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2014-04-22

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Why New Jersey atheists don't want Pledge of Allegiance in school
Atheists unhappy with the phrase in the Pledge have long pointed out that, in fact, that phrase doesn’t have many historical roots: The original Pledge – written in 1892 and adopted by Congress as a national pledge in 1942 – didn’t contain the words “under God.” The phrase was added in 1954 during the McCarthy Era.
 
2014-04-22

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Bible state book for Louisiana? Why it failed
As Carmody originally proposed the measure, the official state book would have been a specific version of the Holy Bible, a version from the 1500s that was the oldest edition in the Louisiana State Museum system. Catholic lawmakers objected to the specific version of the Bible that Carmody sought to designate, so that language was stripped from the bill before the proposal was advanced to the House floor.
 
2014-04-21

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The Florida Church Whose Worshippers Are All Tourists
Easter Sunday is a busy time for many Christian churches. And for one Florida church, "busy" only begins to describe it. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it will host tens of thousands of worshippers today.
 
2014-04-21

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My faith in the Church of England
That is why we are not just investing £20 million in repairing our great cathedrals, but also giving £8 million to the Near Neighbours programme, which brings faith communities together in supporting local projects. I welcome the efforts of all those who help to feed, clothe, and house the poorest in our society. For generations, much of this work has been done by Christians, and I am proud to support the continuation of this great philanthropic heritage in our society today
 
2014-04-20

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Bible Society's move to KL symbolic, won't help escape OVERZEALOUS Muslim authorities
Jais in January carted away more than 300 copies of the Bible in the Malay land Iban languages from BSM's office in Damansara, Selangor, citing the Selangor Non-Islamic Religious (Control of Propagation Amongst Muslims) Enactment 1988, which outlaws the use of the word 'Allah' by non-Muslims.
 
2014-04-20

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We must confront the challenge of Islamism
According to a special report by the Education Funding Agency, radical Muslims have tried to take control of teaching by first taking control of school governorships. Excellent head teachers were either reduced to the status of figureheads or forced out of their jobs. Girls at Park View and Golden Hillock were made to sit at the back of the class. At Park View, loudspeakers were used to “broadcast the call for prayer across the school” and a person known for loathing Jews and admiring al-Qaeda addressed an assembly. At Golden Hillock, some Christian pupils were left to “teach themselves” in RE classes. At Oldknow, Christmas activities were stopped, there were subsidised trips to Mecca and one teacher led an anti-Christian chant in assembly. At Nansen, there were “no lessons in the humanities, arts or music” for an entire year group. Arabic, however, was compulsory learning across the entire school.
 
2014-04-18

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Un prêtre de la Fraternité Saint-Pie X accusé de trois viols
Au cours des auditions, le père Christophe, ordonné depuis douze ans, a partiellement reconnu les faits. Selon nos informations, il a avoué certaines agressions mais nié les viols. Une expertise psychiatrique doit prochainement être menée. Il semble que le quadragénaire connaisse certains troubles de la personnalité. «Il est obnubilé par la question du sexe, mettant en doute certaines femmes lorsqu’elles se mettent à porter des robes, rapporte une source. En quelque sorte, il agirait ainsi pour soigner le mal par le mal.»
 
2014-04-17

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Pakistan's Islamic seminaries pair science with the Quran
“They study the same curriculum that was in place 500 years ago," he says. What's changed, he adds, is what they hear in their spare time, a vitriolic narrative that pits the West and the Pakistani state against Islam.
 
2014-04-16

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Sultan condemns abduction of 100 schoolgirls
We sympathise with the victims and their teachers and families at this traumatising moment and pray that Allah will end their agony in the shortest possible time.
 
2014-04-14

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I don't think God exists, but faith is part of who I am, says 'Jewish atheist' Ed Miliband
The 2011 census found around 14million people in Britain, have no religion, although it is not clear how many people are atheists.
 
2014-04-14

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Scientology’s dirty little secrets
Jamie DeWolf seems like an ordinary man, except he has an extraordinary family tree. He’s the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology
 
2014-04-13

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Burn The Rez - Dark Age
Lyrics: An ancient mythology will bring, too many hollow remedies that prolong suffering And still we indoctrinate another generation to be misguided like we were
 
2014-04-11

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Bill would name the Bible as Louisiana state book
"It's not to the exclusion of anyone else's sacred literature," he told the House committee. Again, later he said, "This is not about establishing an official religion of the state of Louisiana."
 
2014-04-11

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How to Date Jesus' Wife
People like to throw dust in the eyes of the orthodox folks and say, "Look, you can't even get the basic facts about Jesus right. You don't even know he was married or not. You thought he wasn't married. Turns out he was. So, there's a good chance that you're awfully wrong about a lot of other stuff—including whether he provided atonement for the world."
 
2014-04-09

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Carroll County Will Comply With Judge’s Prayer Order
Commissioners could now be held in contempt for defying the judge’s orders. That’s why Tuesday, in a 3 to 2 vote, the commission narrowly agreed to this resolution, saying for now their prayers will reference God — but not Jesus — by name.
 
2014-04-07

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Atheists conduct friendly march around Mormon Temple Square
"I’m an equal-opportunity blasphemer. I don’t think the Mormons are any worse than other religions," he said. "All those deists are idiots."
 
2014-04-06

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God does not play with thee, man: wilt thou trifle with him?"
How can you believe that which condemns you? Ah! my friends, if you would believe it to be true and act accordingly, you would also find in that which the mouth of the Lord hath spoken a way of escape from the wrath to come; for the Book is far more full of hope than of dread.
 
2014-04-06

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The worst atheist-bashing article of the year
There is no reason for us to engage with Islamic theology beyond showing that it’s studying a nonexistent subject—and that it’s oppressive and pernicious as well. I, for one, don’t really want to spend a lot of time studying Al-Tulsi’s theory of evolution so long as Muslims are throwing acid in the face of schoolgirls, executing gays and imprisoning blasphemers, stoning adulterers, and giving women’s testimony in the courts only half the value of a man’s. Saeed’s religion is oppressive, retrogressive, and an impediment to free thinking. And it’s inimical to science, as we can see by its rejection of human evolution.
 
2014-04-04

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Pat Robertson: Buying stuff ‘by computer’ is the ‘Mark of the Beast’
“The Bible says that they cannot buy or sell without the Mark of the Beast,” Robertson noted in a segment about new financial technologies. “And people said, ‘Oh, well, that just fanciful Hebrew rhetoric that doesn’t apply to anybody real.’ Who would have thought that we could live in an age that that could literally come to pass?”
 
2014-04-04

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Christian Right Mega-Church Minister Faces Mega-Mutiny for Abusive Behavior
In Mars Hill theology, female members are viewed through the lens of complementarianism, a theological position that prescribes separate roles for women and men including male headship. A woman being advised to get down on her knees and give her husband a blow job represents just one of a spectrum of submissive behaviors touted for females, who are encouraged to find their meaning in the traditional roles of wife and mother. The virginity of women is prized, and by some reports Driscoll’s late discovery and fury that his wife had sex with another male as a teenager became bizarrely significant in their relationship and in the life of the church even though he himself was not a virgin when he married
 
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