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Decline In Religion Frightens Bill O’Reilly

Posted by doctore0 on May 14, 2015

The country is a buzz with new survey data showing that the numbers of Christians have been dropping precipitously over the over the past seven or eight years. What is to blame for this change? Well, Bill O’Reilly has a theory.

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Knoxville Christians, atheists agree churches must make changes to survive

Posted by doctore0 on May 13, 2015

Adjust, adjust the bible??? Just close this religion thing and throw it on the garbage dump of history and forget this god business, it’s all man-made/imaginary anyways :)

(WBIR) – Across the nation the number of Christians is dropping.

A Pew Research poll shows the number of people with no religion is growing.

These two groups are on the opposite end when it comes to beliefs, but agree when it comes to why churches may be seeing fewer numbers.

Two big reasons – not answering questions of faith and not being open to today’s society.

Kory Queen serves as a campus minister at the University of Tennessee. He hails from the Northwest and has seen firsthand why some churches struggle to retain members.

“The ones that are not surviving as well are holding on to traditions that are more oppressive, whether it be towards women or minorities,” explained Queen.

He believes churches have to adjust to keep their doors open.
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Christians drop, ‘nones’ soar in new religion portrait

Posted by doctore0 on May 12, 2015

Evolution baby :)

WASHINGTON — The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago.

That’s the top finding — one that will ricochet through American faith, culture and politics — in the Pew Research Center’s newest report, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” released Tuesday.

This trend “is big, it’s broad and it’s everywhere,” said Alan Cooperman, Pew’s director of religion research.

Christianity still dominates American religious identity (70%), but the survey shows dramatic shifts as more people move out the doors of denominations, shedding spiritual connections along the way.

Atheists and agnostics have nearly doubled their share of the religious marketplace, and overall indifference to religion of any sort is rising as well. Only the historically black Protestant churches have held a steady grip through the years of change.

Remember the familiar map of American religion? The South: A bastion of white evangelicals. The Northeast: Cradle of Catholics. The Midwest: Nest of Mainline Protestants. The West: Incubator of “nones” — people who claim no religious brand label.

Well, scratch all that in the new topography.
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Bangladesh Blogger Hacked To Death By Masked Men

Posted by doctore0 on May 12, 2015

:( The madness of religion

A blogger has been hacked to death by a masked gang in Bangladesh – the third such murder of a critic of religious extremism in three months.

Ananta Bijoy Das, 33, wrote for the Mukto-Mona (Free Mind) website which describes itself as a space for “freethinkers, sceptics, atheists and humanists”.

“Attackers wearing masks hacked Ananta Bijoy Das with machetes in Sylhet city at around 8.30am this morning. We have learnt that he was a writer,” deputy commissioner of Sylhet police Faisal Mahmud said.

The front page of the website now displays the message “We are united in grief and remain undefeated” written in white on a black background.

A friend of Mr Das claims he had received death threats and was on a hitlist of atheist bloggers drawn up by Islamist militants. His death marks an escalation in religious violence in the country.

Mukto-Mona used to be moderated by Avijit Roy, 43, a Bangladeshi-born US citizen living in Atlanta, who was hacked to death in the capital Dhaka in February.

Mr Roy was a prominent voice against religious intolerance, and his family and friends said he had been threatened for his writings.
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Indonesia’s underground atheists lay low after Facebook post that led to imprisonment

Posted by doctore0 on May 12, 2015

Yea free humanity from the imaginary/man made magic man/tyrant in the sky

OGYAKARTA, Indonesia — As the call to morning prayer rings out over Yogyakarta at sunrise, Arimbi prepares herself for a long day of classes and waitressing at a local cafe.

Wrapping herself in a bright blue hijab, the 26-year-old climbs onto her motorbike and heads to the Islamic university where she studies community development. But Arimbi has a secret she keeps from her classmates, professors and all but her family and closest confidants. She’s an atheist.

While Indonesia is often celebrated as one of the world’s few Muslim-majority democracies, non-religious people say the country’s tough anti-blasphemy laws force them to live a façade of faith, masquerading as Muslims when many spend hours a day mocking religion in private online forums

But millennial-aged atheists like Arimbi are growing bolder, trying to change national opinions on atheism by living as openly as possible while avoiding jail time. She said she wears the hijab on her college campus, Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, and when visiting her strict Muslim father, but only out of respect for her classmates and family. Arimbi said walking away from Islam in her late teens was the most liberating choice she’s ever made.

“I’m free,” she said. “That’s the first feeling I had when I became atheist. I never felt sad. My mind is open and I can finally be free.”
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Woman ‘beaten to death with sticks by religious group trying to exorcise demons from her body’

Posted by doctore0 on May 11, 2015

Religion = Fancy name for mental illness

The mentally ill woman’s relatives were convinced she was “possessed by the devil”, so she took the extraordinary decision to call in an exorcist

woman was effectively beaten to death with sticks by a religious team trying to exorcise demons from her body.

Local reports in Moroccan say the woman was ‘possessed by Satan’, and it was decided the best way to deal with the problem was to yell religious passages at her while hitting her with the sticks.

A report by the Morocco World News said the woman’s relatives were convinced she was “possessed by the devil”, so she took the extraordinary decision to call in an exorcist.

The shocking incident took place last Friday, but the woman finally died after what the newspaper called continuous sessions of exorcism performed by a “fqih” (exorcist) in Douar Beni Salah in the Tetouan region of Morocco.
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Fox News Priest: Obama, Like All Atheists, Can’t Be Trusted

Posted by doctore0 on May 10, 2015

“Catholic priest and Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris argued over the weekend that atheists were not suitable candidates for president because it was “hard to trust” someone who did not believe that God would punish them.

Sigh…

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Would You Vote For God?

Posted by doctore0 on May 10, 2015

You’re willing to give Him an eternity in the next life, but could you even tolerate four years of Him in this life?

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Children’s pastor charged with child pornography

Posted by doctore0 on May 9, 2015

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A longtime children’s pastor in Jonesboro has been charged with computer child pornography, according to documents filed in Jonesboro District Court Wednesday afternoon.

Tony Waller, 39, had tens of thousands of files of nude or scantily clad pubescent girls in his possession, according to the Jonesboro Police Department.

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Louisiana Politician Accuses Scientists of Burning Dissenters Alive

Posted by doctore0 on May 9, 2015

Haha sheesh

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