An atheist shoe company from Germany has targeted a new audience by promoting a line of atheist-themed shoes for babies and toddlers. The company, known simply as ATHEIST, made national headlines earlier this year when it accused the U.S. Postal Service of discriminating against its company for being godless.
The company, based in Berlin, created a Kickstarter page to raise money for its new line of atheist-themed baby shoes, hoping to raise £7,000, or roughly $9,636, so it can incorporate the new line into its business model. The company has already raised over half the amount needed to reach its goal.
The Kickstarter page for the baby shoes offers a brief description as to why the small company chose to make a shoe line for infants in the first place: "We're pretty sure all babies are born atheists and, rather than commit them to some religion before they're old enough to have a say [let alone control their pooping functions] we'd rather celebrate their undoubted belief in Mummy, Daddy and breasts." more >>
Did Jesus and Mary make an appearance in Switzerland? A screenshot of a Google Maps Streetview image on the A5 road near Walensee in Switzerland has some on the internet claiming they saw the divine.
Photo enthusiasts say two shapes floating in the clouds above the mountains at the very least share a strong resemblance to the Son of God and his mother. Social media users have identified "Christ" as the tall figure wearing a black and burgundy cloak while Mary, as the shorter figure, in an outfit of pink and red.
The photo, which been shared hundreds of times across Twitter and Facebook, has not made believers out of everyone. more >>
Roman Catholic priests and science experts have said that recent discoveries suggesting that humans evolved from one species is compatible with the Christian faith.
"Certainly, confirmation of humanity's origin in one single lineage, just like modern humanity belonging to one species (as is proposed by the recent study), fits better with the understandings of the faith," said Msgr. Fiorenzo Facchini, an expert paleontologist and anthropologist and a priest of the Church of Bologna, according to Catholic News Service.
Recent research published in the journal Science of an ancient human skull unearthed in 2005 at the site of modern day Georgia in Europe has suggested that humans might have evolved from a single source rather than branching from a tree of multiple species. The skull, named "Skull 5," is believed to be 1.8 million-years-old. more >>
The German interior minister has said that confidence in the U.S. has been shaken following allegations that the government monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone, while Spain became the latest country to report massive U.S. National Security Agency spying of its citizens.
"If the Americans intercepted cell phones in Germany, they broke German law on German soil," Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich shared with the local Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
"The confidence in our ally, (the) USA, is shaken," Friedrich added. more >>
Chelsea will host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as both teams look to overtake league leaders Arsenal.
Chelsea seems to be finding a good rhythm after solid play that last few weeks. The Blues have netted 14 goals in the four games they have played in all competitions this month as different players find confidence going forward.
Their offense seemed to be sparked by a controversial opening goal against Cardiff City last Saturday, as Samuel Eto'o nicked the ball off David Marshall and it bounced by the goalkeeper, but they proved far too strong for the remainder of the game and would go on to win 4-1. more >>
A common statement by leaders of European Union nations, including Britain, warned Friday that U.S. spying on their governments could jeopardize their joint fight against terrorism, and Germany and France called for a new transatlantic rules on intelligence and security service behavior.
"The Heads of State or Government discussed recent developments concerning possible intelligence issues and the deep concerns that these events have raised among European citizens," noted the EU in a statement signed at an E.U. summit in Brussels on Friday.
The European concern follows more revelations by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, allegations of U.S. spying in France and tapping of the personal phone of German chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta's charge that Britain intercepted secret Italian communications and passed them to the NSA. more >>