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What Chinese Christians Got For Christmas: Another Police-State Crackdown on Their Faith

There's little or no freedom of religion for Chinese Christians:
Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of their worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October. Within an hour, township officials and uniformed men barged onto the church ground and tore down the cross. ... Provincial authorities have toppled crosses from more than 400 churches, and even razed some worship halls in a province-wide crackdown on building code violations.Many Christians say their faith has been singled out because authorities, wary of its rapid growth, are seeking to curb its spread. ...

Mauritanian Man to Be Put to Death for Allegedly Insulting Islam’s Prophet

As we've seen before, Mauritania is one of the worst countries in the world for freethinkers. Here's another shameful notch in the nation's belt:
A court in Mauritania on Thursday sentenced a man to death for “insulting” the founder of Islam.The man, Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 28, was arrested a year ago for writing an article that was interpreted by some as being critical of the Prophet Muhammad and saying that Mauritania allows a discriminatory caste system, an extremely delicate subject in a country with deep social and racial divisions.

Indian Tribe Erects “Jesus Christ is Lord on the Crow Nation” Sign

In a move that would be right at home in the GOP, the Crow Nation tribe last year passed a resolution "proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord":
The Crow Constitution protects "full exercise of religion," but, unlike the U.S. Constitution, does not contain a clause that prevents the government from the establishment of religion."As a sovereign nation, we're not bound by separation of church and state," said [legislator Conrad J.] Stewart, who penned the resolution. "People are afraid to say, 'Jesus,' in the political arena..."
And now, they've gone a step further by putting up a 33-foot sign saying "Jesus Christ is Lord on the Crow Nation."Because Jesus won't know it unless He can see the sign from miles away.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets Accused of “Riling Up Christians” with Christmas Day Tweet About Isaac Newton

On Christmas Day, Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted this gem:
It quickly became his most retweeted message ever, and many accused him of "riling up Christians."That's completely absurd.

NBC Wonders Why Physicians Don’t Rely More on the “Power of Prayer”

Earlier this week, NBC News considered the pressing problem of physicians relying on medical knowledge alone rather than also incorporating pleas for supernatural intercession into their treatment plans.You see, doctors don't get everything right all the time; therefore, we need God in the mix.
This was essentially the gist of the piece. Cynthia McFadden interviewed Father John Murray, a Catholic priest who broke his neck in a fall. Despite predictions from doctors that he wouldn't walk again, Murray is able to do so, and regards the recovery as nothing short of miraculous.

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Comment by Steph S. on November 16, 2014 at 7:10pm

This group is awesome

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!

Comment by Richard C Brown on August 10, 2012 at 8:10am

Friendly Atheist make the Difference!!

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...

Comment by Joe Zamecki on April 2, 2012 at 7:52am

Hemant - Thanks for posting about the memorial brick for the Murray-O'Hairs. Teamwork! :o)

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.

 

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