Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Ray Comfort: Humanism is to Blame for Miley Cyrus’ Twerking

On his daily online show today, Ray Comfort explained how Miley Cyrus‘ provocative dance at the MTV Video Music Awards was the result of her godlessness.
Patheos

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Sensible careers are all well and good – but I want the adventure of a religious life

OPENING AVAILABLE FOR challenging and unfashionable work. Salary – non-competitive, non-negotiable. Flexibility required. Availability for weekend and night duty essential. Location variable. Contract – until death…’
It doesn’t exactly leap off the page, does it? So why do people continue to enter religious life?

Data Protection Commissioner contacts maternity hospital over abortion data leak

THE DATA PROTECTION Commissioner has contacted the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street over a potential data breach after a story in the Irish Times last week revealed details of a woman’s abortion at the hospital.
Last week, the Times reported that doctors at the hospital had carried out the country’s first termination under the provisions of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 – a claim that the Department of Health has refuted.
Last week obstetrician at the hospital Dr Peter Boylan said that it is “absolutely unacceptable for patient details to be splashed around the front pages of the newspaper”.
theJournal

Freedom From Religion Foundation, National Atheist Group, To Expand Headquarters After Huge Growth

After seeing their paid membership ranks increase 130 percent in six years, organizers of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a national group of atheists and agnostics based in Madison, Wis., said Monday that they are set to begin a large-scale expansion of their headquarters.
Huffington Post

Measles Outbreak Traces To Vaccine-Refusing Megachurch

A measles outbreak in Texas traces to a congregation of a megachurch whose leader, Kenneth Copeland, reportedly has warned followers away from vaccines, advocating for faith healing and pushing the debunked notion that vaccines cause autism. One of Copeland’s churches, Eagle Mountain International Church in North Texas, is the epicenter of the outbreak, which now has hit at least 20 people.
Forbes

Pastafarian wins one for the Flying Spaghetti Monster in Texas Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pastafarian-recognized-texas-id-article-1.1436608#ixzz2dAJbkzcd

Preaching religious tolerance, a Texas “Pastafarian” persuaded Department of Public Safety workers in Lubbock to let him wear a ceremonial pasta strainer like a hat for his driver’s license photo.
nydailynews

Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim bigots, not just Christian ones. If only his enemies were as brave

But let me try to be fair. Dawkins has also tweeted against all Muslims — not just sexist god-botherers at University College London. I accept that generalising about Muslims can incite racism. It is all very well atheists saying that religion is not the same as race, because you are free to decide what god if any you believe in, but cannot choose your ethnicity. But try telling that to the persecuted Christians, Shia and Sunni of the Middle East.
Spectator

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Mexican priest says that homophoby is the true illness, not homosexuality

Raúl Vera López, very active in the defense of human rights in Mexico, said that gays are not ill, but homophobic people are.
queerblog

Anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar shot dead

Activist Narendra Dabholkar, who was in the forefront of a campaign to persuade Maharashtra government to pass an anti-superstition and black magic bill, was shot dead here this morning by unknown assailants. 
Times of India

Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader arrested in Cairo

EGYPT’S MILITARY-BACKED rulers are pressing on in their crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood with the arrest early today of the group’s spiritual leader who had been in hiding near the huge sit-in in support of the country’s ousted Islamist president, which security forces violently dispersed a week ago, leaving hundreds dead.
The Journal

Monday, 19 August 2013

British Pentecostals urge HIV patients to give up medicines and rely on faith

When you think of pastors giving people bad advice about AIDS, you think of Catholics in Africa. When you think of pastors telling patients that God, and not Western medicine, can heal them, you think of either Christian Scientists or wacko American fundamentalists.
But some Pentecostal preachers are advising their AIDS-afflicted patients to give up their antivirals—in England!

Major disconnect between Irish students and Catholic Church, a random poll has found

A new poll has found that just 37.5 per cent of students who responded “state that they believe in God”, while 66 per cent “don’t believe that religion makes the world a better place”. Asked whether abortion should be allowed in Ireland, 83.5 per cent responded that it should.
Irish Times

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Story of late-term abortion doctors in USA set for Irish film festival

A DOCUMENTARY WHICH follows the work of the only four doctors in the USA who perform late-term abortions is to have its Irish premiere next month.
The film’s title, After Tiller, refers to Dr George Tiller, the former medical director of Women’s Health Care Services who was murdered in 2009 by an anti-abortion activist.

Atheist, Dead On Morgue Slab, Wakes After Meeting Jesus In Heaven!

After spending a life traveling and seeking the pleasures of the world, Ian McCormack found himself in a perilous situation. Ian had been stung by five box jelly fish. One of these deadly creatures can kill a person in a matter of minutes! Ian’s mother, far away in New Zealand, received a vision from God, telling her that her son was dying and that she needed to pray for him. At the same time Ian was granted a vision that his mother was praying for him! Despite this holy intervention, Ian’s soul left his body while in the hospital. Like the story of Mickey Robinson, that we brought to you last week, Ian was given a glimpse of hell before he was granted access to paradise. Ian’s account of meeting Jesus is absolutely astounding! His account of Heaven is awe inspiring! His account of waking in the morgue, getting stabbed by the coroner is actually a little funny!
Jesus Loves you

Are atheists mentally ill?

Thanks to a couple of surveys, it’s being put about in certain circles that atheists have higher IQs than believers. That may or may not be the case, but one problem with this argument is that, if you accept "average group differences in IQ”, you get into all sorts of sinister debates whichbien pensant atheist Lefties might find less to their liking.
Let’s see who is living more intelligently.
And guess what: it’s the believers. A vast body of research, amassed over recent decades, shows that religious belief is physically and psychologically beneficial – to a remarkable degree.In 2004, scholars at UCLA revealed that college students involved in religious activities are likely to have better mental health. In 2006, population researchers at the University of Texas discovered that the more often you go to church, the longer you live. In the same year researchers at Duke University in America discovered that religious people have stronger immune systems than the irreligious. They also established that churchgoers have lower blood pressure.

20 percent of Irish college students are atheist, only 37 percent are Catholic

A student survey has uncovered some very interesting statistics regarding Irish students and their changing attitudes towards religion.
The survey has revealed that the views of 78.7% students have been negatively affected with regard to how they perceive the Catholic Church after the recent scandals were uncovered.Shockingly, while less than 60% of respondents considered themselves Catholic; the second group to top the scale were Atheists at 20%.
Irish Central

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Hundreds of Irish women are being abandoned to a living hell by State

THE most dangerous period for women in an abusive relationship is when they leave their partners. So why are hundreds of women who make the decision to seek help being turned away from refuges?

Olympic Committee Confirms It Will Punish Athletes Who Support LGBT Rights In Russia

The International Olympic Committee has confirmed a fear that has overcome the LGBT and sports communities this month: a provision in the IOC charter that calls for the punishment of athletes who make political or religious displays will be enforced during the 2014 Winter Olympics. 
When asked if the IOC planned to create a "safe space" of sorts for LGBT and allied athletes, journalists, contractors and other foreigners visiting Russia for the Olympics, officials told Gay Star News, "Regarding your suggestions, the IOC has a clear rule laid out in the Olympic Charter (Rule 50) which states that the venues of the Olympic Games are not a place for proactive political or religious demonstration."
Instinct

Icelanders troll anti-gay Christian evangelist Franklin Graham

Disgusted that anti-gay Christian evangelist Franklin Graham is holding a festival in Reykjavík next month, Icelanders are trolling Graham by reserving tickets for the event they never intend to use, in the hopes that Graham will appear before an empty arena.
Examiner.com

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

People Worship Weeping Tree In California, Tears Are Actually Insect Excrement

A growing number of Catholics in Fresno, California believe that a tree outside St. John’s Cathedral is weeping God’s tears.
“When you say ‘glory be to God in Jesus’ name’ the tree starts throwing out more water,” parishioner Maria Ybarra told KGPE-TV.
As news spread, more and more people gathered under the tree to pray.
Fresno arborist Jon Reelhorn told KGPE-TV that there’s a scientific explanation for the falling liquid… the excrement of insects known as aphides or tree lice. 

Students rate 'looking good' as more important than religion

Looking good is more important than religion to Irish college students, according to a recent survey.
The Student Marketing Network poll, conducted among 1,146 third-level students across the country over the last two weeks, students said that they regard 'looking good' (fifth) as being more important than 'religious beliefs' (sixth), with 'friends and family' topping the list of importance.
It also found that 57.8% claim to be Catholic, compared to 84.16% of the general population (Census 2011).
Irish Examiner

Bigoted Christian Extremists Get Lost At Sea For Months After Leaving US In Protest Of Homosexuality

When the Gastonguay family sailed away from America in May, they believed they were leaving behind a government that supports taxes, abortion, and homosexuality. You see, they’re the kind of Christians who feel persecuted because the government won’t adhere to Biblical law that supposedly outlaws gays and bans a woman’s right to choose. They are also convinced that government controls the churches because being gay and choosing to have an abortion aren’t illegal. So they left the United States in protest and set course for the island of Kiribati, which is between Hawaii and Australia. The family took “a leap of faith” and believed God would answer their prayers to take them to a land where they can practice their extreme and hateful religious beliefs. Well, God responded and it was epic.
The Gastonguay family swiftly got lost at sea and remained that way for 91 days. During that period of time, their vessel was battered again and again by squalls and storms. The only food they had left consisted of honey and juice.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, analysis concludes

A new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades has concluded that religious people are less intelligent than non-believers.

A piece of University of Rochester analysis, led by Professor Miron Zuckerman, found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies.
Independent

Marine Corps labels nonreligious Marines “at risk”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has teamed up with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to change a US Marine Corps policy that calls a "lack or loss of spiritual faith" a risk indicator. 
Freedom from Religion

Islamic Clerics Say Women Posting Photos on Facebook is Unacceptable

Two prominent Islamic helplines based in Luknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, are asking young callers to stay away from social networking sites.The helplines are answered by Islamic clerics who help and guide people in understanding what is right and acceptable according to Islam.According to a report on IBN Live, the clerics have especially asked women to refrain from creating profiles on popular networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, calling it un-Islamic.

Zanzibar acid attack: Hate preacher under armed guard in hospital after police hunt him down

Sheikh Ponda is wanted for inciting violence on the island of Zanzibar, where Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, were horrifically attacked five days ago.
He was wounded as he tried to escape officers in Morogoro, 200 miles west of Dar es Salaam.
Mirror

Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

 A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy's name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jesus Christ."
News Yahoo

Friday, 9 August 2013

Romania is building three churches a week

Romania is in the middle of a church-building boom, with some 10 new places of worship completed every month, and one vast cathedral slowly taking shape. But some Romanians take issue with the expense, in one of Europe's poorest countries - and particularly the use of funds from the public purse.
BBC

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Late change could allow Mater opt out of providing abortions

A late change to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act could enable the Mater hospital to opt out of providing abortions under the legislation.
The draft legislation stated that no institution could refuse to provide a termination – but this was removed before the final Bill was published. At the time, Government sources explained the move by saying it was felt that the provision was unnecessary as it was “highly unlikely” an institution could refuse to provide termination.
“We see absolutely no indication or room for an institution to have a conscientious objection,” Minister for Health James Reilly said at the time the legislation was published.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Are you too clever to be a mother? Maternal urge decreases by a QUARTER for every 15 extra IQ points

Historian Lucy Worsley caused a furore when she remarked last year that she had been 'educated out of the natural reproductive function'.
Now it seems she might have had a point, after a new study has revealed a clear correlation between intelligence and childlessness - with cleverer women more likely to choose not to have a family.
The study, which was conducted by Satoshi Kanazawa, a researcher at the London School of Economics, found that a woman's urge to have children decreases by a quarter for every 15 extra IQ points.

Daily Mail

Washington, D.C. Passes Law to Allow Atheists To Officiate Wedding Ceremonies

It used to be that the only people who could officiate your wedding ceremony in Washington, D.C. were representatives of religious groups
Humanist and Secular Celebrants did not count, so atheists were pretty much left in the dark. They could fake it and get a religious person to solemnize their vows… or they could just have a court wedding.
Back in February, D.C. City Council member (and candidate for MayorTommy Wells tried to change that when he introduced a bill that would create “one-day officiant permit[s]” that didn’t require a religious organization to sponsor you.
Today, Mayor Vincent Gray signed that bill, the Marriage Officiant Amendment Act Of 2013, into law.

Mater board priest says hospital can’t carry out abortions

The Mater hospital in Dublin “cannot comply” with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act and cannot carry out abortions, a member of its board of governors has said.The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital is one of 25 “appropriate institutions” named in the Act where abortions may be carried out to save the life of a pregnant woman.
Irish Times

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The “anti-God” party

In a local radio interview this morning, Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee E.W. Jackson said the Democratic Party is “anti-God” and that Christians should leave it.
Salon

Monday, 5 August 2013

Swiss to launch national anthem competition in 2014

Switzerland considers its national anthem too old-fashioned, so a new one will be chosen through a competition.
The priority is to have a new text, but contestants will also be free to compose a new tune, project leader Lukas Niederberger told BBC News.The current text dates back to 1841 and includes references to God, prayer, mountains and sunshine.
BBC