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Pope John Paul II's Failed Assassin Claims He Is Now Agca the Messiah

Mehmet Ali Agca is the Turkish gunman who shot but failed to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. On January 18 2010 he is due to be released from his prison in Ankara.



"For around 30 years I have been staying in cells on my own. I experienced hell on earth. But in spite of everything I am well. I feel good in myself both physically and psychologically," he said. Many have questioned this self-diagnosis as Agca seems to be on a quest to anoint himself as the new… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on January 14, 2010 at 8:06pm — 2 Comments

How to Make Some Money From Your Atheist Blog

Blogs come and go, and atheist blogs are no different. However, there is one aspect of blogging on atheism, agnosticism and the whole family of faithlessness that has been bothering me for some time: how to make some money doing it? Now, anybody who has tried inserting some Google Adsense advertising on their blog or website immediately comes up against a problem – there are few if any relevant adverts. Perhaps worse than that, a lot of the advertising space has been bought by religious… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on August 6, 2009 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

God and Science Don't Mix - My Thoughts

My practice as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel or devil is going to interfere with its course; and this assumption has been justified by such success as I have achieved in my professional career. I should therefore be intellectually dishonest if I were not also atheistic in the affairs of the world.

— J.B.S. Haldane, “Fact and Faith” (1934)



"Last week, I [Lawrence M. Krauss] had the opportunity to participate in… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on July 30, 2009 at 11:37pm — 6 Comments

The Galileo 2009 Conference: Faith and Science Have the Same Roots?

Today, 26 May 2009, sees the opening of the "Galileo 2009" conference, organised by the Jesuit Stensen Institute and held in Florence. The first day takes place in the Basilica of Santa Croce, where Galileo is now buried, with the last day being held in the Villa "Il Gioello di Arcetri", where Galileo spent his last years. Today's Osservatore Romano has two articles… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on May 26, 2009 at 3:54am — No Comments

Atheism on the Rise Among Canadian Teens

Project Teen Canada has been conducting surveys on the religious affiliations of teenagers since 1984. Its latest findings show that Canadians are becoming more polarised into believers and non-believers. The number of faithless has grown almost three-fold whereas Christians have dropped below 50% for the first time. There has also been a steep rise in believers of other faiths, although this is largely due to immigrants. One minor point is that the new data for 2008 only adds up to 93% rather… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on April 10, 2009 at 4:11am — No Comments

Vatican Accuses Scientists of not having enough faith or reason!

In the recent edition of the Osservatore Romano (16-17 Feb 2009) there is a very short piece entitled "In the footsteps of Galileo science must value faith and reason." The message is spelled out in the first sentence, stating that scientists are called upon by the Vatican to not renounce "neither reason nor faith". To suggest that scientists do not value reason is an insult of the highest order. But the abuse of language which is one of the hallmarks of Vatican propaganda needs not only to be… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on February 17, 2009 at 10:42pm — 3 Comments

Vatican Accepts Darwinian Evolution as True

The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.



A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. “In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,” said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on February 13, 2009 at 9:58pm — 6 Comments

Galileo and the Vatican - comments on new Osservatore articles

The Vatican has decided to join the events of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. It is also nearly the 400th anniversary of the publication of Galileo's Starry Messenger (Sidereus nuncius). The Osservatore Romano has recently published two articles concerning these events. On the 30th January is the piece "Galileo's revolution 400 years later" and on 31st "The "Galileo Case" as an opportunity for dialogue". The style of the Osservatore, and of course the Vatican, is always tortuous when… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on February 1, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Poll - Which Other Books Should President Obama Swear On?

As expected, Barack Obama did have to swear the Oath of Office a second time, this time in a more intimate setting with just a few of the press corp. However, some Americans may feel the new President has made yet another blunder by not swearing on the Bible. Amazingly, given the God-squad in America, not a bible was found anywhere near the swearing in. As the TimesOnline reported, one blogger snarled "Expect a third oath when bitter small town gun- and Bible-toting America finds… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on January 23, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Outrage at Sexy Virgin Mary Fashion Models

The prominent Chilean fashion designer, Ricardo Oyarzun, has sparked outrage in his country by dressing up models to look like the Virgin Mary. On its own this wouldn't be so grave if it wasn't for the fact that they look quite sexy, in some cases with ample, near-naked breasts.



The Roman Catholic Church has obviously condemned the designer and attempts to block the show by conservatives were unsuccessful in court. The poor innocent Oyarzun said he had received telephone threats and… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on January 19, 2009 at 4:19am — 2 Comments

Atheism and Europe have their roots in Christianity claims Vatican

This is my first post on this site and not wholly sure whether best to post a blog or forum post or start a group! Anyway, no doubt I'll find my way around.



I've written an article on Atheism and Europe have Christian Roots claims Vatican on my own Asylum Joy blog. Would appreciate some comments on this, as well as possibly some votes on StumbleUpon. Actually, on this last point am slowly… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on January 17, 2009 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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