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Fundamentally Atheist – The Chronicle of Higher Education May 26, 2015

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erry A. Coyne’s new book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible (Viking, 2015), is fighting words. Lamenting the “nice guy syndrome” he sees motivating many fellow scientists, refuting any form of accommodation

via Fundamentally Atheist – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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The double life of Hasidic atheists – Batya Ungar-Sargon – Aeon February 18, 2015

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From Dershowitz, Solomon moved on to evolutionary biology, and then to Stephen Hawking and cosmology, and then biblical criticism, until finally, he was unable to deny the conclusion his newly developed capacity for critical thinking had led him to: he no longer believed in the existence of God.

via The double life of Hasidic atheists – Batya Ungar-Sargon – Aeon.

What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic February 17, 2015

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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.

via What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic.

Snap Judgment Performance of the YEAR! Jamie DeWolf / The God Or The Man – YouTube January 20, 2015

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Jamie DeWolf rocks Snap Judgment LIVE in San Francisco with a brand new story this weekend, Aug 1st & 2nd. Get tix now at http://www.SnapJudgment.org

via Snap Judgment Performance of the YEAR! Jamie DeWolf / The God Or The Man – YouTube.

Addicting Info – Astrophysicist Writes Brutal Response To WSJ Article Claiming Science Has Proven God Exists January 5, 2015

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Eric Metaxas is best known as a biographical writer, but he is also lauded (in conservative circles) for his work promoting the pro-life movement and making sweeping, outrageous conclusions about the existence of God based on whatever tenuous evidence seems handy at the time. If sweeping, outrageous conclusions be Metaxas bread-and-butter, than his Wall Street Journal article is perhaps his magnum opus. It’s a doozy.

via Addicting Info – Astrophysicist Writes Brutal Response To WSJ Article Claiming Science Has Proven God Exists.

3 Myths About Black Atheists That Prove They Need Better Representation — Everyday Feminism January 2, 2015

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What’s more, religion has played a significant role in black community, civic life, and organizing. People can easily name black civil rights leaders strongly affiliated with Christianity and Islam, as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X were respectively.

However, the fact that nonbelievers have also played a significant role in shaping black history gets downplayed and eclipsed.

via 3 Myths About Black Atheists That Prove They Need Better Representation — Everyday Feminism.

Hoaxes of Benjamin Franklin July 26, 2014

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The efforts of Franklin and other Enlightenment hoaxers to address public opinion through hoaxes reveals the increasing importance placed upon public opinion and the idea of democracy throughout this period. Franklin was a master of the art of public relations before that concept had even been dreamed up. The very image of himself which he presented to the world, as a simple but wise American rustic dressed in a raccoon-skin hat, was a carefully crafted public persona which belied the reality that he was one of the most sophisticated, cosmopolitan men of his era.

via Hoaxes of Benjamin Franklin.

Carl Sagan Took My Faith — and Gave Me Awe | OnFaith July 24, 2014

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I was once a devout and sincere believer in the Christian faith. I am the son and grandson of pastors and missionaries. My family founded one of the country’s largest Bible colleges, Christ for the Nations, from which I earned a theology degree. For years, I contemplated, and began strategizing, a run for national political office under the banner of Christian reform.I did not begin to question, nor finally abandon, my faith…until I discovered science. And Carl Sagan.The longer a belief system—any belief system—remains in place, the more likely it is to become an unmovable fixture of that person’s identity. In my experience, most persons of faith who undergo a deconversion experience do so during their middle or high school years. But that is not my story. I did not begin to question, nor finally abandon, my faith until my mid-30s.That was when I discovered science. And Carl Sagan.

via Carl Sagan Took My Faith — and Gave Me Awe | OnFaith.

Project ROSE Is Arresting Sex Workers in Arizona to Save Their Souls | VICE United States February 27, 2014

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Project ROSE is a Phoenix city program that arrests sex workers in the name of saving them. In five two-day stings, more than 100 police officers targeted alleged sex workers on the street and online.  They brought them in handcuffs to the Bethany Bible Church. There, the sex workers were forced to meet with prosecutors, detectives, and representatives of Project ROSE, who offered a diversion program to those who qualified. Those who did not may face months or years in jail.

In the Bethany Bible Church, those arrested were not allowed to speak to lawyers. Despite the handcuffs, they were not officially “arrested” at all.

via Project ROSE Is Arresting Sex Workers in Arizona to Save Their Souls | VICE United States.

SB 1062 should never have had to be written February 26, 2014

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The First Amendment was meant only to protect the Christian faith. When the founders spoke of religion, they meant the Christian religion. They did not have to keep saying the Christian religion because everyone knew that is what they were talking about.

via SB 1062 should never have had to be written.