Posted by doctore0 on November 4, 2014
A federal district court in Oregon has ruled in favor of an atheist inmate who filed suit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons in April for rejecting his requests to form a humanist study group on grounds that humanism was not listed as a religious affiliation under existing prison classifications.
In a decision issued Thursday, Senior District Judge Ancer Haggerty ruled that prison officials violated inmate Jason Holden’s constitutional rights under the First and Fifth Amendments, and moved to recognize secular humanism as a religion for “Establishment Clause purposes.”
The case, co-filed by the American Humanist Association, marks a victory for secular groups seeking access to the same legal rights afforded to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims — all of whom are permitted to organize under the current federal prison system.
“As humanists, we believe in the ability of mankind to transcend their differences and to reach some common ground and make the world a better place,” Holden, who is currently serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon, explained in an Uptown Radio interview in May. “We simply want the same thing other religious groups are provided.”
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Posted by doctore0 on May 8, 2014
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Posted by doctore0 on November 22, 2013
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Posted by doctore0 on July 27, 2013
For the first time, traditionally Catholic Ireland is allowing an atheist group to perform weddings. And the response is overwhelming. Previously, couples who sought non-religious weddings could have only civil ceremonies.
Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed an atheist group to perform weddings this year for the first time, and the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by hundreds of couples seeking their services.
Demand for the Humanist Association of Ireland’s secular weddings has surged as the moral authority of the once almighty Catholic Church collapsed in recent decades amid sex abuse scandals and Irish society’s rapid secularization.
Until now, those who did not want a religious wedding could have only civil ceremonies. Outside of the registrar’s office, only clergy were permitted to perform weddings.
But statistics show rising demand for non-Church weddings. In 1996, 90 percent of Irish weddings were performed by the Catholic Church or the Church of Ireland. But by 2010 that percentage had fallen to 69 percent.
The pent-up demand from those who want more than a civil ceremony in a registry office but reject a religious wedding has created a major backlog for the humanist group’s ceremonies director.
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Posted by doctore0 on June 18, 2013
My family better not give my corpse the hallelujah treatment.. or I will come back to haunt them ;)
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Posted by doctore0 on November 22, 2012
Report on the ads on DC buses with the message “I’m Getting A Bit Old For Imaginary Friends” sponsored by the American Humanist Association.
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Posted by doctore0 on August 14, 2012
A new population study of official Department of Defense records by the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers shows religious preference and chaplain endorsements for all components and branches of the military. Findings show atheists are represented in larger numbers than any non-Christian denomination. “No Religious Preference” is the largest individual selection. The Air Force also admitted that it does not know what organizations are endorsing its chaplains.
As a result of the study, Air Force officials have promised to reform their oversight of chaplain endorsing agencies. There has been no commitment to reaching out to atheists and humanists in the military. Top-level chaplains have declined to address formal outreach MAAF and grass roots development. Humanists have no opportunity to state their religious preference on their official records. Lay leader applications have been pushed aside for over a year. This new demographics study should help to show the growing need for chaplains to support nontheists as well as theists.
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Posted by doctore0 on July 22, 2012
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Posted by doctore0 on March 17, 2012
No gods will be harmed :)
POLK COUNTY, Fla. – In Christian circles, the Road to Damascus is the biblical site of the Apostle Paul’s conversion from a persecutor of Christians to one of them. It’s a road now stoked with symbolism, used in reference to watershed experiences.
In a much less literal sense, it’s kind of like County Road 98, which straddles the conversion from Pasco County to Polk County, and for some, a turf war of sorts.
“What concerns us is the message that it sends,” said Atheist of Florida member Rob Curry. “A very chilling message that, if you’re not a Christian, if you don’t believe as we do, then you’re not welcome.”
Curry’s referring to a road-anointing performed on CR 98 last year as part of the “Polk Under Prayer” campaign, where Christians poured olive oil on the asphalt and prayed over it, calling for a revival in the area.
“Mainly we want this to be a safe haven for folks who want to raise their families,” explained Polk Under Prayer organizer, Dr. Richard Geringswald. “Asking God’s protection from ne’er do wells and evil doers.”
A year later, members of the campaign spent this last week burying bricks, engraved with Psalm 37:9-11, beside the twelve major roadways leading into Polk County, including I-4.
PUP leaders prayed over the bricks, asking for God to change the hearts of criminals who enter or exit their county, and if not, to incarcerate them.
Last year, Sheriff Grady Judd and Polk County Schools Superintendent Dr. Sherrie Nickel participated in a PUP rally.
“They are entangling religion and government,” Curry said.
So, the atheists plan to untangle it.
Or Saturday, wash it.
The Humanists of Florida are rallying on CR 98 around 2:30pm to mop the road of any anointing oil that may be left over a year later.
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Posted by doctore0 on August 13, 2011
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