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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 17, 2014
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 15, 2014
A team of officers has been put together to investigate the scale of the fraud in the city for the first time.
The Leicester Mercury is aware of a number of cases of people handing over tens of thousands of pounds to criminals who then say meaningless prayers or perform rituals for them.
An unknown number of tricksters are operating in the city, advertising in foreign language newspapers or by putting business cards through letterboxes or leaving the on car windscreens.
Many claim to be able to use prayer to lift curses, heal broken marriages and solve financial problems.
Others say they can cure illnesses including cancer and HIV.
Inspector Ben Gillard, commander of Leicester’s Spinney Hill Park police station, said the team needed the community’s help to trace the perpetrators.
Insp Gillard said: “People are being exploited and handing over large sums of money to these people.
“We want to work with the faith community leaders and other people in the community because this is not solely a police issue.
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 10, 2014
The American Humanist Association on Monday launched a national campaign encouraging Americans to “sit out” the Pledge of Allegiance until the words “under God” are removed from it.
Dubbed “Don’t Say the Pledge,” the campaign encourages people, regardless of their beliefs, to sit down during the Pledge and “make a statement for true inclusiveness.”
“We want everyone to know that the current wording of the Pledge discriminates against atheists and others who are good without a god, and we want them to stand up for fairness by sitting down until the Pledge is restored to its original, unifying form,” said association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt.
The campaign comes after a survey conducted by the organization found that 34 percent of Americans said they would like “under God” removed after being told it wasn’t part of the original text.
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Atheist US Air Force sergeant to take military to court over requirement to take oath with ‘so help me God’
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 10, 2014
The atheist airman was last month denied his request to re-enlist because of his refusal to swear to God.
His lawyer, Monica Miller from the American Humanist Association, said he was now poised to take the military to court.
“We have not received word from the Air Force regarding our letter,” she said.
“It has not indicated a willingness to settle out of court.”
With the deadline for re-enlisting expiring in November, the technical sergeant at Creech Air Force base in Nevada, whose name has not been released, will be forced to sue the government in a federal court, Ms Miller said.
In the past, an airman could opt for an alternative phrase and omit the words “so help me God,” but the US Air Force changed its policy in October 2013.
The other branches of the American military do not require the reference to God and make the phrase optional.
“This is the only branch to my knowledge that’s actually requiring everyone in all instances to use the religious language,” Ms Miller said.
She said the requirement violated the US Constitution, which bars religious tests to hold office or other positions.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 5, 2014
Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 28, 2014
“God Is Not Dead actor Kevin Sorbo provided one answer to the question he has been asking repeatedly on the film’s DVD promotional tour — “Why are atheists so angry at something they don’t believe in?” — on Christian radio host Rick Wiles’ show Tuesday.
Atheists, he claimed, secretly believe that God exists, and are upset with him because they know he is going to judge them. They are a “small group of people, and they get on Fox or CNN and they rant and they rave,” Sorbo said, “and I pretty much based my character [in God Is Not Dead] off of these guys that I see who are just angry — they’re just filled with anger and hatred.”
“On the one hand,” he continued, “I feel sorry for them, but then I kind of laugh at them. Why would anybody spend so much time ranting and raving about something they don’t believe in?”
After a brief digression about how “the chipping away of religion” has “brought the country down,” Sorbo claimed that “85 or 90 percent of the people in this country” believe in God, and that they’re offended when atheists use the courts to compel Christians to respect the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.”
Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 21, 2014
A group of Satanists planning to stage a “black Mass” next month at a civic center is using a communion wafer stolen from the Cannibal Church, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the archcannibal of Oklahoma City.
Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 20, 2014
Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 16, 2014
A Texas court ruled this month that parents who allegedly stopped homeschooling their kids because they believed Jesus Christ was returning to Earth were not exempt from state education regulations.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on August 5, 2014
“Sometimes things need to be said, and fights need to be fought even if they are unpopular. To the closeted atheists, you are not alone, and you deserve equality.”
So goes the rousing speech from the American Atheists president, David Silverman, in the opening moments of the first US television broadcaster dedicated to those who do not believe in God, Atheist TV.
A series of testimonies from prominent atheists then follows.
“It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life and I completely advocate people ‘coming out’,” says Mark Hatcher, from Black Atheists of America.
“Coming out” is how many atheists in the USA describe what remains, for many, a very difficult admission to make publicly.
At one of the biggest gatherings of atheist students in the country, in Columbus, Ohio, Jamila Bey from the Secular Student Alliance said there were many attendees who were nervous about being interviewed and had indicated so by what they were wearing around their neck.