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Is America beginning to accept atheists?

Posted by doctore0 on April 20, 2015


atheist1Inclusive policies for atheists, along with growing media attention and the rising number of religiously unaffiliated populations in the US, may herald the start of a shift in how America perceives those who don’t believe in God.

As the debate around religious freedom heats up across the country, one group has become increasingly central to the conversation: Atheists.

Earlier this month, lawmakers in Madison, Wis. voted to give atheists the same protections for employment, housing, and public accommodations as other groups – making the city the first in the nation to include atheists in its list of protected classes.

The decision, coupled with growing media attention and the rising number of atheists and religiously unaffiliated across the United States, may be a sign of shifting perceptions around those who reject religious beliefs.

Among the least accepted groups in the United States today, atheists have long faced discrimination in politics, military service, and schools, as well as hostility in everyday life.

Eight states have laws that technically prohibit atheists from holding office: Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. A 1961 Supreme Court ruling prevents these laws from being actively enforced, yet there are no openly atheist members of Congress, The Washington Post reported.
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Atheist? THEN OWN IT! — Be Openly Secular —

Posted by doctore0 on April 19, 2015

CBS News This Morning, Mo Rocca, 4-19-2015
Openly Secular:
http://www.openlysecular.org/

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Woman declares disbelief in god after extreme bullying

Posted by doctore0 on April 17, 2015

BEAUMONT –
Lamar University students were greeted with signs like “Coming out of God’s Closet” as they entered the Setzer Center today.
Members of the university’s Secular Student Alliance organized a community forum called “Ask an Atheist Day.”


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KosherSwitch Launch

Posted by doctore0 on April 16, 2015

Dunno if real.. but hey, religion

Bonus …

Crazy huh :D

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Supreme Court says no to Saguenay prayer

Posted by doctore0 on April 16, 2015

The Supreme Court has ruled the municipal council of a Quebec town cannot open its meetings with a prayer

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/supreme-court-rules-against-prayer-at-city-council-meetings-1.3033595
Win win !

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Atheist mom threatened over complaints about ‘Bible Man’ visits to Tennessee public school

Posted by doctore0 on April 16, 2015


A Tennessee mom said she and her child have been threatened after they complained about “Bible Man” visits to her son’s school.

The Christian-themed superhero character played by Horace Turner has been visiting Grundy County schools for nearly 40 years, but the atheist mom contacted a national secular group over her concerns, reported WRCB-TV.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter on behalf of the woman, who asked to remain anonymous in news reports, questioning the constitutionality of the in-school visits.

While some Christian evangelizers come as wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing, this wolf comes dressed as a wolf,” the group said in a letter. “’Bible Man’s’ overtly religious and proselytizing messages are explicit.”

Turner leads students in Bible readings, sets up “baby Jesus” displays at school, preaches in sermons that “Jesus died on the cross for our sins,” and distributes religious literature, the group said.

He has also spoken at schools in Alabama, but Tennessee state officials recently promised to end Turner’s visits to elementary schools.
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Turkey’s Atheists Face Hostilities, Death Threats

Posted by doctore0 on April 16, 2015


ISTANBUL—

Onur Romano, a founding member of Turkey’s Atheism Association, opens the office and checks the mail. For once, he says, there are no death threats.

“Sometimes they send photos of some al-Qaida members chopping people off heads and putting all the heads in a bucket,” he says. “They tell us your head is going to be in one of the buckets, that’s how you are going to leave your office, stuff like that.”

In officially secular Turkey, whose population is 99 percent Muslim, atheists are voicing alarm about what they call increasing intolerance fueled by the country’s pro-Islamist government.

“Through Facebook, Twitter, emails, and to our call center, we have received a couple of hundred death threats already,” Romano continues. “We have a total of three security cameras, and we have two panic buttons hooked up to the nearest police precinct. But we are determined.”

On Turkish TV channels where growing numbers of Islamic clerics espouse their beliefs, Atheists are a popular target. Romano says much of his group’s work involves countering such views.

“We don’t insult religion, we don’t insult people’s values. All we are trying to [do] is to tell people what atheism, because our people think that atheists are people who have orgies every night, rape animals because [and] have no ethical values,” he said. “For them, ethics is equal to religion.”
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Oklahoma group calling for devil worshiping books in schools after teacher allowed to hand out bibles

Posted by doctore0 on April 16, 2015

Satan, gawds top assistant :)

Oklahoma group calling for devil worshiping books in schools after teacher allowed to hand out bibles

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After a school district in Oklahoma said it was okay for a teacher to hand out bibles to students, a satanic group wants to put devil worshipping activity books in schools, too.

“It would give children the opportunity to see that devil worship is not what everyone tells them it is,” Self-proclaimed Satanist Adam Daniels said.

Daniels, the leader of an Oklahoma City church of devil worshipers, said it is only right after the flood gates were opened when a teacher offered her students bibles.

“If they’re going to allow a religious book from the christian church, then they have to allow a book from us because we’re on the same playing field,” Daniels continued.
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Why temperatures never go up in straight lines

Posted by doctore0 on April 15, 2015

New from potholer54

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Vaccination-exempt church revealed as Christian “Scientists”

Posted by doctore0 on April 15, 2015

So it is ok to kill kids for Jesus…

It is the question that Scott Morrison has repeatedly refused to answer.

Which is the religious organisation that qualifies children for an exemption from vaccination?

The Social Services Minister has said there was only one registered organisation that could be exempted for religious grounds, but would not say who.
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“I’m not about to advertise it for fear of it having a lot of new followers on a fairly unfair basis,” he said at the weekend, after announcing other loopholes would be tightened to stop parents claiming childcare and family benefits if they refused to vaccinate their children.

An online guide produced by Mr Morrison’s own department clearly states that the exempt organisation is Church of Christ, Scientist – more generally known as the Christian Scientists.

This information is also available on the government’s ComLaw website, where an explanatory statement about exemption from immunisation requirements states that “children of practising members of the Church of Christ, Scientist are exempt”.

It explains that this “clearly advances” freedom of religion for Christian Scientists as “their religious beliefs mean they may be unwilling to access western medicine”.
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