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Australia Says It Prevented Acts of Islamic Terror With Massive Sydney Police Raids

Australian police officers claim to have prevented terrorist bloodshed with the arrest of Omarjan Azari. The cops acted after a senior member of the so-called Islamic State was reportedly found to be urging terrorist cells in Australia to behead one or more victims.
It is alleged he conspired to commit the act with another man, Mohammad Baryalei, a former Sydney bouncer and actor of Afghan origin, reportedly an Islamic State leader. ... The attorney general, George Brandis, said ... that he believed the atrocities would have gone ahead, had it not been for the intervention of the security services, the Australian federal police and forces from Queensland and New South Wales.

New Survey Shows That White Evangelicals Prefer Teaching Children Obedience Over Curiosity, Creativity, and Tolerance

The Pew Research Center has released a study examining how political polarization affects the values we want children to learn. For example, "consistently conservative" people believe teaching children to have religious faith is important -- no surprise there:
Just to be clear, that says 59% of "consistently conservative" people find religious faith to be the most important thing you can teach a child, while 81% of them find it important, period.But I want to draw your attention to another part of the survey: What happens when you break people down by religious beliefs? How do their priorities shift?

Oklahoma Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Ten Commandments Monument

You knew there would be problems when Oklahoma state officials approved a Ten Commandments monument outside the building in 2009 and built it in 2012:
The ACLU of Oklahoma sued the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission last year saying that it was unconstitutional to have a Christian monument like this on state property:

He’s On To Something: Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby Sometimes Thinks That God Doesn’t Exist

Let's give him props for honesty:
The archbishop of Canterbury -- the spiritual leader of the world's 80 million Anglican Christians -- has admitted he sometimes doubts whether God actually exists. Justin Welby made the comments during a relaxed interview in front of an audience at Bristol Cathedral, in England."There are moments, sure, where you think, 'Is there a God? Where is God?'" The archbishop, who is also the leader of the Church of England, added that his admission was "probably not what the archbishop of Canterbury should be saying."

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Comment by Harlem Humanists on July 9, 2013 at 8:21pm

Human Rights Activists Defends "Witchcraft" Children: Speaks - July 15th

After almost 4 years of trying, we finally get the chance to host the heroic human rights and child advocate Leo Igwe. Leo will be speaking on July 15th. The program will offer us the chance to hear harrowing challenges and on-going success stories. We'll also have the opportunity to understand our own part in "what's next?". 

 

Who:

Leo Igwe's work covers key areas of interest to us all. He's been doing social justice work for almost 15 years. He'll speak on the link between human rights, civil liberties, health, education and development. The link between skeptical reason, practical activism and social justice is an ongoing project you’re invited to join in. He's in NYC for only one day. Let's turn out to welcome him.

 

Details & RSVP - CFI-NYCFaceBookAtheist Nexus

 

What:

The problems of child abuse, neglect, trafficking and suffering are well known. What is less well known is one of the causes is superstition, irrational tradition and a lack of science-based health care and education. This cripples communities and costs lives.

 

Now there is action that changes lives; rescuing these children from abandonment, stigmatization, mind-numbing abuse, and even murder. They are children (and adults, mostly women, often widows) who’ve been accused of witchcraft and demon possession. They suffer a loss of human rights, human dignity and hope. 

 

Secular Humanist, skeptic and child advocate Leo Igwe is changing things. He has survived slander, harassment by politicians and police, multiple assaults, imprisonment, home invasions and hospitalizing attacks on his family members. His property has been stolen. His father was blinded, losing an eye. He lives under ongoing threats. Yet he continues to risk all and tell the truth for those who's stories would otherwise have no rational witness.  

black(dot)beyond(dot)belief(at)gmail.com. Or 646-820-CFIH (2344)

Comment by Steph S. on August 10, 2012 at 8:29am

Hey Richard it sure does!

Enjoy your coffee.

I think I will go and visit the Friendly Atheist Site.

Have a good one!

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Comment by Richard ∑wald on April 4, 2012 at 6:31am

Hemant - Thanks for featuring my blog here on Atheist Nexus at your website, you can't begin to understand how thrilled I was to see that. Thanks man...

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Comment by Harlem Humanists on February 24, 2012 at 12:24pm

The NYC event for the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers will be in Harlem. In fact the next closes promoted events are in D.C and Philadelphia. So this is serving the whole Tri-State (NY,NY & CT) area.

 

We're putting a special twist on our usual Mind Food + "Soul Food" combo. The details will interest you!

CFI-Harlem/Harlem Humanists will be gathering on Sunday February 26th to celebrate Day of Solidarity for Black Non-believers. This is a time to get together and enjoy bright minds and warm personalities. There's a noble story of freethought from within the African American and Pan-African tradition. This is a chance to connect with this tradition and each other. We'll begin at 1pm. The place is 583 Riverside Dr. in the "Brick Room". It's free. Just e-mail (harlem@centerforinquiry.net) or call (646-820-CFIH) for all the details." RSVP if you can.

See you there. Regardless, please share this in the next two days with all you think will be interested. 

Comment by Natalie A Sera on February 23, 2012 at 7:57pm

Thanks for understanding, Steph. All I'm trying to express is that I want to be able to be an atheist and still maintain a close and joyous connection to my ancestral heritage, just like people of other backgrounds can.

Comment by Steph S. on February 23, 2012 at 11:24am

Sorry to hear about what you experienced here Natalie. It appears that there are bigots everywhere. It seems that AN is not immune. So sad.

Comment by Marc Draco on February 21, 2012 at 7:00am

We can't afford to mix the religion with ethnicity - this is largely what starts the fights in the first damn place. Religion and ethnicity MUST be kept separate if we're all going to live together.

The actress Felicity Kendal is as white British as I am, but she's a Jew (Jewish convert - I don't know if there's a name for that.)

I worked with a guy a couple of years ago who had converted to Islam - and taken a muslim name. Quite crazy in my opinion and the muslims who worked with him didn't trust him either; they were comparatively easy going whilst he was verging on the extremist.

Secular Europe and the UK thanks to its mongrel heritage are way ahead of the rest of the world in this regard; yet even now the interested parties are trying to confuse being a white/brit with automatically being a Christian - and by that, they mean god-fearing, bible thumping Christian - not the wooly "do good for everyone" sort.

Comment by Marc Draco on February 21, 2012 at 6:37am
I think you may be oversimplifying that a bit, Natalie. We have the records of the winners, not the losers. I don't know much of modern Judaism, but in the ancient world,if the Bile is to be trusted, they were a nasty bunch; and this is by their own account.
 

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