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12-21-12 'Mayan day of apocalypse' arrives
'Mayan day of apocalypse' arrives
Thousands of people gathered at ancient sites in Central America and elsewhere in anticipation of what they believe will be the end of the world.
11-6-12 Where's The Line Between Church And State... Literally?
Where's The Line Between Church And State... Literally?
Today is Election Day: a day when millions of Americans of all colors, religions and ethnicities are taking pride in standing in line waiting to cast their vote.
10-15-12 Big Bang and religion mixed in Cern debate
Big Bang and religion mixed in Cern debate
Some of Europe's most prominent scientists have opened a debate with philosophers and theologians over the origins of everything.
10-9-12 "Nones" on the Rise
"Nones" on the Rise
The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. One-fifth of the U.S. public - and a third of adults under 30 - are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling.
10-9-12 PEW: 20% OF Americans are now Atheist, Agnostic or Unaffiliated with a Religion
PEW: 20% OF Americans are now Atheist, Agnostic or Unaffiliated with a Religion
Back in July, some readers might have been surprised when TheBlaze reported that one in five Americans now consider themselves atheists, agnostics or "nones."
7-25-12 Global Index of Religion and Atheism
Global Index of Religion and Atheism
The WIN-Gallup International 'Religion and Atheism Index' which measures global self-perceptions on beliefs is based on interviews with more than 50,000 men and women selected from 57 countries across the globe in five continents. The survey also provides trend data for shifts in attitudes since 2005. Religiosity is higher among the poor: People in bottom income groups are 17% more religious than those in top income groups. Four counties lead in convinced atheists: China-47%, Japan-31%, Czech Republic-30%, France-29%. In this survey United States ranked #25 at 5% in 2012, a increase from 1% in 2005, while Religiosity fell from 73% to 60%.
5-4-12 National Day Of Prayer, National Day Of Reason Marked By Christians And Atheists Respectively
National Day Of Prayer, National Day Of Reason Marked By Christians And Atheists Respectively
Americans marked the National Day of Prayer Thursday (May 3), with Christians gathering on Capitol Hill to defend their right to pray as nonbelievers observed a "Day of Reason."
4-19-12 Vatican orders crackdown on 'radical' nuns in the US
Vatican orders crackdown on 'radical' nuns in the US
The Vatican has ordered a crackdown on a group of American nuns that it considers too radical.
4-13-12 The rise of atheism in America
The rise of atheism in America
The number of disbelievers is growing, but they remain America's least trusted minority. Why?
1-26-12 **Down syndrome:** A life worth living?
**Down syndrome:** A life worth living?
British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins' advice to an expectant mother offended many with its cold-blooded utilitarianism.
Richard Dawkins may consider himself smarter than nearly everyone else, said Elizabeth Picciuto in TheDailyBeast.com, but he "would fail Philosophy 101." The controversial British evolutionary biologist is fond of issuing moral pronouncements from the ivory tower of his New Atheism, and last week, he outdid himself. When an expectant mother asked Dawkins via Twitter what she should do if she discovers that her fetus has Down syndrome, he gave her this chilling advice: "Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice." You don't "have to be pro-life" to be offended by Dawkins's cold-blooded utilitarianism, which presumes that "Down syndrome renders a life so wretched it's not worth living."
That presumption is demonstrably wrong, said Jamie Edgin and Fabian Fernandez in The New York Times. Despite the challenges faced by children with Down syndrome and their parents, studies have found that these families are often happier than those confronting other developmental disabilities, and sometimes as content as families with nondisabled children. In a survey of 284 people over age 12 with Down, "99 percent stated they were personally happy with their own lives." Furthermore, by claiming it is "immoral" to give birth to a child with a disability, the self-proclaimed "humanist" implies that some humans are clearly "better" than others, said Giles Fraser in The Guardian (U.K.). But an athletic, straight-A student isn't "better" than one with disabilities; he's just different.
Dawkins's fundamental mistake was in turning a choice into an obligation, said Emma Teitel in Macleans.ca. An estimated 74 to 90 percent of pregnant women who are notified that their fetuses have Down choose to get abortions. "The right to choose" properly gives them that option. But to insist women must abort any less-than-perfect child smacks of eugenics and undermines "the cause of choice." Personally, I'm grateful to "atheism's high priest," said Max Wind-Cowie in The Catholic Herald (U.K.). With his brutal honesty, he has shown us where we're headed. In a world where parents are obliged to abort imperfect babies to minimize trouble, cost, and heartache, we will inevitably come to believe it is "selfish" for the old, sick, and useless to live on, rather than embrace assisted suicide. "We should look upon the professor's words with a chill down our spine."
1-4-12 Tennessee Anti-Bullying Law Change Could Allow Students To Speak Out Against Gays For Religious Reasons
Tennessee Anti-Bullying Law Change Could Allow Students To Speak Out Against Gays For Religious Reasons
Less than one month after a local gay teen took his own life after allegedly being tormented at his high school, a proposed change in a Tennessee law could protect students who engage in anti-gay bullying if they do so for religious reasons.
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