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Because You Want to Put That Christmas Money to Good Use…

Foundation Beyond Belief has done so much over the past year. We began as a vehicle for Humanists to support great charities, but we've expanded so much over the past year. We've sent volunteers overseas to do "secular missionary work" (minus the proselytizing) as part of the Pathfinders Project. We've also created a large network of volunteers -- including on-the-ground disaster relief response when needed (Ed Brayton has more on that here).There's a small staff to oversee this work and keep everything running smoothly, and we could use your support to keep these projects going.

Church of England Names First Female Bishop

Two decades ago, the Church of England allowed women into the priesthood. In November, the Church officially said that women could hold leadership positions. And now, in the year 2014, almost five hundred years after gaining independence from the Vatican, it has named its first female bishop.Reverend Libby Lane (below), a former deacon, priest, and Dean of Women in Ministry in Chester, will become the new Bishop of Stockport.

Atheist Group Sues Wisconsin Officials for Violating Open Records Law

Back in July, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed an open records request with Wisconsin state officials asking how they planned to implement the law following the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling.
[Plaintiff and FFRF attorney Patrick] Elliott made a series of open records requests of the Office of the Commissioner after a reported agency decision that Wisconsin's contraceptive mandate, known as the Contraceptive Equity Law, would no longer be enforced because it was preempted by the June 30 Hobby Lobby ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.FFRF and many other observers disagreed, since the Religious Freedom Restoration Act under which the ruling was decided applies only to the federal government, not states.
Elliott asked for specific documents regarding how state officials communicated with each other regarding contraceptive coverage.What he eventually got back were just a handful of documents that didn't even come close to fulfilling the whole request. That's illegal, says FFRF, and they're suing over this lack of transparency:

Italian Priest, Annoyed By Ringing Cell Phones, Installs Jamming Device in His Church

People are expected to be on their best behavior in church. Father Michele Madonna wishes his flock would understand that that means cell phones and tablets ought to be turned off for the duration of the service.But asking nicely didn't work, and neither did prayer (God wasn't taking messages). So to enforce his in-church ban on mobile devices, the priest bought a jammer.
A Catholic priest says the only calls to be heard during Mass should be from God -- so he has installed a jamming device in his Italian church to stop the congregation talking on their cells. Father Michele Madonna forked out the cash to install the gadget inside the Santa Maria a Montesanto chapel in downtown Naples, reports Ansa. He said he was fed up with the constant ringing and beeping of phones during his sermons.

After Investigation, Georgia University Warns Professor Not to Preach Creationism Again or He Will Be Fired

Back in October, a group of science advocates including Jerry Coyne and Richard Dawkins, with the help of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, wrote a letter to Georgia Southern University.It turned out that History professor Dr. Emerson T. McMullen (below) was teaching courses in which he advocated Creationism.

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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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