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  • Expression
    19 hours ago
    by TNY
    +7 +1

    A Great Myth about Atheism: Hitler/Stalin/Pol Pot = Atheism = Atrocity

    Yes, here it is again, the ubiquitous claim that atheism = Stalin/Pol Pot = moral atrocities. This is a complex one, so hang around. It is commonly claimed by Christians, and I had a debate about this on the Unbelievable forum on Facebook recently with many who did, that secular atheism was responsible for the atrocities of the twentieth century perpetrated by the likes of Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot (Mao Zedong is often thrown in for good measure).

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by TheSpirit
    +3 +1

    Christians who support Trump are morally and spiritually superior, Pastor Robert Jeffress tells Fox News

    A prominent evangelical pastor of a Texas megachurch, who is also a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, on Sunday said Christian followers of Trump have “deeper convictions” than other devotees. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas Church, appeared on Fox & Friends earlier today to discuss a new poll which found a decrease in the number of people who call themselves Evangelicals and what it means for the future of America.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by canuck
    +21 +9

    Pope Won’t Accept Resignation of Cardinal Convicted of Ignoring Child Sex Abuse

    It should’ve been easy for the Catholic Church to rid itself of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. Earlier this month, he announced he would resign from the Church after a secular court found him guilty of not reporting a pedophile priest who had sexually abused minors.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by robmonk
    +7 +1

    Religious unaffiliation is growing in the US. Why isn’t it in Congress?

    This fall, voters in the Midwest elected two Muslim women to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first female members of their faith to enter Congress. The same day, Arizona elected Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who, while not the first of her kind, is even rarer: Sinema is the only person serving in Congress to identify as religiously unaffiliated — putting her in a caucus of less than 0.2 percent of the lawmaking body.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by cone
    +14 +6

    China Is Treating Islam Like a Mental Illness. What’s Your Opinion?

    While Western world is crazy about so called “religious rights”, China uses quite straightforward methods to fight Islam. One million Muslims are being held right now in Chinese internment camps, according to estimates cited by the UN and U.S. officials. Former inmates — most of whom are Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority — have told reporters that over the course of several months, they were forced to renounce Islam, criticize their own Islamic beliefs and those of fellow inmates, eat pork and drink alcohol.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by zobo
    +11 +2

    Chris Watts talked to investigators about his newfound relationship with God after killing his family, saying he's read the Bible cover to cover

    Chris Watts said he's found God since strangling his pregnant wife and smothering his two daughters in a rage this past August. In a new interview with investigators at the federal prison where he is serving his three consecutive life sentences, the 33-year-old Colorado man delved into his newfound Christian faith.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by spacepopper
    +8 +2

    Translators aim to bring Richard Dawkins’s books on atheism and evolution to a Muslim audience

    In the introduction to his 2006 book “The God Delusion,” author Richard Dawkins boldly declares his goal: “If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down.” It is a goal that has meant Dawkins’s books have courted controversy ever since. Now, a group of translators wants to get Dawkins’s books in front of a new group of religious readers: Muslim readers, in Muslim-majority countries where atheism is rare.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by spacepopper
    +16 +4

    Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam. Where's the outrage?

    There is zero chance that sharia law – as a repressive criminal code used in certain Muslim majority nations – is going to be enshrined in Australia. Zero. It seems ridiculous that this sentence even needs to be written. But the spat between Senator Jacqui Lambie and TV presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied on Q&A recently, and the brouhaha that has followed, suggests that it does.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +28 +6

    Why Social Justice Is Killing Synagogues and Churches

    If you go into a Reform or Conservative temple, it’s likely that you will notice two things: The congregation is becoming smaller and older. Across the United States and Europe, Jewish congregations are aging at a rapid rate, a phenomenon increasingly common for mainstream religions across the high-income world.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by junglman
    +18 +4

    Death

    We are all going to die! In physiological terms the deaths that all will die will be broadly similar, in the sense that either suddenly and unexpectedly or maybe over a long period of time, the systems that keep us active and sentient will cease to function. However, throughout the world, people make important distinctions between a body that has expired and a dead person; that is, as someone who is connected to others through complex social relations which bring into question any simple notion of a finite ending.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by chunkymonkey
    +9 +3

    Utah teacher apologizes for Ash Wednesday cross incident

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah teacher on administrative leave apologized Monday for making 9-year-old Catholic student William McLeod wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead, saying it was a misunderstanding.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by 8mm
    +16 +4

    Evangelicals are starting to abandon their churches because of Trump

    One of the great imponderables of the current political scene is how conservative white evangelicals have become so beholden to a thrice-married, casino-owning, scandal-ridden serial philanderer. A group that used to throw around terms like moral majority and traditional values has morphed into a cheerleader for relativism and ends justifying the means.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by jackthetripper
    +14 +2

    Judge warned after claiming God said defendant was innocent

    A Texas judge has received a public warning for asking a jury to keep deliberating because God told him the defendant they convicted was innocent. Comal County Judge Jack Robison reported himself to the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct after his outburst while presiding over the January 2018 trial of Gloria Romero Perez, who was charged with continuous sex trafficking and the sale or purchase of a child.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by manix
    +13 +2

    Canada to lose 9,000 churches in next decade, warns national heritage group

    A national charity that works to save old buildings estimates that 9,000 religious spaces in Canada will be lost in the next decade, roughly a third of all faith-owned buildings in the country. National Trust for Canada regeneration project leader Robert Pajot says every community in the country is going to see old church buildings shuttered, sold off or demolished. "Neighbourhoods are going to have multiple churches closing," Pajot said. "Some people qualify this as a crisis, and I kind of agree. It is going to hit everybody."

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Chubros
    +28 +10

    Is Religious Freedom for Christians Only?

    When the Supreme Court turned a blind eye to President Trump’s hostility toward Muslims last summer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned, in dissent, that the majority was undermining the Constitution’s “foundational principles of religious tolerance.” In so doing, she said, the court was sending a message to “members of minority religions in our country that they are outsiders, not full members of the political commu­nity.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by baron778
    +20 +4

    Top Catholic cardinal admits church destroyed documents on clergy sexual abuse

    In a remarkable admission, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Saturday that documents that could have contained proof of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were destroyed or never drawn up. "Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed or not even created," said Marx, the archbishop of Munich and president of the German Bishops' Conference.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +19 +4

    The Supreme Court is about to hear the biggest threat to separation of church and state in decades

    The Supreme Court will hear two cases on Wednesday that never should have been filed in the first place. The outcomes in American Legion v. American Humanist Association and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association, two consolidated cases considering the fate of a cross-shaped monument in Maryland, are as preordained as anything in the Supreme Court can be.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by wildcard
    +28 +6

    Can It Be Right to Commit Suicide?

    The Roman Catholic Church has long argued that one’s life is the property of God and thus that to commit suicide is to deride God’s prerogatives. The counterargument, by philosopher David Hume (1711-1776) is that, if such is the case, then to save someone’s life is also to deride God’s prerogatives. Most religions share the Church’s belief in the sanctity of life, although a few have come to regard at least some suicides as honourable.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +23 +5

    When and why do people become atheists? New study uncovers important predictors

    In 2009, Joseph Henrich, a professor in the Psychology and Economics departments at the University of British Columbia (now at Harvard), proposed the idea of Credibility Enhancing Displays (CREDs). He was looking for a term to signify people that “convey one mental representation but actually believe something else.” At the very least, he continues, they fudge their level of commitment.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by jackthetripper
    +24 +4

    The Vatican’s Gay Overlords [Opinion]

    Marveling at the mysterious sanctum that his new book explores, the French journalist Frédéric Martel writes that “even in San Francisco’s Castro” there aren’t “quite as many gays.” He’s talking about the Vatican. And he’s delivering a bombshell. Although the book’s publishers have kept it under tight wraps, I obtained a copy in advance of its release next Thursday. It will come out in eight languages and 20 countries, under the title “Sodoma,” as in Sodom, in Western Europe and “In the Closet of the Vatican” in the United States, Britain and Canada.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by kxh
    +13 +3

    A quiet revolt: Female monks work to undo Thailand's 90-year ban

    Buddhist authorities in Thailand do not accept the female monks of Nakhon Pathom. But one woman, Dhammananda, is hoping to change that one ordination at a time.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by socialiguana
    +14 +2

    So-Called ‘Atheist’ Doesn’t Even Barge Into Churches Screaming ‘You’re All Brainwashed Fools’

    Casting serious doubt over his commitment, self-professed atheist Edward Horvath came under intense scrutiny Monday after sources revealed that despite ample opportunities, he has never once barged into local churches screaming that the parishioners are all “brainwashed fools.” “This guy fancies himself some kind of true non-believer, but I’d bet my imaginary soul he’s never snatched a Bible out of a stranger’s hands and ripped out the pages one by one,” said roommate Dan Taylor...

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by wildcard
    +12 +2

    For LGBTQ People Christian Schools Can Be Traumatizing

    #ExposeChristianSchools was launched shortly after it was reported that Karen Pence was teaching at a Christian school that excludes LGBTQ students and teachers. It quickly went viral with many sharing their own stories of surviving Christian schooling.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by jedlicka
    +37 +9

    What Happens to Your Brain When You Stop Believing in God

    My belief in God didn't spontaneously combust—it faded. I lost my virginity at 16. I stopped going to church. I snuck out past curfew. As punishment, my mom made me memorize Bible verses, and I recited them like recipes. I wasn't the only kid who stopped believing. A record number of young Americans (35 percent) report no religious affiliation, even though 91 percent of us grew up in religiously affiliated households.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zobo
    +23 +6

    Church rapidly disappearing from Dutch lives

    The Dutch population is rapidly losing interest in going to church, according to social and cultural planning office SCP. The decline of the Christian faith also continues in the Netherlands. "Churches are losing in authority, binding power and popularity", the SCP said in a new report, RTL Nieuws reports.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Nelson
    +27 +4

    In A Congress Full Of Firsts, Still No Open Atheists

    The 116th Congress is the most diverse in history, with incoming members expanding political representation on a number of fronts. For the first time, Congress now includes Muslim women, Native American women, an openly bisexual senator and the youngest woman ever elected to serve in either chamber. Yet despite that progress, Congress is once again beginning a new session without a single member who openly identifies as atheist, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the latest CQ Roll Call “Faith on the Hill” survey.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by baron778
    +22 +4

    Jehovah’s Witnesses Lawyer Demands Takedown of Documents from FaithLeaks

    The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, which oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses, has sent legal notices to a watchdog group demanding the takedown of documents describing what Witnesses say and share with each other in private. Because nothing would hurt the Witnesses more than their beliefs being exposed to a wider audience…

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +3

    Before Logic, There Was Magic: The Ultimate Mystery Of The Universe Has Been SOLVED!

    For this exercise to work, we need to establish a couple of ground rules. First, drop your logic defense. That’s the exercise. Then, consider that everything that the mind could possibly imagine … has indeed occurred. If time and space are one, we will one day be able to revisit the realms of what we call our “imagination.”

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by wildcard
    +23 +4

    Religion can be a Mental Illness

    Some fake news was going around in social media that mentioned how — “According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a strong and passionate belief in a deity or higher power, to the point where it impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters, will now be classified as a mental illness.” Though I later found these articles to be unfounded and wishful thinking, it did bring several dark memories from my past to the therapist’s couch.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by socialiguana
    +21 +3

    Adulterer Trump approves of forcing public schools to teach Bible classes to improve morality

    North Dakota State Representative Aaron McWilliams has introduced a bill that would require high schools to teach a Bible class instead of the required semester of civics. The law would not distinguish between teaching the course as “literature” or religious studies. The bill is seen as a gift to evangelical Christians who have attempted to use similar laws to push anti-LGBTQ, misogynistic, and xenophobic religious teachings to children.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by canuck
    +15 +4

    Father blames 'extreme Christianity' for missionary son's death

    The father of an American Christian, killed by a remote tribe on an isolated island he was looking to evangelise to, has criticised the "extreme Christianity" which pushed his child to a "not unexpected end". Dr Patrick Chau has been speaking to the Guardian, months after John Allen Chau died near North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +15 +2

    The life and death of John Chau, the man who tried to convert his killers

    One day, as a small child, John Allen Chau was rooting through his father’s study when he found something curious and alluring: an illustrated edition of Robinson Crusoe, the classic story of a sailor shipwrecked on a deserted island. “After struggling my way to read it with early elementary school English,” he later told a website for outdoors enthusiasts, “I started reading easier kid-friendly books,” like The Sign of the Beaver, “which inspired my brother and I to paint our faces with wild blackberry juice and tramp through our backyard with bows and spears we created from sticks”.

  • Video/Audio
    3 weeks ago
    by Bluesky2705
    +2 +1

    Caliphate

    An audio series following Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State and the fall of Mosul. This series includes disturbing language and scenes of graphic violence.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by yuriburi
    +2 +1

    Jesus v. Apollonius: The Ancient Debate Over the Real Son of God

    The ancient world was home, for a brief period, to a remarkable divine person. Even before he was born, it was clear that he was no ordinary human. Prior to the birth, a figure appeared from heaven to his mother and told her that the child she would deliver was no mere mortal, but a divine being.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by LisMan
    +18 +1

    The Secrets That Might Be Hiding in the Vatican's Archives

    After decades of controversy, Pope Francis has announced that he will open the records of Pius XII’s papacy to researchers—along with other restricted Church holdings.