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Lawsuit: State trooper preached about Jesus during traffic stop (Indystar.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 12. 51 Replies

I am just going to get out of the way of this one ... though when I saw the headline on…Continue

Tags: police, Indiana, proselytize

S.E. Cupp: I’m a ‘Better’ Atheist than Bill Maher

Started by Joe. Last reply by Regina Goodwin Oct 12. 45 Replies

In a new online video for Crossfire the pundit makes the claim that conservative atheists are actually “better” than liberal ones,…Continue

Anti-Islam ads coming to NYC buses, subways (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat Sep 20. 1 Reply

NEW YORK -- Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on a hundred New York City buses and at two subway entrances next week.The six ads include an image of American journalist James Foley, just before…Continue

Tags: islam, ads, American Freedom Defense Initiative, Islamophobia

Pennsylvania teen faces two years in jail for Facebook photo of "desecration"

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 13. 21 Replies

A 14-year-old in Everett, Pennsyltucky Pennsylvania has been charged with…Continue

Tags: trespassing, photos, stupidity, 'right' not to be offended, Facebook

Judges rule that Ground Zero Cross can stay at 9/11 museum

Started by Joe. Last reply by Luara Aug 3. 4 Replies

In 2011, the American Atheists – a group dedicated to fight to “protect the absolute separation of religion from government and raise the profile of atheism in the public discourse” - sued to keep…Continue

Atheist TV Officially Launches; David Silverman Criticizes History Channel for Presenting Bible as History

Started by Joe. Last reply by Pat Aug 1. 5 Replies

The world's first ever all-atheist TV channel officially launched Tuesday, with American Atheist president David Silverman declaring it is geared toward all atheists, everywhere.…Continue

Atheist Philanthropist Makes $10,000 Donation to Support Right Wing Watch Blog

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People For the American Way and Right Wing Watch do critical work uncovering the vicious language the Right uses to attack anyone whose religious beliefs differ from their own — especially those with…Continue

On this day in history - July 30th, 1956

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 30. 1 Reply

On this day in history - July 30th, 1956 - "In God We Trust" is adopted as the official motto of the United States.…Continue

Pierce County Council approves displaying “In God We Trust” after volatile debate

Started by Joe Jul 30. 0 Replies

After more than two hours of volatile debate, the Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in the Council Chambers.…Continue

Ireland: Atheists not hopeful of ‘blasphemy’ referendum, in spite of UN pressure

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 29. 2 Replies

The offense — controversially re-introduced in 2009 — states that a person found guilty of the publication or utterance of “blasphemous matter” can be fined up to €25,000.…Continue

This Church Service In Tennessee Includes Everything But God

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 29. 5 Replies

There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church…Continue

Not Just the Adults – Secular Kids’ IQs also Higher

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 28. 2 Replies

Not one major news outlet has brought attention to the fact that peer-reviewed studies have been ongoing and consistently show the IQs of Atheist to be higher than those of Christians.…Continue

GOP candidate claims fossil record proves humans lived with dinosaurs

Started by Joe. Last reply by Pat Jul 25. 5 Replies

Frey, a Michele Bachmann ally, testified before the Minnesota Senate Education Committee, speaking against the inclusion of the theory of evolution in proposed state science education standards.…Continue

N. TX Atheist group makes appeal to Hispanic non-believers

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joe Tomberlin Jul 25. 1 Reply

The group behind the billboard, the DFW Coalition of Reason, has targeted Christians and African Americans in the past, but it’s especially making an appeal to Hispanic non-believers now.…Continue

Atheist TV Channel Will Launch by the End of the Month

Started by Joe. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 25. 6 Replies

After first mentioning the idea this past spring, American Atheists has announced that a TV channel dedicated to Atheist programming will launch on July 29th.…Continue

Warren city Atheist sues to set up alternative to prayer station at city hall

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A Warren atheist filed a federal lawsuit today saying his free speech rights were violated when Warren Mayor Jim Fouts turned down his request to place what he called a “reason station” inside city…Continue

Atheists End Teacher-Led Prayer in Indiana School District

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 24. 1 Reply

A prominent Atheist organization has convinced an Indiana school district to end teacher-led prayer at area public schools following a complaint from an anonymous parent.…Continue

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 23. 2 Replies

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.…Continue

Calvary Chapel Creation Conference Starts Today But Draws Atheist Protesters Thursday

Started by Joe Jul 23. 0 Replies

Stirring things up, according to "Orange County's most famous atheist" Bruce Gleason, will be members of his group Backyard Skeptics, Riverside Atheists and Free Thinkers (RAFT) and the Freethought…Continue

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Comment by Sassan K. on July 23, 2011 at 5:35pm
Mike, that had to be the biggest waste of my brain to read that diatribe. I think I lost brain cells while reading such utter nonsense written by that Islamic writer.
Comment by Ian Mason on July 23, 2011 at 11:19am
Death toll on Utøya now set at 85, in Oslo 7. The killer is now said to be a supporter of the (respectable) nationalist Fremskritts Parti and a farmer who recently ordered 3 tons of fertilizer. Fremskritts Parti have problems enough already as one of the leadership is up on charges for doing things with pubescent boys. A mad world, sometimes.
Comment by RustyBertrand on July 23, 2011 at 11:16am
Anders-Breivik Manifesto, not so nice (PDF)
Comment by Joseph P on July 23, 2011 at 10:17am

Great insights, Sassan.  I always love hearing from people who came to rationality from a different background.

 

ɟǝןıx, it takes on a slightly different tone when it's atheists arguing about Christianity and Islam.  It becomes a sort of reverse one-upsmanship, as each person vies for the status of having gone apostate from the more fucked up religion.  It's a perverse point of pride for lots of atheists.

Comment by Susan Stanko on July 23, 2011 at 9:52am

He goes on:

 

I kept seeing that on internation media, but not Norwegian ones. However, I have some information now: He is a conservative christian who thinks that the modern Norwegian protestant church is a joke. In elections for local church counsils he always voted for the conservative candidates. I don't think fundamentalist is a correct description.

He had a raging hate for the left wing, regarding the socialist youth organisation and the anti-racism organisation as violent and suppressive of conservatives. (In fact they are active and insistent, but hardly aggressively violent.) The benign social-democrat youth organisation AUF that he tried to exterminate consists of nice, socially aware teenagers whose goal is to make society better for everybody. He refers to them as "Stoltenberg-Jugend". The people he shot at Utøya were between 14 and 19 years old.

Some years ago he was a member of the youth organisation of the far right party Fremskrittspartiet ("the Party for Progress", in the opinion of many a very ironic name) and later a member of the party itself, but he was not very active. Siv Jensen, the leader of that party said today that "Today we are all AUFers" allying with his victims, and rejects completely all that Breivik stands for. She felt very uncomfortable that he had been a member.

He was also a freemason, and his lodge is now looking into how the hell this man ever became a member.

He was a passionate (messianic?) far right political activist with a lot of lofty ideas about new conservative magasines etc, but people avoided him more and more as his plans were often "too good to be true". His first Facebook account was shut down because of offensive/racist content.

Comment by Candy Cooper on July 23, 2011 at 9:35am
Wasn't the bombing in OK city and the Uni Bomber's work for the same reasons? Nationalism and racism? This sort of thing isn't isolated to Europe, we have plenty of the same nuts right here.
Comment by Susan Stanko on July 23, 2011 at 9:15am

A friend just posted this about him.

 
The killer is the ethnic Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik (32 years old) from Hoff in western Oslo. Typical sheltered west end kid with background from economic highschool. In his late 20s he became more conservative, rabidly islamophobic and hostile to a multicultural society, something he has never experienced himself. He has called himself "nationalistic". Short story: he developed into a nazi. That he hated Brundtland is just confirmed. He called her "landsmorderen" (the murderer of the country), a wordplay on "landsmoderen" (the mother of the contry) which she is often called.

Two years ago he started a company with the goal of growing vegetables, something that gave hin easy access to fertiliser, the main component of the bombs. Looks like he hasn't had much income the last years, but he wasn't poor.

Comment by ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ on July 23, 2011 at 9:11am
now the rivalry between Christianity and Islam evolved to rivalry between Atheists on the side of Christianity and Atheists on the side of Islam... I thought you are outside religion so please don't let yourselves worked up by it, OK?
Comment by Ian Mason on July 23, 2011 at 6:17am

Silly arguement. Religous violence/cruelty increases in proportion to the amount of power religion has in society. In more secular societies religion is forced into humility and non-violence. When the church had power in Europe we had the Inquisition. When the Reformation came, persecution of "heresy" and religious wars. Now there's a theocracy in Iran for example, there's oppression there. As the U.S. becomes slightly more secular, various groups fight like cornered rats.

 

Simple, innit?

Comment by Sassan K. on July 23, 2011 at 2:13am

To add: to say that Muslims have less blood on their hands than Christianity is quite comical and lacks perspective. Islam from its very beginning was a genocidal religion that fought by the sword and forced people by massacring entire villages (except maybe keeping the best virgin girls) to become Muslim or become extinct. In addition, you judge a people by how they have progressed and modernized. For example, Iran of 2500+ years ago had a great civilization in which the first human rights charter was established and it is quite disheartening than Iran of that period had much more human rights than Iran of today. 40+ years ago we had segregation, now we have a black President. The west has secularized and advanced science, technology, and the plight of the human race. If it wasn't for the west - we wouldn't have all the great thinkers who have pushed us forward with their minds and innovations.

When individual Christians resort to the rare abortion bombing or killing an abortion doctor - they are shunned by other Christians in the community. They are not glorified and given high status or considered martyrs when they are executed. In fact - they go to jail for life or face execution (although I am against the death penalty). Individual acts do not constitute what Islamic terrorism is - acts on a global scale by terrorists and the organizations they are a part of.

And when bibles are burned or people make fun of Jesus - their feelings might be hurt but they don't go cut heads off or resort to terror.

Case in point: Woman Destroys Controversial Jesus Art in Colorado and she is the one arrested and the exhibit of gay Jesus was repaired and went back on in display. A Pastor in Florida threatens to burn a quran, heads are being cut off at the United Nations in Afghanistan. Cartoons are drawn - Muslims act like savages. Imagine instead of a gay Jesus exhibit it was a gay Muhammad exhibit....what do you think the result would have been??

 

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