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Secular Group Showcase: Lehigh Valley Humanists

Last week, we asked you to tell us about your local secular group in an attempt to encourage the start-up and growth of "good without god" communities. We've received a lot of responses already (Thanks!) and here's just a glimpse at the first group: The Lehigh Valley Humanists in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania:

42,000 Schools in India Will Soon Teach That Stem Cell Research, Cars, and TVs Were Inspired by Ancient Texts

There's a new case of religion making its way into public schools, where fiction is taught as fact and mythical beliefs override what academic scholars say.Except this case has nothing to do with Christianity or Creationism. It takes place in India, where 42,000 schools across the western state of Gujarat have some new compulsory reading material.
The 125-page book, Tejomay Bharat,... was recently mandated as supplementary reading by the Gujarat government for all government primary and secondary schools.Published by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB), the book seeks to teach children “facts” about history, science, geography, religion and other “basics”.
What are some of these "facts"?

Richard Dawkins, Again, Shoots Himself in the Foot on Twitter

Late last night, Richard Dawkins made a series of tweets that made sense initially and then veered into downright weirdness. Let's start with the first:
Totally with him there. Some things are worse than others. Saying as much doesn't mean the first thing is "good." It's a simple, straightforward concept. Getting only four hours of sleep is bad. Getting no sleep is worse. It doesn't mean I'm advocating people get only four hours of sleep.But the examples Dawkins used to prove his point were quite possibly the worst ones he could've chosen:

Mark Driscoll Admitted to Trolling His Own Church’s Online Forums 14 Years Ago & the Thread is Still Online. Whoops!

In 2006, Pastor Mark Driscoll published a book called Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church in which he admitted to secretly participating in his own church's online forums:
At this time, our church also started an unmoderated discussion board on our website, called Midrash, and it was being inundated with postings by emerging-church type feminists and liberals. I went onto the site and posted as William Wallace II, after the great Scottish man portrayed in the movie Braveheart, and attacked those who were posting.
In the wake of all the bad publicity surrounding Mars Hill Church lately, with its cult-like structure and exodus of church members who are sharing their horror stories online, Driscoll and his allies are doing everything they can to scrub his past statements from their website.

Well, What Did You Expect When a Soccer Star Named Jesus Said He’d Answer Questions on Twitter?

Manchester City, the English Premier League champions (a.k.a. a soccer team), decided to let fans ask questions of star player Jesus Navas. Navas later responded on video. Nice PR move. Fun for the fans. Lots of teams do something similar.What made it even more entertaining was that the official hashtag for the Q&A was #AskJesus. (That had to be on purpose, right?)
As you can imagine, some fans had a little too much fun with that...

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Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 26, 2011 at 4:15pm

@John:

A spectacular day to you sir!!

@Roland:

indeed!

Comment by John Jubinsky on January 16, 2011 at 5:26am
@Kelvin:

Hellooooooooooo back!!!
Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 15, 2011 at 8:46pm

Hey! i wanna send a warm friendly atheist shoutout from Connecticut.

This is it: Hellooooooooooooo!!!

Comment by Shawn Anonymous on November 3, 2010 at 10:35pm
@ Shawn- NZ is definitely on my list.

@ Randy Reed- Thanks a million Randy. I appreciate you taking the time.

I hope you guys will leave any comments you have on the page as well, its nice to get feedback there too.
Comment by Shawn Hamman on November 3, 2010 at 12:44pm
Life in NZ is great! Best country in the world ;)
Comment by Randy Reed on November 3, 2010 at 10:58am
SA, I read your blog this morning and thought it was spot on and pretty amazing. Thanks.
Comment by Shawn Anonymous on November 3, 2010 at 8:21am
Thanks Shawn. I appreciate you taking the time to read it. How's life in NZ?
Comment by Shawn Hamman on November 3, 2010 at 1:29am
I read your post, it's pretty damn good man. Beautifully written, I liked it.
Comment by Shawn Anonymous on November 2, 2010 at 7:01pm
Hello Friends,

I've been away from AN for a bit, so its been a while since some of us have talked. I hope all is well. I wanted to tell you all about my new article on the Black Skeptics Blogspot, its called "Humanity's Child". If you get a chance, I hope you'll read it and post a comment on the page. If you like it, or simply find it interesting, I hope you'll forward it to your friends and/or groups across the net. You can find a link to the article below. Thanks in guys!

Best,
Shawn


PS- For those of you who are interested, you can also find my previous article entitled "What If" by searching that title on the Black Skeptics Group at Blogspot or RichardDawkins.net


http://blackskeptics.blogspot.com/2010/11/humanitys-child.html
Comment by Littlebigdog on September 19, 2010 at 8:00am
LD and Littlebigdog are two different people. At least I think they are unless some kind of "Fight Club" imaginary friend scenario is happening here!
 

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