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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for priests who sexually abused children (CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 26 Replies

Pope Francis made his strongest condemnation yet of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy on Friday, asking for forgiveness and pledging to impose penalties on "men of the church" who harm children."I feel…Continue

Tags: forgiveness, child abuse, Pope Francis

Celebrity Snake Handling Pastor Dies from Snakebite

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ Feb 19. 3 Replies

Jamie Coots who was starring in the reality show, Snake Salvation, died as the result being bitten by a snake he was handling. He was trying to prove that his faith would protect him. Is the…Continue

Tags: Religious Snake Handling, Jamie Coots, Jubinsky

UN Report Vehemently Attacks Vatican Handling of Child Molestation

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 7. 10 Replies

The United Nations has released a report that severely criticizes the way the Catholic Church has handled sexual abuse of children by its clergy. Per the article:  In an unprecedented report, a…Continue

Tags: UN, United Nations, Vatican, Sexual Abuse, Jubinsky

Chicago Archdiocese Hid Decades of Child Abuse

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by John Jubinsky Jan 21. 2 Replies

The Chicago archdiocese of the Catholic Church released documents today revealing that it had hidden decades of sexual molestation of children by priests. The documents were only released in order to…Continue

Tags: Catholic Church, Child Molestation, Chicago Archdiocese, Jubinsky

Spartanburg Soup Kitchen sends Atheist Volunteers packing

Started by Joe Tomberlin. Last reply by matt warren Jan 21. 7 Replies

They don't think we exist in foxholes, and they want to make sure we don't in a few others.Here is the discussion from The Young Turks - …Continue

A Christian Communion - Of Sorts

Started by Pat. Last reply by T Andrew Klatt Jan 20. 4 Replies

One of the hallmarks of Christian worship is communion. Where the adherent commits ritualized, or if a Catholic, real cannibalism of the body of the late and not so great JC.Well, from the wonderful…Continue

UN Grills Vatican on Child Absuse

Started by John Jubinsky Jan 16. 0 Replies

The United Nations questioned Vatican officials on Thursday about the appropriateness of the way that child abuse by priests was handled by the Church when it became known to higher Church officials.…Continue

Tags: United Nations, Vatican, UN, Jubinsky, Child Abuse

Pope Francis calls for power to move away from Vatican (BBC News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Napoleon Bonaparte Nov 30, 2013. 6 Replies

Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role. In…Continue

Tags: Vatican, women, Pope Francis

Pope Francis' latest surprise: a survey on the modern family (World News via NBC News)

Started by Loren Miller Nov 11, 2013. 0 Replies

Pope Francis is shaking things up again.The pontiff with a penchant for surprises is making new waves by launching a survey of his flock on issues facing modern families — from gay marriage to…Continue

Tags: survey, Pope Francis

Teaching in a Religious World - by Tori Parker

Started by Tori Parker. Last reply by Craigart14 Nov 9, 2013. 8 Replies

This is my weekly writing at about life as an atheist teacher. I'd love your support -- you can never have too  many awesome atheists reading your work ;)…Continue

'Under God' part of Pledge of Allegiance under review in Massachusetts (CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat Sep 4, 2013. 11 Replies

The Pledge of Allegiance is recited in classrooms across the country every morning -- and because of the words "under God," it is heard in courtrooms across the country seemingly just as often these…Continue

Tags: under god, Pledge of Allegiance, Massachusetts

Pa. governor's attorneys: Gays, like children, can't marry (

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 1, 2013. 7 Replies

HARRISBURG, Pa. -  Marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying, just like 12-year-olds, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's attorneys…Continue

Tags: D. Bruce Hanes, Tom Corbett, gay marriage, Pennsylvania

New Jersey rejects 'ATHEIST' vanity plate for being offensive (Auto Blog)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 28, 2013. 8 Replies

Every state has different rules governing what can and can't be displayed on vanity license plates. Not only do they vary, but many are vague about what combinations of letters and/or numbers are…Continue

Tags: New Jersey, David Silverman

Judge Bars Oklahoma From Implementing Anti-Sharia Law (HuffPost)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Humble Pie Aug 18, 2013. 5 Replies

Aug 16 (Reuters) - Oklahoma's attorney general said on Friday he was reviewing the decision of a U.S. judge that barred the state from adopting a measure that would ban its state courts from…Continue

Tags: Oklahoma, sharia

Mother Teresa Humanitarian Image A 'Myth,' New Study Says (HuffPost)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 12, 2013. 30 Replies

A new study by Canadian academics says Mother Teresa was a product of hype who housed the poor and sick in shoddy conditions, despite her access to a fortune.The Times of India, reporting on the…Continue

Tags: University of Ottawa, University of Montreal, Christopher Hitchens, The Missionary Position, fraud

15 things everyone would know if there were a liberal media (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Humble Pie Aug 10, 2013. 3 Replies

Daily Kos contributor akadjian has written a brilliant piece, citing a number of stories which have gotten varying degrees of…Continue

Tags: liberal media

The Atheist Academic V: Change a Few Words?

Started by Tori Parker Jul 13, 2013. 0 Replies

Why is it okay to discriminate against atheists? I open up a discussion...…Continue

Vatican Monsignor Accused of Taking 600 Thousand Euros and Ilegally Attempting to Move 20 Million More

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 6, 2013. 5 Replies

A monsignor working as an accountant for the Vatican has been accused of taking 600,000 Euros from a Vatican bank and attempting to illegally move (possibly with the intent to steal) 20,000,000 more.…Continue

Tags: Money Laundering, Vatican, Jubinsky

My new article: How to tell if there's a church/state violation in schools...

Started by Tori Parker Jun 22, 2013. 0 Replies

Read and comment, if you would! :)…Continue

Vatican Corrects Pope - Says Atheists and Other non-Catholics Going to Hell

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Loren Miller May 31, 2013. 6 Replies

On May 22, 2013 Pope Francis held a Mass in which he said that even Atheists who do good could be saved. The infallible one was soon corrected by the Vatican to the point that Atheists and other…Continue

Tags: Vatican Corrects Pope, Jubinsky

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 10:59am
It appears my last comment did not get posted; if that is true, I shall write it again. If you have already read this, sorry!

At my age of life (74) many of my closest and dearest friends die. In August, a friend, an elderly fellow with white flowing hair and a long white beard died of old age. We had tea and biscuits every week with his beloved dog Molly. He was an atheist, a Shakespearean actor, an environmentalist and avid conservationist. He taught me how to farm worms and make better composts. He died knowing that means the end ... no heaven to expect, but the end of pain came as a willing friend.

Another of my closest friends, a young woman, a fine chef who trained under Jacques Pépin, held cooking classes in her home and I attended for the last five years, not because I am a slow learner, but because she taught more than cooking, she taught about life. She also died in August; Her dying was a long and hard one from ovarian cancer that would not stop spreading. I shaved my head when she lost her hair the first time and loved the cut, thus, my short haircut.

Another of my dearest friends is quadriplegic from M.S. and can no longer feed herself. We meet every Wednesday morning for brunch and talk politics, religion, and whatever else comes to mind. She finds great comfort in her faith and prayers. I have no interest in changing her beliefs, and I do want to share, both of us, about whatever topic, even faith and no-faith in religion. As best of friends we can be open, honest, compassionate.

And finally, my longest and dearest friend, in the last stages of lung cancer, turns to the hymns of her childhood for comfort, and the community in her church, even as she does not believe the stories of ancient times. To her, community is the important part of her faith.

I have absolutely no interest in changing other peoples minds about ... whatever ... until and unless they impose their beliefs on me or on the institutions of government or education or family planning. Then, I am able and willing to fight hard and long.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 10:24am
I am at an age in life (74) when many of my friends are dying. In August, two of my dearest and most precious friends died, one an atheist, the other a Roman Catholic. In each case they turned for comfort to the beliefs that they lived. Another very close friend is quadriplegic from M.S., is a devout Christian and finds great comfort in her prayers and her hope of being with loved ones. We have brunch together every Wednesday morning and I now have to feed her. I make absolutely no attempt to speak "reason" to her. She needs all the comfort she can muster. Another of my dearest and closest friends is in the last stages of lung cancer and is failing very fast. She gathers her church friends around her like a warm quilt during winter, and faces the end of life is the end. To her, church is community. The rest is stories told by ancient people who did not understand the movement of the stars or the workings of the world.

The one thing I shared with all these friends is my honest understanding of life and death, not to change their beliefs, but to be an honest and true friend. I withheld nothing of myself from them. I would not make that choice in every case, but my intent is not to change other people, but to stop the abuses of religious people who impose their beliefs on me.

And keep creationism as a science out of our public schools! for that and other issues, I am able and willing to put up an honest fight.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on September 14, 2010 at 9:47am
Joan -- you can block individual applications or games but leave the person unblocked now. Of course, in some cases that means you never see them post anything :-)
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 9:45am
%Jo, I share your opinion of "farmville/frontierville/like this/like that/copy-and-paste-this-or-else ..." A dear and precious friend sends such nonsense and I block them, which means I have, in effect, blocked her. I am smart enough to figure out other ways to communicate with her without all that twaddle.

It seems to me that some time ago, one could block that garbage and still have correspondence with the individual. I don't know when it changed, but I don't like it.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 9:38am
Nick, living behind a mask smothered me to the point I thought I would die. Revealing my honest beliefs, experiences and acquired knowledge feels very liberating and I really don't want to spend time building walls around me. There are 6,868,777,572 human beings on this planet and I should be able to find one or two who share my understanding. The rest don't matter ... until they start trying to put creationism as science into public schools. I have taught comparative religion and I like the subject, but I teach it as history.

I have a relative who cannot stop talking about his Christianity and how superior it is to my anti-theism. The fun part is, I am able to define my position in a way that he cannot refute. His Pascal's wager was a really fun one to challenge. He always leaves the room and his wife always tells me not to talk religion with him. "Why not?" I ask, "It brings me so much pleasure!"
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 9:22am
@NoSacredCow: You provided useful information and I agree 100% with each of your points. Much better than name calling and non-specified criticism. Now we can get a good conversation going. Thanks. I knew there existed intelligence behind your diatribe and I like this most recent message because I have something to consider. By the way, I am one of those who likes to talk about the things I am doing and thinking. Why? because I have an interesting story to tell and one I think you might appreciate.
Comment by Meddlesome on September 14, 2010 at 7:39am
What i dont like about facebook is that they collect information on me, even though i have never created an account, or given any information to them about myself. They dont even have a way for non-members to contact them without opening an account. Which makes me consider legal action to determin what information they may have on me, which i never authorised them to have.
Comment by Susan Stanko on September 14, 2010 at 7:04am
The one thing I never liked about Facebook is the inability to look at profiles without being logged in. Even when you are you might not get relevant information.
Comment by Susan Stanko on September 14, 2010 at 6:44am
@Joan The search is turning up nothing on your name :(

@Jo in games the only way to add to your group is to "friend" them.
Comment by TNT666 on September 14, 2010 at 3:36am
At least in the first 5 years the focus of Facebook was on interrelations among friends. Now the focus has entirely changed, Facebook is more focused on our relationship to commerce/businesses and the rest of the web, and the friendship aspect is being reduced to a mere "cross-business" networking and marketing tool.

That's why for me if Facebook was not entirely BS before, it has become so.''

And tho I use my real name on Facebook, I no longer place anything personal in public view. I value my private life, which may be a dying sentiment among modern populace...

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