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San Francisco church accused of using sprinklers on homeless

Posted by doctore0 on March 18, 2015


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) —
Does the premier Catholic church in San Francisco have a confession to make? The homeless trying to find refuge at St. Mary’s Cathedral claim the church is using water not to cleanse them, but to get rid of them. The Archdiocese of San Francisco is now looking into accusations that well-timed sprinklers are preventing the homeless from taking shelter at the landmark church.

Homeless like to sleep in the church’s covered doorways to protect themselves from the elements. But if you look directly above, you’ll see a spout that sprays water on them while they sleep.

“Sometimes I come here to sleep,” said Ignacio.

Ignacio slept outside San Francisco’s Saint Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday night. He placed his sleeping bag near the main entrance to stay dry. That’s because he says under the covered doorways, “the water comes down every 30 minutes.”

He says throughout the night, water sprays from a spout above, soaking the homeless and their things.
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10 Reasons The Bible Isn’t a Well-Written Book

Posted by doctore0 on March 17, 2015

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Claims head ‘phoned God’ to punish pupils

Posted by doctore0 on March 16, 2015


Claims that a primary school head made pupils lie on the floor while she “phoned God” are being investigated by Wiltshire Council.

Sheila Jones, head of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary, Devizes, is said to have pretended to tell God the children had been naughty.

The investigation follows complaints from parents to Ofsted and to governors at the academy school.

Wiltshire Council said it was “looking at the concerns raised”.

It has confirmed that its safeguarding team is investigating a number of complaints raised by parents.

The parents had claimed their children were quiet and distressed after the punishment in the school’s prayer room which is said to have involved pupils being forced to lie face down on the floor while the head told them she was going to phone God on her mobile phone to say they had been naughty.

“The information provided raised concerns about the safety of the children,” said Ofsted in a letter responding to parents.
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A Year Without God

Posted by doctore0 on March 12, 2015

The Atheist Experience #908 for March 8, 2015 with Russell Glasser and Ryan Bell.

Living a Year Without God. Former minister Ryan Bell describes his unusual path to atheism.

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Watch A Knight Get Conservatives To Sign Up For The New Holy War

Posted by doctore0 on March 9, 2015

“We sent comedian Dan Ilic, dressed as a knight, to #CPAC2015 to sign up conservatives for Bill O’Reilly’s Holy War against ISIS.”

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Jehovah’s Witnesses’ silencing techniques: as terrifying as child abuse

Posted by doctore0 on March 5, 2015


Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation – usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.
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Turkey blocks website of its first atheist association

Posted by doctore0 on March 5, 2015


It took less than a year for a Turkish court to block the website of the country’s first official atheism association.

The Atheism Association, the first of its kind in any Muslim-majority country, was officially founded in Istanbul’s Asian-side neighborhood of Kadıköy in April 2014. However, the Gölbaşı 2nd Civil Court of Peace in Ankara has finally moved to block the association’s website, according to the group’s statement on March 3, 2015.

As of March 4, Turkish internet users could not access http://www.ateizmdernegi.org without using tools to bypass blockings, such as a VPN.

The court ruling cites Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Law, which forbids “provoking the people for hate and enmity or degrading them.”

The association has issued a statement to criticize the blocking. “Three months ago, the European Space Agency managed to put Philae on a one-km wide comet named 67P, which has a speed of 135,00p km/h, after a 3,907-day-long journey to a location 500 million km away. Meanwhile, courts in Turkey are still busy blocking websites, citing laws with vague expressions and trying to make a certain belief dominate the others,” it stated.

The Atheism Association also described the court’s decision as “a historic example of accumulating legislative, executive and judicial powers in one hand,” claiming that Turkey is “drifting away from the level of modern civilizations as fast as its judiciary system drifts away from reason.”
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Atheist Convention Billboards Rejected For Mentioning ‘Easter’

Posted by doctore0 on March 4, 2015

Ohh my..

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Americans are turning away from organized religion in record numbers

Posted by doctore0 on March 4, 2015


OrganizedReligionWith fire-breathing religion figuring anew in global conflicts, and political discussions at home often dominated by the nuttery of the Christian right, you might get the sense that somebody’s god is ready to mug you around every street corner. But if you’re the type who doesn’t like to hang your hat on organized religion, here’s a bit of good news: in America, your numbers are growing.

There are more religiously unaffiliated people in the U.S. today than ever before. Starting in the 1980s, a variety of polls using different methodologies have come to the same conclusion: people who do not identify with religious labels are on the rise, perhaps even doubling in that time frame.

Some call them “nones”: agnostics, atheists, deists, secular humanists, general humanists, and people who just don’t care to identify with any religious group. It’s not exactly correct to call them nonbelievers, because some still have faith and spirituality in some sense or another. A 2012 Pew study noted that 30 percent of these people believe in “God or universal spirit” and around 20 percent even pray every day. But according to the latest research, Americans checking the “none of the above” box will make up an increasingly important force in the country. Other groups, like born-again evangelicals, have grown more percentage-wise, but the nones have them beat in absolute numbers.
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Idaho State Senator Objects to Hindu Prayer: “They Worship Cows”

Posted by doctore0 on March 3, 2015

But but cows are better than gawd  + cows are real ;)

Disclaimer
All prayers are .. insane, you know, humans talking to themselves.. Ohh dear master of the universe bla bla lba :)

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