Tag Archives: atheism

STUDY: Atheists Would Pay To Stop Prayers For Them

The Guardian reports: The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on 436 residents of North Carolina, the state most affected by Hurricane Florence last year. The participants were given $5 “in support of their hardship” and asked how much, if any, they were willing to exchange to receive thoughts and prayers from strangers, …

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Evangelical Polling Outfit Ranks “Post-Christian” Cities

The Christian Post reports: The Northeastern part of the United States, once known as a bulwark of Puritans and other strict Christian sects, now dominates the top 10 list of the most “post-Christian” cities, according to a report by the Barna Group. To fit Barna’s label of “post-Christian,” a respondent had to meet at least 13 of 16 listed criteria, …

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Survey: 41% Of Gays Are Atheist, Agnostic, Or “Nones”

From a new report by Pew Research: Gay, lesbian and bisexual adults are substantially less likely than straight adults to affiliate with a religious group. Four-in-ten (41%) identify as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” compared with just 22% of straight adults who say the same. The survey asked respondents whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight but …

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Feds Recognize Satanic Temple As Tax-Exempt Church

Religion News Service reports: The Almighty may not think the Satanic Temple is a church. But the taxman has given it the thumbs-up. The Satanic Temple, which is featured in a documentary called “Hail Satan?,” announced this week that the IRS now recognizes it as a church. That recognition means the group can now get the same benefits as religious …

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Court Rules US House Can Ban Secular Invocations

Roll Call reports: The House chaplain scored a legal victory on Good Friday, when a federal appeals court ruled he could not be ordered to allow a self-described atheist to offer a secular prayer to the House of Representatives. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, in his official capacity as the …

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SURVEY: As Many “Nones” As Catholics Or Evangelicals

Religion News Service reports: According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming “no religion” — sometimes referred to as “nones” because of how they answer the question “what is your religious tradition?” — now represent about 23.1 percent of the population, up from 21.6 percent in 2016. People claiming …

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Hail Satan? The Satanic Temple Documentary [VIDEO]

From the trailer’s description: Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge …

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Court Upholds “So Help Me God” In Citizenship Oath

Courthouse News reports: A French atheist living in Massachusetts lost her court battle Friday to strike the phrase “so help me God” from the U.S. citizenship oath. Granting the government summary judgment, U.S. District Judge William Young found that nothing about how the oath is administered, or how it burdens challenger Olga Paul Perrier-Bilbo, amounts to a constitutional violation. Though …

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Bill Donohue Mocks House FreeThought Caucus Because There’s No Such Thing As Separation Of Church/State

Just in from Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue: A congressional club for atheists? Yes, one was founded this week, but it did not get off to a roaring start: Of the 535 members of Congress, we can count on one hand how many members there are: four. There are probably more left-handed vegans on Capitol Hill than that. So who …

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Pastor John Hagee: Atheists Killed Jesus [VIDEO]

Pastor John Hagee, who is perhaps most infamous for declaring that God sent Hurricane Katrina to punish America for homosexuality and for claiming that God sent Hitler to enable the creation of Israel, turned a few heads today with a fresh take the alleged crucifixion of Jesus. “Up the bloody slopes of Calvary, Jesus Christ went where atheistic hands nailed …

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REPORT: Egypt Set To Criminalize Atheism

The Independent reports: The Committee on Religion in the Egyptian Parliament has disclosed plans to pass into law a bill that makes atheism a criminal offence in the North African nation. Current Egyptian law says atheists can be prosecuted for expressing their disbelief in public but the committee’s proposal would go further and criminalise disbelief itself. It would be recalled …

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Atheist Billboards: Just Skip Church, It’s All Fake News

NBC News reports: To the faithful, it’s a road sign on the highway to hell. The American Atheists group has continued an annual tradition by putting up billboards in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, that state “Just Skip Church… It’s All Fake News” alongside an image of the Christian nativity scene. An attempt to put up two of …

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POLL: Majority Say You Don’t Need God To Be Moral

From a poll just published by Pew Research: Most U.S. adults now say it is not necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values (56%), up from about half (49%) who expressed this view in 2011. This increase reflects the continued growth in the share of the population that has no religious affiliation, but it also …

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Atheist Group Loses Bid To Give US House Invocation

Courthouse News reports: Congress has the right to hold a prayer at the start of each legislative day, and can reject an atheist’s request to give the invocation without violating the Establishment Clause, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, a George W. Bush appointee, said Wednesday the House chaplain’s refusal to invite an avowed atheist to deliver …

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Satanic Temple: Probably Half Our Members Are LGBT

From a Vice profile on the Satanic Temple: There’s still ample confusion about what it means to be a Satanist. Given society’s long history of pegging Satan as the root of all evil, that’s fair—though it’s worth making some distinctions. Anton LaVey, a then 36-year-old American musician, founded the Church of Satan in 1966 with the mission of creating an …

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San Antonio Mayor: Atheism Causes Poverty [VIDEO]

The San Antonio Current reports: At an April 3rd mayoral candidate forum, Mayor Ivy Taylor shared her surprising views on systemic poverty in San Antonio. To her, the “broken people” facing poverty just have a bad relationship with God. Now, weeks after the forum, a video of her answer has gone viral. The video shows Taylor and fellow candidate Councilman …

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Atheist Mom Get Death Threats After School Forced To Remove Ten Commandments Monument [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A Pennsylvania school district has agreed to remove a granite Ten Commandments monument from outside a high school and pay $164,000 in legal fees to settle a federal lawsuit. The Freedom From Religion Foundation said it received a signed settlement Tuesday from the New Kensington-Arnold School District saying it will relocate the 6-foot-high monolith from near …

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Sean Hannity To Produce Anti-Atheism Movie

From the Hollywood Reporter: Fox News’ Sean Hannity has delved into filmmaking by partnering with Kevin Sorbo on a movie in which the former star of TV’s Hercules: The Legendary Journeys will play a world-renowned atheist whose beliefs are dramatically challenged. For Sorbo, this is the second time he is playing a character in a story with atheism as the …

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Linda Harvey: Satanic Atheists Want To Abort Jesus

Linda Harvey writes at World Net Daily: The haters of all-things-Christmas, some of whom claim to be “freedom” lovers, are busy again this December trying to legally abort the baby in the manger. If they could pull this off, it would be the ultimate late-term abortion, since that baby was born 2,000 years ago and lives eternally as the King …

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LOUISIANA: Triggered Snowflakes Force Removal Of Atheist Holiday Billboard After Two Hours [VIDEO]

Via Raw Story: A billboard promoting atheism during the holiday season has been run out of town by Christians in Monroe, Louisiana, who deemed it too offensive for their community’s religious sensibilities to tolerate. This message proved to be so triggering for Christians in the community that they successfully demanded that it be taken down on the grounds that it …

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