Infidelities: Collection No.2
By Sara Malm PUBLISHED: 21:34 GMT, 14 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:35 GMT, 14 June 2012 An Indonesian man was jailed for 30 months after writing "God doesn't exist" on his Facebook page. Alexander Aan, 30, was imprisoned on Thursday for sharing explicit material about the Prophet Mohammed online. He started an atheist group on Facebook on which he shared comic strips of the prophet having sex with his servant, a court in western Sumatra heard today.
Scientist 'shocked' all schools didn't already have one But admits he hopes scheme will put pupils off religion 'Whatever else Bible might be, it is not a moral book' By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 10:13 GMT, 20 May 2012 | UPDATED: 06:37 GMT, 21 May 2012 Unlikely supporter: Atheistic scientist Richard Dawkins (above) is backing a Government scheme that is supplying state schools with King James Bibles
(Photo by Stuck in Customs ) In writing my next book, I will have to confront the animosity that many people feel for the term “spiritual.” Whenever I use the word—as in referring to meditation as a “spiritual practice”—I inevitably hear from fellow skeptics and atheists who think that I have committed a grievous error. The word “spirit” comes from the Latin spiritus , which in turn is a translation of the Greek pneuma , meaning “breath.”
Did you hear the one about the Anglican minister who said atheists have no reason for grief? I wish I was joking. I’m not. In a widely disseminated and discussed opinion piece , Anglican minister Rev. Gavin Dunbar made an interesting and even compelling argument that grief is necessary for love and humanity… and then went on to argue that, unless you believe in God, you have no reason to care whether the people you love live or die, or even to love them in the first place.
Did you know that Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and Kim Jong Il aren’t just responsible for millions of deaths and some of the most wretched atrocities against fellow humans in the past century, they’re also the ultimate proof that atheism is evil? No? Really?
A personal journey by James A. Haught
The Guardian has a disturbing report on the plight of Alexander Aan, an Indonesian civil servant who is currently in custody and facing an 11-year prison sentence for expressing his atheism on Facebook. In Indonesia, the law guarantees citizens freedom of religion, but only as long as they adhere to Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Confucianism or Hinduism. By expressing his atheism Aan - who posted the phrase "God doesn't exist" on a Facebook page – is held to have breached Indonesia's official state philosophy (known as the Pancasila ), which requires citizens to have "Belief in the one and only God". Aan is the first atheist to be tried for breaching this aspect of the Pancasila and, as the Guardian reports, his case has led to calls for his execution by hardline Islamists, and he was badly beaten while in custody by a mob who learned of the charges he is facing.
Research in the US finds higher crime rates in nations where most people believe in punishment in the afterlife Study examined data from more than 140,000 people in 67 countries By Rob Preece PUBLISHED: 21:19 GMT, 23 June 2012 | UPDATED: 06:49 GMT, 25 June 2012 Crime rates are higher in countries where more people believe in heaven than in hell, researchers have found. The finding emerged from a study into 26 years of data involving more than 140,000 people from almost 70 nations.
Do you want to know the real reason Barack Obama is going to win the 2012 election? The big, grinning hunk of overwhelming evidence that has little to do with the not-very-terrific job he's doing and not nearly enough to do with the fact that the man has actually accomplished quite a lot, despite being savaged and hobbled and compromised at nearly every turn? The reason, as most comparable explanations are, is sort of awesome in its pureform power.
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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural Introduction | "R" Reading | Curse of the Pharaoh | End-of-the-World Prophecies Index | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z At long last we're able to get this Encyclopedia up online. It's created with David Joffe 's dictionary compilation software TshwaneLex , and it's a labor of love on the part of my good friend Gilles-Maurice de Schryver .
When the contemporary secular movement is compared to the gay rights movement, objections are sometimes raised by those who distinguish between the two on biological grounds. Whereas sexual orientation is not a choice, the argument goes, one's religious outlook is. The great weight of science indicates that the first part of that argument is correct (i.e., one's sexual orientation is determined by biology), but the latter part is somewhat misleading and merits scrutiny.
Graham Harman is a professor of philosophy at the American University in Cairo, one of the prime-movers of Object-Oriented philosophy and Speculative Realism as development in post-Continental philosophy, as well as an excellent writer on Latour and Heidegger as well as H.P. Lovecraft. He blogs at Object-Oriented Philosophy. Between his recent travels and his following the Egyptian election, he took the time to answer these questions for me which range from his philosophy to what he sees as a real failure of imagination of the left.
By RICHARD DAWKINS - RD.NET Updated: Thursday, 02 February 2012 at 5:19 AM - An RDFRS Original “It’s Part of their Culture” Reading Nick Cohen in the light of the Jaipur affair By Richard Dawkins I have just returned from the Jaipur Literary Festival, infamous for the recent reprise of the 1989 threats against Sir Salman Rushdie by Muslims the world over, lamentably applauded by leading churchmen, politicians, historians and otherwise liberal journalists. Coincidentally, I am reading You Can’t Read this Book , Nick Cohen’s brilliant broadside against ‘censorship in an age of freedom’. Censorship and freedom of speech, then, are much in my mind this week.