spell'"....................................................................1125 US Senate in the year 1797: 'America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion'............1126 Feedback for Post "US Senate in the year 1797: 'America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion'"............................................................................................................................1128 Benjamin Netanyahu says illegal migration is a threat to 'Israels Jewish character'............................1129 Feedback for Post "Benjamin Netanyahu says illegal migration is a threat to 'Israels Jewish character'".........................................................................................................................................1131

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ZOMGitsCriss: 'The Objective of Morality' (video).................................................................................1132 Feedback for Post "ZOMGitsCriss: 'The Objective of Morality' (video)"........................................1134 Lawrence M. Krauss in Scientific American: 'Faith and Foolishness, When Religious Beliefs Become Dangerous'......................................................................................................................................1135 Feedback for Post "Lawrence M. Krauss in Scientific American: 'Faith and Foolishness, When Religious Beliefs Become Dangerous' "...........................................................................................1138 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Teaching of music incompatible with Islam in Iran .......................................1140 Feedback for Post "Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Teaching of music incompatible with Islam in Iran"..................................................................................................................................................1142 Atheist Bill Gates convinces 40 billionaires to give away half their fortunes..........................................1143 Feedback for Post "Atheist Bill Gates convinces 40 billionaires to give away half their fortunes"............................................................................................................................................1145 New Scientist: 'Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions '.......................................................................1146 Whopping 25 per cent of Spaniards atheists or without religion - says a study.....................................1148 Feedback for Post "Whopping 25 per cent of Spaniards atheists or without religion - says a study"................................................................................................................................................1150 Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani waits execution: "I am now quiet and sad because a part of my heart is frozen".............................................................................................................................................1151 Feedback for Post "Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani waits execution: "I am now quiet and sad because a part of my heart is frozen""..............................................................................................1153 Hitchens on cancer and atheism with Anderson Cooper..........................................................................1154 Feedback for Post "Hitchens on cancer and atheism with Anderson Cooper"..................................1156 An Austrian bishop links Love Parade tragedy to 'sin'............................................................................1157 . Feedback for Post "An Austrian bishop links Love Parade tragedy to 'sin'".....................................1159 Catholic archbishop of Australia fears that having a atheist prime minister will 'undermine the special privileges that churches enjoy'.......................................................................................................1160 Feedback for Post "Catholic archbishop of Australia fears that having a atheist prime minister will 'undermine the special privileges that churches enjoy'"............................................................1163 Einstein's letter bashing ideas of God sells for $404,000...........................................................................1164 Feedback for Post "Einstein's letter bashing ideas of God sells for $404,000 "................................1166 Jewish hardliners crack down on hitchhiking and pop-concerts in Israel.............................................1167 Feedback for Post " Jewish hardliners crack down on hitchhiking and pop-concerts in Israel".......1169 Group: Seven Baha'i leaders condemned to 20 years in prison in Iran..................................................1170 Feedback for Post "Group: Seven Baha'i leaders condemned to 20 years in prison in Iran"............1173

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Conservapedia: Theory of relativity is a liberal conspiracy.....................................................................1174 Feedback for Post "Conservapedia: Theory of relativity is a liberal conspiracy".............................1176 Strippers protest church for protesting strippers in Ohio........................................................................1177 Feedback for Post "Strippers protest church for protesting strippers in Ohio" ..................................1179 Saudi-Arabia harasses the wrong kinds of Muslims too...........................................................................1180 Feedback for Post "Saudi-Arabia harasses the wrong kinds of Muslims too"..................................1182 Christian protestors at a Connecticut mosque: Jesus hates Muslims".................................................1183 Feedback for Post "Christian protestors at a Connecticut mosque: Jesus hates Muslims"" ............1185 The Economist: 'Over 60% of Czechs never attend religious service'....................................................1186 Feedback for Post "The Economist: 'Over 60% of Czechs never attend religious service'".............1188 Another Brick In The Wall (Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone!).................................................1189 Feedback for Post "Another Brick In The Wall (Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone!) "........1191 Carl Sagan: Wanderers (video)...................................................................................................................1192 Feedback for Post "Carl Sagan: Wanderers (video)" .........................................................................1194 Listed: The top 10 bizarre Mormon beliefs................................................................................................1195 Feedback for Post "Listed: The top 10 bizarre Mormon beliefs"......................................................1197 Media Matters: Glenn Beck, Holy Warrior...............................................................................................1198 Feedback for Post "Media Matters: Glenn Beck, Holy Warrior"......................................................1200 The New York Times: Christopher Hitchens, Not Going Gently............................................................1201 Feedback for Post "The New York Times: Christopher Hitchens, Not Going Gently"....................1204 Russian dairy to sack women who have abortions....................................................................................1205 Feedback for Post "Russian dairy to sack women who have abortions"...........................................1207 Der Spiegel: 'Allah's Elite: Why the 9/11 Mosque Was Closed' ..............................................................1208 . Feedback for Post "Der Spiegel: 'Allah's Elite: Why the 9/11 Mosque Was Closed'"......................1210 Iranian opposition in Germany staging hunger strike to stop executions in Iran..................................1212 Feedback for Post "Iranian opposition in Germany staging hunger strike to stop executions in Iran"..................................................................................................................................................1214 'Fused' People Eager to Die and Kill for Their Group, Research Shows................................................1215 Feedback for Post "'Fused' People Eager to Die and Kill for Their Group, Research Shows".........1217 The New York Times: 'In Bold Display, Taliban Order Stoning Deaths'...............................................1218 Feedback for Post "The New York Times: 'In Bold Display, Taliban Order Stoning Deaths'"........1220

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Mormons are Normal and Mainstream (video).........................................................................................1221 Feedback for Post "Mormons are Normal and Mainstream (video)"................................................1223 Italy: Mafia thanks God for new boss.........................................................................................................1224 Feedback for Post "Italy: Mafia thanks God for new boss" ...............................................................1226 Disneyland employee files complaint over no-hijab rule ...........................................................................1227 Feedback for Post "Disneyland employee files complaint over no-hijab rule".................................1229 CNN: Federal appeals court says highways' crosses are unconstitutional..............................................1230 Israeli police detain settler rabbi who wrote book permitting killing of non-Jews................................1232 Islamic nations snub UN plea to help flood victims...................................................................................1234 Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'How to Win the Clash of Civilizations' ........................................................................1236 . Feedback for Post "Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'How to Win the Clash of Civilizations'" ................................1239 The Economist: Up to six months in jail wait those who break Ramadan in Morocco.........................1240 Feedback for Post "The Economist: Up to six months in jail wait those who break Ramadan in Morocco"..........................................................................................................................................1242 A classical moment from the "West Wing" (video)...................................................................................1243 Feedback for Post "A classical moment from the "West Wing" (video)".........................................1245 The Cult of Christ (video)............................................................................................................................1246 Feedback for Post "The Cult of Christ (video)" .................................................................................1248 Rowan Atkinson in 'We are most amused'.................................................................................................1249 Feedback for Post "Rowan Atkinson in 'We are most amused'".......................................................1251 Amnesty International: Saudi Arabia urged not to deliberately paralyse man as retribution punishment...................................................................................................................................................1252 Feedback for Post "Amnesty International: Saudi Arabia urged not to deliberately paralyse man as retribution punishment"................................................................................................................1254 A new initiative to try to save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani launched in France...............................1255 Humanist marriages up by 64 per cent in Scotland ...................................................................................1257 Feedback for Post "Humanist marriages up by 64 per cent in Scotland"..........................................1259 Canadian non-believer seeks Church escape clause..................................................................................1260 Feedback for Post "Canadian non-believer seeks Church escape clause".........................................1262 "Faith Fighter - ultimate fighting game. Know whose deity is best."......................................................1263

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Sam Harris: Why true moderate Muslims do remain so silent?..............................................................1265 Feedback for Post "Sam Harris: Why true moderate Muslims do remain so silent?".......................1267 Quran-burning church vows to proceed.....................................................................................................1268 Feedback for Post "Quran-burning church vows to proceed "..........................................................1271 Iranian journalist may face the death penalty for "enmity with God"...................................................1273 Feedback for Post "Iranian journalist may face the death penalty for "enmity with God""..............1275 First Muslim college starts in the United States.........................................................................................1276 "Campaign for Free Expression Video Contest has begun!"...................................................................1278 Feedback for Post ""Campaign for Free Expression Video Contest has begun!"" ............................1280 New book throws light on the birth of Abrahamic religions....................................................................1281 'The Center for Inquiry Urges That Ground Zero Be Kept Religion-Free'...........................................1283 Feedback for Post "'The Center for Inquiry Urges That Ground Zero Be Kept Religion-Free'"......1285 Western Wall Partition: Jewish Authorities To Implement New One-Way Divider Between Men, Women..........................................................................................................................................................1286 'Top Ten List of Christian Delusions'.........................................................................................................1289 Feedback for Post "'Top Ten List of Christian Delusions'"...............................................................1291 Islam and slavery: 'As recently as the 1950s, the Saudi Arabia's slave population was estimated at 450,000 '....................................................................................................................................................1292 For Christopher Hitchens............................................................................................................................1295 Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira: "Non-Jews are "uncompassionate by nature" and should be killed in order to "curb their evil inclinations."......................................................................................................1298 Feedback for Post "Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira: "Non-Jews are "uncompassionate by nature" and should be killed in order to "curb their evil inclinations.""..............................................................1301 Iran media calls the first lady of France a 'prostitute'..............................................................................1302 Feedback for Post "Iran media calls the first lady of France a 'prostitute'".......................................1304 'Faith in science is not enough people deserve proof '...........................................................................1305 .

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World union of Humanists and Atheists condemn Quran burning.........................................................1318 Iran paper: Bruni should die after stoning comments..............................................................................1321 Mr. Deity & Cast at the AAI 2009 Conference (video).............................................................................1323 . Do you believe in gravity or divinity?.........................................................................................................1325 Study: 'Superstition is a way try to control uncertainty'..........................................................................1327 Channel 4: Stephen Hawking: Physics Leaves No Room For God (video).............................................1329 'Serving in Iraq killed my faith in God'......................................................................................................1331 'Why I m giving up Catholicism'...............................................................................................................1333 . Feedback for Post "'Why I m giving up Catholicism'".....................................................................1335 Kerala college sacks lecturer after his hand was chopped off by Muslim activists................................1336 Feedback for Post "Kerala college sacks lecturer after his hand was chopped off by Muslim activists"............................................................................................................................................1338 'Ground zero church launches with anti-Muslim, anti-Mormon sermon'..............................................1339 Christopher Hitchens: 'The taming and domestication of religious faith is one of the unceasing chores of civilization.'..................................................................................................................................1342 Feedback for Post "Christopher Hitchens: 'The taming and domestication of religious faith is one of the unceasing chores of civilization.'"...................................................................................1345 Five new faith schools coming to Britain....................................................................................................1346 Pakistani Muslim youths turn away from Islam in Facebook..................................................................1348 Feedback for Post "Pakistani Muslim youths turn away from Islam in Facebook"..........................1350 Quran-burner Terry Jones accused of 'Spiritual Abuse' during his stay at Germany..........................1351 OkCupid's study shows: Atheists have better writing abilities than believers of any faith...................1353 CNN: Religious populations are down all over America (video)..............................................................1356 Feedback for Post "CNN: Religious populations are down all over America (video)" .....................1358 The Register: 'Koran-burning 'pastor' loses website'...............................................................................1359 Feedback for Post "The Register: 'Koran-burning 'pastor' loses website'"........................................1361 ZOMGitsCriss: 'Criticizing Islam' (video).................................................................................................1362 'Abstinent Mormon farmers grow barley for beer'...................................................................................1364 Feedback for Post "'Abstinent Mormon farmers grow barley for beer'"...........................................1366

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Robert Fisk: The truth about 'honour' killings.........................................................................................1367 Nick Cohen: 'Societies without God are more benevolent'.......................................................................1369 'Protest the Pope!'.........................................................................................................................................1372 Feedback for Post "'Protest the Pope!'" ..............................................................................................1374 Iran hangs five for "anti-revolutionary" activities and "acts against God"...........................................1375 Feedback for Post "Iran hangs five for "anti-revolutionary" activities and "acts against God"" .......1377 Facebook disables the accounts for human rights activists Mina Ahadi and Maryam Namazie..........1378 Feedback for Post "Facebook disables the accounts for human rights activists Mina Ahadi and Maryam Namazie "...........................................................................................................................1381 France bans the burqa..................................................................................................................................1382 Feedback for Post "France bans the burqa "......................................................................................1384 Philosopher Anthony Grayling: "Ratzinger should be persona non grata -- and not a guest of the queen."..........................................................................................................................................................1385 Feedback for Post "Philosopher Anthony Grayling: "Ratzinger should be persona non grata -and not a guest of the queen."".........................................................................................................1387 'Christianity scares captain Picard' (video)...............................................................................................1388 Cardinal calls Britain "a third world country".........................................................................................1390 New study: Imported imams slow down the integration of Muslims in Germany.................................1392 Pope compares atheism to Nazism..............................................................................................................1394 Feedback for Post "Pope compares atheism to Nazism"...................................................................1397 'Pope's anti-condom message is sabotage in fight against Aids'...............................................................1398 Threats from Muslim extremists drive cartoonist Molly Norris into hiding in Seattle on FBI's advice.............................................................................................................................................................1401 'Facebook follows papal line on censorship' ..............................................................................................1404 . Richard Dawkins at 'Protest the Pope Rally' in London Sept 2010 (video)............................................1406 Feedback for Post "Richard Dawkins at 'Protest the Pope Rally' in London Sept 2010 (video)".....1408 Victoria Clark: 'Pastor Terry Jones is a product of America's free market in religion'......................1409 'Religious search engines filter results to weed out temptations'.............................................................1412 Lawrence Krauss: Freeing women is the key in fighting fundamentalism.............................................1414 Feedback for Post "Lawrence Krauss: Freeing women is the key in fighting fundamentalism ".....1417

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Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris on a live videodebate on science and religion in the net.................1418 TYT: Man faces execution for sorcery in Saudi-Arabia (video)..............................................................1420 Feedback for Post "TYT: Man faces execution for sorcery in Saudi-Arabia (video)"......................1423 'Norwegian princess Martha Louise claims she can contact the dead '...................................................1424 Feedback for Post "'Norwegian princess Martha Louise claims she can contact the dead '"............1427 Textbooks too pro-Islam for the Texas Board of Education now............................................................1428 Feedback for Post "Textbooks too pro-Islam for the Texas Board of Education now"....................1431 Religiously motivated right-wing settlers make life difficult in Hebron..................................................1432 Feedback for Post "Religiously motivated right-wing settlers make life difficult in Hebron " .........1434 Iranian prosecutors demand death penalty for 'blogfather'....................................................................1435 . Feedback for Post "Iranian prosecutors demand death penalty for 'blogfather'"...............................1438 Daniel Dennett: 'The Evolution of Confusion' (video)..............................................................................1439 Feedback for Post "Daniel Dennett: 'The Evolution of Confusion' (video)".....................................1441 'Yes, There Is Still Book Banning in the United States'............................................................................1442 Lawrence Krauss: 'How to spot quantum quackery?'..............................................................................1444 New extremely cruel stoning video emerges from Pakistan ......................................................................1447 Feedback for Post "New extremely cruel stoning video emerges from Pakistan"............................1449 Christian group declares a junction of a major road 'cursed' in Britain................................................1450 Feedback for Post "Christian group declares a junction of a major road 'cursed' in Britain"............1452 'It's Time to Fight Back Against Death Threats by Islamic Extremists'.................................................1453 A new study: Atheists know more about religions than religious people (video)...................................1455 Feedback for Post "A new study: Atheists know more about religions than religious people (video)".............................................................................................................................................1457 Canadian-Iranian blogger sentenced to 19 years in jail in Iran...............................................................1458 Markos Moulitsas: American Taliban (video)...........................................................................................1460 The new British Labour leader Ed Miliband does not believe in God....................................................1462 Feedback for Post "The new British Labour leader Ed Miliband does not believe in God".............1465 The Sound of Science (music video)............................................................................................................1466 Feedback for Post "The Sound of Science (music video)"................................................................1469

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CFI video contest winner is "In the Cards"...............................................................................................1470 Antievolutionism creeps into a marine science textbook in Florida .........................................................1472 A Somali youth's journey from Islam to atheism (video)..........................................................................1474 The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris (the videos)....................................................................................1476 'Britain recognizes Druidry as religion for first time, gives it charitable status'....................................1478 Feedback for Post "'Britain recognizes Druidry as religion for first time, gives it charitable status'"...............................................................................................................................................1481 Steven Pinker in Keith Olberman Show: 'Evolution: Why America Must Accept It, Before It's Too Late '......................................................................................................................................................1482 Skeptic Rebecca Watson on Carpool (video) ..............................................................................................1484 Feedback for Post "Skeptic Rebecca Watson on Carpool (video)"...................................................1486 Sam Harris in the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.......................................................................................1487 French and English freethinkers propose taking religion out of schools................................................1489 Feedback for Post "French and English freethinkers propose taking religion out of schools" ..........1492 Iran's president Ahmadinejad thanks Pope...............................................................................................1493 Feedback for Post "Iran's president Ahmadinejad thanks Pope".......................................................1495 'Southern Baptist leader nixes yoga for Christians'..................................................................................1496 Feedback for Post "'Southern Baptist leader nixes yoga for Christians'"..........................................1498 Pope: The use of new technologies should set off 'an alarm bell.'............................................................1499 Feedback for Post "Pope: The use of new technologies should set off 'an alarm bell.'"...................1501 Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ramadan Debate: Is Islam a Religion of Peace?...............................1503 Feedback for Post "Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ramadan Debate: Is Islam a Religion of Peace? ".............................................................................................................................................1505 Cadets say US Air Force Academy is controlled by evangelicals.............................................................1506 A German Catholic groups wants Santa out of Christmas.......................................................................1508 Feedback for Post "A German Catholic groups wants Santa out of Christmas"...............................1510 A South Carolina jail allows its inmates to read only Bible ......................................................................1511 Feedback for Post "A South Carolina jail allows its inmates to read only Bible "............................1514 Jerry A. Coyne in USA Today: 'Science and religion aren't friends'......................................................1515 Feedback for Post "Jerry A. Coyne in USA Today: 'Science and religion aren't friends'" ................1517

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Bill Maher - the Richard Dawkins Interview (video)................................................................................1518 'Israeli rabbi: Honey-pot sex is kosher for female Mossad agents'..........................................................1520 Feedback for Post "'Israeli rabbi: Honey-pot sex is kosher for female Mossad agents'" ...................1522 Swiss teacher fired for removing crucifix from his classroom.................................................................1523 Three rival churches claim credit for the rescue of the Chilean miners ..................................................1526 Feedback for Post "Three rival churches claim credit for the rescue of the Chilean miners"...........1529 Voices of Reason - Sam Harris: The Moral Landscape (video of CFI lecture) .......................................1530 Feedback for Post "Voices of Reason - Sam Harris: The Moral Landscape (video of CFI lecture)" .............................................................................................................................................1532 Openly atheist candidate runs for the US Congress - in Virginia!...........................................................1533 Finns desert church in record numbers after watching a TV-debate on gay marriage.........................1535 Feedback for Post "Finns desert church in record numbers after watching a TV-debate on gay marriage" ...........................................................................................................................................1538 1000 entries in Atheist News!.......................................................................................................................1541 Feedback for Post "1000 entries in Atheist News!" ...........................................................................1544 'The Pale Blue Dot' - the famous essay by Carl Sagan (video).................................................................1545 Feedback for Post "'The Pale Blue Dot' - the famous essay by Carl Sagan (video)"........................1547 Lack of belief in gods (video).......................................................................................................................1548 Feedback for Post "Lack of belief in gods (video)" ...........................................................................1550 Pope bans the wife of president of France from the Vatican....................................................................1551 Feedback for Post "Pope bans the wife of president of France from the Vatican"............................1554 'Why Do People Think They See Mary or Jesus on Windows and Toast?'............................................1555 Feedback for Post "'Why Do People Think They See Mary or Jesus on Windows and Toast?'" ......1558 Vatican: ' The Simpsons are good Catholics'.............................................................................................1559 UAE court rules that a man can beat his wife, but shouldn't leave marks.............................................1562 Feedback for Post "UAE court rules that a man can beat his wife, but shouldn't leave marks " .......1565 "Dialogue of Reason: Science and Faith in the Black Community." (video discussion) ........................1566 Feedback for Post ""Dialogue of Reason: Science and Faith in the Black Community." (video discussion)".......................................................................................................................................1568 The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson (video)...........................................1569 Feedback for Post "The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson (video)"...1571

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Frans De Waal: 'Morals Without God?'....................................................................................................1572 Take part in a poll: 'Should public prayer be allowed at school events?'...............................................1575 Feedback for Post "Take part in a poll: 'Should public prayer be allowed at school events?'".........1578 A Christian Nation? (video).........................................................................................................................1579 Feedback for Post "A Christian Nation? (video)" ..............................................................................1582 Victor J. Stenger: "The NEW Atheism" (video) ........................................................................................1583 Bertrand Russell: Why I am not a Christian (video) .................................................................................1586 Iran restricts social sciences seen as 'Western'..........................................................................................1589 Feedback for Post "Iran restricts social sciences seen as 'Western'".................................................1591 Washington Post: 'Catholic bloggers aim to purge dissenters'................................................................1592 Feedback for Post "Washington Post: 'Catholic bloggers aim to purge dissenters'".........................1595 Morgan Freeman: The Power of Words.....................................................................................................1596 Feedback for Post "Morgan Freeman: The Power of Words "..........................................................1598 A real video-classic: 'Kissing Hank's A...s'.................................................................................................1599 Feedback for Post "A real video-classic: 'Kissing Hank's A...s'"......................................................1601 Crowd watches as two teenage girls are executed by Islamic militants in Somalia................................1602 Feedback for Post "Crowd watches as two teenage girls are executed by Islamic militants in Somalia"............................................................................................................................................1605 Special report: 'Blasphemy laws violate the fundamental freedom of expression'................................1606 The Guardian: Evangelical revolution in Brazil........................................................................................1608 Feedback for Post "The Guardian: Evangelical revolution in Brazil "..............................................1610 A 'Non Sequitur' -comic strip pulled out of Washington Post for fear of offending Muslims - even if Mohammad was not there.......................................................................................................................1611 Feedback for Post "A 'Non Sequitur' -comic strip pulled out of Washington Post for fear of offending Muslims - even if Mohammad was not there".................................................................1615 The Foreign Minister of Italy: Christians, Jews and Muslims should fight together against the 'perverse phenomena of atheism'...............................................................................................................1616 Feedback for Post "The Foreign Minister of Italy: Christians, Jews and Muslims should fight together against the 'perverse phenomena of atheism'."...................................................................1618 MSNBC Cenk Attack: God & Government (video)..................................................................................1619 Feedback for Post "MSNBC Cenk Attack: God & Government (video)" .........................................1621

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Free Speech for Hamsters (video)...............................................................................................................1622 'The Islamic regime of Iran plans to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani immediately'.................1626 Feedback for Post "'The Islamic regime of Iran plans to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani immediately'"....................................................................................................................................1628 How will you celebrate Carl Sagan Day at 9th of November?.................................................................1629 Science Saved My Soul (video) .....................................................................................................................1632 The Atlantic: 'Conan O'Brien's Fans Are Atheists'..................................................................................1634 Feedback for Post "The Atlantic: 'Conan O'Brien's Fans Are Atheists'"...........................................1637 The Bad Faith Awards 2010 are up for grabs............................................................................................1638 Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: 'Non-Jews Exist to Serve Jews'...............................................................................1640 Feedback for Post "Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: 'Non-Jews Exist to Serve Jews'"......................................1642 Islamists threaten Mina Ahadi with stoning..............................................................................................1643 A new kind of news service for the secular crowd: 'The beinghuman Daily is out'...............................1645 Palestinian atheist blogger arrested by Palestinian authorities................................................................1648 Feedback for Post "Palestinian atheist blogger arrested by Palestinian authorities".........................1650 Noah and that Ark (video)...........................................................................................................................1651 Feedback for Post "Noah and that Ark (video)"................................................................................1653 Backlog in censors office delays publishing books in Iran.......................................................................1654 Feedback for Post " Backlog in censors office delays publishing books in Iran".............................1657 Darwin's Revolution - Evolution Song (video)...........................................................................................1658 Feedback for Post "Darwin's Revolution - Evolution Song (video)"................................................1660 Happy Carl Sagan Day! ................................................................................................................................1661 American humanists launch largest national advertising campaign ever...............................................1663 'CFI: It's Time for Science and Reason'.....................................................................................................1666 Feedback for Post "'CFI: It's Time for Science and Reason'"............................................................1668 Lincolnshire schools allowed to teach paganism in UK............................................................................1669 Feedback for Post "Lincolnshire schools allowed to teach paganism in UK" ...................................1671 Rappers arrested in Iran for 'using words that have no place in proper grammar'..............................1672

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'God's promise to Noah' keeps US congressman from worrying over global warming.........................1675 Feedback for Post "'God's promise to Noah' keeps US congressman from worrying over global warming" ...........................................................................................................................................1677 New demand for exorcism in the Catholic Church ....................................................................................1678 New York Times: 'Defectors Say Church of Scientology Hides Abuse'..................................................1681 Feedback for Post "New York Times: 'Defectors Say Church of Scientology Hides Abuse'"..........1684 Luxury loving pilgrims bring big money into Saudi Arabia .....................................................................1685 Feedback for Post "Luxury loving pilgrims bring big money into Saudi Arabia"............................1688 Washington Post: 'Muslims torch Christian homes in southern Egypt'.................................................1689 Feedback for Post "Washington Post: 'Muslims torch Christian homes in southern Egypt'"............1692 'USB - Satan's Data Connection'.................................................................................................................1693 Feedback for Post "'USB - Satan's Data Connection'" .......................................................................1695 France 24: 'Moroccan Atheist Blogger Receives death threats '..............................................................1696 Sam Harris Interviewed on MSNBC's 'The Last Word' with Lawrence O'Donnell (video).................1698 Exiled Iranian ex-Air Force pilot claims Iran's military rife with rebellion against the theocracy of Iran............................................................................................................................................................1700 'Rev. Cedric Miller Tells Married Couples To Quit Facebook'...............................................................1702 A Tribute to Indian Atheists (videos)..........................................................................................................1704 Ricky Gervais Live - 'Act of God' (video)...................................................................................................1706 Johann Hari: 'The religious excuse for barbarity'....................................................................................1708 'Anti-Semitic textbook' used in Muslim weekend schools in UK.............................................................1711 Feedback for Post "'Anti-Semitic textbook' used in Muslim weekend schools in UK"....................1714 Iranian authorities target human rights lawyers now...............................................................................1715 Feedback for Post "Iranian authorities target human rights lawyers now"........................................1717 'Let's Take the Bible Literally' (video).......................................................................................................1718 India district bans cell phones for unmarried women in fear of inter-caste marriages.........................1720 Feedback for Post "India district bans cell phones for unmarried women in fear of inter-caste marriages".........................................................................................................................................1723 The George Carlin Special; Three Video Classics.....................................................................................1724 Feedback for Post "The George Carlin Special; Three Video Classics"...........................................1727

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Smithsonian.com: 'The Top Ten Daily Consequences of Having Evolved' ............................................1728 . Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens in Blasphemy Debate (audio) ....................................................1731 Feedback for Post "Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens in Blasphemy Debate (audio)".............1733 The Guardian: 'Christopher Hitchens 1-0 Tony Blair'.............................................................................1734 'List of Scientists Rejecting Evolution - Do they really?' (video).............................................................1737 'Irreducible complexity cut down to size' (video)......................................................................................1739 Feedback for Post "'Irreducible complexity cut down to size' (video)".............................................1741 "Deathly" silence greets Tolstoy centenary in Russia...............................................................................1742 Feedback for Post ""Deathly" silence greets Tolstoy centenary in Russia"......................................1745 Richard Dawkins: Christopher Hitchens is my hero .................................................................................1746 Feedback for Post "Richard Dawkins: Christopher Hitchens is my hero"........................................1748 ' Do Religious People Make Easy Targets For Scams? '...........................................................................1749 Feedback for Post "' Do Religious People Make Easy Targets For Scams? '"..................................1752 Asia Bibi waits hanging for insulting Islam in Pakistan...........................................................................1753 Feedback for Post "Asia Bibi waits hanging for insulting Islam in Pakistan" ...................................1756 Islamic cleric promises half a million rupees for the killer of Asia Bibi..................................................1757 Feedback for Post "Islamic cleric promises half a million rupees for the killer of Asia Bibi"..........1760 New creationist theme park wants 37.5 million dollars of support from the state of Kentucky...........1761 Feedback for Post "New creationist theme park wants 37.5 million dollars of support from the state of Kentucky" .............................................................................................................................1764 Emailing a joke about Pope leads to resignation of football referee in Scotland....................................1765 Feedback for Post "Emailing a joke about Pope leads to resignation of football referee in Scotland"...........................................................................................................................................1768 Secular Xmas! (or 15 xmas songs for the secular crowd) ..........................................................................1769 Senior Iranian cleric: 'Women's sports are a product of West's "dirty "culture'.................................1771 The New and Greatly Enhanced Ten Commandments.............................................................................1774 Mina Ahadi in Der Spiegel: 'I don't think it's possible to modernize Islam'..........................................1777 Woody Allen - the best jokes........................................................................................................................1780 Daniel Dennett: 'How religion offers an excuse to stop thinking' (video)...............................................1783

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Voltaire - the best one-liners........................................................................................................................1785 Vatican Bank mired in money laundering scandal ...................................................................................1788 . Feedback for Post "Vatican Bank mired in money laundering scandal"...........................................1790 Austin Cline: 'Sources of Christmas Traditions, Modern and Ancient'.................................................1791 . Laughing policemen flog women for breaking Sharia in a Sudanese video............................................1794 Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed is the winner of the Bad Faith Award 2010 ..............................................1796 Wall Street Journal: 'Hungary May Introduce Constitutional Ban on Abortion'.................................1798 Feedback for Post "Wall Street Journal: 'Hungary May Introduce Constitutional Ban on Abortion'"..........................................................................................................................................1801 Chistopher Hitchens in Maclean's: 'I hate Hanukkah'.............................................................................1802 Julian Smith - Pre-Blessed Food (with two tickets to heaven)..................................................................1805 Feedback for Post "Julian Smith - Pre-Blessed Food (with two tickets to heaven)".........................1807 A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais in Wall Street Journal: 'Why I m An Atheist'.....................1808 The Doctrinal Office of Vatican; 'Pope has not softened the church s traditional ban on contraception'...............................................................................................................................................1811 Feedback for Post "The Doctrinal Office of Vatican; 'Pope has not softened the church s traditional ban on contraception'".....................................................................................................1814 It is Yule-time again!....................................................................................................................................1815 The Roman roots of Christmas revisited....................................................................................................1817 Did Christians Steal Christmas?.................................................................................................................1820 It official now: Virgin Mary visited Wisconsin in 1859.............................................................................1822 Feedback for Post "It official now: Virgin Mary visited Wisconsin in 1859" ...................................1825 A Christmas Message from Bill Maher (video)..........................................................................................1826 The Bible according to Ricky Gervais (video)............................................................................................1828 Stephen Fry's beautiful comments on a world without God....................................................................1830 . Saudi court approves divorces by SMS......................................................................................................1832 Feedback for Post "Saudi court approves divorces by SMS"............................................................1834 'God's little rabbits: Religious people out-reproduce secular ones by a landslide'................................1835 Feedback for Post "'God's little rabbits: Religious people out-reproduce secular ones by a landslide'"..........................................................................................................................................1838 xxxviii

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Sam Harris in the Nightline interview (video)...........................................................................................1839 Author's friends............................................................................................................................................1841 About the author...........................................................................................................................................1843 Pageviews.......................................................................................................................................................1844

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Atheist Ireland Publishes 25 Blasphemous Quotes
Read more at: http://blasphemy.ie/2010/01/01/atheist-ireland-publishes-25-blasphemous-quotes/

Michael Nugent "From today, 1 January 2010, the new Irish blasphemy law becomes operational, and we begin our campaign to have it repealed. Blasphemy is now a crime punishable by a ‫ 000,52أ‬fine. The new law defines blasphemy as publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion, with some defences permitted. This new law is both silly and dangerous. It is silly because medieval religious laws have no place in a modern secular republic, where the criminal law should protect people and not ideas. And it is dangerous because it incentives religious outrage, and because Islamic States led by Pakistan are already using the wording of this Irish law to promote new blasphemy laws at UN level. --In this context we now publish a list of 25 blasphemous quotes, which have previously been published by or uttered by or attributed to Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Mark Twain, Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, James Kirkup, Monty Python, Rev Ian Paisley, Conor Cruise O Brien, Frank Zappa, Salman Rushdie, Bjork, Amanda Donohoe, George Carlin, Paul Woodfull, Jerry Springer the Opera, Tim Minchin, Richard Dawkins, Pope Benedict XVI, Christopher Hitchens, PZ Myers, Ian O Doherty, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O Connor and Dermot Ahern." Read more at: http://blasphemy.ie/2010/01/01/atheist-ireland-publishes-25-blasphemous-quotes/ by jaskaw @ 01.01.2010 - 10:59:17 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/01/atheist-ireland-publishes-25-blasphemous-quotes-7671659/

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sam graham [Visitor] 02.01.2010 @ 14:57 As an Irishman living abroad i appreciate this new law cos I have many leprechaun friends back there who are pissed off at all you leprechaun atheists... THOUGHT..If any one religion had the PROOF for their existance there would only be one religion!! Religion is for those who need it. Baz [Visitor] http://blasphemy-law-ireland.blogspot.com/ 07.01.2010 @ 12:08 A short film detailing the history and context of the Irish Blasphemy Legislation. http://blasphemy-law-ireland.blogspot.com/2010/01/everybody-knows-what-blasphemy-is-short.html

Happy New Year for the Readers of the Atheist News!
"Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown, And things seem hard, or tough, And people are stupid, obnoxious, or daft, And you feel that you've had quite enough, Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour, That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned, A sun that is the source of all our power. The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see Are moving at a million miles a day In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour, Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'. Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars. It's a hundred thousand light years side to side. It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick, But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide. We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point. We go 'round every two hundred million years, And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions In this amazing and expanding universe. The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding In all of the directions it can whizz As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know, Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is. So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure, How amazingly unlikely is your birth, And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space, 'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth. Copyright Monty Python, Meaning of Life skits. Lyrics from http://penn.home.att.net/universe.htm Hear the song and see the show in a animated form at: http://dingo.care2.com/cards/flash/5409/galaxy.swf

Happy New Year for the Readers of the Atheist News! There was 34 812 of you last month and you saw 54 344 different pages, when in November there was 18 184 of you and 34 272 pageviews. by jaskaw @ 01.01.2010 - 13:32:01 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/01/happy-new-year-for-the-readers-of-the-atheist-news-7672225/

Internet Imams act as Recruiters for Al Qaeda
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/01/us/01imam.html?ref=todayspaper

By ERIC SCHMITT and ERIC LIPTON "WASHINGTON ō The apparent ties between the Nigerian man charged with plotting to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day and a radical American-born Yemeni imam have cast a spotlight on a world of charismatic clerics who wield their Internet celebrity to indoctrinate young Muslims with extremist ideology and recruit them for Al Qaeda, American officials and counterterrorism specialists said. American military and law enforcement authorities said Thursday that the man accused in the bombing attempt, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, most likely had contacts with the cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, whom investigators have also named as having exchanged e-mail messages with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an American Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people in a shooting rampage in November at Fort Hood, Tex. " Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/01/us/01imam.html?ref=todayspaper http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_al-Awlaki "Anwar al-Awlaki (also spelled Aulaqi; Arabic: ‫ يقلوعلا رونأ‬Anwar al-’Awlaqī; born April 22, 1971 (1971-04-22) (age 38)) in Las Cruces, New Mexico)is a Muslim lecturer, spiritual leader, and former imam who has been accused of being a senior talent recruiter and motivator "for al-Qaeda and all of its franchises," linked to various terrorists. US officials in late 2009 said al-Awlaki had recently been promoted to the rank of regional commander within al-Qaeda. Originally trained as a civil engineer, al-Awlaki later became an imam. He is currently associated with Iman University in Yemen. Students of the university have allegedly been linked to assassinations, and it is headed by Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, who has been designated by the US and UN as associated with terrorism and Al-Qaeda. Al-Awlaki's sermons were attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers, as well as by accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan. In addition, US intelligence intercepted at least 18 emails between Hasan and al-Awlaki from December 2008 to June 2009, including one in which Hasan wrote "I can't wait to join you [in the afterlife]." Directly after the Fort Hood shooting, al-Awlaki praised Hasan's actions on his website, and then again a few days later in an interview. The following month, a number of sources reported ties between al-Awlaki and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the suspect in the Northwest Airlines Flight 253 terrorist attack of December 25, 2009."

by jaskaw @ 01.01.2010 - 18:17:53 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/01/internet-imams-act-as-recruiters-for-al-qaeda-7673658/

Court: Vatican Bank can't be tried in U.S. for storing Nazi loot
Read more at: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1138702.html

"An American appeals court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Holocaust survivors who alleged the Vatican bank accepted millions of dollars of their valuables stolen by Nazi sympathizers. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a lower court ruling that said the Vatican bank was immune from such a lawsuit under the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which generally protects foreign countries from being sued in U.S. courts. Holocaust survivors from Croatia, Ukraine and Yugoslavia had filed suit against the Vatican bank in 1999, alleging that it stored and laundered the looted assets of thousands of Jews, Serbs and Gypsies who were killed or captured by the Nazi-backed Ustasha regime that controlled Croatia. They sought an accounting from the Vatican, as well as restitution and damages." Read more at: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1138702.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Bank "Several books, such as Unholy Trinity: How the Vatican's Nazi Networks Betrayed Western Intelligence to the Soviets, Genocide in Satellite Croatia 1941 1945 and The Vatican's Holocaust, which appeared during the 1980s and 1990s were highly critical of the Vatican Bank's historical relations with right-wing governments and especially with the collaborationist regime of the Independent State of Croatia during World War II. Sources such as these engendered initial defensive hostility and controversy, which centers on conclusions drawn from the documentation rather than the documents themselves. According to a 1998 report issued by the US State Department, the Nazi Croatian treasury was illicitly transferred to the Vatican Bank and other banks after the end of World War II. For its part, the Vatican has repeatedly denied any Franciscan participation in Ustashi crimes or the disappearance of the Croatian Treasury, yet has refused to open its wartime records to substantiate its denial. On October 21, 1946, a Top Secret report from US Treasury Agent Emerson Bigelow (called "The Bigelow Report"), which was declassified in 1997, quoted a "reliable source in Italy" (who corroborated evidence already obtained by CIC intelligence officials of the Army), who alerted his superior that Croatian officials had sent 350 million confiscated Swiss francs (CHF) to the Vatican Bank "for safekeeping", a sum largely in the form of gold coins."

by jaskaw @ 01.01.2010 - 23:03:59 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/01/court-vatican-bank-can-t-be-tried-in-u-s-for-storing-nazi-loot-7675308/

"Forget Jesus" The Stars Died For Us - Lawrence Krauss
"Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics. You are all stardust. You couldn't be here if stars hadn't exploded. Because the elements, the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution weren't created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. And the only way they could get into your body is if the stars were kind enough to explode. So forget Jesus. The stars died so you could be here today." The full version of original video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Krauss "Lawrence M. Krauss (born May 27, 1954) is foundation professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, a professor in the physics department and director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek." by jaskaw @ 02.01.2010 - 01:26:56 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/01/forget-jesus-the-stars-died-for-us-lawrence-krauss-7675886/

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Tasha [Visitor] 24.03.2010 @ 18:11 I'm going to pray for you!! Jesus loves you, AMEN!! I don't understand where u came up with such a thing.I really hope that you have a change of heart!! Jesus is REAL and I know that deep down inside, you don't belive what u are saying. He LOVES YOU!! Thank God for Jesus. Have a blessed day SIR!! | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 24.03.2010 @ 22:02 Tasha, I hope that you get what you need in your life from your beliefs. It would be sad if all that trouble learning these ancient beliefs, rituals and a whole world view would go to waste if you just accepted the world as it really is. Sarah [Visitor] 22.07.2010 @ 03:37 Well said, jaskaw. I've never met an atheist who wished ill for anyone, be they Christian, Muslim or Jew, and that right there affords me the courage of my convictions. Tasha - Jesus was a man and he died and that is all. However, the universe is beautiful without the delusions and fears created by religion; it's such a shame you'll waste your life not seeing that.

Danish police shoot intruder at cartoonist's home
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8437433.stm

"Danish police have shot and wounded a man at the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad sparked an international row. Mr Westergaard was at home in Aarhus when a man broke in armed with a knife. Police arrived and shot the man after Mr Westergaard pressed a panic alarm. Danish officials said the intruder was a 28-year-old Somali linked to the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia. " Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8437433.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jyllands-Posten_Muhammad_cartoons_controversy "The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy began after twelve editorial cartoons, most of which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad, were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on 30 September 2005. The newspaper announced that this publication was an attempt to contribute to the debate regarding criticism of Islam and self-censorship. This led to protests across the Muslim world, some of which escalated into violence with police firing on the crowds (resulting in more than 100 deaths, all together), including setting fire to the Danish Embassies in Syria, Lebanon and Iran, storming European buildings, and desecrating the Danish, Dutch, Norwegian and German flags in Gaza City. While a number of Muslim leaders called for protesters to remain peaceful, other Muslim leaders across the globe, including Mahmoud al-Zahar of Hamas, issued death threats. Various groups, primarily in the Western world, responded by endorsing the Danish policies, including "Buy Danish" campaigns and other displays of support. Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen described the controversy as Denmark's worst international crisis since World War II."

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Daniel Dennett - The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Uncut Interviews
http://www.youtube.com/user/richarddawkinsdotnet "Richard Dawkins interviews Dan Dennett for "The Genius of Charles Darwin", the Channel 4 UK TV program which won British Broadcasting Awards' "Best Documentary Series" of 2008. This footage was shot with the intention of editing for a television program. What you see here is the full extended interview, which includes a lot of rough camera transitions that were edited out of the final program (along with a lot of content." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dennett "Daniel Clement Dennett (born March 28, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American philosopher whose research centers on philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and a University Professor at Tufts University. Dennett is a noted secularist as well as being a prominent advocate of the Brights movement."

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The new blasphemy law in Ireland causes fears of prosecution
Blasphemy Ireland in Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/group.php?gid=190675270453 Baz Grant sent today the following message to the members of Blasphemy Ireland: "Subject: Email to All Embassies in Ireland Hi all, Just writing to let you know that I have just emailed all of the various embassies in Ireland, informing them of the new blasphemy legislation so that they might warn their citizens of the potential risk of prosecution should they insult or grossly abuse any sacredly held beliefs of any religious group while they are visiting or residing here. I also copied in as many Irish media outlets as possible as well as the Minister for Justice, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Tourism (who is from my own constituency. There has already been a huge amount of international reporting of Atheist Ireland's 25 blasphemous quotations and, hopefully, more international humiliation can be brought to bare on the Irish government. The full text of my email is below. All the Best Baz Your Excellencies, I am writing to inform you of a new piece of legislation which has been introduced in the Republic of Ireland since January 1st of this year. The legislation relates to the crime of 'Blasphemous Libel' and is enshrined in the Defamation Act 2009. The relevant section is worded thus: 36.ō(1) A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding ‫.000,52أ‬ (2) For the purposes of this section, a person publishes or utters blasphemous matter ifō (a) he or she publishes or utters matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion, and (b) he or she intends, by the publication or utterance of the matter concerned, to cause such outrage. (3) It shall be a defence to proceedings for an offence under this section for the defendant to prove that a reasonable person would find genuine literary, artistic, political, scientific, or academic value in the matter to which the offence relates. (4) In this section religion does not include an organisation or cultō (a) the principal object of which is the making of profit, or (b) that employs oppressive psychological manipulationō (i) of its followers, or (ii) for the purpose of gaining new followers. Please be advised that this legislation will effect all persons visiting or residing in Ireland, regardless of nationality. This issue has already been raised with the European Commission by Swedish Member of

Parliament, Karl Sigfrid. You may wish to advise visitors to the Republic or Ireland from your nations of the potential risk should they choose to express an opinion on any matters held sacred by the adherents of any religion. For example, it is conceivable that a substantial number of the adherents of a religion may make a complaint about a person should they utter or publish the following statements, all of which are core tenets of major world religions, but which are also considered to be insulting or grossly abusive (blasphemous) to other world religions: 1. Jesus Christ is the son of God. 2. Allah is the one true God. 3. The Judeo-Christian God is the one true God. As you can clearly see from the above, rather innocuous, statements; all visitors to and residents of Ireland must be extremely careful when expressing their opinions publicly. May I suggest that potential visitors to Ireland from your nations be informed of this legislation in advance of traveling, as they may be under the impression that, in coming to an EU member state, they have an automatic right to freedom of expression. Best Regards Barry Grant, Free Speech Campaigner Blasphemy Ireland Facebook Group (Creator/Administrator)" by jaskaw @ 03.01.2010 - 23:50:38 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/03/stoning-for-blasphemy-by-monty-python-7687812/

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Stephen Kay [Visitor] 04.01.2010 @ 09:16 Do the majority of the people of Ireland care that freedom of speech has been effectivly outlawed? What do the opinion polls say? Moe [Visitor] 04.01.2010 @ 11:13 "(4) In this section “religion” does not include an organisation or cult— (a) the principal object of which is the making of profit, or (b) that employs oppressive psychological manipulation— (i) of its followers, or (ii) for the purpose of gaining new followers." With this definition not even the catholics are a religion. Or how do they finance the pope's golden rings and their missions all over the world? And the "oppressive psychological manipulation" is clearly shown by the all-seeing, all-mighty god that they believe in. Well, let's wait for the first ridiculous trials. Baz [Visitor] http://blasphemy-law-ireland.blogspot.com 07.01.2010 @ 12:29 A short film detailing the history and context of the Irish Blasphemy Legislation. http://blasphemy-law-ireland.blogspot.com/2010/01/everybody-knows-what-blasphemy-is-short.html

Fox News Anchor: Tiger Woods Should 'Turn to the Christian Faith'
Read more at: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/01/04/brit-hume-tiger-woods-should-turn-to-the-christian-faith/ On "Fox News Sunday" yesterday, Fox anchor Brit Hume suggested that Tiger Woods should trade his Buddhist faith for Christianity if he wants to make a personal comback. When host Chris Wallace asked the show's roundtable to predict the biggest sports story of 2010, Hume said:: "Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person I think is a very open question, and it's a tragic situation for him. I think he's lost his family, it's not clear to me if he'll be able to have a relationship with his children, but the Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value dies out of this scandal -- the extent to which he can recover -- seems to me to depend on his faith. He's said to be a Buddhist; I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.'"

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Moss [Visitor] 05.01.2010 @ 00:02 Arguments against Buddhism: http://kwelos.tripod.com/argumentsagainstbuddhism.htm

VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilayanur_Ramachandran "Vilayanur Subramanian "Rama" Ramachandran is a neurologist born in 1951, best known for his work in the fields of behavioral neurology and psychophysics. He is currently the Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Professor in the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Ramachandran initially obtained an M.D. at Stanley Medical College in Madras, India, and subsequently obtained a Ph.D. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. Ramachandran s early work was on visual perception but he is best known for his experiments in behavioral neurology which, despite their apparent simplicity, have had a profound impact on the way we think about the brain. Ramachandran has been elected to fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford, and the Royal Institution, London (which also awarded him the Henry Dale Medal). He gave the 2003 BBC Reith Lectures and was conferred the title of Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2007. He has been called The Marco Polo of neuroscience by Richard Dawkins and "the modern Paul Broca" by Eric Kandel. Newsweek magazine named him a member of "The Century Club", one of the "hundred most prominent people to watch" in the 21st century."

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Flavio Musa de Freitas Guimaraes [Visitor] http://www.freitasguimaraes.net 09.03.2010 @ 19:00 I'd LIke to have the written text of this conferenve. Attentively, Flavio

"The God Fraud" - Sam Harris owns Karen Armstrong
Read more at: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/12/18/the_god_fraud

Best-selling atheist author Sam Harris pushes back against Karen Armstrong's sympathetic take on religion. "In her article ("Think Again: God," November 2009), Karen Armstrong discovers that Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and I have mistaken "fundamentalism" for the totality of religion. (Sorry about that.) But do Richard and Christopher really hold religion responsible for "all human cruelty"? That is a surprise. I hadn't realized that they were idiots. In any case, I am hopeful that Armstrong's winsome depiction of Islam will shame and enlighten them, as it has me. They will discover that Hassan al-Banna and Tariq Ramadan are paragons of meliorism and wisdom, while we are ignorant bigots who know nothing of theology (of course), politics (Christopher, are you listening?), human nature (what's to know?), or the proper limits of science (um ... narrower?) I can't quite remember how we got it into our heads that jihad was linked to violence. (Might it have had something to do with the actual history and teachings of Islam?) And how could we have been so foolish as to connect the apparently inexhaustible supply of martyrs in the Muslim world to the Islamic doctrine of martyrdom? In my own defense, let me say that I do get spooked whenever Western Muslims advocate the murder of apostates (as 36 percent of Muslim young adults do in Britain). But I now know that these freedom-loving people just "want to see God reflected more clearly in public life. I will call my friend Ayaan Hirsi Ali at once and encourage her to come out of hiding: Come on out, dear. Karen says the coast is clear. As it turns out, those people who have been calling for your murder don't understand Islam any better than we do." Read more at: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/12/18/the_god_fraud

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Call to fix creationist abuse of the DMCA in YouTube
AndromedasWake's channel in YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AndromedasWake The YouTube Censorship Reform: http://code.google.com/p/gdata-issues/issues/detail?id=1743 The petition mentioned in video is here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/StopYouTubeCensorship by jaskaw @ 06.01.2010 - 13:45:37 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/06/call-to-fix-creationist-abuse-of-the-dmca-in-youtube-7702225/

Are We 'Hard-Wired' for God?
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-zuckerman/are-we-hard-wired-for-god_b_411089.html

By Phil Zuckerman "In the Los Angeles Times last week, conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg asserted that religion is a natural, innate component to being human. All people, he claims, have a religious need or spiritual proclivity. Faith, according to Goldberg, is actually an "instinct." Humans are simply "hard-wired" to believe. Really? While it is usually Goldberg's right-wing, war-loving, earth-hating, greed-adoring, health-care-deploring opinions than I object to, in this particular instance, my problem with Goldberg is strictly factual. He can marshal all the philosophical musing he wants in an attempt to paint faith as a humanly universal, but the social science is clear: hundreds of millions of people are not spiritual or religious. Secularity is an undeniable fact of human existence, rendering the oft-touted declaration that humans are essentially or "naturally" religious manifestly untenable. While empirical reality rarely matters much when religion is the topic, this one particular fact is still important and must be publicly pronounced in response to Goldberg's assertion: many millions of humans are not "hard-wired" for God. --The bottom line is that while faith, religion, and spirituality are certainly common and widespread, they are not innate. When it comes to social phenomena, ubiquity must never be mistaken for biology. Yes, most people are religiously inclined. But many are not. Why is this simple truth so hard for the likes of Goldberg to accept?" Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-zuckerman/are-we-hard-wired-for-god_b_411089.html http://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/zuckerman/ by jaskaw @ 06.01.2010 - 19:21:03 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/06/are-we-hard-wired-for-god-7704192/

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jim douthit [Visitor] http://www.jimdouthit.com 07.01.2010 @ 06:56 Goldberg is right. Evolution has hard-wired us for God and for religion. So What?! We are also an innately violent species. So What?! We have brains and reason and free will and can overcome violent instincts. And what's with all the name-calling at Goldberg? Except for his religious leanings, he right on in his columns: he believes the government exists to protect rights, not to take away rights. He believes in equality before the law, free speech, capitalism (where men trade with each other instead of kill each other), individual rights (there are no other kinds)... Stop name-calling, pick out a particular stance of Goldberg's, say what's wrong with it and why. jd

Blasphemy Battles Continue at the United Nations
Read more at: http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2010-01-blasphemy-battles-continue-at-the-united-nations

By MATT CHERRY "Blasphemy!" It's a cry as old as freethought, perhaps as old as religion. It's also a crime wherever religion can get enough control of government to impose it. And now anti-blasphemy laws are making a comeback-at the United Nations of all places. If the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has its way, the U.N. will impose a global blasphemy law under the guise of combating "defamation of religions." The OIC, which represents 56 countries with significant Muslim populations, has been sponsoring U.N. resolutions against "defamation of religions" since 1999. --OIC has opened a second front at the U.N. in Geneva. The obscure Ad-Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards is debating whether to add an amendment about "defamation of religions" to the International Covenant on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Since ICERD has the force of international law, the amendment would outlaw "defamation of religion" in all countries that ratify it. The fight for freedom of conscience goes on." Read more at: http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2010-01-blasphemy-battles-continue-at-the-united-nations by jaskaw @ 07.01.2010 - 12:38:10 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/07/blasphemy-battles-continue-at-the-united-nations-7708317/

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deleted user [Visitor] 07.01.2010 @ 13:44 maailmas o paljo vääryyttä,mut onko sillai,ett jos ohjelma tai muu laite on yhteensopiva vistan kans,se on sitä automaattisesti seiskankin kanssa? deleted user [Visitor] 07.01.2010 @ 13:44 maailmas o paljo vääryyttä,mut onko sillai,ett jos ohjelma tai muu laite on yhteensopiva vistan kans,se on sitä automaattisesti seiskankin kanssa? | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 08.01.2010 @ 21:07 On.

Iran: The World's Biggest Journalist Prison
Read more at: http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=27647&tr=y&auid=5785085

Written by Benjamin Joffe-Walt "With over 40 journalists now detained, Iran has become the world's largest media prison. Iran has become the country with the largest number of imprisoned journalists following the sentencing of two journalists to prison terms of at least six years each, bringing the total number of journalists currently detained in the Islamic Republic to 42. Bahman Ahmadi Amoui, a well known reformist journalist arrested in June for criticizing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's economic policies, was sentenced Monday to over seven years imprisonment and 34 lashes by a Tehran revolutionary court. The same day, 36 parliamentarians supportive of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad drafted a bill that would require the execution of government critics detained as mohareb (enemies of God) within five days of their arrest. The bill also calls for the period of time allotted for appeals in cases of public order disturbances or moharebeh (war against God) to be brought down from 25 days to five days.! Read more at: http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=27647&tr=y&auid=5785085 by jaskaw @ 08.01.2010 - 00:10:44 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/07/iran-the-world-s-biggest-journalist-prison-7712193/

Everybody Knows What Blasphemy Is
Everybody Knows What Blasphemy Is - Part 1

Everybody Knows What Blasphemy Is - Part 2

The maker of film, "WellBoyFilms" says: "Here is a short film I made about the Blasphemy Legislation in Ireland. The legislation came into effect on January 1st 2010. This event, along with Atheist Ireland's publishing of 25 blasphemous quotations was reported widely outside of Ireland, but the Irish media have shown very little interest to date. Some notes on the film: I wrote the script using quotes either from Irish politicians speaking in the houses of parliament (oireachtas) or through the media or in email communications directly with me. The film was shot on the spur of the moment as an actor friend was visiting my wife and I. We shot against green-screen in our spare-room with the actors reading off cue-cards as we had no time to rehearse or learn lines. Also, yours truly here very cleverly had the wrong attenuation setting on the camera so I created a vicious buzzing sound on the audio track, remnants of which have stubbornly survived to the final cut. My apologies to one and all for that one! So, please bear in mind that this was more of an impassioned exercise in raising awareness in this ridiculous impingement on the free speech of all residents of, and visitors to, Ireland - than an exercise in achieving prize-wining production quality. On that note, I give you - "Everybody Knows What Blasphemy Is" by jaskaw @ 08.01.2010 - 09:26:40 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/08/everybody-knows-what-blasphemy-is-7713431/

Fox News' Shameless Christian Crusade
Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/144986/fox_news%27_shameless_christian_crusade

By Simon S. Maloy, Media Matters for America. "At Fox News, religion is easy: Christianity is right and good and must be defended from its relentless persecutors, and other faiths are dangerous, inadequate, or a joke. Religion is ... tough. The collected spiritual teachings of the world's various deities, messiahs, prophets, monks, yogis, gurus, and shamans are so deeply ingrained in human culture and consciousness that they essentially tell the history of mankind. Their cosmological and philosophical differences have proved to be stubbornly intractable and provided the impetus for many of humanity's more brutal conflicts. The greatest minds of the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds have devoted entire lifetimes delving into the deepest questions that face mankind. But for Fox News, religion is easy: Christianity is right and good and must be defended from its relentless persecutors, and other faiths are dangerous, inadequate, or funny." Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/144986/fox_news%27_shameless_christian_crusade by jaskaw @ 09.01.2010 - 19:20:38 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/09/fox-news-shameless-christian-crusade-7722487/

Beyond belief
Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/national/beyond-belief-20100109-m00z.html

By MICHAEL BACHELARD --These three Australians are united by a religious upbringing. But in the past few years all have been united by something entirely different. They've shucked off their faith and become part of a growing world-wide movement - atheism. What is driving this move is a matter for debate. Some say it's a reaction against religious terrorism, fundamentalism. Others that the habit of Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott, Tony Blair and others of wearing their religion US-style on their sleeves has prompted a backlash, with people concerned about the political lobbying power of faith. Still others believe the children of 1960s hippies have grown up without strong childhood indoctrination and are now embracing rationalism and science. The new atheism is bigger, more organised, and much more assertive than ever before. It's based on the belief that science explains everything we need to know about the world so there's no need for religion. Its founding texts are by scientist Richard Dawkins and writer Christopher Hitchens, and religion, in their eyes, is not just some harmless illusion, it's a dangerous, immoral force in society. --Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/national/beyond-belief-20100109-m00z.html by jaskaw @ 10.01.2010 - 10:49:35 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/10/beyond-belief-7725794/

Student, community groups bring together non-believers, free thinkers
Read more at: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2010/jan/09/pulling-away/

"Tony Kiegel works on aviation radar and communications systems for the Federal Aviation Administration in Evansville. He is, he says, a product of an evangelical Christian education and upbringing. And he is an atheist. Chris Graham of Evansville, a sophomore at the University of Evansville, was raised and educated in the Roman Catholic faith. He is a founding member of the UE Skeptical Society. Susan Caldwell is a North High School senior; she says she had "wanted to attend some sort of atheist youth group for a couple of years." She is disturbed, she says, by the discrimination people who do not hold traditional Christian beliefs receive at the hands of their peers "in this culture." Her North High School classmate and fellow skeptic, Spencer Mulesky, refers to it as "the ironic demonization of atheism." Read more at: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2010/jan/09/pulling-away/ by jaskaw @ 10.01.2010 - 20:41:11

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Richard Dawkins in "One on One"
One on One - Richard Dawkins - 9 Jan 10 - Part 1

One on One - Richard Dawkins - 9 Jan 10 - Part 2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_dawkins "Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS, FRSL (born 26 March 1941) is a British biological theorist with a background in ethology. He is a popular science author focusing on evolution. Dawkins is one of Britain's best-known academics. He came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term meme. In 1982, he expanded the gene-centred view with his book The Extended Phenotype:The Gene as the Unit of Selection, emphasizing that the phenotypic effects of genes are not necessarily limited to an organism's body but can stretch via biochemistry and behaviour into other organisms and the environment. He is well-known as a presenter of the case for rationalism and scientific thinking. His later works continued to expand upon these ideas and their implications. Dawkins is one of the world's most widely publicised atheists. He is a prominent critic of religion, creationism and pseudoscience. In his 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design, he argued against the watchmaker analogy, an argument for the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms. Instead, he described a dysteleological perspective on the process of evolution by natural selection as "blind", without a design or a goal. In his 2006 million-selling book The God Delusion, he contended that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist, writing that such beliefs, based on faith rather than on evidence, qualify as a delusion. He was a co-founder of the Out Campaign, as a means of advancing atheism and freethought. Dawkins retired from Oxford University in 2008 and remains a writer and public figure."

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Nicholas D. Kristof: Religions as source for oppression of women
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF "Religions derive their power and popularity in part from the ethical compass they offer. So why do so many faiths help perpetuate something that most of us regard as profoundly unethical: the oppression of women? It is not that warlords in Congo cite Scripture to justify their mass rapes (although the last warlord I met there called himself a pastor and wore a button reading rebels for Christ ). It s not that brides are burned in India as part of a Hindu ritual. And there s no verse in the Koran that instructs Afghan thugs to throw acid in the faces of girls who dare to go to school. Yet these kinds of abuses ō along with more banal injustices, like slapping a girlfriend or paying women less for their work ō arise out of a social context in which women are, often, second-class citizens. That s a context that religions have helped shape, and not pushed hard to change. --Today, when religious institutions exclude women from their hierarchies and rituals, the inevitable implication is that females are inferior. The Elders are right that religious groups should stand up for a simple ethical principle: any person s human rights should be sacred, and not depend on something as earthly as their genitals." Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_D._Kristof "Nicholas Donabet Kristof (born April 27, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American journalist, author, op-ed columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. He has written an op-ed column for The New York Times since November 2001 and is widely known for bringing to light human rights abuses in Asia and Africa, such as human trafficking and the Darfur conflict. He has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to 140 countries and all 50 states. According to his blog, during his travels he has had "unpleasant experiences with malaria, wars, an Indonesian mob carrying heads on pikes, and an African airplane crash". Jeffrey Toobin of CNN and The New Yorker, a Harvard classmate, has said: "I m not surprised to see him emerge as the moral conscience of our generation of journalists. I am surprised to see him as the Indiana Jones of our generation of journalists. by jaskaw @ 11.01.2010 - 11:13:54 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/11/nicholas-d-kristof-religions-as-source-of-oppression-of-women-7733060/

Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans
"On June 13, 2009, Robert Sapolsky, world renowned professor of neurology, neurological sciences, neurosurgery and biological sciences gave the class day lecture in association with commencement weekend 2009. Having been selected to talk by the Stanford University graduating class, Sapolsky spoke about the uniqueness of humans in relation to the rest of the animal world. A few of the topics he spoke on include aggression, theory of mind, the golden rule and pleasure." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Sapolsky "Robert Maurice Sapolsky (born 1957) is an American scientist and author. He is currently professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and by courtesy, Neurosurgery, at Stanford University. In addition, he is a research associate at the National Museums of Kenya."

As the keeper of this blog I must add a comment to this one, even if I have a long time a go adopted the policy of not commenting the things I present here, as I think that the pieces must be left to speak for themselves. I just must however say that this one of the greatest public speeches I have listened in all my life. The final sentences did just bring tears to my eyes. PS. I would however suggest that you skip the introduction that lasts for five minutes, as the real thing starts from there. by jaskaw @ 11.01.2010 - 23:19:03 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/11/robert-sapolsky-the-uniqueness-of-humans-7737388/

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Assain [Visitor] 12.01.2010 @ 09:34 Can I get the script of this speech? | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 12.01.2010 @ 09:40 Here is a partial transcript of the text at least: http://storybank.stanford.edu/stories/robert-sapolsky-explores-what-and-not-unique-about-humans

FedupwithR [Member] 15.01.2010 @ 01:00 Thank you for making this available. I totally agree it was a superb speech.

Why book bans don't prevent riots
Read more at: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/why-book-bans-don/t-prevent-riots/382412/

Nilanjana S Roy / New Delhi January 12, 2010 "I would like to propose a new form of labelling for books. Publishers should use any of the following stickers: Warning: May Offend Religious Sentiments , Potentially Blasphemous , Only Mildly Sacrilegious , or perhaps This Book Has Been Sanitised and Pre-Censored For Your Comfort . Believers of any faith would be able to bypass the book in question without fear that their sentiments would be hurt through exposure to views on atheism, the challenging of established doctrine, or malicious bigotry against a particular religion. It would insure the publisher and the author against legal challenges. And should protesters require multiple copies of an offending book to burn, they could queue up politely like the rest of us, instead of needing to ransack media or publishing houses. --The debate over RV Bhasin s book shouldn t be about the relatively non-existent merits of the book itself, but over the far more crucial principles of free speech that underpin the history of books and book-banning in India. We could start protecting the right to free speech even when that speech is something we might find personally offensive. Or we could invest in a lot of stickers." Read more at: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/why-book-bans-don/t-prevent-riots/382412/ by jaskaw @ 12.01.2010 - 11:27:48 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/12/why-book-bans-don-t-prevent-riots-7739899/

Herb Silverman; Everybody's a blasphemer
Read more at: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/herb_silverman/2010/01/everybodys_a_blasphemer.html

"Q: Atheists are others are protesting a new law in Ireland, under which a person can be found guilty of blasphemy if "he or she publishes or utters matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion." The penalty is a fine of up to about $35,000. Should Ireland or any nation have a law against blasphemy? I'm certainly no fan of that old time religion, but I do prefer that old time blasphemy to the new version that purports to be more tolerant. The old kind criminalized critiques of the one True religion, with a capital T. The new Irish kind criminalizes critiques of any religion. --You are only guilty of blasphemy when thin-skinned religionists display bad manners. The crime of blasphemy has little to do with what you say, and lots to do with how others feel: so insulted and outraged by it that they want you silenced and punished. In other words, those uncivil libertarians opposed to free speech determine what is blasphemy. --And if I said that blasphemy shouldn't be punished because it's a victimless crime, well that, too, could be considered blasphemous." Read more at: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/herb_silverman/2010/01/everybodys_a_blasphemer.html by jaskaw @ 12.01.2010 - 21:15:15 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/12/herb-silverman-everybody-s-a-blasphemer-7743114/

Muslim prisoners 'refuse to take part in group therapy as it's against religion'

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/6965825/Muslim-prisoners-refuse-to-take-part-in-group-therapy-

"Muslim prisoners are refusing to take part in group therapy sessions saying it's against their religion to talk about their 'past crimes' in front of others. Scores of Britain's 10,000 Muslim prisoners - one in eight of all inmates - are refusing to take part in Offending Behaviour Programmes (OBPs ), claiming it is 'forbidden' or 'Haraam'. Haraam refers to anything that is prohibited by faith, and in Islamic culture criminals are barred from discussing their offences with others. Previously, Muslim prisoners refused to take part in Sex Offender Treatment Programmes because it involved talking about offences against women, but now some are refusing to take part in all rehabilitation sessions where they have to 'open up' in front of other cons."

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/6965825/Muslim-prisoners-refuse-to-take-part-in-group-therapyby jaskaw @ 12.01.2010 - 23:35:48

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How Iran intimidates protesters abroad
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By SEAN EMERY THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER "IRVINE In July, a UC Irvine student was photographed watching a campus rally about the opposition to the Iranian government. Five months later, she says her relatives in Iran were visited and questioned by government officials who had apparently seen the photo on the Orange County Register's Web site. Expert and local organizers describe the visit as part of an Iranian government effort to use the Internet to identify protestors and harass family members. A worldwide movement that has relied heavily on Web sites such as Twitter and Facebook to express opposition to Iranian authorities has found they aren't the only ones taking advantage of social networking and media coverage; Iranian government forces are apparently using those same tools to hold citizens accountable for their relatives' actions outside the country. The now-former UCI student, whose photo and name ran along with the July article, recently contacted the Register and successfully asked that the picture be removed from the publication's Web site. The woman who said she was an observer at the rally, but not a participant, and is not being named due to her safety concerns said she was frightened by news of the visit and worried for her relatives' safety." Read more at: http://www.blogs.fi/admin/b2edit.php?blog=599716&force_sdata=1&use_old_editor=1 by jaskaw @ 13.01.2010 - 20:28:58 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/13/how-iran-intimidates-protesters-abroad-7749416/

Robertson: Haiti had pact with devil
Pat Robertson on the Haiti earthquake: "[The people of Haiti] got together and swore a pact to the devil." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Robertson "Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson (born March 22, 1930)is an American televangelist. He is the founder of numerous organizations and corporations, including the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), the Christian Coalition, Flying Hospital, International Family Entertainment Inc., Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation, and Regent University. He is the host of The 700 Club, a Christian TV program airing on channels throughout the United States and on CBN affiliates worldwide. Robertson is a Southern Baptist and was active as an ordained minister with that denomination for many years, but holds to a charismatic theology not traditionally common among Southern Baptists. He unsuccessfully campaigned to become the Republican Party's nominee in the 1988 presidential election. As a result of his seeking political office, he no longer serves in an official role for any church. His media and financial resources make him a recognized, influential, and controversial public voice for conservative Christianity in the United States." by jaskaw @ 13.01.2010 - 22:57:32 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/13/robertson-haiti-had-pact-with-devil-7750350/

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base [Visitor] 13.01.2010 @ 23:01 ohhh shit some people :@ Gina [Visitor] 13.01.2010 @ 23:52 WTF?!?! Are there people who actually believe and follow this moron? And why do the media even give a hoot about him? Isn't it obvious that lunacy is running through his veins? Ugh!!! Michael [Visitor] 13.01.2010 @ 23:58 Roberton may be a nut but he's not Southern Baptist. He's Pentecostal. Imma Athiest [Visitor] http://www.facebook.com/goddamnathiest?ref=profile 14.01.2010 @ 07:05 That's why my friends child refers to Pat Robertson's show as the "Pat Robertson Comedy Hour." Sasha [Visitor] 14.01.2010 @ 16:24 People that object to Pat's comments about Haiti don't know what took place before the Haitian Revolution. If they did, they would understand that what he says is correct. HOWEVER, please do not misunderstand... This does not mean we should not help the Haitians. Our job is to love one another and treat each other the way we want to be treated. He cares about helping them and hopefully this tragedy will be an opportunity to rebuild the nation which was suffering before this happened, though now even more so. So, before you call someone an idiot or a lunatic, please read about Haitian History and what took place in a Vodou ceremony before the revolution. | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 14.01.2010 @ 16:43 Haitis basic problems are not caused by supernatural phenomena or agents, but a very natural circle of poverty and political backwardness that has been mainly caused by this poverty. DrKeithCurrie [Visitor] http://www.chiropracticmarketingsecret.com 14.01.2010 @ 21:11 Lets pray for preacher Pat Robertson So that he can come out from such mind. We must pray for Haitian So that they over such a massive disaster.

DrKeithCurrie [Visitor] http://www.chiropracticmarketingsecret.com 14.01.2010 @ 21:13 Lets pray for preacher Pat Robertson So that he can come out from such mind. We must pray for Haitian So that they over such a massive disaster. DrKeithCurrie [Visitor] http://www.chiropracticmarketingsecret.com 14.01.2010 @ 21:15 Lets pray for preacher Pat Robertson So that he can come out from such mind. We must pray for Haitian So that they over such a massive disaster.

Bad Faith Awards 2009: Pope Benedict XVI emerges victorious
Read more at: http://newhumanist.org.uk/2205/bad-faith-awards-2009-pope-benedict-xvi-emerges-victorious

Every year, New Humanist presents its Bad Faith Award to the individual deemed by readers to have made the most outstanding contribution to the cause of unreason. Last year saw a runaway victory for erstwhile US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, as she romped home with a stunning 33 per cent of the vote. The polls for this year s award opened in November, and once again they produced a clear winner the Holy Father himself, Pope Benedict XVI. He polled an enormous 32 per cent of the 7,037 votes cast here's a pie chart breaking it all down, and below is the order in which the ten contenders came: Winner of the 2009 Bad Faith Award: Pope Benedict XVI (2,287 votes) 2nd place: Adnan Oktar AKA Harun Yahya (1,308 votes) 3rd place: British Chiropractic Association (1,103 votes) 4th place: Tony Blair (641 votes) 5th place: Terry Eagleton & Karen Armstrong (454 votes) 6th place: Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor (426 votes) Read more at: http://newhumanist.org.uk/2205/bad-faith-awards-2009-pope-benedict-xvi-emerges-victorious

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Rachel Maddow- Haitian ambassador shames Pat Robertson
http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/ht/34.1/thomson.html "By November, having lost more than 40,000 troops in battle or from disease, France surrendered and was forced to leave the island.19 Napoleon's legendary army had been defeated by former slaves with no formal military training. The historical impact of the Haitian Revolution would extend far beyond the small Caribbean island. Without control of the crown jewel of its planned empire, France saw the Louisiana territory as a useless drain on its resources. Needing money for his renewed war with England, Napoleon sold the vast Louisiana territory to the United States on April 30, 1803, for about four cents an acre. With this abrupt act, France removed itself as a power in the Western Hemisphere." http://www.gatewayno.com/history/LaPurchase.html "First, however, he had to restore French control of Hispaniola, where Haitian slaves under TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE had seized power (1801). In 1802 a large army sent by Napoleon under his brother-in-law, Charles Leclerc, arrived on the island to suppress the Haitian rebellion. Despite some military success, the French lost thousands of soldiers, mainly to yellow fever, and Napoleon soon realized that Hispaniola must be abandoned. Without that island he had little use for Louisiana. Facing renewed war with Great Britain, he could not spare troops to defend the territory; he needed funds, moreover, to support his military ventures in Europe. Accordingly, in April 1803 he offered to sell Louisiana to the United States." by jaskaw @ 15.01.2010 - 14:50:02 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/15/rachel-maddow-haitian-ambassador-shames-pat-robertson-7760257/

Televangelist Robertson is Likely Possessed by Satan
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/valerie-tarico/televangelist-robertson-i_b_424231.html

by Valerie Tarico Author of "The Dark Side: How Evangelical Teachings Corrupt Love and Truth," and founder, WisdomCommons.org "It appears that televangelist Pat Robertson is in the thrall of Satan, according to spiritual warriors, Drs. Valerie Tarico and Marlene Winell. "It's the only possible explanation," said Tarico. "How else can we make sense of his repeated attempts to humiliate both God and Christianity in the wake of recent natural disasters." Tarico spotted what she saw as a suspicious pattern after Robertson's recent remarks about the devastation in Haiti. --Our reporter pointed out that similar comments have been made by Islamic leaders about natural disasters. --Both Tarico and Winell saw this as confirmation of their hypothesis. To quote Tarico: "Anyone who listens to Reverend Hagee knows that Muslim leaders are controlled by Satan himself. And now you tell me they have been using words that are virtually identical to those of Falwell and Robertson?! Fawzan Al . . . It sounds a lot like Falwell, doesn't it. Look no further." Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/valerie-tarico/televangelist-robertson-i_b_424231.html by jaskaw @ 16.01.2010 - 14:05:25 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/16/televangelist-robertson-is-likely-possessed-by-satan-7765921/

85 sharia courts in UK, says report
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/8581818

Press Association, Monday June 29 2009 "There are as many as 85 sharia courts operating in Britain, according to a new report. Academic Denis MacEoin, the report's author, said the existence of the courts practising Islamic law could lead to different legal standards being applied to Muslim and non-Muslim citizens. He said many of the courts operate out of mosques and their rulings are closed off to non-Muslims. In previous reports it was claimed there were only five sharia courts in the UK, working in London, Manchester, Bradford, Birmingham and Nuneaton. He said: "This is not a matter of eating halal meat or seeking God's blessing on one's marriage. It is a challenge to what we believe to be the rights and freedoms of the individual, to our concept of a legal system based on what parliament enacts, and to the right of all of us to live in a society as free as possible from ethnic-religious division or communal claims to superiority and a special status that puts them in some respects above the law to which we are all bound." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/8581818 by jaskaw @ 16.01.2010 - 20:15:47 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/16/85-sharia-courts-in-uk-says-report-7767997/

Non-Believers Giving Aid: a religion-free way to help disaster victims
Read more and donate at: http://givingaid.richarddawkins.net/

"Spurred by the horrific suffering in Haiti, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS) has set up a dedicated bank account and PayPal facility to collect donations to non-religious relief organizations. This new account is in the new name of Non-Believers Giving Aid, with all of the money donated being distributed to disaster relief. Clearly the immediate need is for the suffering people of Haiti, and all the money raised by this current appeal will go that cause, but the new account will remain available for future emergencies too. There are, of course, many ways for you to donate to relief organizations already, but doing it through Non-Believers Giving Aid offers some advantages: 1. 100% of your donation will be go to these charities: not even the PayPal fees will be deducted from your donation, since Richard will personally donate a sum to cover the cost of these (capped at $10,000). This means that more of your money will reach the people in need. 2. When donating via Non-Believers Giving Aid, you are helping to counter the scandalous myth that only the religious care about their fellow-humans. It goes without saying that your donations will only be passed on to aid organizations that do not have religious affiliations. In the case of Haiti, the two organizations we have chosen are: * Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans Frontières) * International Red Cross" Organizations and supporters actively involved in this effort: Atheist Alliance International Atheists United The British Humanist Association James Randi Educational Foundation Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers Pharyngula The Reason Project The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science The Skeptics Society Read more and donate at: http://givingaid.richarddawkins.net/

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BBC - The Secret Life of Chaos (2010)
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BBC says: "Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand. It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has asked for millennia - how did we get here? In this documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover one of the great mysteries of science - how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? How does order emerge from disorder." by jaskaw @ 17.01.2010 - 17:43:58 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/17/bbc-the-secret-life-of-chaos-7774573/

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Anders [Visitor] http://www.infidels.org 19.01.2010 @ 14:18 One of the most amazing and interesting documentary I have ever seen.

Making Darwin the Legend a Man Again
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/movies/17creation.html

By SYLVIANE GOLD Published: January 14, 2010 "PALE, winded, a blanket draped across his twitching knees, a sick, despondent man confides his woes to the minister who has stopped by. Stretching a sympathetic arm around the man s shoulders, the minister murmurs, God moves in mysterious ways. Yes, yes, the man agrees with a glower, adding that he has endowed us ō in all his blessed generosity ō with not one but 900 species of intestinal worm. As a comeback the line may not rank with Make my day. But 900 species of intestinal worm is a pretty fair rebuttal to the idea of a beneficent creator, and the minister doesn t try to argue. He retreats, insulted by his old friend s hostility. It s not the only moment that finds the forces of religion in retreat in Creation, Jon Amiel s new film about Charles Darwin. And if arguments about the existence of God were not enough to mark Creation as, well, highly unorthodox, the movie also dares to be unapologetically eclectic in style, incorporating elements of historical drama, psychological thriller, horror, romance and ghost story in recounting, with minimal fictional flourishes, how Darwin came to publish his landmark theory of evolution by natural selection." Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/movies/17creation.html by jaskaw @ 17.01.2010 - 19:25:59 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/17/making-darwin-the-legend-a-man-again-7775230/

Some Haitians See Hand of God in Earthquake
Read more at: http://www.sphere.com/world/article/some-haitians-see-hand-of-god-in-earthquake/19320241

Michelle Faul, AP "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 17) - Deeply religious Haitians see the hand of God in the destruction of biblical proportions visited on their benighted country. The quake, religious leaders said Sunday, is evidence that He wants change. Exactly what change He wants depends on the faith: Some Christians say it's a sign that Haitians must deepen their faith, while some Voodoo followers see God's judgment on corruption among the country's mostly light-skinned elite. --And in that sense, the earthquake seems to have been counterproductive in terms of salvation. "How could He do this to us?" cried Remi Polevard, who said his five children lie beneath in the rubble of a home near St. Gerard University. "There is no God." Sunday night, as downtown residents began burning some of the bodies that have been rotting on the streets for five days, a woman walking by in an orange dress pulled out a copy of the Bible. She flung it into the fire." Read more at: http://www.sphere.com/world/article/some-haitians-see-hand-of-god-in-earthquake/19320241 by jaskaw @ 18.01.2010 - 22:31:08 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/18/some-haitians-see-hand-of-god-in-earthquake-7783072/

U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes
Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=9575794

by JOSEPH RHEE, TAHMAN BRADLEY and BRIAN ROSS Jan. 18, 2010 ō "Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found. U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious "Crusade" in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents. One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Other references include citations from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as "the light of the world." John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=9575794 by jaskaw @ 19.01.2010 - 12:34:48 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/19/u-s-military-weapons-inscribed-with-secret-jesus-bible-codes-7785967/

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Haiti's "pact with the devil" myth explained
Read more at: http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2010/01/13/haiti_satan_pact?source=newsletter

How Pat Robertson turned a country's origin myth into a cheap invocation of Satanism BY THOMAS ROGERS "One of the most callous reactions to the Haiti disaster thus far has come from televangelist Pat Robertson, who told viewers of his Christian Broadcasting Network on Wednesday morning that he knew the real reason for the quake: The country's long-standing pact with Satan. But is it a true story? We spoke with Andrew Apter, professor of history and anthopology at UCLA, about Haiti's voodoo traditions, the ignorance behind the evangelical community's distortions and the real cause of suffering in the third-world country. Is there any truth to what Pat Robertson is saying? Of course not! Haitians are Christians. Pat Robertson's language is the reductio ad absurdum of the Christian right. It's so absurd it's almost funny. This notion of a pact with the devil is basically an echo of an old colonial response to the successes of the 1790s Haitian revolution. --This is hate speech. It's saying these people are damned. It's a frequent theme among some Christians that Haiti is being punished for this supposed pact with extreme poverty and humanitarian crises. Tragically, many evangelical Christians in Haiti may actually, in their own extreme confusion and suffering and desperation, believe that God is punishing them." Read more at: http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2010/01/13/haiti_satan_pact?source=newsletter by jaskaw @ 20.01.2010 - 10:48:57 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/20/haiti-s-pact-with-the-devil-myth-explained-7792609/

The Creation "Museum" in Vanity Fair
Read more at: http://ncse.com/news/2010/01/creation-museum-vanity-fair-005287

"A. A. Gill reports on his visit to Answers in Genesis's Creation "Museum" in the February 2010 issue of Vanity Fair ō "a breathtakingly literal march through Genesis, without any hint of soul." "The Creation Museum isn't really a museum at all," Gill writes. "It's an argument. It's not even an argument. It's the ammunition for an argument. It is the Word made into bullets. An armory of righteous revisionism. ... This place doesn't just take on evolution ō it squares off with geology, anthropology, paleontology, history, chemistry, astronomy, zoology, biology, and good taste. It directly and boldly contradicts most -onomies and all -ologies, including most theology. Accompanying Gill was the actor Paul Bettany, who plays Charles Darwin in the film Creation. (Creation premieres in the United States on January 22, 2010, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Boston. Remember, a strong opening weekend improves the chances that the film will subsequently appear in further cities, so NCSE encourages its members and friends to show up in force!) A number of Bettany's photographs from their visit to the Creation "Museum" appear on Vanity Fair's website, although he seems to have missed the ceratopsian accoutered with a saddle (photographed by Daniel Phelps)." Read more at: http://ncse.com/news/2010/01/creation-museum-vanity-fair-005287 by jaskaw @ 20.01.2010 - 22:48:50 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/20/the-creation-museum-in-vanity-fair-7843781/

Religious riots spread despite Nigerian troops
Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/religious-riots-spread-despite-nigerian-troops-1874226.html

Almost 500 believed dead after clashes between Muslims and Christians By Alex Duval Smith "Sectarian violence spread to two more cities in central Nigeria last night, after troops brought calm to Jos by forcing residents to stay indoors. As street clashes broke out in Pankshin and Mangu, one report said 464 people had died in Jos, where the fighting between Christians and Muslims began on Sunday. "The figure sounds credible," said local reporter Bashir Ibrahim Idris, "but it is impossible to verify due to the 24-hour curfew". The trouble apparently began when Kadir Mohammed, a Muslim technician with the Energy Commission, decided to return to his house in Nasarawa, which is now a densely-populated Christian area, and was prevented from entering. The ensuing stand-off saw Christians stone Muslim youths who burnt a Catholic church. Reports vary of who started the violence."

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Muhammad Cartoonist Defiant After Attack
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By Henryk M. Broder "Four years ago, Kurt Westergaard triggered a bitter clash of cultures with his cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad. On New Year's Day, a young Muslim from Somalia tried to kill him with a knife and an ax. Despite having to live under constant protection, the Danish cartoonist refuses to give up. He supports himself with a cane as he stands in the hallway, staring at the demolished bathroom door. A sheet of particleboard has been nailed to the door to hold it together, but the indentations from the ax are still visible in the frame, where some of the wood was chipped off. In a few days, workers will install a steel door and an alarm system, and a pavilion will be built in the garden for the police officers assigned to protect him. Kurt Westergaard's house has to be turned into a fortress. --"It is simply absurd that you have to fear for your life in your own house and your own country, because, as a cartoonist, you have an opinion that others don't like." He says that he has also poked fun at Christianity, and once drew a cartoon of Jesus stepping down from the cross in an Armani suit. "People were upset about that, too, but it was all over after a week." Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/a-672716.html by jaskaw @ 21.01.2010 - 22:49:00 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/21/muhammad-cartoonist-defiant-after-attack-7849911/

The Bible Is True!
The Chaser's War on Everything was an Australian television satirical comedy series broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) television station ABC1. It has won an AFI Award. The cast perform sketches mocking social and political issues, and often feature comedic publicity stunts. The series is produced by the Australian satirical group, The Chaser, consisting of Chris Taylor, Julian Morrow, Craig Reucassel, Andrew Hansen, and Chas Licciardello. Fellow Chaser members Dominic Knight and Charles Firth are not part of the regular on-screen cast. However, Knight is a writer, and Firth compiled roving reports for the show from the United States, until he left the group to start a satirical newspaper in mid-2007. The show premiered on 17 February 2006 and has since produced 58 episodes, broadcast over three seasons between 2006 to 2007 as well as during 2009. The first season was broadcast at an unstable late timeslot on Friday nights. The second and third seasons were broadcast in a more favourable timeslot of Wednesdays at 9 pm. The show did not return in 2008, but returned on the 27th of May 2009 for the third season featuring only ten episodes. by jaskaw @ 22.01.2010 - 19:18:07 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/22/the-bible-is-true-7854837/

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Jerzy [Visitor] 23.01.2010 @ 11:05 Perhaps 63% believe in Bible but hardly anybody reads it. Thats why they think it is historical and literally true story. I talked to many belivers in Poland. Some never had Bible in hands at all.

Ricky Gervais takes a philosophical turn
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--With "The Invention of Lying," out earlier this week (DVD, Blu-ray, PG-13), Gervais takes his shtick into another inventive area. Co-written and co-directed by Gervais (with Matthew Robinson), "Lying" sets up an alternative universe in which all people tell the truth at all times. It's a world in which humans do not possess a "lying gene," which eliminates such stuff as storytelling. In this world, Pepsi signs read, "For when they don't have Coke," and a nursing home is a "sad place where homeless old people come to die." --What has already been a clever and funny movie then takes a clever, funny and philosophical turn. In addition to using lying to obtain money from banks and get rehired at his job, Mark tries to comfort his dying mother (Fionulla Flanagan) by telling her that a wonderful afterlife awaits her. Mark is overheard by hospital staffers and soon his story about what happens after we die makes him famous. This all leads to a remarkable scene in which Mark, now beleaguered by thousands of people who want to know more, tells those assembled that there is a "Man in the Sky" who determines all that happens on earth. People greet this amazing news with excitement, confusion and lots of questions. Although Gervais is clearly having some gentle, good-natured fun at the expense of religious belief based on faith, "The Invention of Lying" (originally entitled "This Side of the Truth") wears its atheism lightly. Gervais' humor raises questions but doesn't preach. The story runs out of gas toward the end and succumbs to some predictable conventions of romantic comedy. But it never loses its intelligence, humor or heart." Read more: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100122/ENT01/1220309?source=rss_entertainment More info in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention_of_Lying by jaskaw @ 23.01.2010 - 18:05:11 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/23/ricky-gervais-takes-a-philosophical-turn-7860241/

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RTE Prime Time Report on Ireland's Blasphemy Law
RTE Prime Time Report on Ireland's Blasphemy Law - Part 2

RTE's Prime Time Report on Ireland's Blasphemy Law - 12.01.2010. Entitled "A Holy Show". by jaskaw @ 23.01.2010 - 20:21:20 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/23/rte-prime-time-report-on-ireland-s-blasphemy-law-7860930/

Plans collapse for Britain's biggest mosque in London
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"Plans to build Britain's biggest mosque in east London have collapsed. The Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamaat wanted to create a place of worship lose to the Olympic site which could have accommodated 12,000 people. Newham Council said planning permission for land in Abbey Mills expired in 2006 and a January deadline for the group to come up with a masterplan had passed. Tablighi Jamaat, which has not been available for comment, has been told to leave the Abbey Mills site this week. It has been operating an illegal temporary mosque at Abbey Mills, which is just south of the London 2012 Olympics site in Stratford. There was strong opposition when the group unveiled its plans for the 7.3-hectare (18-acre) site. More than 48,000 people petitioned the government to prevent it." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/8465694.stm by jaskaw @ 24.01.2010 - 21:17:27 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/24/plans-collapse-for-britain-s-biggest-mosque-in-london-7866990/

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Stratford [Visitor] http://www.StratfordInternational.Info/ 24.02.2010 @ 14:40 I don't really understand how you can have an illegal place of worship- this is a real shame. People should be able to practice their beliefs wherever they feel, and the council is right, it would benefit the community, plus would be useful during the Olympics for people travelling from other areas. Tina

Holy water puts 117 Russians in the hospital
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"MOSCOW - More than 100 Russian Orthodox believers have been hospitalized after drinking holy water during Epiphany celebrations in the eastern city of Irkutsk, authorities in Siberia said. A spokesman for local investigators told The Associated Press on Monday that 117 people, including 48 children, are in the hospital complaining of acute intestinal pain after drinking water from wells around a local church last week. Many Russians consider any water obtained on Epiphany ō which they celebrate on Jan. 19 ō to be holy." Read more at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35054709/ns/world_news-europe/ by jaskaw @ 25.01.2010 - 14:37:13 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/25/holy-water-puts-117-russians-in-the-hospital-7870591/

Catholics cry foul as Celebrity Cruises drops priests from voyages
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"Celebrity Cruises this month quietly ended its long tradition of carrying Catholic priests on ships in a move that has some Catholics crying foul. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in New York has issued a statement of protest saying the line has given in to "bigots" that had complained about the presence of priests on ships. The Catholic League cites a letter Celebrity sent to priests affected by the change that said the line had received "a great deal of negative feedback pertaining to the selective support" of one particular religion." Read more at: http://www.usatoday.com/travel/cruises/item.aspx?type=blog&ak=16197.blog by jaskaw @ 25.01.2010 - 23:18:27 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/25/catholics-cry-foul-as-celebrity-cruises-drops-priests-from-voyages-7874166/

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leland61 [Member] 26.01.2010 @ 06:47 Just another example of clergy getting a free ride for peddling superstition and nonsense. Fr33think3r [Visitor] 27.01.2010 @ 00:01 Let the buy their own tickets.

Paul Bettany on Charles Darwin: 'He Was an Atheist and So Am I'
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"Paul Bettany is going to opposite extremes in his current big screen appearances. He's a machine gun-toting angel trying to save the world in Legion and controversial scientist Charles Darwin in the period film Creation." -"I couldn't believe the amount of violence that you can find on the Internet directed at a man who's been dead for a very long time. There's vicious diatribes full of hatred for Darwin. Actually, he was, by all accounts, one of the sweetest human beings you can possibly imagine. But there are still a lot of people who just can't accept his thinking without getting irrational. He was an atheist and so am I, but I don't think that makes me immoral." Read more at http://www.parade.com/celebrity/celebrity-parade/2010/0120-paul-bettany-creation.html by jaskaw @ 26.01.2010 - 12:16:10 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/26/paul-bettany-on-charles-darwin-he-was-an-atheist-and-so-am-i-7876691/

Problem of evil and religion's double standard

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Daniel C. Dennett Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University "One of the striking differences between modern, "organized" religion and tribal or folk religions--religions without seminaries and theologians and official books--is that in tribal religions they have no double standard! They thank their gods for the good stuff that happens and blame them for the bad. The idea that God is a worthy recipient of our gratitude for the blessings of life but should not be held accountable for the disasters is a transparently disingenuous innovation of the theologians. And of course it doesn't work all that well. The Problem of Evil, capital letters and all, is the central enigma confronting theists. There is no solution. Isn't that obvious? All the holy texts and interpretations that contrive ways of getting around the problem read like the fine print in a fraudulent contract--and for the same reason: they are desperate attempts to conceal the implications of the double standard they have invented."

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Scientologists "heal" disaster patients by touching in Haiti
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By Kim Sengupta in Port-au-Prince "The "phenomenon" has landed to bring relief to the dispossessed of Haiti. John Travolta was in the pilot's seat of his Boeing 707 flying in doctors, medical supplies, ready-to-eat military rations and Scientology ministers. Travolta's visit which the star called Operation Phenomenon is not the first Scientologist trip to Haiti since the shattering earthquake a fortnight ago: there are already 150 members in Haiti, as well as 250 medical staff. Soon the group hopes to have 400 of each in place. --Medicine was not in much greater supply than food. But a group of Scientologists working in the hospital courtyard shrugged off the shortages, saying they were healing patients through "the power of touch to reconnect nervous systems". Sylvie, a French woman, said: "We are trained as volunteer ministers, we use a process called 'assist' to follow the nervous system to reconnect the main points." Doctors were sceptical. "I didn't know touching could heal gangrene," one said. L Ron Hubbard, founder of the group, once wrote about a technique called "casualty contact", which sought to exploit disasters as recruiting opportunities, but warned his followers against portraying them as such to outsiders." Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/now-scientology-plants-its-flag-in-haiti-1879970.html by jaskaw @ 27.01.2010 - 12:13:54 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/27/scientologies-heal-disaster-patients-by-touching-in-haiti-7883644/

'Oral sex' definition prompts dictionary ban in US schools
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/25/oral-sex-dictionary-ban-us-schools

A parent's complaint over a 'sexually graphic' definition has seen dictionaries removed from southern Californian schools By Alison Flood "Dictionaries have been removed from classrooms in southern California schools after a parent complained about a child reading the definition for "oral sex". Merriam Webster's 10th edition, which has been used for the past few years in fourth and fifth grade classrooms (for children aged nine to 10) in Menifee Union school district, has been pulled from shelves over fears that the "sexually graphic" entry is "just not age appropriate", according to the area's local paper. The dictionary's online definition of the term is "oral stimulation of the genitals". "It's hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we'll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature," district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told the paper." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jan/25/oral-sex-dictionary-ban-us-schools by jaskaw @ 27.01.2010 - 13:14:09 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/27/oral-sex-definition-prompts-dictionary-ban-in-us-schools-7883931/

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LV [Visitor] 27.01.2010 @ 19:24 This just proves that some people have way too much time on their hands. Free Thinker [Visitor] 09.04.2010 @ 15:06 This infact proves that some people should not have children at all due to their gross incapacity to judge what is beneficial to their children.

Pope John Paul II Whipped Himself With Belt, Book Says
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VATICAN CITY, Italy (Jan. 26) -- Pope John Paul II whipped himself with a belt, even on vacation, and slept on the floor as acts of penitence and to bring him closer to Christian perfection, according to a new book by the Polish prelate spearheading his sainthood case. The book, "Why He's a Saint," also includes previously unpublished speeches and documents written by John Paul, including one 1989 signed memo in which he said he would resign if he became incapacitated. n the book, Oder wrote that John Paul frequently denied himself food -- especially during the holy season of Lent -- and "frequently spent the night on the bare floor," messing up his bed in the morning so he wouldn't draw attention to his act of penitence. --"As some members of his close entourage in Poland and in the Vatican were able to hear with their own ears, John Paul flagellated himself. In his armoire, amid all the vestments and hanging on a hanger, was a belt which he used as a whip and which he always brought to Castel Gandolfo," the papal retreat where John Paul vacationed each summer. While there had long been rumors that John Paul practiced self-mortification, the book provides the first confirmation and concludes he did so as an example of his faith." Read more at: http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/book-says-pope-john-paul-ii-whipped-himself-with-belt/19332641 by jaskaw @ 28.01.2010 - 10:35:03 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/28/pope-john-paul-ii-whipped-himself-with-belt-book-says-7889649/

Iran executes two over post-election unrest as 'enemies of God'
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"Iran has executed two men arrested during the period of widespread unrest that erupted after June's disputed presidential election, reports say. They had been convicted of being "enemies of God", members of armed groups and trying to topple the Islamic establishment, Isna news agency said. The executions are believed to be the first related to last year's protests. Millions demanded a re-run of June's poll at the largest demonstrations in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution."

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Massive overdose of homeopathy in Britain
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"At 10:23am on January 30th, more than three hundred homeopathy sceptics nationwide will be taking part in a mass homeopathic 'overdose' in protest at Boots' continued endorsement and sale of homeopathic remedies, and to raise public awareness about the fact that homeopathic remedies have nothing in them. Sceptics and consumer rights activists will publicly swallow an entire bottle of homeopathic 'pillules' to demonstrate that these 'remedies', prepared according to a long-discredited 18th century ritual, are nothing but sugar pills. The protest aims to raise public awareness about the reality of homeopathy, and put further pressure on Boots to live up to its responsibilites as the 'scientist on the high street' and stop selling treatments which do not work." http://www.1023.org.uk/the-1023-overdose-event.php by jaskaw @ 29.01.2010 - 12:10:55 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/29/massive-overdose-of-homepathy-in-britain-7896973/

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Dr Nancy Malik [Visitor] http://www.google.com/profiles/Dr.NancyMalik 29.01.2010 @ 13:21 Real (Homeopathic) medicine cures even when Conventional Allopathic Medicine (CAM) fails

jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 29.01.2010 @ 13:27 Dear Nancy Malik, from what field of science did you get that "Dr."? Could it really have been medicine?

United States grants political asylum for Christian German homeschoolers
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Evangelical Christians Celebrate Victory over 'Embarrassed' Germany By Christoph Titz and Carola Padtberg "A German couple who wanted to homeschool their children have been granted political asylum in the US. Evangelical Christians have welcomed the decision, claiming that Germany was trying to "coerce ideological uniformity" through its ban on homeschooling. Christian fundamentalists have welcomed the decision by a US court to award a German family political asylum in the United States because the parents were unwilling to subject their children to mandatory school attendance rules in Germany. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike from the town of Bissingen in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg wanted to teach their five children at home because they feared that they were being taught an "anti-Christian worldview" in public schools." Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,674492,00.html by jaskaw @ 29.01.2010 - 12:57:59 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/29/united-states-grants-political-asylum-for-german-homeschoolers-7897186/

The Weird World of Occult America
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If witch-burning Puritans are the original jocks of American history, then the mystics surrounding Johannes Kelpius are the first goths. While the rest of the British colonies were still dutifully worshipping their angry Christian god, Kelpius and his followersōwho fled Austria to settle in Philadelphia during the late seventeenth-centuryōbusied themselves with astrology, alchemy, Kabbalah, and other dark arts with tangled roots in the Italian Renaissance, the Rosicrucian Enlightenment, and various (often fabricated) antiquities. We meet Kelpius early in Mitch Horowitz s Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation, an uneven but always interesting account of 400 years of New World Strange. Among the several misconceptions Horowitz seeks to dispel, the most foundational is the idea that Colonial America provided shelter only for persecuted Christian sects. Almost from the beginning, North America was also home to a fair number of those who, like Kelpius, had more arcane spiritual interests. Horowitz never claims that these beliefs were as formative an influence as Christianity in the making of America, but after finishing his book, one can t help but wonder if maybe Ouija boards don t belong next to King James in every motel room. Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/145468/the_weird_world_of_occult_america_--_how_mysticism_shaped_our_nation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Horowitz by jaskaw @ 30.01.2010 - 12:18:20

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Evidence for Evolution
http://www.youtube.com/user/ZOMGitsCriss http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introduction_to_evolution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_evolutionary_thought http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionary_ideas_of_the_renaissance_and_enlightenment http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inception_of_Darwin%27s_theory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_of_Darwin%27s_theory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publication_of_Darwin%27s_theory by jaskaw @ 30.01.2010 - 13:19:18 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/01/30/evidence-for-evolution-7903603/

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rita [Visitor] 31.01.2010 @ 00:15 thanks for your video I found it interesting and very useful for my 9 yr old son in learning about evolution, the only thing is you might want to shorten your speaking or break it up with more graphics in last few minutes. Otherwise well done I look forward to your next one Cheers Rita from Australia

"We should not absolve Islam of the crimes committed in its name"

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Rod Liddle says it s difficult to ignore the fact that the worst violations of human rights happen in countries dominated by an Islamic ideology "A young girl in Bangladesh has been sentenced to 101 lashes for having become pregnant as a consequence of being raped. Her father will also have to pay a fine to the local Islamic savages who presided over the case. The rapist was pardoned by the village elders. The girl, who married shortly after the attack, has since been divorced in the usual peremptory Islamic manner. --Incidentally, when Bangladesh isn t being touted as a modern, progressive Islamic state the mantle sometimes falls upon Malaysia (which, in truth, has far greater claim to it). But try renouncing Islam in Malaysia and see how far you get: interminable court proceedings and the likelihood of a jail sentence at the end. --But by and large you cannot escape the conclusion that the most repulsive invasions of human rights that we see in the world today take place in countries where the national ideology is devolved from Islam. And the more directly or purely it is so devolved, the more primitive and savage it is."

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Pi [Visitor] 30.01.2010 @ 23:56 Nazi Germany was a christian nation. lambda [Visitor] 31.01.2010 @ 02:47 @Pi and so were all the European countries involved in centuries worth of slave trade and colonialism. | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 31.01.2010 @ 03:10 So? Does this fact absolve Islam from all blame for the awful things that are done because of it? If Peter and Paul are both thieves, does it make Paul a lesser thief if he blames Peter for being a thief too? Freethinkingdood [Visitor] 01.02.2010 @ 08:08 Hey, you want to punish Islam alright, but first you'll also have to punish the other religions for what they've done. You can't say "Hey, Islam was responsible for 9/11, and a few thousand deaths, so lets punish them" without also going "Oh wait a minute, Christianity was also responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of American Indians, Africans, Arabs...ect..." So no, two religions doing awful things doesn't absolve one or the other of the awful things, but it does mean if you want to punish one religion, you also have to punish the others.

jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 01.02.2010 @ 10:33 Yes, but it is a quite different thing to punish Paul because his grandfather was a thief than to punish Peter because he is constantly thieving. Christianity has simply evolved when Islam has gone to the opposite direction towards a return to medieval darkness. Christians do not burn people at stake any more, but human rights of millions of people are put to risk daily because of Islam. The harsh and cruel dictatorial Islamic regime of Iran kills just now ordinary people just because they oppose the rule based on religion. In Saudi-Arabia extremely cruel, medieval punishments are meted out for minor things that would not even be classed as criminal offences at all without the ruling religion.

Priest checks fingerprints for mass attendance

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"WARSAW (Reuters) A Polish priest has installed an electronic reader in his church for schoolchildren to leave their fingerprints in order to monitor their attendance at mass, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily said on Friday. The pupils will mark their fingerprints every time they go to church over three years and if they attend 200 masses they will be freed from the obligation of having to pass an exam prior to their confirmation, the paper said. The pupils in the southern town of Gryfow Slaski told the daily they liked the idea and also the priest, Grzegorz Sowa, who invented it."

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Ricky Gervais: 'The Invention Of Lying isn't atheist propaganda'
How Ricky Gervais became the clown prince of Hollywood

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1246718/Ricky-Gervais-The-clown-prince-Hollywood.html?ITO=14

By COLE MORETON --Ricky Gervais on his new movie "The Invention Of Lying" 'We tried to do It's A Wonderful Life. I thought it would be even more shocking if you started watching a sweet romcom that suddenly went, "There's no God and we're all going to die. The futility of life is dreadful, and I'm going to lie to my dying mother."' A son dreams up Heaven as a comfort; soon a religion is built on the lie. Gervais is a very public unbeliever who attacks religion in his stand-up shows, but like Richard Dawkins he goes for easy targets like creationism, not the subtleties of grown-up faith. I suggest his unshakeable confidence in science is another kind of faith, but he laughs in my face. 'The Invention Of Lying isn't atheist propaganda. It's a fictional world. In my world, there's no God. Whether you believe there is or isn't a God, organised religion is something else. They can't all be right. I don't know why they're arguing.' Ricky Gervais --'When my mum was dying, and she had about nine months, I planned if she ever asked if there was a God I would go, "Definitely." She didn't ask. Gutting.' I laugh because he wants me to, but it's not funny, really. 'No,' he says, quietly. 'It's sweet. And it's sad and messed up.' Why was he ready to lie? 'It would've served no purpose, telling a scared person that there is no God and this is the end.'

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SteveC [Visitor] 31.01.2010 @ 22:30 "subtleties of grown-up faith" Haha. Hilarious. Robi [Visitor] 01.02.2010 @ 16:19 Grown-up faith? Seriously? Since when is believing in an imaginary friend considered "grown-up"? bill bunt [Visitor] 03.02.2010 @ 14:15 worst interviewer ever, the guy who did the interview was clearly jelous and a religious prick also ricky gervais doesnt have a degree in phsycology he has one in philosophy, typical daily hail bullshit!

priscillak [Member] 20.04.2010 @ 18:05 Ricky Gervais says it as it is. This interviewer seems to have it in for him from the start. Invention of Lying is a brilliant film.

Voodoo: The old religion rises from the rubble in Haiti

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/voodoo-the-old-religion-rises-from-the-rubble-in-haiti-1885176.ht

--"The disaster has moved voodoo centre-stage in Haiti. Yesterday, 1,000 members of the national convention of voodoo priests met in an emergency session to formulate their response to it. Failure to take decisive action, they warned, could bring down another disaster on the shattered country." --"In the quake's aftermath, the island has seen a surge of religious organisations, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and even Sikh, mostly offering relief, but some also proselytising. The Scientologists have the highest profile, with one of their most prominent members, Hollywood star John Travolta, flying in members of the church and supplies, on his private jet. An outfit called Faith Comes By Hearing have sent 600 solar powered Bibles. The Church of the True Path recommends that Haitians should cleanse themselves by fasting something which many are already doing, albeit involuntarily. But the foreigners have trouble competing with voodoo, the fusion of African religions and Christianity which found its first adherents among the original slave population, and which is now deeply ingrained in the culture of the country. It's a faith that leaps barriers: as the Haitian saying goes, people here are "60 per cent Catholic, 40 per cent Protestant and 100 per cent voodoo."

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Embarrassment for the Catholic Church, Bishop Williamson Unrepentent in Holocaust Denial
Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,675163,00.html#ref=nlint

By Peter Wensierski and Steffen Winter "Controversial Bishop Richard Williamson continues in his denial of the Holocaust, embarrassing both the Society of St. Pius to which he belongs and the Vatican. But the SSPX is becoming increasingly powerful despite the controversy and is attracting more and more supporters. --Williamson has no intention of revising his views on the gas chambers. When Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld sent him a book about the history of the Holocaust last year, he set it aside, unread. "The fact is that the 6 million people who were supposedly gassed represent a huge lie," he wrote recently to his fellow members of the SSPX, noting that "a completely new world order was built" on this "fact." The Jews, he added, "became ersatz saviors thanks to the concentration camps." --Williamson, after refusing to pay a fine of ‫ ,)008,61$( 000,21أ‬faces charges of inciting racial hatred in a trial in the southern German city of Regensburg set to begin on April 16." Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,675163,00.html#ref=nlint More on Richard Williamson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Williamson_%28bishop%29 More on SSPX: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_St._Pius_X by jaskaw @ 01.02.2010 - 21:50:17

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Pope: I'll visit Britain, but I don't like your equality laws
Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/pope-ill-visit-but-i-dont-like-your-equality-laws-1885788.html

Benedict attacks improved rights for gay men and women By Jerome Taylor, Religious Affairs Correspondent "The Pope confirmed yesterday that he will make an official state visit to Britain this September and immediately launched an attack on the Government s plans to introduce stronger equality legislation for gay men and women. In the first official announcement from the Vatican that the head of the Roman Catholic Church will tour Britain, Pope Benedict XVI called on his bishops to continue campaigning against the Equality Bill which he said threatened religious freedom. His comments attracted anger from gay rights groups and secularists, who have now promised to protest throughout the pontiff s visit. In a letter to the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, many of whom are currently in Rome on an ad limina visit, Pope Benedict publicly criticised Britain s equality legislation for the first time." Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/pope-ill-visit-but-i-dont-like-your-equality-laws-1885788.html by jaskaw @ 02.02.2010 - 11:04:53 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/02/pope-i-ll-visit-but-i-don-t-like-your-equality-laws-7923330/

Nine people wait execution in Iran for crimes against God; 'There is no room for Islamic mercy.'
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/world/middleeast/02iran.html?ref=world

--Iran experts have said that the government hastily ordered the executions of Arash Rahmanipour and Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, 37, another political prisoner, to intimidate the opposition and to silence the protests that have persisted since the disputed June 12 presidential elections. With the government s opponents planning another large demonstration on Feb. 11, the country is bracing for another wave of executions. At least nine other prisoners have been charged with the capital crime of moharebeh, which means waging war against God. The executions are clearly a sign of the government s frustration to end the protests, said Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, a group based in the United States. There are fears that the government might engage in the kind of cleansing that it did between 1980 and 1988, when it executed more than 3,000 political prisoners. --Statements by a senior cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, who praised the executions during the Friday Prayer sermons at Tehran University and called for more, have raised concerns. I thank the judiciary for executing these two men so quickly, Ayatollah Jannati said in comments broadcast on state television, but the judiciary needs to stand firmly. Otherwise, if it shows weakness, we will suffer more. There is no room for Islamic mercy. Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/world/middleeast/02iran.html?ref=world http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arash_Rahmanipour http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad-Reza_Ali-Zamani http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988_executions_of_Iranian_political_prisoners by jaskaw @ 02.02.2010 - 16:01:27

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Atheist from Botswana speaks out
Read more at: http://testing.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=2&aid=85&dir=2010/February/Tuesday2

--"He said that atheism "automatically means that life has no meaning. It simply means everything is permissible because there are no laws and therefore no one is accountable to anyone. However, if that is so,what then is the reason why we now have laws to govern behaviour today unless there was a law giver?" He seems to believe that because I don't believe in Father Christmas (or any other make-believe people), my life is meaningless and I must have no morals. Maybe he should get to know me before assuming I'm a sociopath? I am at least as moral as anyone who believes they have invisible friends and my life is just as meaningful as theirs. The difference is that I have found my own meaning, not one that was taken from a book of ancient superstitions. Ironically I suspect that his morality and mine will be remarkably similar. I'm sure that we both oppose murder, theft, rape and deceit. We both believe in honesty, respect and charity. The difference is that I believe these values to be of human origin, not divine. It's interesting that regardless of which religion is dominant, all countries in the world have adopted roughly the same moral values whether the countries are theocracies like Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UK or secular democracies like the USA and Botswana. The thing all countries have in common is humanity, not superstition. I think it's also interesting to ask a question of religious folk. Is the only reason you don't go around murdering, raping and stealing because God tells you not to? That's not exactly flattering is it? I don't do these things because I don't want to and because they're all morally wrong. I don't need superstition to tell me that. I believe that the time has come for secular humanists like me to be more open about our atheist beliefs and morality. They are just as valid as religious beliefs and frankly a bit more practical." --Richard Harriman Read more at: http://testing.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=2&aid=85&dir=2010/February/Tuesday2 About Mmegi in Botswana: http://www.mmegi.bw/?sid=24&dir=2010/February/Tuesday2 by jaskaw @ 03.02.2010 - 10:33:08 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/03/atheist-from-botswana-speaks-out-7931442/

Antievolution bill in Mississippi dies
http://ncse.com/news/2010/02/antievolution-bill-mississippi-dies-005309

"Mississippi's House Bill 586, which if enacted would have required "scientifically sound arguments by protagonists and antagonists of the theory of evolution" to be presented in the state's schools, died in committee on February 2, 2010, according to the legislative website. In 2009, the bill's sponsor, Gary Chism (R-District 37), introduced a bill, HB 25, requiring biology textbooks in the state to include a hybrid of two previous versions of the Alabama evolution textbook disclaimer; that bill also died in committee." The Missisippi official page tells this: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2010/pdf/history/HB/HB0586.xml : "Description: Evolution of humanity; require local school boards to include a lesson in their high school biology curriculum. Background Information: Disposition: Dead Deadline: General Bill/Constitutional Amendment Revenue: No Vote type required: Majority Effective date: July 1, 2010 History of Actions: 1 01/12 (H) Referred To Education 2 02/02 (H) Died In Committee Title: AN ACT TO REQUIRE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS TO INCLUDE AN INSTRUCTIONAL LESSON ON THE EVOLUTION OF HUMANITY IN ITS HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY CURRICULUM, WHICH SHALL BE TAUGHT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BIOLOGY COURSE; TO REQUIRE THAT THE CURRICULUM BE BASED ON CERTAIN EVIDENTIARY FACTS AND SCIENTIFIC DATA; TO REQUIRE THAT THE LESSON NOT BE BIASED THROUGH SELECTIVE INSTRUCTION; TO REQUIRE THAT THE LESSON HAVE EQUAL INSTRUCTION FROM EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS THAT PRESENT ARGUMENTS FROM BOTH PROTAGONISTS AND ANTAGONISTS OF THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION; TO AMEND SECTION 37-11-63, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THAT ANY DISCUSSION OF THE EVOLUTION OF HUMANITY MUST BE GIVEN BY A BIOLOGY TEACHER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES." The policy of the keeper of this blog has been for a long time to keep a stiff upper lip on all of these diverse things presented in this blog, but let the news just speak for themselves, but now I can't hold my tongue anymore; what really is this thing with Chistians and text in UPPER CASE? by jaskaw @ 03.02.2010 - 22:18:02 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/03/antievolution-bill-in-mississippi-dies-7936215/

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I AM A PERSON [Visitor] 04.02.2010 @ 01:01 IT CONFERS A SENSE OF URGENCY AND IMPORTANCE IN THE MIND OF SOMEONE WHO IS IMPRESSED WITH ARGUMENTS THAT INCLUDE A LOT OF SHOUTING AND LITTLE LOGIC. Jimmy Jackson McGee [Visitor] 08.02.2010 @ 16:50 That looks like a lot of mumbo jumbo that all boils down to, "Make teachers teach kids that 'god did it' in Biology class."

"Voodoo Histories": When smart people believe dumb things
Read more at: http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2010/02/03/david_aaronovitch_conspiracy_theories?source=newsletter

Writer of the book "Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History" David Aaronovitch answers to to questions by Thomas Rogers in Salon.com ---"What makes us susceptible to conspiracy theories? We want to believe theories that contradict the idea that young, iconic people died senselessly. If a story takes away the accidental from their death, it gives them agency. After the JFK assassination, it was unbearable to many people that they could live in a country where a lone gunman could kill a president. In those circumstances, it s not surprising that an overarching conspiracy theory emerges. It suggests that somebody is in control, rather than that we re at the mercy of our neighbors and to some extent of ourselves (as was the case with Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana). It s the urge to make sense of a particularly traumatic moment. In some ways, it's not that different from the impulse to believe in God. It is deep down a leap of faith, but it doesn't present itself as a leap of faith. It presents itself as not only rational but a better kind of rationality. It s incredibly important that a conspiracy theory has the appearance of science. The literature on Kennedy is beyond voluminous. It's absolutely enormous. There are vast tomes to suggest that the CIA did it, or other people did. [Conspiracy theorist] David Ray Griffin has come out with a half dozen 9/11 books, and all of them have hundreds of footnotes. They're either to instant news reports that have since been contradicted, or to other conspiracy theories ō but the work nevertheless takes on the appearance of scholarliness." Read more at: http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2010/02/03/david_aaronovitch_conspiracy_theories?source=newsletter by jaskaw @ 04.02.2010 - 13:51:00 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/04/voodoo-histories-when-smart-people-believe-dumb-things-7939797/

India's 'untouchables' declare own religion
Read more at: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/03/india.new.religion/index.html

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN "New Delhi, India (CNN) -- In an event considered rare, one of India's low-caste communities has declared its own distinct religion. Followers of a 14-century spiritual figure, Guru Ravidass, will now have their own holy scriptures, a flag and a greeting, sect officials said. The new holy book compiles Guru Ravidass' writings, which until now were predominantly found in sacred Sikh scriptures that the sect placed in its houses of worship. The declaration was made by a key Ravidass monastery whose priest's killing in May last year in Vienna, Austria sparked furious protests in the Sikh heartland of Punjab. Thousands of protesters from the low-caste communities -- called the Dalits, meaning the suppressed -attacked road and rail transportation in the wake of the murder blamed on Sikh hardliners." Read more at: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/03/india.new.religion/index.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalit "Dalit is a self-designation for a group of people traditionally regarded as low caste or untouchables (outcastes). Dalits are a mixed population of numerous caste groups all over South Asia, and speak various languages. While the caste system has been abolished under the Indian constitution,there is still discrimination and prejudice against Dalits in South Asia. Since Indian independence, significant steps have been taken to provide opportunities in jobs and education. Many social organizations have encouraged proactive provisions to better the conditions of dalits through improved education, health and employment." by jaskaw @ 04.02.2010 - 22:38:20 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/04/india-s-untouchables-declare-own-religion-7942993/

A big increase in religious programming in BBC for Easter
Read more at: http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/content.asp?id=88836

THE BBC has announced a big increase in religious programmes for Holy Week and Easter. The move comes after last year s offering had been criticised as sparse. Next week, the General Synod will debate a motion criticising broadcasters for completely ignoring the Christian significance of Good Friday 2009 . In the vanguard is Easter at King s, a variant on Carols from King s, from King s College, Cambridge, which was shown on BBC2 at Christmas and attracted an audience of 2.57 million. Aaqil Ahmed, head of religion and ethics and commissioning editor for religion, BBC TV, says in an interview this week: Hopefully it s going to be a returner. We ll see how people take to it. Also on BBC2 is The Private Life of an Easter Masterpiece, featuring The Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden, described by Susie Nash, head of the Renaissance section at the Courtauld, as the greatest work of Northern art of the 15th century . Read more at: http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/content.asp?id=88836 by jaskaw @ 05.02.2010 - 19:48:37 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/05/a-big-increase-in-religous-programmin-in-bbc-for-easter-7948955/

Is Popular Religion Derived from Egotism?
Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/od/sciencereligion/a/Science-Religion-Ego.htm?nl=1

Walter Lippman on Scientific vs. Religious Attitudes Towards the Universe By Austin Cline, About.com Guide --"People pray for hurricanes to turn away and they visit astrologers who tell them how to avoid problems. Why? Because they believe that the movement of stars and atoms can be affected merely from the desire that it be so. People also turn to science in order to influence the world around us, but not simply through wishful thinking. Science actually undermines the human conceit that the universe is or should be structured according to human whim. Almost everything we learn about our universe through science reinforces the conclusion that we aren't special." --"Religion has never cured a disease, protected people from a storm, or saved anyone from the ravages of old age. Science, however, has made tremendous gains with all of these and more. There is a reason for that." Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/od/sciencereligion/a/Science-Religion-Ego.htm?nl=1 by jaskaw @ 06.02.2010 - 11:50:17 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/06/is-popular-religion-derived-from-egotism-7955145/

Unite for human rights in Iran on February 11th

Read more at: http://www.amnestyusa.org/all-countries/iran/unite-for-human-rights-in-iran-on-february-11th/page.do?id=1011702&I

"February 11th is Victory of the Revolution Day in Iran. Equivalent to the Fourth of July in the United States, it is a day commemorating liberty, independence and freedom. But the Iranian government has long violated these rights and is responsible for numerous abuses including torture, arbitrary arrests, censorship and the most recent execution of two activists accused of inciting the post-election protests on June 12th even though these men had been held in detention long before the violence erupted. Since blogs and websites like Twitter and YouTube were virtually the only way the Iranian people could expose the horrific treatment being inflicted on them in the days following the contested Presidential election, we expect that Iranians will turn to the Internet once again to carry their messages. That is why we are asking everyone to show their solidarity online on February 11th whether it s on your blog, website, or social networking profile. Stand with us to ensure that Victory of the Revolution Day signifies an end to these abuses!"

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The Fallacy of the God Gene
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-schweitzer/the-fallacy-of-the-god-ge_b_448024.html

by Jeff Schweitzer Marine Biologist and Former Clinton White House Science Advisor --Religion was born not from some god gene, but of fear of the unknown, of the drive to control the uncontrollable, of the need to have mastery over one's fate in the face of an uncertain world. The first ideas of religion arose not from any awe of nature's wonder and order that would imply an invisible intelligent designer, but rather from concerns for the events of everyday life and how the vast unknown of nature affected daily existence. --The human brain is extraordinarily adept at posing questions, but simply abhors the concept of leaving any unanswered. We are unable to accept "I don't know," because we cannot turn off our instinct to see patterns and to discern effect from cause. We demand that there be a pattern, that there be cause and effect, even when none exist. So we make up answers when we don't know. We develop elaborate creation myths, sun gods, rain gods, war gods and gods of the ocean. --Religion offered, and offers still, an obvious means of enforcing societal rules by promising a joyous afterlife for conformers, or eternal punishment for those who misbehave. Religion is used as a bribe to induce good manners. --Fear of death, the need to explain away the unknown, hopes for controlling one's destiny, a desire for social cohesion, and the corrupting allure of power are the combined masters of all religion. Evolution and natural selection do not enter into this equation other than with the obvious fact that humans evolved large brains. Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-schweitzer/the-fallacy-of-the-god-ge_b_448024.html by jaskaw @ 06.02.2010 - 17:35:53 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/06/the-fallacy-of-the-god-gene-7956802/

Christians are fatter than other Americans
Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/145539/the_newest_diet_trend%3A_what_would_jesus_eat

"Christians are fatter than other Americans. One of several studies revealing this, published by a Purdue University team in 2006, found that 30 percent of Baptists are obese, followed by 22 percent of Pentecostals and 17 percent of Catholics, compared to only 1 percent of Jews and 0.7 percent of Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. According to the Journal of the Southern Baptist Convention, health screenings were given at the SBC's 2005 annual meeting: Over 75 percent of its 1,472 participants were found to be significantly overweight. It makes sense that some within the movement would want to restore health to the flock. Gluttony, after all, is a sin. But how do you persuade religious Christians to adopt a dietary regimen that has been beloved by hippies for 30-plus years and by polytheists for thousands? The very fact that "health food" is an alt-culture staple is enough to taint it in the eyes of some. How do you convince them to switch their Sunday hams for lettuce-lentil roll-ups? By telling them the Bible says they must." Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/145539/the_newest_diet_trend%3A_what_would_jesus_eat by jaskaw @ 06.02.2010 - 22:00:02 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/06/christians-are-fatter-than-other-americans-7958297/

Celebrity judge spares a violent man from prison because he is a religious man in Britain
Read more at: http://www.secularism.org.uk/118079.html

"The NSS was a founder member of the One Law for All Campaign which seeks to impede the march of sharia law in Britain. Naturally we think that in a democracy everyone must be equal under the law, with no exceptions. Sharia law is full of exceptions and it is clear that women are not equal under that system. But now we discover that a different ō more favourable ō system of justice is being applied to religious people by Cherie Blair (professional name Cherie Booth) in her capacity as a judge. Last week in the Inner London Crown Court, Ms Blair/Booth spared a violent yob from prison because he is a religious man . Shamso Miah, 25 ō described as a devout Muslim ō went from a local mosque in East Ham, London to a bank where he became embroiled in an argument with another man about his place in the queue. He grabbed Mohammed Furcan and punched him in the face. Miah ran outside but Mr Furcan chased after him and demanded to know why he had been attacked. Miah then punched him again, knocking him to the ground and fracturing his jaw. Mr Miah said he had acted in self defence but the bank s CCTV showed clearly that he was the aggressor. He then pleased guilty to occasioning actual bodily harm. Yet despite saying violence on our streets has to be taken seriously Ms Blair/Booth QC let Miah walk free from court, telling him: I am going to suspend this sentence for the period of two years based on the fact you are a religious person and have not been in trouble before. You caused a mild fracture to the jaw of a member of the public standing in a queue at Lloyds Bank. You are a religious man and you know this is not acceptable behaviour. Read more at: http://www.secularism.org.uk/118079.html by jaskaw @ 07.02.2010 - 17:19:56

http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/07/celebrity-judge-spared-a-violent-man-from-prison-because-he-is-a-religious-man

Al-Shabaab declares Holy War on Kenya
Read more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201002080323.html

"The Islamic administration of Al-Shabaab that controls Somalia's southern regions of Jubba has on Sunday declared holy war on Kenya over reports that Nairobi is training Somali troops. Sheikh Hussen Abdi Gedi, Al-Shabaab's second in command in the southern port city of Kismayo said his group has received reports of planned offensives from the Kenyan side, urging the regions' residents to prepare for holy war. "Kenya has prepared troops that comprise of Kenyans and Somalis, who are trained to attack and take over the regions. They are planning to attack us on the land, sea and air. We are urging people to be ready and defend our land," he told Al-Shabaab's Andalus radio on Sunday." Read more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201002080323.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Shabaab: "Harakat al-Shabaab Mujahideen ("Movement of Warrior Youth"), more commonly known as al-Shabaab (Arabic: ‫بابشلا‬‎, "The Youth") is an Islamist insurgency group in Somalia in the ongoing war there. As of summer 2009 the group is said to control most of the southern part of the Somalia, including "a large swath" of the capital, Mogadishu, where it is said to have imposed its own "harsh" form of Sharia law. Estimates of al-Shabaab's strength, as of December 2006, vary between 3,000 to 7,000. The group is an off-shoot of the Islamic Courts Union, which splintered into several smaller groups after its removal from power by Ethiopian forces in 2006. The group describes itself as waging jihad against "enemies of Islam" and is engaged in combat against the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM)." by jaskaw @ 08.02.2010 - 19:19:33 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/08/al-shabaab-declares-holy-war-on-kenya-7970403/

London bus driver pulls over to worship in the aisle

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/02/09/london-bus-driver-pulls-over-to-workship-in-the-aisle-115875-22

By Martin Fricker A bus driver shocked passengers by suddenly pulling over to the side of the road and praying in the vehicle's aisle. The Muslim, who left the engine running, used his fluorescent work jacket as a prayer mat. Passenger Gayle Griffiths, 33, said: "He stopped the bus and walked to the middle exit door. He laid out a fluorescent jacket, then took off his shoes and began praying. I was gobsmacked. It went on for over five minutes. "Anyone could've driven off with a bus full of passengers. He also blocked the exit, so if something happened we couldn't get off.

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/02/09/london-bus-driver-pulls-over-to-workship-in-the-aisle-115875-22 by jaskaw @ 09.02.2010 - 23:25:31 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/09/london-bus-driver-pulls-over-to-worship-in-the-aisle-7978797/

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webdesignlondon [Visitor] http://www.sumudra. co.uk 10.03.2010 @ 07:49 This is the bad thing duty is the first pray for god is correct but the situation is wrong,gov should take action this bus driver.

'Christian' Manifesto Comparing Liberals to Nazis Gathers Signatures of Religious Right Leaders -and Catholic Bishops

Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/145500/'christian'_manifesto_comparing_liberals_to_nazis_gathers_signatures_of_religio

By Peter Montgomery "Religious right leaders are making a concerted push to gain thousands of new signatures for their "Manhattan Declaration," a manifesto released late last year by about 150 conservative Christian leaders. The document, signed by such religious-right heavy-hitters as Focus on the Family eminence James Dobson and Prison Fellowship Ministries leader Chuck Colson, compares pro-choice advocates to eugenicists (and implicitly to Nazis) and equates same-sex marriage with polygamy and a gateway to legalized incest. Its authors promise to defy any law that does not comport with their religious beliefs. Joining the religious right's Protestant leaders as signatories to the declaration are four Roman Catholic bishops, including those presiding over the powerful archdioceses of New York and Washington, DC."

Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/145500/'christian'_manifesto_comparing_liberals_to_nazis_gathers_signatures_of_religio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Declaration:_A_Call_of_Christian_Conscience by jaskaw @ 10.02.2010 - 11:55:08

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Hindu wins Northumberland funeral pyre battle
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/tyne/8507811.stm

"A devout Hindu has won his bid for the right to be cremated on a traditional funeral pyre. Davender Ghai, 71, was seeking to overturn a 2006 Newcastle City Council decision forbidding him from being cremated according to his beliefs. Last year his challenge was dismissed by the High Court, but that ruling has been overturned at the Court of Appeal. Judges decided the pyre would be lawful after Mr Ghai said it could include walls and a roof with an opening." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/tyne/8507811.stm by jaskaw @ 10.02.2010 - 21:38:51 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/10/hindu-wins-northumberland-funeral-pyre-battle-7984375/

Atheist billboards appear in Sacramento area
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/02/09/state/n204519S06.DTL

"A collection of billboards just put up in the Sacramento area are attempting to inspire onlookers, but not in a spiritual way. Atheist and agnostic groups in the region have bought roadside space in an effort, they say, to tell fellow nonbelievers they are not alone. The billboards read "Are you good without God? Millions are." In the background are fluffy white clouds and blue sky. Similar billboards have gone up in more than a dozen cities over the past year as part of a national campaign. The 10 Sacramento billboards will be up for a month at a cost of $6,450." Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/02/09/state/n204519S06.DTL by jaskaw @ 11.02.2010 - 13:01:25 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/11/athiest-billboards-appear-in-sacramento-area-7987724/

Don t know your Sunnis from your Shias?
Read more at: http://www.newstatesman.com/religion/2010/02/mehdi-hasan-sunni-shia-iraq

By Mehdi Hasan "Don t know your Sunnis from your Shias? You are not alone, but their conflict will shape the future of the world. n 2006, the investigative reporter Jeff Stein concluded a series of interviews with senior US counterterrorism officials by asking the same simple question: "Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shia?" He was startled by the responses. "One's in one location, another's in another location," said Congressman Terry Everett, a member of the House intelligence committee, before conceding: "No, to be honest with you, I don't know." When Stein asked Congressman Silvestre Reyes, chair of the House intelligence committee, whether al-Qaeda was Sunni or Shia, he answered: "Predominantly - probably Shia." Wrong. Al-Qaeda is a Sunni Muslim terrorist group that considers Shia Muslims to be heret ics. In Stein's words, "Al-Qaeda's Sunni roots account for its very existence." Osama Bin Laden and his ilk are the ideological offshoots of the hardline Salafi, Deobandi and Wahhabi brands of Sunni Islam that today dominate Saudi Arabia, the Gulf countries, Afghanistan and large parts of Pakistan. And the leading thinkers behind modern Islamist movements such as al-Qaeda are all Sunnis: Abul-Ala Maududi, Hassan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, Abdullah Azzam. So is it too much to expect US officials to understand the implications of the Sunni-Shia divide? Perhaps. As the former senator Trent Lott confessed: "They all look the same to me." Read more at: http://www.newstatesman.com/religion/2010/02/mehdi-hasan-sunni-shia-iraq by jaskaw @ 11.02.2010 - 16:47:50 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/11/don-t-know-your-sunnis-from-your-shias-7989023/

Being religious may not make you healthier after all
Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100208/hl_nm/us_religious_healthier

A number of studies over the past two decades have shown that religious people tend to be healthier. But a new study suggests that when it comes to heart disease and clogged arteries, attending religious services or having spiritual experiences may not protect against heart attacks and strokes. This study suggests "there's not a lot of extra burden or extra protection afforded by this particular aspect of people's lives," said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, who led the study, published in the journal Circulation. --Neither the rate of heart disease events, nor the number of certain risk factors -- such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure -- differed among those who were more or less religious or spiritual. The only exceptions: Those who went to religious services, otherwise prayed or meditated, or were highly spiritual were more likely to be obese, and less likely to smoke. Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100208/hl_nm/us_religious_healthier by jaskaw @ 11.02.2010 - 16:58:03 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/11/being-religious-may-not-make-you-healthier-after-all-7989086/

Iran 'suspends' Gmail
Read more at: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/02/201021144515285153.html?tr=y&auid=5928576

"Iran's telecommunications agency has announced the suspension of access to Gmail, the Google email service, in the country, according to the Wall Street Journal website. The country's telecoms provider has previously said it would be launching its own national email service to replace foreign ones. The announcement comes as Iran, marking 31 years since its revolution on Thursday, is also braced for new anti-government demonstrations by the opposition. Opposition protesters made heavy use of available online tools last June, following the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president, to organise and publicise their cause. The latest move by the government is seen by some as a new attempt to stifle dissent." Read more at: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/02/201021144515285153.html?tr=y&auid=5928576 by jaskaw @ 11.02.2010 - 21:44:20 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/11/iran-suspends-gmail-7990891/

Stephen Fry: "it is essential to nail one s colours to the mast as a humanist."
Read more at: http://www.humanism.org.uk/news/view/447

"The British Humanist Association has welcomed the author, comedian, presenter, and director Stephen Fry to its membership and as a Distinguished Supporter of Humanism. The news comes during a busy Membership Month in which the BHA has announced that it has doubled in size in the last five years and wants to double again in just half the time. Stephen told the BHA, ’At a time when the achievements of the enlightenment are questioned, ridiculed, misunderstood and traduced by those who would reverse the progress of mankind, it is essential to nail one's colours to the mast as a humanist. ’For me, that is not a turning away from mystery or a cold rational dispute with the numinous and spiritual in life, it is an acceptance of the awesome and splendid responsibility we each have for our own destinies, ethics and morals. I repudiate the authority of churches, revealed texts and vain unsubstantiated assertions and embrace the shared glories of humanity's intellectual and spiritual struggle to understand the universe into which we are born with honesty, openness and faith in our own natures. " Read more at: http://www.humanism.org.uk/news/view/447 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Fry "Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is a British actor, writer, comedian, television presenter and film director. He first came to attention in the 1982 Cambridge Footlights Revue presentation, "The Cellar Tapes", which also included Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Tony Slattery. With Hugh Laurie, as the comedy double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry and Laurie, and the duo also played the title roles in Jeeves and Wooster. As a solo actor, Fry played the lead in the film Wilde, was Melchett in the Blackadder television series and is the host of the erudite, but comedy-based quiz show, QI. He also presented a 2008 television series Stephen Fry in America, which saw him travelling across all 50 U.S. states in six episodes. Fry has become known to American audiences for his recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the Fox crime series Bones. Apart from his work in television, Fry has contributed columns and articles for newspapers and magazines, and has written four novels and an autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot. He also appears frequently on BBC Radio 4, starring in the comedy series Absolute Power, being a frequent guest on panel games such as Just a Minute, and acting as chairman for I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, where he was one of a trio of hosts who succeeded the late Humphrey Lyttelton." by jaskaw @ 12.02.2010 - 12:48:45

http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/12/stephen-fry-it-is-essential-to-nail-one-s-colours-to-the-mast-as-a-humanist-7994

Can Christians Read Your Mind?
Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/od/atheismatheistsbeliefs/a/Christians_Reading_Atheist_Minds.htm?nl=1

Mind-Reading Christians - Can Christians Read Your Mind? Some Christians Presume to Know what Atheists Think, Believe, Want, Value By Austin Cline, About.com Guide "All or nearly all atheists who have discussed religion with Christians or who have simply been approached by Christians have probably had the surreal experience of being sagely informed about what they believe, how they believe, and even why they believe. Christians may lay claim to a variety of supernatural powers (like healing prayer), but when did they acquire the ability to read the minds of people they don't know and have never met? Does Christianity really provide mind-reading powers? Of course not. Christians have no more ability to read atheists' minds than they do to heal through prayer or faith, but the fact remains that far too many act like they can read minds, so what's going on? I suppose there may be a variety of factors, depending on the individual, but one common feature seems to be that they have bought into a collection of myths about atheism and atheists." Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/od/atheismatheistsbeliefs/a/Christians_Reading_Atheist_Minds.htm?nl=1 by jaskaw @ 12.02.2010 - 22:27:31 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/12/can-christians-read-your-mind-7997457/

Forget the war on Christmas; it's a war on Valentine's Day in Saudi-Arabia
Read more at: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100212/NEWS02/702129857

"RIYADH, Saudi Arabia ō The Saudi religious police launched Thursday a nationwide crackdown on stores selling items that are red or in any other way allude to the banned celebrations of Valentine s Day, a Saudi official said. Members of the feared religious police were inspecting shops for red roses, heart-shaped products or gifts wrapped in red, and ordering storeowners to get rid of them, the official said. Red-colored or heart-shaped items are legal at other times of the year, but as Feb. 14 nears they become contraband in Saudi Arabia. The kingdom bans celebration of Western holidays such as Valentine s Day, named after a Christian saint said to have been martyred by the Romans in the 3rd Century." Read more at: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100212/NEWS02/702129857 by jaskaw @ 13.02.2010 - 12:11:44

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Dave Allen and God (1986)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Allen_%28comedian%29 David Tynan O'Mahoney (6 July 1936 10 March 2005), better known as Dave Allen, was an Irish comedian, very popular in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada in the 1960s and 1970s; he also became known in America through reruns of his shows on public television. His career had a major resurgence during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Highly regarded in Britain, Allen's comic technique and style had a lasting influence on many young British comedians.. His targets were often figures of authority, his style was observational rather than gag-driven, and his language frequently ripe; in this respect he was a progenitor for the "alternative" comedians of the 1980s. In his home country of Ireland, however, he always remained something of a controversial figure due to his mocking of the Catholic Church. by jaskaw @ 14.02.2010 - 04:38:26 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/14/dave-allen-and-god-8004082/

The Ties that Bind Extremist Politics to Christian Patriarchy
Read more at: http://nolongerquivering.com/?s=Francis+Schaeffer

"In recent years, most popular culture discussions of the Christian Quiverfull movement center on the charming Duggar family of TLC reality fame. The Duggarsōparents of eighteen children with another on the wayōare seen by many as a wholesomeōif quirkyōexample of a healthy family with astoundingly polite and well-behaved children. It is nearly impossible to have a discussion with a well-meaning Quiverfull-illiterate without hearing that familiar refrain: They just seem like such nice people! It s not uncommon to find secular people who find themselves drawn to the Quiverfull lifestyle based on what they perceive as such a healthyōand happyōhome life on television. I decided to write this series in order to disabuse readers of the notion that this there is anything remotely harmless about the seemingly apolitical politics of this movement. It is in fact a dangerousōand alarmingly effectiveōpolitical force. The unsavory political entanglements of the extreme Christian Right are too often downplayed on reality programs that popularize the lifestyle." Read more at: http://nolongerquivering.com/?s=Francis+Schaeffer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiverfull "Quiverfull is a movement among conservative evangelical Christian couples chiefly in the United States, but with some adherents in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and elsewhere. It promotes procreation, and sees children as a blessing from God, eschewing all forms of birth control, including natural family planning and sterilization. Adherents are known as "quiver full", "full quiver", "quiverfull-minded", or simply "QF" Christians. Some refer to the Quiverfull position as Providentialism, while other sources have referred to it as a manifestation of natalism.Currently several thousand Christians worldwide identify with this movement. It began to receive significant attention in the U.S. national press in 2004." by jaskaw @ 14.02.2010 - 18:01:49 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/14/the-ties-that-bind-extremist-politics-to-christian-patriarchy-8006890/

One hundred little windows into humanity
I must break the daily humdrum of news coverage that is the lifeblood of this blog to bring a word from the main sponsor of this blog; that would be myself. On the side of this daily Atheist News - blog I do maintain two more a bit more ambitious and personal blogs. The other is Being Human -blog at http://beinghuman.blogs.fi , where I publish my own essay-length ponderings on humanism, secularism, science, atheism, religions and things like democracy, pacifism and social justice.

This blog was born in December of 2007 as mainly a translation of my essays that I had written earlier in Finnish language. but it soon had the mind of its own and more and more original essays appeared there, that have not been yet translated into Finnish. I then started a new blog in November of last year, when I saw that I wanted an avenue to publish the best quotes of the best secular philosopher, writers, poets and scientist of the past that I had collected while maintaining 24 different fan-pages in Facebook for these great names of the past. This blog got the grandiose sounding name of The Little Book of Humanity and it is at the address http://thelittlebook.blogs.fi

I had had many interesting discussions with the fans of these pages about these quotes. I saw that I could offer added value to these quotes by trying to explain how a modern day person can see these great ideas of the past today. I set myself a goal of writing a publishing and commenting one hundred very best quotes I had encountered in as many days. This was a hundred days of labor of love, but earlier today the posting number 100. was posted and my preliminary goal was reached. I could say that this blog offers now 100 little windows in the different sides of humanity collected during the last 2500 years of the human existence. I think that they are all quite timeless little jewels, as they chew into the very central questions of humanity; they are at their core about things like life, death, truth, happiness and nature of our Universe. My comments are of course not in the level of the original authors of the quotes at all, as I do not really think I can compete with people like Epicurus, Marcus Aurelius, Bertrand Russell, Mark Twain or George Orwell, but I hope they can offer added value as a running commentary on them. This does not mean that the blog would be ready. I will add new little jewels in the future also, but now there is a middle point and a point where I would like to invite you all to come and see how the secular and rational worldview has its roots in traditions going back nearly 2 500 years and how on the other hand it still develops and changes as the world around us develops and changes. See you at the http://thelittlebook.blogs.fi

by jaskaw @ 14.02.2010 - 22:40:32 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/14/one-hundred-little-windows-into-humanity-8008549/

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The closed minds that deny a civilisation's glories

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/yasmin-alibhai-brown/yasmin-alibhaibrown-the-closed-minds-th

By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown --"These global sites control people, push through Maoist "cleansing". Miserable mullahs are closing down the Muslim mind and heart the world over. Meanwhile "true believers" desperately seek enslavement and thank their enslavers. The questions posed are startling in their naiveté. May we sing? Is it OK for a man to listen to a woman singer? Do I watch a female newsreader? Yes, says a wise one as long as she is properly covered up and not wearing perfume. Don't laugh. It is tragic, not funny. Somehow in the last decade or so, millions of believers have been persuaded that they are repositories of sin because they watch films, love music and paintings, read books, experience temporal pleasures and ecstasies. Remember the ferocity with which the Taliban destroyed all pre-Islamic treasures? Saudi Arabia is guilty of similar vandalism. Thus they seek to recreate the piety of triumphant Islam. Well they didn't have cameras, mobile phones, cars and computers then. Should these be banned too? --The Pakistani blogger Raza Rumi writes: "Who are these butchers of culture? What religion do they follow? They have no religion except barbarism." Exactly. "

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/yasmin-alibhai-brown/yasmin-alibhaibrown-the-closed-minds-th by jaskaw @ 15.02.2010 - 11:20:00

http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/15/yasmin-alibhai-brown-the-closed-minds-that-deny-a-civilisation-s-glories-80107

What the "Theory" in Theory of Evolution means
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenie_Scott by jaskaw @ 15.02.2010 - 21:31:53 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/15/what-the-theory-in-theory-of-evolution-means-8014103/

Sam Harris in a candid radio interview in SCPR
Listen to broadcast at: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2010/02/12/sam-harris-picks-a-fight-with-god/

"According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, an amazing 92% of Americans believe in God or a universal spiritōeven one in five of self-identified atheists believe in a higher power. Ardent secularist Sam Harris isn t deterred by those numbers, and in fact has made it his life s mission to force the faithful to question their religious faithōHarris would even argue that the future of civilization is dependent on it. Questioning commonly held assertions and wisdom found in the Bible; seeking out debates with theologists across the spectrum, from Judaism to Christianity to Islam; and all but picking a fight with God, Sam Harris takes his secular crusade to Patt s microphone." Listen to broadcast at: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2010/02/12/sam-harris-picks-a-fight-with-god/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Harris_%28author%29 by jaskaw @ 15.02.2010 - 22:39:26 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/15/sam-harris-in-a-candid-radio-interview-in-scpr-8014458/

Bernard-Henri Lévy: Why I Support a Ban on Burqas
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bernardhenri-levy/why-i-support-a-ban-on-bu_b_463192.html

By Bernard-Henri Lévy, French philosopher and writer "People say, "The burqa is a dress, at most a costume. We're not going to make laws about clothing and costumes." Error. The burqa is not a dress, it's a message, one that clearly communicates the subjugation, the subservience, the crushing and the defeat of women. People say, "Perhaps it's subjugation, but it's done with consent. Get it out of your mind that malicious husbands, abusive fathers, and local tyrants are forcing the burqa on women who don't want to wear it." Fine. Except that voluntary servitude has never held water as an argument. The happy slave has never justified the fundamental, essential, ontological infamy of slavery. And, from the Stoics to [19th century thinker] Elisée Reclus, from Schoelcher to Lamartine to Tocqueville, all who rejected slavery provided us with every possible argument against the minor added outrage that consists of transforming victims into the authors of their own misery." Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bernardhenri-levy/why-i-support-a-ban-on-bu_b_463192.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard-Henri_L%C3%A9vy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burqa by jaskaw @ 16.02.2010 - 10:44:38 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/16/bernard-henri-levy-why-i-support-a-ban-on-burqas-8016446/

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KM [Visitor] 16.02.2010 @ 12:23 If somebody is forced to wear burqa or bikini, it is acceptable and good to prevent it - but just it - even by law. To ban others from wearing a bikini or burqa is a violation of their sexual autonomy, freedom of expression, freedom of religion or something else, depending on the person and her/his views. Unfortunately, you cannot prevent every violation of freedom by liberal means (not even by illiberal ones, even if that were acceptable). | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 16.02.2010 @ 12:31 Dear KM, the key question is when we know when one if forced to do something like this. Most often these women are blinded by a very strong and overwhelming ideology and they think that they are doing it voluntarily. The main problem is that she does not realize at all that she is conforming to open expression of male domination over her, when she accepts these clothing demands as something required by religion,, However the public showing of this submission can be even painful to watch for those who realize her true status in a society where women universally have a quite different status. ElDiablo666 [Visitor] 16.02.2010 @ 15:39 This is a stupid idea for the exact same reason banning Nazi symbols and swastikas in Germany is stupid. It's the idea that needs to be unlearned, not its symbol. Yes, the burqa is idiotic and uncomfortable (I actually did try it on once) but it only exists because Muslims believe ridiculous bullshit without good cause. Fight idiocy with reason and logic and the burqas will ban themselves. Mirza [Visitor] 16.02.2010 @ 18:34 From what I heard, very few women in France wear a burka. I think it’s something like 1000 women in all of France. On the other hand xenophobia, racism and islamophobia are rampant in France, which is evident from statistics on employment. Seems to me that you are pandering to intolerance with secular justification. This is not the first time France has passed laws targeting Muslims and having a secular justification as an after thought. Let us remember hijab ban in public schools in France. If you really cared about women's rights than you would do something about white slavery and human trafficking which is rampant in Europe. AtheistEvolution [Visitor] 16.02.2010 @ 20:55

Well said. As far as what Mirza says, she is full of hot air, and making excuses for her terrible religion. To say that you don't care about human rights merely because you dont' target other problems? The burqa is an outward permission and a self subjigation to the beatings, the mutilations, the killings that happen to muslim women every day. EVERY woman who wears it of her own volition should be ashamed that she gives further excuse to those who know its REAL meaning and for helping to lend a social acceptance of the sort of abuse that Islamic women face. | Show subcomments Mirza [Visitor] 16.02.2010 @ 22:35 AtheistEvolution Let us not pretend that banning Burka has anything to do with helping women. Number of women in Burka in France numbers in thousands, which works out to be about one percent of one percent of French population. Further more, there are laws and institutions in France that protect women, and no woman has to suffer the abuse. Odds are that women who wear Burka in France do it voluntarily. Let's not be coy here. You are trying to tell me that the sound of huffs at Kentucky Derby is that of Zebras. Why would you think that motivation for this law is to fix non-existent problem, when a more likely explanation is readily available: Racism, islamophobia and xenophobia (RIX). Europe has more RIX than US, and France has more than average in Europe. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4399748.stm | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 16.02.2010 @ 22:54 A sorry fact of life is that islamobhobia is a quite similar thing as sovjetophobia or fear of communism was. The Russians claimed always that it was fear of people, when it was fear of an aggressive, oppressive and totalitarian ideology, that admittedly had also less aggressive, less oppressive and less totalitarian forms, as Islam does. But the aggressive, oppressive and totalitarian versions of Islam are a real threat, even if there of course is a lot of quite peaceful and nice Muslims around everywhere. The totalitarian dress code that some Muslims force on their wives and daughters is a outward sign of accepting the worst parts of these medieval totalitarian values. I think that society should send a clear signal that these totalitarian values are not the values of our societies. | Show subcomments Mirza [Visitor] 16.02.2010 @ 23:20 However there is no such thing as sovjetophobia. Another point is that Soviet Union is a state, and Muslims are a group of people. In fact Muslims are as diverse as Christians are in their actions, cultures and beliefs. You seem to have a belief of some conspiracy of Muslims out there with goal to take over the world and that no Arab is to be trusted. This is reminiscent of Goebbels’s propaganda about Jewish world conspiracy and how no Jew is to be trusted. No doubt, there are radical Muslims, but how do they compare to radical Christians, or radical French?

There is no denying that many women voluntarily wear burka. When Egypt forbade burka in public Universities, women protested for the right to wear it. There is no basis for saying that burka represent oppression any more than there is for saying that France represents immediate surrender in war. And you totally ignore that point that very few women wear burka in France, while racism and discrimination is wide spread. Why would you think that forbidding burka has to do with women’s rights when racism and xenophobia are much more likely explanations? km [Visitor] 21.02.2010 @ 21:17 I hate burkas and swastikas and hammer & sickle, but yet I have not the right to ban them. To some, burka is just a religious cloth which also help them "avoid male gaze". I think that that should not be a problem to them, but they have a right to choose. Yes, there are zillions of things that people are forced to do, but that is not an acceptable excuse for banning doing those things voluntarily.

Michael Lind: The mythological politics of Christian right
Read more at: http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2010/02/15/american_political_culture?source=newsletter

BY MICHAEL LIND --Put the myths of the ancient constitution and the early church together, and you have a view of history as decline from an original state of perfection, in politics and also in religion. Innovation is equated with tyranny in politics and heresy in religion. Virtue consists of defending what is left of the old, more perfect system and, if possible, restoring the original government or church. Progress is redefined as regress ō movement away from the wicked present toward the pure and uncorrupted past. --This is the key to understanding the otherwise inexplicable accusations by the populist right that Barack Obama is a socialist or fascist or whatever, as well as fantasies about a global secular humanist conspiracy. We are dealing with a mythological mentality, based on simple and powerful archetypes. --As in other cases of mythological politics, like messianic Marxism, this kind of thinking is resistant to argument. If you disagree, then that simply proves that you are part of the conspiracy. Inconvenient facts can be explained away by the true believers. It's hard to come up with arguments that would persuade people who think that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are totalitarians to change their mind. Read more at: http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2010/02/15/american_political_culture?source=newsletter by jaskaw @ 16.02.2010 - 12:23:39 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/16/michael-lind-the-mythological-politics-of-christian-right-8016926/

Atheist billboard vandalized in Sacramento area
Read more at: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/02/17/Atheist-billboard-vandalized/UPI-73071266387409/

"SACRAMENTO, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A billboard near Sacramento promoting atheism was vandalized by someone depicting atheists as lost, one of the billboard's sponsor said. The billboard -- one of several posted in the Sacramento area -- originally read: "Are you good without God? Millions are." Someone spray-painted the words "also lost?" beneath "millions are," CBS13 reported Tuesday. Rachael Harrington of the Sacramento Area Coalition of Reason -- which paid to have the billboards put up -said the ads are intended to let atheists and agnostics know they are not alone, the TV station said." Read more at: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/02/17/Atheist-billboard-vandalized/UPI-73071266387409/ by jaskaw @ 17.02.2010 - 12:16:11 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/17/atheist-billboard-vandalized-in-sacramento-8023233/

Canadian church faces 'extinction'
Read more at: http://www.eni.ch/articles/display.shtml?05-0938

"Ferdy Baglo Vancouver, Canada (ENI). Canada's churches are suffering such a serious decline in membership that some denominations face disappearance, a report presented to the Anglican Church of Canada's House of Bishops released by Can West News Service shows. Keith McKerracher, a retired marketing expert who serves as an advisor to the church, published the data which shows that between 1961 and 2001, Anglican numbers plunged from 1.36 million to 642 000, a decline of 53 per cent. He said the Anglican church is losing 13 000 members each year and, at this rate, "is facing extinction by the middle of this century". McKerracher reported that membership in the United Church of Canada fell from 1.04 million to 638 000 during the same period - a loss of 39 per cent." Read more at: http://www.eni.ch/articles/display.shtml?05-0938 by jaskaw @ 17.02.2010 - 16:11:02 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/17/canadian-church-faces-extinction-8024604/

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The War on Neuroscience
The War on Neuroscience : Part 1

The War on Neuroscience - Part 2: Split Brains, Split Souls

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroscience Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. Traditionally, neuroscience has been seen as a branch of biology. Nevertheless, it is currently an interdisciplinary science that involves other disciplines such as psychology, computer science, statistics, physics, philosophy, and medicine. As a result, the scope of neuroscience has broadened to include different approaches used to study the molecular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational, and medical aspects of the nervous system. by jaskaw @ 17.02.2010 - 22:50:04 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/17/the-war-on-neuroscience-8027192/

An Atheist In Space
"Question: How would you describe your own life stance today? How do you relate to God and religion? Swedish Astronaut Christer Fuglesang: "Well, from about the age of ten I've been convinced that there is no God, there is nothing we can't explain with the physical laws." by jaskaw @ 18.02.2010 - 12:19:57 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/18/an-atheist-in-space-8029783/

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jpfib [Member] 18.02.2010 @ 17:46 now i am one of the most happiest men in the universe.god is pure conciousness.that is cosmic energy.see everything in you and you in everything.that is religion.god is not different from the real you.realise the real you in you.you are not the body,nor the senses, nor the mind,nor the intelect. they changes.you are the unchanging witness of everything that changes ie pure conciousness. everything in this world manifests, dissolves in conciousness.like bubles,froath,waves produced in water and dissolves in water. they are not different from water. like that we are in god,exists in god and dissolves in god.the real we are god itself.everything in the universe is created by our mind ie.thoughts. like,in dream world everything is created by our imagination.they are not real.when we wake up we understand they are not real. like that when we wake up from this state of mind(this manifested wolrd) to pure conciousness, we will understand we are everything and everything is in us.

jpfib [Member] 18.02.2010 @ 17:51 realise the true you and be happy for ever.this is the true religion.it is pure love,pure truth.see everyhting in you and you in everything.it is not related to any organised religion.

jpfib [Member] 18.02.2010 @ 17:53 so there won't be any hatred in your mind as everything exists in you and you in everything.there is nothing differend from you.

jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 18.02.2010 @ 19:25 Dear jpfib, I somewhat lost you halfway there. Perhaps you should first sober up a bit and try again with better luck when you can also master the use the shift-key to produce capital letters in beginnings of the new sentences (they look like this: "ABC"). In the end, it is not as hard thing to learn as you might think, given that you really put your mind into it for example in a way you have seemingly put your mind in this "god"-business of yours, whatever that then is.

Escape from Israel's Ultra-Orthodox; The High Price of Religious Defection
Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,678264,00.html#ref=nlint

By Ulrike Putz in Tel Aviv "The community of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel is half a million strong and growing. They live in a parallel universe cut off from the modern world in tight-knit communities where everything revolves around religion. Only a few dare to abandon this life -- and the price for doing so is high. When she left, she left everything behind -- even her name. She no longer wanted to be known as Sarah, the name her parents had given her. She'd felt imprisoned by that name for too long; it made her feel different and subject to laws that others imposed upon her. So, she started her new life with a new name, Mayan, the Hebrew word for "source." It's been seven years since Mayan "landed on planet Earth," as she puts it. But the 27-year-old doesn't feel completely at home here yet. She's a young, modern Israeli woman. Still, despite the dragon tattoo on her shoulder and the loose top offering occasional glimpses of her bra, there are always some moments that betray her past. For example, when her friends talk about old TV series, classic pop music or their first schoolyard crushes, Mayan can't join in. Until she was 17 years old, Mayan lived in another world, a world where those things simply didn't exist." Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,678264,00.html#ref=nlint by jaskaw @ 18.02.2010 - 20:27:49

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Nearly a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time
Read more at: http://ncse.com/news/2010/02/polling-evolution-texas-005330

"A new poll suggests that a slim majority of Texans reject evolution, according to a story in the Texas Tribune (February 17, 2010), which also noted that "[n]early a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time." David Prindle, a professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin, who composed the questions, quipped that the poll confirmed the comedian Lewis Black's claim that a significant proportion of the American people think that The Flintstones was a documentary. Among the questions on the poll was the standard Gallup question ō "Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings?" ō with the choices (1) "Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided the process"; (2) "Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, and God had no part in the process"; and (3) "God created human beings pretty much in their present form about 10,000 years ago. In the Texas poll, 38% of respondents chose (1), 12% chose (2), 38% chose (3), and 12% chose a fourth option, "Don't know." Read more at: http://ncse.com/news/2010/02/polling-evolution-texas-005330 by jaskaw @ 18.02.2010 - 23:37:03

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Massa Daddy [Visitor] 18.02.2010 @ 23:52 45% of Americans believe that the Earth is only 10,000 years old too.

Three women caned for adultery in Malaysia
Read more at: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/02/201021844619366612.html

"Three women have been caned under Islamic law for committing adultery, a Malaysian minister has said. This was the country's first ever case involving flogging of women. Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, the Malaysian home affairs minister, said on Wednesday the sentences were carried out on February 9 after a sharia court found them guilty of extra-marital sex. "It was carried out perfectly," Hishamuddin said in a statement. "Even though the caning did not injure them [the women], they said it caused pain within them." Two of the women were whipped six times while the third received four strokes of the rotan (cane)." Read more at: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/02/201021844619366612.html by jaskaw @ 19.02.2010 - 16:36:29 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/19/three-women-caned-for-adultery-in-malyasia-8036996/

Halal-burgers only and no pork in a big French fast-food chain
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8524056.stm

"A French council has lodged a complaint against a fast food chain that serves only meat that conforms with Islamic dietary laws at a local branch. The mayor of Roubaix, in northern France, said the halal menu constituted "discrimination" against non-Muslims. The Roubaix branch is one of several restaurants at which the chain, Quick, took non-halal products and pork off the menu in November. The move has triggered the latest row over France's Muslim minority." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8524056.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quick_%28restaurant_chain%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halal Halal is a term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. It is the opposite of haraam. The term is used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic law by jaskaw @ 19.02.2010 - 19:07:34 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/19/halal-burgers-only-and-no-pork-in-a-big-frech-fast-food-chain-8037861/

MSNBC: New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior
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Rohit [Visitor] http://www.fakingnews.com 20.02.2010 @ 16:13 On the issue of Dinosaur extinction, believers and creationists have come up with a theory - INTELLIGENT RECALL - after their much famed intelligent design theory. Do read the report here (and enjoy) http://www.fakingnews.com/2010/02/creationists-propose-intelligent-recall-theory-to-explain-extinction-of-species/

jpfib [Member] 20.02.2010 @ 18:03 organised religions are created for immorality and hatred.they propagate terrorism by terrorising fellowbeings with hell and damnation.they are realsatans. Gregory Paul [Visitor] 20.02.2010 @ 20:42 Hey guys, you are about five years behind the curve here! I published a 2009 paper in Evolutionary Psychology that goes way beyond the JR&S paper to answer fundamental questions about religion. Just had a letter on the subject in Science. A new book chapter in Phil Zuckerman's Atheism and Secularism. A year ago a major article on why religion cannot work in Free Inquiry. Coverage of my research by Newsweek, USA Today, The Guardian (700 comments), LA Times, London Times, FoxNews. And lots, lots more. Its all at www.gspaulscienceofreligion.com. Also try Gregory Paul religion and Gregory paul religion and society on Google. That even the atheist community is somewhat behind on these results is a tad perturbing. GP Glenn A Sikes [Visitor] 20.02.2010 @ 21:08 Greg - WOW! I guess you answered all the questions and satisfied everyone's curiosity. No further need for inquiry needed. Move along...nothing to see here. Gregory Paul [Visitor] 20.02.2010 @ 22:26 I am ashamed that you halfwits have never heard of me. Now excuse me while I stroke myself off in front of the world.

Saudi-Arabia plans to allow female lawyers to speak in court - in family related cases only, though
Read more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8526862.stm

"Saudi Arabia is planning to bring in a new law to allow women lawyers to argue cases in court for the first time. The law - to be issued "in the coming days" - would allow women to appear in court on family-related cases, including divorce and child custody. At the moment, they can only work behind the scenes in government and court offices." --Under a system of male guardianship, Saudi Arabian women are required to be kept separate from men they are not related to. All are veiled to a greater or lesser degree in public, they are not allowed to drive, and women under 45 must receive permission from a male when they travel." Read more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8526862.stm

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Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot (In HD)
Great Minds, Great Words: Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot. A Vision of Human Future in Space. The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by Voyager 1 from a record distance, showing it against the vastness of space. By request of Carl Sagan, NASA commanded the Voyager 1 spacecraft, having completed its primary mission and now leaving the solar system, to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth. It was subsequently used by Sagan as the title of his 1994 book of the same name. by jaskaw @ 21.02.2010 - 23:56:02 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/21/carl-sagan-pale-blue-dot-in-hd-8050824/

The Times: The fires of Hell are real and eternal, Pope warns
Read more at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article1572646.ece

"Hell is a place where sinners really do burn in an everlasting fire, and not just a religious symbol designed to galvanise the faithful, the Pope has said. Addressing a parish gathering in a northern suburb of Rome, Benedict XVI said that in the modern world many people, including some believers, had forgotten that if they failed to admit blame and promise to sin no more , they risked eternal damnation ō the Inferno . Hell really exists and is eternal, even if nobody talks about it much any more , he said." Read more at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article1572646.ece by jaskaw @ 22.02.2010 - 00:02:05 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/21/the-times-the-fires-of-hell-are-real-and-eternal-pope-warns-8050855/

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Neil Fiertel [Visitor] 22.02.2010 @ 08:06 The pope is an ignorant old man...It amazes me that people are so ignorant and stupid as to believe that pap...ooooh..I am sooo scared...right. I asked my mother who is 101 by the way about what happens when you die. She said..what do you think? She answered clearly..you rot...The wisdom of the elderly all right..ha ha..

Virginia State Delegate: Disabled kids are God's punishment for abortion
Read more at: http://www.newsleader.com/article/20100222/NEWS01/2220318

RICHMOND ō State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy. He made that statement Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood. "The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children," said Marshall, a Republican. "In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There's a special punishment Christians would suggest." Read more at: http://www.newsleader.com/article/20100222/NEWS01/2220318 by jaskaw @ 22.02.2010 - 21:00:13

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Andy Smith [Visitor] 22.02.2010 @ 21:12 It's not often you can call an elective official a troll, but that's what that statement sounds like. I appeal to Virginians to vote this troll out of office. Highwater [Visitor] 22.02.2010 @ 22:58 According to this man's logic, Palin has had an abortion! We must speak out against her hypocrisy, as it has been proven by this man's sound and infallible conclusion! Sam Johnson [Visitor] 23.02.2010 @ 00:01 It is fear mongering based on obvious lies that make people hate the politics system so much, and is why the Tea Party is drifting away from the GOP. You can be a far out right wing person, you can be a far out left wing person, but above all you opinions must be grounded in logic. Without that, we are a nation of fools. Will [Visitor] 23.02.2010 @ 01:10 I find it frankly appaling that a nation is in a state that it would elect this kind of genepool scrapings to any office.

Bill Hicks - Religion
William Melvin "Bill" Hicks (December 16, 1961 February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian and social critic. His humor challenged mainstream beliefs, aiming to "enlighten people to think for themselves." Hicks used a ribald approach to express his material, describing himself as "Chomsky with dick jokes." His jokes included general discussions about society, religion, politics, philosophy and personal issues. Hicks' material was often deliberately controversial and steeped in dark comedy. In both his stand-up performances, and during interviews, he often criticized consumerism, superficiality, mediocrity and banality within the media and popular culture, describing them as oppressive tools of the ruling class, meant to "keep people stupid and apathetic." Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. In the years after his death, Hicks' work and legacy achieved significant admiration and acclaim. He was listed as the 19th greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central in 2004 and the 6th greatest by the British Channel 4 in 2007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_hicks by jaskaw @ 23.02.2010 - 15:04:21 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/23/bill-hicks-religion-8060118/

German bishop admits drink-driving three times over the legal limit
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8530736.stm

"The head of Germany's Protestant church has admitted drink-driving, after she was charged with passing a red light while three times over the legal limit. Bishop Margot Kaessmann, appointed the church's first female leader last year, was arrested in Hanover at the weekend. She told Germany's Bild newspaper: "I am shocked at myself that I could have made such a grave error." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8530736.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margot_Kaessmann by jaskaw @ 23.02.2010 - 21:30:20 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/23/german-bishop-admits-drink-driving-three-times-over-the-legal-limit-8062454/

Major bus company rejects the atheist bus campaign in New Zealand
Read more at: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1002/S00380.htm

The NZ Atheist Bus Campaign, which late last year raised in excess of $20,000 from public donations, has met a set back in their plans. Nationwide bus company NZ Bus, who had tentatively approved the campaign s ads on buses in major city centres, have now rejected them. NZ Bus stated that they have received a number of complaints from the public about the proposed ads, which read There s probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life. Spokesperson for the Atheist Bus Campaign Simon Fisher says It s concerning that peaceful atheist messages are not allowed on buses while religious messages are often seen on buses and in public. Messages of atheism are rare in New Zealand and we aim to raise awareness for the one-third of New Zealanders who are unconvinced by the claims of religion. Read more at: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1002/S00380.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheist_Bus_Campaign by jaskaw @ 23.02.2010 - 22:21:11 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/23/major-bus-company-rejects-the-atheist-bus-campaign-in-new-zealand-8062840/

A publisher and writer convicted for 'supporting Shi'ism' in Jordan
Read more at: http://www.anhri.net/en/reports/2010/pr0224.shtml

"The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemned the ruling of one of the Jordanian courts, on the 21st of February, 2010, against the Sudanese writer, Al Neil Abdel Kader, and Ward Publishing House. The Court imposed a 10, 000 JD fine each. The writer and the publishing house were accused of "supporting Shi'ism" for a book that was published under the title Letters of the Sheikh Neil‫ل‬Reviewing Islamic Thought. The publishing house had sent a copy of the book to the Department of Press and Publication to be licensed. The Department, however, filed a case against the publishing house and the writer of the book. It relied on a report written by one of its employees, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who considered the writer of the book a supporter of Shi'ism." Read more at: http://www.anhri.net/en/reports/2010/pr0224.shtml by jaskaw @ 24.02.2010 - 11:50:34 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/24/a-publisher-and-writer-convicted-for-supporting-shi-ism-in-jordan-8065410/

'Puppet cleavage' was too much in Colorado
Read more at: http://www.broadway.com/shows/avenue-q-off-bway/buzz/avenue-qs-lucy-slut-responds-colorado-ad-controversy/

"Lucy T. Slut, one of the fuzzy (and very friendly) stars of the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, has never shied away from controversy, but now the puppet s image has been banned from bus shelter advertisements in Colorado Spring because of puppet cleavage, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette. Jeff Moore, an account executive at Lamar Advertising that rejected the ads, told The Gazette, If I have to explain it to my four year old or my grandmother, we don t put it up. And what was his issue with the Avenue Q imagery? It s the fact that it s cleavage, he said. The image has been replaced by photos of other characters from the adult puppet musical, which is set to play Pikes Peak Center March 16 and 17." Read more at: http://www.broadway.com/shows/avenue-q-off-bway/buzz/avenue-qs-lucy-slut-responds-colorado-ad-controversy/ by jaskaw @ 24.02.2010 - 15:04:26 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/24/puppet-cleavage-was-too-much-in-colorado-8066375/

Miss Beverly Hills: "God wants gays put to death"
http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/dan-savage-responds-miss-beverly-hills-gay by jaskaw @ 25.02.2010 - 19:25:10 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/25/miss-beverly-hills-god-wants-gays-put-to-death-8073933/

Olympian says there's 'no atheist at the top of a bobsled run'
Read more at: http://www.bpsports.net/bpsports.asp?ID=6157

"WHISTLER, British Columbia (BP)--Lyndon Rush knows his sport gives him plenty of opportunities to be vocal about his faith in Jesus Christ, and he wants to make the most of those chances. "You know there's no atheist in a foxhole, right?" Rush asked. "There's no atheist at the top of a bobsled run, either." The Canadian bobsled driver, who is competing in his first Winter Olympics, takes advantage of the dangers in his sport, such as traveling at speeds in excess of 90 mph, to be a witness for Christ by praying with his teammates before their runs and by talking often about the Lord. He's found an openness to his spiritual leadership, even among teammates who don't profess to be Christians." Read more at: http://www.bpsports.net/bpsports.asp?ID=6157 by jaskaw @ 25.02.2010 - 19:29:48 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/25/olympian-says-there-s-no-atheist-at-the-top-of-a-bobsled-run-8073955/

New study: Intelligent people more likely to exhibit novel religious and political preferences
Read more at: http://www.physorg.com/news186236813.html

"More intelligent people are significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history. Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence, a new study finds. The study, published in the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Social Psychology Quarterly, advances a new theory to explain why people form particular preferences and values. The theory suggests that more intelligent people are more likely than less intelligent people to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values, but intelligence does not correlate with preferences and values that are old enough to have been shaped by evolution over millions of years." "Evolutionarily novel" preferences and values are those that humans are not biologically designed to have and our ancestors probably did not possess. In contrast, those that our ancestors had for millions of years are "evolutionarily familiar." "General intelligence, the ability to think and reason, endowed our ancestors with advantages in solving evolutionarily novel problems for which they did not have innate solutions," says Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science. "As a result, more intelligent people are more likely to recognize and understand such novel entities and situations than less intelligent people, and some of these entities and situations are preferences, values, and lifestyles." Read more at: http://www.physorg.com/news186236813.html by jaskaw @ 25.02.2010 - 20:20:51

http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/25/new-study-intelligent-people-more-likely-to-exhibit-novel-religious-and-politica

Der Spiegel: The circle of victims of Islam expands rapidly
Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,680349,00.html#ref=nlint

"The rise of Islamic extremism is putting increasing pressure on Christians in Muslim countries, who are the victims of murder, violence and discrimination. Christians are now considered the most persecuted religious group around the world. Paradoxically, their greatest hope could come from moderate political Islam." By SPIEGEL staff. --"Some of Malaysia's states interpret Sharia, the Islamic system of law and order, particularly strictly. The once liberal country is on the way to giving up freedom of religion -- and what constitutes order is being defined ever more rigidly. If a Muslim woman drinks beer, she can be punished with six cane strokes. Some regions similarly forbid such things as brightly colored lipstick, thick make-up, or shoes with clattering high heels." --"Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen have fallen to a large extent into the hands of Islamists. And where Islamists are not yet in power, secular governing parties are trying to outstrip the more religious groups in a rush to the right." Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,680349,00.html#ref=nlint by jaskaw @ 26.02.2010 - 19:59:10 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/26/the-circle-of-victims-of-islam-expands-rapidly-8080122/

Catholics attack distribution of condoms in Philippines
Read more at: http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3831

"Roman Catholic leaders in the Philippines have lambasted a government campaign that encourages condom use to help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, while a health official has blamed the church for thwarting its drive. The Archbishop of Lipa, Ramon Arguelles, on 23 February called for the resignation of the Philippines health department secretary, Esperanza Cabral. Arguelles was quoted on the Catholic Bishops Conference Web site as saying it is "immoral [for Cabral] to be pushing for the use of condoms, which we all know are not a deterrent to AIDS". Cabral told reporters, however, "We are a secular state where the Church and State are separate." She said, "We are always willing to discuss and negotiate" the matter with Catholic Church officials. She added, "We should now be alarmed that we are now diagnosing two persons a day with HIV/AIDS, compared to just one person a day two to three years ago." On 18 February Manila Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales told the Church-run Radio Veritas that the health department was teaching something wrong, saying "Such mentality is pitiful." He was referring to the department's AIDS prevention programme, which it launched by providing free condoms on the eve of 14 February, St Valentine's Day." Read more at: http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3831 by jaskaw @ 26.02.2010 - 20:17:32 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/26/catholics-attack-distribution-of-condoms-in-philippines-8080229/

Context!!!!!!

NonStampCollector writes: "Here are a few kernels of truth, wrapped liberally in extreme exaggeration. I know. It's pretty over the top. But so is the assertion that the bible is a holy book. That's a massive exaggeration. Most of it isn't even "pleasant". The bible is revolting. It is sickening. It is nowhere NEAR as nice a book as what an ethical human could come up with, so why on earth does it have this reputation as having been written by the very author of love itself? It wasn't. It was written by human men - and pretty horrible men by the sounds of things. And why is it that it only ever seems to be the ugly bits of the bible that are ever taken out of context? Why don't we ever hear christians complaining of John 3:16 being taken out of context? Look, I know it's possible for things to be taken out of context. Creationists do it all the time, and it bugs the hell out of scientists and rationalists. Even I've been quoted out of context. Sure, it's annoying. But no context is large enough to write off some of the horrors of the bible. I mean - is September 11, for example, completely justified by recourse to a larger "context"? No, and neither are some of the horrors mentioned in the video. Read more at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK7P7uZFf5o&feature=digest by jaskaw @ 26.02.2010 - 23:22:35 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/26/context-8081253/

Rowan Atkinson: "Amazing Jesus"
The Amazing Jesus and Trixy written by Rowan Atkinson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_Atkinson "Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English comedian, actor and writer, most famous for his work in the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean, the satirical sketch show Not The Nine O'Clock News, and his voiceover work in Walt Disney's The Lion King. He has been listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, and amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians."

by jaskaw @ 27.02.2010 - 19:04:40 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/27/rowan-atkinson-amazing-jesus-8085185/

Danish paper apologises for printing Muhammad cartoon
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8539831.stm

"A Danish newspaper has apologised for any offence caused when it reprinted a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb-shaped turban in 2008. Politiken said it was apologising as part of a settlement with Muslim groups in the Middle East and Australia. Other Danish newspapers criticised Politiken for its move. Twelve cartoons of Muhammad were initially published in 2006, sparking widespread protests by Muslims in various countries." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8539831.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_cartoon by jaskaw @ 27.02.2010 - 21:53:37 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/27/danish-paper-apologises-for-printing-muhammad-cartoon-8085996/

Islamist militants are starving 360 000 people in Somalia
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8541315.stm

"Hundreds of thousands of displaced Somalis rely on food aid from the WFP Islamist militants in Somalia are stopping convoys of food reaching more than 360,000 displaced people, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) says. The agency says trucks travelling from the capital Mogadishu to camps in Afgoye have been stopped by armed men. Insurgent group al-Shabaab says the WFP is ruining local farming by forcing Somalis to rely on imports. But the UN says that without help, Somali farmers cannot supply enough food for those in need." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8541315.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFP by jaskaw @ 28.02.2010 - 17:36:42 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/28/islamist-militants-are-starving-360-000-people-is-somalia-8089931/

Iran: An Unknown Apartheid
Read more at: http://iranianminorityshumanright.blogspot.com/2010/02/unpo-iran-unknown-apartheid.html

"Iranian representatives plead for international community to address bigotry towards minorities. UNPO representatives addressed Permanent Missions in the UN on Friday 12 February to decry the situation of minorities within the Islamic Republic of Iran, just days before Iran comes under examination in their first ever Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. The event hosted by Interfaith International and UNPO provided a platform for debate and discussion of rights violations with a particular focus on the Baloch, Ahwazi Arab, Azerbaijani Turk and Kurdish minorities. In reference to the obstacles placed before religious and ethnic minorities in the workplace and to gain access to university, Mr. Nasser Boladai from West Balochistan denounced life for many citizens in Iran as a form of apartheid about which the world is unaware . Mr. Loghman Ahmedi elaborated on these restrictions reminding the participants of the inherent contradictions in the Iranian constitution. Ahmedi noted that the constitution prevents women and any non-Shia from being elected as President, despite provisions in Article 19 that pledges ’color, race, language, and the like, do not bestow any privilege . A significant proportion of Iran s minority groups are Sunni Muslims, and are therefore entirely excluded from many political processes. Global media attention has been drawn towards the post-election demonstrations in Iran and around the world, but many Iranian minorities boycotted the elections well in advance of the opening of polling stations in June last year once their candidates were forcibly excluded from running by central authorities." Read more at: http://iranianminorityshumanright.blogspot.com/2010/02/unpo-iran-unknown-apartheid.html

by jaskaw @ 28.02.2010 - 21:57:12 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/02/28/iran-an-unknown-apartheid-8091549/

Islamic radicals 'infiltrate' the Labour Party in Britain

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/labour/7333420/Islamic-radicals-infiltrate-the-Labour-Party.html

By Andrew Gilligan "The Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) ō which believes in jihad and sharia law, and wants to turn Britain and Europe into an Islamic state ō has placed sympathisers in elected office and claims, correctly, to be able to achieve mass mobilisation of voters. Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Jim Fitzpatrick, the Environment Minister, said the IFE had become, in effect, a secret party within Labour and other political parties. They are acting almost as an entryist organisation, placing people within the political parties, recruiting members to those political parties, trying to get individuals selected and elected so they can exercise political influence and power, whether it s at local government level or national level, he said. They are completely at odds with Labour s programme, with our support for secularism.

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/labour/7333420/Islamic-radicals-infiltrate-the-Labour-Party.html by jaskaw @ 01.03.2010 - 11:00:15 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/01/islamic-radicals-infiltrate-the-labour-party-8094079/

Serb leader Karadzic claims to have led a ' holy war' in Bosnia
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8542297.stm

"Former leader Radovan Karadzic has said the Serb cause in the Bosnian war was "just and holy" as he began his defence at his genocide trial at The Hague. Mr Karadzic, who led the Bosnian Serbs during the war in the 1990s, said there was a core group of Muslims in Bosnia - then and now - who wanted 100% power. He said the Serbs acted in self-defence after their peace plans were rejected. -"I will defend that nation of ours and their cause that is just and holy," Mr Karadzic said in translated comments at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8542297.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radovan_Karadzic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnian_War by jaskaw @ 01.03.2010 - 19:33:33 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/01/serb-leader-karadzic-claims-to-have-led-a-holy-war-in-bosnia-8096834/

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jill starr [Visitor] http://sites.google.com/site/jillstarrsite 02.03.2010 @ 03:06 What It’s Like to Chill Out With Whom the World Considers the Most Ruthless Men in the World Ratko Mladic, Radovan Karadzic and Goran Hadzic (+) Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator Retrospectively, it was all so simple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade, sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chatting about war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand. Mladic, a man considered the world’s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still at large and currently having a five million dollar bounty on his head for genocide by the international community. Yet there I was with my two best friends at the time, a former Serbian diplomat, his wife, and Ratko Mladic just chilling. There was no security, nothing you’d ordinarily expect in such circumstances. Referring to himself merely as, Sharko; this is the story of it all came about.

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lpcyu [Member] 02.03.2010 @ 03:07 Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case http://picasaweb.google.com/lpcyusa/ (The Documentary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images) This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr Karadzic and others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not. Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states instituting the ICC & ICTY housed at the Hague, insofar as the, Radovan Karadzic, as with the other Hague cases awaiting trial there, I personally witnessed these United Nations member states openly speaking about trading judicial appointments and verdicts for financial funding when I attended the 2001 ICC Preparatory Meetings at the UN in Manhattan making the iCTY and ICC morally incapable trying Radovan Karazdic and others. I witnessed with my own eyes and ears when attending the 2001 Preparatory Meetings to establish an newly emergent International Criminal Court, the exact caliber of criminal corruption running so very deeply at the Hague, that it was a perfectly viable topic of legitimate conversation in those meetings I attended to debate

trading verdicts AND judicial appointments, for monetary funding. Jilly wrote:*The rep from Spain became distraught and when her country’s proposal was not taken to well by the chair of the meeting , then Spain argued in a particularly loud and noticably strongly vocal manner, “Spain (my country) strongly believes if we contribute most financial support to the Hague’s highest court, that ought to give us and other countries feeding it financially MORE direct power over its decisions.” ((((((((((((((((((((((((( ((((((((((((((((((((((((( Instead of censoring the country representative from Spain for even bringing up this unjust, illegal and unfair judicial idea of bribery for international judicial verdicts and judicial appointments, all country representatives present in the meeting that day all treated the Spain proposition as a ”totally legitimate topic” discussed and debated it between each other for some time. I was quite shocked! The idea was "let's discuss it." "It's a great topic to discuss." Some countries agreed with Spain’s propositions while others did not. The point here is, bribery for judicial verdicts and judicial appointments was treated as a totally legitimate topic instead of an illegitimate toic which it is in the meeting that I attended in 2001 that day to establish the ground work for a newly emergent international criminal court.)))))))))))))))))))))))))))) In particular., since "Spain" was so overtly unafraid in bringing up this topic of trading financial funding the ICC for influence over its future judicial appointments and verdicts in front of every other UN member state present that day at the UN, "Spain" must have already known by previous experience the topic of bribery was "socially acceptable" for conversation that day. They must have previously spoke about bribing the ICTY and ICC before in meetings; this is my take an international sociological honor student. SPAIN's diplomatic gesture of international justice insofar as, Serbia, in all of this is, disgusting morally! SPAIN HAS TAUGHT THE WORLD THE TRUE DEFINITION OF AN "INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT." I remind everyone, when I attended those ICC Preparatory Meetings in 2001, witnessing first hand the country plenipotentiary representatives present with me discussing so openly, trading judicial funding of a new international criminal court, for its direct judicial appointments and judicial verdicts, those same state powers were concurrently, those same countries and people were already simultaneously, funding the already established ICTY which was issuing at that time, arrest warrants for Bosnian Serbs under false primary diplomatic pretenses. The ICTY and ICC is just where it should be for once. Cornered and backed into and an international wall, scared like a corned animal (and I bet it reacts in the same way a rabid cornered animal does too in such circumstances). (ICTY associates)

http://sites.google.com/site/jillstarrsite/irrefutable-proof-icty-is-corrupt-court-irrefutable-proof-the-hague-court-cannot(Documents: Hague war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has destroyed all material evidence about the monsterous KLA Albanian/KLA organ trade in Kosovo). I believe strongly that ICYU assocaites murdered former Serb President, Slobodan Milosevic, tried to murder me, as well and other Serbs prisoners and presently places , Doctor Radovan Karadzic’s life in direct danger as well as Ratko Mladic’s life in danger should he be brought there. The ICTY has no other choice than to halt all further court proceedings against, Doctor Radovan Karadzic, and others there both serving sentences and awaiting trials. Miss JIll Louise Starr (The UN Security Council has no choice but to act on this now).

I accuse the Hague ICTY war crimes tribunal of attempted assassination on my life and others, contempt of court and obstruction of international justice and "international witness tampering" in complicity with Richard Holbrook and Bill Clinton (Former US President of the USA) as well as political players in Spain and the Netherlands . I represented the state interests' of the Former Yugoslavia, in Darko Trifunovic’s absence in those meetings and I am proud to undertake this effort on Serbia’s behalf.

Amnesty urges abolition of flogging of women in Sudan
Read more at: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=18650

"Amnesty International today (1 March) denounced the practice of flogging in Sudan, which particularly affects women. A new Campaign Briefing from Amnesty asks people to write to Sudan s President Bashir, urging him to abolish this brutal practice. Sudanese women face a daily risk of being arbitrarily arrested in public or private places for indecent or immoral behaviour or dress . Public Order Police Officers in Sudan have the power to decide what is decent and what is not. In most cases women are arrested for wearing trousers or knee length skirts. Such behaviour can be punishable by up to 40 lashes under Article 152 of Sudan s Criminal Act 1991. Judges have even exceeded the legal limit in some instances and punished women and girls by up to 50 lashes. These punishments amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and affect women as well as girls under 18 in Sudan." Read more at: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=18650 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharia: by jaskaw @ 01.03.2010 - 20:54:54 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/01/amnesty-urges-abolition-of-flogging-of-women-in-sudan-8097313/

Symphony of Science - 'We Are All Connected' (ft. Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye)
melodysheep says; "We Are All Connected" was made from sampling Carl Sagan's Cosmos, The History Channel's Universe series, Richard Feynman's 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson's cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye's Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking's Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more. It is a tribute to great minds of science, intended to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through the medium of music. by jaskaw @ 01.03.2010 - 22:41:46

http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/01/symphony-of-science-we-are-all-connected-ft-sagan-feynman-degrasse-tyson-bi

Indian Humanists Arrested for Distributing a Book Critical of Islam
Read more at: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/news/indian_humanists_arrested_for_distributing_a_book_critical_of_islam/

"The Center for Inquiry s New Delhi, India contacts have reported that CFI/India President Innaiah Narisetti, as well as two other individualsōSubba Rao and author Macha Laxmaiah (alias Krantikar)ōhave been arrested for distributing a book that reportedly hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. The book, Crescent over the World, is a compilation of articles including submissions by Salman Rushdie and Tasleema Nasreen, along with one of the blasphemous cartoons published in the Danish press in 2005 (some of which were republished in Free Inquiry magazine)." Read more at: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/news/indian_humanists_arrested_for_distributing_a_book_critical_of_islam/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innaiah_Narisetti "Innaiah Narisetti (31 Oct 1937) is a writer and humanist from India. A longtime journalist and translator, he currently serves as the chair of the Indian branch of the Center for Inquiry, a secular non-profit organization "dedicated to promoting and defending science, reason, and free inquiry in all aspects of human interest." Narisetti was born in Patha Reddi Palem village in Chebrolu Panchayat, Tenali Taluq, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. From 1953 to 1958 he went to college at Andhra Christian College, Guntur 1953-58, then from 1958 to 1960 at Andhra University, Waltair, to study philosophy. He received his MA in philosophy from Osmania University in 1964." by jaskaw @ 01.03.2010 - 23:45:18 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/01/indian-humanists-arrested-for-distributing-a-book-critical-of-islam-8098524/

Nigerian court rejects case against Humanist campaigning against witch-hunts
Read more at: http://www.iheu.org/nigerian-court-rejects-case-against-humanist-campaigners

"Nigerian Humanists have won the latest round in an ongoing battle with witch hunters. Today, 4 Feb. 2010, the Federal High Court in Calabar struck out the case brought against Leo Igwe, International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) Representative in West Africa, by Helen Ukpabio of the Liberty Gospel Church. In November last year, Ukpabio went to court claiming that conferences organised by the Nigerian Humanist Movement to tackle witchcraft related abuses infringed on her right to spread the gospel. She asked the court to order the child rights campaigners to pay her two hundred billion naira (1.3 billion US dollars) as damages for infringement of their rights. The Church instituted this court action to stop their arrest and prosecution for the attack of July 29 in Calabar, said Igwe, referring to a physical assault on him last year. About 200 members of the Liberty Gospel Church disrupted an anti-witch hunt conference that Igwe organized in July 2009." Read more at: http://www.iheu.org/nigerian-court-rejects-case-against-humanist-campaigners by jaskaw @ 02.03.2010 - 10:58:07 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/02/nigerian-court-rejects-case-against-humanist-campaigners-8100356/

Atheist Group Heralds 'First Time in History' Policy Briefing with White House Officials

Read more at: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/02/atheist-group-heralds-first-time-in-history-policy-briefing-with-white

"White House officials will this morning meet with leaders of the atheist community, who will discuss their concerns about the "privileging of religion" by the government "that harms real people," in the words of Sean Faircloth, executive director of the Secular Coalition of America. The group calls this meeting "the first time in history a presidential administration has met for a policy briefing with the American nontheist community." Faircloth told ABC News that the group will brief Tina Tchen and Paul Monteiro, the director and associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; Bryan H. Samuels, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at Health and Human Services; and Mazen Basrawi, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice."

Read more at: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/02/atheist-group-heralds-first-time-in-history-policy-briefing-with-white by jaskaw @ 02.03.2010 - 21:21:48

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Muslim rioters try to burn newspaper offices in India
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8546685.stm

"Two newspaper offices have been attacked in India's Karnataka state in unrest over an article allegedly written by the writer Taslima Nasreen. Two Muslim protesters were killed in clashes with police after the article, which challenges the Muslim practice of veil wearing, appeared in local papers. An unidentified group vandalised the office of the Kannada Prabha newspaper, which carried the article, police said. Ms Nasreen has denied writing the article for the newspaper. She said an article she had written had been translated into the Kannada language and "doctored" to malign her." -"Police said a group of 10 masked men attempted to set the newspaper's office in Mangalore on fire after dousing the premises with petrol, but firemen extinguished it in time." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8546685.stm by jaskaw @ 03.03.2010 - 19:45:41 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/03/muslim-rioters-try-to-burn-newspaper-offices-in-india-8109647/

Creationists use global warming denial to undermine science
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/science/earth/04climate.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

"Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation s classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both scientific subjects should be taught in public schools. In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories, including evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning. The bill, which has yet to be voted on, is patterned on even more aggressive efforts in other states to fuse such issues. In Louisiana, a law passed in 2008 says the state board of education may assist teachers in promoting critical thinking on all of those subjects. In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories, including evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning. The bill, which has yet to be voted on, is patterned on even more aggressive efforts in other states to fuse such issues. In Louisiana, a law passed in 2008 says the state board of education may assist teachers in promoting critical thinking on all of those subjects." Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/science/earth/04climate.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y by jaskaw @ 04.03.2010 - 13:17:58 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/04/creationists-use-global-warming-denial-to-undermine-science-8113614/

Hindu holy man attacked violently because of suspicions of having relationships with women
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8549167.stm

"Nine people have been arrested in south India for vandalising the ashram of a Hindu holy man after TV channels showed him allegedly engaging in sexual acts. The footage appears to show Nithyananda Swami, 32, in bed with two women. On Wednesday, angry crowds attacked parts of his ashram near Bangalore in Karnataka state. He was not present and police say his whereabouts are unknown Correspondents say the sex scandal has shocked his devotees and angered locals. The holy man has a huge following in southern India." Read more at: http://news.oneindia.in/2010/03/03/swami-nityananda-sex-scandal-video-tamil-actress.html Watch the scandalous video at: http://videos.oneindia.in/watch/17777/paramahamsa-nithyananda-sex-scandal.html by jaskaw @ 04.03.2010 - 19:01:26

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Vanity Fair - Christopher Hitchens on The New Commandments
Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_commandments http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens http://beinghuman.blogs.fi/search/hitchens/AND/ by jaskaw @ 04.03.2010 - 23:11:22 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/04/vanity-fair-christopher-hitchens-on-the-new-commandments-8117161/

Islamic solidarity crumbles over dispute of names of waterways
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28karsh.html?ref=opinion&pagewanted=all

-The Islamic Solidarity Games, the Olympics of the Muslim world, which were to be held in Iran in April, have been called off by the Arab states because Tehran inscribed Persian Gulf on the tournament s official logo and medals. It s a small but telling controversy. It puts the lie to the idea of the Islamic world as a bloc united by religious values that are hostile to the West. It also gives clues as to how the United States and its allies should handle two of their most urgent foreign policy matters: the Iranian nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. --In this history of a single body of water, one sees a perfect example of the so-called Islamic Paradox that dates from the seventh century. For although the Prophet Muhammad took great pains to underscore the equality of all believers regardless of ethnicity, categorically forbidding any fighting among the believers, his precepts have been constantly and blatantly violated. It took a mere 24 years after the Prophet s death for the head of the universal Islamic community, the caliph Uthman, to be murdered by political rivals. This opened the floodgates to incessant infighting within the House of Islam, which has never ceased. Likewise, there has been no overarching Islamic solidarity transcending the multitude of parochial loyalties ō to one s clan, tribe, village, family or nation. Thus, for example, not only do Arabs consider themselves superior to all other Muslims, but inhabitants of Hijaz, the northwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula and Islam s birthplace, regard themselves the only true Arabs, and tend to be highly disparaging of all other Arabic-speaking communities." Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28karsh.html?ref=opinion&pagewanted=all http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Solidarity_Games by jaskaw @ 05.03.2010 - 10:39:02 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/05/read-more-at-http-www-nytimes-com-2010-02-8119180/

Great Minds: Richard Feynman - The Uncertainty Of Knowledge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman Richard Phillips Feynman (1918 1988) was an American physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman, jointly with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams. During his lifetime, Feynman became one of the best-known scientists in the world.

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Pope's sainthood setback after 'miracle cure' nun reported to be ill again
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/05/nun-cured-pope-parkinsons-ill

It was the miracle that set Pope John Paul II on the road to sainthood and provided faithful followers with proof of his holy powers. But hopes that the former pope's canonisation would be fast-tracked by Sister Marie Simon-Pierre's recovery from Parkinson's disease have been set back by reports that the French nun has fallen ill again. Simon-Pierre described three years ago how she regained her health after a night of prayer to the then recently deceased Polish pontiff. John Paul also suffered from Parkinson's disease, which is incurable. "It's like a second birth," she said at the time. "I feel like I've discovered a new body, new limbs." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/05/nun-cured-pope-parkinsons-ill by jaskaw @ 07.03.2010 - 14:24:08

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jpfib [Member] 07.03.2010 @ 17:54 these popes and church is created on lies, cheating, killing, burning and all vices in this world, for their enjoyment of worldly pleasures. they have no goodness or love in their heart.they commit all crimes and preach great words on the pulpit.they perpetrate hatred towards their fellow men who are not ready to lick their feet.these self appointed custodians of god and keys of the kingdom have nothing to do with god or goodness.they live in kingly palaces while their fellow men have no food,shelter and clothings.they make saints to sell them and make money in their name.these saints all these no better than these liars.my dear fellow beings of this universe keep away from these cheats and saves yourself from slavery.

freethink [Member] 08.03.2010 @ 14:51 It is no secret that the majority of the species are still afraid of their own shadow and of an afterlife, so rip-offs like the Church will continue to make fortunes out of the gullible, impressionable and superstitious.

Violence fueled by Islam erupts again in four different countries
In BBC World News today there were four pieces of news over open violent conflicts in the world. They had only one thing in common. They all involved violent Muslim elements in conflict with local government, other Islamic groups or other religions.

Taliban clashes with rival Afghan militants kill 60 "At least 60 militants have been killed in fighting between the Taliban and a rival Islamic group, Hezb-e-Islami, in northern Afghanistan, police say." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8554050.stm 'Dozens killed' in Nigeria clashes "Dozens of people have been reported killed in clashes near the central Nigerian city of Jos. In January hundreds of people were killed in sectarian riots in the city, which lies between the mainly Muslim north and the more Christian south. Ethnic and religious riots also broke out in 2008, killing hundreds." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8554304.stm Philippine troops kill seven 'militants' "Philippine troops have killed at least seven militants from the Abu Sayyaf group in a raid on their hideout in the south of the country, officials say. An army commander said they believed the men might be linked to a wanted Malaysian militant - Zulkipli Bin Hir, also known as Marwan." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8554044.stm Iraq parliamentary election hit by insurgent attacks "Iraq's second parliamentary election since the 2003 invasion has been hit by multiple attacks, with at least 24 people being killed. Islamic militants had pledged to disrupt the voting process with attacks - a group affiliated to al-Qaeda distributed leaflets in Baghdad warning people not to go to the polls." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8553929.stm by jaskaw @ 07.03.2010 - 17:30:45 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/07/violence-fuelled-by-islam-erupts-again-in-four-different-countries-8132827/

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thesauros [Visitor] http://thesauros-store.blogspot.com 08.03.2010 @ 05:14 Click on the video at the following link and watch what Mohommad’s followers of the beloved and peaceful islam do for fun on an afternoon. http://somalisforjesus.blogspot.com/2009/01/mansur-mohamed-sfj-martyr-of-year-2009.html | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 08.03.2010 @ 10:32 Dear thesauros, it is very difficult to how this link connects to the issue at hand; namely violence caused by very strongly held religious beliefs. I must comment that Christianity has always very keen on building and fostering sadness and melancholy in its followers, as happy people are not as interested in the sad and melancholy things they have on offer. Fear of death is in fact their main selling point; did you know that they do in fact have a instrument of painful and slow death hanging in every building they own?

Sam Harris warns about the 'relativistic trap'
Read more at: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/02/universal-morality/

"In a well-meaning attempt to be tolerant of other cultures and religions we often blithely subvert our values and morality, says Sam Harris, the outspoken critic of blind religious faith. We do this because we think that questions about good and evil or right and wrong cannot be answered definitively. But they can, he told a rapt audience at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference Thursday ō and they should. --We know that there are fundamentally right and wrong answers to certain questions and issues, but do not trust our instincts, he said. These cast-aside tenets should respected and should be the basis of a universal morality, regardless of variations in cultures and belief. Even within a single culture it s easy to fall into a morally relativistic trap, he said. For example, Harris noted, there are 21 states in the U.S. where it s legal for a teacher to beat a child with a wooden board to the point of leaving bruises and breaking skin. The rationale for this behavior is the Biblical quote about sparing the rod and spoiling the child." Read more at: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/02/universal-morality/ by jaskaw @ 07.03.2010 - 21:40:49 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/07/sam-haris-warns-about-the-relativistic-trap-8134546/

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Islamic tyranny 'is crushing Iran's artists'
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/07/iran-human-rights

Lizzy Davies, Paris The Observer, Sunday 7 March 2010 "Actress Golshifteh Farahani, exiled in Paris, reveals the pressures on Iran's artistic community after anti-government film-maker is arrested. Golshifteh Farahani knows how dangerous it is now to be an artist in Tehran. In 2008 she became the first Iranian-based actress in almost 30 years to appear in a Hollywood blockbuster. Starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's Body of Lies, she hoped the film would be appreciated in her homeland for its critical stance on America's politics in the Middle East. She was wrong. When she returned to Tehran the then 24-year-old was subjected to seven months of inquisition from the authorities of the Islamic republic. Reprimanded for not having asked the permission of the government, she became a regular guest of the Information Ministry and intelligence services. Eventually she cracked. By the time Body of Lies was released, she was an exile in Paris. She does not know when she will go home." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/07/iran-human-rights by jaskaw @ 08.03.2010 - 16:45:20 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/08/mahmoud-ahmadinejad-s-islamic-tyranny-is-crushing-iran-s-artists-8138858/

Leading home-school text-books dismiss evolution in the United States
Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,588260,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r2:c0.000000:b0:z5 "LOUISVILLE, Ky. ō Home-school mom Susan Mule wishes she hadn't taken a friend's advice and tried a textbook from a popular Christian publisher for her 10-year-old's biology lessons. Mule's precocious daughter Elizabeth excels at science and has been studying tarantulas since she was 5. But she watched Elizabeth's excitement turn to confusion when they reached the evolution section of the book from Apologia Educational Ministries, which disputed Charles Darwin's theory. "I thought she was going to have a coronary," Mule said of her daughter, who is now 16 and taking college courses in Houston. "She's like, 'This is not true!"' Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S. And for most home-school parents, a Bible-based version of the Earth's creation is exactly what they want. Federal statistics from 2007 show 83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children "religious or moral instruction." --"The textbook delivers a religious ultimatum to young readers and parents, warning in its "History of Life" chapter that a "Christian worldview ... is the only correct view of reality; anyone who rejects it will not only fail to reach heaven but also fail to see the world as it truly is." Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,588260,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r2:c0.000000:b0:z5 by jaskaw @ 09.03.2010 - 08:42:36

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US study shows strong links between religiosity and racism
Read more at: http://uscnews.usc.edu/university/study_links_religion_and_racism.html

A meta-analysis of 55 independent studies carried out in the United States with more than 20,000 mostly Christian participants has found that members of religious congregations tend to harbor prejudiced views of other races. In general, the more devout the community, the greater the racism, according to the authors of the analysis, led by Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at USC College and the USC Marshall School of Business. The study appears in the February issue of Personality and Social Psychology Review. Religious groups distinguish between believers and non-believers and moral people and immoral ones, Wood said. So perhaps it s no surprise that the strongly religious people in our research, who were mostly white Christians, discriminated against others who were different from them ō blacks and minorities. --Wood speculated that racist tendencies would not be limited to one religion: All religions offer a moral group identity, and so across world religions ō including Buddhism, Hinduism, Muslim, Judaism and Christianity ō the religious ingroup is valued over outgroups. --Despite the involvement of religious individuals in the civil rights movement, and in later struggles for racial equality, the authors found a strong correlation between religious belief and racism, as measured through commonly used survey tools that rate respondents attitudes toward religion and racial minorities. --People who were religious because of their respect for tradition and social convention were especially likely to be racist, Wood said, though adding that the strength of the correlation declined somewhat as racism became less socially acceptable. Read more at: http://uscnews.usc.edu/university/study_links_religion_and_racism.html by jaskaw @ 09.03.2010 - 09:59:21 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/09/us-study-shows-strong-links-between-religiosity-and-racism-8143182/

Seven Muslims arrested in Ireland over 'plot to kill Swedish cartoonist'
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8558022.stm

"Seven people have been arrested in the Irish Republic over an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist for depicting the Prophet Muhammad, police say. The four men and three women are all Muslim immigrants, according to media reports, though a police statement did not confirm this. Cartoonist Lars Vilks had depicted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog in the Nerikes Allehanda newspaper. Islamic militants put a $100,000 (£67,000) bounty on his head. Mr Vilks was quoted as saying he was unfazed by the arrests, which he said he thought could be linked to two death threats he had received by telephone in January." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8558022.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_Vilks_Muhammad_drawings_controversy "The Lars Vilks Muhammad drawings controversy began in July 2007 with a series of drawings by Swedish artist Lars Vilks which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad as a roundabout dog (a form of street installation in Sweden). Several art galleries in Sweden declined to show the drawings, citing security concerns and fear of violence. The controversy gained international attention after the Örebro-based regional newspaper Nerikes Allehanda published one of the drawings on 18 August to illustrate an editorial on self-censorship and freedom of religion. While several other leading Swedish newspapers had published the drawings already, this particular publication led to protests from Muslims in Sweden as well as official condemnations from several foreign governments including Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Jordan, as well as by the inter-governmental Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The controversy occurred about a year and a half after the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy in Denmark in early 2006." by jaskaw @ 09.03.2010 - 21:22:29 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/09/irish-arrests-over-plot-to-kill-swedish-cartoonist-8147188/

DrJerryK Rebuttal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creationism by jaskaw @ 10.03.2010 - 14:44:19 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/10/drjerryk-rebuttal-8150966/

God is all in your head, author of the new book says
Read more at: http://www.thestar.com/living/article/777447--god-is-all-in-your-head-author-says

"The human brain tries to explain the world around us, applying whatever it knows to develop a reasonable explanation for what it sees and experiences. And for the things it can't explain, the brain simply fills in the holes with its own neat little invention, a new book says. God. "Our principle concern was to understand why religion works," says Lionel Tiger, and anthropologist and co-author of the new book God's Brain. In the book, Tiger and psychiatrist Michael McGuire argue that some 150,000 years ago, humans figured out they were all going to die. This changed everything. Humans began to wonder about the purpose of their lives and what came next. Suddenly, the world stopped making sense. This was stressful. We wanted an explanation. The human brain needed answers, so it created God, an afterlife and religious stories that explained the world around us. Having answers released serotonin into the brain, a natural stress reliever, and it was good. For millennia to follow, Tiger and McGuire argue, the rituals of religion provided more comfort, more serotonin and more followers. "All the religions map the major transition points and crises of human life, and make them easier to deal with," Tiger says. "There is almost always a complex ritual that has to happen and people can focus on that rather than the drama of what's actually happening."

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The new Buddhist atheism
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/mar/10/buddhism-atheism-hitchens

by Mark Vernon "A book setting out the principles of a pared-down Buddhism has won praise from arch-atheist Christopher Hitchens" "In God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens writes of Buddhism as the sleep of reason, and of Buddhists as discarding their minds as well as their sandals. His passionate diatribe appeared in 2007. So what's he doing now, just three years later, endorsing a book on Buddhism written by a Buddhist? The new publication is Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. Its author, Stephen Batchelor, is at the vanguard of attempts to forge an authentically western Buddhism. He is probably best known for Buddhism Without Beliefs, in which he describes himself as an agnostic. Now he has decided on atheism, the significance of which is not just that he doesn't believe in transcendent deities, but is also found in his stripping down of Buddhism to the basics." --Hitchens calls it "honest" and "serious", a model of self-criticism, and an example of the kind of ethical and scientific humanism "in which lies our only real hope". The endorsement makes sense because Batchelor's is an account of Buddhism for "this world alone". His deployment of reason and evidence, coupled to the imperative to remake Buddhism and hold no allegiance to inherited doctrines, would appeal to Hitchens. And not just Hitchens." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/mar/10/buddhism-atheism-hitchens http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Batchelor_%28author%29 by jaskaw @ 10.03.2010 - 21:42:53 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/10/the-new-buddhist-atheism-8153462/

Italian coach banned for saying God's name in vain
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/02/italy-football-coach-god-blasphemy

Chievo's coach was not the only one caught out; one of his players, Michele Marcolini, was deemed to have said 'God' as he left the field after a red card. "Domenico "Mimmo" Di Carlo could not be said to have emblazoned his name on the annals of Italian football until, that is, last Sunday in the third minute of the second half of Chievo's 2-1 victory over Cagliari in Serie A. It was at this moment, according to the disciplinary watchdog of the Italian football league, that the Verona club's coach "proffered a blasphemous expression" that was to make him the first victim of a zero-tolerance policy on irreverence. Di Carlo, whose side narrowly avoided relegation last season, was banned from the touchline for a game after Sunday's outburst. The Italian federation, Federcalcio, decided last month that the time had come for disciplinary action to be taken against players and coaches heard taking God's name in vain." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/02/italy-football-coach-god-blasphemy by jaskaw @ 11.03.2010 - 00:05:13 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/10/italian-coach-banned-for-taking-god-s-name-in-vain-8154352/

Italian school angers the Vatican by installing condom machines on campus

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By NICK PISA "The Vatican today condemned a controversial decision by an Italian school to install a condom machine on its campus, saying it 'trivialises sex.' Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Pope's chief vicar of the diocese of Rome, spoke out after the dispensers were installed in the boys and girls toilets of the Keplero secondary school. Cardinal Vallini said he was 'very worried' by the move, which is the first of its kind in an Italian school, and added: 'This trivialises sex and will not find agreement in the Church community of Rome or with Christan families who will be seriously considered about children's education."

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bezboznik [Visitor] 11.03.2010 @ 19:51 Porco dio. It is an insult to have these evil pricks interject themselves where they do not belong. Instead, they should address something they actually can do something about: pedophile priests. cosimo [Visitor] 12.03.2010 @ 01:48 The Catholic Church should not interfere with these matters. Madonna puttana.

Vatican's chief exorcist says that devil is in Vatican

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By Nick Squires in Rome "The Devil is lurking in the very heart of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican's chief exorcist claimed on Wednesday. Father Gabriele Amorth said people who are possessed by Satan vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron. He added that the assault on Pope Benedict XVI on Christmas Eve by a mentally unstable woman and the sex abuse scandals which have engulfed the Church in the US, Ireland, Germany and other countries, were proof that the Anti-Christ was waging a war against the Holy See. "The Devil resides in the Vatican and you can see the consequences," said Father Amorth, 85, who has been the Holy See's chief exorcist for 25 years. "He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, or even appear to be sympathetic. At times he makes fun of me. But I'm a man who is happy in his work." While there was "resistance and mistrust" towards the concept of exorcism among some Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI has no such doubts, Father Amorth said. "His Holiness believes wholeheartedly in the practice of exorcism. He has encouraged and praised our work," he added."

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jpfib [Member] 12.03.2010 @ 14:24 why doubt?catholic church was created was created by devils to enslave fellow brothers and sisters.they have no goodness or love in their heart.if every criminal deeds are put on the shoulders of devil they (church leaders) will be absolved and heaven will be in their custody as they are infallible

Scientologists try to block 'intolerant' German feature film
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Kate Connolly in Berlin "Television network denies claims that Until Nothing Remains depicts group as totalitarian and unethical. Germany's state broadcaster is locked in a row with the Church of Scientology which wants to block an upcoming feature film that depicts the controversial organisation as totalitarian and unethical. Bis Nichts Mehr Bleibt, or Until Nothing Remains, dramatises the account of a German family torn apart by its associations with Scientology. A young married couple joins the organisation but as the wife gets sucked ever more deeply into the group, her husband, who has donated much of his money to it, decides to leave. In the process he loses contact with his young daughter who, like his wife, is being educated by Scientology instructors. Scientology leaders have accused Germany's primary public TV network, ARD, of creating in top secret a piece of propaganda that sets out to undermine the group, and have demanded to see it before it is broadcast. The 90-minute film reflects an unease in Germany about the organisation, which boasts several thousand members across the country and has its headquarters in central Berlin. The church is considered anti-constitutional by its critics." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/11/scientologists-try-block-german-film by jaskaw @ 12.03.2010 - 15:25:51 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/12/scientologists-try-to-block-intolerant-german-feature-film-8163171/

Pharmacist refuses to sell contraceptive pills 'because of her religion' in Britain
Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1256602/Pharmacist-refuses-mother-38-contraceptive-pills-religion.html

"A pharmacist refused to serve a mother-of-two with a prescription for the contraceptive pill because it went against her religious beliefs. Shocked Janine Deeley, 38, initially thought the female pharmacist must be joking, but became angry when she was told to try another chemist or come back the next day when someone else was on duty. Miss Deeley said she is prescribed the pill by her GP because she suffers from a condition which causes painful periods. She said she was furious at being 'treated like a child' and having to explain herself like an irresponsible teenager."

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Students flock to Liberty University to study creationism
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/09/liberty-university-studen_n_491297.html

An Agence France-Press report estimates that some 40 percent of the United States believe in creationism, which holds that the Earth was created by God only several thousand years ago. Students are flocking to Liberty University to study this literal interpretation of the Bible, much to the dismay of scientists. Liberty University was founded by the late and very controversial Rev. Jerry Falwell. Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/09/liberty-university-studen_n_491297.html by jaskaw @ 13.03.2010 - 17:02:49 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/13/students-flock-to-liberty-university-to-study-creationism-8169751/

Philosopher A. C. Grayling: "Religion can't carry on unconstrained"
Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/world/the-god-botherer-20100313-q4mb.html

By BARNEY ZWARTZ "Plato said philosophy begins with wonder. For noted British philosopher A. C. Grayling, wonder began with philosophy. Raised in Zambia, he discovered Plato at 12 and used to read philosophy by torchlight under the blankets, he found it so riveting. --When it comes to civil liberties and especially to religion, he is an unvarnished polemicist, full ō as an Age reviewer once observed of him ō of missionary zeal. Nevertheless, Grayling, 60, is the acceptable face of militant atheism, the velvet glove among the mailed fists. He is trenchant without being strident, committed without being domineering, and does not imagine that everyone who disagrees with him is deluded, insane or wicked. (He is "militant", in that he is not only an unbeliever himself, but wants to ensure no one else believes either.) INVITED to dissociate himself from the arrogance that opponents often claim can characterise other front-line atheists such as Richard Dawkins (also in town for the atheist convention) and Christopher Hitchens, he will not be drawn. He understands their frustration, he says, but regrets that people might miss their message because of their manner. He concedes that "a little dash of charm can go a long way" ō and he can muster more than a little. Grayling concedes religion has a right to exist and to a say, but he thinks it has too great a say. "It's the constant arrogation of an overstated influence on life and society that secularists like myself oppose. There's no point in pussyfooting around. You believe something dreamed up by illiterate goatherds 2000 years ago and I've got to respect it? No is the answer, after 9/11." "Religion can't carry on unconstrained, and the constraint must be, see yourself as you are, an unelected body with no greater rights than any other interest group such as trade unions or political parties. Have your say, but don't impose yourself on the rest of us." Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/world/the-god-botherer-20100313-q4mb.html by jaskaw @ 13.03.2010 - 17:22:25 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/13/philosopher-a-c-grayling-religion-can-t-carry-on-unconstrained-8169850/

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jpfib [Member] 14.03.2010 @ 12:48 religion must be a path to free oneself from fear and slavery.there is god different from oneself.true religion helps one to realize one's own godhead.organised religions are formed exploit their brothers and sisters and make them their slaves, to attain big money and power(by leaders).they spread hatred.they appear pious and sweet outside while their heart is full of hatred and wickedness.they commit all crimes and use money ad power to escape law and punishment.organized religion is a big business.no love and goodness in it.

jpfib [Member] 14.03.2010 @ 12:59 a correction to the earlier comment-there is no god different from oneself.they (organizers) are real terrorists.they preach hell and damnation to make their fellow beings their slaves.they say Christ preached give everything you have to the poor and take thy cross and follow me. but these crooks make big money in the name of poor and enjoy all worldly pleasures.they live in large palaces,vine,dine commit all vices while millions of fellowmen have no food,clothings or shelter.they want bullet proof vehicles to travel.that is the faith in their god.they commit every crime with infallibility.

jpfib [Member] 14.03.2010 @ 13:16 they wear gold rings on their fingers to be kissed by the slaves. are they not ashamed.Christ took birth in a cattle shed and lived a simple living.but these crooks in his name we know..... .no body has the right to impose their belief on others.they preach they are the only custodians of the keys of the kingdom.who gave it to them.these are all to fool their fellow beings. hell with their gold rings and gold crosses. i was baptized by catholics without my permission and made me a follower.when i came to know their true nature i left them. buy i have no hatred towards them. am writing this only to open the eyes of my fellow brothers and sisters who fell in to their trap.try them for their lies, killings, burnings,raping,abuse of children.they reap what they sow. MerLin [Visitor] 14.03.2010 @ 13:46 I don't think it is necessary for the vanguard of "new" atheists to be cookie-cutter copies of each other. They each appeal to a different audience, and though their message is the same, of course their strongly opinionated and unique personalities has shaped their delivery. I find the swagger of Hitchens' swashbuckling approach rather disarming, and can appreciate his rapier-sharp wit and his boisterous use of the Language. But I also like Grayling's more calming and reflective delivery. As for religion, it has played an important role in this brief period in the evolution of the species, for while we were afraid of the dark, it provided us some comfort. But our continued development depends on our maturation, and we must outgrow the sucking of the thumb and unlike Linus, must put away the security blanket. If mankind is to survive this period of our history, we must develop more secular societies, for nuclear power, religion and superstition make for a deadly cocktail.

Sid [Visitor] http://www.plymouthhumanists.org.uk/ 14.03.2010 @ 14:22 Well said MerLin

Religion - Man's Flaw
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The Internet: Where religions come to die
Thunderf00t says: "Clips taken from Godzilla of course :-)

'the end of the world cult' Fascinating documentary about some guy who claimed to be jesus (one of many) and predicted the end of the world a couple of times. The interesting conclusion (other than the world not ending of course) was that he was arrested for his sexual abuse of minors. Seeing the 'son of god' go from righteous 'they are persecuting me like they did with jesus' to a man institutionalized in prison, on hunger strike is a fascinating insight into the human mind and the messiah complex. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvytVhqiO6E http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Bent Jesus camp of course (I'll leave you to find that!) and Mr Deity (who does some wonderfully funny satire on Christianity). http://www.youtube.com/user/misterdeity Turns out he's an ex mormon (damn the typo is so tempting), and has a v. interesting story to tell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOSgKVotOPo RDF.net Clip from Richard Dawkins vs the Muslim from 'The Big Debate' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-S7M0KZTsU Clip also taken from the simpsons satire of cults 'The Joy of Sect'. Clip of Bill Maher also taken from religulous. by jaskaw @ 14.03.2010 - 02:07:25 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/14/the-internet-where-religions-come-to-die-8172193/

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Cheesedoff17 [Visitor] 14.03.2010 @ 09:53 Excellent. It's a great idea to put all these videos together. Having viewed the terrifying Jesus Camp and Fatima videos a film could be made to denounce such shameful brain washing. These people should be arrested.

jpfib [Member] 14.03.2010 @ 12:15 religion must cultivate faith in oneself.it must be a path to become aware of one's own real inner self.there is no god apart from oneself.organised religions are formed to exploit the weakness of their own fellow brothers and sisters to make easy money and attain power and popularity.survival of the fittest,that is the name of the game.they(leaders}preach one thing to the followers and they practice the opposite.they are white washed tombs.outwardly they seem pious and loving.inside they are full of hatred

"I dumped out all the bathwater and I found there was no baby there."
Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/national/path-to-losing-his-religion-20100313-q59j.html

PETER MUNRO - The Age, Australia IN THE beginning, Dan Barker found God and saw that he was good. He was a teenage evangelist at 15, spouting sermons on street corners in southern California. At 16, he worked for a faith healer in Los Angeles and spoke in tongues. When he prayed, he felt at peace. --Mr Barker, now wearing a scarlet letter "A" on his left lapel, compares losing his religion to putting away childish things. For 19 years he was a God-fearing man and travelling preacher. He spent two years in Mexico as a Protestant missionary. --''The phrase I like to use is that I dumped out all the bathwater and I found there was no baby there.'' --''Believing in an afterlife kind of takes away some of the dignity of the actual life we have. If life is eternal, life is cheap,'' says Mr Barker, now 60, and co-president of the US advocacy group, Freedom From Religion Foundation Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/national/path-to-losing-his-religion-20100313-q59j.html by jaskaw @ 14.03.2010 - 13:11:19 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/14/i-dumped-out-all-the-bathwater-and-i-found-there-was-no-baby-there-8173865/

A surprise victory for the campaign against the blasphemy law in Ireland?
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"Atheist Ireland welcomes the statement from Dermot Ahern, the Irish Justice Minister, that he is proposing a referendum this Autumn to remove the offence of blasphemy from the Irish Constitution, along with two other referendums that the government is already committed to. The Minister has told the Sunday Times that I was only doing my duty in bringing in the new blasphemy law, and that there was an incredibly sophisticated campaign [against me], mainly on the internet. Atheist Ireland thanks everyone who has helped to make the campaign against this new law as effective as it has been to date. It is now important we maintain the pressure on this issue to ensure that the referendum happens as proposed and, more importantly, that it is won." Read more at: http://blasphemy.ie/ by jaskaw @ 14.03.2010 - 19:01:32

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Richard Dawkins: "The whole idea of creating saints, it's pure Monty Python"
Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/dawkins-delivers-the-sermon-they-came-to-hear-20100314-q63g.html

"MARY MacKillop's canonisation by ''Pope Nazi'' was ''pure Monty Python'', the world's most famous atheist told the world's first global atheist conference in Melbourne yesterday. And Family First Senator Steve Fielding was less intelligent that an earthworm, according to biologist Richard Dawkins. After a public lecture, Professor Dawkins was asked whether ''credulous'' media reporting and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's welcoming of last month's canonisation of Mary MacKillop as Australia's first Catholic saint were discouraging. Professor Dawkins replied that he did find it discouraging. ''The whole idea of creating saints, it's pure Monty Python,'' he said. ''They have to clock up two miracles. These are people we are supposed to take seriously." Read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/dawkins-delivers-the-sermon-they-came-to-hear-20100314-q63g.html by jaskaw @ 15.03.2010 - 11:11:30

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Survivor star gets thrown out of an airplane for uttering the 'Lords name in vain'
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From the Facebook page of Survivor Star Jerri Manthey: "At this point, everyone around me was aware of the situation at hand. She continued to berate me about my jacket over and over until I frustratingly handed it to her and exclaimed, Fine! Take it! I then said under my breath, Jesus Christ! . She gasped in horror and threw my coat back at me. You just took the Lord s name in vain. Hold onto your jacket because you re going need it when I have you removed from this plane , she stated as she stormed through the aisle of the moving plane. I saw her approach Ms. Stasio with what I will describe as shear delight to tell her what I had just said. Next thing I knew, we were stopped on the tarmac, and the remaining passengers on the plane were growing restless and upset. We sat for almost 15 minutes. Suddenly, the door was opened and security, police and the manager I had talked to earlier were approaching me. The entire plane was now involved. People were shifting in their seats and staring at me confusingly, trying to figure out what had happened that could warrant the onslaught of security and law enforcement. There was a sudden sense of danger and confusion onboard. Even I was wondering what had happened. It all seemed way to intense to have been caused by the combination of my carry on, my laptop, my jacket and saying Jesus name in vain!! The manager was apologizing profusely as he once again sat in the seat next to me. We re going to escort you off the plane. I m sorry this has happened, he said. Suddenly, Victor, who was in the seat next to me and now standing in the aisle, was explaining to the manager that I had done nothing wrong and that he was a witness. Then a man two rows in front of me Craig Stephens came to my defense as well. Can I please speak to the pilot? The flight attendant is over-reacting and I want to tell him she is way out of line. This woman has done nothing and doesn t deserve to by removed from the plane. This is ridiculous! , he said." Read more at: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=350050348004&id=760742781&ref=mf by jaskaw @ 15.03.2010 - 14:19:09

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Richard [Visitor] 15.03.2010 @ 16:00 Thrown out of an airplane for uttering the 'Lords name in vain' is a bit of a stretch. She was removed from the plane because because a psychopathic flight attendant was drunk with power and seemed to have some sort of vendetta against Jerri. The truth this flight attendant's motivation will more than likely never be known. | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 15.03.2010 @ 18:22 Your right Richard, but the fantastic thing is that a person could use a thing a like this as a excuse and get away with it. Aardpig [Visitor] 15.03.2010 @ 22:23 Jesus Christ! The Masked Avenger [Visitor] 16.03.2010 @ 00:56 Lawsuit time.

Public voting for Project Reason video contest has started!
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Vote for the best video promoting rational thinking in the Project Reason video-contest. Voting on the finalists will begin on March 15, 2010 and will end on March 21, 2010. The prize for the Winning Video of 2010 will be $10,000. The prize for Second Place will be $4,000. The prize for Third Place will be $1,000. Read more and vote at: http://www.project-reason.org/contests/video_contest/ by jaskaw @ 15.03.2010 - 19:37:46 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/15/public-voting-for-project-reason-video-contest-has-started-8182249/

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hannasiren [Member] http://hannasiren.blogs.fi 16.03.2010 @ 14:00 Kävin katsomassa elämän suuriin kysymyksiin vastaavia kirjoja käsittelevän videon projektin etusivulta.:-) Vaikuttaa ihan kiinnostavalta kilpailuidealta.

Hitler Responds To Crackergate
Nykytyne2 says: "I'm afraid I had no choice but to invoke the "Hitler reacts" meme. My apologies to my German-speaking subscribers. Category: Comedy"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler_parody_video#Parodies by jaskaw @ 15.03.2010 - 20:11:19 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/15/hitler-responds-to-crackergate-8182451/

Orthodox Jews fight against the new organ donor law in Israel - but allow receiving organs...
Read more at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/03/13/international/i210040S16.DTL

"Israel is launching a potentially trailblazing experiment in organ donation: Sign a donor card, and you and your family move up in line for a transplant if one is needed. The new law is the first of its kind in the world, and international medical authorities are eager to see if it boosts organ supply. But it has also raised resistance from within Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority. These opponents say it discriminates against them because their religious convictions forbid the donation of their organs, and while they are unlikely to get the law reversed, they have the political clout to slow its implementation. --The low rate of organ donation is thought to be partly driven by religious considerations. Most rabbis have no problem with transplants to save lives; their objection is to profiting from or needlessly mutilating cadavers. But 99-year-old Rabbi Yosef Sholom Elyashiv takes a different view, and he is one of ultra-Orthodox Jewry's most influential leaders, claiming 100,000 followers among Israel's 6 million Jews. Elyashiv forbids organ donation before cardiac death, but allows his followers to receive lifesaving donations." Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/03/13/international/i210040S16.DTL#ixzz0iJvenw1O by jaskaw @ 16.03.2010 - 09:02:50

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Dave Undis [Visitor] http://www.lifesharers.org 17.03.2010 @ 14:37 Registered organ donors in the United States can get preferred access to donated organs by joining LifeSharers at www.lifesharers.org. Membership is free. There is no age limit, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. Nothing could be fairer than giving organs first to organ donors. If you're not willing to register to be an organ donor, then you should go to the back of the waiting list if you ever need an organ. More importantly, putting organ donors first creates an incentive for non-donors to become donors. Thousands of Americans die every year waiting for organ transplants. Just about everyone would accept an organ transplant to live, but only about half of us have agreed to donate our organs after we die. It's no wonder there's such a large organ shortage.

Raj Patel Is The Messiah, Says Religious Group After Author Appears On 'The Colbert Report'
Watch the video at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/16/raj-patel-is-the-messiah_n_500645.html

"Raj Patel, the author of the recent book "The Value of Nothing," has experienced a bizarre incarnation of the "Colbert Bump" after appearing on "The Colbert Report" in January. Patel has apparently been discovered by a religious group called "Share International" which awaits the second coming of Buddha in the form of a Messiah they call "Maitreya." The group's religious leader, Benjamin Creme, identified the Maitreya as having been born in 1972, traveled to London from India in 1977, being dark-skinned, and having a stutter. After Raj Patel came on "The Colbert Report," and was described in an article as having briefly stuttered, Creme officially declared that Patel was the group's Messiah. Patel spoke with Stephen Colbert last night over the phone about his recent Messiah-hood. He called the whole idea "entirely bogus," especially considering his strongly-held belief that we shouldn't rely on religious leaders to make decisions for us, but to think for ourselves. In "The Value of Nothing," Patel urges people to think about the true costs of the things we purchase, and take concrete steps towards changing the world." Watch the video at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/16/raj-patel-is-the-messiah_n_500645.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj_Patel "Raj Patel is a British-born American academic, journalist, activist and writer who has lived and worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States for extended periods. He is best known for his 2008 book, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. His most recent book is The Value of Nothing which was on The New York Times best-seller list during February 2010." by jaskaw @ 16.03.2010 - 18:31:27

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knowledge is power [Visitor] http://www.hiddencodes.com/patel.htm 30.03.2010 @ 11:42 Raj Patel is being used as a mouthpiece for maitreya. Don't be fooled by any of these smooth talking liars.

Actor Stephen Baldwin Takes Christian Indoctrination to the Xtreme
Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/146033/actor_stephen_baldwin_takes_christian_indoctrination_to_the_xtreme

"Actor Stephen Baldwin has a message for the millennial generation: Jesus is cool, Jesus is rad, Jesus will kick your butt, Jesus will help you kick the butts of secular liberals. Yet while Baldwin seeks to be the hip new face of evangelicalism, promoting the Jesus of skateboarders and cool kids, beneath his radical chic is the ideology of the old men behind the Cold War-era John Birch Society and Christian Crusade. Together with Christian activist and radio host Kevin McCullough, Baldwin launched a youth-targeted for-profit Christian media company, Xtreme Media, LLC, and the radio program Xtreme Radio with Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough. The aim of Xtreme Media, according to Baldwin, is to create "a content reality we want to utilize to fire up the conservative movement to stand up and push back louder and more ferociously." Addressing a 2008 religious-right conference, the annual Values Voter Summit sponsored by FRC Action, Baldwin -- the baby of the Baldwin brothers acting family first put on the Hollywood map by brother Alec -explained that he uses "extreme sports" to recruit young evangelicals "because I believe the way to ensure a better America in the future is make more Christians." At religious right conferences across the nation, Baldwin struts before young and not-so-young audiences, deploying his uber-masculine Christianity as a rebuke to the Hollywood liberals he claims are ruining America." Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/146033/actor_stephen_baldwin_takes_christian_indoctrination_to_the_xtreme by jaskaw @ 17.03.2010 - 11:54:50 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/17/actor-stephen-baldwin-takes-christian-indoctrination-to-the-xtreme-8191844/

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Elaine kilshaw [Visitor] 17.03.2010 @ 12:23 Is this not a good thing as it makes all these different religions extinct for reasonable,rational, minded people Steve [Visitor] 17.03.2010 @ 14:03 He was always been the loser of the Baldwin brothers so, this is not surprising. The use of "Xtreme" as usual Christians are ten years behind the marketing swing. Like christian rock I am sure this will flop.

Who gave Secular Coalition for America half a million bucks?
Read more at: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/03/18/394680/his-fortune-polishes-atheists.html

"When GlaxoSmithKline bought Todd Stiefel's family business for $2.9 billion last April, he began to think about what to do with the rest of his life. A Duke University graduate, Stiefel wanted his windfall to better society. Like many modern philanthropists, such as Bill and Melinda Gates or Warren Buffett, Stiefel is not motivated by religious zeal. In fact, Stiefel has become one of the country's biggest benefactors of atheist causes. Last month, Stiefel gave $500,000 to the Secular Coalition of America, a Washington-based coalition that lobbies on behalf of 10 groups of atheists, humanists and agnostics. That's on top of two smaller gifts to two of the coalition's members: a $100,000 matching grant to American Atheists and a $50,000 matching grant to the Secular Student Alliance. --Stiefel's generosity is not limited to atheists. Last week, he donated $20,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi so it could sponsor a high school prom after the Itawamba County School District canceled the dance rather than allow a lesbian to bring her girlfriend as a date." Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/03/18/394680/his-fortune-polishes-atheists.html

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Introduction To Christianity - Comedian Dave Allen On Religion
Irish Comedian Dave Allen (1936-2005) remembers his introduction to religion - his first day of school. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Allen_%28comedian%29 "David Tynan O'Mahoney (Dave Allen) was popular in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada in the 1960s, 1970s and also in the 1990s; he became known in America through reruns of his shows on public television. Allen's act was typified by a very relaxed, intimate style ō he would sit on a chair, smoking and holding a glass of whiskey. An atheist[1] (according to Allen himself, "what you might call a practising atheist"), he would often make jokes about religion, particularly the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England. Along with his seated stand-up routines, his television shows were interspersed with sketch comedy. He had a lasting influence on British comedy, and influenced many 21st-century British comedians."

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TV presenter gets death sentence for 'sorcery' in Saudi-Arabia
Read more at: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/03/19/saudi.arabia.sorcery/index.html?hpt=T2

By Mohammed Jamjoom, CNN "Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to stop the execution of a Lebanese man sentenced to death for "sorcery." In a statement released Thursday, the international rights group condemned the verdict and demanded the immediate release of Ali Hussain Sibat, former host of a popular call-in show that aired on Sheherazade, a Beirut based satellite TV channel. According to his lawyer, Sibat, who is 48 and has five children, would predict the future on his show and give out advice to his audience." --"In November 2009, a court in the Saudi city of Medina found Sibat guilty and sentenced him to death." Read more at: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/03/19/saudi.arabia.sorcery/index.html?hpt=T2 by jaskaw @ 20.03.2010 - 13:26:46 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/20/tv-presenter-gets-death-sentence-for-sorcery-in-saudi-arabia-8210563/

Iran will execute another young man for 'waging war against God'

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/7457978/Iran-to-execute-stone-throwing-demonstrator.ht

"Mohammad-Amin Valian, a 20-year-old Islamic studies student, was arrested on the basis of a photograph taken at a mass demonstration against the rigged presidential election last year. He was among six people convicted of the Islamic crime of moharebeh, or waging war against God. Their sentences were announced in an apparent attempt to forestall fresh demonstrations to coincide with yesterday's annual festival of fire. Mr Valian's plight has become a rallying point for opponents of the regime and yesterday's announcement is the latest blow to the movement. The combination of his young age and the flimsy nature of his offence has spurred condemnation of the severity of the sentence.

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Why Don't Bees Go to Heaven? (or The Rational Anthem)
Composed & Performed by Ronnie Williams http://www.infinitedeity.com/bees.html http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ronnie-Williams/19620558475 http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21080281450

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Callie [Visitor] 21.03.2010 @ 03:14 How do you know bees do not go to heaven? Where do you get info that there is no God. Who do you think made the world? Man?? I would be afraid to go to sleep at night thinking there was no Heaven. Do you believe there is no hell also?? Rimeshade [Visitor] 21.03.2010 @ 03:51 Man created the world? What? No...the rational explanation is big bang did, however, what came before that is as of yet unknown. You ask how you know there is no god(s), I turn the question back on you, how do you know there is one, or any? The burden of proof doesn't lie on the unbeliever it lies on the believer, you don't have to prove a negative, see Russell's Teapot. God/gods' existence(s) are not a priori truths, they are a posteriori assumptions. Now if you wish to believe in Heaven because it frightens you that there may be nothing after death, I would re-examine your own faith. Christianity requires you to believe and trust in God because you truly love him/her/it, not out of fear of oblivion. I'm not going to tell you what to think though, believe what you want. Telling others what to think is the domain of the church, not me.

Christopher Hitchens: "All Jihads have always failed"
Christopher Hitchens Interview from Anonymous on Vimeo.

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John Christopher sunol [Visitor] http://www.twitter.com/JohnSunol 22.03.2010 @ 02:36 Yes, this is because Jihad is an Islamic invention and not Chrstian, It is murdering people in the name of God using propaganda and mind control to gather the masses, murdering yoruself based on the lie that you are going to paradise if you kill yourself in the name of Allah www.twitter.com/JohnSunol | Show subcomments Anand Nair [Visitor] http://watchmyhealth.com 22.03.2010 @ 07:22 John, It would be an error to specifically link "jihad" with Islam. In the course of history, dogmatic belief systems in general (and religions in particular) have produced individuals who would go to war (and as part of this, kill ordinary people with diverging world views) in defense of the dogma. Christians have had their "crusades", Hindus their "dharma yuddha" -- not to mention the misdeeds of the theocratic Israeli state...

Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions
Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Harris_%28author%29

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Stand up to the Texas Taliban
Take action at: http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/textbooks/?r=5371&id=8258-329482-O.DNCyx

"If you thought that decisions made by the Texas State Board of Education don't affect you, think again. Led by far-right ideologues, the Texas SBOE recently gave preliminary approval to a plan that would radically change what children across the country learn in history class. The ultra-conservative majority on the board (none of whom are experts in any academic discipline and many of whom are explicitly anti-science) took the curricula proposed by teachers and made more than 100 changes to "correct" the perceived left-wing bias. But it gets worse. Since Texas is one of the largest textbook markets in the country, material written to cater to the Texas curricula will find its way into textbooks across the country unless textbook publishers take a stand-" Take action at: http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/textbooks/?r=5371&id=8258-329482-O.DNCyx by jaskaw @ 22.03.2010 - 21:58:14 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/22/stand-up-to-the-texas-taliban-8225056/

Iran: New wave of blogger arrests
Read more at: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/03/22/iran-new-wave-of-blogger-arrests/?tr=y&auid=6101290

"The Iranian state-run news website, Irna [fa] and ultra conservative newspaper Keyhan [fa] announced this month that members of Iran Proxy, a group fighting against censorship and filtering, had been arrested. The news sites also claimed in an announcement that the Iranian government had disrupted several U.S. backed cyber war networks and arrested 30 people. Iranian news sites did not mention how many of the arrested people belong to Iran Proxy group. Iran Proxy has used twitter and their website in the fight against web filtering. In an interview with Radio Farda, a representative of the group said they have been working for six years in an ’underground' fight against censorship." Read more at: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/03/22/iran-new-wave-of-blogger-arrests/?tr=y&auid=6101290 by jaskaw @ 22.03.2010 - 22:54:03 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/22/iran-new-wave-of-blogger-arrests-8225456/

Sam Harris and Michael Shermer debate Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston on Nightline
Watch the televised debate at: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/FaceOff/

"The "Face-Off" is a recurring series where opposing sides debate hot topics. In the sixth installment of the series, Deepak Chopra, a physician and best-selling author of "How to Know God," and prominent scholar, philosopher and writer Jean Houston, will face-off against Michael Shermer, founding publisher of "Skeptic" magazine, and Sam Harris, author of "The End of Faith" on the tension between God and science. In 2007, the first "Face-Off" tackled the existence of God and pitted actor and evangelical Kirk Cameron and his partner at "The Way of the Master" evangelism ministry against two self-proclaimed atheists. Other past topics include America's addiction to porn, adultery, Satan, and whether it's OK to be fat. " Watch the televised debate at: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/FaceOff/ by jaskaw @ 23.03.2010 - 19:18:57

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Leo [Visitor] http://www.bestfatlossproduct.com/ 24.03.2010 @ 16:04 I think Deepak chopra has great ideas and a lot of unanswered questions that he is continually searching for answers. I will have to check the debate out to see how the old guy went.

Breakthrough in "Shabbat module" allows using a scooter on shabbat

Read more and order your own sabbath scooter at: http://www.scooterlink.com/index.cfm/method/department.browse/id/shabbatcontroller/Electric%20Scooters%20with%

"Orthodox Jewish Law states that one cannot perform work on the Shabbat. This also is to include the use of electricity. The use of electricity is prohibited because it serves the same function as fire or some of the other prohibitions, or because it is technically considered to be "fire". Zomet Institute was established in 1998 with the mission of addressing problems of Halacha and technology, Torah and Science, and Judaism and Modern Society. Their goal is to operate at the junction of Halacha and modern society. With these laws in place it is clear that people of this faith who have walking limitations will now be able to go to Synagogue on the Shabbat. What better partnership in 2005 than The Zomet Institute and Amigo Mobility International! Both clear leaders in innovation. Why is the Shabbat Allowed? Jewish law also states that indirect actions are acceptable. That is the theory behind the Shabbat model. Each Shabbat Amigo is inspected by a representative of the Zomet Institute. It is then labeled and shipped out certified by Zomet." "When you put the Amigo in to Shabbat mode, it connects to a separate circuit board (this is the Shabbat module). The Shabbat Module has a timing circuit that takes about 7 to 11 seconds and then makes the Amigo start moving on its own very slowly, there is no throttle lever activation required by the rider. This is considered an "indirect action". When the driver is in Shabbat mode he/she can pull the lever to go faster. Because the motor relay circuit was changed by the Shabbat module, increasing or drcreasing voltage to the motor by the throttle lever, to make it go faster or slower, is not considered in violation of the Shabbat principle. The Shabbat module is used for turning the scooter on or off and for changing direction. If they want to go in reverse, then they have to push a directional button, which causes the Shabbat to go through its timing cycle again before it automatically changes the motor relay." - Mike LaBrake, Amigo Mobility International

Read more and order your own sabbath scooter at: http://www.scooterlink.com/index.cfm/method/department.browse/id/shabbatcontroller/Electric%20Scooters%20with% by jaskaw @ 23.03.2010 - 23:14:02 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/23/breakthrough-in-shabbat-module-allows-using-a-scooter-on-shabbat-8233203/

Whopping 24 per cent of Republicans say that Obama 'may be the Antichrist'
Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/dailybeast/20100323/ts_dailybeast/7269_scarynewgoppoll

"On the heels of health care, a new Harris poll reveals Republican attitudes about Obama: Two-thirds think he's a socialist, 57 percent a Muslimōand 24 percent say "he may be the Antichrist." To anyone who thinks the end of the health-care vote means a return to civility, wake up. Obama Derangement Syndromeōpathological hatred of the president posing as patriotismōhas infected the Republican Party. Here's new data to prove it: 67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist. 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama "may be the Antichrist." These numbers all come from a brand-new Louis Harris poll." Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/dailybeast/20100323/ts_dailybeast/7269_scarynewgoppoll

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Is Christian Science's extreme opposition to science finally mellowing?
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/24/nyregion/24heal.html?pagewanted=1

"Since the founding of their church 131 years ago, Christian Scientists have been taught to avoid doctors at all cost. It is a conviction rooted so deeply in church dogma that dozens of members have endured criminal prosecution rather than surrender an ailing person to what they see as the quackery of medical science. But faced with dwindling membership and blows to their church s reputation caused by its intransigence concerning medical treatment, even for children with grave illnesses, Christian Science leaders have recently found a new tolerance for medical care. For more than a year, leaders say, they have been encouraging members to see a physician if they feel it is necessary. --The faith s guiding textbook forbids mixing medical care with Christian Science healing, which is a form of transcendental prayer intended to realign a patient s soul with God. --Christian Scientists are best known right now for denying medical care, especially to children who subsequently die.Over its history, more than 50 church members or practitioners have been charged in connection with such deaths. Prosecutions have come in waves, most recently during the 1980s and 90s, when the church and its practitioners were linked to the deaths of a half-dozen children whose lives, the authorities said, might have been saved if they had not been denied medical care. Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/24/nyregion/24heal.html?pagewanted=1 by jaskaw @ 24.03.2010 - 11:56:18

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Nigerian Islamic court bans discussing sharia-based amputations in Twitter and Facebook
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8584707.stm

An Islamic court in Nigeria has banned a rights group from hosting debates on the Twitter and Facebook websites on the use of amputations as a punishment. The court, in the northern city of Kaduna, backed a case brought by a pro-Sharia group arguing that the forums would mock the Sharia system. Sharia judges can order amputations of limbs for petty crimes in some states. The courts mostly deal with domestic issues such as marriage and divorce. --In 2000, Jangebe made history as the first person in Nigeria to have an amputation carried out under Islamic law after being found guilty of stealing a cow. Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8584707.stm by jaskaw @ 24.03.2010 - 21:47:51 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/24/nigeria-islamic-court-bans-twitter-feed-8239521/

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Scandal: National Academy of Sciences will host ceremony for religious Templeton-prize
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/24/national-academy-sciences-spiritual-award

Critics say the Templeton prize and the foundation behind it should not be legitimised by prestigious US scientific body. America's most prestigious scientific institution has been criticised by researchers after agreeing to host an award ceremony that honours work of a spiritual nature. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington will host the Templeton prize tomorrow, which at £1m is one of the most lucrative awards in the world. The annual prize is given to individuals judged to have made "an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension", but some scientists are concerned the prize, and the Templeton Foundation that funds it, gain credibility by associating with scientists. "For the National Academy of Sciences to get involved with an organisation like this is dangerous," said Sir Harry Kroto, a British scientist who won the Nobel prize for chemistry in 1996 and later joined Florida State University. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_Prize "Until 2001, the name of the prize was "Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion", and from 2002 to 2008 it was called the "Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities". The Templeton Prize is an annual award presented by the Templeton Foundation. Established in 1972, it is awarded to a living person who, in the estimation of the judges, "has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works". The prize is named after Sir John Templeton, an American-born British entrepreneur and businessman." Following noted scientists are among the recipients of the Templeton-award: Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1973), Frère Roger (1974) Leo Joseph Cardinal Suenens (1976), Rev. Dr. Billy Graham (1982), Rev. James I. McCord (1986) Rev. Father Dr. Stanley Jaki (1987) Chief Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits (1991), Rev. Arthur Peacocke (2001) Rev. John Polkinghorne (2002) by jaskaw @ 25.03.2010 - 16:55:56

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Supreme Court of India delivers a shocker: "Unmarried couples can live together"
Read more at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7074875.ece

"India s Supreme Court ruled yesterday that unmarried couples have the right to live together after hearing a case involving a Tamil actress accused of corrupting young minds by promoting premarital sex. The judges pointed out that even the Hindu gods, Lord Krishna and Radha, were co-habiting lovers rather than man and wife. When two adult people want to live together, what is the offence? they said. Living together is not an offence. Living together is a right to life. The ruling marks a legal milestone in India s sexual revolution as younger members of the urban professional classes slowly but steadily break down traditional taboos." --"The actress, who goes by the single name of Khushboo, had appealed to the court to quash more than 20 cases filed against her in 2005 after she made allegedly immoral comments in magazine interviews." Read more at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7074875.ece http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kushboo_Sundar "In 2005, there was a well-publicized controversy about her remarks in an interview for AIDS awareness, about the need for protective sex: she said it was fine for girls to have pre-marital sex - but not without taking precautions to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Later, she added that no educated man should expect his wife or girlfriend to be a virgin. Two political parties lashed out at her because of her remarks: the Dalit Panthers of India and the Pattali Makkal Katchi. She was ordered to court and her counsel offered to withdraw the previously issued anticipatory bail petition. The judge acceded and dismissed the petition as withdrawn. by jaskaw @ 25.03.2010 - 22:37:22

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Project Reason's video contest winners announced
1. Winner of the Grand Prize of 10 000 dollars was video: "The Values We All Stand For"

Created By Evid3nc3. "An argument for a change in our national symbols to include atheists by not presuming a belief in God among Americans at the level of our federal government. The goal is not necessarily immediate action, but rather to raise consciousness about where these references to God came from and why they shouldn't be a part of a government that is supposed to represent all of us." 2. Second prize and 4000 dollars went to "Imagine"

Created By moran. "In a post-religion world, it would be difficult to convince people to build bombs, worship a person, teach creationism, tell people who to marry, or feel justified in ’owning other people. And when we look up for inspiration we d have to find it in ourselves." 3. Third prize winner and winner of 1000 dollars was "Just a Book"

Created By Stobal32. "A Bible thumper learns his lesson‫"ل‬ Read more at: http://www.project-reason.org/contests/video_contest/ by jaskaw @ 25.03.2010 - 23:13:41 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/25/project-reason-video-contest-winners-annouced-8246620/

In Colbert Report: "You make God sound like a opportunistic virus"
The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c On Topic: In the News - God and Religion www.colbertnation.com

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colbert_report The Colbert Reportis an American satirical late night television program that airs Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. It stars political humorist Stephen Colbert, a former correspondent for The Daily Show. The Colbert Report is a spin-off from and counterpart to The Daily Show that comments on politics and the media in a similar way. It satirizes conservative personality-driven political pundit programs, particularly Fox News' and The O'Reilly Factor. The show focuses on a fictional anchorman character named Stephen Colbert, played by his real-life namesake. The character, described by Colbert as a "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot", is a caricature of televised political pundits.

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Hitler reacts to the Global Atheist Convention
ngrep writes: "Please note: this video is meant as a joke like many other of the same 'meme'. It is not meant to make light of the tragedy of the Holocaust or the suffering that millions endured under the hands of Hitler and the Nazis. Addendum: Many commenters are discussing the relationship of Hitler and religion. A good resource on this topic is : http://www.nobeliefs.com/Hitler1.htm" See also: http://beinghuman.blogs.fi/2008/10/02/were-nazis-atheists-4813530/ by jaskaw @ 27.03.2010 - 12:13:33 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/27/hitler-reacts-to-the-global-atheist-convention-8255974/

Did Prostitution Really Exist in the Temples of Antiquity?
Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,685716,00.html#ref=nlint

By Matthias Schulz "Holy harlots" in Jerusalem, temple sex in the service of Aphrodite? Many ancient authors describe sacred prostitution in drastic terms. Are the accounts nothing but legends? Historians are searching for the kernel of truth behind the reports. The "ugliest custom" in Babylon, the historian Herodotus wrote (who is believed to have lived between circa 490 to 425 B.C.), was the widespread practice of prostitution in the Temple of Ishtar. Once in their lifetimes, all women in the country were required to sit in the temple and "expose themselves to a stranger" in return for money. --The Jews were also involved in such practices. There are about a dozen passages in the Old Testament that revolve around "Qadeshes," a word for female and male cult practitioners. The Bible calls them "lemans" and "catamites." In the Fifth Book of Moses, male prostitutes are prohibited from donating their "dogs' money" to the House of Yahweh. --Newly discovered cuneiform tablets paint a more defused picture, and it is becoming increasingly clear that the academics of earlier decades exaggerated the subject. For example, there is not a single piece of evidence proving that the ritual of forced defloration existed. A fraction of female gender researchers take a more radical view. They dispute holy prostitution altogether, calling the whole thing a pack of lies." Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,685716,00.html#ref=nlint

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Did Jesus live his final days in Kashmir?
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/8587838.stm

"A belief that Jesus survived the crucifixion and spent his remaining years in Kashmir has led to a run-down shrine in Srinagar making it firmly onto the must-visit-in India tourist trail." --"Officially, the tomb is the burial site of Youza Asaph, a medieval Muslim preacher - but a growing number of people believe that it is in fact the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. They believe that Jesus survived the crucifixion almost 2,000 Easters ago, and went to live out his days in Kashmir." --"There is talk of the missing years of Jesus, unmentioned in the gospels, when he was between the ages of 12 and 30. Some say he was in India, picking up Buddhist ideas. These aren't notions that have entirely died out. The US-based Christian sect, known as the Church Universal and Triumphant, is the best-known modern supporter of the belief that Jesus lived in Kashmir, though they don't believe he died there." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/8587838.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Universal_and_Triumphant by jaskaw @ 27.03.2010 - 20:36:32 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/27/did-jesus-live-his-final-days-kashmir-8258459/

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John Christopher Sunol [Visitor] http://www.twitter.com/JohnSunol 28.03.2010 @ 07:45 This is blatant heresy to put forward the fact that Jesus was not God and did not come to the earth to die for our sins and ascended back into Heaven 30 days after His crucifiction The beast and the Anti Christ - who will be full of Masonic teachings will follow this heresy - Lord Maitreya who is deomonic and comes from the church of Satan as well | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 28.03.2010 @ 10:13 Thanks for the info, John Christopher.... Your opinion is duly noted, even if it is not very original or does not contain any personal insights as such. I wonder how you know all this stuff; did you read it up somewhere?

Fewer than half of Americans link Easter to Resurrection
Read more at: http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10931&Itemid=43

"WASHINGTON (RNS)ōWhile most Americans describe Easter as a religious holiday, fewer than half of the adults surveyed link it specifically to the Resurrection of Jesus, a Barna Group study shows. Seven in 10 respondents mentioned religion or spirituality in their response to an open-ended question about how they describe what Easter means to them personally. But just 42 percent tied Easter to the Resurrection."

Read more at: http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10931&Itemid=43 On Easter at Being Human blog: http://beinghuman.blogs.fi/2010/03/27/why-the-good-friday-is-not-a-gloomy-day-for-me-anymore-8258712/ by jaskaw @ 27.03.2010 - 22:45:52 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/27/fewer-than-half-of-americans-link-easter-to-resurrection-8259137/

Why Don't Scientists Fear Hell?
http://www.youtube.com/user/philhellenes

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Lin [Visitor] 28.03.2010 @ 17:35 Primitive man also saw volcanoes erupt, spitting sparks and ash high into rhe air, and streaming molten rock (which appeared to be liquid fire) down the sides of mountains to destroy screaming people and bury entire villages. Primitive man also saw the earth open and swallow screaming people and frightened animals. Of course his ignorance of the forces of nature led him to believe that the invisible powers were angry, and needed blood; the sheer terror of these events, especially when they occured at nighttime, increased his fear of the dark, and set in motion superstition that the raging fires beneath the earth were created as punishment, and in time within organized religion, this notion evolved into HELLFIRE. Satan and demons soon became part of the theology of hell and eternal punishment.

Eric Idle's "Not the Messiah" -show banned from a British radio channel
Read more at: http://freethinker.co.uk/2010/03/25/craven-classic-fm-caves-into-cretin/

"ARTISTIC expression was dealt a blow yesterday when weak-kneed executives at Classic FM decided to end its promotion of Eric Idle s show Not the Messiah. The show, which celebrates 40 years of Monty Python, was originally promoted on air and on the station s website and was the subject of a competition for tickets to a screening, but was dropped by the head of the station after Stephen Birdshit Green orchestrated a campaign against the promotion of a ’militant atheist production . Reacting to news that the national radio station had caved into demands from devotees of this vindictive bigot, the British Humanist Association s campaign officer Pepper Harow said: "We are hugely disappointed by the judgement taken by the head of Classic FM to effectively ban promotion of this show. There are no blasphemy laws in this country anymore and this decision is entirely unjustifiable." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_the_Messiah_%28He%27s_a_Very_Naughty_Boy%29 "Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) is a Monty Python comedic oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian. It was written by former Python Eric Idle and collaborator John Du Prez, and commissioned by the Luminato festival. The oratorio had its world premiere in an hour-long performance at the Luminato festival in Toronto, Canada, on June 1, 2007 in Roy Thomson Hall. It received its United States premiere on July 1 at Caramoor Center for Music and Arts in Katonah, New York, during the International Music Festival. An expanded 90-minute version premiered at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, Australia, on December 5, 2007[1]. There were also performances of it at the Sydney Opera House, Civic Theatre, Auckland, and Perth Concert Hall during December." Read more at: http://freethinker.co.uk/2010/03/25/craven-classic-fm-caves-into-cretin/

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Ian Iles [Visitor] 28.03.2010 @ 14:47 More pandering to the perpetually supernaturalist bigots Ian Iles [Visitor] 28.03.2010 @ 14:48 Oops! Meant to read, 'perpetually offended supernaturalist bigots' Juha Leinivaara [Visitor] http://paholaisen-asianajaja.blogspot.com/ 28.03.2010 @ 16:24 I saw Not the Messiah last week. "Militant Atheist Production?" I can't believe (no pun intended) this kind of shit is happening in 2010. It's 1979 all over again, when Mary Whitehouse and the Festival of Light protested Life of Brian. frankweir [Visitor] 28.03.2010 @ 17:03 I can only hope the current religious insanity that grips the U.S. is NOT beginning to infect the U.K. Humanists and atheists every where MUST start to stand up to this nuttiness. rex rival [Visitor] http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=267260278895 28.03.2010 @ 18:03 Hello! Hooray! Get Ready! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=267260278895

Stephen Fry goes hard on the "New Age" stuff
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Fry "Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is a British actor, writer, comedian, television presenter and film director. He first came to attention in the 1982 Cambridge Footlights Revue presentation, "The Cellar Tapes", which also included Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Tony Slattery. With Hugh Laurie, as the comedy double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry and Laurie, and the duo also played the title roles in Jeeves and Wooster. As a solo actor, Fry played the lead in the film Wilde, was Melchett in the Blackadder television series and is the host of the erudite, but comedy-based quiz show, QI. He also presented a 2008 television series Stephen Fry in America, which saw him travelling across all 50 U.S. states in six episodes. Fry has become known to American audiences for his recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the Fox crime series Bones."

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Advertising authority in New Zealand: 'Its okay to comment on the sexual activities of the parents of Jesus Christ'
Read more at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/church-billboard-not-offensive-rules-watchdog-20100329-r6a4.html

"An Auckland church billboard which sparked complaints for alluding to the sexual activities of the parents of Jesus Christ has been ruled not offensive by New Zealand's Advertising Standards Authority. The repeatedly vandalised billboard outside St Matthew-in-the-City Anglican Church featured pictures of a sombre Mary and Joseph in bed, with the caption "Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow". After four attacks on the billboard, the church took it down. The ASA received a number of complaints, saying the billboard was offensive, insensitive, blasphemous, ridiculed the beliefs of Christians, perverse, and distorted children's perceptions of Christmas." Read more at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/church-billboard-not-offensive-rules-watchdog-20100329-r6a4.html by jaskaw @ 29.03.2010 - 19:54:05

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John Christopher Sunol [Visitor] http://www.twitter.com/JohnSunol 29.03.2010 @ 20:48 but this is offensive to God, and it will bring damnation on all heads to putsuch | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 29.03.2010 @ 21:07 John Christopher Sunol; How do you know this? Who has given you the authority to interpret the mind of your god? Can it just be that it is just you as a human being believing in these Biblical stories that is the only one who is offended? In reality you cannot have the faintest idea what will offend your god and what not. ps. what is "putsuch"? | Show subcomments Rod Swift [Visitor] http://www.john-sunol.info 02.04.2010 @ 09:50 John Sunol is a homophobic bigot. You can pretty much ignore everything he says. Google his name, and find the truth

Carl Sagan on Astrology
From Cosmos, episode 3 "The Harmony of the Worlds". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_sagan "Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences. During his lifetime, he published more than 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books. In his works, he advocated skeptical inquiry and the scientific method. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Sagan became world-famous for his popular science books and for the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he narrated and co-wrote. A book to accompany the program was also published. Sagan also wrote the novel, Contact, the basis for the 1997 film of the same name."

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Sam Harris responds to the vicious criticism on his TED-talk
Read more at: http://www.project-reason.org/newsfeed/item/moral_confusion_in_the_name_of_science3/ Here is the original talk at TED:

"Last month, I had the privilege of speaking at the 2010 TED conference for exactly 18 minutes. The short format of these talks is a brilliant innovation and surely the reason for their potent half-life on the Internet. However, 18 minutes is not a lot of time in which to present a detailed argument. My intent was to begin a conversation about how we can understand morality in universal, scientific terms. Many people who loved my talk, misunderstood what I was saying, and loved it for the wrong reasons; and many of my critics were right to think that I had said something extremely controversial. I was not suggesting that science can give us an evolutionary or neurobiological account of what people do in the name of morality. Nor was I merely saying that science can help us get what we want out of life. Both of these would have been quite banal claims to make (unless one happens to doubt the truth of evolution or the mind s dependency on the brain). Rather I was suggesting that science can, in principle, help us understand what we should do and should wantōand, perforce, what other people should do and want in order to live the best lives possible. My claim is that there are right and wrong answers to moral questions, just as there are right and wrong answers to questions of physics, and such answers may one day fall within reach of the maturing sciences of mind. As the response to my TED talk indicates, it is taboo for a scientist to think such things, much less say them public." --"Moral relativism is clearly an attempt to pay intellectual reparations for the crimes of western colonialism, ethnocentrism, and racism. This is, I think, the only charitable thing to be said about it. Needless to say, it was not my purpose at TED to defend the idiosyncrasies of the West as any more enlightened, in principle, than those of any other culture. Rather, I was arguing that the most basic facts about human flourishing must transcend culture, just as most other facts do. And if there are facts which are truly a matter of cultural constructionōif, for instance, learning a specific language or tattooing your face fundamentally alters the possibilities of human experienceōwell, then these facts also arise from (neurophysiological) processes that transcend culture." I must say, the vehemence and condescension with which the is/ought objection has been thrown in my face astounds me. And it confirms my sense that this bit of bad philosophy has done tremendous harm to the thinking of smart (and not so smart) people. The categorical distinction between facts and values helped open a sinkhole beneath liberalism long agoōleading to moral relativism and to masochistic depths of political correctness. Think of the champions of tolerance who reflexively blamed Salman Rushdie for his fatwa, or Ayaan Hirsi Ali for her ongoing security concerns, or the Danish cartoonists for their controversy, and you will understand what happens when educated liberals think there is no universal foundation for human values. Among conservatives in the West, the same skepticism about the power of reason leads, more often than not, directly to the feet of Jesus Christ, Savior of the Universe. Indeed, the most common defense one now hears for religious faith is not that there is compelling evidence for God s existence, but that a belief in Him is the only basis for a universal conception of human values. And it is decidedly unhelpful that the moral relativism of liberals so often seems to prove the conservative case." Read more at: http://www.project-reason.org/newsfeed/item/moral_confusion_in_the_name_of_science3/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Harris_(author) Sam Harris (born 1967) is an American non-fiction writer and a proponent of scientific skepticism. He is the author of The End of Faith (2004), which won the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award,[1] and Letter to a

Christian Nation (2006), a rejoinder to the criticism his first book attracted.

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Philosophy Undergrad [Visitor] 30.03.2010 @ 14:50 Hi Sam, I agree with you, but why do you think the fact / value distinction is "bad philosophy?" It seems you have only offered us a consequentialist answer to that. Is that the best we can do? And wouldn't consequentialism undermine your argument somewhat?

Iowa town renames 'Good Friday' as 'Spring Holiday'
Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/US/iowa-town-renames-good-friday/story?id=10233061

"One week before the most solemn day in the Christian year, the city of Davenport, Iowa removed Good Friday from its municipal calendar, setting off a storm of complaints from Christians and union members whose contracts give them that day off. Taking a recommendation by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission to change the holiday's name to something more ecumenical, City Administrator Craig Malin sent a memo to municipal employees announcing Good Friday would officially be known as "Spring Holiday." "My phone has been ringing off the hook since Saturday," said city council alderman Bill Edmond. "People are genuinely upset because this is nothing but political correctness run amok." Edmond said the city administrator made the change unilaterally and did not bring it to the council for a vote, a requirement for a change in policy." Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/US/iowa-town-renames-good-friday/story?id=10233061 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davenport,_Iowa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_friday http://beinghuman.blogs.fi/2010/03/27/why-the-good-friday-is-not-a-gloomy-day-for-me-anymore-8258712/ by jaskaw @ 30.03.2010 - 14:32:52

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Students protest gender-segregation in buses in Jerusalem
Read more at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3857100,00.html

by Kobi Nahshoni "Dozens of young people protesting the separation between men and women on public transportation in Jerusalem toured a number of cities Tuesday night where they hung signs in protest of the "mehadrin lines" that stipulate such a separation. The activists, who will hold a protest in the capital in another two weeks, are also calling for Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, who has allowed the gender separation to be instated, to step down. --One of the protest's organizers explained: "Gender-segregated lines exist today in many cities and between many cities, not just in haredi centers. We are protesting against Minister Katz's statements and the blind eye Egged has turned to the despicable phenomenon of women being moved to the back of the bus, sometimes through physical and verbal violence." Read more at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3857100,00.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haredi by jaskaw @ 30.03.2010 - 21:40:45 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/30/students-protest-gender-segregation-n-in-buses-in-jerusalem-8279353/

Iranian rapper allegedly arrested for 'dressing in outrageous outfits, dancing and performing repulsive acts'
Read more at: http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100331/FOREIGN/703309877/1140

TEHRAN // The popular Iranian underground rapper, Sasi (or Sasy) Mankan, who supported the defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi in last year s elections, was detained in the Kish Island resort on Saturday for disrupting public peace and deported to the mainland. --An unnamed police official quoted by Haghighat News, a website affiliated to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad s close aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, dismissed any political motivation for the arrest and said the rapper was detained only to eliminate the ill atmosphere created by the group . Sasi Mankan was arrested when he and some of his friends, dressed in outrageous outfits, danced and performed repulsive acts that were offensive to the public s morals in a shopping centre in Kish Island, the police official was quoted as saying. Police had received complaints from people. It is not clear whether the 28-year-old artist is still being held in police custody on the mainland." Read more at: http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100331/FOREIGN/703309877/1140 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasy_Mankan "Sasy was reportedly arrested on the afternoon of March 28, 2010 in Kish, the latest in a series of crackdowns by the Iranian government. He later denied the statements, saying that the information was falsely given." by jaskaw @ 31.03.2010 - 10:42:35

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Flow of money dries up in US churches
Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100330/lf_afp/usreligioneconomyfinance

"WASHINGTON (AFP) Nearly 40 percent of US Christian churches saw a drop in offerings from their flock last year, according to a survey on contributions compiled by the group Christianity Today International. "For the first time in consecutive years there is a notable decline for a significant number of churches," said Matt Branaugh, one of the report authors. Branaugh, editor of "Your Church magazine" -- part of the CTI group -- told AFP that one of the most important factors in the drop in donations was increased unemployment. According to the survey of 1,000 churches across the United States taken for a second consecutive year, 38 percent of churches registered a drop in donations, against 29 percent the previous year." Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100330/lf_afp/usreligioneconomyfinance by jaskaw @ 31.03.2010 - 20:20:26 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/03/31/flow-of-money-dries-up-in-us-churches-8284994/

Director Joss Whedon: "I'm an atheist and an absurdist"
Joss Whedon talks about religion, morality and his exploration of these subjects through his work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joss_Whedon Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (pronounced / wi d n/; born June 23, 1964) is an American director, executive producer, occasional actor, and creator and head writer of the television programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. He has also written several film scripts and comic book series.

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A absolute first in Ireland; Limerick pubs allowed to open doors in 'Good Friday'
Read more at: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0326/breaking7.html

"Bars will open on Good Friday evening in Limerick following a ruling at the city s district court. Judge Tom O Donnell ruled yesterday in favour of the city s publicans, allowing them to open because a Magners League rugby match is taking place that day, April 2nd. Judge O Donnell said his decision rested on whether the Munster v Leinster game could be deemed a special event and therefore qualify for an area exemption order from licensing laws. --Judge O Donnell said Thomond Park would be serving alcohol as it held a special arena licence. It is somewhat absurd that pubs in the locality should be closed when there will be available to 26,000 people the possibility to buy alcohol, if they so wish, in Thomond Park. He was sure gardaí were not too keen on having 26,000 people hanging around after the game and would prefer to see the crowd disperse quickly. This was also desirable from the point of view of health and safety, he added." Read more at: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0326/breaking7.html by jaskaw @ 01.04.2010 - 17:14:23

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CNN: Man accused of sorcery will be beheaded today in Saudi-Arabia
Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/03/31/saudi.arabia.sorcery/index.html?hpt=T2

"CNN) -- A Lebanese man charged with sorcery and sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is scheduled to be beheaded on Friday, the man's lawyer said Wednesday. May El Khansa, the attorney for Ali Hussain Sibat, told CNN that she and Sibat's family were informed about the upcoming execution. She said she heard from a source in Saudi Arabia with knowledge of the case and the proceedings that Saudi authorities "will carry out the execution." The Saudi Ministry of Justice could not immediately be reached for comment on the matter. El Khansa said she has appealed to Lebanon's prime minister, Saad Hariri, and president, Michel Suleiman, to stop the execution. Amnesty International, the human rights group, has called on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to block it as well." Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/03/31/saudi.arabia.sorcery/index.html?hpt=T2 by jaskaw @ 02.04.2010 - 09:56:20 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/02/cnn-man-accused-of-sorcery-will-be-beheaded-today-in-saudi-arabia-8293591/

Necla Kelek; the Muslim Islam-critic who loves democracy
Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,686906,00.html#ref=nlint

By Dirk Kurbjuweit "The Turkish-German writer Necla Kelek is a vehement defender of democracy. Her criticism of Islam has made many German intellectuals uneasy. But has she been unjustly vilified? --Kelek says words like "freedom," "democracy," "civil society," and "enlightenment" in a tone others reserve for the describing amazing soccer goals. "Our society is so marvelous!" she exclaims...Perhaps it's necessary to have experienced a lack of freedom in order to have such enthusiasm for it. --Kelek finds herself in a dilemma familiar to all those who defend freedom and tolerance -- namely, that freedom can never be complete freedom, and tolerance never complete tolerance. This means that a rational person who fights for freedom and tolerance is necessarily also always fighting for intolerance and a lack of freedom. In other words, those who fight for tolerance must also be intolerant of those who are intolerant. --For Kelek, the central point is that Muslims should be able to become European citizens, with an appreciation for democracy, freedom, and secular society. --Headscarves cannot be tolerated as long as they remain an expression of the oppression of women, Kelek says. Sharia law cannot apply in Germany, and forced marriages of young girls are shameful. What happens in mosques and Koran schools, she adds, should be transparent and founded on Germany's democratic constitutional order. "Religion," she declares, "is part of freedom. It does not stand above it." Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,686906,00.html#ref=nlint http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necla_Kelek "Necla Kelek (pronounced [ n d la k l k]; born December 31, 1957 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a German feminist and social scientist of Turkish descent, holding a doctorate in this field, originally from Turkey. She gave lectures on migration sociology at the Evangelische Fachhochschule für Sozialpädagogik (Protestant Institute for Social Education) in Hamburg from 1999 until 2004." by jaskaw @ 02.04.2010 - 16:41:31 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/02/necla-kelek-the-muslim-islam-critic-who-loves-democracy-8295478/

Beheading of the man accused of sorcery postponed in Saudi-Arabia
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8600398.stm

"A Lebanese man sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for sorcery has been given a temporary reprieve, his lawyer says. Ali Sabat's execution was scheduled for Friday but his lawyer, May el-Khansa, told the BBC she had been assured by a Lebanese minister it would not happen. Mr Sabat, who is in his 40s, was the host of a satellite TV programme in which he predicted the future. He was arrested by religious police while on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2008 and convicted of sorcery." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8600398.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchcraft "Saudi Arabia continues to use the death penalty for sorcery. In 2006 Fawza Falih Muhammad Ali was condemned to death for practicing witchcraft. There is no legal definition of sorcery in Saudi, but in 2007 an Egyptian pharmacist working there was accused, convicted, and executed. Saudi authorities also pronounced the death penalty on a Lebanese television presenter, Ali Sabat, who was performing the hajj (Islamic pilgrimage)." by jaskaw @ 02.04.2010 - 16:51:41 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/02/beheading-of-the-man-accused-of-sorcery-postponed-in-saudi-arabia-8295547/

A secretive temple commemorates Japanese war-criminals

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/7542920/Japanese-nationalists-worshipping-at-temple-to-war-c

By Julian Ryall in Atami, Japan "A secretive temple where the ashes of seven of Japan s most notorious war criminals have been quietly buried is becoming a point of convergence for a new generation of Japanese nationalists. The seven wartime leaders were executed 61 years ago and some of their remains later surreptitiously transferred to the Koa Kannon temple, overlooking the coastal resort of Atami, 90 miles southwest of Tokyo. The priestess of the temple says it is a place to contemplate peace, but the photo on the altar is of General Hideki Tojo, the wartime prime minister who sanctioned the attack on Pearl Harbor, and a painting in an adjoining building shows Japanese soldiers standing guard over a group of Chinese labourers. This is a symbolic place for us Japanese and it is becoming an important place for thinking people in their 20s, 30s and 40s to visit, said Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, a senior member of the nationalist Issuikai organisation. All we are taught in school and hear about from the media is that Japan is bad, the Japanese are bad, and more and more people want to know the truth."

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/7542920/Japanese-nationalists-worshipping-at-temple-to-war-c http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideki_Tojo "Tōjō is often considered responsible for authorizing the murder of millions of civilians in China, the Philippines, Indochina, and other Pacific island nations, as well as tens of thousands of Allied POWs. Tōjō is also implicated in government-sanctioned experiments on POWs and Chinese civilians. Like his German counterparts, Tōjō often claimed to be carrying out orders; in his case those of the Emperor, who was granted immunity from war crimes prosecution."

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: "We're part of the universe"
Neil deGrasse Tyson says in the video: "Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically enriched guts into the galaxy. Enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected, to each other biologically, to the Earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That's kind of cool. That makes me smile. And I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It's not that we are better than the universe. We're part of the universe. We're in the universe and the universe is in us."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_deGrasse_Tyson "Neil deGrasse Tyson (born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist and, since 1996, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. Since 2006, he has hosted PBS's educational television show NOVA scienceNOW. He has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Jeopardy!."

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Valorie [Visitor] 03.04.2010 @ 05:34 What a nice thought to have in my head just before I go to sleep! Thanks! Jennifer [Visitor] 03.04.2010 @ 14:52 I really enjoy listening to/watching Neil deGrasse Tyson. In addition to being one smart guy, he is such an enthusiastically positive person who projects a sense of childlike wonder and fascination with every topic he discusses. Great post!

A Catholic chapel becomes a shrine for Nazi past in Germany

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/7546083/Chapel-built-with-remains-of-Hitlers-luxury-re

By Allan Hall in Berlin "A chapel built on a mountainside in Germany is turning into a shrine for neo-Nazis after it emerged that it was built with marble and grainte taken from the ruins of Adolf Hitler's luxury retreat. A swastika was reportedly found carved into one of the wooden beams of the Wegmacher Chapel, which was built in 1997, while local residents claim a number of shaven-headed, leather jacket-wearing 'pilgrims' leave behind notes of praise to Hitler and candles burning in his memory. It was only recently that the Bavarian government admitted that material from the wreckage of Hitler's retreat, the Berghof in Berchtesgaden, was used in the construction of the chapel. Some of the stones are from the terrace of the Berghof - quarried by Jewish slave labourers in concentration camps."

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A. C. Grayling: "Philosophy is a driving force in society"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._C._Grayling "Anthony Clifford Grayling, FRSA, FRSL (born 3 April 1949) is a British philosopher and author. He is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London and a supernumerary fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He has an MA and a DPhil from Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts. Among his contributions to the discussion about religion in contemporary society he argues that there are three separable though naturally connected debates: (a) a metaphysical debate about what the universe contains; denying that it contains supernatural agencies of any kind makes him an atheist; (b) a debate about the basis of ethics; taking the world to be a natural realm of natural law requires that humanity thinks for itself about the right and the good, based on our best understanding of human nature and the human condition; this makes him a humanist; and (c) a debate about the place of religious movements and organisations in the public domain; as a secularist Grayling argues that these should see themselves as civil society organisations on a par with trades unions and other NGOs, with every right to exist and to have their say, but no greater right than any other self-constituted, self-selected interest group, the problem being that for historical reasons religions have a grossly inflated place in the public domain out of all proportion to the numbers of their adherents or their intrinsic merits, so that their voice and influence is amplified disproportionately: with the result that they can distort such matters as public policy (e.g. on abortion) and science research and education (e.g. stem cells, teaching of evolution). He argues that winning the metaphysical and ethical debates is already abating the problems associated with (c) in more advanced Western societies, even the US. He sees his own major contribution as being the promotion of understanding of humanist ethics deriving from the philosophical tradition.

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Symphony of Science - The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)
melodysheep writes: "The Poetry of Reality is the fifth installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It features 12 scientists and science enthusiasts, including Michael Shermer, Jacob Bronowski, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Jill Tarter, Lawrence Krauss, Richard Feynman, Brian Greene, Stephen Hawking, Ca"rolyn Porco, and PZ Myers, promoting science through words of wisdom. http://symphonyofscience.com

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You Can't Leave Islam!
http://www.youtube.com/user/discussislam "I am an ex-Muslim (Now Agnostic), but am NOT against Islam or any religion. I believe in the freedom of religion and that includes the freedom to leave a religion without fear of violence, abuse or stigma. I believe we should all be free to express our views and beliefs - so long as they don't incite violence against anyone."

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Michael Shermer puts 'miracles' in perspective

Read more at: http://trueslant.com/michaelshermer/2010/04/03/would-i-ever-pray-for-a-miracle-watch-abc-2020-special-on-miracles-

By Michael Shermer "Let s say one million people have cancer in America (it s much higher than this), and only one-tenth of one percent experience a spontaneous recovery (it s actually higher than this). 1,000,000 x .001 = 1,000 people. Out of that cohort of 1,000 people, what are the chances that half a dozen of them have compelling narrative stories worthy of broadcast television? --This is naturally what any religion or television production team is going to do when telling a story about miracles: they will pick and choose the most compelling cases that seemingly defy science and reason, and present those to the public, while blindly (and cruelly) ignoring all those devoutly religious people whose loved ones prayed in earnest for them and who died nonetheless. Why do religions and television production companies not call attention to them?"

Read more at: http://trueslant.com/michaelshermer/2010/04/03/would-i-ever-pray-for-a-miracle-watch-abc-2020-special-on-miracleshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Shermer "Michael Brant Shermer (born September 8, 1954 in Glendale, California) is an American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims. The Skeptics Society currently has over 55,000 members. Shermer is also the producer and co-host of the 13-hour Fox Family television series Exploring the Unknown. Since April 2004, he has been a monthly columnist for Scientific American magazine with his Skeptic column." by jaskaw @ 04.04.2010 - 15:32:00 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/04/michael-shermer-puts-miracles-in-perspective-8305965/

A month in jail for a British couple for kissing in public in Dubai
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8602449.stm

"A British couple jailed in Dubai for kissing in public have lost their appeal against their conviction. Ayman Najafi, 24, and Charlotte Adams, 25, were sentenced to a month in prison with subsequent deportation and fined about £200 for drinking alcohol. The couple were arrested in November after a local woman accused them of breaking the country's decency laws by kissing on the mouth in a restaurant. --Professor John Strawson, an expert in Islamic law, told BBC Radio 5 Live he was not surprised by the judge's decision. He said: "The problem in this particular case is that one of the British citizens is of Muslim origin. "And I think that the combination of the alleged kissing and the consumption of alcohol in an illegal place, meant that this was a case that the authorities really wanted to pursue, and they are probably sticking to their rigid interpretation of the law." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8602449.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kissing "A kiss is the act of pressing one's lips against the body of another. Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely. A kiss may be used to express sentiments of love, passion, affection, respect, greeting, friendship, and good luck, among many others. The word comes from Old English cyssan "to kiss", in turn from coss "a kiss". The act of kissing has become a common expression of affection among many cultures worldwide. Yet in certain cultures, kissing was introduced only through European settlement; prior to this, kissing was not a routine occurrence. Examples of this include certain indigenous peoples of Australia, the Tahitians, and many tribes in Africa." by jaskaw @ 04.04.2010 - 17:10:10 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/04/a-month-in-jail-for-a-british-couple-for-kissing-in-public-in-dubai-8306424/

Skeptic Bible Study: Easter Sunday
DeistPaladin writes: "Telling the Easter story as it's written in the Bible (a special Easter presentation to the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers). Christians tell us about how the resurrection of Jesus is so well documented. In reality, none of the accounts agree on any of the details." To attend the next Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers meeting, go to: http://atheists.meetup.com/175/ by jaskaw @ 04.04.2010 - 17:45:44 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/04/skeptic-bible-study-easter-sunday-8306614/

How is fear of death used in religious infection?
damon132 writes: "How is fear of death used in religious infection? Which do you fear more, a god sending you to hell or an asteroid hitting your city? Visit www.thegodvirus.net and www.recoveringreligionists.com" http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=damon132#g/u "I am a writer, psychologist and business owner. I enjoy challenging people to think in different ways about their world. At the same time, I do not delight in others' discomfort when challenged. I think that many major life changes can be achieved with minimal harm if people have the right cognitive and perceptual skills." by jaskaw @ 04.04.2010 - 21:24:03 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/04/how-is-fear-of-death-used-in-religious-infection-8307611/

The struggle against stoning of women continues in Iran
"Women in Shroud is a documentary about the violent injustice in the Iranian legal system, particularly towards women. Through verité footage and interviews with women who were accused (often without adequate proof) of adultery and sentenced to the death penalty, and interviews with several dedicated women's rights activists and a volunteer lawyer who have helped to appeal and to overturn these women's death sentences, the film exposes the arbitrary and highly subjective nature of Iranian judicial justice, and the discriminatory cultural and moral double-standards applied by the judges towards sentencing women they believed to be guilty of adulterous behaviour." Director: Farid Haerinejad, Mohammad Reza Kazemi http://www.idfa.nl/en/info/project.aspx?id=93a33975-eb64-4bb6-aad0-6a5c52d1707d

by jaskaw @ 04.04.2010 - 23:02:25 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/04/a-documentary-on-the-struggle-against-stoning-in-iran-8308064/

Reuters: Gambling in real estate hurts churches badly in the US
Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63020J20100401

Reuters "By the time thousands of parishioners stream into the 3,000-seat Ebenezer AME Church on Easter Sunday, church leaders hope to have something else to celebrate: financial revival. The congregation, one of America's largest, has been scrambling to raise funds to save the arena-sized sanctuary from potential foreclosure. To that end, it has enlisted national leaders, such as the Reverend Jesse Jackson and Harvard Law School's Charles Ogletree, who was President Barack Obama's law professor." --"Supercheap, few-questions-asked loans were a temptation even churches could not resist, but now they are paying for their sins as the debt crisis enters the house of God. Long considered among the safest of borrowers, churches gambled on real estate at a time when credit copiously flowed and lenders were startlingly lax. But places of worship have since been battered by the economic downturn. Donations have dipped, investment returns have plunged and bank credit is still hard to come by." Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63020J20100401 by jaskaw @ 05.04.2010 - 18:12:23 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/05/reuters-gambling-in-real-estate-hurts-churches-badly-in-the-us-8312401/

Large German Jihadist colonies in Waziristan
Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,687306,00.html#ref=nlint

By Yassin Musharbash, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark "A wave of Germans traveling to training camps for militant jihadists has alarmed security officials back in Europe. The recruits are quickly becoming radicalized and, in some cases, entire families are departing to hotbeds for terrorism. It is even believed that colonies catering to German Islamists have taken shape in the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan." --"In this remote mountain region, a colony of Germans has sprung up -- expats who have severed all roots and found a new homeland in the Hindu Kush. Germany's Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) maintains a list of suspects who have taken off to Afghanistan or Pakistan -- or at least tried to leave -- over the past few years. The list has nearly 100 names. It's a directory of the third generation of Islamist terrorists after the 9/11 suicide pilots and Germany's so-called "Sauerland Cell". Like their predecessors, they are eager to fight the holy war and die a martyr's death." Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,687306,00.html#ref=nlint by jaskaw @ 05.04.2010 - 20:43:15 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/05/german-jjihad-colonies-sprout-up-in-waziristan-8313274/

The writer of Golden Compass writes of 'scoundrel Christ'
Read more at: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/from%20atheist/2761642/story.html

"Bestselling British author Philip Pullman risks offending Christians with his latest book, a fictional account of the "good man Jesus" and the "scoundrel Christ." The 63-year-old, an outspoken atheist, angered some members of the Catholic Church with a thinly veiled attack on organized religion in his hugely successful His Dark Materials trilogy, the first of which was turned into the Hollywood blockbuster The Golden Compass. But The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is a far more direct exploration of the foundations of Christianity and the church as well as an examination of the fascination and power of storytelling. In the novel, Jesus has a twin brother called Christ who secretly records and embellishes his brother's teachings. --When one man said Christians would be upset to hear Christ referred to as a "scoundrel," Pullman replied: "I knew it was a shocking thing to say, but no one has the right to live without being shocked. Nobody has to read this book ... and no one has the right to stop me writing this book." In the book, Christ is lured into betraying Jesus by a mysterious stranger who wants to use the controversial preacher and his beliefs as a focal point for a new religion preserved and controlled by a powerful and wealthy body called the church." Read more at: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/from%20atheist/2761642/story.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/7564066/What-Jesus-Christ-means-to-me.html by jaskaw @ 06.04.2010 - 19:59:42 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/06/the-writer-of-golden-compass-writes-of-scoundrel-christ-8319045/

Elizabeth Pisani: Sex, drugs and HIV -- let's get rational
"I'm not going to even address the clearly irrational position of the Catholic Church, who think that if you give out condoms, everyone is going to run out and have sex. Pope Benedict, I have news for you; I carry condoms all the time, and I never get laid. Its not that easy." -Elisabet Pisani at TED-talks.

TED-talks says: "Armed with bracing logic, wit and her "public-health nerd" glasses, Elizabeth Pisani reveals the myriad of inconsistencies in today's political systems that prevent our dollars from effectively fighting the spread of HIV. Her research with at-risk populations -- from junkies in prison to sex workers on the street in Cambodia -- demonstrates the sometimes counter-intuitive measures that could stall the spread of this devastating disease." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Pisani

by jaskaw @ 06.04.2010 - 21:21:52 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/06/elizabeth-pisani-sex-drugs-and-hiv-let-s-get-rational-8319562/

God and Karma: Batchelor Rejects 'Consolatory' Beliefs
Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Batchelor_(author) "Stephen Batchelor (born in Scotland) is the author of many books relating to Buddhism though he is an agnostic. At the age of nineteen, Batchelor moved to Dharamsala in India. In 1974 he ordained as a Tibetan monk in the Gelug tradition. In Dharamsala, shortly after ordination, he met Satya Narayan Goenka, and sat a ten-day vipassana meditation retreat with him. He studied under Geshe Rabten in Switzerland, his group consisting mostly of Westerners like himself. During this period he learned to read Tibetan script and found himself immersed in a fairly complex routine. While a Tibetan monk, Batchelor continued his vipassana practice. Batchelor is an author, teacher, and scholar, writing books and articles on Buddhist topics and leading meditation retreats throughout the world. He currently lives in Aquitaine, France. He is an active member of the Center for Pragmatic Buddhism's Advisory Board.

by jaskaw @ 07.04.2010 - 15:11:47 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/07/god-and-karma-batchelor-rejects-consolatory-beliefs-8323746/

British Islamist Anjem Choudary: They Give US Money, But We Attack Their System
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anjem_Choudary Anjem Choudary (born 1967 in Welling, England) is a British former solicitor, and, before it was proscribed, spokesman for the Islamist group Islam4UK. He is married, has four children, and lives in Ilford, London. Choudary became a medical student studying at the University of Southampton, before switching and studying commercial law. He became a solicitor, and chairman of the Society of Muslim Lawyers. He later met Omar Bakri Muhammad, and the two helped form the Islamist organisation, al-Muhajiroun. The group organised several pro-Islam demonstrations, including a banned protest march in London for which Choudary was summonsed to appear in court. Al-Muhajiroun was a controversial organisation, which was later disbanded following the UK government's decision to ban it. Choudary was present at the launch of its intended successor, Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah, and later helped form Al Ghurabaa, which was also banned, before he became the spokesman for Islam4UK. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam4UK

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Powerful Islamic groups demand that radio station stop broadcasting music in Somalia
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8604830.stm

"Radio stations broadcasting out of Somalia face a dilemma this month after a powerful Islamist militant group ordered them to stop playing music. Saying that the playing of music was un-Islamic, Hizbul-Islam announced on Saturday that stations had 10 days to take it off air. The punishment for failing to comply was not specified but 11 radio stations based in the capital, Mogadishu, are thought to be directly affected. If they drop music, they stand to lose listeners. If they ignore the warning, they face the wrath of the militants." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8604830.stm by jaskaw @ 08.04.2010 - 17:29:14

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10-year old with explosives belt arrested in Iraq
Read more at: http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/26159.htm?tr=y&auid=6184617

Iraqi security forces have arrested a 10-year old boy wearing an explosives belt who planned to blow himself up in the middle of a crowded area in Faluja, 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of Baghdad. Upon the arrival at a roadblock of the bus on which he was riding, the boy was asked, like the rest of the passengers, to get off for inspection. It appears the boy got scared and started running away, and was grabbed from behind by a policeman who discovered that he was wearing an explosives belt. Read more at: http://www.thememriblog.org/blog_personal/en/26159.htm?tr=y&auid=6184617

by jaskaw @ 09.04.2010 - 09:17:10 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/09/10-year-old-with-explosives-belt-arrested-in-iraq-8334578/

Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From National Science Foundation Report
Read more at: http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2010/04/evolution-big-bang-polls-omitted.html?etoc

"In an unusual last-minute edit that has drawn flak from the White House and science educators, a federal advisory committee omitted data on Americans' knowledge of evolution and the big bang from a key report. The data shows that Americans are far less likely than the rest of the world to accept that humans evolved from earlier species and that the universe began with a big bang. They're not surprising findings, but the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF), says it chose to leave the section out of the 2010 edition of the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators because the survey questions used to measure knowledge of the two topics force respondents to choose between factual knowledge and religious beliefs. "Discussing American science literacy without mentioning evolution is intellectual malpractice" that "downplays the controversy" over teaching evolution in schools, says Joshua Rosenau of the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit that has fought to keep creationism out of the science classroom. The story appears in this week's issue of Science. Read more at: http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2010/04/evolution-big-bang-polls-omitted.html?etoc by jaskaw @ 09.04.2010 - 19:17:41 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/09/evolution-big-bang-polls-omitted-from-nsf-report-8337708/

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Why Call Him God?
TheThinkingAtheist says "ō When should an omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent Being be expected to do anything god-like? Here's our take on the subject." http://www.youtube.com/user/TheThinkingAtheist Join the Epicurean brotherhood in Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Epicurus/79493658728 There is just now ongoing presentation of the 40 central Epicurean principal doctrines.

by jaskaw @ 10.04.2010 - 17:34:33 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/10/why-call-him-god-8342601/

The Atheist Barbie doll is finally here!
Read more at: http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/atheist-barbie.html

"Fisher created Rev. Barbie for use in her own youth ministry: "I thought the children would like to practice playing with the vestments and learning what they are," she told Religion News Service. Over the years, Barbie's many vocations have served as inspiration for young girls. And although Mattel has not endorsed Fisher's improvised Reverend Barbie, the plastic priestess has emerged at a critical moment in Christian history, especially for women. Man, why should religious people get to have all the fun? I want an atheist Barbie!" Read more at: http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/atheist-barbie.html by jaskaw @ 10.04.2010 - 21:48:40 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/10/the-atheist-barbie-doll-is-finally-here-8343710/

Humanist Heroes
mnmadwoman writes "Quotes from Americans who have upheld the Humanist values -- a respect for science, reason, and concern for humanity in the here and now." http://www.youtube.com/user/mnmadwoman

by jaskaw @ 11.04.2010 - 15:44:38 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/11/humanist-heroes-8347288/

Sir David Attenborough Sums Up Evolution In 5½ Minutes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Attenborough "Sir David Frederick Attenborough (pronounced / æt nb r /) OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS, FZS, FSA (born 8 May 1926 in London, England) is a broadcaster and naturalist. His career as the respected face and voice of natural history programmes has endured for more than 50 years. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine "Life" series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of all life on the planet. He is also a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s."

by jaskaw @ 12.04.2010 - 12:44:43 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/12/sir-david-attenborough-sums-up-evolution-in-5-minutes-8353356/

Leonard Pitts: Christian terrorism is alive
Read more at: http://www.journal-news.com/opinion/columnists/leonard-pitts-christian-terrorism-is-alive-642286.html

"A few words about Christian terrorism. And I suppose the first words should be about those words: Christian terrorism. The term will seem jarring to those who ve grown comfortable regarding terrorism as something exclusive to Islam. --If federal officials are correct, we now have one more name to add to the dishonor roll. That name would be Hutaree, a self-styled Christian militia in Michigan, nine members of which have been arrested and accused of plotting to kill police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government uprising. --Sometimes, I think the only thing that keeps us from becoming, say, Afghanistan, is a strong central government and a diverse population with a robust tradition of free speech. The idea that there is something more is a conceit that blows apart like confetti every time there is, as there is now, a sense of cultural dislocation and economic uncertainty. That combination unfailingly moves people out to the fringes where they seek out scapegoats and embrace that feeble God. And watching, you can t help but realize the troubling truth about that line between us and Them. It s thinner than you think."

Read more at: http://www.journal-news.com/opinion/columnists/leonard-pitts-christian-terrorism-is-alive-642286.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Pitts "Leonard Pitts, Jr. is an American commentator, journalist and novelist. He is a nationally-syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He was originally hired by the Miami Herald to critique music, but within a few years he received his own column in which he dealt extensively with race, politics, and culture. He lives in Bowie, Maryland. He has won awards for his writing from the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and was first nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1993, eventually claiming the honor in 2004. Pitts is a bestselling author. His first book, Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood was published in 2006. Pitts s first novel, Before I Forget was released in March of 2009, and earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutaree "Hutaree is a Christian militia group based in Adrian, Michigan. The group was formed in early 2008. The name "Hutaree" appears to be a neologism, that according to the group's web site means "Christian warriors". The group was allegedly preparing for what they believed would be an apocalyptic battle with the forces of the Antichrist, who they believed would be supported and defended by local, state and federal police departments. On their website, all police and military members who would support the current U.S. system of

local, state or federal government were described as members of the "brotherhood", and were considered by the Hutaree to be "enemies". From March 28 to March 30, 2010, nine people thought to be Hutaree members were arrested in police raids in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana (in Hammond), for their alleged involvement in a plot to kill various police officers and possibly civilians using illegal explosives and/or firearms." by jaskaw @ 12.04.2010 - 13:56:31 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/12/leonard-pitts-christian-terrorism-is-alive-8353738/

Sikhs battle out their differences in Canada with kirpans

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/Kirpans-out-as-Canadian-Sikh-divsions-deepen-over-scriptu

TORONTO "Divisions among Canadian Sikhs over the ongoing controversy about the Dasam Granth reached a flash point with hardliners using kirpans to attack supporters of former Akal Takht head priest Darshan Singh Ragi who suspects the authenticity of the scripture. After the holy Granth which carries the writings of the first nine Sikhs, the Dasam Granth is another major scripture of the community carrying the writings of the last guru Gobind Singh. Though only the holy Granth is installed at all gurdwaras because it was declared the eternal guru of the Sikhs by the last guru (Guru Gobind Singh) before his death in 1708, some gurdwaras associated with his birth and death in Patna and Nanded have also installed the Dasam Granth. However, Sikh scholars, inlcuding Ragi,are against its installation as they suspect the authenticity of the Dasam Granth because of objectionable parts - references to women in derogatory languages, sexual promiscuity and intoxicants - in it. They say the last Sikh guru could never have written these parts, linking the derogatory parts to conspiracy theories against the community. But opponents say these scholars are denigrating the Dasam Granth and should be excommunicated from the Sikh religion. Toronto-based former Akal Takht head priest Ragi was ex-communicated from the Sikh clergy last December for vocing his opposition to the scripture." --"The use of kirpans in the gurdwara violence led to calls in some section of the media to revisit the issue of kirpan in Canada where the Sikhs won a major legal victory for it in 2006 to let them wear their religious symbol in classrooms and work places."

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/Kirpans-out-as-Canadian-Sikh-divsions-deepen-over-scriptu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirpan "The Kirpan is a sword or dagger carried by many Sikhs. According to a a mandatory religious commandment given by Guru Gobind Singh (the tenth Guru of Sikhism) at the Baisakhi Amrit Sanchar (a holy religious ceremony that formally baptizes a Sikh) in AD 1699, all baptised Sikhs (Khalsa) must wear a kirpan at all times. Historically, the kirpan was a defensive weapon, worn on a cloth belt called a Gatra. It was one of the five Kakars which displayed commitment to the Hukam of the tenth master and identified a Khalsa Sikh."

by jaskaw @ 12.04.2010 - 22:05:11 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/12/sikhs-battle-out-their-differences-in-canada-with-kirpans-8356929/

Ringo Starr: 'Vatican has more to talk about than the Beatles'
Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/04/12/ringo.starr.vatican.beatles/

London, England (CNN) -- The Vatican may have forgiven the Beatles over the weekend for their "satanic" messages -- but Ringo Starr, the legendary band's drummer, says he couldn't care less. In a tribute published to mark the 40th anniversary of the breakup of the band, who singer John Lennon once claimed were "more popular than Jesus," the Vatican newspaper "L'Osservatore Romano" said it had forgiven them and called them a "precious jewel." But Starr told CNN: "Didn't the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic -- and they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles." Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/04/12/ringo.starr.vatican.beatles/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringo_starr "Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the rock group The Beatles. When the band formed in 1960, Starr belonged to another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He became The Beatles' drummer in 1962, taking over from Pete Best. In addition to his contribution as drummer, Starr featured as lead singer on a number of successful Beatles songs (in particular, "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine", and the Beatles version of "Act Naturally") and as songwriter with the songs "Don't Pass Me By", "What Goes On", and "Octopus's Garden". As drummer for The Beatles, Starr was musically creative, and his contribution to the band's music has received high praise from notable drummers in more recent times." by jaskaw @ 12.04.2010 - 23:10:17 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/12/ringo-starr-vatican-has-more-to-talk-about-than-the-beatles-8357506/

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "I chose the principles of The House of Liberty"
Read more at: http://speakeasymag.com/campus-buzz/womens-rights-are-human-rights/

"On Thursday, April 8, Ohio University took security to a whole new level at Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Metal detectors and security guards lined the entrance while armed officers patrolled the outer perimeter and stood ominously inside the theater. These measures were taken to protect one woman, a woman who has received numerous threats on her life. Her name is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a human rights activist and the keynote speaker for the 2010 Baker Peace Conference. --She began humbly by apologizing for the extreme security measures. Let s be honest, she said, it s not because of the population of Bobcats. It s weird because I am not in any kind of office. I am not the secretary of state. I am not serving government in any capacity. I have no power ‫ ل‬and so you have to ask yourselves, ’Who is this woman? and I ask myself, ’Who am I? She then explained how she was different. Through her own growing, searching and learning, she developed a different moral compass, a compass entirely opposite from that to which her family strictly adhered. --Finally, she realized that she had to make a decision. She could not walk the line any longer. It is not God who is responsible for the choices I make, she said. I am responsible for those choices. This revelation led to Ali s apostasy, or abandonment, of the Muslim religion, which she published in her novel, Infidel. No more could she rationalize the Islamic treatment of women and murder of innocent people. She had seen women who were free and given rights equal to men. I chose the principles of The House of Liberty, but they came at a price, she said. That price first came with the rejection of, again, my father and, again, my mother, and the threats and the bodyguards. Read more at: http://speakeasymag.com/campus-buzz/womens-rights-are-human-rights/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayaan_hirsi_ali "Ayaan Hirsi Ali (pronunciation; Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali; born Ayaan Hirsi Magan 13 November 1969 in Mogadishu, Somalia)is a Dutch intellectual, feminist activist, writer, and politician. She is the estranged daughter of the late Somali scholar, politician, and revolutionary opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse. She is a prominent critic of Islam, and her screenplay for Theo Van Gogh's movie Submission led to death threats. Since van Gogh's assassination by a Muslim extremist in 2004, she has lived in seclusion under the

protection of Dutch authorities. When she was eight, her family left Somalia for Saudi Arabia, then Ethiopia, and eventually settled in Kenya. She sought and obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, under circumstances that later became the center of a political controversy. In 2003 she was elected a member of the House of Representatives. In 2005, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world." by jaskaw @ 13.04.2010 - 09:30:18 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/13/ayaan-hirsi-ali-i-chose-the-principles-of-the-house-of-liberty-8359077/

Somali radio stations stop playing music on demand of the Islamists
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8617627.stm

"Most radio stations in Somalia have stopped playing music, on the orders of Islamist Hizbul-Islam insurgents who say that songs are un-Islamic. The stations said they had to comply with the ban as if they did not, they would be putting their lives at risk. The BBC correspondent in Somalia says this latest order has strong echoes of the Taliban in Afghanistan. In the past, militants in some areas have banned watching films and football and forced men to grow beards. Somalia has not had a functioning central government since 1991 and the Islamist militants control large parts of its territory. The transitional government - backed by African Union troops and UN funds - controls only a small part of the capital, Mogadishu." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8617627.stm by jaskaw @ 13.04.2010 - 18:17:02 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/13/somali-radio-stations-stop-playing-music-on-demand-of-the-islamists-8362272/

Was the biblical covenant copied from a Assyrian text?
Read more at: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Ancient+treaty+resembles+part+Bible/2781976/story.html

"Canadian archeologists in Turkey have unearthed an ancient treaty that could have served as a model for the biblical description of God's covenant with the Israelites. The tablet, dating to about 670 BC, is a treaty between the powerful Assyrian king and his weaker vassal states, written in a highly formulaic language very similar in form and style to the story of Abraham's covenant with God in the Hebrew Bible, says University of Toronto archeologist Timothy Harrison. Although biblical scholarship differs, it is widely accepted that the Hebrew Bible was being assembled around the same time as this treaty, the seventh century BC." ---"The language in the [Assyrian] texts is [very similar] and now we have a treaty document just a few miles up the road from Jerusalem." Read more at: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Ancient+treaty+resembles+part+Bible/2781976/story.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covenant_(biblical) "A biblical covenant is an agreement found in the Bible "between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from his people in return (conditional covenant.) In theology and Biblical studies, the word "covenant" principally refers to any of a number of solemn agreements made between God and the children of Israel in the Hebrew Bible, as well as to the New Covenant, which some Christians consider to be the replacement or final fulfilment of these, see Supersessionism. Likewise, some Christians use the term "Old Covenant" to collectively refer to the covenants described in their "Old Testament". by jaskaw @ 14.04.2010 - 14:12:55 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/14/was-the-biblical-covenant-copied-from-a-assyrian-text-8369797/

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Arthur G Broadhurst [Visitor] http://www.christianhumanist.net 14.04.2010 @ 17:33 This is not exactly earth-shattering news. Anyone with even a basic understanding of the old testament documents and their formation has known for several generations that there was cultural "borrowing" and that many traditions were held in common with other Near Eastern tribal groups and peoples. So this is interesting but does not really provide "ammunition" for either side in the battles over the historicity of events that may have occurred in the area. Godless Heathen [Visitor] 14.04.2010 @ 18:38 It may not be a "novel" discovery in that there is already plenty of evidence of cultural borrowing in existence (i.e., flood/creation/death & resurrection stories), but it is one more bit of interesting evidence that might provide a little more ammunition in verbal battles against those who still want to cling tightly to claims that the OT is the inerrant word of the divine and should not be questioned. (Not that I believe the clingers will release their worldviews on the basis of "physical" evidence anyway, but...) Those who don't view their holy books in that manner, are probably not as concerned with the historical accuracy of the bible in the first place, as that is not what their understanding of faith requires of them. From a strictly archaeological/anthropological/historical (and personal) perspective though, this find IS rather fascinating.

Evangelical scholar expelled over evolution
Read more at: http://ncse.com/news/2010/04/evangelical-scholar-expelled-over-evolution-005432

"A noted evangelical Old Testament scholar resigned from his faculty position at a seminary in the wake of a controversy over his public acceptance of evolution. On March 24, 2010, a video featuring Bruce Waltke, Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, was posted on the website of the BioLogos Foundation. (Founded by Francis Collins, the BioLogos Foundation "explores, promotes, and celebrates the integration of science and Christian faith.") Entitled "Why Must the Church Come to Accept Evolution?" the video discussed "the danger that the Church will face if it does not engage with the world around it, in particular by acknowledging the overwhelming amount of data in support of biological evolution, which many evangelicals still reject." --Milton explained that Reformed Theological Seminary's faculty members are allowed to have different views on creation, but "Darwinian views, and any suggestion that humans didn't arrive on earth directly from being created by God (as opposed to having evolved from other forms of life), are not allowed, he said, and faculty members know this." --In a widely circulated letter to his colleagues at the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary, Waltke later commented, "I knew the issue of Genesis 1-3 and evolution was emotionally charged, but not this charged." Read more at: http://ncse.com/news/2010/04/evangelical-scholar-expelled-over-evolution-005432 by jaskaw @ 14.04.2010 - 21:59:27 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/14/evangelical-scholar-expelled-over-evolution-8372433/

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anirudh kumar satsangi [Visitor] 18.04.2010 @ 07:13 According to His Holiness Maharaj Sahab (1861-1907), the 3rd Spiritual Head of Radha Soami Faith, “during satyayuga,………..in consequence of their greater spirituality and of the high purity of their heart, had no difficulty in getting access at times into the astral planes and holding communion with the departed spirits.” (Source: Discourses on Radhasoami Faith). Greater Spirituality as mentioned above is linked to the size of pineal gland. In Satyauga pineal gland was highly developed but in Kaliyuga the pineal gland is a rudimentary (undeveloped) organ. This is downward evolution of humankind. We should ascertain the period taken from highly developed pineal gland to undeveloped pineal gland. This will determine the Age of Human Existence on this Earth Planet. Other arguments, as I think, will not help much. | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 18.04.2010 @ 10:11 Dear anirudh kumar satsangi, I must admit that I did not quite catch the point. How is this development in pineal gland found out and why other arguments will not help much?

Every Black Hole Contains Another Universe?

Read more at: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/100409-black-holes-alternate-universe-multiverse-einstein-wormho

"Like part of a cosmic Russian doll, our universe may be nested inside a black hole that is itself part of a larger universe. In turn, all the black holes found so far in our universeōfrom the microscopic to the supermassiveōmay be doorways into alternate realities. According to a mind-bending new theory, a black hole is actually a tunnel between universesōa type of wormhole. The matter the black hole attracts doesn't collapse into a single point, as has been predicted, but rather gushes out a "white hole" at the other end of the black one, the theory goes. In a recent paper published in the journal Physics Letters B, Indiana University physicist Nikodem Poplawski presents new mathematical models of the spiraling motion of matter falling into a black hole. His equations suggest such wormholes are viable alternatives to the "space-time singularities" that Albert Einstein predicted to be at the centers of black holes." --"According to the new equations, the matter black holes absorb and seemingly destroy is actually expelled and becomes the building blocks for galaxies, stars, and planets in another reality."

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dmc [Visitor] 15.04.2010 @ 14:34 so where are the white holes in this Universe? at least it's a testable hypothesis i suppose.

Stephen Fry's magnificent speech in The Intelligence² Debate
The Intelligence² Debate - Stephen Fry (Unedited)(Part 1/2)

The Intelligence² Debate - Stephen Fry (Unedited)(Part 2/2)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Fry Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is a British actor, writer, journalist, comedian, television presenter and film director. He first came to attention in the 1982 Cambridge Footlights Revue presentation, "The Cellar Tapes", which also included Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Tony Slattery. With Hugh Laurie, as the comedy double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry and Laurie, and the duo also played the title roles in Jeeves and Wooster. As a solo actor, Fry played the lead in the film Wilde, was Melchett in the Blackadder television series and is the host of the erudite, but comedy-based quiz show, QI. He also presented a 2008 television series Stephen Fry in America, which saw him travelling across all 50 U.S. states in six episodes. Fry has become known to American audiences for his recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the Fox crime series Bones. Apart from his work in television, Fry has contributed columns and articles for newspapers and magazines, and has written four novels and an autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot. He also appears frequently on BBC Radio 4, starring in the comedy series Absolute Power, being a frequent guest on panel games such as Just a Minute, and acting as chairman for I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, where he was one of a trio of hosts who succeeded the late Humphrey Lyttelton. Fry has been described as a "national treasure", a phenomenon and "an epitome of the Renaissance man".

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Rowland Nelken [Visitor] 27.04.2010 @ 00:09 A Brilliant Speech. The Catholic CGurch may be the largest totalitarian Christian cult in the world, but is not unique in ite presumption. I was raised as Jehovah's Witness. Its 7 million members is paltry by the side of the Catholic billion, but its presumption of being God's sole earthly rep. is equally absurd and cruel.

Federal judge: The US National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional
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MADISON, Wis. "ō A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional Thursday, saying the day amounts to a call for religious action. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote that the government can no more enact laws supporting a day of prayer than it can encourage citizens to fast during Ramadan, attend a synagogue or practice magic. "In fact, it is because the nature of prayer is so personal and can have such a powerful effect on a community that the government may not use its authority to try to influence an individual's decision whether and when to pray," Crabb wrote. Congress established the day in 1952 and in 1988 set the first Thursday in May as the day for presidents to issue proclamations asking Americans to pray. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Madison-based group of atheists and agnostics, filed a lawsuit against the federal government in 2008 arguing the day violated the separation of church and state." Read more at: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gd8532foDasi_HtAzi9JolkMVlqQD9F3QF7O0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Day_of_Prayer by jaskaw @ 16.04.2010 - 11:02:42 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/16/federal-judge-the-us-national-day-of-prayer-is-unconstitutional-8382942/

Islamist militants ban school bells as un-Islamic
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"Islamist militants al-Shabab have banned teachers using bells to signal the end of class in the town of Jowhar, 90km (56 miles) north of Mogadishu. Al-Shabab said the bells sounded too much like Christian church bells. This comes after last week's order by the Hizbul-Islam group that radios stop playing music because it is un-Islamic. A teacher told the BBC's correspondent in Somalia that handclaps were now being used instead of bells to bring classes to an end. The end of classes is also marked by teachers beating on tables and doors, reports the Associated Press news agency." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8623240.stm by jaskaw @ 16.04.2010 - 17:55:57 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/16/islamist-militants-ban-school-bells-as-un-islamic-8384998/

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Darwin's Legacy - Genie at Stanford
ō In 2008, Stanford looked at the scope, reach, and impact of Darwin's' theory, in a series of lectures given by leading evolution scholars. Among them, our very own Genie Scott, who dissects the evolution vs. creationism debate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genie_Scott

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Holocaust-denying British bishop fined in Germany
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"A renegade British bishop has been fined 10,000 euros (£8,750) for denying the Holocaust in a case that has acutely embarrassed the Vatican. The case went ahead in a German court without Richard Williamson, whose breakaway Catholic fraternity told him not to testify, his lawyer said. Denying that the Holocaust took place, or questioning key elements, is illegal in Germany. The bishop acknowledged the offending comments in a statement read in court. Williamson, 70, was convicted by the court in the southern German city of Regensburg of inciting racial hatred for stating in a TV interview aired in January 2009 that only "200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps". Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8625543.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Williamson_%28bishop%29 "Richard Nelson Williamson, (born 8 March 1940) is an English traditionalist Catholic and a bishop of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). Williamson opposes the changes in the Catholic Church brought about by the Second Vatican Council. He sees such changes as being unacceptably liberal and modernistic, and as being destructive to the Church. In 1988, the Holy See declared that Williamson had incurred automatic excommunication latae sententiae, i.e. as a direct and immediate consequence of his unauthorized consecration as a bishop by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. It lifted his excommunication in January 2009. After reports accusing him of Holocaust denial attracted widespread media coverage, the Vatican declared that "in order to be admitted to episcopal functions within the Church, (he) will have to take his distance, in an absolutely unequivocal and public fashion, from his position on the Shoah, which the Holy Father was not aware of when the excommunication was lifted." In 2010, Williamson was convicted of incitement by a German court and fined $13,000." by jaskaw @ 17.04.2010 - 20:22:23 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/17/holocaust-denying-british-bishop-fined-in-germany-8391154/

'Osama Bin Laden' Facebook page shut down
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"A Facebook account in the name of Osama bin Laden was shut down today, after attracting more than 1,000 "fans" and posting the speeches and recordings of Islamic extremists produced by al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Sahab Media Group. Omar Bin Laden says the U.S. won't catch his dad. The page, which went up on March 25, referred to bin Laden as the "Prince of Mujahideen," and set his location to the "mountains of the world," according to the Arabic language news site Elaph. Bin Laden is believed to be hiding in the mountainous area that stretches across Pakistan and Afghanistan." Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/International/Blotter/osama-bin-laden-facebook-page-shut/story?id=10402921 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osama_bin_Laden "Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (with numerous variations; Arabic: ‫ضوع نب دمحم نب ةماسأ‬ ‫ندال نب‬‎, Usāmah bin Muḥammad bin ’Awaḍ bin Lādin; born March 10, 1957) is a member of the prominent Saudi bin Laden family and the founding leader of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, best known for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian targets. Bin Laden is on the American Federal Bureau of Investigation's list of FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. Since 2001, Osama bin Laden and his organization have been major targets of the United States' War on Terror. Bin Laden and fellow Al-Qaeda leaders are believed to be hiding near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas." by jaskaw @ 18.04.2010 - 01:50:48

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'What I know about Islam' by Pat Condell
http://www.youtube.com/user/patcondell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Condell "Patrick Condell (born November 23, 1949) is an English stand-up comedian, writer, and internet personality. He performed alternative comedy shows during the 1980s and 1990s in the United Kingdom and won a Time Out Comedy Award in 1991. He was also a regular panellist on BBC Radio 1's "Loose Talk". From early 2007, he began posting short monologues denouncing religion to a number of video sharing websites. His videos have been featured on many websites including YouTube and LiveLeak. They have also been published to DVD."

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'The Unconsidered Life' by A.C. Grayling
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.C._Grayling "Anthony Clifford Grayling, FRSA, FRSL (born 3 April 1949) is a British philosopher and author. He is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London and a supernumerary fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He has an MA and a DPhil from Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts. Grayling has been a significant contributor to philosophical pedagogy and scholarship through writing and editing, in the latter case most notably in connection with the two major volumes "Philosophy: A Guide Through the Subject" and "Philosophy: Further Through the Subject" published by Oxford University Press, widely used as text books, and as chief editor of the four-volume "Encyclopaedia of British Philosophy" (Continuum)."

by jaskaw @ 18.04.2010 - 19:40:23 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/18/the-unconsidered-life-by-a-c-grayling-8396325/

Christian beliefs do not prevent belief in witchcraft and evil spirits in Kenya

Read more at: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Belief%20in%20witchcraft%20widespread%20among%20Christians%20says%20surve

"A quarter of Kenyans believe in witchcraft even though they are deeply religious, a survey shows. They also believe that the world will end in the next 39 years. According to the survey conducted by The Pew Research Center, a US-based organisation dealing in religious research, Kenyans are ranked 11th in Africa and 16th in the world on the most religious people, with nearly nine in every 10 people stating that religion plays an important role in their lives. The Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa survey compares Kenya to the Czech Republic and Sweden where only eight out of 100 people said religion was important. But in spite of impressive religious credentials, strong belief in one God, and in heaven and hell, the survey found that sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya included, leads in the worship of alternative gods ō witchcraft, evil spirits, and sacrifices to ancestors, traditional religious healers and reincarnation."

Read more at: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Belief%20in%20witchcraft%20widespread%20among%20Christians%20says%20surve by jaskaw @ 18.04.2010 - 21:30:36

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When Jews slaughtered Christians; The forgotten massacre of Mamilla
Read more at: http://www.jpost.com/LocalIsrael/InJerusalem/Article.aspx?id=14894

"Completely overlooked in the current media frenzy about building the Museum of Tolerance atop the millennium-old Ma'amun Allah Cemetery is the site's forgotten history as the killing field of 614. --Seeking revenge for generations of persecution, the Jews destroyed hundreds of churches and monasteries. Once Jerusalem was in Persian hands a terrible massacre of Christians took place, and the Jews are accused of having taken the lead in this massacre. How many Christian prisoners of war were murdered by the Mamilla Pool? A precise number is of course now impossible to verify, but Israeli archaeologist Ronny Reich puts the tally at 60,000 before the Persian military stopped the carnage. One eyewitness, Strategius of St. Sabas, wrote: "Jews ransomed the Christians from the hands of the Persian soldiers for good money, and slaughtered them with great joy at Mamilla Pool, and it ran with blood." Read more at: http://www.jpost.com/LocalIsrael/InJerusalem/Article.aspx?id=14894 and http://neareastupdate.blogspot.com/2010/04/what-we-choose-to-remember-jerusalem-in.html by jaskaw @ 19.04.2010 - 13:29:36 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/19/when-jews-slaughtered-christians-the-forgotten-massacre-of-mamilla-8401838/

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newyorkcomic [Visitor] 19.04.2010 @ 16:30 Who cares? Just another instance of "holy" people coming together to kill each other.

Study: More crime at church than strip clubs
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheYoungTurks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Young_Turks_(talk_show) "The Young Turks is a liberal radio and Internet talk show airing on Sirius Satellite Radio and its first original programming. The name is an allusion to the Young Turk reform movement in the late Ottoman Empire (and the general term, derived from this usage, referring to new progressive movements within older organizations), playing on host Cenk Uygur's Turkish origins. The Young Turks claims to be the first Internet TV news show. Video of the show is streamed daily on their website and available as a podcast. The show offers exclusive, Internet-only video content via their YouTube channel, which averages 13 million views monthly. The Young Turks offers a paid members-only Postgame Show, an uncensored, Internet-only wrap-up show. The Young Turks has won the 2009 Podcast Award in the Political category as well as 2009 Mashable Open Web Award for the Best Political News Site."

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Iranian cleric says that promiscuous women cause earthquakes
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/04/19/world/AP-ML-Iran-Earthquakes-Promiscuity.html?ref=global-home

"BEIRUT (AP) -- A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes. Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric's unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate. ''Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,'' Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Sedighi is Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader. " Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/04/19/world/AP-ML-Iran-Earthquakes-Promiscuity.html?ref=global-home by jaskaw @ 19.04.2010 - 22:16:49 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/19/iranian-cleric-says-that-promiscuous-women-cause-earthquakes-8406195/

Stan Cox: Four of the Most Dangerous Fraudulent Scientific Theories That Must Be Confronted

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"Climate-induced earthquakes, bottomless pits of oil, pet dinosaurs and a miraculous energy source: For the sake of public policy, it's important to debunk the lies. --Adding to the impression that seismic activity has increased are the realities of continuing population growthōwhich means that an earthquake, tragically, is much more likely to affect large numbers of people than previouslyōand of growth in communications technology, which allows news of a quake anywhere in the world to be disseminated almost instantly. But why have there been several massive, destructive quakes just in the past year? According to USGS, the explanation involves no more than simple, boring chance. --In the sociopolitical geography of the Web, enthusiasm for abiogenic oil usually runs in parallel with denial of human-induced climate change. That is logical, considering that we are all susceptible to wishful thinking of one kind or another. --In Texas 30 percent of people believe the earliest humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs, and another 29 percent aren t sure whether or not they lived together. In an election year, such beliefs could boost the prospects of politicians like a far-right primary candidate for Congress in Minnesota who has written a school curriculum promoting the idea that a Flintstones-like world of people and dinosaurs existed not long ago and believes that liberals want to establish a ’worldwide education system that teaches, among other topics, ’global warming nonsense. Of the claims examined in this article, this bit of creationist fantasy is the only one that contains not even a single pebble of reality."

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James Randi's fiery takedown of psychic fraud in TED-talks
Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world's psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I'll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.) http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi "James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge; August 7, 1928) is a Canadian American stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Randi began his career as a magician, as The Amazing Randi, but when he retired at age 60, he switched to investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims, which he collectively calls "woo-woo." Although often referred to as a "debunker," Randi rejects that title owing to its perceived bias, instead describing himself as an "investigator". He has written about the paranormal, skepticism, and the history of magic. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and is occasionally featured on the television program Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. The JREF sponsors The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge offering a prize of US $1,000,000 to anyone who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event, under test conditions agreed to by both parties."

by jaskaw @ 20.04.2010 - 21:53:12 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/20/james-randi-s-fiery-takedown-of-psychic-fraud-in-ted-talks-8414111/

CNN: Muslims extremists threaten to kill South Park creators
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_park "South Park is an American animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become infamous for its crude, surreal, satirical, and dark humor that lampoons a wide range of topics. The ongoing narrative revolves around four childrenōStan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormickōand their bizarre adventures in and around the fictional and titular Colorado town. Parker and Stone developed the show from two animated shorts they created in 1992 and 1995. The latter became one of the first Internet viral videos, which ultimately led to its production as a series. South Park debuted on August 13, 1997 with great success, consistently earning the highest ratings of any basic cable program. Subsequent ratings have varied, but the show remains Comedy Central's highest rated and longest running program. A total of 200 episodes have been broadcast, and the fourteenth season began airing on March 17, 2010. Parker and Stone, who continue to do most of the writing, directing, and voice acting, are under contract to produce 14 new episodes a year through 2011." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolution_Muslim "Revolution Muslim is a radical Islamist organization and movement based in New York City that advocates the re-establishment of a structured Islamic state, terrorism both in the US and in democratic countries around the world, the removal of the current rulers in heavily Muslim populated nations, the destruction of Israel, and an end to what they consider "western imperialism". They operate both on its website and through street preaching and protests, mostly outside the Islamic Cultural Center of New York."

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Sarah Palin vs. Thomas Jefferson in ABCNews
Watch the video at: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/god-trust-10429639 In Whose God Do We Trust? Dan Harris examines the debate over whether the U.S. is a Christian nation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_palin "Sarah Louise Palin (pronounced / peɪlɨn/ ( listen); née Heath; born February 11, 1964) is an American politician, author, speaker, and political news commentator who served as the Governor of Alaska from 2006 until she resigned in 2009. She was the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States in 2008."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson "Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801 1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), andōfor his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United Statesōone of the most influential Founding Fathers. As a political philosopher, Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment and knew many intellectual leaders in Britain and France. Jefferson supported the separation of church and state and was the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1779, 1786). Jefferson served as the wartime Governor of Virginia (1779 1781), first United States Secretary of State (1789 1793), and second Vice President (1797 1801). A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, political leader, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, inventor, and founder of the University of Virginia. To date, Jefferson is the only president to serve two full terms in office without vetoing a single bill of Congress. Jefferson has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest of U.S. presidents." Watch the video at: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/god-trust-10429639 by jaskaw @ 21.04.2010 - 18:45:40 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/21/sarah-palin-vs-thomas-jefferson-in-abcnews-8421545/

Young Turks: "Hot Women Cause Earthquakes?! "
http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/19/iranian-cleric-says-that-promiscuous-women-cause-earthquakes-8406195/ by jaskaw @ 21.04.2010 - 22:40:33 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/21/young-turks-hot-women-cause-earthquakes-8424200/

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Thousands sold their immortal souls - for five pounds

Read more at: http://www.theequitykicker.com/2010/04/19/online-ts-and-cs-shown-to-be-pointless-as-7500-literally-sell-their-souls/?

"In hilarious news from UK retailer GameStation updated its T s and C s on 1st April as an April fools joke adding an ’immortal soul clause and since then 7,500 have accepted the following:" "By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions." and better still: "we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire." "The company made the change to illustrate the serious point that nobody reads online terms and conditions something made clearer in this example by the fact that customers were given the option to opt out of the ’immortal soul clause and instead receive a £5 voucher something very few people did. In fact, due to the number of people who took advantage of this offer GameStation estimates that 88% of people didn t read the T s and C s. "

Read more at: http://www.theequitykicker.com/2010/04/19/online-ts-and-cs-shown-to-be-pointless-as-7500-literally-sell-their-souls/? The original terms and conditions are here: http://www.gamestation.co.uk/Help/TermsAndConditions/ by jaskaw @ 22.04.2010 - 10:01:20 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/22/thousands-sold-their-immortal-souls-for-five-pounds-8426339/

Facebook's 'Boobquake' aims to shame a Iranian cleric

Read more at: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/the-other-side/boobquake-determined-to-prove-cleric-wrong/story-e6frfhk6-122

"A ONE-WOMAN mission to prove breasts don't cause earthquakes has swollen into a shirt-straining global movement preparing for the inaugural "Boobquake". Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi angered womens' groups around the world on Monday when he claimed that promiscuous women were responsible for literally making the earth move. "Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,'' Sedighi said. --Jennifer McCreight is determined to prove him wrong. Since launching the "Boobquake" Facebook page two days ago, she has enlisted more than 20,000 women promising to show as much cleavage as possible on Monday, April 26. If the world doesn't then disappear into an apocalyptic fiery chasm, then Sedighi will have no option but to admit he was wrong."

Read more at: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/the-other-side/boobquake-determined-to-prove-cleric-wrong/story-e6frfhk6-122 Facebook-page for the Boobquake: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116336578385346 Blag Hag on the issue: http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/in-name-of-science-i-offer-my-boobs.html by jaskaw @ 22.04.2010 - 19:47:55 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/22/facebook-s-boobquake-aims-to-shame-iranian-cleric-8431044/

Shall we have The International Day of Reason on May 6th?
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"There is a reason we have the Mothers Day or a Fathers Day. A special day puts a new focus on a idea momentarily, even if also mothers are mothers every single day of the year. So, we hereby simply declare the International Day of Reason to be celebrated at the May 6th of this year! We may be the only ones celebrating it for now; but who knows if it catches on..." Read more at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000532338198#!/pages/Rationality/70784829441?ref=ts http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100568523321443 http://dayofreason.blogs.fi/ by jaskaw @ 23.04.2010 - 10:49:10 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/23/shall-we-have-the-international-day-of-rationality-on-may-6th-8434622/

The Giant Plus Sign
http://pixton.com/comic/b4o76e08 PS. The message "This comic is restricted from general viewing." is now received for this cartoon in Pixton. The cartoon can however be viewed here: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs371.snc3/23852_436928814697_621684697_5646860_7811007_n.jpg

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Orthodox experts considers Iceland volcano eruption a sign of God's wrath
Read more at: http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7178

Moscow, April 20, Interfax "Eruption of the Iceland volcano is a display of God's wrath, the Association of Orthodox Experts believes. "Is it possible that Europe further abandoning its Christian heritage does not to see that eruption of the Iceland volcano with its ash cloud that paralyzed life of the "most progressive" society is a menacing sign of God?" the Association's activists said in their statement conveyed to Interfax-Religion on Tuesday. They noted that Iceland "has recently become a center of European neo-paganism of Aryan occult kind, which has Nazi character" as Iceland has headquartered the Association of European Ethnic Religions that has recently worked out a draft of merger between the World Pagan Assembly and International Pagan Alliance." --"Is it possible that once Christian Europe has forgotten the Holy Scripture and the destiny of Sodom and Gomorrah?" the experts wonder urging deputies of Russia, Ukraine and other Orthodox states to oppose such attempts." Read more at: http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7178 by jaskaw @ 24.04.2010 - 15:53:29

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A Islamic group calls for banning 'A Thousand and One Nights' and jailing its publishers
Read more at: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=404

"The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said, today, that the failure of the Egyptian government to take a clear stance regarding the religious and political Hesba cases has encouraged more religious extremists and publicity seekers to join the Actio popularis team. Some lawyers filed a communiqué to the Prosecutor General in order to confiscate A Thousand and One Nights book and imprison its publishers at the general authority of culture palaces affiliate to the ministry of culture, claiming that the heritage script is offensive to public decency . Read more at: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=404 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Thousand_and_One_Nights "One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights, from the first English language edition (1706), which rendered the title as The Arabian Nights' Entertainment. The work as we have it was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators and scholars across the Middle East and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature. In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements. Though the oldest Arabic manuscript dates from the 14th century, scholarship generally dates the collection's genesis to around the 9th century. What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryar (from Persian: ‫ ,راير;7061#&ش‬meaning "king" or "sovereign") and his wife Scheherazade (from Persian: ‫ ,;7061#&دا;6851#&ر;7061#&ش‬possibly meaning "of noble lineage"and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves. The stories proceed from this original tale; some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord. Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more." by jaskaw @ 24.04.2010 - 16:22:08

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WesStrikesBack [Visitor] http://twitter.com/godisnt 24.04.2010 @ 23:04 A religion that casts a shadow over its own cultural heritage is laughable from a humanist's point of view. I'm sure there are those Christians in this country who are afraid Cather in the Rye or Shakespeare are going to threaten their children's piety--but I say to those people "How strong is your faith when a(nother) piece of fiction can destroy it?" Be strong, be vigilant--do NOT let these religious nutcases influence our freedom to be scholars and educated. Just because Mohammad was illiterate, we must be as well?

Was Marco Polo an 'Islamophobe'?
Read more at: http://www.meforum.org/2637/marco-polo-islamophobe

"This is the question I often ask myself whenever I read pre-modern writings on Islam. Take that elementary schoolbook hero, Marco Polo and his famous memoirs, for example. By today's standards, the 13th century Venetian merchant would be denounced as a rabid "Islamophobe." For me, however, his writings contain a far more important lesson ō one in continuity ō and deserve closer scrutiny. --If today it is "Islamophobic," that is, irrational, to claim that Islam advocates war against and subjugation for infidels, permitting the latter to be abused, plundered, and enslaved in the process ō what does one make of the fact that, some 700 years ago, the same exact claims were made by our Venetian traveler? In short, the word "Islamophobia" is a ruse ō also permitted in Islam under the doctrine of taqiyya ō meant to paralyze all discussion concerning Muslim doctrine; and it has been successful: the United Nations has already presided over a conference titled "Confronting Islamophobia" and a Council of Europe summit condemned "Islamophobia." Moreover, the influential Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) regularly lambasts the specter of Islamophobia, calling it the "worst form of terrorism," and publishing two reports on the phenomenon. Yet, in a classic twist of irony, the opening assertion of the OIC's first report ō "Islamophobia has existed since the time of inception of Islam" ō contradicts its entire argument, for it begs the following question: How can something, in this case "unfounded fear of and hostility towards Islam" ō to use CAIR's definition of Islamophobia ō be a constant aspect of Islam's fourteen-hundred year history, and yet still be regarded as "unfounded"? Read more at: http://www.meforum.org/2637/marco-polo-islamophobe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_polo "Marco Polo (c. 1254 January 8, 1324) was a merchant from the Venetian Republic who wrote Il Milione, which introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned about trading whilst his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, travelled through Asia and met Kublai Khan. In 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice at war with Genoa; Marco was imprisoned, and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299, became a wealthy merchant, married and had 3 children. He died in 1324, and was buried in San Lorenzo."

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali on CNN: Religion, Violence & South Park
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayaan_Hirsi_Ali "Ayaan Hirsi Ali (About this sound pronunciation (help·info); Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali; born Ayaan Hirsi Magan 13 November 1969 in Mogadishu, Somalia)is a Dutch intellectual, feminist activist, writer, and politician. She is the estranged daughter of the late Somali scholar, politician, and revolutionary opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse. She is a prominent critic of Islam, and her screenplay for Theo Van Gogh's movie Submission led to death threats. Since van Gogh's assassination by a Muslim extremist in 2004, she has lived in seclusion under the protection of Dutch authorities. When she was eight, her family left Somalia for Saudi Arabia, then Ethiopia, and eventually settled in Kenya. She sought and obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, under circumstances that later became the center of a political controversy. In 2003 she was elected a member of the House of Representatives (the lower house of the Dutch parliament), representing the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). A political crisis surrounding the potential stripping of her Dutch citizenship led to her resignation from the parliament, and led indirectly to the fall of the second Balkenende cabinet."

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Taliban suspected of attacking a girl-school with poison-gas in Afghanistan
Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63O0EN20100425

"Scores of Afghan schoolgirls were knocked unconscious or made ill over the weekend by suspected poison gas attacks on their schools and authorities are blaming insurgents who oppose educating girls. Provincial police chief Abdul Razzaq Yaqubi said about 48 girls and several teachers had become ill suddenly and many collapsed after smelling poison gas at a school in the northern city of Kunduz on Saturday." --The Taliban banned all education for girls when they ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001, and schooling for females remains a controversial issue in much of Afghanistan. Similar attacks have been carried out in other parts of Afghanistan over the past few years, including areas where there is little Taliban presence. Yaqubi said 20 girls had fallen ill in a suspected poison attack on another Kunduz school last week, although it was not until the weekend attacks that the issue caused national alarm." Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63O0EN20100425 by jaskaw @ 25.04.2010 - 20:37:27

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'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!' grows in reaction to 'South Park' [
Read more at: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/comic-riffs/2010/04/everybody_draw_mohammed_day_ga.html

Postings on the Islamic website RevolutionMuslim.com led last week to Comedy Central's editing a "South Park" speech about fear and intimidation. That network censorship, however, has spawned another cartoon event: "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" -- a campaign that might not be so easily quieted. The event, scheduled for May 20, is gathering momentum online. A poster-like cartoon titled "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" has been posted on sites ranging from Dan Savage to Andrew Sullivan. But here's the rub: This is not at all what the cartoonist intended to occur. "I made a cartoon that went viral but [this campaign] isn't really my thing," Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris tells Comic Riffs, characterizing her cartoon as merely a personal response to Comedy Central's censorship. "Other folks have taken it over" -- an unintended appropriation she clearly distances herself from. That "takeover" now includes one Facebook page titled Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. As of Sunday morning (ET), the page had exceeded 2,000 "confirmed guests." Read more at: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/comic-riffs/2010/04/everybody_draw_mohammed_day_ga.html The Facebook-page for the event is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113257775375783&ref=ts by jaskaw @ 26.04.2010 - 09:02:56 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/26/everybody-draw-mohammed-day-grows-in-reaction-to-south-park-8453640/

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khayyam [Visitor] http://gmail.com 17.05.2010 @ 12:27 we strongly condemns such types of event | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 17.05.2010 @ 13:09 Do you really? Too bad, as drawing is really a fun pastime! Btw. who are the others in "we", as I suspect that you can speak only for yourself, or is it so that you not speaking of what you personally think but only what you are told to think?

German Muslim politician wants to ban headscarves AND crucifixes from classrooms
Read more at: http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20100424-26753.html

"The designated social minister in Lower Saxony Germany s first woman Muslim state minister has called for crucifixes to be removed from state schools, saying they have as little place there as headscarves. Christian symbols do not belong in state schools. School should be a neutral place, said Aygül Özkan, who is a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and will be made Lower Saxony's social minister next week. She also stressed her support for the ban on headscarves in such schools as well as accepting that church schools would be an exception from a crucifix ban. Özkan told Focus news magazine she had negotiated with Lower Saxony State Premier Christian Wulff, also from the CDU, to incorporate responsibility for integration into her new job, taking it from the interior ministry." Read more at: http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20100424-26753.html by jaskaw @ 26.04.2010 - 21:20:29

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Iranian Woman on Cruel Islam
Iranian student arrested and imprisoned for three years, because she refused to wear a Islamic head scarf. After two years in prison Nazanin was then beaten and raped five times. by jaskaw @ 27.04.2010 - 11:36:16 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/27/iranian-woman-on-cruel-islam-8463007/

Religious Origins of Secularism: Secularism is Not an Atheist Conspiracy
Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/od/secularismseparation/a/ReligiousOrigin.htm?nl=1

By Austin Cline, About.com Guide "Because the concept of the secular is normally conceived as standing in opposition to religion many people may not realize that it originally developed within a religious context. This may also come as quite a surprise to religious fundamentalists who decry the growth of secularism in the modern world. Rather than an atheistic conspiracy to undermine Christian civilization, secularism was originally developed within a Christian context and for the sake of preserving peace among Christians. " --"The final push towards widespread secularization was not caused by anti-Christian secularists but by devoted Christians who were aghast at the devastation caused by the religious wars that swept across Europe in the wake of the Reformation. In Protestant countries there was initially an attempt to translate the principles of the religious community into the wider political community; that, however, failed due to the growing divisions between Christian sects. As a result, people needed to find a common ground if they wanted to avoid civil war. This forced a reduction of overt and explicit references to specific Christian doctrines ō reliance upon Christianity, if it remained, became more general and more rationalized." Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/od/secularismseparation/a/ReligiousOrigin.htm?nl=1 by jaskaw @ 27.04.2010 - 20:17:09

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'the plunder the LORD your God gives you'
Read passage at: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+20:10-14&version=TNIV

"10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. 11 If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. 12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. 13 When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. 14 As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies." Deuteronomy 20:10-14 (Today's New International Version) Source: The Holy Bible Read passage at: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+20:10-14&version=TNIV http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuteronomy : "1 When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations -- the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you -2 and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. 3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, 4 for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD's anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. 5 This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire." (Deuteronomy 7.1-5) "16 However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. 17 Completely destroy them -- the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites -- as the

LORD your God has commanded you. 18 Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the LORD your God." (Deuteronomy 20.16) by jaskaw @ 28.04.2010 - 15:20:26 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/28/the-plunder-the-lord-your-god-gives-you-8472246/

New Scientist: Brain shuts off in response to healer's prayer
Read more at: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627574.200-brain-shuts-off-in-response-to-healers-prayer.html

"WHEN we fall under the spell of a charismatic figure, areas of the brain responsible for scepticism and vigilance become less active. That's the finding of a study which looked at people's response to prayers spoken by someone purportedly possessing divine healing powers. --Only in the devout volunteers did the brain activity monitored by the researchers change in response to the prayers. Parts of the prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortices, which play key roles in vigilance and scepticism when judging the truth and importance of what people say, were deactivated when the subjects listened to a supposed healer. Activity diminished to a lesser extent when the speaker was supposedly a normal Christian Schjødt says that this explains why certain individuals can gain influence over others, and concludes that their ability to do so depends heavily on preconceived notions of their authority and trustworthiness." Read more at: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627574.200-brain-shuts-off-in-response-to-healers-prayer.html by jaskaw @ 28.04.2010 - 21:07:36 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/28/new-scientist-brain-shuts-off-in-response-to-healer-s-prayer-8474271/

Supreme Court allows talking about pre-marital sex in India
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8648099.stm

"India's Supreme Court has dismissed all cases against a Tamil actress who spoke in support of the right of women to have pre-marital sex. Actress Kushboo was accused of outraging public decency and 22 cases were filed against her in 2005. --In a 2005 interview Kushboo said it was not wrong for women to have pre-marital sex as long as they took precautions. She said that it was also "not fair of any educated youth to expect his wife to be a virgin". Several cases were filed against her across Tamil Nadu in various courts under different sections of the Indian penal code." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8648099.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kushboo_Sundar : "Kushboo's popularity is such that her fans built a temple dedicated to her at Tiruchirapalli but irate fans razed it following her controversial comments in 2005 about pre-marital sex and AIDS." by jaskaw @ 28.04.2010 - 21:29:44 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/28/supreme-court-allows-mentioning-pre-marital-sex-in-india-8474427/

Chief of police: A sinful tan will get a woman into jail in Tehran

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/04/28/2010-04-28_tehran_police_chief_iran_to_crack_down_on_sunta

"Tehran's police chief, Brig Hossien Sajedinia, according to London's Telegraph newspaper, has announced a national crackdown on "social misbehavior" that violates Islamic laws, including a sun-kissed glow. "The public expects us to act firmly and swiftly if we see any social misbehavior by women, and men, who defy our Islamic values," he said, the Telegraph reported. "In some areas of north Tehran we can see many suntanned women and young girls who look like walking mannequins." "We are not going to tolerate this situation and will first warn those found in this manner and then arrest and imprison them. The threat to toss women who spend too much time in the sun in jail is the latest push of a recently launched scaremongering campaign to rid the streets of Tehran of vice, the Telegraph reported. National law says women must wear headscarves and shape shrouding cloaks, but many women in Tehran are fashionistas and barely follow the law."

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Mark Morford: 'Placebo effect beats God, Prozac'
Read more at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/04/28/notes042810.DTL&nl=fix

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist --"The placebo effect -- hereby defined as the sheer force of will and belief, of the mind's (and heart's) ability to heal and nurture itself sans external assistance -- applies to all sorts of constructs in our tortured modern world. Organized religion? Hell yes. Is your life flawed and painful? Are you guilt-ridden and terrified of the world's swarm of demons and daggers? Of course you are, sinner. Here, have a giant, unknowable deity. Give to it all your faith, hope, belief, money, angst, sexual shame. Believe in it wholly and without doubt, to the point where you lose a sense of yourself and your true divine source, forever and ever, amen. There now. Feel better? Are miracles starting to happen in your life? Do you feel uplifted and joyful? Are you healed? It's the power of Jesus! It's God in your life! It's because you have blind faith! No no no, it's not you, silly. Even though, in fact, it totally is. Shhh. Of course, what we call the power of faith is just the power of the mind, soul, the Self, rather harshly rerouted through some external conduit that relieves us from having to figure s--t out for ourselves. After all, it's just much easier to give it all over to the god, the pill, the product, than it is to delve deep into one's own dark and inscrutable psyche. Same as it ever was. But whatever works, right? If expensive pills genuinely help millions, who's to argue? If devout belief gives you stability and a sense of place, what's wrong with that? It's all well and good... until you factor in the cost. The organized religion racket rakes in hundreds of billions a year, and requires a massive toll in guilt, shame, dogma, homophobia, war, pedophilia and sexual hysteria. The antidepressant market runs $10 billion a year and makes millions into casual addicts, convincing many they are powerless to get better without chemical assistance. The placebo market is, at last check, absolutely free. Man, they just hate that." --Read more at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/04/28/notes042810.DTL&nl=fix

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Charlie's Playhouse: Evolution for kids
Read more at: http://www.charliesplayhouse.com/evolution-flip-book.php

"Flip through this palm-sized book to watch a "movie" of five real-life ancient creatures evolving from FINS (swimming fish) to LIMBS (walking land animal)! This is the first in our series -- collect them all as we roll them out! 2" by 4", 48 pages." Read more at: http://www.charliesplayhouse.com/evolution-flip-book.php http://www.charliesplayhouse.com/giant-evolution-timeline.php by jaskaw @ 30.04.2010 - 13:50:14 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/30/chalies-playhouse-evolution-for-kids-8485318/

The New Republic: The End Of The European Church
Read more at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126382767

By Philip Jenkins "These are obviously dark days for the Roman Catholic Church. For over a decade, the U.S. church has been assailed by abuse charges and devastated by the resulting litigation. The Vatican used to console itself with the belief that this was a peculiarly American crisis, but, this year, similar abuse cases have arisen all over Europe ō most agonizingly in Ireland, one of the world's most faithfully Catholic countries. Across the continent, bishops are facing demands to resign, while critics are urging Pope Benedict himself to consider standing down. Some media commentators are even asking if the Church can survive the crisis. --In part, European Catholicism has been declining because of a general trend toward secularization and religious indifference. Recent survey evidence, for instance, shows only half of the French claiming to belong to the Church ō down from about 80 percent two decades ago. There has also been a massive decline in practice of the faith. Particularly in Western Europe, millions of Catholics are members of the Church only in the technical sense of having been baptized; they never darken the door of a church, and don't support official Church policies on issues of morality or sexuality. At the turn of the millennium, only around 18 percent of Catholics in Spain and 12 percent in France reported attending weekly mass; the figures for Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands ran between 10 percent and 15 percent. --By 2050, according to projections, Africa will have far more Catholics than Europe. Indeed, projections show that, by the half-century mark, Europe will account for perhaps 15 percent of Catholics ō and many of those will be immigrants from Africa, Asia, and Latin America." Read more at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126382767 by jaskaw @ 30.04.2010 - 18:02:46 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/04/30/the-new-republic-the-end-of-the-european-church-8486612/

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Vogon Poet [Visitor] 30.04.2010 @ 18:29 It certainly is a litany of good news.

You Can't Trust Science!
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheThinkingAtheist "Science has an agenda! Science is unreliable!" If you've ever heard a religious person say these words, you'll love this video!", says The Thinking Atheist.

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Have You Seen This Man?
http://www.youtube.com/user/NonStampCollector

If atheism is a "religion", then Not Collecting Stamps is a "hobby". by jaskaw @ 01.05.2010 - 18:51:57 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/01/have-you-seen-this-man-8492559/

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Darlalalala [Visitor] 02.05.2010 @ 06:27 That's fantastic! I'm enjoying your blog via my kindle. I was told I was a satan worshipper because I'm an athiest. How does that work? | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 02.05.2010 @ 11:29 Tomorrow is here, welcome Kindle!

Church of Maradona is still well and kicking

Read more at: http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_South%20Africa&set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=nw20100430084437594C

---Church of Maradona - In Argentina, soccer is a religion and Diego Maradona is God. Literally. A group of soccer fanatics in Rosario founded the Maradonian Church nine years ago. dedicated to the star and coach of the national team, Maradona. The group has made TV appearances and has more than 100 000 members from 60 countries. They count the years since Maradona's birth, so according to the church of Maradona, it is now the year 49AB (After Birth). They celebrate Christmas on October 30, when Maradona was born and The Maradonian Easter is on June 29, the date in which Argentina won the World Cup in 1986. --Jediism - The Way of the Jedi is a religion based on the sci-fi movie franchise Star Wars. ---Aetherius Society - In London 1954, George King claimed he was contacted by an alien, Aetherius, representing a cosmic hierarchy, the Interplanetary Parliament. --Scientology - The Church of Scientology was created by L Ron Hubbard in 1952 as an outgrowth of his earlier self-help system, Dianetics. --Prince Philip Movement - How cool is it to be the focus of a religion dedicated to you and you didn't even start it yourself?

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Luis Blanco [Visitor] 02.05.2010 @ 22:43 "Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused."

Richard Dawkins - Absolute Morality
ō March 8, 2010 on ABC (Australia) - Full Episode: http://bit.ly/cc6FC8 - via http://www.AtheistMedia.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dawkins Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS, FRSL (born 26 March 1941) is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science author. He was formerly Professor for Public Understanding of Science at Oxford and was a fellow of New College, Oxford.

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IGNACIO [Visitor] 02.05.2010 @ 02:20 Good question. Fallacious answer. He does not address the problem posed by the question. He is appealing to our prejudices against certain religious points of view, that´s all. I am an atheist myself and I find his answer both fallacious and erroneous, from an historical point of view. Right, religious views had and still generate terrible things in the world, but not only so, and Richard Dawkin now it. So I also believe in responding this way he is laughing at people´s intelligence. | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 02.05.2010 @ 11:26 Ignacio; I think you are wrong and Richard is right. There is no absolute morality and has never been. Morals are always a product of the society we live in and they serve the best interests of it, as morals are the codes that make possible living in tightly knit societies. Is you listen carefully, you notice Richard is not saying that religions would have created only bad things, but he points out the bad things they have created to show how they are not a source of "absolute morality" at all, but their morality is also subjective and subject to change.

South Pacific tribe preparing for return of god Prince Philip

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/theroyalfamily/7660671/South-Pacific-tribe-preparing-for-return-of-god-

By Bonnie Malkin "On a remote island in the South Pacific, villagers are counting the days until they welcome their god back to his rightful home. The people of Yaohnanen on the island of Tanna believe a man descended from one of their spirit ancestors will return next month to live among them. While he was away he lived in a vast palace, but when he comes home he will sleep in a hut and hunt wild pigs with his tribe. The man they are waiting for is the Duke of Edinburgh and they claim he promised them more than 30 years ago that he would return on June 10, his 89th birthday, to Tanna, which is part of the nation of Vanuatu. Siko Nathuan, the chief of Yaohnanen, said: He made a promise that in 2010, on his birthday, he will arrive in Tanna. We know he is a very old man, but when he comes here he is going to be young again, and so will everyone else on the island. by jaskaw @ 02.05.2010 - 17:47:03 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/02/south-pacific-tribe-preparing-for-return-of-god-prince-philip-8497647/

A C Grayling: Why no Asbo for the Pope?
Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/a-c-grayling-why-no-asbo-for-the-pope-1960296.html

By A.C. Grayling "Why is it that large, rich, influential organisations and those who run them get away with big crimes and misdemeanours, when ordinary folk are punished for their miniature versions of them? It's an old story, of course, but no more pleasant or right for being so. Compare the circumstances of two men whose occupations and avocations have brought them to pubic notice recently. One is Harry Taylor, an unemployed 59-year-old, who was found guilty last week in a Liverpool court of putting "offensive religious images" in the prayer room of the city's John Lennon airport (which he did on the grounds that having such a room in an airport named after John Lennon would, he said, have offended John Lennon). The jury of 10 women and two men had all sworn to consider his case fairly on the Bible. Mr Taylor received a five-year Asbo forbidding him from carrying religiously offensive images in public, and sentencing him to six months' imprisonment suspended for two years, but with 100 hours of unpaid work and £250 costs to make him feel the sting of the judge's disapproval. The other man is Joseph Ratzinger, otherwise Pope Benedict XVI, right, current head of the Roman Catholic church. To appreciate the contrast between the Pope and Mr Taylor, we need to remind ourselves of the following simple facts. Child sex abuse is a serious crime. Concealing crimes is a serious crime. Systematic, decades-long deliberate concealment of many thousands of crimes in many countries is a very large-scale criminal conspiracy. It is a matter of public record that the Catholic church is guilty of just such a conspiracy. The Pope, as head of the church, is accountable for the its actions. It is also on public record that he personally protected abusers and covered up cases of child abuse before becoming Pope." --Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/a-c-grayling-why-no-asbo-for-the-pope-1960296.html by jaskaw @ 02.05.2010 - 23:57:50 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/02/a-c-grayling-why-no-asbo-for-the-pope-8499882/

Quiz Show (Bible Contradictions)
http://www.youtube.com/user/NonStampCollector

http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/jim_meritt/bible-contradictions.html http://www.project-reason.org/scripture_project/ by jaskaw @ 03.05.2010 - 18:34:39 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/03/quiz-show-bible-contradictions-8505625/

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Luis Blanco [Visitor] 04.05.2010 @ 22:52 That's true! I wonder why believers don't realize that the Bible is full of contradictions?

Christian extremists join forces with Muslim hardliners in banning a book in Egypt
Read more at: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=452

"The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said ,today, that some Christian lawyers have joined the neo actio popularis team in Egypt and demanded a five year imprisonment for Youssef Zeidan, author of the novel Azazel, claiming he has defamed the Christian religion according to article # 98 of the Egyptian penal code. Some lawyers and Coptic organizations abroad have issued a statement inciting against the writer and history researcher, Youssef Zeidan, author of the novel Azazel, which ranked among the top Arabic literary works in recent years. Following , they filed a series of communiqués demanding the prosecutor general to try Zeidan for contempt of Christian religion and verbal abuse of Copts. The communiqué submitted against the author of Azazel is no surprise , but is expected indeed, in view of the attack launched by many radical Christians against the novel and its author since its publication and the success it achieved. The infuriating irony is that the complainants allegedly consider themselves human rights defenders authors while they are publicity seekers and pro seizing. They have previously demanded banning of the movie I love cinema, a few years ago. Moreover, one of them accused Youssef Zeidan of being a racist!." Read more at: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=452 by jaskaw @ 04.05.2010 - 16:36:38

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FedupwithR [Member] 05.05.2010 @ 12:06 If,as we hope, there is a increase in secularism, we will surely see the 3 Monotheism's joining hands against us.

Austin Cline: Modern Science Needs No Religion or Gods for Values
Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/od/philosophyofscience/p/ScienceValues.htm?nl=1

By Austin Cline --"Secular modernity won t be able to proceed very far without the reinforcing support which godless science is able to provide; godless science won t be able to continue helping us understand the world around us without the atmosphere created by secular modernity. Not only do they need each other, but we need them as well: secular modernity provides the freedom and room for people to follow their consciences and explore their religious beliefs; godless science has become invaluable to our survival as a species. Science is often maligned for being godless, but godlessness is largely why science is successful: being godless means that science is not beholden to any religious ideology or perspective. If it were, then it wouldn t be truly free to follow the evidence wherever it leads. Science is also often maligned for lacking values, but science has many values ō it s just that they are values which are fundamental to our secular, godless modernity. It is this which most upsets critics because those values are proving their superiority to the religious values which anti-modern ideologues would rather promote." Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/od/philosophyofscience/p/ScienceValues.htm?nl=1 by jaskaw @ 05.05.2010 - 17:40:33 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/05/austin-cline-modern-science-needs-no-religion-or-gods-for-values-8521287/

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Mark Wialbut [Visitor] 05.05.2010 @ 20:15 Modern government doesn't need any religion or Gods for values either. What's needed is enforcement of basic human rights and ethics. Gov't shouldn't be legislating our morals based on what their particular Space God fable is.

Tomorrow is the day for "The International Day of Reason"
Participate at the event at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100568523321443

"There is a reason we have Mother's Day or Father's Day. A special day puts a new focus on an idea momentarily, even if mothers are mothers (and fathers are fathers) every single day of the year. So, we therefore declare the International Day of Reason to be celebrated on May 6th of this year! We may be the only ones celebrating it for now, but who knowsōit might catch on... It would be nice if we could really develop a way of celebrating the International Day of Reason as a day of celebrating rationality all around the world. One easy way is to promote it to the users of Facebook. We all could publish one rational idea in our Facebook-status lines on May 6th in honour of the Day of Reason. "Today is the international Day of Reason" would be a good note to add there also. Internet is chock full of excellent quotations and some of them are even quite rational. See for example In the Little Book of Humanity at http://thelittlebook.blogs.fi or http://thinkexist.com/quotes/with/keyword/rational or http://www.brainyquote." The National Day of Reason was originally born as a response to the National Day of Prayer in the US of A alone, but this event tries to promote the idea of the International Day of Reason which is held alongside the US National Day of Reason on the first Thursday of May. We can naturally celebrate this day by being the reasonable beings we always are, as rationality is never a thing reserved for special occasions. It is something we need every single day of our lives. Of course we as fallible humans will never be fully rational beings, but at least aiming for greater rationality will always benefit us, our society and, in the end, the whole of the human kind. Participate at the event at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100568523321443 Event had 1583 confirmed quest an hour before the big day. A Facebook-group for the day is at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-International-Day-of-Reason/119025068123138 The day has a blog of its own at: http://dayofreason.blogs.fi/ by jaskaw @ 05.05.2010 - 22:28:22 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/05/tomorrow-is-the-day-for-the-international-day-of-reason-8523148/

Richard Dawkins: If Science Worked Like Religion
A clip from Richard Dawkins' Lecture at UC Berkeley: http://bit.ly/9EYDwT http://www.youtube.com/user/AtheistMediaBlog by jaskaw @ 05.05.2010 - 22:56:27 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/05/richard-dawkins-if-science-worked-like-religion-8523330/

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Steven Pinker: 'Humanism will succeed when no one notices that it's there'
Read more at: http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2010-05-steven-pinker-on-textbooks-culture-wars-and-the-a-wor

--"Atheism does [evoke] a very primitive emotional reaction in the minds of many people. Many people simply equate it with immorality, which is why I think they tell pollsters that atheists are people they distrust the most. Often when there is a disliked word--a word with a negative connotation--people find a euphemism, that's why what used to [be called] garbage then became sanitation and now its environmental services. And likewise atheism is constantly reaching for the untainted euphemism. Secularist, freethinker, humanist, bright and so on. I think each one is going to get infected in turn until the societal attitude changes. Atheism is merely absence of belief. Humanism will succeed when no one notices that it's there, when it's just common decency in Western civilization. In a way, really, humanism should just be. Western civilization since the Enlightenment doesn't depend on the belief in God. All of philosophy is humanism, all of science, all of law--we should claim that. We should claim Shakespeare. And modern biology and the modern Western university and democracy--that's humanism." Read more at: http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2010-05-steven-pinker-on-textbooks-culture-wars-and-the-a-wor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Pinker "Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a prominent Canadian-American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and author of popular science. Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker is known for his wide-ranging advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind. Pinker s academic specializations are visual cognition and language development in children, and he is most famous for popularizing the idea that language is an "instinct" or biological adaptation shaped by natural selection. On this point, he opposes Noam Chomsky and others who regard the human capacity for language to be the by-product of other adaptations. He is the author of five books for a general audience, which include The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), Words and Rules (2000), The Blank Slate (2002), and The Stuff of Thought (2007). Pinker's books have won numerous awards and been New York Times best-sellers." by jaskaw @ 06.05.2010 - 15:51:19

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aerie [Visitor] 07.05.2010 @ 15:32 He's honest, intelligent, positive & a nice speaker. I really liked his comments on religion in the South & history of Southern mentality. As a native Southerner, I constantly look for explanations for the problems that plague this area & the mindset of the typical "unsophisticated" southerner. I refuse to defend the well-deserved distate & mockery aimed at the South. I don't share or condone the archaic attitudes, racism, & hyper-religiosity so prevalent here. I think it's a combo of generations of real ignorance & lack of education while another part is delusional beliefs, willful ignorance, fear, indoctrination & pride. Sadly, I don't have much hope for real change. It happens one mind at a time, starting at educating our youth in science, critical-thinking while keeping religion far away from school boards & classrooms.

What Is Secular Humanism?
' http://www.youtube.com/user/patricianatheist : "An American Secular Humanist and atheist in an insatiable search for truth and lacking in any aversion to conflict with provincials who seek to undermine his efforts by assuming they have all of the answers to humanity's important questions and violating intellectual honesty by promoting the fallacy that blind faith is a means of acquiring knowledge in a feeble attempt to fill the gaps in their actual knowledge."

http://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_humanism.html : "Humanism is a broad category of ethical, metaphysical, epistemological and political philosophies in which human interests, values and dignity predominate. It has an ultimate faith in humankind, believes that human beings possess the power or potentiality of solving their own problems, through reliance primarily upon reason and scientific method applied with courage and vision. Rather than being a specific doctrine on its own, Humanism is more a general life stance or attitude that upholds human reason, ethics and justice, and is a component of a variety of more specific philosophical systems, and is incorporated into some religious schools of thought. It is an optimistic attitude to life whose ultimate goal is human flourishing, doing good and living well in the here and now, and leaving the world better for those who come after. As an ethical doctrine, it affirms the dignity and worth of all people and their ability to determine right and wrong purely by appeal to universal human qualities, especially rationality. It searches for truth and morality through human means in support of human interests, and focuses on the human capacity for self-determination. It endorses universal morality (Moral Universalism) based on the commonality of the human condition." by jaskaw @ 06.05.2010 - 22:02:44 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/06/what-is-secular-humanism-8530056/

'YouTube The Internet's Primary and Rapidly Expanding Jihadi Base'
Read more at: http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/4133.ht?tr=y&auid=6319828

"On April 30, 2010, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan group created its official YouTube Page. One day later, the terrorist organization posted its first video on that page a claim of responsibility for the attempted New York City Times Square attack. This is just the latest example showing YouTube's emergence as the Internet's primary and rapidly expanding jihadi base. The following report highlights how jihadist groups worldwide are increasingly using YouTube for a multitude of purposes, including taking responsibility for terrorist attacks and posting footage of attacks for propaganda and recruiting purposes. --YouTube Becomes Anwar Al-Awlaki's Online Homepage YouTube now hosts over 2,000 clips of Anwar Al-Awlaki's lectures and sermons, along with compilation videos supporting his jihadist philosophy. They have been viewed over three million times, and that number is growing daily. Some of these clips include Al-Awlaki calling on Muslims to wage jihad, expressing support for martyrdom attacks, encouraging the killing of American soldiers, and more." Read more at: http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/4133.ht?tr=y&auid=6319828 by jaskaw @ 07.05.2010 - 19:36:23 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/07/youtube-the-internet-s-primary-and-rapidly-expanding-jihadi-base-8537017/

25-day walk across Ireland for blasphemy referendum
"On May 6th, Atheist Ireland member Paul Gill started a 25-day walk from Mizen Head to Malin Head, which is the length of the west coast of Ireland. He is walking to highlight the need to vote in favour of the deletion of the blasphemy clause from the Irish constitution in the promised referendum. Atheist Ireland is sponsoring Paul and will host events along his route. If you would like to help in any way, see the details of Pauls route, or discuss the blasphemy referendum walk, please check our website. http://atheist.ie " by jaskaw @ 08.05.2010 - 16:57:22 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/08/25-day-walk-across-ireland-for-blasphemy-referendum-8542109/

Hell's Angel: Mother Teresa by Christopher Hitchens
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Hell's Angel: Mother Teresa by Christopher Hitchens (3 of 3)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens : "Christopher Eric Hitchens (born April 13, 1949) is an English-American author and journalist. His books, essays, and journalistic career have spanned more than four decades, making him a public intellectual, and a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. He has been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and a variety of other media outlets. As a political observer, polemicist and self-defined radical with an astute historical knowledge, Hitchens rose to prominence as a fixture of the left-wing publications of both his native United Kingdom and United States. Hitchens's departure from the established political left began in 1989 after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini's issue of a fatwā calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie. The September 11, 2001 attacks strengthened his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy, and his vociferous criticism of what he called "fascism with an Islamic face." Hitchens's adoption of interventionist foreign policy, employment of the term "Islamofascist" and his notable support for the Iraq War have caused his critics to label him a "neoconservative". Hitchens, however, refuses to embrace this designation, insisting himself to be not "any kind of conservative"." http://beinghuman.blogs.fi/2008/01/19/on_christopher_hitchens~3602798/ http://beinghuman.blogs.fi/2008/01/19/best_christopher_hitchens_videos_part~3602618/

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Why are Muslims so hypersensitive?'
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/08/ayaan-hirsi-ali-interview

--Her critique of Islam as a "moral framework not compatible with the modern westernised way of living" is rooted in a critique of her family, her father's unbending will and particularly her mother, a woman who she says was pulled apart by the contradictions of maintaining her faith in a modern society and an identity crisis from which Hirsi Ali herself suffered. --"But if you compare the reaction of Christians to what is written about Christianity Richard Dawkins, who's a supporter, says religion is a form of madness whereby Christians just shrug their shoulders and don't respond. If you compare the way Muslims take offence at perceived insults that are not insults, but are just a critical way of looking at their religion, then I start to ask myself, why are Muslims so hypersensitive to criticism and why don't they do anything with it except to respond by denying it or playing the victim? And I've come to the conclusion it's because of the gradual indoctrination from parents, teachers that everything in the Qur'an is true; Muhammad is infallible, you have to follow his example and defend Islam at all times, at all costs. Instead of going along as most people are doing now and saying, OK, let's refrain from criticising Islam, let's refrain from calling Islamic terrorism Islamic, I think we should do the opposite." --The decadence of western feminism is where Hirsi Ali is perhaps strongest. In the book, she attacks Germaine Greer for arguing that female genital mutilation needs to be considered "in context", as part of a "cultural identity" that western women don't understand. Greer, from the quotes Hirsi Ali cites, seems to be arguing merely that female circumcision is at the extreme end of a scale that starts with women wearing high heels for men's delectation not condoning the former, but condemning the latter as part of a continuum. Hirsi Ali finds this inadequate; a strange, tangential take on the subject. Why, she asks, are voices such as Greer's not speaking out against the subjugation of women in the Muslim world? She calls for a new feminism, "that is going to focus on issues faced by non-western women, because they are the biggest issues. To own your own sexuality, as an adult woman; to choose your own lifestyle; to have access to education [when] what we see in the Muslim world is girls being pulled out of school and married off before they've completed their education. These things, I think, are more basic than the stuff that current feminists are concerning themselves with

like shattering the glass ceiling or finding a balance between work and home life. There was a long article in the New York Times that went on and on about who [in a couple] would load and unload the dishwasher. If you have a career and you're so intelligent, you can work that out. You don't have to have a manifesto. There is feminism that has evolved to a kind of luxury." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/08/ayaan-hirsi-ali-interview http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirsi_Ali Ayaan Hirsi Ali Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali; born Ayaan Hirsi Magan 13 November 1969 in Mogadishu, Somalia) is a Dutch intellectual, feminist activist, writer, and politician. She is the estranged daughter of the late Somali scholar, politician, and revolutionary opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse. She is a prominent critic of Islam, and her screenplay for Theo Van Gogh's movie Submission led to death threats. Since van Gogh's assassination by a Muslim extremist in 2004, she has lived in seclusion under the protection of Dutch authorities. by jaskaw @ 09.05.2010 - 12:54:45 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/09/ayaan-hirsi-ali-why-are-muslims-so-hypersensitive-8546538/

Sarah Palin wants Bible as basis for US law
Read more at: http://www.losangeleschronicle.com/articles/view/155143

"An Atheist public policy groups today sharply criticized remarks by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who appeared on the Bill O'Reilly Factor Thursday night and called for U.S. law to be based on the Judeo-Christian Bible. Palin, who was the Republican candidate for Vice President in 2008, is reportedly considering a run for the White House in 2012 or beyond. During her interview, Palin gushed: "I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant," adding, "They´re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments." Dr. Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists said that Palin's remarks displayed a breathtaking lack of knowledge about the evolution of law and American history. "If we didn't know better, we might conclude that Sarah Palin's 'education' was somehow carried out in Texas using textbooks that the Texas Board of Education is now trying to fabricate." "Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are not based on the Bible; and the Founders, some of whom were religious, nevertheless advocated separation between government and religion. In fact, Thomas Jefferson wrote in an official letter as President of the need for a 'wall of separation' between church and state. Jefferson also wrote explicitly about the falsehood that our laws are based on the Ten Commandments." Read more at: http://www.losangeleschronicle.com/articles/view/155143 by jaskaw @ 09.05.2010 - 18:05:34 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/09/sarah-palin-wants-bible-as-basis-for-us-law-8548444/

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Marek Atheist [Visitor] 09.05.2010 @ 19:13 So, she simply says that we are not capable of having a law better than the one created by desert nomadic tribes, chasing their herds around and fighting for the water wells. Sarah, I have a message for you - it will not work in a big town, like New York and such. Not to mention the shameless fabrication of the history exercised by you. Kalle [Visitor] 10.05.2010 @ 08:38 So Sarah Palin's daughter should be put to death. This is the Bible, not Qur'an: "If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out to the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help" Deuteronomy 22:23-24 See also: http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/sex/long.htm

Iran hangs woman, four other as 'enemies of God'
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TEHRAN ō Iran hanged on Sunday five militants, including a Kurdish woman, convicted of bombing government offices and a gas pipeline to Turkey and described as "enemies of God", state media reported. The five, including the woman Shirin Alamhouli, were executed in Tehran's Evin prison, the official IRNA news agency said, quoting a statement from the capital's prosecution office. The four others who were hanged were Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heidarian, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Eslamian. Kamangar, Heidarian and Vakili, along with Alamhouli were members of the Kurdish rebel group, PJAK (The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan), ISNA news agency said quoting the same statement from the prosecution's office. Eslamian reportedly belonged to the anti-regime monarchist group, Kingdom Assembly of Iran, which aims to restore the constitutional monarchy that was abolished by the 1979 Islamic revolution. Read more at: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5izsadZHuzuaPVN-g_GfOupXTzj6w?tr=y&auid=6331200 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farzad_Kamangar "Farzad Kamangar was prosecuted on charges of mohareb "enmity towards God". An Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced Kamangar to death on February 25, 2008 on charges against national security including active participation in several bombing attacks among which was the 2006 explosion in the Iran-Turkey gas export pipeline. According to his lawyer, Khalil Bahramian, Nothing in Kamangar s judicial files and records demonstrates any links to the charges brought against him." Maryam Namazie writes about Farzad Kamangar in her blog: "I woke up crying this morning having dreamt of Farzad Kamangar who was executed early morning on May 9 along with four other political prisoners. I did not know him but his life and humanity have moved me. Like many others who never met him, I mourn his loss and wonder how long they will kill our loved ones whilst the world stands aside and looks‫ل‬ I held my sleeping four year old son close to me and thought of Farzad s mother who had lost her most precious beloved to the killing machine that is the Islamic regime of Iran. ’My Farzad is alive she shouted in a face off with the regime s security. Yes, he is. And we pledge to keep his memory and that of so many others - alive by bringing down this brutal regime." http://maryamnamazie.blogspot.com/2010/05/our-farzad-is-alive.html by jaskaw @ 10.05.2010 - 21:52:03 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/10/iran-hangs-woman-four-other-as-enemies-of-god-8559243/

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WASD [Visitor] 10.05.2010 @ 22:25 As sad as this really is (death always is) the man is still "somewhat" guilty as he did blow up a gas export pipeline. Though the punishment should not be anywhere near deathpenalty (and he most certainly should not be punished for anything as rediculous as "enmity towards God") | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 10.05.2010 @ 22:33 Dear WASD, I do think that you do not know how the system of justice works in Iran. It has nothing in common with the system in the west. A accusation in Iran is not by any means a proof of anything, as there can well be political reasons for making them and evidence carries in these political cases not so vital role at all in juridical process as we are accustomed here.

Young Turks bash Palin & O'Reilly: 'US Law Based On God, Bible'
Sarah Palin joins Bill O'Reilly on Fox News to discuss the National Day Of Prayer, The Bible, God, The Constitution, America and more. The Young Turks in Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Young-Turks/210277954204?v=info Follow Young Turks on Twitter: http://twitter.com/theyoungturks Watch more at http://www.theyoungturks.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Young_Turks_(talk_show)

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When Islamic atheism thrived
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/may/10/islam-freedom-expression

by Amira Nowaira --It may therefore come as a surprise to many people that there is a long and vibrant intellectual tradition of dissidence and freethinking going back to the Middle Ages. The Islamic thinkers of the early medieval period expressed ideas and engaged in debates that would appear strangely enlightened in comparison with the attitudes and views adopted by modern Islamic scholarship. This is the basic argument presented by From the History of Atheism in Islam by the renowned Egyptian thinker Abdel-Rahman Badawi. ---Most prominent among those scholars was Abu Bakr al-Razi (865-925 CE) who believed in the supreme importance of reason. He argued that the mind had an innate capacity to distinguish between good and evil, and between what was useful and what was harmful. According to him, the mind did not need any guidance from outside it, and for this reason the presence of prophets was redundant and superfluous. Al-Razi directed his most vehement attack against the holy books in general, including the Qur'an, because he saw them as illogical and self-contradictory. He also believed that all human beings were equal in their intellectual capacities as they were in all other things. ---Al-Razi understood the hold of religious belief on society, which he attributed to several factors. Firstly, systems of beliefs spread mainly through the human propensity for imitating and copying others. Secondly, religion's popularity rested on the close alliance between clerics and political rulers. The clerics often used this alliance to impose their own personal beliefs on people by force whenever the power of persuasion failed. Thirdly, the lavish and imposing character of the attire of religious men contributed to the high regard in which they were held by common people. --Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/may/10/islam-freedom-expression by jaskaw @ 11.05.2010 - 21:32:22 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/11/when-islamic-atheism-thrived-8566866/

Christopher Hitchens: 'French attempts to outlaw the burqa strike a blow for the rights of women'
Read more at: http://www.slate.com/id/2253493

--"Mothers, wives, and daughters have been threatened with acid in the face, or honor-killing, or vicious beating, if they do not adopt the humiliating outer clothing that is mandated by their menfolk. This is why, in many Muslim societies, such as Tunisia and Turkey, the shrouded look is illegal in government buildings, schools, and universities. Why should Europeans and Americans, seeking perhaps to accommodate Muslim immigrants, adopt the standard only of the most backward and primitive Muslim states? The burqa and the veil, surely, are the most aggressive sign of a refusal to integrate or accommodate. Even in Iran there is only a requirement for the covering of hair, and I defy anybody to find any authority in the Quran for the concealment of the face. --Religion is the worst possible excuse for any exception to the common law. Mormons may not have polygamous marriage, female circumcision is a federal crime in this country, and in some states Christian Scientists face prosecution if they neglect their children by denying them medical care. Do we dare lecture the French for declaring simply that all citizens and residents, whatever their confessional allegiance, must be able to recognize one another in the clearest sense of that universal term? So it's really quite simple. My right to see your face is the beginning of it, as is your right to see mine. Next but not least comes the right of women to show their faces, which easily trumps the right of their male relatives or their male imams to decide otherwise. The law must be decisively on the side of transparency. The French are striking a blow not just for liberty and equality and fraternity, but for sorority too." Read more at: http://www.slate.com/id/2253493 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens Christopher Eric Hitchens (born April 13, 1949) is an English-American author and journalist. His books, essays, and journalistic career have spanned more than four decades, making him a public intellectual, and a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. He has been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and a variety of other media outlets. by jaskaw @ 12.05.2010 - 13:25:57

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Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg: 'I don't believe in God'
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3074541.ece

"Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats new leader, has defied political convention with a frank admission that he is an atheist. During a round of media broadcasts on the morning after his election to the post, he was asked by one interviewer: Do you believe in God? No, Mr Clegg answered simply, during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Clegg "Nicholas William Peter "Nick" Clegg (pronounced /kl ɡ/; born 7 January 1967) is the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Lord President of the Council and leader of the Liberal Democrats. Clegg was educated at Caldicott School in Buckinghamshire and Westminster School in London, followed by Robinson College at the University of Cambridge, where he studied Social Anthropology; he later studied at the University of Minnesota and the College of Europe in Belgium. He is married to Miriam González Durántez; they have three sons. --"In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live on the morning after his election to the leadership, Clegg stated that he does not believe in God, but that he has great respect for people of faith. In 2010, Clegg elaborated on this question, stating "I was asked...one of those questions where you're only allowed to answer "yes" or "no",...I was asked "Do you believe in God?" As it happens I don't know whether God exists. I'm much more of an agnostic." by jaskaw @ 14.05.2010 - 00:20:27

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elaine [Visitor] 19.05.2010 @ 18:11 Trying o get out of it is he. perhaps his wife has something to do with that. You either think a god created us or not. Anyway I would like to say that why give it a name when you do not believe in god. If you do give the proof you have that there is a god. But can polititians give a straight answer, I think not. Does not give you much hope for the coalitionto work as the Church will object I am sure to safeguard their power.

India in uproar over decision to include caste in national census

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By Andrew Buncombe in Delhi "Critics say traditional distinctions of class have no place in a would-be global power." "For the first time since the days of the British Raj, officials in India are to ask people their caste as part of the national census, the biggest of its kind in the world. It is a move that has triggered intense controversy about a painful, vexing subject that the country cannot leave behind. Having initially chosen not to include caste, the Indian government apparently gave in to demands from opposition parties and decided that, for the first time since 1931, census officials would ask respondents to say what traditional Hindu grouping they belong to." --"In traditional Hinduism there were four main castes and hundreds of sub-groups. In addition there were the "untouchables", who were considered to have no place in society and who are now more usually called Dalits. For centuries, what job a person did, where they lived, what food they ate and where they were cremated depended largely on their caste. One of those who sought to reform the system was the independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, who, along with social campaigners such as Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, argued that caste had no place." --Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-in-uproar-over-decision-to-include-caste-in-national-census-1973 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caste_system_in_India by jaskaw @ 14.05.2010 - 17:22:11 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/14/india-in-uproar-over-decision-to-include-caste-in-national-census-8588269/

1,000 former Church of Scientology members speak publicly against Scientology

"Over 1,000 former members of the Church of Scientology have spoken out publicly against the so-called church, according to a list researched and compiled by Anonymous over the last year and announced on April 11th 2010. The individuals on the list have spoken out under their real names against the abuses seen and experienced within the so-called church despite being subjected to Scientology's "Fair Game" policy, which gives members permission to destroy its critics. Most former members do not ever speak out against the church, largely because of this policy." The list is available here: http://wiki.whyweprotest.net/Former_Church_of_Scientology_members_who_have_spoken_out by jaskaw @ 14.05.2010 - 18:14:12

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List of biggest Christian evangelist scandals in the US
Read the whole list at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_evangelist_scandals

"This is a list of scandals related mostly to American Christian evangelists. (Roman Catholic clergy and high-profile leaders from New Religious Movements are not within the scope of this list.)" "Contents: 1 List of Christian evangelists involved in scandals 1.1 Aimee Semple McPherson, 1920s 40s 1.2 Lonnie Frisbee, 1970s 1980s 1.3 Billy James Hargis, early 1970s 1.4 Marjoe Gortner, early 1970s 1.5 Jim & Tammy Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart, 1986 and 1991 1.6 Peter Popoff, 1987 1.7 Morris Cerullo, 1990s 1.8 Mike Warnke, 1991 1.9 Robert Tilton, 1991 1.10 W. V. Grant, 1996 and 2003 1.11 Roy Clements, 1999 1.12 John Paulk, 2000 1.13 Paul Crouch, 2004 1.14 Douglas Goodman, 2004 1.15 Kent Hovind, 2006 1.16 Ted Haggard, 2006 1.17 Paul Barnes, 2006 1.18 Lonnie Latham, 2006 1.19 Gilbert Deya, 2006 1.20 Richard Roberts, 2007 1.21 Earl Paulk, 2007 1.22 Coy Privette, 2007 1.23 Thomas Wesley Weeks, III, 2007 1.24 Michael Reid, 2008 1.25 Joe Barron, 2008 1.26 Todd Bentley, 2008 1.27 Tony Alamo, 2008 1.28 George Alan Rekers, 2010

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Does Atheism Need to Be Rebranded?
Read more at: http://www.good.is/post/does-atheism-need-to-be-rebranded/

"Over at Fast Company, Alissa Walker looks at the work of Matt Luckhurst, a student in the The School of Visual Arts in New York. Luckhurst is, as she says, trying to "rebrand" atheism. As Luckhurst says: - Atheism is quite often mistakenly seen as a cold and distant world, rather than the beautiful, important and engaging philosophy that it is. Viewing the world in a rational manner, as we understand it through science, in no way removes the significance of life or the lives humans live, rather it gives us understanding and appreciation."

Read more at: http://www.good.is/post/does-atheism-need-to-be-rebranded/ The Illuminated Atheist website is at: http://illuminatedatheist.com/ by jaskaw @ 15.05.2010 - 08:59:55 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/15/does-atheism-need-to-be-rebranded-8592953/

Listen to the Scientists, Genie Scott on science , videos parts I - III
Listen to the Scientists, Part -I: Genie Scott on science

Listen to the Scientists, Part II: Inside creationism

Listen to the Scientists, Part III: Why Science is Important

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenie_Scott "Eugenie Carol Scott (born October 24, 1945) is an American physical anthropologist who has been the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) since 1987. Scott is widely considered to be a leading expert on creationism (including intelligent design), as well as one of its strongest opponents. Her book Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction was published by Greenwood Press in 2004 and then in paperback by the University of California Press in 2005. It has a foreword by Niles Eldredge. She also co-edited with Glenn Branch the 2006 anthology Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools. In 2006 Jon D. Miller, Scott and Shinji Okamoto had a brief article published in Science entitled "Public Acceptance of Evolution", an analysis of polling on the acceptance of evolution from the last 20 years in the United States and compare that to other countries. Turkey had the lowest acceptance of evolution in the survey, with the United States having the next-lowest, though the authors saw a positive in the higher percentage of Americans who are unsure about evolution, and therefore "reachable" for evolution."

Subscribe to National Center for Science Education's NatCen4ScienceEd's You Tube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/NatCen4ScienceEd by jaskaw @ 16.05.2010 - 20:08:09 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/16/listen-to-the-scientists-genie-scott-on-science-videos-parts-i-iii-8604873/

The Guardian: Texas schools board rewrites US history with lessons promoting God and guns
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/16/texas-schools-rewrites-us-history

By Chris McGreal, Houston "Cynthia Dunbar does not have a high regard for her local schools. She has called them unconstitutional, tyrannical and tools of perversion. The conservative Texas lawyer has even likened sending children to her state's schools to "throwing them in to the enemy's flames". Her hostility runs so deep that she educated her own offspring at home and at private Christian establishments. --"We are fighting for our children's education and our nation's future," Dunbar said. "In Texas we have certain statutory obligations to promote patriotism and to promote the free enterprise system. There seems to have been a move away from a patriotic ideology. There seems to be a denial that this was a nation founded under God. We had to go back and make some corrections." --Those corrections have prompted a blizzard of accusations of rewriting history and indoctrinating children by promoting rightwing views on religion, economics and guns while diminishing the science of evolution, the civil rights movement and the horrors of slavery. Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the "significant contributions" of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war." --Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/16/texas-schools-rewrites-us-history by jaskaw @ 16.05.2010 - 21:27:14

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Tim Minchin - The Good Book (Live video)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Minchin "Timothy David Minchin (born 7 October 1975 in Northampton, UK is an Australian comedian, actor, musician, and skeptic. He is best known for his musical comedy, which has featured in three CDs, three DVDs and a number of live comedy shows which he has performed internationally. He has also appeared on television and radio in both Australia and Britain. After growing up in Perth, Western Australia, he attended the University of Western Australia and WAAPA before moving to Melbourne in 2002 where he began to develop his act. His breakout show, "Dark Side", launched him into the public eye, achieving critical success at the 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Minchin has a background in theatre and has appeared in various stage productions, in addition to some small acting roles on Australian TV. He has written a script for a television pilot which has received some interest from US networks; in late 2007 he was reported to be in talks with HBO. A documentary film about Minchin, Rock N Roll Nerd (directed by Rhian Skirving), was released theatrically in 2008 and broadcast by ABC1 in 2009."

http://www.youtube.com/user/timminchin?blend=2&ob=4 by jaskaw @ 16.05.2010 - 21:41:22 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/16/tim-minchin-the-good-book-live-video-8605494/

Angry ultra-orthodox Jews fight against building a hospital in Israel

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ultraorthodox-fury-at-removal-of-ancient-remains-from-hospita

"At least 30 ultra-orthodox Jewish demonstrators have been arrested in angry protests at the removal of ancient burial remains to make way for construction of a bombproof hospital emergency room in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. Protesters tried to climb perimeter fences at the main Barzilai hospital yesterday in the hope of halting the excavation, described by the ultra-orthodox deputy education minister Meir Porush as an "embarrassment and a disgrace". On Saturday night, demonstrators burned rubbish bins and blocked roads in ultra-orthodox neighbourhoods of Jerusalem as the exhumation started. Ashkelon is within range of rockets from Gaza and the medical authorities had decided that a bomb-proof emergency room within the hospital was essential for the welfare of patients."

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ultraorthodox-fury-at-removal-of-ancient-remains-from-hospita http://www.barzilaimc.org.il/eng/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra-orthodox by jaskaw @ 17.05.2010 - 09:48:18 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/17/angry-ultra-orthodox-jews-fight-against-building-a-hospital-in-israel-8608302/

Christopher Hitchens: Can they erase Thomas Jefferson from history?
Read more at: http://edwinkagin.blogspot.com/2010/05/hundreds-join-protest-at-texas-capitol.html

"A MESSAGE FROM CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS READ AT TODAY'S "TEXANS FOR TRUTHFUL TEXTBOOKS" RALLY We know of no spectacle more ridiculous - or more contemptible - than that of the religious reactionaries who dare to re-write the history of our republic. Or who try to do so. Is it possible that, in their vanity and stupidity, they suppose that they can erase the name of Thomas Jefferson and replace it with the name of some faith-based mediocrity whose name is already obscure? If so, we cheerfully resolve to mock them, and to give them the lie in their teeth. Without Thomas Jefferson and his Declaration of Independence, there would have been no American revolution that announced universal principles of liberty. Without his participation by the side of the unforgettable Marquis de Lafayette, there would have been no French proclamation of The Rights of Man. Without his brilliant negotiation of the Louisiana treaty, there would be no United States of America. Without Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, there would have been no Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, and no basis for the most precious clause of our most prized element of our imperishable Bill of Rights - the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. ---" Read more at: http://edwinkagin.blogspot.com/2010/05/hundreds-join-protest-at-texas-capitol.html by jaskaw @ 17.05.2010 - 14:35:23 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/17/christopher-hitchens-can-they-erase-thomas-jefferson-from-history-8610276/

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Larian LeQuella [Visitor] http://larianlequella.com 17.05.2010 @ 14:56 I appreciate that they may not like what the founding fathers stood for, or that the US Constitution is a secular document, but I will fight them as a domestic enemy (as my oath of service said) to stop their blatant lies and deceptions in the name of their ideology. I could care less what they believe or feel is right, but when they insist on making those beliefs something that everyone else is forced to follow, they cross a line that is called fascism. Their rhetoric and rationalizations are empty and vacuous. Much like their moral and intellectual standing.

Michael Zimmerman: "Intelligent Design: Scientifically and Religiously Bankrupt"
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-zimmerman/intelligent-design-scient_b_571703.html

By Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. Founder, The Clergy Letter Project "In case you had any doubt, the last nail was just placed in the coffin of intelligent design (ID). And, in case you had any doubt, that last nail joins many others that have been in place for quite some time. The latest attack appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) and provides conclusive evidence that the design of the human genome is incredibly imperfect, or, in other words, very far from being intelligently structured. As John Avise, a University of California-Irvine biologist, noted in the paper, his focus "is on a relatively neglected category of argument against ID and in favor of evolution: the argument from imperfection, as applied to the human genome." --"For religion to accept the concept of intelligent design would mean embracing the concept of the "God of the Gaps," a religiously vacuous idea in which adherents turn to God for an explanation for that which science cannot explain. As science advances, the "gaps" become smaller and smaller and God is relegated to a progressively less interesting role. From both a scientific and a religious perspective, intelligent design is dead and buried. All that's left is to spread the word about its demise." Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-zimmerman/intelligent-design-scient_b_571703.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Zimmerman_(biologist) PS. Atheist News updates via Twitter from http://twitter.com/beinghuman by jaskaw @ 17.05.2010 - 15:01:43

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Iranian cleric wants Iran to rule the entire Middle East and Central Asia

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"TEHRAN, Iran ō A radical cleric called Saturday for the creation of a "Greater Iran" that would rule over the entire Middle East and Central Asia, in an event that he said would herald the coming of Islam's expected messiah. Ayatollah Mohammad Bagher Kharrazi said the creation of what he calls an Islamic United States is a central aim of the political party he leads called Hezbollah, or Party of God, and that he hoped to make it a reality if they win the next presidential election. Kharrazi's comments reveal the thinking of a growing number of hard-liners in Iran, many of whom have become more radical during the postelection political crisis and the international standoff over the country's nuclear program. Kharrazi, however, is not highly influential in Iran's clerical hierarchy and his views do not represent those of the current government. Kharrazi's comments were published Saturday in his newspaper, Hezbollah."

Read more at: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ixeFBxfLzaSjs8Mb8cuFmtPOT6-wD9FN9ING1?tr=y&auid=6 PS. Was Jesus really a historical figure? See my answer at http://beinghuman.blogs.fi/2010/05/17/was-jesus-really-a-historical-figure-8613340/ by jaskaw @ 17.05.2010 - 22:22:09

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The legendary BBC Bertrand Russell interview right here in Atheist News!
Bertrand Russell Interview 1/3

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Bertrand Russell Interview 3/3

Bertrand Russell on God (1959)

An very active Bertrand Russell's fan-page is in Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bertrand-Russell/86711477873?ref=ts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_Russell "Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (18 May 1872 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, socialist, pacifist, and social critic. Although he spent most of his life in England, he was born in Wales where he also died, aged 97. He was a prominent anti-war activist, championing free trade between nations and anti-imperialism.Russell was imprisoned for his pacifist activism during World War I, campaigned against Adolf Hitler, for nuclear disarmament, criticised Soviet totalitarianism and the United States of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought." Essay "Why I Am Not A Christian" by Bertrand Russell is at http://users.drew.edu/~jlenz/whynot.html

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FedupwithR [Member] 19.05.2010 @ 23:14 Delighted to have seen these videos. What a super man he was. I remember being fascinated by his looks when I was a child and taking an immediate liking to him although I only saw him on film. Thank you.

Bertrand Russell: 'Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed''
A bit of older news for a change! Here is an excerpt from the article by philosopher Bertrand Russell that was published in the New York Times Magazine in the 16th of December 1951. The piece was called "The best answer to fanaticism: Liberalism" It was later included in The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, Vol. 3, 1944-1967.

"Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows: 1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. 2. Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light. 3. Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed. 4. When you meet with opposition, even if it is from your family, endeavour to overcome it with argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory. 5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found. 6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do, the opinions will suppress you. 7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. 8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter. 9. Be scrupulously truthful even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it. 10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise, for only a fool will think that is happiness." Thanks for Chris Bonds for pointing out this piece of wisdom! by jaskaw @ 19.05.2010 - 08:55:51

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Nasser Khan [Visitor] http://apatheticagnostic.org/articles/reflections/ref01/ref019d04.html 31.07.2010 @ 02:35 I proved Russell to be incorrect in his 3rd Commandment. Here is the link to it; http://apatheticagnostic.org/articles/reflections/ref01/ref019d04.html Sincerely, Nasser Nasser Khan [Visitor] 01.08.2010 @ 23:44 I happened to prove them all to be incorrect. Hare the the links to my articles on the web; First: http://apatheticagnostic.org/articles/reflections/ref01/ref019d01.html 2nd; http://apatheticagnostic.org/articles/reflections/ref01/ref019d03.html 3rd one: http://apatheticagnostic.org/articles/reflections/ref01/ref019d04.html Nasser | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 02.08.2010 @ 00:12 Dear Nasser Khan, I do not really know how to break this to you, but you have proven to me at least a lot of yourself and most of all your self-confidence, but this thing about you being "proving" Bertrand Russell to be wrong is a funny one, to say the least. | Show subcomments Nasser Khan [Visitor] 08.08.2010 @ 03:54 However you yourself proved my point by being also confident to say what you just said about me. Same goes for Russell when he wrote his Ten Commandments. I still don't think Russell or you were wrong funny way.

Pakistan court orders block of Facebook over caricatures of Prophet Mohammad
Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64I29P20100519

Reuters) "A Pakistani court ordered the government on Wednesday to block Facebook after press reports of a competition being held to draw the Prophet Mohammad, a lawyer said. Pakistani media recently reported that a caricature competition is being held on May 20 about Mohammad on Facebook. "The court has ordered the government to immediately block Facebook until May 31 because of this blasphemous competition," Azhar Siddique, a representative of the Islamic Lawyers Forum who filed a petition in the Lahore High Court, told Reuters. "The court has also ordered the foreign ministry to investigate why such a competition is being held." A spokesman for the official telecommunications watchdog, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, said the government on Tuesday ordered Internet service providers to block websites showing these caricatures, but that they had not received the court orders as yet." Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64I29P20100519 by jaskaw @ 19.05.2010 - 14:25:49

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Johann Hari: Islamists, their victims, and hypocrisy

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-islamists-their-victims-and-hypocrisy-19

"On the day we allowed two al-Qa'ida members to remain, two other young people waited for the police to see them, and hand them over to men who will kill them. Should Britain be giving refuge to Islamic fundamentalists, while sending the men and women who have been brave enough to challenge Islamism back to their deaths? This sounds at first like a straw man question. Who would ever suggest such a policy? Who would defend it? But the facts suggest we are doing it, every day. On the day when the Special Immigration Appeals Commission decided to allow two Pakistani men they say are al-Qa'ida members to remain in London this week, two other young people were waiting for the British police to seize them and hand them over to men who will kill them. Their "crime" is to resist Islamic fundamentalism, in the name of human rights." --"Brave, bold voices like Kiana's and Amit's do more to undermine Islamic fundamentalism than a thousand bomber-planes that only vindicate the Bin Laden narrative for so many. By sending these remarkable dissidents to die, we aren't only betraying them we are endangering ourselves."

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elaine kilsh [Visitor] 22.05.2010 @ 14:02 I have been bitterly complaining to everyone about this very subject. If you defend Islam with violence you are allowed to stay in GB. I put on another web site how a mother who humanly let her son die peacefully gets 9 years, yet a child abuser got only 4 years. Madness to send innocent people to their deaths it is like living in a time zone where things have got out of hand and madness has crept in.

Pakistan blocks also YouTube over unIslamic content
Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100520/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_internet_crackdown

"By SEBASTIAN ABBOT, Associated Press Writer ISLAMABAD The Pakistani government blocked access to YouTube on Thursday because of "sacrilegious" content on the video-sharing website, signaling a growing Internet crackdown against sites deemed offensive to the country's majority Muslim population. The move against YouTube came a day after the government blocked access to Facebook amid anger over a page on the social networking site that encourages users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The page sparked criticism because Islam prohibits any images of the prophet. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority did not point to specific material on YouTube that prompted it to block the site, only citing "growing sacrilegious contents." The government took action against both Facebook and YouTube after it failed to persuade the websites to remove the "derogatory material," the regulatory body said in a statement." Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100520/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_internet_crackdown by jaskaw @ 20.05.2010 - 13:43:30 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/20/pakistan-blocks-also-youtube-over-unislamic-content-8631633/

Hemant Mehta: 'Why I Support Drawing Muhammad '
Read more at: http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2010-05-why-i-support-drawing-muhammad

"You never hear about Hindus walking into McDonald's and telling the manager they're not allowed to use beef products anymore. If they did, we would laugh it off. We'd say that's absurd because non-Hindus don't have to follow their rules. But what if the Hindu radicals committed a violent act against the manager? We'd be furious. What if moderate Hindus said it was offensive for someone else to eat a Big Mac? We'd say that's crazy. In response to all that, I think it would be perfectly appropriate to stage a peaceful sit-in where all participants ate Big Macs. It wouldn't be anti-Hinduism, nor would anyone be purposely trying to piss off Hindus by doing it. It would just be a show of solidarity by those who believe that only Hindus need to abide by their religious beliefs, not anyone else. That's what a few Secular Student Alliance affiliates are doing by drawing these Muhammad images (I am the chair of the SSA board of directors)." Read more at: http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2010-05-why-i-support-drawing-muhammad Everybody Draw Mohammad day in Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Everybody-Draw-Mohammed-Day/121369914543425 by jaskaw @ 20.05.2010 - 19:28:50 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/20/hemant-mehta-why-i-support-drawing-muhammad-8633356/

British Humanist Association wants to know: Who's your Humanist Hero?
Read more at: http://www.humanism.org.uk/humanism/humanist-tradition/heroes

"As part of Humanist Week 2010 we want you to tell us who your humanist heroes are. Humanist Week 2010 runs from World Humanist Day on 21st June to 27th June. The theme of Humanist Week 2010 is ’Humanist Heritage celebrating humanist contributions across the ages. The BHA is coordinating a new Humanist Heritage project which will long outlast the week itself as it launches a new website celebrating the history of Humanism. Here s a way that you can help. We want to celebrate the humanist heritage of Britain with a series of articles on your humanist heroes , and you can write one. You can discuss any rolemodel that Humanism has produced at any time in history." --Read the rules of the competiotion at: http://www.humanism.org.uk/humanism/humanist-tradition/heroes by jaskaw @ 21.05.2010 - 15:26:01

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Remember The Sabbath
Observant Jews go to some bizarre lengths to "Remember The Sabbath." You may not believe it, but it's true. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheThinkingAtheist

ThinkingAtheist says: "A former Christian of 30 years, I ultimately found that religion, faith and scripture lacked any true answers, especially in the (bright) light of scientific discovery and the truth of Evolution by Natural Selection." by jaskaw @ 22.05.2010 - 10:14:46 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/22/remember-the-sabbath-8644698/

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jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 22.05.2010 @ 23:55 If one laughs at the funny customs of Christians one is not demanding the extermination of Christians, but if one laughs at the funny habits of the Jews, one is a anti-Semitic and so in league with Nazis. I reserve the right to laugh at the idiotic customs of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity or Judaism alike, but they have of course the right to claim that laughing at Judaism is not allowed, because it makes them feel bad. It is free speech, you know, but if they have this right, also others must have the right to laugh at their funny, unnecessary, and even dare I say idiotic customs that ignorant men have created a long time ago just to foster group-solidarity among their followers and paymasters. I however think that they should stop whining at public spaces in these pitiable attempts to keep their religion as something special that one is never allowed to laugh at.

Religious extremists to picket Ronnie James Dio's funeral

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"Ronnie James Dio's widow has urged the rocker's fans and friends not to turn on religious right protesters who plan to picket outside the late Black Sabbath and Rainbow star's memorial service in Los Angeles on May 30. Wendy Dio, who also managed her husband's career, has released a statement in response to reports that members of the Westboro Baptist Church will protest outside her late husband's public farewell memorial service at Forest Lawn cemetery's Hall of Liberty. She writes, "Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn't know. We only know how to love someone we know!"

Read more at: http://www.3news.co.nz/Religious-extremists-to-picket-Dios-funeral/tabid/418/articleID/157061/Default.aspx?ArticleI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_James_Dio "Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He performed with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser Hear 'n Aid. He was widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture in metal culture. He was collaborating on a project with former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice, under the moniker Heaven & Hell, whose first and only studio album, The Devil You Know, was released on April 28, 2009. Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church "The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is an Independent Baptist church and hate group known for its hatred of homosexuals and its protest activities, which include picketing funerals and desecrating the American flag. It is headed by Fred Phelps and consists mostly of members of his large family. Located in Topeka, Kansas, United States, its first public service was held on the afternoon of Sunday, November 27, 1955. The WBC is not affiliated with any known Baptist conventions or associations. The church describes itself as following Primitive Baptist and Calvinist principles, though mainstream Primitive Baptists reject the WBC

and Phelps." by jaskaw @ 22.05.2010 - 13:17:15

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TheGodless [Visitor] http://Thegodless.wordpress.com 23.05.2010 @ 08:27 Yet another reason I am proud to be a member of the godless. These fanatics, who by the way are only following the Bible literally as their god commands, must not realize that they are a catalyst for the demise of their own religion. On top of this, as a life long metalhead, I hope all of the Westboro nuts are confronted with Heaven and Hell's Bible Black blaring at a million decibels. Andelar [Visitor] 26.05.2010 @ 13:51 I,m a christ and I believe, it's not O.K. what these baptists did. Believe me : God will punish them for this. God is not your enemy . . .

Why atheism grows faster than religion?
Read more at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201005/why-atheism-will-replace-religion

by Nigel Barber, Ph.D. "Atheists are heavily concentrated in economically developed countries, particularly the social democracies of Europe. In underdeveloped countries, there are virtually no atheists. Atheism is thus a peculiarly modern phenomenon. Why do modern conditions produce atheism? First, as to the distribution of atheism in the world, a clear pattern can be discerned. In sub-Saharan Africa there is almost no atheism (Zuckerman, 2007). Belief in God declines in more developed countries and is concentrated in Europe in countries such as Sweden (64% nonbelievers), Denmark (48%), France (44%) and Germany (42%). In contrast, the incidence of atheism in most sub-Saharan countries is below 1%. --The reasons that churches lose ground in developed countries can be summarized in market terms. First, with better science, and with government safety nets, and smaller families, there is less fear and uncertainty in people's daily lives and hence less of a market for religion. At the same time many alternative products are being offered, such as psychotropic medicines and electronic entertainment that have fewer strings attached and that do not require slavish conformity to unscientific beliefs." Read more at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201005/why-atheism-will-replace-religion by jaskaw @ 22.05.2010 - 17:29:06 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/22/why-atheism-grows-faster-than-religion-8646491/

Court forces Hispanic catholic woman to follow orthodox Jewish rules
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/18/court-forces-hispanic-cat_n_580231.html

"Laura Derbigney tries to bring a little of her Hispanic upbringing into her family life. "I like to shop at Hispanic-owned stores," she said. "I make tacos, I make enchiladas, I make flautas." But not on the weekends, according to a court order. She can't prepare pork or other traditional foods on weekends. She can't drive or use electricity on Saturdays. In fact, a judge has mandated that this Hispanic Catholic from Chicago follow Orthodox Jewish restrictions during the Sabbath. The reason? Her new husband, recently divorced from a strictly observant Jewish woman. A divorce court has ruled that the seven-year-old son of that marriage must live an Orthodox lifestyle even while in the care of his father and step-mother, according to an NBC Chicago report." Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/18/court-forces-hispanic-cat_n_580231.html by jaskaw @ 22.05.2010 - 21:26:36

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Bruce [Visitor] 22.05.2010 @ 21:59 All Hispanic Catholic people married to Orthodox Jewish people should agree a suicide pact. The children should be sodomized by popes.

Saudi 'emo' girls busted by religious cops
Read more at: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20100522/twl-saudi-emo-girls-busted-by-religious-3cd7efd.html

"Saudi Arabia's religious police have arrested 10 "emo" women for allegedly causing a disturbance in a coffee shop, Al-Yaum newspaper reported on Saturday. The coffee shop owner in the eastern city of Dammam called the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice to complain after the young women, dressed and made up in the "emo" fashion, apparently began disturbing other clients. --While Saudi women normally must appear in public shrouded by all-black abayas and headscarves, some daringly open their abayas in places such as malls and coffee shops to reveal more trendy outfits underneath. Read more at: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20100522/twl-saudi-emo-girls-busted-by-religious-3cd7efd.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commission_for_the_Promotion_of_Virtue_and_Prevention_of_Vice "The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice is the English name of the Saudi Arabian government bureaucracy employing "religious police" or mutaween to enforce Sharia Law within that Islamic nation." Its approximately 3,500 members, and many more volunteers, patrol the streets enforcing dress codes, strict separation of men and women, salah prayer by Muslims during prayer times, and other behavior it believes to be commanded by Islam." http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=emo%20girl "An emo girl is a girl who likes to dress in emo fashion, has an emo(tional) personality and listens to emo music. (Such as Bright Eyes.) Emo girls like to hang out with other emo girls and emo boys. They are usually sad most of the time, do not smile very often, and just like emo boys, show no signs of self worth or self confidence whatsoever and will not make eye contact with you. An emo girl has very dark hair, either cut somewhere around their shoulder, or in the classic emo haircut, which is sort of short and spiky in the back with long sweeping bangs in the front. Their hair has to be very dark brown or black, or in some cases very light blonde as long as the cut is right." by jaskaw @ 23.05.2010 - 18:12:57 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/23/saudi-emo-girls-busted-by-religious-cops-8653729/

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Genie Scott speaks of evolution of Creationism
In this video Genie Scott talks with Skepchick.org's Sam Ogden about the evolution of creationism, the Texas board of education, women in science, and more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenie_Scott "Eugenie Scott prefers to see herself as "Darwin's golden retriever". Scott says that her job "requires coping with science illiteracy in the American public". Scott has taken part in numerous interviews on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel, debating various creationist and Intelligent design advocates. On 29 November 2004, Scott debated astrophysicist Jason Lisle of Answers in Genesis on CNN. On May 6, 2005 Scott debated Stephen C. Meyer of the Discovery Institute, on The Big Story with John Gibson. The latter concerned the Kansas evolution hearings. In 2004, the National Center for Science Education was represented by Scott on Penn and Teller's Showtime television show Bullshit!, on the episode titled "Creationism", on which Dr. Scott offered philosophical views about the creationist and intelligent design movements. Scott serves on the National Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and on the National Advisory Council of Americans for Religious Liberty. In 2005, Scott and other NCSE staff served as scientific and educational consultants for the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case, which originated in Dover, PA. Judge John Jones ruled against teaching intelligent design or creationism in the public schools."

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Bertrand Russell's Ten Commandments

Bertrand Russell: My Ten Commandments "1. Do not lie to yourself. 2. Do not lie to other people unless they are exercising tyranny. 3. When you think it is your duty to inflict pain, scrutinize your reasons closely. 4. When you desire power, examine yourself closely as to why you deserve it. 5. When you have power, use it to build up people, not to constrict them. 6. Do not attempt to live without vanity, since this is impossible, but choose the right audience from which to seek admiration. 7. Do not think of yourself as a wholly self-contained unit. 8. Be reliable. 9. Be just. 10. Be good-natured." from Everyman magazine 1930. Source: http://philebersole.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/bertrand-russells-ten-commandments/ by jaskaw @ 23.05.2010 - 21:42:15 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/23/bertrand-russell-s-ten-commandments-8654810/

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The Fightmaster [Visitor] 05.07.2010 @ 21:25 I disagreed with most of it if not everytnig. | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 05.07.2010 @ 21:29 I must say that I really am sorry for you, the Fightmaster, if you cannot agree with a set of basic principles for living a honest and good life. I do not know your reasons, but I hope they are not connected with worship of power and with thinking in which end can justify the means. The Fightmaster [Visitor] http://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1JrQV0O_yuytCgFKG8kVjtkChXli3PC7eu7v3Kf4S_VE&hl=en 11.07.2010 @ 00:32 Please logon to the following link to know what I meant; http://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1JrQV0O_yuytCgFKG8kVjtkChXli3PC7eu7v3Kf4S_VE&hl=en Thanks. Sincerely, Nasser "The Fightmaster" Khan Nasser Khan [Visitor] http://www.uctaa.net/articles/reflections/ref01/ref019d03.html 25.07.2010 @ 03:42 Here are my thoughts about Russell's 2nd Commandment; http://www.uctaa.net/articles/reflections/ref01/ref019d03.html

After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/after-keeping-us-waiting-for-a-century-mark-twain-will-

The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now. After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all. By Guy Adams in Los Angeles "The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now. Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain's dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published. The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century. That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography" --"He had doubts about God, and in the autobiography, he questions the imperial mission of the US in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. He's also critical of [Theodore] Roosevelt, and takes the view that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. Twain also disliked sending Christian missionaries to Africa. He said they had enough business to be getting on with at home: with lynching going on in the South, he thought they should try to convert the heathens down there."

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Twain-Samuel-L-Clemens/100702464206 "Mark Twain wain was critical of organized religion through most of his later life. After his death, Twain's family suppressed some of his work which was especially irreverent toward conventional religion, notably Letters from the Earth, which was not published until his daughter Clara reversed her position in 1962 in response to Soviet propaganda about the withholding. The anti-religious The Mysterious Stranger was published in 1916, though there is some scholarly debate as to whether Twain actually wrote the most familiar version of this story. Little Bessie, a story ridiculing Christianity, was first published in the 1972 collection Mark Twain's Fables of Man. Twain is most noted for his novels "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", which has since been called the Great American Novel, and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer". William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature". http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/quotes/twain.htm "Concentration of power in a political machine is bad; and an Established Church is only a political machine; it was invented for that; it is nursed, cradled, preserved for that; it is an enemy to human liberty, and does no good which it could not better do in a split-up and scattered condition." - Mark Twain in "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by jaskaw @ 24.05.2010 - 19:10:13 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/24/read-more-at-http-www-independent-co-uk-arts-entertainment-books-8659669/

1.3 million tomans of fine for women who fail to cover up their hair properly in Iran
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"TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's second biggest city has massively increased the amount it fines for women who fail to observe the Islamic dress code and don't cover their hair properly, media reported. Morality police around Iran are beginning their annual spring crackdown on women wearing too much makeup, daring to show their hair or dressing in a way that shows their body contours too clearly. In the holy city of Masshad, the public prosecutor has increased the fine to 1.3 million tomans, roughly $1,300 -- a hefty sum in a country where a teacher's monthly salary is around $500." Read more at: http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-48747620100524?tr=y&auid=6392918 by jaskaw @ 24.05.2010 - 22:21:56

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Comrade André Leloup [Visitor] 24.05.2010 @ 23:18 Hopefully there'll be another incident in Iran like the one they had Saudi Arabia recently. There will never be any change, in Iran, the Muslim world, or anywhere else, until people stand up and demand it - by force if necessary.

'She's buried chest high'
"Sharia Law" - a poem by http://www.youtube.com/user/Nessrriinn Council of ex-Muslims of Britain CEMB http://www.councilofexmuslims.com/ sharia law she's buried chest high her arms can't stop the stones that fly or wipe the tears that have already dried for a crime she so persistently denied she's buried chest deep the moderates asleep no matter how hard she weeps worth half of a man, her testimony's cheap Allah subhana wa taala has come up with such a fair rule dictators of history couldn't be so cruel told by mohammed sallahu 3alhe wa salam teaching us allah's divine referendum what becomes of those who have a sip of rum drinks to forget or wants to be numb or those who play the game of chance poker buddies escaping the religious trance allah's prescribed in his merciful script their flesh be ripped their blood be dripped at the tip of a muslims whip she's buried chest high her arms can't stop the stones that fly or wipe the tears that have already dried for a crime she so persistently denied and this is allah's eternal reply 1400 years of backwards law a tragic flaw of the primitive claw the tribe of homosexuals koum lot as they say sharia is clear on how they should pay the price for their gay display life doesn't matter which way abu baker got them with a tumbling wall ali muhammad's cousin and son in law had people burned for their sexual call an entire village children and all she's buried chest deep the moderates asleep no matter how hard she weeps worth half of a manher testimony's cheap

apostates remember those who have bled to speak the word Muslims leave unsaid killed for the sake of those mislead submit now or be left dead allah subhana wa ta3ala has come up with such a fair rule the devil himself couldn't be so cruel she's buried chest high half way deep while the moderates are still fast asleep while the world stands silent her testimony's cheap. stones thrown by religious sheep. witches were burned long ago til the flame of freedom began to glow and we learned to say the word 'no' no know that your laws are unjust not worthy of respect only disgust beheading those with a knifes thrust oh but in Allah we blindly trust she's buried head high in a heap of stones. no more crying no more moans all that's left is skin and bones Allah has come up with such a fair call the true justice of sharia law by nessrriinn. Music http://www.esnips.com/doc/9bea58dd-a23d-439c-bfca-20d4014f53c9/Sad-Romance-Thao-Nguyen-Xanh

PS. I hesitated a lot to share this video, as it is a extremely emotionally laden piece that can well be used to foster hatred and fear also. On the other hand all and everything in it is true; these are the things that the Sharia Law requires, if the outside world does not interfere. However, remember that even the cruel extremists of Iran had to officially stop the stoning of women, when international outcry around these crimes against humanity became too loud.

As long as we care and most importantly also do show as openly as possible that we care, the masters of Iran do not dare return openly to their Medieval darkness, where a human life is worth nothing, when the honor of a man is compromised. If you are in Facebook please consider joining the 'Stop the Medieval cruelty in Iran' cause at: http://www.causes.com/causes/111694 by jaskaw @ 24.05.2010 - 23:00:49 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/24/she-s-buried-chest-high-8661692/

Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence
Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/library/books/full/aafprTerrorMindGod.htm

Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence by Mark Juergensmeyer. Published by University of California Press.

The destructive alliance between violence and religion is the subject of a recently updated book by Mark Juergensmeyer. As he is able to demonstrate, religion is not the inherent cause of violence or terrorism, and the violence might happen even without the religious context. Nevertheless, religion provides the "mores and symbols" which make horrific bloodshed easier to vindicate. Only religion provides the moral justification to commit violence in the name of a cosmic war between good and evil. Only religion polarizes a situation into such extreme absolutes that compromise and concession are no longer easy - or sometimes even possible. Mark Juergensmeyer writes: "In speaking of terrorism as "performance violence," I am not suggesting that such acts are undertaken lightly or capriciously. Rather, like religious ritual or street theater, they are dramas designed to have an impact on the several audiences that they affect. Those who witness the violence - even at a distance, via the news media - are therefore a part of what occurs. --Public ritual has traditionally been the province of religion, and this is one of the reasons that performance violence comes so naturally to activists from religious backgrounds. ...The victims of terrorism are targeted not because they are threatening to the perpetrators ...but because they are "symbols, tools, animals or corrupt beings" that tie into "a special picture of the world, a specific consciousness" that the activist possesses." Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/library/books/full/aafprTerrorMindGod.htm by jaskaw @ 25.05.2010 - 20:49:42 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/25/terror-in-the-mind-of-god-the-global-rise-of-religious-violence-8671201/

'The walls of my prison crumbled and fell'

When I became convinced that the Universe is natural ō that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood, the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell, the dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts, and bars, and manacles became dust. I was no longer a servant, a serf or a slave. There was for me no master in all the wide world ō not even in infinite space. I was free ō free to think, to express my thoughts ō free to live to my own ideal ō free to live for myself and those I loved ō free to use all my faculties, all my senses ō free to spread imagination s wings ō free to investigate, to guess and dream and hope ō free to judge and determine for myself ō free to reject all ignorant and cruel creeds, all the inspired books that savages have produced, and all the barbarous legends of the past ō free from popes and priests ō free from all the called and set apart ō free from sanctified mistakes and holy lies ō free from the fear of eternal pain ō free from the winged monsters of the night ō free from devils, ghosts and gods. For the first time I was free. There were no prohibited places in all the realms of thought ō no air, no space, where fancy could not spread her painted wings ō no chains for my limbs ō no lashes for my back ō no fires for my flesh ō no master s frown or threat ō no following another s steps ō no need to bow, or cringe, or crawl, or utter lying words. I was free. I stood erect and fearlessly, joyously, faced all worlds. And then my heart was filled with gratitude, with thankfulness, and went out in love to all the heroes, the thinkers who gave their lives for the liberty of hand and brain ō for the freedom of labor and thought ō to those who fell on the fierce fields of war, to those who died in dungeons bound with chains ō to those who proudly mounted scaffold s stairs ō to those whose bones were crushed, whose flesh was scarred and torn ō to those by fire consumed ō to all the wise, the good, the brave of every land, whose thoughts and deeds have given freedom to the sons of men. And then I vowed to grasp the torch that they had held, and hold it high, that light might conquer darkness still. Let us be true to ourselves ō true to the facts we know, and let us, above all things, preserve the veracity of our souls. If there be gods we cannot help them, but we can assist our fellow-men. We cannot love the inconceivable, but we can love wife and child and friend. We can be as honest as we are ignorant. If we are, when asked what is beyond the horizon of the known, we must say that we do not know. We can tell the truth, and we can enjoy the blessed freedom that the brave have won. We can destroy the monsters of superstition, the hissing snakes of ignorance and fear. We can drive from our minds the frightful things that tear and wound with beak and fang. We can civilize our fellow-men. We can fill our lives with generous deeds, with loving words, with art and song, and all the ecstasies of love. We can flood our years with sunshine ō with the divine climate of kindness, and we can drain to the last drop the golden cup of joy. Robert G. Ingersoll, 1896

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_G._Ingersoll "Colonel Robert Green Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 July 21, 1899) was a Civil War veteran, American political leader, and orator during the Golden Age of Freethought. After the war, he served as Illinois Attorney General. His radical views on religion, slavery, woman's suffrage, and other issues of the day effectively prevented him from ever pursuing or holding political offices higher than that of state attorney general. Illinois Republicans tried to pressure him into running for governor on the condition that Ingersoll conceal his agnosticism during the campaign, which he refused on the basis that concealing information from the public was immoral. Many of Ingersoll's speeches advocated freethought and humanism, and often poked fun at religious belief." Roberg G. Ingersoll's fan-page in Facebook is at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Robert-G-Ingersoll/52460139986 by jaskaw @ 26.05.2010 - 09:07:09 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/26/the-walls-of-my-prison-crumbled-and-fell-8673704/

Israeli chief rabbi: 'Women must only be heard through their husbands'
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10161713.stm

"The chief rabbi of a West Bank settlement has prohibited women from standing in a local community election. Rabbi Elyakim Levanon of the Elon Moreh settlement, near Nablus, said women lacked the authority to stand for the post of local secretary. He wrote in a community newspaper that women must only be heard through their husbands. No women have registered for the election due to be held later on Wednesday, Israeli media reported. The rabbi made his comments in the community's newspaper after an unidentified young woman wrote to him asking if she could run for the position of community secretary, the Israeli news website Ynet News said." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10161713.stm by jaskaw @ 26.05.2010 - 15:11:10

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John Sparks [Visitor] http://tinyurl.com/johnsparks 26.05.2010 @ 17:23 Wonder what Golda Meir would have thought.

FedupwithR [Member] 29.05.2010 @ 23:52 These rabbis also want to confine women, blacks and dogs to the back of buses.

'Death is nothing to us'

"The following eight counsels are a basic guide to Epicurean living. 1) Don't fear God. 2) Don't worry about death. 3) Don't fear pain. 4) Live simply. 5) Pursue pleasure wisely. 6) Make friends and be a good friend. 7) Be honest in your business and private life. 8) Avoid fame and political ambition." Contemporary Renderings by Ken Mylot Read more at: http://www.epicurus.info/etexts/kenmy.html#democritus "Death is nothing to us; for that which has been dissolved into its elements experiences no sensations, and that which has no sensation is nothing to us " - Epicurus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epicurus "Epicurus (Samos, 341 BCE Athens, 270 BCE; 72 years) was an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. Only a few fragments and letters remain of Epicurus's 300 written works. Much of what is known about Epicurean philosophy derives from later followers and commentators. For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by ataraxia, peace and freedom from fear, and "aponia", the absence of pain, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. Epicurus has been credited also with the famous Riddle of Epicurus: Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.

Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? Epicurus has a very lively fan-page in Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Epicurus/79493658728 More insights in the rational Epicurean world-view at http://beinghuman.blogs.fi/tags/epicurus/ by jaskaw @ 26.05.2010 - 21:51:24 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/26/death-is-nothing-to-us-8678290/

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Wil [Visitor] 26.05.2010 @ 23:22 Just one thing: Epicurean wasn't really atheist. He just said that human being could live without idea of god, or just don't care about a god. So, technically he was atheist. i think that historians have never used "atheist" to describe him because he never called himself like that. Anyway, Epicurean is a really good example about free-thinking, even before jesus christ (sorry about my english, i'm french )

| Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 27.05.2010 @ 00:18 Maybe one of the reasons why he did not never openly declare atheism was the death penalty that still awaited open atheists in his time. The ancient Greeks were ready to accept doubt, but open defiance was often too much even for this the most open minded nation that had ever existed before that point in history. So, we will never know his true feelings about this issue, and this is of course always the worst part of any kind of censorship; the coming generations will never know what their predecessors really thought, or if they were silenced be simple fear. Similarly we will never know how popular the Christian ideas really were in the Medieval times, as nobody ever dared to tell what they really thought. tom merle [Visitor] http://cultureplaces.blogspot.com 27.05.2010 @ 09:48 Epicurus was neither an atheist nor an agnostic, IMHO. Rather, the gods, whether they existed or not, were profoundly irrelevant. They might serve as ideals, but Epicureans turned their attention to this world not that other world, which was out of reach. The happy life was fully pursued amidst our own experiences. This attitude is very different than denial(atheism) or ignorance (agnosticism).

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers
From http://www.ted.com "Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with interviews of young camp graduates. A shocking vision." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharmeen_Obaid-Chinoy Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (born 1978) is a journalist and documentarian who was born in Pakistan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taliban http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talibanization http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taliban_treatment_of_women

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'Sex and the City 2' banned in the United Arab Emirates because it is "Anti-Muslim"
Read more at: http://beforeitsnews.com/news/50/179/UAE:_Sex_and_the_City_Movie_Banned,_Called_Anti-Muslim.html

"The United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Media Council has decided that the new movie "Sex and the City 2" will be banned from being shown in UAE cinemas. The movie is scheduled to be released on May 27, 2010. A senior spokesman for the UAE National Media Council told Time Out Dubai that: "Sex and the City 2 will be banned from being shown in cinemas across the UAE when it is released for various reasons. Among them are that the film's website stated that filming was done in Abu Dhabi even though they were denied permission to do so and that they continue to attribute the locations shot in Morocco as being in Abu Dhabi, which is false, as the theme of the film does not fit with our cultural values. Also, they persisted in using Abu Dhabi's name in the movie despite the fact that no official permission was given to them to do so." Read more at: http://beforeitsnews.com/news/50/179/UAE:_Sex_and_the_City_Movie_Banned,_Called_Anti-Muslim.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_and_the_City_2 "Sex and the City 2 is a 2010 romantic comedy film, known as the sequel to the 2008 film Sex and the City, which is based on the HBO TV series of the same name. The film was released on May 27, 2010 in the United States and May 28, 2010 in the United Kingdom. The film stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Chris Noth, who reprised their roles from the previous film and TV series. It features with new cast members such as Liza Minnelli, Miley Cyrus and Penélope Cruz." by jaskaw @ 27.05.2010 - 19:06:38

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Secrets of the Dalai Lama
Read more at: http://www.butterfliesandwheels.org/2010/secrets-of-the-dalai-lama/

"1) Who told a press conference in 1997 that men to men sex and woman to woman sex is sexual misconduct? The Pope, or the Dalai Lama? 2) Who told a Swiss magazine in 2001, that sexual organs were created for the reproduction of the male element and the female element, and anything that deviates from this is not acceptable? The Pope, or the Dalai Lama? 3) An anti-abortion lobby group called Consistent life was given a huge boost after on of the world s most prominent religious leaders offered his endorsement? The Pope, or the Dalai Lama? 4) Who published a collection of religious teachings declaring that masturbation is forbidden? The Pope, or the Dalai Lama? 5) Who declared that oral sex is not acceptable, even between a husband and wife? The Pope, or the Dalai Lama? 6) Who published a collection of religious teachings in 1996 declaring that anal sex is not acceptable, even between a husband and wife? The Pope, or the Dalai Lama? 7) Who said that having sex during the day is sexual misconduct? The Pope, or the Dalai Lama? Of course, every single answer is: The Dalai Lama." Read more at: http://www.butterfliesandwheels.org/2010/secrets-of-the-dalai-lama/ by jaskaw @ 28.05.2010 - 16:39:33 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/28/secrets-of-the-dalai-lama-8690187/

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Bruce [Visitor] 28.05.2010 @ 16:48 Before the Chinese liberated Tibet, it was a brutal theocracy run by this wonderful friend of the pope... Mike [Visitor] 28.05.2010 @ 22:50 To be fair, who has met with the LGBT community and has since changed his stance on all of this, the Pope or the Dalai Lama? Yep, still the Dalai Lama. Unlike the Pope, he is willing to admit he is fallible and change his mind. No, I'm not a Buddhist, but at least try to be fair and current. Francisco [Visitor] http://twitter.com/khisco 29.05.2010 @ 02:29 One thing is to say it's unacceptable, another one is to condemn people, even though for us hell doesn't exist, but for them it does! So, brainwashing is far worse. quedula [Visitor] http://nutsandreasons.blogspot.com/ 29.05.2010 @ 16:26 At least he smiles when he says it . . .

The culture minister of Northern Ireland wants creationism into museums
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/10159667.stm

"The culture minister (Nelson McCausland of Northern Ireland) has asked museums to give more prominence to Ulster-Scots, the Orange Order and alternative views on the origin of the universe. Nelson McCausland wrote to the trustees of National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI) saying he wants the issues given consideration in the short term. --He said that he wanted the views of creationists - the concept of God creating the universe in contrast to the scientific theory of evolution - to be represented in the exhibitions. Without specifically mentioning creationism, Mr McCausland's letter includes a request for the trustees to consider how alternative views of the origin of the universe can be recognised and accomodated." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/10159667.stm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Ireland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_McCausland by jaskaw @ 28.05.2010 - 17:46:13

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: 'Islam is imbued with violence'
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/books/review/Kristof-t.html?nl=books&emc=booksupdateema3

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF "If there were a Ms. Globalization title, it might well go to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali woman who wrote the best-−selling memoir Infidel. She has managed to outrage more people ō in some cases to the point that they want to assassinate her ō in more languages in more countries on more continents than almost any writer in the world today. --Since Hirsi Ali denounces Islam with a ferocity that I find strident, potentially feeding religious bigotry, I expected to dislike this book. It did leave me uncomfortable and exasperated in places. But I also enjoyed it. Hirsi Ali comes across as so sympathetic when she shares her grief at her family s troubles that she is difficult to dislike. Her memoir suggests that she never quite outgrew her rebellious teenager phase, but also that she would be a terrific conversationalist at a dinner party. --She declares: Islam is not just a belief; it is a way of life, a violent way of life. Islam is imbued with violence, and it encourages violence. Muslim children all over the world are taught the way I was: taught with violence, taught to perpetuate violence, taught to wish for violence against the infidel, the Jew, the American Satan. Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/books/review/Kristof-t.html?nl=books&emc=booksupdateema3 See also: Questions for Ayaan Hirsi Ali, The Feminist http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/magazine/23fob-q4-t.html?nl=books&emc=booksupdateema3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayaan_Hirsi_Ali "Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali) (born Ayaan Hirsi Magan; 13 November 1969) is a Somalian-born Dutch intellectual, feminist activist, writer, and politician. She is the estranged daughter of the late Somali scholar, politician, and revolutionary opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse. She is a prominent critic of Islam, and her screenplay for Theo Van Gogh's movie Submission led to death threats. When she was eight, Hirsi Ali's family left Somalia for Saudi Arabia, then Ethiopia, and eventually settled in Kenya. She sought and obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, under circumstances that later became the center of a political controversy. In 2003 she was elected a member of the House of Representatives (the lower house of the Dutch parliament), representing the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). A political crisis surrounding the potential stripping of her Dutch citizenship led to her resignation from the parliament, and led indirectly to the fall of the second Balkenende cabinet. Hirsi Ali is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, and has been living in the United States. In 2005, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential

people in the world. She has also received several awards including the Danish Freedom Prize, the Swedish Democracy Prize (awarded in 2005 by the Liberal Party, and the Moral Courage Award for commitment to conflict resolution, ethics, and world citizenship. In 2006 she published her memoir, which appeared in English translation in 2007 titled Infidel." by jaskaw @ 29.05.2010 - 16:34:43 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/29/ayaan-hirsi-ali-islam-is-imbued-with-violence-8695817/

Iowa Catholic school fires math teacher after Facebook survey indicates she doesn't believe in God
Read more at: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100528/NEWS02/5280336/1001/

By CLARK KAUFFMAN "A Catholic-school teacher from Fort Dodge has been fired because of a Facebook survey in which she said she did not believe in God. Abby Nurre, 27, was hired last summer as an eighth- grade math teacher at St. Edmond Catholic School. In August, she responded to a Facebook members' poll in which she was asked whether she believed in God, miracles or heaven. In response, Nurre answered, "No." Her answers then became part of her Facebook autobiography page, which was accessible only to her designated "friends." --In November, Nurre posted a comment to an online discussion forum, Atheist Nexus. In her post, she provided a link to a New York Times article that, as she described it, indicated the government had spent $2.3 million on prayer research in the past 10 years. --"She should be denied unemployment benefits for being a member of an atheist Web site," Hancock testified. --Administrative Law Judge Steven Wise ruled that Nurre was entitled to unemployment benefits because the school had failed to prove misconduct. Wise said the Facebook survey and Nurre's posting to the atheists' forum "did not involve publicly advocating principles contrary to the teachings of the church and did not involve immoral conduct." Read more at: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100528/NEWS02/5280336/1001/ http://www.st-edmond.pvt.k12.ia.us/ by jaskaw @ 29.05.2010 - 19:01:42

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Richard Dawkins on fundamentalism in Intelligence Squared Wellington
Richard Dawkins on fundamentalism in Intelligence Squared Wellington, part 1

Richard Dawkins on fundamentalism in Intelligence Squared Wellington, part 1

The results:

"Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS, FRSL (born 26 March 1941) is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science author. He was formerly Professor for Public Understanding of Science at Oxford and was a fellow of New College, Oxford. Dawkins came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term meme. In 1982, he introduced into evolutionary biology an influential[5] concept, presented in his book The Extended Phenotype, that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment, including the bodies of other organisms. Dawkins is well known for his candid criticism of creationism and intelligent design. In his 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker, he argued against the watchmaker analogy, an argument for the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms. Instead, he described evolutionary processes as analogous to a blind watchmaker. He has since written several popular science books, and makes regular television and radio appearances, predominantly discussing these topics. Dawkins is an atheist, secular humanist, sceptic, rationalist and supporter of the Brights movement. He has been referred to in the media as "Darwin's Rottweiler", by analogy with English biologist T. H. Huxley, who was known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Charles Darwin's evolutionary ideas. In his 2006 book The God Delusion, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that faith qualifies as a delusion − as a fixed false belief. As of November 2007, the English language version had sold more than 2 million copies and had been translated into 31 other languages, making it his most popular book to date."

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Islamic cleric recommends breastfeeding male colleagues at work
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6681511.stm

"One of Sunni Islam's most prestigious institutions is to discipline a cleric after he issued a decree allowing women to breastfeed their male colleagues. Dr Izzat Atiya of Egypt's al-Azhar University said it offered a way around segregation of the sexes at work. According to Islamic tradition, or Hadith, breast-feeding establishes a degree of maternal relation, even if a woman nurses a child who is not biologically hers. --In his fatwa, Dr Atiya, the head of al-Azhar's Department of Hadith, said such teachings could equally apply to adults. He said that if a woman fed a male colleague "directly from her breast" at least five times they would establish a family bond and thus be allowed to be alone together at work." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6681511.stm http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/141208 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rada_%28fiqh%29 "Radā or ridā'a is a technical term from Islamic jurisprudence meaning "the suckling which produces the legal impediment to marriage of foster-kinship". The term derives from the infinitive noun of the Arabic word radi'a or rada'a ("he sucked the breast of his mother"). Often it is translated as "fosterage" or "milk-kinship" "Adad al-radā al-muharrim, or minimal number of sucklings necessary to establish the milk-kinship, was the subject of extensive debate and ever more elaborate exegetical theorizing. For the adherents of older schools of law, such as the Malikis and Hanafis, one suckling was enough. Others, such as the Shāfi'īs, maintained that the minimum number was five or ten, and that in fact a Qur'anic verse had once stipulated this exact number until its wording had been expurgated from the Qur'ānic text." --"The famous traditionist Muhammad al-Bukhari was forced to resign his position of mufti and leave the city of Bukhara after ruling that two nurslings who suckled from the same farm animal became milk-siblings." by jaskaw @ 30.05.2010 - 11:59:56

http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/30/islamic-cleric-recommends-breastfeeding-male-colleagues-at-work-8699544/

Vatican reaches out to atheists Richard Dawkins

but not you,

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vatican-reaches-out-to-atheists-ndash-but-not-you-richard-dawkins-1

By Jerome Taylor, Religious Affairs Correspondent "The Vatican is planning a new initiative to reach out to atheists and agnostics in an attempt to improve the church's relationship with non-believers. Pope Benedict XVI has ordered officials to create a new foundation where atheists will be encouraged to meet and debate with some of the Catholic Church's top theologians. The Vatican hopes to stage a series of debates in Paris next year. But militant non-believers hoping for a chance to set senior church figures straight about the existence of God are set to be disappointed: the church has warned that atheists with high public profiles such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens will not be invited."

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vatican-reaches-out-to-atheists-ndash-but-not-you-richard-dawkins-1 by jaskaw @ 31.05.2010 - 08:15:04 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/05/31/vatican-reaches-out-to-atheists-but-not-you-richard-dawkins-8704906/

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Bruce [Visitor] 31.05.2010 @ 11:06 But are atheists interested to talk to pedophiles?

but

FedupwithR [Member] 31.05.2010 @ 15:20 This would be fun if the discussions were held publicly but this is unlikely. They might convert a few agnostics but I doubt than any real atheists would even go along let alone be convinced by their mumbo jumbo clap trap.

Richard Carrier smashes the "Intelligent design" fallacy with black holes (video)
Richard Carrier on the fallacy of supernatural "intelligent design". The universe is a perfect black hole generator, so why not assume god(s) designed it for that purpose? Why do we need brains (big enough to kill mothers) if a disembodied mind is possible? If a mind needs a brain, then god cannot exist. Does god have mother issues? Philosophy is the only "religion" worth pursuing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Carrier "Carrier received a Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University in 2008. He has published several articles, chapters, and books on subjects in history and philosophy. Besides his work in print, as a contributor to the Secular Web He has also engaged in several formal debates, both online and in public, defending subjects as diverse as naturalism as a worldview, natural explanations of early Christian resurrection accounts, and the morality of abortion."

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Intelligent Design as Deliberate Ignorance
Read more at: http://atheism.about.com/od/intelligentdesign/tp/IntelligentDesignIgnorance.htm?nl=1

"Intelligent Design is presented as a legitimate scientific alternative to evolutionary theory. There are many problems with this but one deserves more attention: Intelligent Design apologists literally have no idea what they are talking about. They claim the universe and life were intelligently designed, but cannot explain who or what this designer was, what characteristics it had, how it operated, why it designed, or anything else relevant. They don't even propose any means for acquiring such knowledge and appear uninterested in trying. It's all a mystery, which helps show that it's religion not science." ---

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Westboro Church Protests Outside Ronnie James Dio's Memorial Service
Read more at: http://laist.com/2010/05/31/westboro_church_came_out_to_protest.php

"The infamous protestors from Westboro Baptist Church visited Los Angeles yesterday to protest outside a memorial service for heavy metal rocker Ronnie James Dio. The public service was held in the afternoon at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park for the revered heavy metal singer and songwriter, who died of stomach cancer earlier this month. "This rebel had a God-given platform - for decades - which he should have utilized to publish the truth of God, the church said in a press release, according to Entertainment Weekly. Instead, he used that platform for decades - to teach rebellion against God, in the form glorifying atheism, promoting the devil horn hand sign & other such idolatries. Now he has been cut off by an Angry God & cast into hell. Read more at: http://laist.com/2010/05/31/westboro_church_came_out_to_protest.php by jaskaw @ 01.06.2010 - 10:59:46

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Violent mob demands beheading of a man who publicly renounces Islam in Maldives

Read more at: http://freethinker.co.uk/2010/06/01/death-threats-against-man-who-renounced-islam-at-a-naik-lecture-in-the-maldives/

APOSTATE Mohamed Nazim has been taken into custody and threatened with death in the Muslim-majority north Asian nation of Maldives after declaring his atheism at a lecture given by lunatic Islamic hate-preacher Dr Zakir Naik, who is soon due to tour the UK. --"Naik asked: Are you a Muslim? and Nazim replied I am not. According to this report, the brief exchange sparked hatred from an angry crowd of around 11,000, with many calling for his death. Several people rushed towards him as an official of the Islamic Ministry tried to escort him out. Police, however, came between Nazim and the crowd and took him into custody. The newspaper report also stated that a crowed gathered outside the police station and demanded that Nazim be handed over to the crowd, who shouted anti-atheism slogans and called for Nazim s beheading." --"The Maldives constitution mandates that all citizens of Maldives must be Muslims. A December 2009 study showed the Maldives (with a 99 percent literacy rate) to be in the top five percent of the worst nations for religious freedom abuse. It is a nation that has been building its criminal law based on sharia, andits Parliament bans non-Islamic houses of worship."

Read more at: http://freethinker.co.uk/2010/06/01/death-threats-against-man-who-renounced-islam-at-a-naik-lecture-in-the-maldives/ by jaskaw @ 02.06.2010 - 08:22:26

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Lurker111 [Visitor] 02.06.2010 @ 16:42 "north Asian" ? I think they meant north Indian Ocean.

Saudi religious police probe MTV programme for 'sin'
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10216116.stm

"Saudi Arabia's religious police are investigating three young Saudis who challenged the country's strict laws in a TV programme. The two men and a woman were featured in a MTV documentary talking about how they wanted to subvert the Islamic laws of the country." --In the programme - called Resist the Power! Saudi Arabia - a girl named only as Fatimah told how she disguised herself as a boy to ride a bicycle in the streets of Jeddah. -"An official at a court in Jeddah said the films were being investigated for the crimes of "openly declaring sin" and a decision would be made on whether to prosecute in the next few days, Reuters reported."

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Intelligent design to be taught in Queensland schools in Australia

Read more at: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/intelligent-design-to-be-taught-in-queensland-schools-under-national

by Carly Hennessy "CREATIONISM and intelligent design will be taught in Queensland state schools for the first time as part of the new national curriculum. --In Queensland schools, creationism will be offered for discussion in the subject of ancient history, under the topic of "controversies". --Griffith University humanities lecturer Paul Williams said it was important to be cautious about such content. "It's important that education authorities are vigilant that this is not a blank cheque to push theological barrows," Mr Williams said. "I would be loath to see it taught as theory. "It's up there with the world being occupied by aliens since Roswell."

Read more at: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/intelligent-design-to-be-taught-in-queensland-schools-under-national by jaskaw @ 03.06.2010 - 20:28:16 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/03/intelligent-design-to-be-taught-in-queensland-schools-in-australia-8728710/

Joke of the day: Iran denouces European 'intolerance' in issues concerning allowed clothing
These two pieces of news appeared funnily enough today side by side here: http://www.realite-eu.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=9dJBLLNkGiF&b=2279101&ct=8424299

Iranian authorities step up arrests of women for 'immodest' dress Iranian authorities have begun police patrols in the capital to arrest women wearing clothes deemed improper. The campaign against loose-fitting veils and other signs of modernism comes as government opponents are calling for rallies to mark the anniversary of the disputed presidential election, and critics of the crackdown say it is stoking feelings of discontent. But hard-liners say that improper veiling is a "security issue" and that "loose morality" threatens the core of the Islamic republic. Iran denounces European 'intolerance' over burqa Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday denounced European "intolerance" towards the Islamic veil, as France and Belgium move towards banning the burqa in public. "We think this is an example of the intolerance that exists in Europe" regarding Muslims, Mottaki told a press conference during a visit to Brussels. Read more at: http://www.realite-eu.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=9dJBLLNkGiF&b=2279101&ct=8424299 by jaskaw @ 03.06.2010 - 21:48:16

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Vampire fascination has religious roots, scholar says
Read more at: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2010/06/vampires-twilight-stephenie-meyer-bree-catholic/1

"Dying to sink your teeth into the latest vampire novel in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner? Thank the saints for the vampires who star in Meyer's fiction. At least that's the theory of scholar David Keyworth, who did his doctoral research in unnatural history, focusing vampires and the undead. In the newest Journal of Religious History, Keyworth, author of a book called Troublesome Corpses: Vampires and Revenants from Antiquity to the Present, focuses on ... the medieval notion that the Devil might reanimate a corpse and pretend to be the deceased, for example, the post-mortem effects of excommunication, and the incorruptibility of deceased saints and martyrs. In particular, I focus upon the vampires of eighteenth-century Europe... Read more at: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2010/06/vampires-twilight-stephenie-meyer-bree-catholic/1 The book is at Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Troublesome-Corpses-Vampires-Revenants-Antiquity/dp/1905328303 by jaskaw @ 04.06.2010 - 18:34:30 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/04/vampire-fascination-has-religious-roots-scholar-says-8735207/

Dominican priest wants church painting removed because ’angels look gay
Read more at: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/292901

"Santo Domingo - A Catholic priest at a Dominican Republic resort town wants to destroy artwork in his parish because the painting shows angels with a homosexual expression . This confuses the faithful, he argues. The painting named "Allegory of the Virgin of Carmen," was concluded 12 years ago by Dominican artist Roberto Flores. The artwork adorns the interior of the church of Our Lady of Carmen in the mountain community of Jarabacoa, an agricultural and tourist center located in the Dominican Republic. --The priest argues that the church congregation feels uncomfortable by the painting and that the mural does not inspire religious sentiments because the angels there depicted have a diabolical, homosexual look in their faces. Further, he contends that it is not clear whether the angels are male or female." Read more at: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/292901 by jaskaw @ 04.06.2010 - 19:57:53

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Antievolution bills in South Carolina die
Read more at: http://ncse.com/news/2010/06/antievolution-bills-die-south-carolina-005558

"Two antievolution bills, Senate Bill 873 and Senate Bill 875, died in committee when the South Carolina legislature adjourned on June 3, 2010. Both bills were introduced on May 21, 2009, and referred to the Senate Education Committee, where they apparently never received a hearing. Both bills were sponsored by Senator Michael Fair (R-District 6), who spearheaded a number of previous antievolution efforts in South Carolina. With respect to his 2003 attempt to establish a committee to "determine whether alternatives to evolution as the origin of species should be offered in schools," the Greenville News (May 1, 2003) reported that Fair "said his intention is to show that Intelligent Design is a viable scientific alternative that should be taught in the public schools."

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The Beauty of Skepticism (video)
notinmyname2050 writes; ō A quick answer to anyone who thinks that science steals the wonder from the world around it. Please take the time to check out my channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/notinmyname2050 Audio: Albert Einstein - on the scientific method Richard Feynman - on scientific honesty Carl Sagan - on the importance of skepticism Dawkins - On Life YouTubers who made cameo appearances: Bewarethe lizards42 http://www.youtube.com/user/Bewarethe... Widgetas http://www.youtube.com/user/Widgetas Devchelle2 http://www.youtube.com/user/devchelle2 LatumWay http://www.youtube.com/user/LatumWay NellieDiddle http://www.youtube.com/user/NellieDiddle SpiritKeeper http://www.youtube.com/user/SpiritKeeper Music: Eternal Hope - (if someone can tell me the composer I'd appreciate it) Gassenhauer - Carl Orff by jaskaw @ 05.06.2010 - 00:51:21 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/04/the-beauty-of-skepticism-video-8736886/

Test Supports Universal Common Ancestor for All Life
Read more at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=universal-common-ancestor

"Was it not already obvious, from the discovery and deciphering of DNA, that all life forms are descended from a single common organismōor at least a basal species? No, says Douglas Theobald, an assistant professor of biochemistry of Brandeis University and author of the new study, detailed in the May 13 issue of Nature. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.) In fact, he says, "When I went into it, I really didn't know what the answer would be." Despite the difficulties of formally testing evolutionōespecially back across the eons to the emergence of life itselfōTheobald was able to run rigorous statistical analyses on the amino acid sequences in 23 universally conserved proteins across the three major divisions of life (eukaryotes, bacteria and archaea). By plugging these sequences into various relational and evolutionary models, he found that a universal common ancestor is at least 10^2,860 more likely to have produced the modern-day protein sequence variances than even the next most probable scenario (involving multiple separate ancestors).* --Theobald says his most surprising results were "how strongly they support common ancestry." Rather than being disappointed about simply backing up a long-held assumption, he says that at least, "it's always nice to know that we're on the right track." These findings do not mean that a universal common ancestor establishes the "tree of life" pattern for early evolutionary dynamics. Nor, however, do they infer a "web of life" structure. The tree versus web debate remains "very controversial right now in evolutionary biology," Theobald says, reluctant to pick a side himself. " Read more at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=universal-common-ancestor by jaskaw @ 05.06.2010 - 10:29:22 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/05/test-supports-universal-common-ancestor-for-all-life-8738119/

A teenage Jehovah's Witness dies after refusing blood transfusion in Birminghan

Read more at: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Jehovahs-Witness-Teenager-Refuses-Blood-Transfusion-Joshua-McAu

"A teenage Jehovah's Witness crushed by a car when it smashed into a shop has died after apparently rejecting a blood transfusion on religious grounds. Joshua McAuley was airlifted to hospital with leg and abdominal injuries after the crash, in which he was pinned against a wall. But the 15-year-old is thought to have told doctors at Birmingham's Selly Oak Hospital he did not want a vital blood transfusion."

Read more at: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Jehovahs-Witness-Teenager-Refuses-Blood-Transfusion-Joshua-McAu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah%27s_Witness by jaskaw @ 05.06.2010 - 19:43:55

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Bruce [Visitor] 05.06.2010 @ 21:59 One less idiot in the world? | Show subcomments visitor [Visitor] 29.07.2010 @ 12:53 bruce i hope all ur family dies and see how it feels, such a heartless fool Christine [Visitor] 06.06.2010 @ 16:18 Such useless death. Denise [Visitor] 06.06.2010 @ 17:47 I think it is interesting that they tout that he died because he refused a blood transfusion and not to the fact that he had severe abdominal and lower extremity injuries because of being pinned to a wall with an automobile. Those injuries were so severe that he had to be AIRLIFTED to the hospital. Also, it is never the headline of people that die from actually receiving a blood transfusion. People don't want the facts, they just use buzz words to get attention and cause people to flame at one another without getting the facts first. The truth is "The Truth, You can't handle the Truth!" Pitiful Denise [Visitor] 06.06.2010 @ 17:58 In addition here is an additional link: A hospital, congressman and the military supporting bloodless care as the acceptable standard: http://www.themarketingbeast.net/577/bloodless-medicine-military-doctors-to-learn-the-procedures-subtitles/

jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 06.06.2010 @ 19:17 Denise, how many people have really dies BECAUSE of receiving of blood transfusion and how many have been saved with them? I think the first figure just could very small and the second extremely large, as blood transfusions save lives every single day in every single country of the world. How many people have died because of seat belts in the cars and how many have been saved because of

them? There really people who have drowned in cars that have dropped in water, but I would never suggest that we should stop wearing them because of that, as millions of lives have been saved with them already. Blood Transfusion [Visitor] http://www.ohiohealth.com/bodygrant.cfm?id=4851 26.08.2010 @ 19:28 Quite a shame, not taking advantage of the options that are available.

Seven Baha'i leaders in court in Iran
Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/01/12/Iran.bahai.trial/index.html

(CNN) -- Seven leaders of Iran's Baha'i minority went on trial in Tehran Tuesday accused of spying for Israel, a charge their supporters say is motivated by religious discrimination. The seven -- two women and five men -- are also accused of spreading propaganda against the Islamic republic and committing religious offenses, charges that can carry the death penalty. "We understand that no observers were allowed in the court," said Diane Ala'i, the Baha'i International Community's representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. --The Baha'is say believers in Iran are victims of systematic discrimination and targets of violence." Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/01/12/Iran.bahai.trial/index.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahai by jaskaw @ 06.06.2010 - 22:30:24 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/06/seven-baha-i-leaders-in-court-in-iran-8746845/

Bangladesh opens Facebook after it caves in to Muslim demands
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10247858.stm

"Bangladesh has unblocked Facebook after officials said the US-based website had agreed to remove caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and "obnoxious" images of the country's leaders. Dhaka blocked the site a week ago, angered by the content. Last month Pakistan briefly blocked all access to Facebook in the run-up to "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" - a contest planned by some users." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10247858.stm by jaskaw @ 07.06.2010 - 17:18:05 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/07/bangladesh-opens-facebook-after-it-caves-in-to-muslim-demands-8752194/

Bertrand Russell - Why I Am Not a Christian (audio)
Why I Am Not a Christian, part 1

Why I Am Not a Christian, part 2

Why I Am Not a Christian, part 3

Why I Am Not a Christian, part 4

Originally a talk given March 6, 1927 at Battersea Town Hall, under the auspices of the South London Branch of the National Secular Society, it was published that year as a pamphlet and was later published, with other essays, in the book, Why I Am Not a Christian: And Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bertrand-Russell/86711477873?ref=ts Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (18 May 1872 2 February 1970), was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social reformer, and pacifist. Although he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died. Russell led the British "revolt against Idealism" in the early 1900s and is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his protégé Wittgenstein and his elder Frege. He co-authored, with A. N. Whitehead, Principia Mathematica, an attempt to ground mathematics on logic. His philosophical essay "On Denoting" has been considered a "paradigm of philosophy." Both works have had a considerable influence on logic, mathematics, set theory, linguistics and analytic philosophy. He was a prominent anti-war activist, championing free trade between nations and anti-imperialism. Russell was imprisoned for his pacifist activism during World War I, campaigned against Adolf Hitler, for nuclear disarmament, criticised Soviet totalitarianism and the United States of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought.

by jaskaw @ 08.06.2010 - 11:10:39 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/08/bertrand-russell-why-i-am-not-a-christian-audio-8757616/

A new victory for gender-apartheid in Iran: Iran's first women-only bank opens
Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65622320100607?tr=y&auid=6453716

Reuters) "Iran's first women-only bank branch opened Monday, allowing women to manage their finances without dealing with unrelated men -- something likely to appeal to religious families who oppose mingling between the sexes. Under sharia, the Islamic legal system imposed after Iran's 1979 revolution, unrelated men and women are forbidden to have intimate contact. --In recent years women-only taxis, with female drivers, have become available in some Iranian cities, as well as public gardens where men are not allowed. Buses in Iran are segregated, with women sitting at the back. A local judiciary official said last month that the maximum fine for breaching the Islamic dress code -- which decrees that women must cover their hair and wear long shapeless coats -- was 13 million rials (over $1,300)." Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65622320100607?tr=y&auid=6453716 by jaskaw @ 08.06.2010 - 13:32:10

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Your Miracles Wont Do It - Cristopher Hitchens (video)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens "Christopher Eric Hitchens (born 13 April 1949) is an English-American author and journalist. His books, essays, and journalistic career have spanned more than four decades, making him a public intellectual, and a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. He has been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and a variety of other media outlets. Hitchens is an atheist and has been identified as being an exponent of the "new atheism" movement. Hitchens is a secular humanist and anti-theist,[5] and describes himself as a believer in the philosophical values of the Age of Enlightenment. His main argument is that the concept of God or a supreme being is a totalitarian belief that destroys individual freedom, and that free expression and scientific discovery should replace religion, which inhibits these things, as a means of teaching ethics and defining human civilization. Hitchens wrote at length on atheism and the nature of religion in the 2007 book god Is Not Great. Hitchens is known for his ardent admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson, and also for his excoriating critiques of Mother Teresa, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Henry Kissinger, among others. These views, often stylized as contrarian, along with his argumentative and confrontational style of debate and writing, have made him both a lauded and controversial figure. The San Francisco Chronicle referred to Hitchens as a "gadfly with gusto".[6] In 2009 Hitchens was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the "25 most influential liberals in the U.S. media."[7] However, the same article noted that he would "likely be aghast to find himself on this list", since it reduces his self-styled radicalism to mere liberalism."

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No, Adolf Hitler was not an atheist

"I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 2 "Even today I am not ashamed to say that, overpowered by stormy enthusiasm, I fell down on my knees and thanked Heaven from an overflowing heart for granting me the good fortune of being permitted to live at this time." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 5 "Once again the songs of the fatherland roared to the heavens along the endless marching columns, and for the last time the Lord's grace smiled on His ungrateful children." - Adolf Hitler reflecting on World War I, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1, Chapter 7 "What we have to fight for is the necessary security for the existence and increase of our race and people, the subsistence of its children and the maintenance of our racial stock unmixed, the freedom and independence of the Fatherland; so that our people may be enabled to fulfill the mission assigned to it by the Creator." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 8 "But if out of smugness, or even cowardice, this battle is not fought to its end, then take a look at the peoples five hundred years from now. I think you will find but few images of God, unless you want to profane the Almighty." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 10 "This human world of ours would be inconceivable without the practical existence of a religious belief. The great masses of a nation are not composed of philosophers. For the masses of the people, especially faith is absolutely the only basis of a moral outlook on life. The various substitutes that have been offered have not shown any results that might warrant us in thinking that they might usefully replace the existing denominations. ...There may be a few hundreds of thousands of superior men who can live wisely and intelligently without depending on the general standards that prevail in everyday life, but the millions of others cannot do so." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 10 "In short, the results of miscegenation are always the following: (a) The level of the superior race becomes lowered; (b) physical and mental degeneration sets in, thus leading slowly but steadily towards a progressive

drying up of the vital sap. The act which brings about such a development is a sin against the will of the Eternal Creator. And as a sin this act will be avenged." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 11 "Anyone who dares to lay hands on the highest image of the Lord commits sacrilege against the benevolent creator of this miracle and contributes to the expulsion from paradise." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf Vol. 2 Chapter 1 "Thus inwardly armed with confidence in God and the unshakable stupidity of the voting citizenry, the politicians can begin the fight for the 'remaking' of the Reich as they call it." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf Vol. 2 Chapter 1 "It doesn't dawn on this depraved bourgeois world that this is positively a sin against all reason; that it is criminal lunacy to keep on drilling a born half-ape until people think they have made a lawyer out of him, while millions of members of the highest culture-race must remain in entirely unworthy positions; that it is a sin against the will of the Eternal Creator if His most gifted beings by the hundreds and hundreds of thousands are allowed to degenerate in the present proletarian morass, while Hottentots and Zulu Kaffirs are trained for intellectual professions." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf Vol. 2 Chapter 2 "That this is possible may not be denied in a world where hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people voluntarily submit to celibacy, obligated and bound by nothing except the injunction of the Church. Should the same renunciation not be possible if this injunction is replaced by the admonition finally to put an end to the constant and continuous original sin of racial poisoning, and to give the Almighty Creator beings such as He Himself created?" - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf Vol. 2 Chapter 2 "The folkish-minded man, in particular, has the sacred duty, each in his own denomination, of making people stop just talking superficially of God's will, and actually fulfill God's will, and not let God's word be desecrated. For God's will gave men their form, their essence and their abilities. Anyone who destroys His work is declaring war on the Lord's creation, the divine will." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf Vol. 2 Chapter 10 "To do justice to God and our own conscience, we have turned once more to the German Volk." - Adolf Hitler in speech about the need for a moral regeneration of German, February 10, 1933 "The fact that the Vatican is concluding a treaty with the new Germany means the acknowledgment of the National Socialist state by the Catholic Church. This treaty shows the whole world clearly and unequivocally that the assertion that National Socialism is hostile to religion is a lie." - Adolf Hitler, speech to members of the Nazi Party on the Nazi-Vatican Concordant, July 22, 1933 "May divine providence bless us with enough courage and enough determination to perceive within ourselves this holy German space." - Adolf Hitler, Speech, March 24, 1933

"We don't ask the Almighty, 'Lord, make us free!" We want to be active, to work, to work together, so that when the hour comes that we appear before the Lord we can say to him: 'Lord, you see that we have changed.' The German people is no longer a people of dishonor and shame, of self-destructiveness and cowardice. No, Lord, the German people is once more strong in spirit, strong in determination, strong in the willingness to bear every sacrifice. Lord, now bless our battle and our freedom, and therefore our German people and fatherland." - Adolf Hitler, Prayer, May 1, 1933 "I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work." - Adolf Hitler, Speech, Reichstag, 1936 Source: http://atheism.about.com/od/adolfhitlernazigermany/tp/AdolfHitlerReligiousFaith.htm

More on the issue: http://beinghuman.blogs.fi/2008/10/02/were-nazis-atheists-4813530/ and http://1phil4everyill.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/appendix-c-the-relationship-between-the-roman-church-and-national-s by jaskaw @ 09.06.2010 - 11:08:37 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/09/no-adolf-hitler-was-not-an-atheist-8765579/

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4theist [Visitor] http://twitter.com/4theist 09.06.2010 @ 14:56 Wow. What does Godwin's Law say about this? | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 09.06.2010 @ 19:17 For the Godwin Law to work the fact that Adolf Hitler was a not an atheist makes no difference: "Godwin's law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies or Godwin's law of Nazi Analogies)is a humorous observation made by Mike Godwin in 1990 which has become an Internet adage. It states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." Godwin's law is often cited in online discussions as a deterrent against the use of arguments in the widespread reductio ad Hitlerum form. The rule does not make any statement about whether any particular reference or comparison to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis might be appropriate, but only asserts that the likelihood of such a reference or comparison arising increases as the discussion progresses. In fact, the likelihood of any comparison arising increases with time. It is precisely because such a comparison or reference may sometimes be appropriate, Godwin has argued[4] that overuse of Nazi and Hitler comparisons should be avoided, because it robs the valid comparisons of their impact. Although in one of its early forms Godwin's law referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions,[5] the law is now applied to any threaded online discussion: electronic mailing lists, message boards, chat rooms, and more recently blog comment threads, wiki talk pages, and social networking sites." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 09.06.2010 @ 23:53 All Humanistic and Atheistic organizations were forbidden in Germany 1933, but not a single Christian official organization was never harmed during his whole reign. Individual Christians were targeted, if they were causing trouble, as were targeted all other individuals of any creed who caused trouble to the system, but stark fact is that Christians were never persecuted for their faith in the Nazi Germany. Religious organizations were permitted to continue their work to the last weeks, as nothing had happened. On the other hand in a speech in year 1933 Hitler declared: "We have… undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out." The prewar great freethinking movement of Germany was crushed without leaving a trace, when church bells were rung to rejoice the victories of the Fatherland. Among the chairmen of German Freethinkers League was Max Sievers, who was beheaded at the guillotine by the Nazis in 1944. The German Freethinkers League had by 1930 a membership numbering around 500,000. The League was closed down, however, in the Spring of 1933 when Hitler outlawed all atheistic and freethinking groups in Germany. 'Freethinkers Hall', the national headquarters of the League, was then converted to a bureau advising the public on church matters.

Russian Orthodox Church wants end to Darwin school "monopoly"
Read more at: http://in.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idINTRE6584JX20100609

(Reuters) "The Russian Orthodox Church called Wednesday for an end to the "monopoly of Darwinism" in Russian schools, saying religious explanations of creation should be taught alongside evolution. Liberals said they would fight efforts to include religious teaching in schools. Russia's dominant church has experienced a revival in recent years, worrying rights groups who say its power is undermining the country's secular constitution. "The time has come for the monopoly of Darwinism and the deceptive idea that science in general contradicts religion. These ideas should be left in the past," senior Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion said at a lecture in Moscow." Read more at: http://in.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idINTRE6584JX20100609 by jaskaw @ 09.06.2010 - 23:15:28 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/09/russian-orthodox-church-wants-end-to-darwin-school-monopoly-8770065/

"It takes money, a medical miracle, and a compelling vita to make it as a saint today"
Read more at: http://www.slate.com/id/2255232/

By James Verini "Today, the Vatican is busier than ever minting new saints. John Paul II canonized more than all the popes of the five centuries before him combinedōover 130 in his 25 years, says the Vatican siteōand his successor, Benedict, is now besting his per annum rate. Shrewd in the calculus of worship, John Paul recognized that the canon could be a boon to the perpetuation of Catholicism in an era of increasing secularism, just as martyrs' cults had been to its early spread among polytheists and Jews. The former playwright's dramaturgical instincts told him people just like saints. They may not like their priests and bishops, nor indeed the pope, and they may not care to read Deuteronomy. But they enjoy their saints, even when they knowōmaybe because they knowōthat not all saints deserve to be saints." Read more at: http://www.slate.com/id/2255232/ by jaskaw @ 10.06.2010 - 00:12:46

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Iran today: "Anyone who is found guilty of moharebeh can expect to receive the death penalty"
Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,699868-2,00.html

Der Spiegel special: "Daily Life in Iran, One Year after the Uprising" "Mohammad Mostafaei, the attorney. My week begins before the revolutionary court. I have to defend a woman who is accused of moharebeh or "war against God." That's a euphemism our prosecutors use to describe activities critical of the government. Anyone who is found guilty of moharebeh can expect to receive the death penalty. My client is shaking all over when she is brought before the court. The judge seems kind enough, and tries to calm her down. "No one should be afraid of a judge," he says. But Sainab has every reason to be afraid. Her husband and his cousin were sentenced to death by the same 15th chamber of the court. Their entire "crime" entailed their having been in contact with a member of a monarchist group. Sainab allegedly knew about her husband's activities. That too can be sufficient to receive a death sentence. Women with a political background who come before the revolutionary court aren't the only ones who must fear for their lives. All it takes, sometimes, is for a man to accuse them of adultery. Then they can be prosecuted, and the trial can end with a stoning sentence. I was able to save defendants from this death on 10 occasions." Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,699868-2,00.html "Stop the medieval cruelty in Iran, Stop the human rights abuses in Iran." Take part in Facebook at http://www.causes.com/causes/111694 by jaskaw @ 10.06.2010 - 20:03:04

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Christian right group tries to kill Comedy Central show about Jesus
Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/147148/christian_right_group_tries_to_kill_comedy_central_show_about_jesus

June 11, 2010 | "A new organization has been formed by the US religious right to attack a program that hasn't yet reached pilot stage. JC, a Comedy Central cartoon about Jesus trying to live a normal life in New York, does not have a completed script, but Citizens Against Religious Bigotry (Carb) are calling on advertisers to force the channel to abort it. Carb, starchier than your average lobbyists, are particularly exercised by the contrast with the way Comedy Central backed down on airing scenes involving Muhammad in South Park, fearing violence. "Does that indicate that Christians then are punished because they aren't crazy?" asked the talk show host and Carb Michael Medved." Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/147148/christian_right_group_tries_to_kill_comedy_central_show_about_jesus by jaskaw @ 11.06.2010 - 11:22:24 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/11/christian-right-group-tries-to-kill-comedy-central-show-about-jesus-8781296/

Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?
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--"Much to my surprise, the Islamic scriptures in the Quran were actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible," Jenkins says. Philip Jenkins is a professor at Penn State University and author of two books dealing with the issue: the recently published Jesus Wars, and Dark Passages , which has not been published but is already drawing controversy. -There is a specific kind of warfare laid down in the Bible which we can only call genocide." It is called herem, and it means total annihilation. Consider the Book of 1 Samuel, when God instructs King Saul to attack the Amalekites: "And utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them," God says through the prophet Samuel. "But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey." When Saul failed to do that, God took away his kingdom. "In other words," Jenkins says, "Saul has committed a dreadful sin by failing to complete genocide. And that passage echoes through Christian history. It is often used, for example, in American stories of the confrontation with Indians ō not just is it legitimate to kill Indians, but you are violating God's law if you do not." Read more at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124494788 by jaskaw @ 11.06.2010 - 16:25:27 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/11/is-the-bible-more-violent-than-the-quran-8783325/

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German study shows: "Muslim boys more violent if pious"
Read more at: http://www.secularism.org.uk/muslim-boys-more-violent-if-piou.html

"A new German study shows that boys growing up in pious Muslim families are more likely to be violent. The study, which involved intensive questioning of 45,000 teenagers from 61 towns and regions across the country, was conducted by Christian Pfeiffer of the criminal research institute of Lower Saxony. --The results showed that Muslim boys from immigrant families were more than twice as likely to agree with macho statements than boys from Christian immigrant families. The rate was highest among those considered as very religious, Pfeiffer said. They were also more likely to be using violent computer games and have criminal friends. Added to that, the more religious Muslim boys felt the least integrated into German society, with only 14.5 percent of the very religious Turkish boys (the largest group of Muslims in the study) saying they felt German, although 88.5 percent had been born there. Pfeiffer said he thought the responsibility for the macho culture lay with Imams in Germany, who he said usually come from abroad and often cannot speak German or have much understanding of the culture. We have to prevent attempts at integration from being destroyed by Imams who preach Turkish provincial stories and a reactionary male image, said Pfeiffer. He concluded that Germans should reconsider how they treat Muslims, noting that there had been a damaging loss of trust since the September 11 attacks in 2001." Read more at: http://www.secularism.org.uk/muslim-boys-more-violent-if-piou.html by jaskaw @ 11.06.2010 - 16:47:27 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/11/german-study-shows-muslim-boys-more-violent-if-pious-8783461/

Iran will use 1,5 billion to dollars promote moral conduct"
Read more at: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/590249-iran-to-intensify-curbs-on-clothing-citing-islamic-values

"Iran has set aside $1.5 billion to promote moral conduct, including enforcement of its dress code for women, to solve the cultural and social ills in society, Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said on May 10. His comments followed the introduction of a code of conduct at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences that bans loud laughter, nail polish, high heels and immodest clothing for women and men." Read more at: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/590249-iran-to-intensify-curbs-on-clothing-citing-islamic-values by jaskaw @ 12.06.2010 - 02:00:45 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/12/iran-will-use-1-5-billion-to-dollars-promote-moral-conduct-8785960/

Why Evolution is True: Interview with Jerry Coyne
Jerry Allen Coyne (born 1949) is an American professor of biology, known for his commentary on the intelligent design debate. He is currently a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. His concentration is speciation and ecological and evolutionary genetics, particularly as they involve Drosophila. Coyne was valedictorian of his class (1971) at the College of William & Mary and received a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University, an NIH postdoc in genetics at UC Davis, and a 1989 Guggenheim fellowship. At Harvard, Coyne studied under Richard Lewontin, who sponsored his doctoral degree. He has served as Vice President of the Society for the Study of Evolution (1996) and as Associate Editor of Evolution (1985-1988; 1994-2000) and The American Naturalist (1990-1993). He currently teaches evolutionary biology, speciation, genetic analysis, social issues and scientific knowledge, and scientific speaking and writing. His work is widely published, not only in scientific journals, but also in such mainstream venues as The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and The New Republic. His research interests include population and evolutionary genetics, speciation, ecological and quantitative genetics, chromosome evolution, and sperm competition. Coyne is a critic of creationism including intelligent design, which he calls "the latest pseudoscientific incarnation of religious creationism, cleverly crafted by a new group of enthusiasts to circumvent recent legal restrictions."

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Vogon Poet [Visitor] 12.06.2010 @ 18:16 How come there are legions of super-intelligent, well educated and literate guys like Coyne in the US, but all legislative bodies are populated by a.holes?

Not Knocking on Heaven s Door: Black Atheists, Urban America
Read more at: http://www.laprogressive.com/progressive-issues/black-atheists/

--Since 2006, the L.A.-based street philosopher Jeffrey P Funk Mitchell has been documenting his conversations with everyday folk on questions of atheism and faith. Using the handle Atheist Walking, Mitchell also conducts free-ranging inquiries into Christianity s contradictions with a rolling video camera and a satirically raised eyebrow. Adopting the role of the bemused urban flaneur, ala the commentator- pedestrian immortalized by French poet Charles Baudelaire, he delves into atheist spirituality, biblical literalism and the paradoxes of faith. Mitchell is a member of the L.A.-based Black Skeptics, a group that was formed earlier this year to provide an outlet and platform for secular humanist African Americans. The Skeptics are part of a small but growing segment of African Americans who are searching for humanist alternatives to organized religion. In May, the Washington DC Center for Inquiry s first annual African Americans for Humanism conference drew over fifty participants. Chat groups and websites like the Black Atheists of America have sprung up to accommodate the longing for community amongst non-theist African Americans who feel marginalized in a sea of black hyper-religiosity. Organizations such as the Institute for Humanist Studies cultivate African American secularist scholarship and advocacy. --Read more at: http://www.laprogressive.com/progressive-issues/black-atheists/ by jaskaw @ 12.06.2010 - 23:32:49 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/12/not-knocking-on-heaven-s-door-black-atheists-urban-america-8790549/

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "Islam is not a race but a set of beliefs" (video)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Danish Television 3th of May 2010 Ayaan Hirsi Ali; Dutch intellectual, feminist activist, writer, and politician. She is the estranged daughter of the Somali scholar, politician, and revolutionary opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse. She is a prominent critic of Islam, and her screenplay for Theo Van Gogh's movie Submission led to death threats.

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Tony Harris [Visitor] 13.06.2010 @ 05:28 Thank you so very much! What has been discussed there is very important! And I love the concision of the statement "Islam is not a race, it is a set of beliefs. To observe that that set of beliefs is hostile to democracy -- hostile to freedom -- is not an opinion, it's a fact." Jeanne OC [Visitor] 13.06.2010 @ 15:49 From what I've heard here, and what I've read that she's written, Ayaan Hirsi Ali seems to be saying that there is only one Muslim belief system. I am no expert but I wonder how true that is. There are plenty of Jewish and Christian groups, and many of them do not adhere strictly to what their Bible says - which is a good thing, because the Bible says lots of things that we cannot condone in a liberal democracy. There are plenty of Jews and Christians who take the idea of God with a grain of salt. This is the problem I have with Hirsi Ali. She seems to want people to give up Islam altogether, as if there were only one Islam - but based on what I've heard and on the few Muslims I've known, I suspect there are many different interpretations of the Muslim belief system. By analogy: among Catholics, there is a broad range of beliefs. Many - perhaps most - Catholics do not simply take what the Pope says and incorporate it into their lives. Hirsi Ali implies that Muslims accept whatever Saudi Arabia says as the one and only way to live, and I wonder if that is true world-wide. It may well be true of her own culture, and her own brand of Islam. But I've encountered Muslims who do not hate all Jews - to my surprise, quite frankly, since I am a (secular) Jew. And I've encountered Christians who think I personally killed Jesus and should be executed. I liked what Hirsi Ali said about looking at individuals, rather than at groups. But my impression is that she herself is looking at Islam as one large group, rather than as a set of smaller groups which in turn are made up of individuals. I worry that she is encouraging the sort of anti-brown-skin hatred that is rampant in the U.S. Vogon Poet [Visitor] 13.06.2010 @ 18:07 Jeanne is advocating infinite flexibility: believe whatever you like & call yourself whatever you like. Mix & match to maximize self-fulfillment. Don't worry: you could not possibly have killed Jesus since he never existed and a nice brown skin is what all of us blacks & whites want.

St. Petersburg Times exposes the cruel policies of Scientology
Read more at: http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/project/#story_anchor

BY JOE CHILDS and THOMAS C. TOBIN, Times Staff Writers Scientology leader David Miscavige is the focus of this special report from the St. Petersburg Times. Former executives of the Church of Scientology, including two of the former top lieutenants to Miscavige, have come forward to describe a culture of intimidation and violence under David Miscavige. These former Scientology leaders served for years with Miscavige. --http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1101759.ece A St. Petersburg Times investigation found their experiences were not unique. More than a dozen women said the culture in the Sea Org pushed them or women they knew to have abortions, in many cases, abortions they did not want. Some said colleagues and supervisors pressured them to abort their pregnancies and remain productive workers without the distraction of raising children. Terminating a pregnancy and staying on the job affirmed one's commitment to the all-important work of saving the planet. ---Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard created the Sea Org in 1967 while running his church aboard ships, hence the maritime ranks and uniforms. Members sign billion-year contracts, symbolizing a commitment to serve in this life and coming ones. ---Church management canceled Family Day in 1987 and Family Time two years later. A 1991 policy change said pregnant couples would be transferred not just to any community church but to one that was

"nonexpanding, small, distant.'' Today's ban on children in the Sea Org, issued in 1996, makes no mention of abortion. It says members wanting children must leave. Read more at: http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/project/#story_anchor by jaskaw @ 13.06.2010 - 20:42:47 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/13/st-petersburg-times-exposes-the-cruel-policies-of-scientolgy-8795313/

Teacher fired for having premarital sex three weeks before wedding in Florida
Read more at: http://womensrights.change.org/blog/view/teacher_fired_for_having_premarital_sex

"Newlywed Jarretta Hamilton, an elementary school teacher in her late 30s at Southland Christian School in Florida, went to her supervisors last year to be congratulated on her pregnancy and request maternity leave. But things took an unexpected turn when administrators asked just when, exactly, did she conceive? Refusing to bear false witnesses, Hamilton admitted to the prying busybodies that she had become pregnant three weeks before her wedding day. In response, Hamilton was fired for engaging in "fornication." Conveniently, this also meant that the school was off the hook for paying maternity leave. Then, in an added insult and violation of Hamilton's privacy, her premarital conception was made public to others in the school and parents." Read more at: http://womensrights.change.org/blog/view/teacher_fired_for_having_premarital_sex by jaskaw @ 14.06.2010 - 20:45:38

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Over 70 women barred from boarding airplanes because of 'improper dress' in Iran

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TEHRAN - Seventy-one Iranian women "improperly" dressed were prevented from boarding flights in recent months, an airport official said on Monday, as a police crackdown on the behaviour of young people intensified. Iranian airports security chief Nabiollah Heidari told ILNA news agency that "in the first 82 days of the current Iranian year (which began on March 21), 71 women were barred from boarding flights because they were improperly dressed." "Their cases have been forwarded to the judiciary," he added. --Heidari also said that warnings were issued to 87,714 women during these 82 days for not covering their hair properly, while 3,506 such women gave "commitments" that they would follow the Islamic dress code."

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Vogon Poet [Visitor] 15.06.2010 @ 13:02 Would it not be simpler and more effective to apply Sharia law and stone all these women to death? That would also help to reduce the earthquake risk.

New financial scandals hit the German Catholic Church hard
Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,700513,00.html

"The Catholic Church in Germany, already struggling to cope with the sex abuse scandal, has been hit by revelations of theft, opaque accounting and extravagance. While the grassroots faithful are being forced to make cutbacks, some bishops enjoy the trappings of the church's considerable hidden wealth. --More than ‫ 04أ‬million have gone missing in the Diocese of Magdeburg in eastern Germany, ‫ 5أ‬million have disappeared in Limburg near Frankfurt, and it was recently discovered that a senior priest in the Diocese of Münster had 30 secret bank accounts. And while parishes throughout Germany are cutting jobs and funds for community work, many bishops are still living on the high horse. A brand-new residence? An ostentatious home for their retirement? Restoration of a Marian column to the tune of ‫"?000,021أ‬ Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,700513,00.html by jaskaw @ 15.06.2010 - 02:01:28 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/15/new-financial-scandals-hit-the-german-catholic-church-hard-8806304/

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FedupwithR [Member] 15.06.2010 @ 20:32 Disgusting isn't it. You see how power corrupts. It's high time that governments stopped funding all these different belief systems. What does a bishop, who already gets free housing and probably an expense account, need 11,000 Euros a month for?

A Christian construction worker on a solo mission to kill Osama bin Laden with a 40-inch knife and pistol is held in Pakistan
Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100615/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_bin_laden_hunter

ISLAMABAD An American man armed with a pistol and a 40-inch sword was detained in northern Pakistan as he tried to cross the border into Afghanistan on a mission to avenge the 9-11 attacks and kill Osama bin Laden, police said Tuesday. Police said Gary Brooks Faulkner, a 51-year-old construction worker, was also carrying Christian literature and a small amount of hashish. Faulkner's sister, interviewed in Colorado, said her brother has polycystic kidney disease that has left him with only 9 percent kidney function and needs dialysis. --She said her brother is "very religious" but declined to elaborate. --Faulkner allegedly told police he visited Pakistan seven times, and this was his third trip to Chitra." Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100615/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_bin_laden_hunter by jaskaw @ 15.06.2010 - 20:14:58

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Mass demonstration against the Sharia Law in London
Read more at: http://maryamnamazie.blogspot.com/2010/06/hundreds-will-be-demonstrating-in.html

"Hundreds will be demonstrating in London against Sharia and religious laws and in support of secularism and universal rights on Sunday 20 June 2010. The rally organised by the One Law for All Campaign will be held from 1400-1600 hours at Richmond Terrace junction with Whitehall opposite Downing Street (SW1A 2). (Please note venue change from Trafalgar Square made by police; closest underground: Westminster.) On the day, the Campaign will make public its new report entitled: Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights. In the report One Law for All outlines what Sharia law is, how it is practised in Britain and exposes the way in which Sharia Councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals are circumventing British law and human rights legislation. The report also reveals the gross injustices to women and children in particular and reiterates the need to end Sharia and all religious courts on the basis that they work against, and not for, equality and human rights. After the One Law for All rally, there will be a march organised by Iran Solidarity from 1600-1700 hours." Read more at: http://maryamnamazie.blogspot.com/2010/06/hundreds-will-be-demonstrating-in.html http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=53208757633 http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/ by jaskaw @ 15.06.2010 - 20:56:19 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/15/mass-demonstration-against-the-sharia-law-in-london-8811562/

Blast from the past: James Randi exposes Uri Geller and Peter Popoff
"James Randi is a leader in the skeptical community who has been debunking paranormal and supernatural claims for most of his life. A magician himself James Randi is excellent at exposing the frauds that make up the paranormal and psychic communities. He offers a one million prize to anyone who can prove a paranormal claim scientifically and to this day nobody has won the money. Sylvia Browne has been ducking him for quite some time." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uri_Geller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Popoff Video by RationalResponse: http://www.rationalresponders.com/james_randi_debunking_the_paranormal

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Let's make it a religion ! (video)
The maker of this video "ZOMGitsCriss" writes in June 15, 2010: "Second Chapter of my audio-book "The Unreasonable God" : http://tinyurl.com/35pb4so If you would like to support it with paypal donations : http://tinyurl.com/ZOMGitsCriss-paypal You can listen to the rest of it here : http://soundcloud.com/zomgitscriss Let's make Atheism a religion cos I wanna be a cult leader and such, fo' real ! Btw ...it's my birthday and I dance if I want to ;)" ZOMGitsCriss in YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ZOMGitsCriss

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Iraqi Kurds pressed to finally ban the female genital mutilation
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10327619.stm

"Human Rights Watch has called on authorities in the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan to ban the practice of female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation (FGM). A report issued by the group on Wednesday said the practice was widespread in Iraqi Kurdistan, and was having a harmful effect on the physical and emotional health of many women. It called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to enact legislation to ban the practice on young girls or unconsenting adult women. --One survey carried out early last year by the KRG's Human Rights Ministry suggested that 40% of girls and young women had undergone the procedure in the Chamchamal area, between Kirkuk and Sulaimaniya." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10327619.stm by jaskaw @ 16.06.2010 - 19:09:02 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/16/iraqi-kurds-pressed-to-finally-ban-the-female-genital-mutilation-8816959/

Everybody bake a Jesus day on 3th of July
Take part in the event at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=125206850848936&ref=mf

"Saturday the third of July is Everybody Bake Jesus Day! The purpose of this event is to celebrate freedom of speech and expression, in light of a recent incident involving an assault on our fundamental right to a well-cooked Jesus. Javier Krahe, a musician from Spain, has been charged with blasphemy in the Mediterranean country, simply because of a benign and victimless act of self-indulgence committed over 3 decades ago. Krahe made a satirical home video in 1978, in which he oven-baked a properly seasoned statue of Jesus that he pulled off a crucifix. A few frames from this 54 second video clip were shown on Spanish TV more recently and the Catholic church went all batshit crazy over it. Now, Krahe could end up paying a fine of up to 192,000 euros. Support free speech by baking Jesus in your favorite cake, cookie, pie, pastry, whatever. Have a barbecue and bake Jesus shaped pork ribs. If you're vegan, bake a tofu Jesus. Maybe you'd like to get together with your friend Jesus from next door and do some 'baking' together. If you cannot actually bake anything for want of hardware or cooking skills, do something else creative. Make a video or design a graphic. Whichever way you choose to participate, join the rest of us on Saturday the third of July, and share your ideas by posting them on facebook!" Take part in the event at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=125206850848936&ref=mf

More info: http://rinzewind.org/archives/2010/05/21/spanish-songwriter-javier-krahe-taken-to-court-for-offending-religious-feelin by jaskaw @ 17.06.2010 - 02:07:14 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/17/everybody-bake-a-jesus-day-on-3th-of-july-8819231/

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Ultra-Orthodox Jew: 'I don't want my daughter to be educated with a girl who has a TV at home'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10338900.stm

"Thousands of Israeli police have been deployed in Jerusalem ahead of planned protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews who are angry about a school segregation row. Some 80 Ashkenazi parents face jail for defying a court ruling that forces them to send their daughters to school with Sephardi girls of Middle East origin. The Ashkenazi parents, who are of European descent, want segregated classrooms because they say Sephardi families are not religious enough. ---"There is a set of rules (in the ultra-Orthodox community). We don't want televisions in the home, there are rules of modesty, we are against the internet," Mr Litzman was quoted as saying by AFP news agency. "I don't want my daughter to be educated with a girl who has a TV at home." by jaskaw @ 17.06.2010 - 16:20:44

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Vogon Poet [Visitor] 17.06.2010 @ 18:24 This is great. Normally we spend all our time laughing at the stupidity & intolerance of Islam & Christianity, but now we see how bad it can be in Judaism. Two issues always intrigued me about the Jews: 1. If they were one of the dominant tribes in the Middle East 3-4000 years ago & invented monotheism, why is there only about 15 million of them now, whereas there are hundreds of millions of followers for each of the 2 later concoctions of their theist idea? 2. Given that there are so few of them, why have they made such an extraordinary contribution to science and to other intellectual fields? | Show subcomments FedupwithR [Member] 17.06.2010 @ 21:08 Those who have made a contribution to science were/are certainly not religious fundamentalists who,like their Islamic equivalents, contribute only more of themselves. According to Wiki, Jewish population is 12-18 million. 2000 years of Pogroms may have kept their numbers low. Like the Chinese, they have a great respect for learning which must help but my guess is that they also benefit, as do the Chinese, from much more family support than is found among Christian families.

FedupwithR [Member] 17.06.2010 @ 21:14 Yes, religious people are funny. It's nice to know though that Sephardi girls do watch TV.

"Personal freedom? An alien concept in Egyptian society"
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/jun/17/egypt-personal-freedom

By Baher Ibrahim The subordination of individual liberties to 'the common good' has turned Egypt into a nation of scolds and hypocrites. --Thinking outside the box is strictly forbidden. A notable example is Kareem Amer, a former student at al-Azhar University in Cairo who declared his atheism and criticised Islam on his blog, and is serving a four-year jail sentence as punishment. His actions were harmless, but he received nothing but condemnation from society. Even his parents publicly disowned him. A friend of mine, upon hearing about Kareem's case, said: "He totally deserves it. If he wants to be an unbeliever, fine, but he should keep it to himself. Anyone with divergent opinions should keep them to himself, lest he hurt the common good. The most detrimental consequence of this suppression of freedom of thought is an inevitable loss of creativity and diversity. If all people are expected to follow the same actions and thoughts and condemnation awaits any deviant, there's no point in saying or doing something different." --"Interestingly, Egyptians are quick to flash the "personal freedom" card when it comes to the right of women in France and Belgium to wear the niqab. The west is accused of having two sets of rules, as they allow scantily clad women to roam freely while targeting those who want to guard their modesty. But when it comes to the right of women to take off their hijab or young people to love each other as they please, it's no longer personal freedom, but a violation of our customs and traditions. Those who claim that personal freedom exists actually mean that it only exists within the limits set by society." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/jun/17/egypt-personal-freedom "Egyptian blogger jailed for insulting Islam" http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/feb/22/egypt.blogging by jaskaw @ 17.06.2010 - 23:51:30 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/17/personal-freedom-an-alien-concept-in-egyptian-society-8824783/

A Baptist church buys access to a school in Florida; the price for the souls: just 5000 dollars!
Read more at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704875604575280422614633564.html

By JENNIFER LEVITZ and STEPHANIE SIMON "LAKELAND, Fla.ōWhen his budget for pencils, paper, and other essential supplies was cut by a third this school year, the principal of Combee Elementary School worried children would suffer. Then, a local church stepped in and "adopted" the school. The First Baptist Church at the Mall stocked a resource room with $5,000 worth of supplies. It now caters spaghetti dinners at evening school events, buys sneakers for poor students, and sends in math and English tutors. The principal is delighted. So are church pastors. "We have inroads into public schools that we had not had before," says Pastor Dave McClamma. "By befriending the students, we have the opportunity to visit homes to talk to parents about Jesus Christ."

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Nobel winner who slammed Bible as 'handbook of bad morals'dies
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10352251.stm

"Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998, has died at the age of 87, his publisher has announced. Saramago, a communist and atheist, only began to become recognised for his work in his fifties." Atheist News told a year ago how he denounced the Bible as a "handbook of bad morals". "Speaking at the launch of his last book "Cain", Jose Saramago, who won the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, said society would probably be better off without the Bible. The book is an ironic retelling of the Biblical story of Cain, Adam and Eve's son who killed his younger brother Abel." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10352251.stm http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2009/10/20/nobel-winner-slams-bible-as-handbook-of-bad-morals-7205818/ by jaskaw @ 19.06.2010 - 00:46:44 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/18/nobel-winner-who-slammed-bible-as-handbook-of-bad-morals-dies-8830033/

Police: Family killed dad for watching World Cup instead of gospel show in South Africa
Read more at: http://www.komonews.com/news/national/96615384.html

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Police say a South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup match instead of a religious program was beaten to death by his family in the northeastern part of the country. David Makoeya, a 61-year-old man from the small village of Makweya, Limpopo province, fought with his wife and two children for the remote control on Sunday because he wanted to watch Germany play Australia in the World Cup. The others, however, wanted to watch a gospel show. "He said, 'No, I want to watch soccer,"' police spokesman Mothemane Malefo said Thursday. "That is when the argument came about. "In that argument, they started assaulting him." Read more at: http://www.komonews.com/news/national/96615384.html by jaskaw @ 20.06.2010 - 18:01:43

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BTA [Visitor] 20.06.2010 @ 18:15 I love it, I love it. This demonstrates superbly why homo sapiens must be creations of god... | Show subcomments FedupwithR [Member] 20.06.2010 @ 19:57 and made in his image. This is what comes of teaching religion instead of science.

"Meet three men who believe the Second Coming has already occurred"
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/inside/4916/Overview#tab-Overview

"Meet three men who believe the Second Coming has already occurred and that they walk the Earth as the Messiah. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the founder of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the Philippines, claims to have built a worldwide following of six million. Sergei Torop, a former Russian traffic policeman, is believed by thousands to be the literal reincarnation of Jesus of Nazareth. Then, David Shayler, a former British MI5 agent and whistle-blower, claims to be the Jesus soul incarnated as man." Read more: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/inside/4916/Overview#tab-Overview#ixzz0rQk59Li0 by jaskaw @ 20.06.2010 - 23:19:40

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Louisiana lawmakers propose prayer to stop oil disaster
Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/06/20/gulf.oil.spill/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn

"While cleanup crews and technical teams continue efforts to stop crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana lawmakers are proposing a different approach: prayer. State senators designated Sunday as a day for citizens to ask for God's help dealing with the oil disaster. "Thus far efforts made by mortals to try to solve the crisis have been to no avail," state Sen. Robert Adley said in a statement released after last week's unanimous vote for the day of prayer. "It is clearly time for a miracle for us." The resolution names Sunday as a statewide day of prayer in Louisiana and calls on people of all religions throughout the Gulf Coast "to pray for an end to this environmental emergency, sparing us all from the destruction of both culture and livelihood." Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/06/20/gulf.oil.spill/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill by jaskaw @ 20.06.2010 - 23:33:05 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/20/read-more-at-http-edition-cnn-com-2010-us-8838240/

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Introduction to Naturalism (video)
Nirmuktavideos says "Most people, including many freethinkers, are unaware that notions such as atheism, agnosticism, skepticism and freethought all rely on a set of rules that are described by a particular system of philosophy. This philosophy, known as Naturalism, also describes the underlying logical framework for science itself. The naturalistic worldview comprises the foundation for the beliefs of one whole faction of the fundamental divide between people on the nature of reality. There are those who don't believe in the supernatural, and those who do. The key point of difference between naturalists and non-naturalists is the subject of causation (interaction). Naturalists generally ascribe a causal reality to phenomena that are part of the natural world. This causal reality extends to ourselves, with sometimes startling and unintuitive consequences. However, many people who are atheists and freethinkers have not completely accepted the implications of naturalism on certain deeply ingrained culturally-reinforced beliefs such as free-will and consciousness." http://nirmukta.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalism_%28philosophy%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanistic_naturalism

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Dance Your Ph.D" comes again!
From: http://promo.aaas.org/dance/2010/Dance_Your_PhD_press_release.html

"Who said scientists can t dance? The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is proud to announce the third annual Dance Your Ph.D. interpretative dance video contest. The contest, which is open to anyone with a Ph.D. or pursuing a Ph.D. in a science-related field, asks scientists to transform their research into an interpretive dance. Winners of each of the four categories (physics, chemistry, biology, and social sciences) will receive $500, then compete head-to-head for an additional $500 grand prize for best overall dance. Submissions are due by September 1, 2010. All winning dances will be screened at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York City in mid-October, where the best overall dance will be determined by a panel of judges and the audience. A more detailed description of the rules and how to enter can be found at http://gonzolabs.org/dance/. The Dance Your Ph.D. contest is the brainchild of John Bohannon, blogger at Gonzo Labs and contributing writer for Science magazine. Bohannon believes the contest is a fun and unusual way to engage the public with extremely complex and technical science concepts. Usually when scientists try to explain their research, it's a jargon-filled mess. Strange as it may seem, watching a scientist DANCE their research can make it easier to understand. And sometimes it's even beautiful. Or at least hilarious, he said. The first contest, held in 2008, attracted 12 submissions. In 2009, it received more than 100. Last year s winning dances can be viewed at http://gonzolabs.org/dance/2009/contestants/. Entries for the 2010 contest will be posted at http://gonzolabs.org/dance/videos/. Please contact John Bohannon at gonzo@aaas.org with questions or for more information." From: http://promo.aaas.org/dance/2010/Dance_Your_PhD_press_release.html by jaskaw @ 22.06.2010 - 02:02:57 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/22/dance-your-ph-d-comes-again-8843039/

President Nixon s Secret Psychic Adviser Revealed
Read more at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7276868/print/1/displaymode/1098

After his secretary conveyed psychic Jeane Dixon s prophecies about terrorism, President Nixon ordered Henry Kissinger and others to prepare for attacks By Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball Newsweek "Assigned to research the history of U.S. counterterrorism policy, a September 11 Commission researcher last year stumbled upon a bizarre discovery: in the aftermath of the Munich Olympic massacre in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon was briefed on terror plots that had been divined by professional psychic Jeane Dixon. The relationship between Nixon and Dixon, whose followers believed had prophesied the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has been almost entirely overlooked by historians. But Dixon s supply of psychic intelligence to Nixon is fully documented on little-noticed White House tapes. They show that the president s loyal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, gave the president detailed briefings on offbeat national-security forecasts from a woman that Nixon called the soothsayer. --But Dixon also made many other predictions that were wildly off the mark. She predicted, for example, that World War III would erupt in 1958 over the offshore Chinese islands of Quemoy and Matsu. She predicted that the Soviets would beat the United States to the moon. She predicted that cancer would be cured by 1967. In perhaps her strangest prophecy, she predicted that a baby descended from the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti would be born in the Middle East in 1962 and grow up to usher in an era of world peaceōuntil he turned out to be the Anti-Christ. Her forecasts grew so unreliable that one of her most prominent clients, astrology buff Nancy Reagan, concluded that Dixon had lost her powers and shifted to a rival astrologer, Joan Quigley, who provided advice while she and her husband were in the White House."

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Pakistani lawyer petitions for death sentence for Mark Zuckerberg bacause of the 'Draw Muhammad' contest
Read more at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/17/zuckerberg_faces_criminal_investigation_in_pakistan/

By Cade Metz in San Francisco "Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being investigated by Pakistani police under a section of the penal code that makes blasphemy against Muhammad punishable by death. BBC Urdu reports ō according to a Google Translation ō that Pakistan's Deputy Attorney General has launched a criminal investigation against Zuckerberg and others in response to Facebook hosting a "Draw Muhammad" contest on its site late last month. On May 19, Pakistani authorities blocked access to Facebook over the contest, and this ban was lifted on May 31 after Facebook removed the page in Pakistan and other countries. --Last month, according to English-language Pakistani newspaper The News International, a Pakistani High Court judge summoned the police after lawyer Muhammad Azhar Siddique filed an application for a First Information Report (FIR), claiming that the owners of Facebook had committed a heinous and serious crime under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code. In essence, an FIR launches a criminal investigation. But no charges have been filed. According to the paper, Section 295-C of the penal code reads: "Use of derogatory remark etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet, whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable for fine." So, peace be unto Muhammad. But not unto Mark Zuckerberg."

Read more at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/17/zuckerberg_faces_criminal_investigation_in_pakistan/

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Germany to Launch Exit Program for Militant Islamists
Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,702103,00.html#ref=nlint

"Germany has been offering programs for people who want to leave the neo-Nazi scene for years. Now, in a bid to combat the threat of Islamist terrorism, authorities are setting up a telephone hotline for those keen to give up jihad. Could it be that Islamists just need a helping hand to turn their back on extremism? That, at least, is what Germany is hoping -- and has set up a new program to facilitate the process. Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, will launch the so-called exit program at the end of June, agency chief Heinz Fromm announced Monday, speaking at the presentation of the service's annual report for 2009 in Berlin. The agency is to set up a telephone hotline that militant Islamists can call if they want to leave radical Islamist groups. Multilingual specialists will be available to give potential quitters advice in Turkish or Arabic, as well as German, Fromm said, without giving further details of the program." Read more at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,702103,00.html#ref=nlint by jaskaw @ 23.06.2010 - 00:01:58 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/22/germany-to-launch-exit-program-for-militant-islamists-8848566/

Hitchens Warns of American-Born Jihad
Watch the video of the discussion at: http://www.asylum.com/2010/06/22/christopher-hitchens-hitch-22-drinks-with-writers/ "Author," "journalist," "contrarian," "Antichrist" -- whatever you call Christopher Hitchens, he's one of the most influential public intellectuals of our time. His books, from "God Is Not Great" to "The Trial of Henry Kissinger," as well as his regular columns in Vanity Fair, have garnered much praise and derision, making Hitchens a fixture on the lecture and cable news circuits. Hitchens' latest effort is the memoir "Hitch 22," which recounts his six decades of life. Before embarking on the tour to support the the book, Asylum invited Hitch out for a drink. (After all, his affection for the sauce is well known.) He accepted our invitation and is the subject of our latest installment of "Drinks With Writers" ... Watch the video of the discussion at: http://www.asylum.com/2010/06/22/christopher-hitchens-hitch-22-drinks-with-writers/

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New report: Sharia law in Britain is a threat to the equal rights
Read more at: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/new-report-sharia-law-in-britain-a-threat-to-one-law-for-all-and-equal-rights/

A new report by One Law for All has found Sharia Councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals to be in violation of UK law, public policy and human rights. The report is being launched to coincide with a 20 June 2010 rally on the issue of Sharia law. Based on an 8 March 2010 Seminar on Sharia Law, research, interviews, and One Law for All case files, the report has identified a number of problem areas: - Sharia law s civil code is arbitrary and discriminatory against women and children in particular. With the rise in the acceptance of Sharia courts, discrimination is being further institutionalised with some UK law firms additionally offering clients advice on Sharia law and the use of collaborative law. - Sharia law is practiced in Britain primarily by Sharia Councils and Muslims Arbitration Tribunals. Both operate on religious principles and are harmful to women although Muslim Arbitration Tribunals are wrongly regarded as being of more concern because they operate as tribunals under the Arbitration Act 1996, making their rulings binding in law. - Sharia Councils, on the other hand, claim to mediate on family issues but in practice often this differs little from arbitration: they frequently ask those appearing before them to sign an agreement to abide by their decisions; they call themselves courts, and the presiding imams, judges. Their decisions are then imposed and regarded as having the weight of legal judgements. - There is neither control over the appointment of judges in Sharia Councils or Tribunals nor an independent mechanism for monitoring them. Clients often do not have access to legal advice and representation. The proceedings are not recorded, nor are there any searchable legal judgements, nor any real right of appeal. - Sharia law cannot be compared to secular legal systems because it is considered sacred law that cannot be challenged. There is no scope to look at the interests of the individuals involved, as required by UK family law. - These legal processes ignore both common law and due process, far less Human Rights, and provide little protection and safety for women in violent situations. - There is a general assumption that those who attend Sharia courts do so voluntarily and that unfair decisions can be challenged in a British court. Many of the principles of Sharia law are contrary to British law and public policy, and would in theory therefore be unlikely to be upheld in a British court. In reality, however, women are often pressured by their families into going to these courts and adhering to unfair decisions, and may lack knowledge of English and their rights under British law. Moreover, refusal to settle a dispute in a Sharia court can give rise to threats and intimidation, or at best being ostracised. ---

Read more at: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/new-report-sharia-law-in-britain-a-threat-to-one-law-for-all-and-equal-rights/ Read the whole report here: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/New-Report-Sharia-Law-in-Britain.pdf by jaskaw @ 24.06.2010 - 11:25:19 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/24/new-report-sharia-law-in-britain-is-a-threat-to-the-equal-rights-8855513/

Atheism-o-phobia - Does it exist?
The maker of this video, socrates856 writes: "This video discusses the world atheism-o-phobia and shows that it is a very real and prevelant phenomenon, especially in the US. Yet it does not as yet have a recognized category. Papers cited in this video: Edgell, Penny, Joseph Gerteis, and Douglas Hartmann. "Atheists as Other: Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society." American Socio−logical Review 71, Number 2, April 2006. http://www.soc.umn.edu/~hartmann/files/atheist%20as%20the%20other.pdf Phil Zuckerman, Atheism, Secularity, and Well-Being: How the Findings of Social Science Counter Negative Stereotypes and Assumptions Sociology Compass 3/6 (2009): 949--971 http://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/zuckerman/Zuckerman_on_Atheism.pdf http://www.youtube.com/user/socrates856

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Richard Dawkins interested in setting up free-thinking school

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/7849563/Richard-Dawkins-interested-in-setting-up-atheist-free-s

"Richard Dawkins has said he is interested in setting up an atheist free school under the Government s plan to encourage independent education establishments. The author of The God Delusion, who has previously described religious education provided by faith schools as a form of child abuse, said he would want pupils to be taught to be skeptical and to appreciate the value of evidence rather than receive indoctrination about atheism. He also said that his free-thinking school would provide lessons about the gods of ancient Greece and Norse legend, and would treat the Bible as a work of literature rather than a basis for morality. --Under plans disclosed by the Coalition last week, parents, charities and voluntary groups will be able to set up free schools funded by public money but independent from state control. He replied: Thank you for suggesting that I should start an atheist free school. I like the idea very much, although I would prefer to call it a free-thinking free school."

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/7849563/Richard-Dawkins-interested-in-setting-up-atheist-free-s The New Humanist -magazine is having a poll at the issue at: http://blog.newhumanist.org.uk/2010/06/poll-what-do-you-think-of-idea-of.html by jaskaw @ 25.06.2010 - 12:10:26 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/25/richard-dawkins-interested-in-setting-up-free-thinking-school-8862336/

2012: Nibiru, Planet X & Mayan Calender - Science vs Fiction (video)
The creator of this video, FFreeThinker writes: "A Scientific Reality Check: There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there... So here is the scientific reality on the celestial happenings in the year 2012. Please subscribe to Science & Reason: http://www.youtube.com/Best0fScience http://www.youtube.com/ScienceMagazine http://www.youtube.com/FFreeThinker

by jaskaw @ 26.06.2010 - 13:47:12 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/26/2012-nibiru-planet-x-mayan-calender-science-vs-fiction-video-8867322/

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FedupwithR [Member] 26.06.2010 @ 17:38 I hope this get out to the people who have been taken in by this apocalyptic nonsense.

The Giant Plus Sign

by jaskaw @ 26.06.2010 - 16:04:57 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/26/the-giant-plus-sign-8867753/

Pakistan to monitor Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Amazon, MSN, Hotmail and Bing for 'blasphemy'
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10418643.stm

"Pakistan will start monitoring seven major websites, including Google and Yahoo, for content it deems offensive to Muslims. YouTube, Amazon, MSN, Hotmail and Bing will also come under scrutiny, while 17 less well-known sites will be blocked. Officials will monitor the sites and block links deemed inappropriate. In May, Pakistan banned access to Facebook after the social network hosted a "blasphemous" competition to draw the prophet Muhammad. The new action will see Pakistani authorities monitor content published on the seven sites, blocking individual pages if content is judged to be offensive." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10418643.stm by jaskaw @ 26.06.2010 - 19:32:49

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BTA [Visitor] 26.06.2010 @ 22:19 Well they probably have millions of unemployed pious Muslims there to do the job. Just have to teach them to read and write first. PS: these are the guys we are working with & financing to "free" Afghanistan?

Atheism - What We Believe

The maker of this video, Decibel33 writes: "Atheists are not that much different than theists. We believe in much of the same thing!" http://www.youtube.com/user/Decibel33 by jaskaw @ 27.06.2010 - 02:21:18 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/27/atheism-what-we-believe-8869952/

Biblical scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman: 'Bible is not a reliable source' (video)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bart_Ehrman Bart D. Ehrman is an American New Testament scholar, currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ehrman writes about the early Christians, using the term "proto-orthodox" to describe the Christian traditions that would later be defined as orthodox. He describes first- and second-century Christians as not yet having a unified, orthodox tradition. He is the author of a number of books in this area, including Misquoting Jesus (2005), God's Problem (2008), and Jesus, Interrupted (2009). --Ehrman has written widely on issues of New Testament and early Christianity at both an academic and popular level, with over twenty books including three New York Times bestsellers (Misquoting Jesus, God's Problem, and Jesus, Interrupted). Much of his work is on textual criticism and the New Testament. His first book was Didymus the Blind and the Text of the Gospels (1987) followed by several books published by the Oxford University Press, including The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, and a new edition and translation of the The Apostolic Fathers in the Loeb Classical Library series published by Harvard University Press. His most recent book Jesus, Interrupted was published in March 2009 and discusses contradictions in the Bible. In 1999 Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium was released as a study on the historical Jesus. Ehrman argues that the historical Jesus was an apocalyptic preacher, and that his apocalyptic beliefs are recorded in the earliest Christian documents: the Gospel of Mark and the authentic Pauline epistles. The earliest Christians believed Jesus would soon return, and their beliefs are echoed in the earliest Christian writings. Much of Ehrman's writing has concentrated on various aspects of Walter Bauer's thesis that Christianity was always diversified or at odds with itself. Ehrman is often considered a pioneer in connecting the history of the early church to textual variants within biblical manuscripts and in coining such terms as "Proto-orthodox Christianity." Ehrman brought this thesis, and textual criticism in general, through his popular level work Misquoting Jesus. Commentators have been critical of Ehrman's thesis on textual criticism. Daniel B. Wallace, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, wrote, "Unfortunately, as careful a scholar as Ehrman is, his treatment of major theological changes in the text of the New Testament tends to fall under one of two criticisms: Either his textual decisions are wrong, or his interpretation is wrong." Wallace also wrote, "One almost gets the impression that he is encouraging the Chicken Littles in the Christian community to panic at data that they are simply not prepared to wrestle with." Wallace also wrote that "Most of the book (chs. 1 4) is basically a popular introduction to the field, and a very good one at that." Craig Blomberg, a conservative evangelical at Denver Seminary in Colorado, wrote that "Most of Misquoting Jesus is actually a very readable, accurate distillation of many of the most important facts about the nature and history of textual criticism, presented in a lively and interesting narrative that will keep scholarly and lay interest alike."

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BTA [Visitor] 27.06.2010 @ 21:28 How does one become "Distinguished" in the study of nonsense?

'The only safe driving is abstinence from driving'

"The number one killer of young Americans is the automobile. However, the Secular Humanists dominating our schools refuse to acknowledge that the only safe driving is abstinence from driving. Instead, they advocate courses in ``Driver Education,'' in which teenagers are taught ``Safe Driving,'' and no attention is given to traditional values. They are even taught the use of ``Seat Belts'' (and some classes even give explicit demonstrations of the proper method of applying these belts!) with, at best, a passing mention that the protection provided by these belts is only partial. Clearly, this sends a mixed message to our young people: it appears to condone driving, and the more inquisitive will surely feel encouraged to experiment with driving. Stop the wanton slaughter! Contact your school board member and insist that driving be taught in the family, in a climate where the moral implications are not overlooked, not in the schools where hedonistic instructors teach driving as a mere form of pleasure." From: Newsgroups: co.general,boulder.general,nyx.misc From: pgilmart@xxxxxxxx (Paul Gilmartin) Sent by cldavies@xxxxxxxxx. by jaskaw @ 28.06.2010 - 19:52:51 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/28/the-only-safe-driving-is-abstinence-from-driving-8879744/

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JF [Visitor] 28.06.2010 @ 21:41 The only difference is that one doesn't need a license to make love. :-) Michael [Visitor] 29.06.2010 @ 00:45 You don't need a licence to drive, either... Buffy [Visitor] http://www.lavenderliberal.com/ 29.06.2010 @ 00:53 Beautiful!

FedupwithR [Member] 29.06.2010 @ 10:01 Super! Do send a copy to the Pope & Co.

Saudi Feminist Wajeha Al-Huwaider: An Open Letter to President Obama

Read more at: http://www.thenation.com/blog/36758/saudi-feminist-wajeha-al-huwaider-open-letter-president-obama?tr=y&auid=655

Saudi women s rights campaigner Wajeha Al-Huwaider in a letter to President Obama: "For decades, women in Saudi Arabia under the Saudi male guardianship system live like these hapless birds that are keeping you worried days in and days out. Saudi women have been deprived of their rights to be treated as full citizens. That system prevents mature women from living a normal life. It prevents a woman even from receiving medical care, or to travel without getting permission from a male guardianōa guardian who may even be her own 16-year-old son. Saudi women have no right to take any decision regarding their own personal affairs; a man has to do that for them. Birds of the Gulf of Mexico and women in Saudi Arabia suffer similar circumstances; they have been trapped in their own habitat under very harsh circumstances and they need help to gain their lives back. When you meet with King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz, please help his majesty see the effect the Saudi male guardianship system has on Saudi women. Children need guardians; mature women do not."

Read more at: http://www.thenation.com/blog/36758/saudi-feminist-wajeha-al-huwaider-open-letter-president-obama?tr=y&auid=655 by jaskaw @ 29.06.2010 - 00:33:34

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Brisky [Visitor] 29.06.2010 @ 05:50 Exactly. Good on her.

FedupwithR [Member] 29.06.2010 @ 10:04 Will he get to read it? They need to demonstrate massively to get the attention they deserve. Bruce [Visitor] 29.06.2010 @ 14:20 How can they demonstrate: they cannot even leave their own homes without one of their guardians and they are not allowed to drive. I remember a recent case of a woman there who was unfortunate enough to receive a visit from a male cousin when she had no guardian at home. She was flogged.

The new prime minister of Australia: "I am not going to pretend a faith I don't feel"
Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/29/2939879.htm

"Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she has no intention of pretending to believe in God to attract religiously-inclined voters. Former prime minister Kevin Rudd was a regular at Canberra church services and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is known as a devout Catholic. In contrast, Ms Gillard says that while she greatly respects other people's religious views, she does not believe in God. Ms Gillard has been quizzed on personal topics including her attitude to religion and her relationship with her partner during interviews this morning. She says does not go through religious rituals for the sake of appearance. "I am not going to pretend a faith I don't feel," she said. "I am what I am and people will judge that. Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/29/2939879.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Gillard by jaskaw @ 29.06.2010 - 19:39:52

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Pope wants to "re-evangelize" the West
Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100629/ap_on_re_eu/eu_vatican_shakeup

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer "VATICAN CITY Pope Benedict XVI is creating a new Vatican office to fight secularization and "re-evangelize" the West ō a tacit acknowledgment that his attempts to reinvigorate Christianity in Europe haven't succeeded and need a new boost. Benedict announced the new office during a vespers' service Monday, confirming reports in the Italian media of a handful of new Vatican appointments expected to be announced before the pope goes on summer holiday and the Vatican bureaucracy slows down. Benedict said parts of the world are still missionary territory, where the Catholic Church is still relatively unknown. But in other parts of the world like Europe, Christianity has existed for centuries yet "the process of secularization has produced a serious crisis of the sense of the Christian faith and role of the Church." Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100629/ap_on_re_eu/eu_vatican_shakeup by jaskaw @ 30.06.2010 - 15:54:27 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/30/pope-wants-to-re-evangelize-the-west-8891757/

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Bruce [Visitor] 30.06.2010 @ 16:11 Well, he should not have any trouble getting all the pedophiles on board.

Coming out as atheist has not hurt the only atheist in the U.S. Congress
Read more at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/17/BAGFRONAJD6.DTL

"Atheism might be the last political taboo, but it doesn't seem to have hurt Rep. Pete Stark in his East Bay district. In town hall meetings in Newark and San Leandro today, the 35-year congressional veteran received only cheers and applause when a speaker brought up a survey this week that named Stark as the highest-ranking politician in America who was willing to admit he doesn't believe in God. --Stark was struck by the fact that not one of his 534 colleagues in the House or Senate was willing to say he or she was an atheist. "They were looking for the highest-ranking politician who would state his or her (lack of) belief in a Supreme Being,'' Stark said. "Well, I was the first and the second was a former member of the Berkeley school board. That's a pretty big gap.'' Read more at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/17/BAGFRONAJD6.DTL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Stark "Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark, Jr. (born November 11, 1931) is an American politician from the state of California. A Democrat, he has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1973 (37 years), currently representing California's 13th congressional district in southwestern Alameda County. Currently he is the sixth most senior Representative as well as 8th most senior member of Congress. The 13th district includes Alameda, Union City, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro and Fremont, as well as parts of Oakland and Pleasanton. --Stark is the first openly atheist member of Congress, as announced by the Secular Coalition for America. Stark acknowledged his atheism in response to an SCA questionnaire sent to public officials in January 2007. On September 20, 2007, Stark reaffirmed his atheism by making a public announcement in front of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, the Harvard Law School Heathen Society, and various other atheist, agnostic, secular, humanist, and nonreligious groups. Honoring his courage, the American Humanist Association named him their 2008 Humanist of the Year."

by jaskaw @ 30.06.2010 - 17:51:18

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The most unsexy slideshow ever in Vanity Fair: "Sex and the Saudis"
Watch the slideshow at: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/08/saudi-arabia-slide-show-201008#slide=28

"This is one vacation slide show you won t want to miss. For the August issue, Maureen Dowd and her colleague, Ashley Parker, traveled to Saudi Arabia to test the Arab kingdom s newly declared commitment to tourism. Their only mistake? Being born female." Photographs by Ashley Parker Watch the slideshow at: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/08/saudi-arabia-slide-show-201008#slide=28 by jaskaw @ 30.06.2010 - 19:08:39 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/30/the-most-unsexy-slideshow-ever-in-vanity-fair-sex-and-the-saudis-8892566/

"My Spirituality as an Atheist " (video)
The maker of the video, AHughman08 says: "Inspired by a conversation with Theo Warner. Is there any value in spirituality? As an atheist you may expect me to say no; but if I'm being honest, I'd have to consider myself a spiritual person. Of course I'm not talking about some ghostly ethereal soul that lives inside my body. There's no reason to think there's anything like that. I'm talking about the essence of human. There aren't many words in our language that capture what that is. at least for me. And so I use the word spirit, in the same way I use the phrase bless you. For rhetoric's sake. I can only describe it as the action or ability to see beauty. to feel wonder. and to be in awe. Religion and all groups faith of course serve only to prostitute the awe, and the mystery we all feel as humans. they bottle our essence and try putting lid on the wonder we naturally feel. They fail of course. Religion points to the man behind the curtain in an attempt answer the mystery. when in reality, there is no man. the mystery is just that. a mystery. But even though I don't believe in the supernatural, I try to be as honest as I can to myself, about my spirituality." --http://www.youtube.com/user/AHughman08 by jaskaw @ 01.07.2010 - 19:55:39 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/01/my-spirituality-as-an-atheist-video-8897877/

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Dee [Visitor] 01.07.2010 @ 20:26 Wonderful! Captures the essence of everything I, too, believe. Thank you!

Being a god can be expensive; Nepal's "living goddess" gets a pay rise
Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6601PE20100701?rpc=60

(Reuters Life!) "Nepal has increased the monthly stipend it gives its "living goddess" by a quarter, a top official said Thursday, to help the schoolgirl revered by thousands of Hindus and Buddhists beat double-digit inflation. The girl called Kumari is considered holy and is an attraction for the many tourists who visit the Himalayan nation every year. "The government has increased the monthly allowance of Kumari from 6,000 rupees ($80) to 7,500 rupees," said Mod Raj Dotel, the top bureaucrat at the culture ministry which also oversees religious affairs." Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6601PE20100701?rpc=60 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Goddess "Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is the tradition of worshipping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in South Asian countries. Kumari literally means virgin in Sanskrit, Nepali and other Indian languages and is a name of the goddess Durga as a child. In Nepal a Kumari is a prepubescent girl selected from the Shakya clan of the Nepalese Newari community. The Kumari is revered and worshiped by some of the country's Hindus as well as the Nepali Buddhists, though not the Tibetan Buddhists. In India a Kumari is generally chosen for one day and worshipped accordingly on certain festivals like Navaratri or Durga Puja. In the Indian state of Bengal this is a particularly prevalent practice. While there are several Kumaris throughout Nepal, with some cities having several, the best known is the Royal Kumari of Kathmandu, and she lives in the Kumari Ghar, a palace in the center of the city. The selection process for her is especially rigorous. The current Royal Kumari, Matina Shakya, aged four, was installed in October 2008 by the Maoist government that replaced the monarchy. Chanira Bajracharya, as the Kumari of Patan is the second most important living goddess. A Kumari is believed to be the bodily incarnation of the goddess Taleju (the Nepalese name for Durga) until she menstruates, after which it is believed that the goddess vacates her body. Serious illness or a major loss of blood from an injury are also causes for her to revert to common status." by jaskaw @ 01.07.2010 - 21:48:00 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/01/being-a-god-can-be-expensive-nepal-s-living-goddess-gets-a-pay-rise-8898435/

Atheist billboards go up in New Zealand
Read more at: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/atheist-billboards-go-up-in-nz-cities-3622283

"The New Zealand atheist campaign that was crossed off the back of buses a few months ago has been resurrected. Today, the group who want to tell people there is no God have put their message out there on billboards. "We're not trying to convert people; we're not trying to de-convert anyone ... it's an awareness raising campaign," says NZ Atheism campaign spokesman Simon Fisher. The campaign raised more than $20,000 to put their adverts on buses last year but NZ Bus declined their proposal saying they had too many complaints. The campaign is now looking to fight a discrimination case."

Read more at: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/atheist-billboards-go-up-in-nz-cities-3622283 http://www.nogod.org.nz/ by jaskaw @ 02.07.2010 - 11:02:18 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/02/atheist-billboards-go-up-in-new-zealand-8901183/

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FedupwithR [Member] 04.07.2010 @ 12:59 Good news is good news.

Al Qaeda' new English magazine tells how to "make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom."
Read more at: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/10/06/al-qaedas-first-english-language-magazine-is-here/59006/

"As the U.S. struggles to manage its efforts to influence opinion about Al Qaeda abroad, Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula has produced its first English-language propaganda magazine. It's called "Inspire," and you can read parts of it below. A U.S. official said early this morning that the magazine appears to be authentic. --The table of contents teases an interview with the leader of AQAP who promises to "answer various questions pertaining to the jihad in the Arabian Peninsula." It includes a feature about how to "make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom." AQAP's first effort to post the magazine to jihadist websites failed Wednesday, as many of the pages were contaminated with a virus. (I half seriously believe that U.S. cyber warriors might have had a hand in that little surprise.)" Read more at: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/10/06/al-qaedas-first-english-language-magazine-is-here/59006/ by jaskaw @ 02.07.2010 - 11:11:09

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FedupwithR [Member] 04.07.2010 @ 12:55 One can but hope they did!

Atheist Miracle (video)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell_and_Webb "Mitchell and Webb are a British comedy double act, comprising David Mitchell (born 14 July 1974) and Robert Webb (born 29 September 1972). They are best known for starring in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show. They met whilst students at Cambridge University. They have also performed three sketch shows, Bruiser for BBC2, The Mitchell and Webb Situation, on the short-lived Play UK channel, and their own Radio 4 sketch show, That Mitchell and Webb Sound which was later adapted for television on BBC Two as That Mitchell and Webb Look. Mitchell and Webb have written for Armstrong and Miller, and Big Train. They often appear with Olivia Colman, James Bachman, Mark Evans and Paterson Joseph. Mitchell and Webb have also appeared in the short-lived U.K. regional versions of the 'Get a Mac' advertisements for Apple. They currently voice a pair of peas on the Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway sponsorship adverts for Birds Eye. Magicians, a film starring the pair was released on 18 May 2007. In 2008, the duo wrote a pilot script for their first original sitcom; in Playing Shop, the two star as Eric and Jamie, friends who set up a business together after they are made redundant from their old jobs. Hartswood Films recorded the pilot episode on 20 December, with a view to producing a full series for BBC Two.[1] They have also released the book This Mitchell and Webb Book."

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FedupwithR [Member] 04.07.2010 @ 12:53 They really are great fun these two. I'd like to see a lot more of them. Custard Socks [Visitor] http://www.thatmitchellandwebbspace.com/forum/ 04.07.2010 @ 13:14 Hope you don't mind the plug! For more information on Mitchell and Webb go here: http://www.thatmitchellandwebbspace.com/forum/ or follow us on Twitter @mawtweets Thank you

Jimmy Carter: Religion is one of the 'basic causes' of violations of women's rights (video)
Former president Jimmy Carter talks on this video on the negative impact of religion and religious traditions are having on the lives of women and girls. http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/losing-my-religion-for-equality-20090714-dk0v.html?page=-1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter "James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the only U.S. President to have received the Prize after leaving office. Before he became President, Carter served two terms as a Georgia State Senator and one as Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975, and was a peanut farmer and naval officer. Throughout his career, Carter strongly emphasized human rights. He took office during a period of international stagflation, which persisted throughout his term. The final year of his presidential tenure was marked by the 1979 takeover of the American embassy in Iran and holding of hostages by Iranian students, an unsuccessful rescue attempt of the hostages, fuel shortages, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. By 1980, Carter's popularity had eroded. He survived a primary challenge against Ted Kennedy for the Democratic Party nomination in the 1980 election, but lost the election to Republican candidate Ronald Reagan. On January 20, 1981, minutes after Carter's term in office ended, the 52 U.S. captives held at the U.S. embassy in Iran were released, ending the 444-day Iran hostage crisis. After leaving office, Carter and his wife Rosalynn founded the Carter Center in 1982, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that works to advance human rights. He has traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, observe elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in developing nations. Carter is a key figure in the Habitat for Humanity project, and also remains particularly vocal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

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FedupwithR [Member] 04.07.2010 @ 12:48 He's a good man Jimmy Carter. I sincerely hope his words will be heard and that some progress will be made but I'm very sceptical.

New York Times: "You Say God Is Dead? There s an App for That"
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/03/technology/03atheist.html?_r=2&hp

"An explosion of smart-phone software has placed an arsenal of trivia at the fingertips of every corner-bar debater, with talking points on sports, politics and how to kill a zombie. Now it is taking on the least trivial topic of all: God. Publishers of Christian material have begun producing iPhone applications that can cough up quick comebacks and rhetorical strategies for believers who want to fight back against what they view as a new strain of strident atheism. And a competing crop of apps is arming nonbelievers for battle. --For religious skeptics, the BibleThumper iPhone app boasts that it allows the atheist to keep the most funny and irrational Bible verses right in their pocket to be always ready to confront fundamentalist Christians or have a little fun among friends. --The Atheist Pocket Debater, on the other hand, asserts that because miracles like Moses parting of the waters are not occurring in modern times, it is unreasonable to accept that the events happened at all. If you take any miracle from the Bible, it explains, and tell your co-workers at your job that this recently happened to someone, you will undoubtedly be laughed at. These applications and others ō like One-Minute Answers to Skeptics and Answers for Catholics ō appear to be selling briskly, if nowhere near as fast as the top sellers among the so-called book apps in their iPhone category: ghost stories, free books and the King James Bible." Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/03/technology/03atheist.html?_r=2&hp http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/biblethumper/id334558214?mt= http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/atheist-pocket-debater/id356411065?mt=8 by jaskaw @ 04.07.2010 - 19:01:32 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/04/new-york-times-you-say-god-is-dead-there-s-an-app-for-that-8912602/

A two-headed calf is a proof that "God is able to do anything."
Read more at: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h21EPLuuhMea7bXZfqV__pollNvQD9GNO7H82

"CAIRO ō A farmer in northern Egypt says his cow has given birth to a two-headed calf that he calls a "divine miracle." Sobhy el-Ganzoury said Saturday it took two hours and much pulling to deliver the rare calf. He said the difficult birth has weakened the calf's legs. El-Ganzoury said the veterinarian informed him that the calf, which was born this week, is now in stable condition and is expected to survive. He said he intends to keep the animal as a reminder that "God is able to do anything." Read more at: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h21EPLuuhMea7bXZfqV__pollNvQD9GNO7H82 by jaskaw @ 04.07.2010 - 20:07:59 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/04/a-two-headed-calf-is-a-proof-that-god-is-able-to-do-anything-8912913/

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linda [Visitor] 04.07.2010 @ 20:20 If your God made that, then hes a dufus. I wouldn't call anything a God that made that.

The best Facebook fan-pages for humanist and secular writers, thinkers and philosophers

Anaxagoras, 306 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anaxagoras/19470503860

Bertrand Russell, 3,848 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bertrand-Russell/86711477873

Democracy, 1,849 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Democracy/36144259341

Democritus, 49 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Democritus/119450258091344

Diagoras of Melos, 96 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Diagoras-of-Melos/18612598292

Epicurus, 3,687 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Epicurus/79493658728

George Orwell, 3,421 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/George-Orwell/117663405816

Jared Diamond, 915 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jared-Diamond/142643729175

John Stuart Mill, 888 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Stuart-Mill/98843059203

Karl Popper, 366 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karl-Popper/131272180219102

Kurt Vonnegut Jr., 1,119 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kurt-Vonnegut-Jr/156947517295

Mark Twain - Samuel L. Clemens, 4,109 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Twain-Samuel-L-Clemens/100702464206

Protagoras, 525 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Protagoras/30187682095

Rationality, 2,784 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rationality/70784829441

Robert G. Ingersoll, 1,565 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Robert-G-Ingersoll/52460139986

Robert Owen, 132 fans

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Sinclair Lewis, 593 fans http://www.facebook.com/HarrySinclairLewis

Steven Weinberg, 251 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steven-Weinberg/96660017485

The International Day of Reason, 291 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-International-Day-of-Reason/119025068123138

Thomas Paine, 2,686 fans http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thomas-Paine/91127911235 by jaskaw @ 04.07.2010 - 21:13:31

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Micro and Macroevolution (Video in HD)
´The maker of this video, DiscoveringReligion, writes: "Youtube failed to render my original upload in HD. So I had to make another post and unfortunately all your comments were deleted. Please comment and rate again. I apologize, this is very frustrating =( The fourteenth installment of my original series, "Discovering Religion". In this episode I discuss the evidence for microevolution (genetic variations within a species) and macroevolution (the accumulation of genetic variations leading to speciation). Creationists often claim microevolution cannot be extrapolated over time, resulting macroevolution -- and because we have never directly witnessed macroevolution it therefore must not occur. I refute these claims as well as sum up my argument on the historical occurrence of evolution. In the next few installments I will begin to shift my focus from scientific topics to more social, moral, and ethical conflicts inherent to a literalistic belief in religious mythologies." http://www.youtube.com/user/DiscoveringReligion

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Maryam Namazie in Guardian; "What isn't wrong with Sharia law?"
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/jul/05/sharia-law-religious-courts

By Maryam Namazie "The recent global day against the imminent stoning of Sakine Mohammadi-Ashtiani in Iran for adultery is an example of the outrage sparked by the brutality associated with sharia law's penal code. What of its civil code though which the Muslim Council of Britain's Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra describes as "small aspects" that concern "marriage, divorce, inheritance, custody of children"? According to human rights campaigner Gita Sahgal, "there is active support for sharia laws precisely because it is limited to denying women rights in the family. No hands are being cut off, so there can't be a problem ‫"ل‬ Now a report, Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights, reveals the adverse effect of sharia courts on family law. Under sharia's civil code, a woman's testimony is worth half of a man's. A man can divorce his wife by repudiation, whereas a woman must give justifications, some of which are difficult to prove. Child custody reverts to the father at a preset age; women who remarry lose custody of their children even before then; and sons inherit twice the share of daughters. --With the rise in the sharia courts' acceptability, discrimination is further institutionalised with some law firms offering clients "conventional" representation alongside sharia law advice. As long as sharia courts are allowed to make rulings on family law, women will be pressured into accepting decisions which are prejudicial." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/jul/05/sharia-law-religious-courts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryam_Namazie "Maryam Namazie is a human rights activist, commentator and broadcaster. She is spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain. The campaign is opposed to faith based laws and promotes citizenship rights and one secular law for all. She is Spokesperson of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain which aims to break the taboo that comes with renouncing Islam and to oppose apostasy laws and political Islam. She hosts and produces a weekly TV International programme broadcast in the Middle East via New Channel TV. Moreover, she is a National Secular Society Honorary Associate and the NSS' 2005 Secularist of the Year award winner; spokesperson of Equal Rights Now - Organisation against Women's Discrimination in Iran; Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association; Central Committee member of the Worker Communist Party of Iran and co-editor of WPI Briefing. She is involved in the Third Camp against US militarism and Islamic terrorism among other things. Her blog has been rated one of the top 100 atheist blogs and she was selected one of the top 45 women of the year 2007 by Elle magazine Quebec." by jaskaw @ 05.07.2010 - 21:56:50 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/05/maryam-namazie-in-guardian-what-isn-t-wrong-with-sharia-law-8920091/

Ruthless drug cartel leader promotes 'Christian values'
Read more at: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2012201846_mexgangster25.html

"As the leader of one of Mexico's most ruthless criminal gangs, Nazario Moreno Gonzalez is the mastermind of hair-raising brutality in his native Michoacán state. He also would like the world to know he has a pious, loving and huggy-kissy side, and so he's penned a booklet titled "Thoughts." "If you want to say 'I love you!' to those who surround you and to your friends, say it today," the drug lord exhorts readers. In the 104-page booklet, published this year, he offers advice on personal empowerment, Christian living and proper deportment. --Thoughts is filled with images of the Bible, crosses and Jesus. "If you want, you can become a good Christian," it says on one page. "Remember not to build walls or barriers but instead build bridges to unite people." --Moreno apparently gleaned some of his ideas from U.S. evangelist John Eldredge of the Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colo., whose book "Wild at Heart" has been found in translation in raids on La Familia safe houses. Eldredge preaches a muscular version of Christianity that urges men to summon their authentic masculinity, an aspect of the Bible that he says is often overlooked." Read more at: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2012201846_mexgangster25.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazario_Moreno_Gonz%C3%A1lez "Nazario Moreno González (a.k.a. El Más Loco (Spanish: The most crazy), and El Chayo) is a Mexican drug lord of the recently formed La Familia drug cartel, headquartered in the state of Michoacán. According to the Los Angeles Times, La Familia began as a "partner" to the Gulf Cartel and were trained by them. According to the same source, the cartel also has a foothold in "20 to 30 cities and towns" across the United States. On Monday March 23, 2009, the government of Mexico offered a reward for 24 of the top drug kingpins in Mexico, offering as much as two million USD for each drug lord. According to news reports, Moreno González is a "new age philosopher", who forces his men to carry a "spiritual manual" that he wrote himself and contains aphorisms for self improvement. Because of this and of several manifestos published in local newspapers, it has led to the perception of the cartel being seen as a cult." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Eldredge "Although he does not promote criminality, Eldredge has also received criticism for use made of his book Wild at Heart by the "pseudo-evangelical cult" and Mexican criminal cartel La Familia Michoacana." by jaskaw @ 06.07.2010 - 10:38:21 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/06/ruthless-drug-cartel-leader-promotes-christian-values-8922921/

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Bruce [Visitor] 06.07.2010 @ 15:51 I think this pious man does have normal Christian values: extreme brutality has been normal throughout Christian history.

Mina Ahadi: "Sakineh can be stoned at any minute."
Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/07/05/iran.stoning/index.html?fbid=8krcSN8z0w_

(CNN) "A veteran Iranian human rights activist has warned that Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, could be stoned to death at any moment under the terms of a death sentence handed down by Iranian authorities. Only an international campaign designed to pressure the regime in Tehran can save her life, according to Mina Ahadi, head of the International Committee Against Stoning and the Death Penalty. "Legally it's all over," Ahadi said Sunday. "It's a done deal. Sakineh can be stoned at any minute." "That is why we have decided to start a very broad, international public movement. Only that can help." Petitions: http://www.care2.com/news/member/901922468/1702641 http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-sakineh-mohammadi.html Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/07/05/iran.stoning/index.html?fbid=8krcSN8z0w_ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoning http://blogs.amnesty.org.uk/blogs_entry.asp?eid=6727 by jaskaw @ 06.07.2010 - 15:09:07 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/06/mina-ahadi-sakineh-can-be-stoned-at-any-minute-8924242/

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Kate Luce [Visitor] 06.07.2010 @ 18:15 Please stop the violence agaisnt women! K Mandoki [Visitor] 07.07.2010 @ 01:57 By no means violence against women should be tolerated. No excuse, no reason, no Sharia. STOP WOMEN STONNING!

M-link [Member] http://film-files.blogs.fi/ 07.07.2010 @ 19:24 This is so sick and wrong! rachida [Visitor] 03.11.2010 @ 09:50 This is so sick and wrong fuke sharia and the goverment in Iran. I'm Muslim after seeing this picture of a woman to be stonned to death,and the disgusting hunging videos of young people, now i hate the regime in Iran and i'm questioning my religion"Islam".

Opponents of stonings in Iran bring stones to city centres, universities and workplaces on 11th of July
Read more at: http://iransolidarity.blogspot.com/2010/07/on-11-july-place-stones-in-public.html

"On 11 July place stones in public places with messages in support of Sakine and against stoning 11 July is the International Day against Stoning a day we would do well to mark especially given that Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani faces imminent death by stoning for adultery. During the week of 5-11 July, take stones to your city centres, universities, workplaces, and put them in a public place, with a message in support of Sakine and against stoning and executions. Ask people to send letters of protest and sign the petition opposing it. Send in any photos to be included on the Iran Solidarity blog. Let's end this once and for all.

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Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made For Us
The maker of this video "callumCGLP" writes: "Excerpts from Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. More specifically, from the chapter titled A Universe Not Made For Us. I edited together the audio from the audio-book, and added the video from Stephen Hawking's Into the Universe and Brian Cox's Wonders of the Solar System. The music is Jack's Theme from the Lost soundtrack. I am overjoyed by the reaction to this video. To all those who have made such kind comments: thank you! I have been asked by numerous people to make another video - I have plenty more material to use, but I do need help with one thing: the music. It's difficult to find music which captures Carl's essence as well as the song used in this video does. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment or send me a message. Thanks! I do realize the subtitles are wildly inaccurate and somewhat offensive to some and for that I apologize. YouTube's auto-transcribe function is still a work-in-progress, but I'll see what I can do about adding my own subtitles. If you enjoyed this video, read the magnificent book from which it originated: http://www.amazon.com/Billions-Thoughts-Death-Brink-Millennium/dp/0345379187/ref=pd_sim_b_2" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Sagan

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Iran bans the mullet; Islamic republic aims to free itself of 'decadent' western hairstyles
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/06/iran-bans-the-mullet

"Imagine a country where a man with a ponytail could have it cut off by the cops, as could one with a mullet, or one whose hair was slathered in gel, fancifully spiked, or simply too long. Repeat offenders would face stiff fines, while their barber-accomplices would have their shops closed. It may sound like paradise, especially if your own crazy-haired days are behind you. It's actually the Islamic Republic of Iran, whose cultural ministry has just unveiled (although that's perhaps not the most appropriate word in this context) a list of approved hairstyles in an attempt to free the country of "decadent" western cuts. Jaleh Khodayar, who's in charge of the government- backed Modesty and Veil Festival, explains that the styles "are inspired by Iranians' complexion, culture and religion, and Islamic law". Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/06/iran-bans-the-mullet by jaskaw @ 08.07.2010 - 18:36:23

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Ode To Rationality (Video with Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Dennett featuring Bertrand Russell)
The maker of this video "FlywinEvolutions" says: "A fun video idea that I had to appreciate rationality and reason. Clips taken from: The Genius of Charles Darwin, A conversation with Bertrand Russell, A History of Disbelief, Breaking the Spell lecture, The Enemies of Reason, Slaves to Superstition, The Root of All Evil, Intelligence Squared Debate, Harris vs. Wolpe debate, The Universe Discovery documentary, Collision: Is Christianity Good for the World?" http://www.youtube.com/user/FlywinEvolutions

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Iran woman escapes stoning death for adultery
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10565103.stm

"The authorities in Iran have announced that a woman convicted of adultery will not be stoned to death. But it is not clear whether they have lifted the death sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has been in prison in Tabriz since 2006. --Under Iran's strict interpretation of Islamic law, sex before marriage is punishable by 100 lashes, but married offenders are sentenced to death by stoning. The stones used must be large enough to cause the condemned pain, but not sufficient to kill immediately. Ms Ashtiani's lawyer and human rights activists had warned that her execution was imminent, after appeals for clemency were rejected." by jaskaw @ 09.07.2010 - 17:58:22 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/09/iran-woman-escapes-stoning-death-for-adultery-8944310/

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FedupwithR [Member] 09.07.2010 @ 22:31 It's totally depressing to read about such unnecessary suffering caused entirely by an archaic belief system.

Penn Jillette: 'Reading the Bible (Or the Koran, Or the Torah) Will Make You an Atheist'
Watch the video at: http://bigthink.com/ideas/20808 Penn Jillette: "...if you read the Bible or the Koran or the Torah cover-to-cover I believe you will emerge from that as an atheist. I mean, you can read "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins, you can read "God Is Not Great" by Hitchens... but the Bible itself, will turn you atheist faster than anything. --I think because what we get told about the Bible is a lot of picking and choosing, when you see, you know, Lot's daughter gang raped and beaten, and the Lord being okay with that; when you actually read about Abraham being willing to kill his son, when you actually read that; when you read the insanity of the talking snake; when you read the hostility towards homosexuals, towards women, the celebration of slavery; when you read in context, that "thou shalt not kill" means only in your own tribeōI mean, there's no hint that it means humanity in general; that there's no sense of a shared humanity, it's all tribal; when you see a God that is jealous and insecure; when you see that there's contradictions that show that it was clearly written hundreds of years after the supposed fact and full of contradictions." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_Jillette "Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American magician, comedian, illusionist, juggler, musician and writer known for his work with fellow illusionist Teller in the team Penn & Teller, and advocacy of atheism, Objectivism, libertarian philosophy, free-market economics, and scientific skepticism."

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Ravi Samuel [Visitor] 10.07.2010 @ 20:06 You just wrote my life story; theist (Methodist) to Agnostic to Atheist. My problem? I thought I could clear up theological ambiguities and such like by even greater study of the Bible.

Thomas Jefferson in a letter to friend: "I too am an Epicurean"
From Thomas Jefferson s Letter to William Short Dated: October 31, 1819

"As you say of yourself, I too am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greece and Rome have left us. Epictetus indeed, has given us what was good of the stoics; all beyond, of their dogmas, being hypocrisy and grimace. Their great crime was in their calumnies of Epicurus and misrepresentations of his doctrines; in which we lament to see the candid character of Cicero engaging as an accomplice. Diffuse, vapid, rhetorical, but enchanting. His prototype Plato, eloquent as himself, dealing out mysticisms incomprehensible to the human mind, has been deified by certain sects usurping the name of Christians; because, in his foggy conceptions, they found a basis of impenetrable darkness whereon to rear fabrications as delirious, of their own invention. These they fathered blasphemously on him who they claimed as their founder, but who would disclaim them with the indignation which their caricatures of his religion so justly excite. Of Socrates we have nothing genuine but in the Memorabilia of Xenophon; for Plato makes him one of his Collocutors merely to cover his own whimsies under the mantle of his name; a liberty of which we are told Socrates himself complained. Seneca is indeed a fine moralist, disguising his work at times with some Stoicisms, and affecting too much of antithesis and point, yet giving us on the whole a great deal of sound and practical morality. But the greatest of all the reformers of the depraved religion of his own country, was Jesus of Nazareth. Abstracting what is really his from the rubbish in which it is buried, easily distinguished by its lustre from the dross of his biographers, and as separable from that as the diamond from the dunghill, we have the outlines of a system of the most sublime morality which has ever fallen from the lips of man; outlines which it is lamentable he did not live to fill up. Epictetus and Epicurus give laws for governing ourselves, Jesus a supplement of the duties and charities we owe to others. The establishment of the innocent and genuine character of this benevolent moralist, and the rescuing it form the imputation of imposture, which has resulted from artificial systems, invented by ultra-Christian sects, and unauthorized by a single word ever uttered by him, is a most desirable object, and one to which Priestley has successfully devoted his labors and learning. It would in time, it is to be hoped, effect a quiet euthanasia of the heresies of bigotry and fanaticism which have so long triumphed over human reason, and so generally and deeply afflicted mankind; but this work is to be begun by winnowing the grain form the chaff of the historians of his life. I have sometimes thought of translating Epictetus (for he has never been tolerably translated into English) by adding the genuine doctrines of Epicurus from the Syntagma of Gassendi, and an abstract from the Evangelists of whatever has the stamp of the eloquence and fine imagination of Jesus. The last I attempted too hastily some twelve or fifteen years ago. It was the work of two or three nights only, at Washington, after getting through the evening task of reading the letters and papers of the day. But with one foot in the grave, these are now idle projects for me. My business is to beguile the wearisomeness of declining life, as I endeavor to do, by the delights of classical reading and of mathematical truths, and by the consolations of a sound philosophy, equally indifferent to hope and fear. I take the liberty of observing that you are not a true disciple of our master Epicurus, in indulging the indolence to which you say you are yielding. One of his canons, you know, was that that indulgence which prevents a greater pleasure, or produces a greater pain, is to be avoided.

Your love of repose will lead, in its progress, to a suspension of healthy exercise, a relaxation of mind, an indifference to everything around you, and finally to a debility of body, and hebetude of mind, the farthest of all things from the happiness which the well-regulated indulgences of Epicurus ensure; fortitude, you know is one of his four cardinal virtues. That teaches us to meet and surmount difficulties; not to fly from them, like cowards; and to fly, too, in vain, for they will meet and arrest us at every turn of our road. Weigh this matter well; brace yourself up; take a seat with Correa, and come and see the finest portion of your country, which, if you have not forgotten, you still do not know, because it is no longer the same as when you knew it. It will add much to the happiness of my recovery to be able to receive Correa and yourself, and prove the estimation in which I hold you both." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epicureanism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_jefferson by jaskaw @ 11.07.2010 - 17:58:50 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/11/thomas-jefferson-in-a-letter-fo-friend-i-too-am-an-epicurean-8953310/

Young Turks: 'Christian Fundamentalists' (Video)
TheYoungTurks writes: http://www.theyoungturks.com/membership New TYT Facebook Page(!): http://www.facebook.com/tytnation Subscribe to the FREE Video Podcast on iTunes: http://bit.ly/d0zlmP Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/theyoungturks DISCOUNTS: http://www.theyoungturks.com/godaddy FREE Movies(!): http://www.netflix.com/tyt Note: The above two links are for TYT sponsors. Watch more at http://www.theyoungturks.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Young_Turks_%28talk_show%29 "The Young Turks is a liberal radio and Internet talk show airing on Sirius Satellite Radio and its first original programming. The name is an allusion to the Young Turk reform movement in the late Ottoman Empire (and the general term, derived from this usage, referring to new progressive movements within older organizations), playing on host Cenk Uygur's Turkish origins. The Young Turks claims to be the first Internet TV news show. Video of the show is streamed daily on their website and available as a podcast. The show offers exclusive, Internet-only video content via their YouTube channel, which averages 13 million views monthly, and has over a quarter of a billion views total (as of June 2010). The Young Turks offers a paid members-only Postgame Show, an uncensored, Internet-only wrap-up show. The Young Turks has won the 2009 Podcast Award in the Political category, as well as 2009 Mashable Open Web Award for the Best Political News Site."

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FedupwithR [Member] 12.07.2010 @ 17:24 If these people really believe that the pastor has the power to do this, then they are crazy. But i think they are all faking it. Either to get attention, or just so that they have an excuse to let go of some probably, very pent up, emotions. Bruce [Visitor] 12.07.2010 @ 18:18 If he really has that power, then withdraw all NATO troops and sent him to Iraq & Afghanistan.

Vatican sees third straight loss
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/10590214.stm

"The Vatican has seen its third consecutive financial loss, with a 4.1m euros (£3.4m; $5.2m) deficit in 2009. It saw revenues of 250.2m euros against expenses of 254.3m euros. But annual donations from churches worldwide - known as Peter's Pence - were up by about 9% in 2009 at $82.52m." Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/10590214.stm by jaskaw @ 12.07.2010 - 15:01:49 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/12/vatican-sees-third-straight-loss-8958215/

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jpfib [Member] 12.07.2010 @ 17:20 why waste time and space for reporting about these cheats.there are many other issues in this world,such as millions and millions of children suffering,due to lack of food, disease,cruelty and sexual harassment.please use your valuable time to help them.please don't waste your or our time for theses good for nothing cheats who are after money, power and worldly pleasures and preaching infallibility. | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 12.07.2010 @ 18:53 Dear jpfib. According to your reasoning we should not also do nothing to improve our own society as long there is suffering somewhere else. According to your reasoning we should not oppose theft as long there is robberies going on. We all have things we are good at and we all have different roles. The world will not becoma a better place if all of us would concentrate on doing one single thing, even if it is a good and worthy cause.

jpfib [Member] 12.07.2010 @ 17:22 devil is not in vatican. vatican itself is the manifestation of devil. Bruce [Visitor] 12.07.2010 @ 18:16 Well, they have been plundering whole continents for the best part of the last 2 millennia, so they have reserves to spare. Bruce [Visitor] 13.07.2010 @ 17:53 Hi jpfib, Since god does not exist, nor does the devil. The Vatican is just a family business: selling tickets to a non-existent heaven for temporal rewards and business is not as good as it was.

Cartoonist Molly Norris ends up in radical Muslims hit list
Read more at: http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/muhammad-cartoon-activist-molly-norris-lands-on-al-qaida-hit-list/19550262

(July 12) -- Molly Norris, the American cartoonist who started "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day," has been placed on the hit list of radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki singled out Norris as "a prime target of assassination" for suggesting earlier this year that Americans draw the prophet to protest the censorship of a "South Park" episode that depicted Muhammad in a bear costume. Islam forbids graphical depictions of Muhammad. Norris has since backed off from her protest. The New York Daily News reports that the FBI considers the hit list a "very serious threat" and that al-Awlaki is thought to be connected to the Times Square bomb plot and the would-be Christmas Day bomber." Read more at: http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/muhammad-cartoon-activist-molly-norris-lands-on-al-qaida-hit-list/19550262 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everybody_Draw_Mohammed_Day by jaskaw @ 12.07.2010 - 19:55:16

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Bruce [Visitor] 12.07.2010 @ 21:06 Obviously this Anwar al-Awlaki (AaA) is an authority to be respected and Norris' days are numbered. What confuses me is why all those hundreds of thousands of NATO troops have been bungling around in Afghanistan and Iraq for nearly 9 years spending trillions of dollars and we are in an even more vulnerable position than when they started. Pretty soon it will become illegal to piss in the direction of Mecca.

Amnesty: Hangman still waits for 27-year old female political activist in Iran
Read more at: http://blog.amnestyusa.org/middle-east/story-of-two-women-two-death-sentences-in-iran/?tr=y&auid=6617824

"This past week Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have been highlighting the plight of two women sentenced to death in Iran. Both of them have suffered incredible injustices, but their stories are actually very different and while one of them has received a great deal of publicity, the other has failed to attract the attention that her case deserves." --"Zeynab Jalalian is a 27-year-old ethnic Kurdish political activist. She was sentenced to death in early 2009 after being convicted of Moharebeh ( enmity against God ) and she is in imminent danger of execution by hanging at any time. Currently held in Evin Prison, Tehran, she was arrested in 2007. Her conviction was based on her alleged membership in a Kurdish armed opposition group. She has said she was tortured and sexually abused in detention. She is reported not to have been granted access to her lawyer during her trial, which is said to have lasted only a few minutes and during which no evidence was reportedly produced against her. Zeynab Jalalian s death sentence was upheld on appeal and confirmed by the Supreme Court on 26 November 2009. Her family have received no news of her for a month and have been told by the authorities that her case file has been lost. --"Iran executes more people than any other country in the world, except for China. Iran executed at least 388 people in 2009 and has executed at least 126 people so far this year." Read more at: http://blog.amnestyusa.org/middle-east/story-of-two-women-two-death-sentences-in-iran/?tr=y&auid=6617824 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moharebeh "Moharebeh (also muharebeh ) is the title of crime in Islamic law that has been translated in English language media sources variously as "waging war against God," "war against God and the state," "enmity against God," or being an "enemy of God". It is a capital crime in the Islamic Republic of Iran. [Qur'an 5:33] "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter." by jaskaw @ 12.07.2010 - 23:42:05

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Bruce [Visitor] 13.07.2010 @ 18:11 But if you do not believe in god, how can you possibly wage war against him? It has nothing to do with god and everything to do with resisting repressive temporal power. | Show subcomments FedupwithR [Member] 13.07.2010 @ 21:40 people whose brains have been severely infected by the doG virus, don't have the same capacity for rational thought as those of us who were either immune or only suffered a mild infection.

Extremist Christians aim to create armed militias against "Godless" federal government in United States

Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/147453/extremist_christians_aim_to_create_armed_militias_against_%22godless%22_fe

Religion Dispatches / By Sarah Posner and Julie Ingersoll "Christian Reconstructionists believe civil government should be reformed according to the dictates of biblical law. Some advocate for followers to take up arms. --Titus cites the totalitarian threat posed by Obamacare and what Sarah Palin said about death panels. People need to be armed, he said, because ultimately it may come to the point where it s a life and death situation. --Titus, who filed an amicus brief on behalf of the GOA, an organization which claims 300,000 members, told RD that the ultimate authority is God. "If you have a people that has basically been disarmed by the civil government, he added, then there really isn t any effectual means available to the people to restore law and liberty and that s really the purpose of the right keep and bear armsōis to defend yourself against a tyrant.

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Bruce [Visitor] 13.07.2010 @ 17:45 I assume there are only a few hundred thousand of these idiots against a few hundred million reasonable people in this country?

FedupwithR [Member] 13.07.2010 @ 21:45 The US has always had more than it's fair share of wackos but also some of the worlds best so don't despair.

What can an atheist possibly celebrate?
The maker of this video Juggernauticali writes: "Response to a video by bberchin. This is simply to point out that one does not need a deity in order to have something to celebrate or to feel any kind of meaning. This kind of thinking is not necessarily unique to atheists. Regardless, Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Sam Harris give us something we can ALL celebrate. " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_deGrasse_Tyson Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Ph.D. (born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist and, since 1996, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. Since 2006, he has hosted PBS's educational television show NOVA scienceNOW. He has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Jeopardy!.

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Bruce [Visitor] 14.07.2010 @ 21:01 Well, theists celebrate the occurrence of nothing, so we can do the same?

FedupwithR [Member] 17.07.2010 @ 15:30 We should celebrate life itself, in all it's myriad of forms. The beauty of our planet with all it's fabulous diversity. Great "human" accomplishments. The best within us. Instead, human time, thought and energy, to say nothing of money, is wasted worshiping a delusion. What a tragedy.

Israeli ultra-orthodox rabbis lauch 'divinely ordained war' against net use
Read more at: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/israel-and-palestine/100110/jewish-crackdown-internet

JERUSALEM, Israel ō Ultra-orthodox rabbis in Israel have launched what they claim is a ''divinely ordained war'' against use of the internet among their followers. They charge that the web is filled with ''abomination'' and can cause the faithful to abandon the strict religious way of life. ''The campaign against the internet and the ultra-orthodox websites that destroy everything that is good is a divinely ordained war,'' rabbi Shmuel Halevy Vozner, a prominent interpreter of Jewish law, wrote in HaModia newspaper. Wary of their own standing as much as being vigilant against perceived sacrilege, the rabbis have forced the closure in recent weeks of ultra-orthodox websites that emerged over the last several years as an alternative news source to stodgy rabbinically guided newspapers.

Read more at: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/israel-and-palestine/100110/jewish-crackdown-internet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra-Orthodox "Haredi or Charedi/Chareidi Judaism is the most conservative form of Orthodox Judaism, often referred to as ultra-Orthodox. A follower of Haredi Judaism is called a Haredi (Haredim in the plural). Haredi Jews, like other Orthodox Jews, consider their belief system and religious practices to extend in an unbroken chain back to Moses and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. As a result, they regard non-Orthodox, and to an extent Modern Orthodox, streams of Judaism to be deviations from authentic Judaism. Haredi Judaism comprises a diversity of spiritual and cultural orientations, generally divided into Hasidic and Lithuanian-Yeshiva streams from Eastern Europe, and Oriental Sephardic Haredim. Its historical rejection of Jewish secularism distinguishes it from Western European derived Modern Orthodox Judaism." by jaskaw @ 14.07.2010 - 11:42:07

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Bruce [Visitor] 14.07.2010 @ 18:12 These guys are not going far enough. The Internet is not the problem, it is electricity that needs to be eliminated...

FedupwithR [Member] 17.07.2010 @ 15:41 I'm surprised they even have electricity. The Amish don't. So their curly side bangs then, must be done with plastic hair curlers?

Bangladesh High Court bans religious punishments
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"DHAKA ō The Bangladesh High Court has outlawed punishments handed down by religious edict, or fatwa, after a series of cases of Muslim women being beaten and caned, a state lawyer said Friday. The court ruling came late Thursday on public interest litigations by human rights groups who highlighted examples of women being publicly whipped for "crimes" like adultery, having a child out of wedlock or even just talking to people of other faiths. In some cases, rape victims were flogged for being a "participant" to their assault. --Human rights lawyer Shadeen Malik hailed what he described as a "landmark" ruling. "The cases of beatings, whippings and public humiliations of people, especially poor rural women, would be drastically reduced following this verdict," Malik said." Read more at: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jHCWrc5LUwhO0JNtPARKWtI7YUDw http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatwa "A fatwā in the Islamic faith is a religious opinion concerning Islamic law issued by an Islamic scholar. In Sunni Islam any fatwā is non-binding, whereas in Shia Islam it could be considered by an individual as binding, depending on his or her relation to the scholar. The person who issues a fatwā is called, in that respect, a Mufti, i.e. an issuer of fatwa. This is not necessarily a formal position since most Muslims argue that anyone trained in Islamic law may give an opinion (fatwā) on its teachings. If a fatwā does not break new ground, then it is simply called a ruling. An analogy might be made to the issue of legal opinions from courts in common-law systems. Fatwās generally contain the details of the scholar's reasoning, typically in response to a particular case, and are considered binding precedent by those Muslims who have bound themselves to that scholar, including future Muftis; mere rulings can be compared to memorandum opinions. The primary difference between common-law opinions and fatwās, however, is that fatwās are not universally binding; as the Sharia is not universally consistent and Islam is very non-hierarchical in structure, fatwās do not carry the sort of weight that secular common-law opinions do." by jaskaw @ 14.07.2010 - 14:37:00 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/14/bangladesh-high-court-bans-religious-punishments-8973099/

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Bruce [Visitor] 14.07.2010 @ 18:09 Does the Bangladesh High Court have more authority than a Mufti in a remote village far from Dhaka?

FedupwithR [Member] 17.07.2010 @ 15:49 We must assume it does. One hopes that this means that women in the future will be able to bring a complaint against any Mufti who thinks he's above the law.

Saudi Islamic academic: 'Journalists are soldiers of Satan'
Read more at: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=912

"The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information condemned, today, the statements of the Saudi advocate, Abdel Rahman AlBarrak, a professor of religion at the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh against journalists, whom he described as soldiers of Satan because of his expectations for criticism on his hard line fatwa for Muslim women to cover their faces, even in front of women!. AlBarak declared this fatwa to the media saying, Muslim women should be face veiled before other women seeking more covering . He added that his fatwa was sure to stir soldiers of Satan ,journalists, against him, expecting criticism for this ultra-reactionary extremist resolution. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said, Advocates of religious extremism in Saudi Arabia are still not contented that they created two separate communities within the Saudi society, one for men and another for women. They would still endeavor towards more eccentricity by compelling women to wear hijab, even among women , and launch a pre-emptive attack against any critical voice , particularly journalists . Read more at: http://www.anhri.net/en/?p=912 by jaskaw @ 14.07.2010 - 17:02:45 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/14/saudi-islamic-academic-journalists-are-soldiers-of-satan-8973805/

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Bruce [Visitor] 14.07.2010 @ 18:05 AlBarrak is right: women should be veiled to prevent them from coming into contact with other lesbians. With Saudi men so barbaric, all Saudi women must surely be inclined to homosexuality? Homosexuality is not good for the production of cannon fodder. However, AlBarrack's opinion about journalists, at least the ones in my country, may have some merit.

FedupwithR [Member] 17.07.2010 @ 15:56 There are excellent journalist and rotten journalists everywhere just as there are decent humans and unscrupulous humans everywhere.

Jesus in the cover of Playboy was too much in Portugal
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/12/playboy-portguals-jesus-c_n_642699.html

"Playboy has shuttered its Portugal edition after a controversial cover and spread featuring a depiction of Jesus Christ among a topless model. The spread was, according to the Daily Mail, "ostensibly a tribute to Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago's The Gospel According to Jesus Christ." However, the Portuguese subsidiary operating the magazine did not clear the cover with Playboy before publication ō a violation of the licensing agreement ō and now Playboy is pulling out of Portugal." Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/12/playboy-portguals-jesus-c_n_642699.html by jaskaw @ 15.07.2010 - 14:18:38 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/15/jesus-in-the-cover-of-playboy-was-too-much-in-portugal-8978407/

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FedupwithR [Member] 17.07.2010 @ 15:59 It looked like trash anyway.

Scientology fires a broadside on a tv-host critical of it
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/13/scientologists-vs-anderso_n_644653.html

"Anderson Cooper has made himself a powerful enemy: the Church of Scientology. Back in March, Anderson Cooper devoted a week of his show, "Anderson Cooper 360," to a special investigation into allegations of violence and physical abuse within the Church of Scientology. Now, the church has struck back, devoting an entire issue of one of its magazines, "Freedom," to an attack on Cooper and CNN: ...Cooper thinks he can get away with this hogwash and pull off what even the greatest hucksters in history failed to accomplish, i.e., fool all the people all the time. So in the immortal words of Cooper himself, let's start "keeping 'em honest" by presenting his Posse of Apostates as they truly are... Under the heading "Anderson Cooper: A History Of Lies," the church accuses Cooper of ignoring the information it provided him and of refusing to speak with top church officials. It also proclaims Larry King to be the only CNN host qualified to interview Scientology leader David Miscavige, and Cooper of supporting an anti-Scientology group that the church calls a terrorist organization.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/13/scientologists-vs-anderso_n_644653.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anderson_cooper "Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He currently works as the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is normally broadcast live from a New York City studio; however, Cooper often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories. He also frequently guest hosts on Live with Regis and Kelly." by jaskaw @ 15.07.2010 - 21:02:41 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/15/scientology-fires-a-broadside-on-tv-host-critical-of-it-8980952/

'Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time.' by Carl Sagan

"Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the Earth. Each of those worlds is as real as ours. In every one of them, there's a sucsession of incidence, events, occurences which influence its future. Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time. And our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in the history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants. It is well within our power to destroy our civilization, and perhaps our species as well. If we capitulate to superstition, or greed, or stupidty we can plunge our world into a darkness deeper than time between the collapse of classical civilization and the Italian Renaissaince. But, we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth, to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet. To enhance enormously our understanding of the Universe, and to carry us to the stars." Carl Sagan explains the immensity of space and time. This clip is from Carl Sagan's Cosmos episode 8, "Journeys in Space and Time." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_sagan "Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences. During his lifetime, he published more than 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books. In his works, he advocated skeptical inquiry and the scientific method. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Sagan became world-famous for his popular science books and for the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he narrated and co-wrote. A book to accompany the program was also published. Sagan also wrote the novel Contact, the basis for the 1997 film of the same name."

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Maldives man driven to suicide after revealing his atheism
Read more at: http://blog.newhumanist.org.uk/2010/07/consequences-of-apostasy.html

"News reaches us of a disturbing story from the Maldives, which serves as a reminder of the freedom of belief enjoyed by those of all religions and none here in Europe. Ismail Mohamed Didi, a 25-year-old air traffic controller who worked at the airport in the Maldives capital, Malé, was found hanged from the airport's control tower this week, having apparently committed suicide. As this report from a Maldives news site shows, it appears Didi's suicide was prompted by ostracisation he received after admitting to his atheism, in confidence, to some colleagues. This news spread, prompting a hostile reaction from his fellow workers, and even resulted in Didi being investigated by his employers. As an email sent by Didi to a humanitarian orgainisation at the end of June shows, the situation seems to have become so bad that he was seeking asylum in the UK." Read more at: http://blog.newhumanist.org.uk/2010/07/consequences-of-apostasy.html http://thesouthernatheistgentleman.blogspot.com/2010/07/islam-killed-this-man.html

http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/06/02/violent-mob-demands-beheading-of-a-man-who-publicly-renounces-islam-in-ma told 02/06/10 this from Maldives: "According to this report, the brief exchange sparked hatred from an angry crowd of around 11,000, with many calling for his death. Several people rushed towards him as an official of the Islamic Ministry tried to escort him out. Police, however, came between Nazim and the crowd and took him into custody. The newspaper report also stated that a crowed gathered outside the police station and demanded that Nazim be handed over to the crowd, who shouted anti-atheism slogans and called for Nazim s beheading."

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Christian foster carer wins case against council who struck her off because Muslim girl in her care changed religion
Read more at: http://www.secularism.org.uk/christian-foster-carer-wins-case.html

Gateshead Council has been ordered to quash a decision to de-register a foster carer after a 16 year old Muslim girl in her charge decided that she wanted to be baptised a Christian. The foster carer, who defines herself as a church-going Christian, had fostered over 45 children for the council in the previous ten years. Significantly, the girl was reportedly already exploring Christianity before she was placed in the foster home. When she announced she wanted to be baptised as a Christian, local government officials claimed the foster care giver had failed to preserve the girl s religion. The council apparently wanted to keep the girl away from her chosen church ō an evangelical Christian assembly ō for six months and encourage her to take part in normal teenage activities. --Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, said: The right to change one s religion is guaranteed in just about every human rights charter ever written. It was not the council s place to enforce Islamic rules of apostasy if that is what they were doing. It is surely a matter of conscience for the individual to decide what religion they want to belong to, if any. At 16, this girl could already have been confirmed into the Catholic or Anglican Church. If she wanted to leave Islam, or any other religion, she was perfectly entitled to do so. Unlike in some Middle Eastern theocracies, there is no penalty here for changing religion. Read more at: http://www.secularism.org.uk/christian-foster-carer-wins-case.html by jaskaw @ 17.07.2010 - 16:18:01

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ABC News: 'Atheists Break Out New Ritual Tool: The Blow-Dryer'
Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/atheists-conduct-de-baptisms/story?id=11109379

"Wielding a blow-dryer, a leading atheist conducted a mass "de-baptism" of fellow non-believers and symbolically dried up the offending waters that were sprinkled on their foreheads as young children. At the annual American Atheists Convention, one of atheism's premier provocateurs, Edwin Kagin, faced the crowd and raised high a hairdryer labeled "Reason and Truth." Said one woman who travelled from Cincinnati to undergo the de-baptism, "I was baptized Catholic. I don't remember any of it at all." The woman, Cambridge Boxterman, 24, added, "According to my mother I screamed like a banshee, and those are her words, so you can see that even as a young child I didn't want to be baptized. It's not fair. I was born atheist and they were forcing me to become Catholic."

Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/atheists-conduct-de-baptisms/story?id=11109379 Watch the video: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/war-religion-11185937 by jaskaw @ 17.07.2010 - 20:43:26 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/17/abc-news-atheists-break-out-new-ritual-tool-the-blow-dryer-8993458/

Oops, Indonesian Muslims told to change prayer direction
Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100716/od_nm/us_indonesia_mecca

"JAKARTA (Reuters) Indonesia's Muslims learned on Friday they have been praying in the wrong direction, after the country's highest Islamic authority said its directive on the direction of Mecca actually had people facing Africa. Muslims are supposed to face the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during prayer and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued an edict in March stipulating westward was the correct direction from the world's most populous Muslim country. "But it has been decided that actually the mosques are facing Somalia or Kenya, so we are now suggesting people shift the direction slightly to the north-west," the head of the MUI, Cholil Ridwan, told Reuters. "There's no need to knock down mosques, just shift your direction slightly during prayer." Ridwan said Muslims need not fear that their prayers have been wasted because they were facing the wrong way." Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100716/od_nm/us_indonesia_mecca by jaskaw @ 17.07.2010 - 23:50:06 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/17/oops-indonesian-muslims-told-to-change-prayer-direction-8994107/

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jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 18.07.2010 @ 00:17 This is so funny that I just cannot stop laughing. How really stupid should a person be to really even think that prayers can "go waste" if they are posted in the wrong direction? Do they really think that their all-powerful, all-seeing all-hearing God is in fact so limited that it can receive messages from only a certain direction? Bruce [Visitor] 18.07.2010 @ 21:39 Indeed jaskaw, this is most amusing. For 500 years untold millions of people have had their daily prayers go to waste as a result of a silly compass error. From what I hear, the Islamic god is not very forgiving. His only interest is that the prayers are said at the right times, with the prescribed content and in the correct direction, otherwise you do not get any brownie points. I worked on a couple of computer projects in Jakarta in the 1990's and whenever the going got tough, the Indonesians went off to pray. They did not return till the infidels had solved the problem.

FedupwithR [Member] 15.11.2010 @ 22:41 I've just seen this post and cant stop laughing!

A true classic: 'Door To Door Atheists Bother Mormons'
"Australian filmmaker John Safran is so fed up with mormons ringing his doorbell early in the morning that he flies to Salt Lake City Utah and tries to convert Mormons to atheism. Needless to say, the locals were not pleased." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Safran John Safran (born 13 August 1972) is an Australian documentary maker and media personality, well-known for pranks and indelicate handling of controversial issues. He is known for his outlandish stunts such as rummaging through Australian television personality Ray Martin's rubbish in John Safran: Media Tycoon (an early pilot for a TV series), placing a temporary fatwa on the life of Rove McManus and sneaking nine young men into an exclusive Melbourne nightclub by disguising them as members of American nu-metal band Slipknot.

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Michelle [Visitor] 18.07.2010 @ 00:49 Excellent. Well done. Cheekymuffy [Visitor] http://cheekymuffy.wordpress.com 18.07.2010 @ 04:39 I get it. Totally. But I'm guessing, as a SLC resident (and atheist), that many of those people were not mormon. He'd do better in the suburbs of SLC. Or maybe Provo.

Philhellenes: 'Four billion years of evolution is not easily overcome' (video)
The maker of this video, "philhellenes" says: "4 billion years of evolution is not easily overcome, but human history is littered with examples of individuals who said, "No", to their inner ape, their instincts. It can be done. The trick is to SEE it first. Then you can resist. If you want to punch someone in the face for knocking your beer over, thy name be Trevor. If you want to punch someone because you're bored you may as well wear a monkey suit. If you believe all the priest says and don't wanna think for yourself, it's not a coincidence that Trevor feels the same. If your heart is broken and you want your abusive ex-boyfriend or abusive ex-girlfriend back, that's Trevor messing with you. He'll do anything, torture you if necessary, to get you to multiply (doesn't feel like that's what's going on, but Trevor's clever like that). The first step to easing a problem is admitting there IS a problem. And it's name is often "Trevor". A comment that sums up what I was trying to say in just a few words. macnutz "The more I learn, the more I think and reason, the weaker Trevor becomes. You can't kill Trevor, but you can become your own master." http://www.youtube.com/user/philhellenes

by jaskaw @ 18.07.2010 - 18:53:42

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TheThinkingAtheist: 'Welcome To This World' (video)
The maker of this video "TheThinkingAtheist" says: "In the name of love and compassion, it's amazing the kind of damage religious parents can do to an innocent child." http://www.youtube.com/user/TheThinkingAtheist : "A former Christian of 30 years, I ultimately found that religion, faith and scripture lacked any true answers, especially in the (bright) light of scientific discovery and the truth of Evolution by Natural Selection. Having an insiders perspective of Christianity, I use my skills as a producer to stir the pot of debate and, hopefully, make it uncomfortable for anyone to be a mere spectator in the arena of ideas."

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'Agora' review: Hypatia vs. the forces of intolerance

By A. O. SCOTT "At first glance Agora, a rousing, finger-pointing drama from the Chilean-born director Alejandro Amenábar ( The Others, The Sea Inside ) is a bit of a puzzle. This is a good thing, since most movies plop down in easily recognizable categories and stay there, troubling neither their own intellectual inertia nor that of the audience. --Hypatia, a humanist and an intellectual, finds herself threatened from all sides. And though her predicament is sometimes laid out in heavy thematic speeches, it is also very moving. This is partly because Ms. Weisz is such a sympathetic presence and adept at showing how her character s combination of wisdom and unworldliness makes her vulnerable to the guile, cowardice and opportunism of others. But it is also because Mr. Amenábar and Mr. Gil do not stack the odds in her favor. Films about ideological strife in the past frequently reassure modern audiences with a vision of progress in which ignorance is at least partly vanquished and enlightenment is allowed to prevail. I don t want to give too much away, but I will say that Agora treats this kind of wishful thinking with a skepticism that makes the film not only sad but also chilling. It is entirely ō not dogmatically but stubbornly ō on the side of reason, science and liberalism, values opposed by superstition, fundamentalism and political expediency. The world of Alexandria in the later years of the Roman Empire is one in which the forces of intolerance, whatever deity they profess, always seem to have the upper hand, and in which even ostensibly rational, compassionate rulers collaborate with the faith-based holy warriors. The parallels between then and now are hardly subtle. The warning bell that Agora sounds may be loud and at times a little grating, but what s wrong with that? The skeptical and the secular also need stories of martyrdom and rousing acts of cinematic preaching." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agora_(film) "Agora is a 2009 Spanish historical drama film directed by Alejandro Amenábar and written by Amenábar and Mateo Gil. The biopic stars Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, a female mathematician, philosopher and astronomer in 4th century CE Roman Egypt who investigates the flaws of the geocentric Ptolemaic system and the heliocentric model that challenges it. Surrounded by religious turmoil and social unrest, Hypatia struggles to save the knowledge of classical antiquity from destruction. Max Minghella co-stars as Davus, Hypatia's slave, and Oscar Isaac as Hypatia's student Orestes, prefect of Alexandria. The story uses historical fiction to highlight the relationship between religion and science amidst the decline of Greco-Roman polytheism and the Christianization of the Roman empire. The title of the film takes its name

from the agora, a gathering place in ancient Greece, similar to the Roman forum." On the rise of Christian intolerance see: http://beinghuman.blogs.fi/2010/07/05/why-were-christians-persecuted-in-the-roman-empire-after-all-8920249/ by jaskaw @ 19.07.2010 - 16:27:02 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/19/agora-review-hypatia-against-the-forces-of-intolerance-9001501/

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FLJustice [Visitor] http://www.faithljustice.com 21.07.2010 @ 16:57 I saw the film when it first came out in NYC and loved Weisz' performance as Hypatia. Amenabar distorts some history in service to his art (the Library didn't end that way and Synesius wasn't a jerk), but that's what artists do. I don't go to the movies for history. For people who want to know more about the historical Hypatia, I highly recommend a very readable biography "Hypatia of Alexandria" by Maria Dzielska (Harvard University Press, 1995). I also have a series of posts on the historical events and characters in the film at my blog (http://faithljustice.wordpress.com) - not a movie review, just a "reel vs. real" discussion. Colette C [Visitor] http://god4101.blogspot.com/ 02.08.2010 @ 02:42 It's a pity so many atheists need to affirn their own position by creating myths about the "evils" of Christianity. As FLJustice indicates one shouldn't go to the movies to learn history, but unfortunately for some people that's the only crack at history they get. Atheist Tim O'Neill is quite critical of Amenabar's attempt at creating fakelore with regards to conflicts between Christians and Hypatia. http://armariummagnus.blogspot.com/2010/05/hypatia-and-agora-redux.html In the end truth prevails, and those like Amenabar who deliberately distort history lose credibility.

Christopher Hitchens reminds: Mel Gibson is a member of a fascist religous splinter group
Read more at: http://www.slate.com/id/2260937

Christopher Hitchens on Mel Gibson --"This is extraordinary. We live in a culture where the terms fascist and racist are thrown about, if anything, too easily and too frequently. Yet here is a man whose every word and deed is easily explicable once you know the single essential thing about him: He is a member of a fascist splinter group that believes it is the salvation of the Catholic Church. This schismatic crackpot sect is headed by Mel Gibson's father, Hutton Gibson, a nutty autodidact with a sideline in Holocaust denial. During the controversy over The Passion of the Christ, Gibson junior said that he had never heard anything but the truth from his father. I have some of old man Gibson's books on my shelf, including his self-published classics Is the Pope Catholic? and The Enemy Is Still Here!, which essentially accuse the current papacy of doing the work of the Antichrist. My favorite sample of his prose style is the following: "Our 'civilization' tolerates open sodomy and condones murder of the unborn, but shrinks in horror from burning incorrigible hereticsōessentially a charitable act." He attacks the late Pope John Paul II for having said, in one of his "outreaches" to the Jewish people, "You are our predilect brothers and, in a certain way, one could say our oldest brothers." Hutton Gibson's comment? "Abel had an older brother." I don't think that there's much ambiguity there, do you? Like many ultra-conservative Catholics, the Gibsons, père et fils, have never forgiven the Vatican for lifting the charge of deicide against the Jews in 1964." by jaskaw @ 19.07.2010 - 19:51:12

http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/19/christopher-hitchens-reminds-mel-gibson-is-a-member-of-a-fascist-religous-spli

Face veils banned at Syrian universities

Read more at: http://www.france24.com/en/20100719-syria-bans-face-fails-universities-niqab-headscarf-prohibited?tr=y&auid=6654

"Female students at Syrian universities are no longer permitted to wear the full veil, known as the Niqab, on campus. The government says the controversial new policy is designed to protect the country's secular identity. AP - Syria has banned the face-covering Islamic veil from the country's universities. The Education Ministry's ban on the niqab comes as similar moves in Europe spark cries of discrimination against Muslims. An official at the ministry says the ban affects public and private universities and aims to protect Syria's secular identity. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media."

Read more at: http://www.france24.com/en/20100719-syria-bans-face-fails-universities-niqab-headscarf-prohibited?tr=y&auid=6654 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niqab by jaskaw @ 20.07.2010 - 00:28:46 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/19/face-veils-banned-at-syrian-universities-9003702/

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FedupwithR [Member] 21.07.2010 @ 11:59 I left a comment at France 24.com but i find it really crummy that there is no access to comments unless you become a member. So i will repeat it here. A very positive move. All governments should be defending themselves against galloping Islamic fundamentalism. Bruce [Visitor] 21.07.2010 @ 18:04 Learn something new every day: I did not know Syria considered itself secular. It sets an example for all in the West...

Saturday 24th of July is International Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani Day World Citizens against Stoning
Read more at: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/11-july-international-day-against-stoning/

By Maryam Namazie "We, the undersigned, are extremely concerned about the fate of 43 year old Sakine Mohamadi Ashtiani and fear she may be executed in Iran at any time for ’having an illicit relationship. We call on people everywhere to intensify their protests by marking Saturday 24 July as the International Sakine Mohamadi Ashtiani Day. On the Saturday, we ask you to come out on to the streets and in city centres across the globe at 2pm local time bringing photos of Sakine and messages in her defence and against stoning and execution. Other measures that can be taken include highlighting her case wherever possible, signing petitions here, here and here, joining rallies, and keeping pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran. The mother of two has already received 99 lashes and been sentenced to death by stoning. Sajjad, her 22-year-old son, who raised the alarm of her imminent stoning when there was no further legal recourse via an open letter to the people of the world and said ’there is no justice in Iran has been summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence for his brave efforts to secure his mother s freedom." Read more at: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/11-july-international-day-against-stoning/ Petitions and more info at: http://stopstonningnow.com/sakine/sakin284.php?nr=50326944&lang=en http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_stoning/?cl=651962225&v=6766 http://freesakineh.org/ by jaskaw @ 20.07.2010 - 17:57:31

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Arab man jailed for claiming to be a Jew before consensual sex with a Jewish woman
Read more at: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/arab-jailed-for-consensual-sex-with-jew-20100721-10lc6.html

"AFP. An Arab man has been jailed on a rape charge after an Israeli court ruled he had duped a Jewish woman into consensual sex by lying about his ethnicity. The Jerusalem District Court sentenced Sabbar Kashur, 30, to 18 months behind bars on Monday, after finding that he had had sex with the woman by posing as a Jewish bachelor interested in a long-term relationship. When the woman found out he was not a Jew, she filed a police complaint that led to charges of rape and indecent assault. In a plea deal, Kashur later agreed to the charge of rape by deception, the liberal Haaretz daily newspaper said." Read more at: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/arab-jailed-for-consensual-sex-with-jew-20100721-10lc6.html

by jaskaw @ 21.07.2010 - 17:56:15

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Bruce [Visitor] 21.07.2010 @ 18:00 That is a bit one-sided. The women should be flogged for having sex with an Arab?

jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 21.07.2010 @ 18:03 PS. I have a policy line in this blog not to comment at all the pieces I present here, as I think they must left to speak for themselves. However I think I must make it clear here that being a Jew is not a ethnic, but a religious choice. Palestinian Arabs and Jews share largely a common ethnic background and are really separable only by their religious views. Modern Jews claim to be the descendants of the Jewish people who left Palestine in the beginning of the first millennium and modern Palestinians are the descendants of some stock of people who just remained in the area and were Arabized and Islamized. “Recent genetic evidence has demonstrated that Palestinians as an ethnic group are closely related to Jews and represent modern "descendants of a core population that lived in the area since prehistoric times," largely predating the Arabian Muslim conquest that resulted in their acculturation, established Arabic as the predominant vernacular, and over time also Islamized many of them from various prior faiths.” - Wikipedia Bruce [Visitor] 21.07.2010 @ 18:14 I agree: it has nothing to do with genes and everything to do with religious dogma.

FedupwithR [Member] 21.07.2010 @ 22:43 Bruce, do you think it is a decent thing for a man to lie to a women, telling her that he is interested in marriage when in fact he is married and a father of two children? Frankly, although the headline centers on ethnicity, it's also a question of ethics.

FedupwithR [Member] 22.07.2010 @ 11:28 One thing that was not stated in the article, was the time length of the relationship. Today, i heard on the radio, that they met in the morning and slept together that same evening. So I don't equate a one night stand with a several day/week affair. Now, i feel really sorry for his humiliated wife and his two children who will be deprived of a father for two years thanks to this hot pant Jewish girl. Her behaviour is totally self centered and selfish.

Bruce [Visitor] 22.07.2010 @ 12:17 They were consenting adults and the law should not be involved. Who lied to whom & the consequences in their private lives are for each of them to deal with. Bruce [Visitor] 24.07.2010 @ 18:02 PS: according to our newspaper, he never claimed he was a Jew. How accurate and comprehensive are newspaper reports? | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 24.07.2010 @ 18:56 Thanks, Bruce. This info puts the whole affair into a new perspective, as then it is not even a case of giving false information on purpose.

London buses to carry female ordination advert during pope's visit
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/22/london-bus-female-ordination-pope?CMP=AFCYAH

"In a move designed to coincide with the pope's visit to Britain in September, London buses are to carry posters calling for the ordination of women. The initiative, from the UK group Catholic Women's Ordination (CWO), will see buses carrying the slogan "Pope Benedict Ordain Women Now". According to the weekly Catholic magazine the Tablet, CWO has paid about £10,000 for the posters to appear on 10 buses for a month from August 30. The pope will be in the UK from September 16, spending two days in the capital, and the posters will appear on routes that go past Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Hall. Both venues feature on the papal itinerary." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/22/london-bus-female-ordination-pope?CMP=AFCYAH by jaskaw @ 22.07.2010 - 21:45:45

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FedupwithR [Member] 22.07.2010 @ 22:20 How stupid. What a waste of £10,OOO. It will change nothing. The Pope will probably never see these buses. Why don't these deluded females just change church for doG sake! Bruce [Visitor] 24.07.2010 @ 17:59 At least the £10K of ill-gotten caflic funds have gone back into circulation. That's £10K less to be spent on sodomizing kids. Catherine [Visitor] 25.07.2010 @ 21:03 Women priests would not have sodomised kids. Changing tradition isnt the answer either.

Iran cuts off hands from five thieves
Read more at: http://www.torontosun.com/news/world/2010/07/22/14789216.html?tr=y&auid=6682581

"TEHRAN - Iran amputated the hands of five convicted thieves inside a prison in the western city of Hamedan on Thursday, the semi-official ILNA news agency said. The average age of the five thieves on whom the hand amputation verdict was carried out was over 25 and they had committed major thefts, the agency quoted local judiciary official Akbar Biglari as saying. Biglari said the amputation verdict is not automatic for all those who commit a theft and some 14 criteria should be met before the punishment is carried out."

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'God in the Constitution' By Col. Robert G. Ingersoll

Published in "The Arena" - Boston Mass. January 1890 GOD IN THE CONSTITUTION. All governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. By Col. Robert G. Ingersoll "IN this country it is admitted that the power to govern resides in the people themselves; that they are the only rightful source of authority. For many centuries before the formation of our Govern−ment, before the promulgation of the Declaration of Independence, the people had but little voice in the affairs of nations. The source of authority was not in this world ; kings were not crowned by their subjects, and the sceptre was not held by the consent of the governed. The king sat on his throne by the will of God, and for that reason was not accountable to the people for the exercise of his power. He commanded, and the people obeyed. He was lord of their bodies, arid his partner, the priest, was lord of their souls. The government of earth was patterned after the kingdom on high. God was a supreme autocrat in heaven, whose will was law, and the king was a supreme autocrat on earth whose will was law. The God in heaven had inferior beings to do his will, and the king on earth had certain fa−vorites and officers to do his. These officers were accountable to him, and he was responsible to God. The Feudal system was supposed to be in accordance with the divine plan. The people were not governed by intelligence, but by threats and promises, by rewards and punishments. No effort was made to enlighten the common people; no one thought of educating a peasant-of developing the mind of a laborer. The people were created to support thrones and altars. Their destiny was to toil and obey-to work and want. They were to be satisfied with huts and hovels, with ignorance and rags, and their children must expect no more. In the presence of the king they fell upon their knees, and before the priest they groveled in the very dust. The poor peasant divided his earnings with the state, because he imagined it protected his body ; he divided his crust with the church, believing that it protected his soul. He was the prey of Throne and Altar-one deformed his body, the other his mind-and these two vultures fed upon his toil. He was taught by the king to hate the people of other nations, and by the priest to despise the believers in all other religions. He was made the enemy of all people except his own. He had no sympathy with the peasants of other lands, enslaved and plundered like himself. He was kept in ignorance, because education is the enemy of superstition, and because education is the foe of that egotism often mistaken for patriotism. The intelligent and good man holds in his affections the good and true of every land-the boundaries of

countries are not the limitations of his sympathies. Caring nothing for race, or color, he loves those who speak other languages and worship other gods. Between him and those who suffer, there is no impassable gulf. He salutes the world, and extends the hand of friendship to the human race. He does not bow before a provincial and patriotic god-one who protects his tribe or nation, and abhors the rest of mankind. Through all the ages of superstition, each nation has insisted that it was the peculiar care of the true God, and that it alone had the true religion-that the gods of other nations were false and fraudu−lent, and that other religions were wicked, ignorant and absurd. In this way the seeds of hatred had been sown, and in this way have been kindled the flames of war. Men have had no sympathy with those of a different complexion, with those who knelt at other altars and expressed their thoughts in other words-and even a difference in garments placed them beyond the sympathy of others. Every peculiar−ity was the food of prejudice and the excuse for hatred. The boundaries of nations were at last crossed by commerce. People became somewhat ac−quainted, and they found that the virtues and vices were quite evenly distributed. At last, subjects be−came somewhat acquainted with kings-peasants had the pleasure of gazing at princes, and it was dimly perceived that the differences were mostly in rags and names. In 1776 our fathers endeavored to retire the gods from politics. They declared that all govern−ments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. This was a contradiction of the then political ideas of the world; it was, as many believed, an act of pure blasphemy-a renunciation of the Deity. It was in fact a declaration of the independence of the earth. It was a notice to all churches and priests that thereafter mankind would govern and protect themselves. Politically it tore down every altar and denied the authority of every sacred book, and appealed from the Providence of God to the Providence of Man. Those who promulgated the Declaration adopted a Constitution for the great Republic. What was the office or purpose of that Constitution ? Admitting that all power came from the people, it was necessary, first, that certain means be adopted for the purpose of ascertaining the will of the people, and second, it was proper and conveni−ent to designate certain departments that should exercise certain powers of the Government. There must be the legislative, the judicial and the executive departments. Those who make laws should not execute them. Those who execute laws should not have the power of absolutely determining their meaning or their constitutionality. For these reasons, among others, a Constitution was adopted. This Constitution also contained a declaration of rights. It marked out the limitations of discre−tion, so that in the excitement of passion, men shall not go beyond the point designated in the calm moment of reason. When man is unprejudiced, and his passions subject to reason, it is well he should define the limits of power, SO that the waves driven by the storm of passion shall not overbear the shore. A constitution is for the government of man in this world. It is the chain the people put upon their servants, as well as upon themselves. It defines the limit of power and the limit of obedience. It follows, then, that nothing should be in a constitution that cannot be enforced by the power of the state-that is, by the army and navy. Behind every provision of the Constitution should stand the force of the nation. Every sword, every bayonet, every cannon should be there. Suppose, then, that we amend the Constitution and acknowledge the existence and supremacy of God-what becomes of the supremacy of the people, and how is this amendment to be enforced? A constitution does not enforce itself. It must be carried out by appropriate legislation. Will it be a crime to deny the existence of this constitutional God? Can the offender be proceeded against in the crimin−al courts ? Can his lips be closed by the power of the state? Would not this be the inauguration of reli−gious persecution ?

And if there is to be an acknowledgment of God in the Constitution, the question naturally arises as to which God is to have this honor. Shall we select the God of the Catholics-he who has es−tablished an infallible church presided over by an infallible pope, and who is delighted with certain ce−remonies and placated by prayers uttered in exceedingly common Latin? Is it the God of the Presby−terian with the Five Points of Calvinism, who is ingenious enough to harmonize necessity and respons−ibility, and who in some way justifies himself for damning most of his own children? Is it the God of the Puritan, the enemy of joy-of the Baptist, who is great enough to govern the universe, and small enough to allow the destiny of a soul to depend on whether the body it inhabited was immersed or sprinkled ? What God is it proposed to put in the Constitution ? Is it the God of the Old Testament, who was a believer in slavery and who justified polygamy ? If slavery was right then, it is right now ; and if Jehovah was right then, the Mormons are right now. Are we to have the God who issued a command−ment against all art-who was the enemy of investigation and of free speech ? Is it the God who com−manded the husband to stone his wife to death because she differed with him on the subject of reli−gion? Are we to have a God who will re-enact the Mosaic code and punish hundreds of offences with death ? What court, what tribunal of last resort, is to define this God, and who is to make known his will? In his presence, laws passed by men will be of no value. The decisions of courts will be as nothing. But who is to make known the will of this supreme God ? Will there be a supreme tribunal composed of priests ? Of course all persons elected to office will either swear or affirm to support the Constitution. Men who do not believe in this God, cannot so swear or affirm. Such men will not be allowed to hold any office of trust or honor. A God in the Constitution will not interfere with the oaths or affirmations of hypocrites. Such a provision will only exclude honest and conscientious unbelievers. Intelligent people know that no one knows whether there is a God or not. The existence of such a Being is merely a matter of opinion. Men who believe in the liberty of man, who are willing to die for the hon−or of their country, will be excluded from taking any part in the administration of its affairs. Such a provision would place the country under the feet of priests. To recognize a Deity in the organic law of our country would be the destruction of religious liberty. The God in the Constitution would have to be protected. There would be laws against blas−phemy, laws against the publication of honest thoughts, laws against carrying books and papers in the mails in which this constitutional God should be attacked. Our land would be filled with theological spies, with religious eavesdroppers, and all the snakes and reptiles of the lowest natures, in this sun−shine of religious authority, would uncoil and crawl. It is proposed to acknowledge a God who is the lawful and rightful Governor of nations; the one who ordained the Powers that be. If this God is really the Governor of nations, it is not necessary to acknowledge him in the Constitution. This would not add to his power. If he governs all nations now, he has always controlled the affairs of men. Having this control, why did he not see to it that he was recognized in the Constitution of the United States ? If he had the supreme authority and neg−lected to put himself in the Constitution, is not this, at least, prima facie evidence that he did not de−sire to be there? For one, I am not in favor of the God who has ordained the powers that be. What have we to say of Russia-of Siberia? What can we say of the persecuted and enslaved? What of the kings and nobles who live on the stolen labor of others? What of the priest and cardinal and pope who wrest, even from the hand of poverty, the single coin thrice earned ? Is it possible to flatter the Infinite with a constitutional amendment? The Confederate States acknowledged God in their constitution, and yet they were overwhelmed by a people in whose organ−ic law no reference to God is made. All the kings of the earth acknowledge the existence of God, and God is their ally; and this belief in God is used as a means to enslave and rob, to govern and degrade the people whom they call their subjects. The Government of the United States is secular. It derives its power from the consent of man. It is a

Government with which God has nothing whatever to do-and all forms and customs, inconsist−ent with the fundamental fact that the people are the source of authority, should be abandoned. In this country there should be no oaths-no man should be sworn to tell the truth, and in no court should there be any appeal to any supreme being. A rascal by taking the oath appears to go in partnership with God, and ignorant jurors credit the firm instead of the man. A witness should tell his story, and if he speaks falsely should be considered as guilty of perjury. Governors and Presidents should not issue religious proclamations. They should not call upon the people to thank God. It is no part of their offi−cial duty. It is outside of and beyond the horizon of their authority. There is nothing in the Constitution of the United States to justify this religious impertinence. For many years priests have attempted to give to our Government a religious form. Zealots have succeeded in putting the legend upon our money : In God We Trust ; and we have chaplains in the army and navy, and legislative proceedings are usually opened with prayer. All this is contrary to the genius of the Republic, contrary to the Declaration of Independence, and contrary really to the Con−stitution of the United States. We hare taken the ground that the people can govern themselves without the assistance of any supernatural power. We have taken the position that the people are the real and only rightful source of authority. We have solemnly declared that the people must determine what is politically right and what is wrong, and that their legally expressed will is the supreme law. This leaves no room for national superstition-no room for patriotic gods or supernatural beings-and this does away with the necessity for political prayers. The government of God has been tried. It was tried in Palestine several thousand years ago, and the God of the Jews was a monster of cruelty and ignorance, and the people governed by this God lost their nationality. Theocracy was tried through the Middle Ages. God was the Governor the pope was his agent, and every priest and bishop and cardinal was armed with credentials from the Most High and the result was that the noblest and best were in prisons, the greatest and grandest per−ished at the stake. The result was that vices were crowned with honor, and virtues whipped naked through the streets. The result was that hypocrisy swayed the sceptre of authority, while honesty lan−guished in the dungeons of the Inquisition. The government of God was tried in Geneva when John Calvin was his representative ; and un−der this government of God the flames climbed around the limbs and blinded the eyes of Michael Ser−vetus, because he dared to express an honest thought. This government of God was tried in Scotland, and the seeds of theological hatred were sown, that bore, through hundreds of years, the fruit of mas−sacre and assassination. This government of God was established in New England, and the result was that Quakers were hanged or burned-the laws of Moses re-enacted and the witch was not suffered to live. The result was that investigation was a crime, and the expression of an honest thought a capit−al offence. This government of God was established in Spain, and the Jews were expelled, the Moors were driven out, Moriscoes were exterminated, and nothing left but the ignorant and bankrupt wor−shipers of this monster. This government of God was tried in the United States when slavery was re−garded as a divine institution, when men and women were regarded as criminals because they sought for liberty by flight, and when others were regarded as criminals because they gave them food and shelter. The pulpit of that day defended the buying and selling of women and babes, and the mouths of slave-traders were filled with passages of Scripture, defending and upholding the traffic in human flesh. We have entered upon a new epoch. This is the century of man. Every effort to really better the condition of mankind has been opposed by the worshipers of some God. The church in all ages and among all peoples has been the consistent enemy of the human race. Everywhere and at all times, it has opposed the liberty of thought and expression. It has been the sworn enemy of investigation and of intellectual development. It has denied the existence of facts, the tendency of which was to under−mine its power. It has always been carrying fagots to the feet of Philosophy. It has erected the gallows for Genius. It has built the dungeon for Thinkers. And to-day the orthodox church is as much opposed as it ever was to the mental freedom of the human race. Of course, there is a distinction made between churches and individual members. There have been millions of Christians who have been believers in liberty and in the freedom of expression-mil−lions who have fought for the rights of man-but churches as organizations, have been on the other side. It is true that churches have fought churches-that Protestants battled with the Catholics for what they were pleased to call the freedom of

conscience; and it is also true that the moment these Prot−estants obtained the civil power, they denied this freedom of conscience to others. Let me show you the difference between the theological and the secular spirit. Nearly three hundred years ago, one of the nobles , of the human race, Giordano Bruno, was burned at Rome by the Catholic Church-that is to say, by the Triumphant Beast. This man had committed certain crimes-he had publicly stated that there were other worlds than this-other constellations than ours. He had ventured the supposition that other planets might be peopled. More than this, and worse than this, he had asserted the heliocentric theory-that the earth made its annual journey about the sun. He had also given it as his opinion that matter is eternal. For these crimes he was found unworthy to live, and about his body were piled the fagots of the Catholic Church. This man, this genius, this pioneer of the science of the nineteenth century, perished as serenely as the sun sets, The Infidels of to-day find excuses for his murderers. They take into consideration the ignorance and brutality of the times. They remember that the world was governed by a God who was then the source of all authority. This is the charity of Infidelity -of philosophy. But the church of today is so heartless, is still so cold and cruel, that it can find no excuse for the murdered. This is the difference between Theocracy and Democracy-between God and man. If God is allowed in the Constitution, man must abdicate. There is no room for both. If the people of the great Republic become superstitious enough and ignorant enough to put God in the Constitution of the United States, the experiment of self-government will have failed, and the great and splendid declaration that all governments derive their just powers from the consent of the gov−erned will have been denied, and in its place will be found this: All power comes from God; priests are his agents, and the people are their slaves. Religion is an individual matter, and each soul should he left entirely free to form its own opin−ions and to judge of its accountability to a supposed supreme being. With religion, government has nothing ,whatever to do. Government is founded upon force, and force should never interfere with the religious opinions of men. Laws should define the rights of men and their duties toward each other, and these laws should be for the benefit of man in this world. A nation can neither be Christian nor Infidel-a nation is incapable of having opinions upon these subjects. If a nation is Christian, will all the citizens go to heaven ? If it is not, will they all be damned ? Of course it is admitted that the majority of citizens composing a nation may believe or dis−believe, and they may call the nation what they please, A nation is a corporation. To repeat a familiar saying, it has no soul. There can be no such thing as a Christian corporation. Several Christians may form a corporation, but it can hardly be said that the corporation thus formed was included in the atonement. For instance: Seven Christians form a corporation-that is to say, there are seven natural persons and one artificial-can it be said that there are eight souls to be saved ? No human being has brain enough, or knowledge enough, or experience enough, to say wheth−er there is, or is not, a God. Into this darkness Science has not yet carried its torch. No human being has gone beyond the horizon of the natural. As to the existence of the supernatural, one man knows precisely as much, and exactly as little as another. Upon this question, chimpanzees and cardinals, apes and popes, are upon exact equality. The smallest insect discernible only by the most powerful micro−scope, is as familiar with this subject, as the greatest genius that has been produced by the human race. Governments and laws are for the preservation of rights and the regulation of conduct. One man should not be allowed to interfere with the liberty of another. In the metaphysical world there should be no interference whatever. The same is true in the world of art. Laws cannot regulate what is or is not music, what is or what is not beautiful-and constitutions cannot definitely settle and determ−ine the perfection of statues, the value of paintings, or the glory and subtlety of thought. In spite of laws and constitutions the brain will think. In every direction consistent with the well-being and peace of society, there should be freedom. No man should be compelled to adopt the theology of another; neither should a minority, however small, be forced to acquiesce in the opinions of a majority, however large.

If there be an infinite Being, he does not need our help we need not waste our energies in his defence. It is enough for us to give to every other human being the liberty we claim for ourselves. There may or may not be a Supreme Ruler of the universe-but we are certain that man exists, and we believe that freedom is the condition of progress; that it is the sunshine of the mental and moral world, and that without it man will go back to the den of savagery, and will become the fit associate of wild and ferocious beasts. We have tried the government of priests, and we know that such governments are without mercy. In the administration of theocracy, all the instruments of torture have been invented. If any man wishes to have God recognized in the Constitution of our country, let him read the history of the In−quisition, and let him remember that hundreds of millions of men, women and children have been sac−rificed to placate the wrath, or win the approbation of this God. There has been in our country a divorce of church and state. This follows as a natural sequence of the declaration that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. The priest was no longer a necessity. His presence was a contradiction of the principle on which the Re−public was founded. He represented, not the authority of the people, but of some Power from on High, and to recognize this other Power was inconsistent with free government. The founders of the Republic at that time parted company with the priests, and said to them : You may turn your atten−tion to the other world we will attend to the affairs of this. Equal liberty was given to all. But the ultra theologian is not satisfied with this-he wishes to destroy the liberty of the people-he wishes a recogni−tion of his God as the source of authority, to the end that the church may become the supreme power. But the sun will not be turned backward. The people of the United States are intelligent. They no longer believe implicitly in supernatural religion. They are losing confidence in the miracles and marvels of the Dark Ages. They know the value of the free school. They appreciate the benefits of sci−ence. They are believers in education, in the free play of thought, and there is a suspicion that the priest, the theologian, is destined to take his place with the necromancer, the astrologer, the worker of magic, and the professor of the black art. We have already compared the benefits of theology and science. When the theologian gov−erned the world, it was covered with huts and hovels for the many, palaces and cathedrals for the few. To nearly all the children of men, reading and writing were unknown arts. The poor were clad in rags and skins-they devoured crusts, and gnawed bones, The day of Science dawned, and the luxuries of a century ago are the necessities of to-day. Men in the middle ranks of life have more of the conveni−ences and elegancies than the princes and kings of the theological times. But above and over all this, is the development of mind. There is more of value in the brain of an average man of to-day-of a master-mechanic, of a chemist, of a naturalist, of an inventor, than there was in the brain of the world four hundred years ago. These blessings did not fall from the skies. These benefits did not drop from the outstretched hands of priests. They were not found in cathedrals or behind altars neither were they searched for with holy candles. They were not discovered by the closed eyes of prayer, nor did they come in answer to superstitious supplication. They are the children of freedom, the gifts of reason, observation and ex−perience-and for them all, man is indebted to man. Let us hold fast to the sublime declaration of Lincoln. Let us insist that this, the Republic, is A government of the people, by the people, and for the people. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_G._Ingersoll "Colonel Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 July 21, 1899) was a Civil War veteran, American political leader, and orator during the Golden Age of Freethought, noted for his broad range of culture." http://www.facebook.com/pages/Robert-G-Ingersoll/52460139986

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Chuck Tackett [Visitor] 08.08.2010 @ 05:38 Some very good points. However, I disagree with a couple of his claims. First, history of Feudalism incorrectly states that God enthroned the king. That is not true though it was claimed by the monarch. I say it was not true because the monarchs, as noted, did not follow God but only used Him. Second, his claim that one man knows as much as another is not really true, and I doubt if he actually believed it. I think I understand the point he's trying to make but it's a false analogy and sets up a false conclusion, that Science will prevail. The 100 + years since then has shown fairly clearly that Science has no better ability to prove or disprove the existence of God than does an irrational man. Interesting read, thanks.

Israel's strict religious marriage laws still force thousands to weddings outside Israel
Read more at: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_6970/is_1_33/ai_n32408864/

"When the nation formalized its personal status laws in 1953, Israel's Orthodox rabbinate retained its exclusive jurisdiction over marriages among Israel's Jews, precluding the development of civil marriage laws and preventing other Jewish denominations from officiating marriages. In the Orthodox form, Jewish marriage laws are strict. Only those officially recognized as Jewish can marry and then only to other Jews. Ancient statutes like the prohibition of a Cohen--a direct male descendant of the Biblical Aaron--from marrying a divorcee also apply. And no Jew can marry a Christian or a Muslim, each of whom can only be married under their own laws." "For the increasing number of couples unable to marry in Israel, there is only one option: marry abroad. When they return home, sometimes the very same day, they will not be recognized as married by the rabbinate, but will be husband and wife in the eyes of the state, which does not require that marriages outside Israel be in accordance with Orthodox law." --The legal state of marriage in Israel was slightly shaken up last July when Israel's Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar reached an agreement to permit civil marriage in cases where both the bride and groom are not considered to have a religion under Orthodox law. The agreement's most immediate impact will be on approximately 300,000 former Soviet Republic immigrants. Though Jewish enough for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, they lack sufficient documentation to convince the Orthodox that they are Jews, and have not, until now, been permitted to marry in Israel." --"It offers a solution for a tiny portion of the Israeli populace. It is absurd that hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens cannot get married in their own country.The thousands of Israeli couples currently traveling to Cyprus to marry will continue to fight for their basic right to marry." --According to Steven V. Mazie, author of Israel's Higher Law: Religion and Liberal Democracy in the Jewish State, the Orthodox rabbinate has two serious concerns about relaxing marriage laws. The first is that intermarriage will pull Jews away from the faith. The second, related yet greater, concern is a fear of illegitimacy. "Children of marriages forbidden by halacha are considered mamzerim. They and their offspring, stigmatized with an irrevocable brand of illegitimacy, may marry only other mamzerim. This is the root of the concern about civil marriage."

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FedupwithR [Member] 24.07.2010 @ 12:55 Yes, it is important to point this out. It shows just how absurd and racist religious laws are. In fact Israel's fundamentalism is no different in this respect to Islam's. Bruce [Visitor] 24.07.2010 @ 17:52 True FedupwithR: Nor to Christianity's, nor to Hindu's, nor to Sikh's, nor to Mormon's, etc. etc. etc. You have to keep the faithful in line and dependent, otherwise you lose control.

Carl Sagan: Consider Again That Pale Blue Dot (video)
The maker of this video 'callumCGLP' says: "This video is the successor to my first Carl Sagan tribute, A Universe Not Made For Us: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxlPVS... Excerpts were taken from Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. More specifically, from the chapter titled Aberrations of Light. I edited together the audio from the audio-book, and added the video from Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Stephen Hawking's Into the Universe, Brian Cox's Wonders of the Solar System, Richard Dawkins' The Root of All Evil, BBC's Walking With Cavemen, Robert Zemeckis' Contact (based on the novel by Carl Sagan sharing the same name) and Tony Darnell's Hubble Deep Field in 3D. The music is Together We Will Live Forever by Clint Mansell, which was recommended by YouTube user thewadsman (thanks!). Many more Carl Sagan videos are forthcoming, please subscribe to my channel if you wish to be among the first to see them. Thank you to all those who offered feedback, good or bad, to my first video - I hope you find this video to be an improvement over the first." http://www.youtube.com/user/callumCGLP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_sagan "Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences. During his lifetime, he published more than 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books. In his works, he advocated skeptical inquiry and the scientific method. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Sagan's contributions were central to the discovery of the high surface temperatures of the planet Venus. In the early 1960s no one knew for certain the basic conditions of that planet's surface, and Sagan listed the possibilities in a report later depicted for popularization in a Time-Life book, Planets. His own view was that Venus was dry and very hot as opposed to the balmy paradise others had imagined. He had investigated radio emissions from Venus and concluded that there was a surface temperature of 500 °C (900 °F). As a visiting scientist to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he contributed to the first Mariner missions to Venus, working on the design and management of the project. Mariner 2 confirmed his conclusions on the surface conditions of Venus in 1962. -Sagan was among the first to hypothesize that Saturn's moon Titan might possess oceans of liquid compounds on its surface and that Jupiter's moon Europa might possess subsurface oceans of water. This would make Europa potentially habitable for life. Europa's subsurface ocean of water was later indirectly confirmed by the spacecraft Galileo. Sagan also helped solve the mystery of the reddish haze seen on Titan, revealing that it is composed of complex organic molecules constantly raining down onto the moon's surface. He further contributed insights regarding the atmospheres of Venus and Jupiter as well as seasonal changes on Mars. Sagan established that the atmosphere of Venus is extremely hot and dense with pressures increasing steadily all the way down to the surface. He also perceived global warming as a growing, man-made danger and likened it to the natural development of Venus into a hot, life-hostile planet through a kind of runaway greenhouse effect. Sagan and his Cornell colleague Edwin Ernest Salpeter speculated about life in Jupiter's clouds, given the planet's dense atmospheric composition rich in organic molecules. He studied the observed color variations on Mars surface and concluded that they were not seasonal or vegetational changes as most believed but shifts in surface dust caused by windstorms. Sagan is best known, however, for his research on the possibilities of extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation.

He is also the 1994 recipient of the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award of the National Academy of Sciences for "distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare."

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Rachel Maddow presents: The Rap Guide to Evolution! by Baba Brinkman
The Rap Guide to Evolution! - Baba Brinkman

JesusSavesAtCitibank published this video on YouTube from "The Rachel Maddow Show", MSNBC, 5-28-2010 http://babasword.com/ "The Rap Guide to Evolution is a hip-hop exploration of modern Evolutionary Biology. The album is based on the award-winning stage show of the same name, which is available now for bookings."

The Rap Guide to Evolution

1. Natural Selection *lyrics 2. Creationism is... (Live) 3. Artificial Selection *lyrics 4. Unity of Common Descent (Live) 5. I'm A African *lyrics 6. Creationist Cousins *lyrics 7. Homicide (Live) 8. Survival of the Fittest *lyrics 9. Worst Comes to Worst *lyrics 10. Group Selection *lyrics 11. Hypnotize *lyrics 12. Sexual Selection Theory (Live) 13. Sexual Selection *lyrics 14. DNA *lyrics 15. Performance, Feedback, Revision *lyrics 16. Darwin's Acid *lyrics by jaskaw @ 25.07.2010 - 01:17:20

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Tyler Erlandson [Visitor] http://litfuserecords.com 24.08.2010 @ 00:25 Check out Baba's new album about evolutionary psychology. If you enjoyed the Rap Guide to evolution, you will definitely want to give 'The Rap Guide to Human Nature' a listen. There is more information on this album as well as his other new release 'rapconteur' available at www.babasword.com. Both albums, and more can be streamed as well as downloaded from http://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com

The Guardian: Hundreds of British girls will undergo horror of genital mutilation this summer
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/jul/25/female-circumcision-children-british-law

Tracy McVeigh and Tara Sutton The Observer, Sunday 25 July 2010 "Female circumcision will be inflicted on up to 2,000 British schoolgirls during the summer holidays leaving brutal physical and emotional scars. Yet there have been no prosecutions against the practice. Like any 12-year-old, Jamelia was excited at the prospect of a plane journey and a long summer holiday in the sun. An avid reader, she had filled her suitcases with books and was reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when her mother came for her. "She said, 'You know it's going to be today?' I didn't know exactly what it would entail but I knew something was going to be cut. I was made to believe it was genuinely part of our religion." --Some 500 to 2,000 British schoolgirls will be genitally mutilated over the summer holidays. Some will be taken abroad, others will be "cut" or circumcised and sewn closed here in the UK by women already living here or who are flown in and brought to "cutting parties" for a few girls at a time in a cost-saving exercise. Then the girls will return to their schools and try to get on with their lives, scarred mentally and physically by female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that serves as a social and cultural bonding exercise and, among those who are stitched up, to ensure that chastity can be proved to a future husband." Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/jul/25/female-circumcision-children-british-law http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_genital_cutting "Female genital cutting (FGC), also known as female genital mutilation (FGM), female circumcision, or female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), is any procedure involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs "whether for cultural, religious or other non-therapeutic reasons." The term is almost exclusively used to describe traditional or religious procedures on a minor, which requires the parents' consent because of the age of the girl." by jaskaw @ 25.07.2010 - 13:35:33

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hannasiren [Member] http://hannasiren.blogs.fi 25.07.2010 @ 15:00 Up to 2,000 British schoolgirls during the summer. Worrying indeed... Bruce [Visitor] 25.07.2010 @ 15:37 It will also happen to many thousands more from Germany, France, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, etc. etc. We would prefer to pretend that it does not happen. DN [Visitor] 26.07.2010 @ 07:36 The only problem with this article is the words "female circumcision." It's an incorrect term. It suggests that it is similar to male circumcision, which it is not. In male circumcision some skin is removed. In the process they're referring to as "female circumcision" here, they're actually doing something extremely disturbing and barbaric. They're removing chunks of flesh or sewing women up. It would be like cutting off part or all of a man's penis. NOT like circumcision.

Pat Condell: 'A god of life' (video)

http://www.youtube.com/user/patcondell "I was a regular on the UK stand-up circuit until the mid nineties when I got fed up performing to drunken birthday parties, so I started writing for other people. I wrote my most recent show, and I now make internet videos, because I believe religion in the modern world is out of control and is given far too much respect by people who should know better. It enjoys a status it hasn't earned and doesn't deserve, and it's time we stopped pandering to it before it literally destroys us. You can find out more at my website." http://www.patcondell.net/ Jesus the sun god: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ-kvw1fYXs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Condell "Patrick Condell (born November 23, 1949) is a British stand-up comedian, writer, and internet personality. He performed alternative comedy shows during the 1980s and 1990s in the United Kingdom and won a Time Out Comedy Award in 1991. He was also a regular panellist on BBC Radio 1's "Loose Talk". From early 2007, he began posting short monologues denouncing religion to a number of video sharing websites. His videos have been featured on many websites including YouTube and LiveLeak. They have also been published to DVD and also as a book of video transcripts. As of July 2010 Pat Condell's youtube channel has over 125,000 subscribers and over 21 million views."

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FedupwithR [Member] 30.07.2010 @ 21:12 Sadly, all the humor has disappeared from Pat Condell's videos. I understand his feelings but this sounds too much like an angry rant to be enjoyable.

New wave of charismatic evangelical movements seek polical power in the US

Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/147640/right-wing_crazies_who_fight_witchcraft_and_demons_are_taking_over_a_state

By Bruce Wilson "A radical, right-wing charismatic evangelical movement is burrowing into the power structures of major American cities and states." Editor's note: This story is about a radical right wing movement in charismatic Christianity that claims to fight demons but, leaving demonology aside, is demonstrably close to seizing the reigns of power in entire US states. They claim to be able to raise the dead and cause miracles, such as the multiplication of Thanksgiving turkey dinners. They burn "witchcraft items" and "idols." They hold mass exorcisms to cast out alleged evil spirits they say cause lust, pornography, addiction, homosexuality, bisexuality, and perversion. They claim to be able to heal HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, Glaucoma, and cancer, and to break "generational curses" and "witchcraft curses." Who are they? Here are a few overviews (1, 2, 3.) They compare opponents of their movement to rats that will be exterminated and one of their leaders has predicted that the regime they're working to create will initially "seem like totalitarianism". They're closely tied to the notorious, so-called "kill the gays bill" before Uganda's Parliament. They're behind Sarah Palin and one of their "prophets" has become the de-facto prayer leader for the Republican Party."

Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/story/147640/right-wing_crazies_who_fight_witchcraft_and_demons_are_taking_over_a_state http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Apostolic_Reformation "The New Apostolic Reformation is a movement in Protestant Christianity largely associated with the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. The basic thesis asserts that God is restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of Prophet and Apostle. The New Apostolic Reformation has Pentecostal and Charismatic origins, with those traditions' interpretations of the nature of the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit within a believer. Unlike mainstream Protestant Christianity, these include the performance of miracles (such as healing), prophecy and the direct revelation of Christ to each believer. Although the movement regards the church as the true body of saved believers, as most Evangelical Protestants do, it differs from the broader Protestant tradition in its view on the nature of church leadership, specifically the doctrine of Five-Fold Ministry, which is based upon a non-traditional interpretation of Ephesians 4:11." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Life_Church_(Colorado_Springs,_Colorado) "New Life Church is a non-denominational charismatic Evangelical Christian megachurch located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. New Life Church has more than 10,000 members and is pastored by Brady Boyd. New Life Church was founded in 1984 by Ted Haggard. The church started under his leadership as an independent church meeting in his home. From these origins, the church grew through a succession of larger meeting spaces including strip mall office space and other non-traditional church locations. The church grew

to as many as 14,000 members under Haggard. On November 2, 2006, Haggard was accused of paying a male escort for sex for three years and of also using methamphetamine." Later the same day, Haggard voluntarily stepped down as pastor so "the overseer process can be allowed to proceed with integrity," and that he would be seeking "spiritual advice and guidance." Two days later, New Life Church's Board of Overseerers announced that they had decided to permanently dismiss Haggard from his role." http://www.talk2action.org/story/2010/1/20/131544/037 http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/politics/1273 by jaskaw @ 27.07.2010 - 10:32:53 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/27/read-more-at-http-www-alternet-org-story-147640-right-wing-9048435/

Iran wants to encourage population growth Islamic government pays for babies
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/world/middleeast/28iran.html?_r=1&ref=world

"TEHRAN (AP) ō President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran inaugurated a new policy on Tuesday to encourage population growth, dismissing decades of internationally acclaimed family planning in Iran as ungodly and a Western import.The new government effort will pay families for every new child and deposit money into the newborns bank accounts until they reach 18, Mr. Ahmadinejad said. The program effectively rolled back years of efforts to strengthen the economy by reducing population growth. Those who raise the idea of family planning are thinking in the realm of the secular world, Mr. Ahmadinejad said during a ceremony at which he presented the new policy. he plan is part of his previously stated desire to increase Iran s population, estimated at more than 70 million. He has previously said Iran could support as many as 150 million people." Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/world/middleeast/28iran.html?_r=1&ref=world http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overpopulation "Overpopulation is a condition where an organism's numbers exceed the carrying capacity of its habitat. In common parlance, the term often refers to the relationship between the human population and its environment, the Earth. Overpopulation does not depend only on the size or density of the population, but on the ratio of population to available sustainable resources. --The recent rapid increase in human population over the past two centuries has raised concerns that humans are beginning to overpopulate the Earth, and that the planet may not be able to sustain present or larger numbers of inhabitants. The population has been growing continuously since the end of the Black Death, around the year 1400; at the beginning of the nineteenth century, it had reached roughly 1,000,000,000 (1 billion). Increases in life expectancy and resource availability during the industrial and green revolutions led to rapid population growth on a worldwide level. By 1960, the world population had reached 3 billion; it doubled to 6 billion over the next four decades. As of 2009, the estimated annual growth rate was 1.10%, down from a peak of 2.2% in 1963, and the world population stood at roughly 6.7 billion. Current projections show a steady decline in the growth rate, leading to a peak in the population at around 9 billion by the year 2050."

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Bruce [Visitor] 28.07.2010 @ 14:19 More cannon fodder for the coming Jihad.

atheistbruce [Member] 28.07.2010 @ 17:51 Just checking that I have now registered correctly. Population expansion programs based on the production of babies means that there is no expectation of any kind of cataclysmic event, such as a judgment day, for some generations to come. Probably that is a wise assumption.

Enviromentalists: Jordan River too polluted for baptisms
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/28/jordan-river-called-too-p_n_662937.html

By Judith Sudilovsky Religion News Service "JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Concerns about pollution and water quality have prompted an environmental advocacy group to call for the banning of baptisms in the lower Jordan River, where the Bible says Jesus was baptized. "For reasons of public health as well as religious integrity, baptism should be banned from taking place in the river," said Gidon Bromberg, the Israeli director of EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East. Israeli authorities said on Tuesday (July 27) that tests done on the water of the lower Jordan River show the popular site for baptismal ceremonies at Qasr el Yahud on the West Bank meets health ministry standards. Bromberg, however, said the ceremonies should not take place until pollutants are removed from the water." by jaskaw @ 29.07.2010 - 18:08:05 http://atheistnews.blogs.fi/2010/07/29/enviromentalists-jordan-river-too-polluted-for-baptisms-9068214/

'Ayatollah, leave those kids alone' an Iranian twist

Pink Floyd get

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ayatollah-leave-those-kids-alone-ndash-pink-floyd-get-an-irani

"A terrified young woman in a red headscarf bolts through a door into a darkened room. Chased by an angry mullah, she pulls out her phone and desperately tries to call for help, but there is no signal. The scene could be another piece of secret video smuggled out of Iran by the kind of young activists who took to the streets in their hundreds of thousands last summer in the country's largest protests since the Iranian Revolution. Instead it is the opening scene of a new cover of Pink Floyd's seminal protest song "Another Brick in the Wall" which is becoming an underground anthem of resistance for those opposed to the Tehran regime. Blurred Vision, a rock band fronted by two brothers whose family fled Iran in the late 1980s and settled in Toronto, have reworked the 1979 classic. Sepp and Sohl the pair prefer to keep their full name secret to protect family members still in Iran recorded the video with virtually no budget, but were helped by Babak Payami, an Iranian filmmaker who now lives in Austria and Terry Brown, one of Canada's best-known rock producers. Spliced with footage of last year's protests, the video is a rallying cry for Iran's disaffected youth and culminates with an altered version of Pink Floyd's original chorus: "Hey Ayatollah, leave those kids alone!"

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Lionel Tiger: Believing in God generates soothing "juices" of the brain
'The Brain Creates Religion' by Lionel Tiger Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University "Believing in God generates soothing "juices" in the brain that make us feel good." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Tiger "Lionel Tiger (born 1937) is a Canadian-born, American-based anthropologist. He is the Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and co-Research Director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He is a graduate of McGill University, and the London School of Economics at the University of London, England. He is also a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense on the future of biotechnology. Some of Tiger's works have included controversial concepts, including the biological origins of social interactions. Tiger published a work, The Imperial Animal, with Robin Fox in 1972, that advocated a 'social carnivore theory' of human evolution. Tiger has predicted the higher status of women within society, in books such as The Decline of Males and Men in Groups. He has also written books such as The Pursuit of Pleasure, which discussed the concept that evolution has established the biological mechanisms of pleasure and that they have survival origins. Lionel Tiger lives in New York City, and regularly contributes to mainstream media such as Psychology Today and The New York Times." Watch the video at: http://bigthink.com/series/38?selected=20159#player

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FedupwithR [Member] 30.07.2010 @ 23:46 Surely it's always been known that religion is soothing? It acts in the same way as a thumb for a thumb sucker or a baby's dummy,or it acts as a crutch for those who need psycological support.

Jihad in the West:; Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries
http://atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/JihadWest.htm?nl=1

Is there any real relationship between the Muslim military campaigns of previous centuries and the recent terrorism campaigns? Paul Fregosi argues that there is ō both are reflections of a fundamental antagonism to the non-Muslim world, and in particular to the economically and militarily powerful West. Title: Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries Author: Paul Fregosi Publisher: Prometheus Books ISBN: 1573922471 "Contrary to popular perception, jihad is not about forced conversions. It certainly may have filled that role very early on, when Islam was first expanding, but that hasn t been the case for a very long time. Instead, it is a political goal: bringing as much of the world under the control of Islam as is possible. This then allows for the fulfillment of two other goals: promoting Islam among non-Muslims, and establishing a just political and social order (only possible under Islam). Ibn Taymiya (1268-1328) took an even more active view of jihad. He argued that a ruler who fails to enforce the Shari a (Islamic law) in all aspects forfeits his right to rule ō thus, jihad against this ruler becomes acceptable, if not mandatory. One of the aspects of Shari a which a Muslim ruler must enforce is, in fact, jihad itself ō but against the enemies of Islam, especially those who threaten it from the outside. Taymiya s thoughts have heavily influenced Muslim extremists in the twentieth century, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Osama bin Laden." http://atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/JihadWest.htm?nl=1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jihad by jaskaw @ 31.07.2010 - 00:29:04

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atheistbruce [Member] 31.07.2010 @ 13:29 I would argue that Islam has spent 1400 years trying to subdue the West without success. Their relative technical and military ability to achieve their goal in the 21st century is probably far less than it was at any time in the past 14 centuries, so why worry? Why worry indeed: 7 million Israelis seem to run rings around the billion or so surrounding Muslims committed to their annihilation. | Show subcomments FedupwithR [Member] 01.08.2010 @ 11:49 If they have, as you claim, spent 1400 years trying to subdue the West, how come no one has even noticed it? Demographically Muslims are not restricted to Palestine. There are now Muslim communities almost everywhere on the globe. | Show subcomments atheistbruce [Member] 01.08.2010 @ 13:54 Hi FedupwithR, Maybe you did not notice it but untold millions did. I suggest you start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_conquests. | Show subcomments FedupwithR [Member] 02.08.2010 @ 21:05 Hi atheistbruce Sure Islam has been into conquest since MadMo but not specifically against the West. If you Wiki Catholic "Conquest" you get a history of Christianity. Yet Catholics have waged wars against their fellow Westerners(Protestants and Communists) up until modern times whereas we, in the West, have not been troubled by Islam until the last decade. | Show subcomments atheistbruce [Member] 03.08.2010 @ 20:41 I see we differ in the meaning of West. I mean west of Mecca, you mean west of twin towers, right?

FedupwithR [Member] 03.08.2010 @ 21:30 No,atheistbruce I don't. As a European, we don't seem to have been troubled by Muslims since they were stopped at Poitiers by Charles Martel in 7somethingorother.

| Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 03.08.2010 @ 21:46 Dear "FedupwithR" you seem to forget that the last time Muslmis tried in earnest to conquer Europe was in the year 1685, when the Ottomans were in the heart of Europe trying to take Vienna. Only the Polish rescue party did prevent Austrian empire from falling under Muslim rule. Nobody knows what would have been their next move. http://books.google.fi/books?id=1ZxUAnxOSxUC&pg=PA30&lpg=PA30&dq=siege+of+vienna+1685&source=bl&ot | Show subcomments FedupwithR [Member] 04.08.2010 @ 12:05 Dear jaksaw You are right of course, but that's still 400 hundred years ago. The Vatican hasn't exactly been snoozing these past four centuries. P.S. If I may change the subject. How do I show my Gravatar on this site, as i notice atheistbruce does? | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 04.08.2010 @ 12:14 Of course the main thing was that the growing military might of the Western European countries prevented any advances of Islam for hundreds of years, even if they would have been harboring such ideas. PS. You must create your own blog in Blogs.fi to be able to do that. You can of course copy the things to publish from your other blogs...

Creationism in schools in Australia: 'Adam and Eve were not eaten by dinosaurs because they were under a protective spell'

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By Carly Hennessy and Kathleen Donaghey "PRIMARY school students are being taught that man and dinosaurs walked the Earth together and that there is fossil evidence to prove it. Fundamentalist Christians are hijacking Religious Instruction (RI) classes in Queensland despite education experts saying Creationism and attempts to convert children to Christianity have no place in state schools. Students have been told Noah collected dinosaur eggs to bring on the Ark, and Adam and Eve were not eaten by dinosaurs because they were under a protective spell. --New research shows three in 10 Australians believe dinosaurs and man did exist at the same time. The survey, by the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies, shows a "worrying" lack of basic scientific principles."

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FedupwithR [Member] 01.08.2010 @ 11:36 Oh no! this is just too much. Aussies need to start a 'SAVE THE CHILDREN' campaign.

atheistbruce [Member] 01.08.2010 @ 14:05 And here's me living with the delusion that Aussies are logical, rational, critical, secular beings with a self-confessed atheist as their Prime Minister. Obviously things have gone downhill since I left there in 1968. GodlessHeathen [Visitor] http://diaryofagodlessheathen.blogspot.com 01.08.2010 @ 15:05 I would say that it's nice to know the U.S. isn't the only nation in which the irrational creationist virus is spreading out of control...but in this case, misery does NOT love company. It's not too late. Save yourselves, before you, too, have a nation of dunderheads who believe that possessing scientific knowledge makes one worthy of suspicion, blind faith in imaginary beings is to be emulated, and political leaders' worth should be judged by the number of times the word 'god' appears in their campaign rhetoric!!

atheistbruce [Member] 01.08.2010 @ 17:49 Hi GodlessHeathen: I disagree. The world would be much better off if the irrational creationist virus was confined to the US only...

US Senate in the year 1797: 'America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion'

"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,ōas it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,ōand as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries." The Article 11 of 'Treaty of Tripoli', from the year 1797 Official records show that after President John Adams sent the treaty to the Senate for ratification in May 1797, the entire treaty was read aloud on the Senate floor, and copies were printed for every Senator. A committee considered the treaty and recommended ratification, 23 of the 32 sitting Senators were present for the June 7 vote which unanimously approved the ratification recommendation. The Senate's ratification was only the third recorded unanimous vote of 339 votes taken. The treaty was printed in the Philadelphia Gazette and two New York papers, with no evidence of any public dissent The Treaty of Tripoli usually refers to the first treaty concluded between the United States of America and Tripoli, otherwise known in English as the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary. The treaty was signed at Tripoli on November 4, 1796 and at Algiers (for a third-party witness) on January 3, 1797, finally receiving ratification from the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1797 and signed by President John Adams on June 10, 1797. Soon after the formation of the United States, privateering in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean from the nations of the Barbary Coast prompted the U.S. to form a series of so-called "peace treaties", collectively known as the Barbary Treaties. Individual treaties were negotiated with Morocco (1786), Algiers (1795), Tripoli (1797) and Tunis (1797), all of them more than once. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_tripoli by jaskaw @ 01.08.2010 - 17:05:12

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atheistbruce [Member] 01.08.2010 @ 17:46 Could someone please send a copy of this to Sarah Palin & the Tea Party? | Show subcomments GodlessHeathen [Visitor] 01.08.2010 @ 19:04 I'm not sure it would matter. They would likely just employ their same-old standby excuses like 1)the words of the treaty were taken out of context and/or cherry-picked, 2)the FFs didn't mean the same thing by "...not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion" that contemporary Americans would take it to mean, or 3)one example does not negate the "fact" that the U.S. is based on "Judeo-Christian principles." Yada, yada, yada...blah, blah, blah. Having said that, I do think you are right that they should receive a (personalized, hand-delivered?) copy, along with the whole Fox "News" Team. ChucktheAtheist [Visitor] http://twitter.com/ChucKtheAtheisT 01.08.2010 @ 21:11 Looks like the Texas board of education is going to have to write out John Adams from history and all 23 Senators who ratified the treaty.

atheistbruce [Member] 02.08.2010 @ 18:23 Can't we give Texas back to the Mexicans, please?

Benjamin Netanyahu says illegal migration is a threat to 'Israels Jewish character'
Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10832722

---Israel has approved plans to deport the families of illegal migrant workers, and government spokesman Roei Lachmanovich told the BBC the plan would affect some 400 children and their parents. Vincent Uzoma Vincent Uzoma says Israel should recognise the birthright of children born within its borders Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the move was made because the country faced increasing illegal migration, which was a threat to its Jewish character. --Some Ministers in Israel's coalition, including Interior Minister Eli Yishai from the religious Shas Party, say they cannot grant more than 1,000 families permanent residency simply because their children were born in Israel. Mr Yishai caused an outcry last year when he accused migrant workers of bringing with them "a profusion of diseases... and drug addiction." Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10832722 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shas "Shas is a strong advocate of Halakha playing a pivotal role and providing a fulcrum for the operation of the state and its identity, such as laws prohibiting various activities on the Shabbat. It also fundamentally supports the Baal Teshuva Movement, through which it has encouraged many non-Orthodox Israelis of Sephardic and Mizrahi-Jewish heritage to adopt an ultra-Orthodox Jewish lifestyle. Shas has at times been able to exert disproportionate influence by gaining control of the balance of power in the Knesset within the context of the traditionally narrow margin between Israel's large parties, Labor and Likud, now joined by Kadima." by jaskaw @ 02.08.2010 - 18:00:02

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atheistbruce [Member] 02.08.2010 @ 19:18 Nettie is right: racism is a good and acceptable thing, except when it is anti-Semitism.

FedupwithR [Member] 02.08.2010 @ 22:26 I read once that Jewish Holocaust victims were shunned by indigenous Israelis who were ashamed of them. Also that other non Hebrew speaking Jews and those from Muslim countries were also more or less treated as second class citizens.

atheistbruce [Member] 04.08.2010 @ 14:47 From Hirsi Ali's books I remember that the Arabs also recognise a caste system in Islam. The Saudis are, of course, on top. So maybe this is a Semitic thing, since the Arabs are, like the Israelis, Semitic. Simon [Visitor] 04.08.2010 @ 17:08 Good for him - can we have him as PM of the UK please?

ZOMGitsCriss: 'The Objective of Morality' (video)
ZOMGitsCriss writes: "I find the concept of "subjective morality" to be one of the most obnoxious around. If moral values are not based on facts and observation but just on personal opinion, there is no reason to hold on to them." http://www.youtube.com/user/ZOMGitsCriss http://cristinarad.blogspot.com/ http://www.facebook.com/ZOMGitsCriss?v=wall http://www.facebook.com/CristinaRad' "I'm a shooting star leaping through the skies , I am a satellite , I'm out of control"

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chrisagogo15 [Visitor] http://google 05.09.2010 @ 19:40 Morality is one subject that you nailed on the head. But as far as evolution goes, I think I got mixed up with these apes somehow and I was suppose to come out a cat! Anyhow I got spots, and this leads me to believe I'm suppose to blend in and eat some people!

Lawrence M. Krauss in Scientific American: 'Faith and Foolishness, When Religious Beliefs Become Dangerous'
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--"I don t know which is more dangerous, that religious beliefs force some people to choose between knowledge and myth or that pointing out how religion can purvey ignorance is taboo. To do so risks being branded as intolerant of religion. The kindly Dalai Lama, in a recent New York Times editorial, juxtaposed the statement that radical atheists issue blanket condemnations of those who hold religious beliefs with his censure of the extremist intolerance, murderous actions and religious hatred in the Middle East. Aside from the distinction between questioning beliefs and beheading or bombing people, the radical atheists in question rarely condemn individuals but rather actions and ideas that deserve to be challenged. Surprisingly, the strongest reticence to speak out often comes from those who should be most worried about silence. Last May I attended a conference on science and public policy at which a representative of the Vatican s Pontifical Academy of Sciences gave a keynote address. When I questioned how he reconciled his own reasonable views about science with the sometimes absurd and unjust activities of the Churchōfrom false claims about condoms and AIDS in Africa to pedophilia among the clergyōI was denounced by one speaker after another for my intolerance." --Read more at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=faith-and-foolishness#comments http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_M._Krauss "Lawrence Maxwell Krauss (born May 27, 1954) is foundation professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, a professor in the physics department and director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek. Krauss is the only physicist ever to have been awarded the highest awards of all three major US Physics Societies: the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Institute of Physics. Krauss is also a critic of string theory, which he takes on in his 2005 book, Hiding in the Mirror. His newest book, due for release in 2011, is entitled Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science." More on Richard Feynman at: http://thelittlebook.blogs.fi/2010/08/02/richard-feynman-on-explaining-mysteries-9094055/ by jaskaw @ 03.08.2010 - 20:19:37

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FedupwithR [Member] 03.08.2010 @ 21:42 It seem that anyone who dares to criticise a Believer is pounced upon and branded "intolerant". This is usually enough to shut the speaker up. This should not be the case. There must be a way to reply to these attacks. Statements that will send the ball back in their court. Paul van Esbroeck [Visitor] 12.10.2010 @ 02:54 I found the article mostly just unscientific. Why do we listen to physicist theories of religion, when antropologists like Scott Atran have already shown that most of Krauss's interpretation is flawed. The world is irrational (it cannot not be fully described by current rational theories, and if Godel is right, it never will be). Religions don't make it so. Trying to hold them responsible is about as logical as trying to blame the Jews for Germany's problems. (but I digress in social Darwinism and other rational foolishness) We believe evolution keeps traits like loyalty, aggression and dishonesty around because they can be useful. If we suddenly got rid of irrational religion would politicians stop lying. Would people stop being loyal to ethnic leaders. So many wild conspiracy theories or false beliefs exist that are unrelated to religion that it is hard to see religion as being the cause of this phenomena. If religion is the problem, then ridding the world of religion is a solution. What evidence do we have that religion is the problem? A good scientist will reject a theory if one fact doesn't fit. (The orbit of Mercury). Could one decent Jew convince a Nazi, that there theory was garbage? When people start to make claims about all religions, well just because were atheists, shouldn't mean we shouldn't criticize their foolish thinking. It looks like this is what many fellow scientists did, just that Krauss chooses to see criticism of him as a sort of conspiracy, rather than an honest assessment of his views. Religion is in decline, and unless you have evidence to the contray we need to focus on real problems and real cause and effect relationships. | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 12.10.2010 @ 04:25 Religion is not of course the only or even the biggest problem in the world, but problems caused by religions are perhaps the most unnecessary ones we have. Most of the problems caused by the religions are in fact a result of fanaticism; by the single-minded belief that there can be only one answer to any problem and that one does know exactly what it is. Maybe we cannot get rid of religions, as there are too many people who find comfort and feeling of safety in ready-made systems of thought. However, just maybe we could create a environment that would cause evolution in religions, where the most extreme, bigoted and fanatic versions of them would slowly fall into disuse. Just maybe also Islam could be transformed in a way mainstream west-European Protestant Christianity has been transformed into a quite harmless and toothless collection of do-gooders and self-improvement. The main point to others is the willingness of the religion in trying to impose its codes and ideas on others and when a religion gives up this, it has been tamed and be a quite benign force in society

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Teaching of music incompatible with Islam in Iran
Read more at: http://newsbythesecond.com/teaching-of-music-incompatible-with-islam-in-iran/3870/

"Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said music is not compatible with the Islamic values of Iran and should not be taught or practiced. Although music is halal, Khamenei said, Promoting and teaching it is not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic. Khamenei s comments were in response to a 21 year old Khamenei follower who sought the leader s advice on the morality of starting music lessons. Khamenei responded that; It s better that our dear youth spend their valuable time in learning science and essential and useful skills and fill their time with sport and healthy recreations instead of music. Read more at: http://newsbythesecond.com/teaching-of-music-incompatible-with-islam-in-iran/3870/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Leader_of_Iran "More powerful than the President of Iran, the Leader appoints the heads of many powerful posts - the commanders of the armed forces, the director of the national radio and television network, the heads of the major religious foundations, the prayer leaders in city mosques, and the members of national security councils dealing with defence and foreign affairs. He also appoints the chief judge, the chief prosecutor, special tribunals and, with the help of the chief judge, the 12 jurists of the Guardian Council the powerful body that decides both what bills may become law and who may run for president or parliament." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music "To many people in many cultures music is an important part of their way of life. Greek philosophers and ancient Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as "the harmony of the spheres" and "it is music to my ears" point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to. However, 20th-century composer John Cage thought that any sound can be music, saying, for example, "There is no noise, only sound." by jaskaw @ 04.08.2010 - 14:41:19

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atheistbruce [Member] 04.08.2010 @ 15:23 Interesting that he recommends learning science; I would have expected him to say reading the Koran. | Show subcomments jaskaw pro http://www.beinghuman.blogs.fi 04.08.2010 @ 15:53 His idea of 'science' can (and very possibly really is) of course be quite different from ours. | Show subcomments atheistbruce [Member] 04.08.2010 @ 17:45 Yes, you are right, but I still found it out of character. Maybe he means real science, like that involved with the challenge of enriching plutonium or providing a non-carbon energy source?

FedupwithR [Member] 04.08.2010 @ 15:50 That surprised me too. As a former melomane who went to concerts but who is now weaned of this habit. I'd agree that just listening to music is a waste of time. Most of us though, usually listen while working on something else.

Atheist Bill Gates convinces 40 billionaires to give away half their fortunes
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"Our favorite charity-worker Bill Gates has successfully signed up 38 billionaires to give away half of their wealth to those less fortunate, in what could be the largest-scale philanthropic work ever. Together with Warren Buffett, their "The Giving Pledge" project nabbed Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle), George Lucas, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Barry Diller from IAC (an internet media company that owns Ask.com, Bloglines, Vimeo, Match.com and others), along with many others." Read more at: http://gizmodo.com/5604368/bill-gates-convinces-40-billionaires-to-give-away-half-their-fortunes http://www.celebatheists.com/index.php?title=Bill_Gates Gates was profiled in a January 13, 1996 TIME magazine cover story. Here are some excerpts compiled by the Drudge Report: "Isn't there something special, perhaps even divine, about the human soul?" interviewer Walter Isaacson asks Gates. "I don't have any evidence on that," answers Gates. "I don't have any evidence of that." http://www.celebatheists.com/wiki/Warren_Buffett "He did not subscribe to his family's religion. Even at a young age he was too mathematical, too logical, to make the leap of faith. He adopted his father's ethical underpinnings, but not his belief in an unseen divinity." --from Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, by Roger Lowenstein (Doubleday, 1995), page 1 by jaskaw @ 05.08.2010 - 13:03:10

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GodlessHeathen [Visitor] 05.08.2010 @ 14:49 I think an interesting thing to note is that Bill Gates, unlike many other extremely wealthy people, actually pays realistic taxes on the money he earns, which along with his incredible philanthropy, makes him a great citizen as well as a terrific human being. Now, the question is, are these other billionaires going to follow through with this promise, or is this all just a PR stunt?

atheistbruce [Member] 05.08.2010 @ 21:48 Despite Windows, I also think Bill Gates is a responsible citizen and this effort is fantastic. Unfortunately $600B is only a drop in the bucket compared to the annual amounts spent on armaments, but it could be enough to save all those millions of children who starve to death in Africa every year.

New Scientist: 'Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions '
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"It will soon be 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species, arguably the most important book ever written. In it, Darwin outlined an idea that many still find shocking - that all life on Earth, including human life, evolved through natural selection. Darwin presented compelling evidence for evolution in On the Origin and, since his time, the case has become overwhelming. Countless fossil discoveries allow us to trace the evolution of today's organisms from earlier forms. DNA sequencing has confirmed beyond any doubt that all living creatures share a common origin. Innumerable examples of evolution in action can be seen all around us, from the pollution-matching peppered moth to fast-changing viruses such as HIV and H5N1 bird flu. Evolution is as firmly established a scientific fact as the roundness of the Earth. --So here is New Scientist's guide to some of the most common myths and misconceptions about evolution." Read more at: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13620-evolution-24-myths-and-