Do you believe in magic?

By:  @krishna, yesterday
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Latest By:  @badfish, an hour 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... 

What Is the Nicest Thing That Happened to You This Week Past?

By:  @enoch, one week ago
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Latest By:  @community, 5 days 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... 
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... 

Alternative to An Annual Trip to the Ball Park

By:  @enoch, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 2 weeks 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... 
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"]  
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... 
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... 
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,... 

American Christian Persecution Myth Harms the Gospel

By:  @kavika, 4 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @aeonpax, 4 weeks 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... 
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... 

The younger generations are avoiding marriage

By:  @petey-coober, one month ago
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Latest By:  @bobby-nguyen, one month 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"]... 

Sabbath Peace - A Taste of the World to Come

By:  @enoch, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, one month 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)... 

Awareness of Mortality. Participating in Life More Fully

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

Life of a Kumari Goddess: The Young Girls Whose Feet Never Touch Ground

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

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Life After Death

By:  @johnrussell, one month ago
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Latest By:  @xxjefferson51, one month 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 ?  

Minnesota Town Gets Veterans Memorial Covered With Satanic Imagery

By:  @krishna, one month 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... 

Nun at School for Deaf Children Allegedly Helped Priests Abuse Students

By:  @hal-a-lujah, one month ago
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Latest By:  @hal-a-lujah, one month ago

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/05/09/nun-at-school-for-deaf-children-allegedly-helped-priests-abuse-students/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 It’s not often that a story involving the Catholic Church and sexual assault shocks me, but this is one of them: a nun in Argentina is accused of helping several priests rape children at a school for the hearing impaired, and covering up their crimes. Investigators began looking into... 

An alternative religion 4 U: The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

By:  @krishna, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, one month ago

  Another parody religion,  The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster  (FSM), whose followers are referred to as Pastafarians, chooses to “believe” that the world was created by a deity known as the Flying Spaghetti Monster.   A response to the teaching of Creationism and Intelligent Design in our public schools, the idea behind  FSM  is that if one religion can be taught in schools, why not all religions, no matter how ridiculous?   Pastafarians are generally thought to... 

Stephen Fry faces blasphemy probe after God comments

By:  @randy, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @johnrussell, 2 months ago

Police in the Republic of Ireland have launched an investigation after a viewer claimed comments made by Stephen Fry on a TV show were blasphemous. Officers are understood to be examining whether the British comedian committed a criminal offence under the Defamation Act when he appeared on RTE in 2015. Fry had asked why he should "respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world.... full of injustice". He later said he was not "offensive towards any particular... 

Lotz warns Christians to get ready for the Rapture

By:  @xxjefferson51, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @xxjefferson51, 2 months ago

CHURCH Lotz warns Christians to get ready for the RaptureFriday, April 28, 2017 | Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com) Select Language​▼ Anne Graham Lotz speakingEvangelist Anne Graham Lotz is sending a dire reminder to Christians that the Rapture can be just moments away, and warns that failing to be prepared for this “trip” – as the world enters the Last Days – is a tragedy. The daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham says that just as she make a checklist every time... 
An elementary school assistant principal is suing her school district for violating her First Amendment rights after the school allegedly sent her to a "lower performing" school as a form of retaliation for bringing yoga to her students. Bonnie Cole, now the assistant principal at Mableton Elementary in Mableton, Ga., introduced yoga to students at Bullard Elementary in Kennesaw, Ga., in 2016 as a way of teaching "de-stressing" and "mindfulness." Parents, however, criticized the... 

Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community

By:  @bob-nelson, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @katpen, 2 months ago

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Original article by John Burnett - npr ------------------------------------- The Rev. David Buck sits next to the Jesus the Homeless statue that was installed in front of his church, St. Alban's Episcopal, in Davidson, N.C. John Burnett/NPR... 

Religion explained

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

See the video below. (Maybe one day the mobile platform will be fixed so that the fully functioning editor works when posting an article.) 

Doing What's Right Rather than what is Expedient … Good People will Find a Way

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

The First Night of Passover seems as good a time as any, to talk about the difference between doing what may comply with "the law," and "doing what is ethical and humanistic," even when ethics and law are in conflict. Under the Nazis … during the time known as "The Holocaust," the "law" in Germany made genocide "legal" and the act of protecting Jews from the gas chambers … "illegal".   Righteous Gentiles and Holocaust Rescuers Some non-Jews stood up to the Nazis, and helped... 

Spring Holiday Greetings and Well Wishes

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

Spring is a time of renewal. A time to celebrate new life. To those celebrating the Freedom Festival of Passover (Pesach) I wish you a joyous and meaningful Passover holiday. Chag Pesach Sameach. A Zissen Pesach. To those celebrating Easter I wish you a joyous and meaningful Easter holiday. Anyone celebrating any other spring event, religious or humanitarian I wish you well. Kindly share what you celebrate this spring, and how. Its good to well wish others here too.... 
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