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  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by funhonestdude
    +22 +3

    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
    2 days ago
    by hxxp
    +12 +3

    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.

  • Current Event
    7 days 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
    2 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +4 +1

    Atheism is the Uncoolest Choice Ever, and I Can Prove It

    I've read a number of stories about how atheism is seen as "cool" by many young people, especially among college age youths. That's funny to me because I couldn't think of anything less cool than becoming an atheist. So, just in case any young people are reading, here are eight reasons that atheism is the in-coolest choice ever.

  • Current Event
    13 days 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
    2 weeks 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
    6 days ago
    by LisMan
    +13 +2

    A Creationist Sues the Grand Canyon for Religious Discrimination

    The national park wouldn’t let him collect rocks for research. 

  • Current Event
    2 weeks 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
    11 days 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.

  • Current Event
    12 days 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.

  • Analysis
    3 weeks 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 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.

  • Expression
    1 month 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
    3 weeks 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.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
    by messi
    +16 +3

    Scientists say religious fundamentalism could be caused by a brain injury

    Suffering a brain injury can make people more religious, scientists have found. Researchers from Northwestern University in Illinois, USA, found patients who had a brain trauma were less willing to accept new ideas and became more extreme in their religious beliefs. The study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, found that lesions in a part of the brain called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex were linked to higher levels of religious fundamentalism.

  • Video
    1 month 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
    1 month 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
    1 month 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.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +23 +8

    Born believers: How your brain creates God

    While many institutions collapsed during the Great Depression that began in 1929, one kind did rather well. During this leanest of times, the strictest, most authoritarian churches saw a surge in attendance. This anomaly was documented in the early 1970s, but only now is science beginning to tell us why. It turns out that human beings have a natural inclination for religious belief, especially during hard times.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ubthejudge
    +21 +7

    Someone analysed the Bible and Quran to see which is more violent

    An analysis into whether the Quran is more violent than the Bible found killing and destruction occur more frequently in the Christian texts than the Islamic. Investigating whether the Quran really is more violent than its Judeo-Christian counterparts, software engineer Tom Anderson processed the text of the Holy books to find which contained the most violence. In a blog post, Mr Anderson explains: "The project was inspired by the ongoing public debate around whether or not terrorism connected with Islamic fundamentalism reflects something inherently and distinctly violent about Islam compared to other major religions."

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by socialiguana
    +12 +6

    Muslim babies born will outnumber Christian births by 2035

    Muslim mothers will have more babies than Christian women by 2035, a new study has found. Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world, with Christians making up almost one third of Earth’s 7.3 billion people in 2015. Islam comes in second, with 1.8 billion Muslims globally. But in less than 20 years’ time this is expected to change, the Pew Research Centre found, with Muslim births modestly exceeding Christian births to make Islam the world’s fastest-growing major religious group.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Petrox
    +14 +5

    Pakistani student accused of blasphemy beaten to death on campus

    A mob beat a Pakistani student to death at his university campus on Thursday after he was accused of sharing blasphemous content on social media, university and police officials said. A group of about 10 students shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the attack on fellow student Mashal Khan, who was stripped naked and beaten with planks until his skull caved in as other students looked on, video obtained by Reuters showed.

  • Expression
    3 weeks ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +24 +2

    Monks with guns

    Westerners think that Buddhism is about peace and non-violence. So how come Buddhist monks are in arms against Islam? By Michael Jerryson.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by ticktack
    +10 +2

    Hundreds of faith leaders already oppose Trump’s planned ‘religious liberty’ order

    News broke Tuesday afternoon that president Donald Trump is preparing an executive order on “religious liberty” that is expected to offer exemptions for people who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, abortion, transgender identity, and premarital sex. There’s just one catch: many faith leaders already oppose it.

  • Current Event
    2 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
    1 month ago
    by Chubros
    +26 +4

    Critical thinking suppressed in brains of people who believe in religion

    The opposition between religious beliefs and scientific evidence can be explained by difference in brain structures and cognitive activity. Scientists have found critical thinking is suppressed in the brains of people who believe in the supernatural. Published in PLOS One, their study examines how the parts of the brain responsible for empathy and analytical reasoning are linked to faith and spiritual thinking.

  • Expression
    3 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +19 +4

    America’s Empty-Church Problem

    The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse. By Peter Beinart.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +17 +3

    Nawaz's Holi message: 'Islam gives people freedom to choose their religion'

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday delivered a progressive and inclusive message to minorities in the country, saying "no one can force others to adopt a certain religion". Nawaz began his speech with a message of inclusiveness, saying his foremost duty as a ruler is to serve followers of all religions and not one in particular. “God will not ask a ruler what he did for followers of a certain religion,” said Nawaz. “He will ask people such as me: what did we do for God’s creation?”

  • Expression
    2 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
    2 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.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcard
    +7 +2

    Five things you didn't know about Jesus

    With Lent underway, and the original series "Finding Jesus" back on CNN, you're going to hear a lot about Jesus. You may hear revelations from new books that purport to tell the "real story" about Jesus, opinions from friends who have discovered a "secret" on the Web about the son of God, and airtight arguments from co-workers who can prove he never existed. Beware of most of these revelations; many are based on pure speculation and wishful thinking. Much of what we know about Jesus has been known for the last 2,000 years.