Posts Tagged ‘Atheist’
Posted by doctore0 on May 7, 2015
Georgia’s liberal politicians say only alignment with Europe and the US will allow the country to overcome its post-Soviet past and survive as an independent nation. But is the country’s anti-Western and increasingly influential Orthodox Church using schools to breed a generation of religious conservatives whose beliefs are more aligned with Vladimir Putin’s Russia than the West?
When 14-year-old Giorgi came home from school on 16 October 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia, his older brother Dato knew immediately something was wrong. Bruised and battered, Giorgi described how four older boys took turns kicking him in front of other schoolmates. “This wasn’t just a boys’ fight,” Dato says.
Giorgi was beaten because he had called himself an atheist.
Rights groups say this is just one example of growing religious intolerance in Georgia’s state schools, fostered by what they say is a campaign of indoctrination encouraged by the country’s Orthodox Church.
“They told me: ‘You offend our religion, you are an infidel,'” Giorgi says. The school principal confirmed the story, but said the issue has been resolved.
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Posted by doctore0 on May 2, 2015
In Egypt, a deeply religious country in a deeply religious region, atheism is not only taboo, it is dangerous. It is sometimes even criminal to publicly declare nonbelief. Despite the danger, one group of activists is pushing back with a new online channel that defends the right not to believe.
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Posted by doctore0 on April 29, 2015
A Northeastern Pennsylvania transit system permitted churches to advertise on the sides of its buses but then refused to allow a group that doesn’t believe in God to place an ad containing the word “atheists,” fearing it would offend riders, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.
The County of Lackawanna Transit System repeatedly rejected the ads sought by the Wilkes-Barre based Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society, telling the group it doesn’t permit advertising space to be used as a forum for public debate. The transit system also told the group its ad might alienate riders and hurt revenue, according to the lawsuit, filed in Scranton.
“It’s hard to advertise effectively if we’re not allowed to use the word ‘atheists’ to say who the NEPA Freethought Society’s members are or who we’re trying to reach,” Justin Vacula, the group’s co-organizer and spokesperson, said in a statement distributed by the ACLU.
“We just want to be treated fairly and allowed the same opportunity to advertise that COLTS has given other groups for years,” said Vacula, 26, of Wilkes-Barre.
The transit system allowed several churches — as well as a political candidate and a blog that linked to anti-Semitic, Holocaust denial and white supremacist websites — to advertise before the Freethought Society first tried placing its ad in 2012, the suit said.
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Posted by doctore0 on April 29, 2015
DETROIT — A year after being denied an application to have a “reason station” inside a Michigan city hall, atheist Douglas Marshall set up the station for the first time Tuesday thanks to a federal court victory in February.
His station — a table with literature, a sign on an easel and chairs for himself and two volunteers — was situated in the Warren City Hall atrium in front of the library. Paces away, on the other side of the library entrance, stood a prayer station that has been allowed in City Hall since 2009.
Marshall, 69, of Warren, Mich., said he was happy he could establish the reason station from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“I feel it’s appropriate that an alternative is being offered,” said Marshall.
He sued the city and Mayor Jim Fouts last summer after his request to set up the reason station was denied. Marshall said the table would promote free thought, use of reason and logic and separation of church and state.
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Posted by doctore0 on April 29, 2015
Churchville, NY (WROC)- It’s perfectly legal for people of all beliefs to have meetings at public schools. This past January, in Churchville-Chili, a group of Rochester atheists formed the “Young Skeptics Club.” They say they don’t push atheism on anyone. They want to be an alternative to the Christian, “Good News Club.”
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Posted by doctore0 on April 28, 2015
Humanity must break away from the imaginary tyrant/man made tool in the sky, it is happening.
Just recently Ahmed Harqan, an Egyptian human rights activist, stunned television audiences all over Egypt and rest of the Arab Middle East, by claiming his non-belief in the existence of God and his profound disdain to religious scriptures and ideology.
Following this astonishing revelation, a raging debate sparked all over the Middle East, since religion has been the most sacred form of thought in these parts of the world. It was very uncommon to discuss faith and scriptures, as it was considered blasphemous to question the doctrines of religion, and was even punishable legally. But over the last few years, things have taken new dimensions; largely influenced by social media, blogosphere and YouTube, many young people have started to openly raise questions and criticise faiths and ideologies worldwide.
India and Pakistan are no exception to such scenarios. Although both countries are facing a serious crisis of religious extremism and the growth of right-wing narratives notably in the middle-class section, it has also triggered a tremendous rise of sceptics and critical thinkers. Many bloggers have started questioning myths, dogmas, doctrines and sacred texts that have been forced on to them as benign faith.
In Pakistan, people haven’t showed up in the open as any form of dissent is retaliated by bullets. But, despite threats, Pakistan has hundreds of atheism and anti-religious groups and pages mushrooming on social media. The wave of religious fascism and violence carried out in its name, which has martyred over 50,000 lives including the dire dreadful Peshawar school attack that claimed 145 lives, has pushed many in Pakistan away from the fold of religion. The pace of the communication revolution in the last decade has liberated populations from the caged mind-set.
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Posted by doctore0 on April 27, 2015
It’s the stupid priest on faux news..
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Posted by doctore0 on April 22, 2015
Aron Ra, Texas State Director of American Atheists, speaks to an Atheist Ireland meeting about how religion harms education, in the Davenport Hotel in Dublin on 21 April 2015.
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Posted by doctore0 on April 21, 2015
Protest held after bank allegedly would not notarize document for church member
Church of Bacon <–
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Posted by doctore0 on April 20, 2015
Inclusive 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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