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America was NOT founded on christian principles


By:  @gordy327, 42 minutes ago
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Latest By:  @johnrussell, a minute ago

I've come across article, discussions, and individuals who proclaim that America was founded on "Christian principles." Often, such claims are made to promote one's own religious beliefs above others or seek to validate those beliefs. Of course, such an assertion is not only based on Christian apologetic nonsense, but it is also factually and historically erroneous. Proponents of the "Christian principle' position may also attempt to quote the founding fathers to support their position. But... 
 
hal-a-freeganlujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/07/04/pa-city-finally-removes-veterans-memorial-bench-that-denigrated-atheists/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 For more than a decade, Justus Park in Oil City, Pennsylvania was home to a bench honoring veterans that read “Men Who Aren’t Governed By God, Will Be Governed By Tyrants.” As if our only options were God or tyranny. It was a slap in the face to atheist veterans — and everyone who... 
 
hal-a-freeganlujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/07/22/is-the-u-s-a-christian-nation-not-at-all-and-this-video-explains-why/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 Is the United States a Christian Nation? Not in the way conservatives would like to think. We may be majority Christian, but our government is wisely secular. And that’s what the question is really getting at. YouTuber Alex J. O’Connor (a.k.a. CosmicSkeptic) does a nice job running through... 
 
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Richard Dawkins' Berkeley event cancelled for 'Islamophobia'


By:  @randy, 2 days ago
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Latest By:  @community, 2 days ago

Dawkins has previously written: "Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today" Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has denied Islamophobia after a US radio station cancelled his forthcoming speech. The best-selling author had been due to address an event hosted by KPFA Radio in Berkeley, California, in August. Organisers accused him of "abusive speech against Islam" when scrapping his appearance, but he argues his criticism was not directed at Islam. He... 
 
hal-a-freeganlujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/07/22/bryan-fischer-when-jesus-returns-hell-pick-the-bigots-to-rule-beside-him/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 What’s the meaning of life? According to Religious Right activist Bryan Fischer, it’s to get ready for the Second Coming of Jesus. And the best way to prepare for Him, Fischer said on his radio show this week, is to make sure we’re all as anti-gay as possible so that Jesus knows we’re... 
 
hal-a-freeganlujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/07/15/a-pastor-wanted-to-preach-during-the-day-so-a-mi-principal-gave-him-a-classroom/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 When the newspaper headline reads “Local Pastor opens church inside Mumford High School,” you know there are bound to be questions. The article, from about a month ago, explained that Pastor Gary Green planned to open a church inside Detroit’s Mumford High School. And he wasn’t... 
 
hal-a-freeganlujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/07/10/vatican-says-all-powerful-god-cant-transform-into-gluten-free-crackers/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 The Catholic Church believes Jesus can do anything in the world, including turn himself into a literal cracker… unless it is made of gluten-free bread. Cardinal Robert Sarah, at the request of Pope Francis, reportedly sent a letter condemning the use of gluten-free bread during the... 
 
community
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Newly erected Arkansas Ten Commandments monument destroyed


By:  @community, 4 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @randy, 4 weeks ago

Newly erected Arkansas Ten Commandments monument destroyed BBC News, June 28 2017 One of the main backers of the monument said that it "honoured the historical moral foundation of the law" A new monument in the US state of Arkansas listing the Ten Commandments has been destroyed less than 24 hours after it was unveiled. The 6ft (1.8m) granite slab was erected in the grounds of the state capitol. A suspect is reported to have driven his car into the structure early on Wednesday... 
 
hal-a-freeganlujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/05/15/christian-mother-mourns-loss-of-son-she-abandoned-for-being-gay-on-his-wedding-day/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 It may be difficult to read, but this is what Kim Higginbotham recently wrote about her son: "Sometimes the hardest thing are the memories. Remembering the joy I felt in that plump baby who looked at me so adoringly. I remember when he sat on the kitchen counter helping peel... 
 
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Do you believe in magic?


By:  @krishna, one month ago
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Latest By:  @community, one month ago

Use This Spell to Bind Trump and His Cronies Open-source magick targets The Donald by MATTHEW GAULT #BindTrump Some of us at Defiant are pagans and we’ve noticed a  peculiar bit of ritual magick   making the rounds   on the internet  in the past two weeks. The anonymously penned ritual purports to be a binding aimed at keeping Trump and his cronies from doing harm over the next four years. Defiant’s crack team of occult journalists took a look at the work, confirmed its... 
 
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Minnesota Town Gets Veterans Memorial Covered With Satanic Imagery


By:  @krishna, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @krishna, one month ago

This monument will soon join a cross and other veterans' memorials in a public park.  (The Satanic Temple) Monuments don’t just say something about the people they honor—they also reveal information about the values the people honoring them hold dear. And in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, a debate over just those values has resulted in a somewhat unlikely structure: a pentagram-covered veteran’s memorial donated by the Satanic Temple. As Christopher Mele reports for  The New... 
 
enoch
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What Is the Nicest Thing That Happened to You This Week Past?


By:  @enoch, one month ago
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Latest By:  @community, one month ago

In our home, around the Sabbath (Shabbat) table, we always take turns relating what was the nicest thing that happened to each of us in the past week. It gave everyone a chance to share in a good time. To support and celebrate with one another the best of life, on a weekly basis. We already know what the response of Mrs. E. and I will be be when we celebrate Shabbat at the home of our son and grandson. Our grandson was a cast member in his Congregation's youth group play, "Fiddler... 
 
hal-a-freeganlujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/06/07/catholic-priest-mn-parks-new-monument-will-attract-satanists-who-want-to-molest-kids/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine, Minnesota is home to a controversial monument featuring a kneeling soldier in front of a Christian cross. It’s been at the center of a months-long debate over whether it illegally promotes religion — but since city officials voted to... 
 
enoch
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Alternative to An Annual Trip to the Ball Park


By:  @enoch, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 2 months ago

One every late spring three of my friends and I go to a minor league ball park. Another friend has a season subscription to four seats along the first row off the field along the third bade line. Great fun. Good seats. They even serve Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs with fresh made sauerkraut and sharp deli mustard at the concession stand. It doesn't get better than that for us. When we worked out driving and other arrangements one of the foursome told us he needed to be with his... 
 
johnrussell
Jim and Tammy Fay , er I mean Lori , Bakker  are at it again. Now they are seeing angels in the studio and ask the audience to direct the angels toward the protection of President Trump. In the meantime we are asked to donate to the ministry in exchange for something called "The Trump Prophecies"   Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! [jrEmbed module="jrYouTube" youtube_id="WkI-3ml8Tck"]  
 
hal-a-lujah
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Media Misses That Man Who Killed Montana Deputy Was a Christian Fundamentalist


By:  @hal-a-lujah, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @cerenkov, 2 months ago

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/05/17/media-misses-that-man-who-killed-montana-deputy-was-a-christian-fundamentalist/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=44 Once again, there’s a mindless murder, and, once again, much of the media misses (or ignores) that the suspect in custody is a fundamentalist Christian. That’s not to say 61-year-old Lloyd Montier Barrus’ religion is what drove him to kill an officer during an otherwise routine... 
 
hal-a-lujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/05/30/christians-rejected-this-atheists-donation-so-he-raised-even-more-in-response/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=44 Last August, atheist Matt Wilbourn made a $100 donation to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home because a staffer told him about the work they do and he wanted to make a contribution (regardless of religious affiliation). He filled out the donation form and (honestly) said the... 
 
hal-a-lujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/06/02/woman-with-fatal-condition-caused-by-faith-healing-wants-her-parents-prosecuted/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 Mariah Walton, a 20-year-old woman awaiting a heart and lung transplant, said she thinks her parents and other faith healers should face criminal charges for “treating” her with prayer instead of medicine. It’s a tale as old as time: girl is born with a small hole in her heart,... 
 
kavika
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American Christian Persecution Myth Harms the Gospel


By:  @kavika, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @aeonpax, 2 months ago

American Christian Persecution Myth Harms the Gospel May 23, 2017 by John WL Berry 16 Comments   A big part of current conservative Christian mythology is that they are under constant persecution. The reality is that they are not, they are often the ones doing the persecution, and they are doing harm to their message by pretending to be persecuted. Let’s explore this.   Persecution Definition – Google.com   A bright-eyed young man bounded into the... 
 
hal-a-lujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/05/23/christian-extremist-the-manchester-victims-were-sluts-whores-and-sodomy-lovers/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 Whenever there’s a tragedy, you can count on Christian extremists to explain how it’s a part of God’s plan, that it was somehow deserved due to some sin or another. And the reactions to last night’s attack in Manchester are only beginning to come out. Christian activist Theodore... 
 
petey-coober
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The younger generations are avoiding marriage


By:  @petey-coober, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @bobby-nguyen, 2 months ago

The younger generations are avoiding marriage Here's just one video of many on this topic : Six Reasons Why Men Are Avoiding Marriage, with Helen Smith, Ph.D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoXQf2f2Yxo [jrEmbed module="jrYouTube" youtube_id="BoXQf2f2Yxo"] By contrast women are taking the lack of interest in marriage in a frivolous way : Aubrey Plaza Is Ready For The Zombie Apocalypse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G43qDl9DXfQ [jrEmbed module="jrYouTube" youtube_id="G43qDl9DXfQ"]... 
 
enoch
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Sabbath Peace - A Taste of the World to Come


By:  @enoch, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 2 months ago

This article presents various aspects of the Sabbath observance in my heritage. In the comments section, please do share any special days you celebrate in your religious and/or humanitarian traditions which add to the sanctity and meaning in your lives.   In my tradition, we celebrate our Sabbath from an hour prior to sundown Friday to an hour after sundown (or when there are three stars in the sky) Saturday night. It has been said that as we Jewish People keep the Shabbat (Sabbath)... 
 
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Awareness of Mortality. Participating in Life More Fully


By:  @enoch, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 2 months ago

How can the awareness of our own mortality motivate us to live our lives most fully, abundantly, ethically, meaningfully and humanely?   Our good friend John Russell wrote a most interesting article entitled "Life After Death". We are indebted to him, and to all who contributed original thoughts and related anecdotes on this topic of universal import. This raises another issue. I offer this narrative for your consideration and discussion. We know we are not forever in this... 
 
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Life of a Kumari Goddess: The Young Girls Whose Feet Never Touch Ground


By:  @community, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @kavika, 2 months ago

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Life After Death


By:  @johnrussell, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @xxjefferson51, 3 months ago

You die, laying in bed, your last breaths slowing and slipping away. Everything stops.  Then shortly thereafter you feel your "self" rising from your body and entering a plane of undifferentiated consciousness, yet a place where you retain your individuality. A place beyond description. You are dead but you are you. Life after death.   On a scale of 1 to 100, how surprised would you be that had happened ?  
 
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