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  • Expression
    7 hours ago
    by rhingo
    +9 +1

    Where is the Outrage? Inside the Battle for Freedom From Religion

    Organized religion in this country does a lot of good, but it can also cause much pain and suffering. I realized just how much when I discovered everything the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with help from the Catholic Church, had done in 2008 to take away civil rights from LGBT people in California. That’s when these two religions successfully led the effort to qualify and pass Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by darvinhg
    +23 +2

    Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she's gay at church

    A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God — before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders — is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by canuck
    +19 +4

    Video Shows Depressing Consequences of Christian Homeschooling

    The video above shows some brief interviews with children who have been homeschooled by Evangelical Christians. As you might expect the emphasis was more about studying the Bible than other subjects. However, it was difficult to watch just how little emphasis was placed on science. A girl who may have been about 12 struggled to multiply 12×12, 6×6, and even 5×5. The mom laughs and says that they don’t focus much on math, but she knows her bible!

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by zyery
    +22 +9

    Why an Australian Muslim couple turned their backs on Islam

    A couple who both grew up as Muslims in Pakistan have told why they turned their backs on Islam. Sami Shah and Ishma Alvi, who became Australian citizens in January and live in Melbourne with their young daughter, said extremism, sexism and misogyny were key reasons why they opted out of the religion.

  • Analysis
    10 days ago
    by gladsdotter
    +25 +5

    When Neurology Becomes Theology

    A neurologist’s perspective on research into consciousness. By Robert A. Burton

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by ticktack
    +8 +1

    Church of England admits: We helped cover up child sex abuse by bishop

    Former bishop Peter Ball was convicted and imprisoned in 2015 after pleading guilty to offenses including two counts of indecent assault.

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +23 +8

    Record Few Americans Believe Bible Is Literal Word of God

    Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is "the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word," similar to the 26% who view it as "a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man." This is the first time in Gallup's four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism. Meanwhile, about half of Americans -- a proportion largely unchanged over the years -- fall in the middle, saying the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by messi
    +26 +8

    Woman with life-threatening heart condition says parents prayed for her instead of getting medical help

    A woman whose life is threatened by heart and lung complications was left permanently disabled after her parents rejected medical treatment and prayed for her recovery instead. Mariah Walton was born with a small hole in her heart, which could have been repaired in early life, but is now in and out of hospital for her condition, which has become life-threatening.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by doodlegirl
    +22 +3

    Pakistan Sentences Man To Death For 'Blasphemy' On Social Media

    In Pakistan, a court in Punjab province has sentenced a 30-year-old man to death over posting allegedly blasphemous content on social media. Prosecutor Shafiq Qureshi confirmed the sentence against Taimoor Raza, according to The Associated Press and Reuters. It's the country's "harshest handed down yet for a cyber-crime related offence," according to Amnesty International.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by kxh
    +24 +4

    What is a cult?

    Cults are exploitative, weird groups with strange beliefs and practices, right? So what about regular religions then?

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by grandsalami
    +11 +4

    Muslim children forced to drop 'religious' names in western China

    Children under 16 told ‘overly religious’ names such as Saddam, Hajj and Jihad must be changed amid pro-Communist rallies across Xinjiang region. Muslim children in China’s far western Xinjiang region are being forced to change their “religious” names and adults are being coerced into attending rallies showing devotion to the officially atheist Communist party.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by aj0690
    +19 +4

    Evangelicals Who Link Evolution and Racism Forget Christianity Was Used to Defend Slavery and Segregation

    If racism stemmed from evolution, we should not see Christians base racist ideas on the Bible long before the birth of evolutionary science. “Evolution is also the basis of racism, [and] many assert that racism played a role in the motivation for this murder,” Whitney said. “You see, evolution is essentially racist. So where did Sean Urbanski learn racism? He learned it in his classes on evolution at the local public high school that his parents sent him to and his parents funded that school by the payment of their property taxes.”

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +21 +5

    David Barton: The fact that there is no mention of God in the Constitution is proof it’s not a secular document

    Religious Right psuedo-historian David Barton spent a good portion of his “WallBuilders Live” radio program today insisting that the absence of any mention of God in the U.S. Constitution is proof that it is not a secular document. ‘Well, the word “God” isn’t in the Constitution,’” Barton said. “There’s a reason for that and it doesn’t mean it’s secular, it means just the opposite.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Apolatia
    +28 +6

    No more religious exemptions: Montreal is taxing churches

    Churches in Montreal are becoming concerned about hosting community groups after being hit with bills for municipal taxes. Joel Coppetiers, the Minister at the Cote des Neiges Presbyterian church, was shocked when his institution first received a municipal tax bill in early 2015. It was "the first indication that something had changed," said Coppetiers.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by funhonestdude
    +27 +5

    In US, Belief in Creationist View of Humans at New Low

    The percentage of U.S. adults who believe that God created humans in their present form at some time within the last 10,000 years or so -- the strict creationist view -- has reached a new low. Thirty-eight percent of U.S. adults now accept creationism, while 57% believe in some form of evolution -- either God-guided or not -- saying man developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +34 +7

    Why Are We Still Legitimising Blasphemy? It's Embarrassing, Says Maajid

    Stephen Fry is facing a blasphemy probe in Ireland after a viewer claimed his outspoken comments about God two years ago were blasphemous. Maajid is fuming. Police in Ireland are investigating Stephen Fry after a viewer claimed Fry's branding of God as a "maniac" on a TV show two years ago was blasphemous.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TheSpirit
    +22 +7

    New Zealand to scrap blasphemy crime after Garda investigation

    New Zealand plans to scrap the crime of blasphemy following calls for reform in response to a Garda investigation into British actor and comedian Stephen Fry. David Seymour, leader of ACT, a minor opposition party, who has instigated the move, said politicians of all stripes wanted to end what they saw as an archaic curb of freedom of speech. “New Zealanders cherish the fact that we have strong separation between church and state,” he told AFP.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by socialiguana
    +17 +7

    Pokemon Go: Russian blogger sentenced

    A Russian blogger has been given a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence after he posted a video of himself playing Pokemon Go in a church. The court in the city of Yekaterinburg found Ruslan Sokolovsky guilty of insulting religious believers and inciting hatred. During the trial, Sokolovsky, now aged 22, had pleaded not guilty. He filmed himself playing the popular game in the local Orthodox church in August 2016.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hxxp
    +16 +4

    Creationist geologist sues U.S. park service after it rejects request to collect samples in Grand Canyon

    The Interior Department is facing a lawsuit from a Christian geologist who claims he was not allowed to collect rocks from Grand Canyon National Park because of his creationist beliefs. In the suit filed earlier this month, the Australian geologist, Andrew Snelling, says that religious discrimination was behind the National Park Service's (NRS's) decision to deny him a permit to gather samples from four locations in the park.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +28 +13

    The Oil Cross: On Being Raised to Wage Spiritual Warfare

    Kelsey L. Munger on her childhood and her devout parents, who raised her to fear and battle demons.

  • Review
    2 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +18 +6

    ‘The Road to Jonestown,’ by Jeff Guinn

    In 1976, the Peoples Temple founder was courted by Bay Area politicos, praised by a famed newsman and invited to meet with Washington luminaries. Five others — a Bay Area congressman, three American journalists and one of Jones’ ex-disciples — had been shot and killed at a nearby airstrip… By Kevin Canfield.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by bradd
    +22 +10

    Russia's Supreme Court Deems Jehovah Witnesses Extremist, Bans Organization

    On Thursday, Russia's Supreme Court has ruled the activities of the main center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia to be extremist, banning its work and seizing the property. "The Supreme Court has ruled to sustain the claim of Russia's Ministry of Justice and deem the 'Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia' organization extremist, eliminate it and ban its activity in Russia," the judge Yuri Ivanenko ruled.

  • Video
    2 months ago
    by Maternitus
    +28 +7

    Anthropocentrism: The Most Dangerous Ideology in the World

    Anthropocentrism, philosophical viewpoint arguing that human beings are the central or most significant entities in the world. This is a basic belief embedded in many Western religions and philosophies. Anthropocentrism regards humans as separate from and superior to nature and holds that human life has intrinsic value while other entities (including animals, plants, mineral resources, and so on) are resources that may justifiably be exploited for the benefit of humankind.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +31 +10

    If You Really Believed God Determined Morality, You'd Become An Atheist

    Many of you may not know that my original goal was to be a Christian apologist, in the mold of CS Lewis. That dream got me through a BA, an MA, and half of a PhD program in the humanities before I finally determined that God didn’t exist. The biggest misconception others have had regarding my rejection of God has been that I left Christianity because I didn’t examine it closely enough, or because I gave up on it too soon. The opposite is true. I left Christianity through my belief in God, not in spite of it.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +21 +6

    Why freedom of religion is an illegitimate defense for doctor accused of performing FGM on 2 young girls

    The barbaric ritual of female genital mutilation (FGM) is a primitive practice that grew out of tribal custom predominantly in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. It’s the act of dismembering the clitoris — sometimes brutally, with cut glass and no anesthetics — to deter girls from desire and “sexual promiscuity” before they begin puberty.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by spacepopper
    +20 +6

    Why Do Intelligent, Well-Educated People Still Believe Nonsense?

    Last night for the third time in as many months I found myself explaining to someone raised outside of a devoutly religious environment that religious people are not stupid simply because they believe nonsensical things. Each of the three times I’ve had this conversation it’s been with a different person whose professional life has increasingly come to focus on critiquing religion. Each time I’ve encountered the same bewilderment, and each time I’ve covered the same ground in an attempt to explain how and why some people who are very intelligent can...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rexall
    +22 +5

    The Average Income of a Pastor of a Mega Church

    Megachurches are large churches that have congregations of more than 2,000 people. They can almost be economies unto themselves, with large campuses that include gyms, bookstores, daycare centers, coffee shops and other amenities. They are growing in popularity, particularly in the southern and western parts of the United States. Pastors who work at these churches can expect a salary that is higher than that of their peers who are pastoring smaller congregations.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +29 +3

    Church bans yoga because it is 'non-Christian' - and villagers threaten a boycott 

    Parishioners have threatened to boycott a church that banned yoga from its premises because it is "non-Christian". Church bosses said the discipline that originated in ancient India "might be seen to be in conflict with Christian values and belief". Part of St David's Church, in Ceredigion, Wales, is being converted into a community centre after complaints that the village of Blaenporth lacked facilities.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by melaniee
    +14 +3

    Blasphemy laws are an unholy offense against free speech. And they're spreading

    Indonesia and Ireland are very different societies, but in both countries talking about religion can get you in trouble with the law. On Tuesday, the Christian governor of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy against Islam, a penalty that shocked many inhabitants of the majority-Muslim country known for its tolerance and pluralism. The blasphemy charge against Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was based on a video in which he was recorded telling voters they were being misled if they believed that a verse in the Koran forbade them from voting for a non-Muslim.

  • Expression
    4 months ago
    by TNY
    +16 +6

    Putin’s holy war

    It was just before dawn when close to a dozen police officers wearing helmets and body armor burst into the apartment where Yevgeny Lebedev lives with his wife and children in northern Moscow. “They forced me to lie on the floor with my face down,” Lebedev recalled of the raid in mid-November. “They wouldn’t let me look up while they searched the apartment. My children were terrified. It took my five-year-old daughter a long time to get over it. She thought they were criminals who had come to rob us.”

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by yuriburi
    +21 +9

    Nicaraguan woman dies after being stripped naked, tied up and thrown into fire in exorcism ritual

    Outside a church in a remote part of Nicaragua last week, a pastor and a group from his congregation stood around a bonfire for a prayer, their eyes closed and hands raised. A 25-year-old woman needed healing, and through a divine revelation, a clergy member in the church claimed he had instructions to build the fire to cure her. They stripped the woman naked, tied up her hands and feet and hurled her into the flames, Nicaraguan police said. She was consumed by the fire and suffered first- and second-degree burns over 80 per cent of her body.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by zobo
    +24 +6

    German school bans Muslim students from ‘provocative’ praying, sparks heated debate

    A school in western Germany has asked its teachers to report Muslim students who are found praying, with authorities branding the practice “provocative.” The move sparked debate on social media – some users say the country lies about religious freedom. The incident took place in Gymnasium Johannes Rau in the city of Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia state, and was first reported by Der Westen newspaper on Thursday.

  • Expression
    3 months ago
    by kxh
    +31 +6

    Panpsychism is crazy, but it’s also most probably true

    Common sense tells us that only living things have an inner life. Rabbits and tigers and mice have feelings, sensations and experiences; tables and rocks and molecules do not. Panpsychists deny this datum of common sense. According to panpsychism,...

  • Expression
    3 months ago
    by CatLady
    +33 +5

    Forest Prayers With Russia's Polytheistic Mari

    The Mari people of central Russia speak a distinct language and practice a separate religion from their Christian neighbors. Photographer Sergei Poteryaev and reporter Regina Khisamova attended a traditional prayer ceremony in one of the sacred forest groves of the Mari El Republic.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by wildcat
    +20 +4

    Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for church's role in Rwanda genocide

    Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the Catholic church’s role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which 800,000 people were slaughtered in 100 days of violence. The “sins and failings of the church and its members” had “disfigured the face” of Catholicism, he said. Speaking after meeting the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, the Vatican acknowledged that some Catholic priests and nuns had “succumbed to hatred and violence” by participating in the genocide.