The Sunday Assembly, an atheist group started in the U.K., is looking to raise close to $800,000 to spread its message through digital platforms and continue expanding on a global basis.
"We are a charity, so we can't give stock options so we have to pay wages," explained Sanderson Jones, one of the group's founders. He told Wired.co.uk that there is "an incredible opportunity to change the world for the better," and pointed to studies that show that the community experience of going to church helps people lead healthier lives.
"If we increase people's social capital by creating real-life communities and supporting networks, then we can increase wealth, without spending loads. It's social capitalism. And we think the best way to create more of these meetings IRL, is to harness the power of networked computers, so that we can get away from networked computers," Jones added. more >>
Arsenal plays host to Norwich City on Saturday at the Emirates as the Gunners look to continue their strong form and maintain their position at the top of the table.
Arsene Wenger expects newly signed German international Mesut Ozil to have fully recovered from a knee injury suffered over the international break and he should be fit in time to face Norwich.
Midfielder Santi Cazorla could also return for the first time since September following an ankle injury, giving the Gunners a potent attacking duo in midfield, something Wenger has not had in recent seasons while fullback Bacary Sagna may also be involved. more >>
Manchester United will host Southampton on Saturday looking to prevent back to back losses in the Premiership in nearly a decade.
Currently the Red Devils sit six points off the pace and have had one of their slowest starts in recent memory.
"I am enjoying working with the new manager. I would prefer better results but we are only seven or eight games into the season," Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs told reporters during a press conference. more >>
CORE Issues Trust, a London-based Christian charity supporting ex-gay issues, has brought legal action against Transport for London (TfL), requesting the transportation company remove bus ads by the homosexual activist group Stonewall.
"Transport for London agreed to host the Stonewall adverts but refused to host ours," Mike Davidson, CORE Issues Trust director, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday. He explained that the court had ruled against such controversial ads on buses, noting that they are intrusive and unavoidable. "You can't switch them off then you're walking down the street," Davidson explained.
The court ruled against the Trust, but allowed the group to appeal the decision, which Davidson announced they will do in December. In the interim, Stonewall has kept running the posters on London buses. more >>
French Catholic bishops have reworded a nearly 50 year-old version of the Lord's Prayer previously considered blasphemous, ending years of quarreling about the translation, according to French 24.
The current French translation reads, "Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation," or "Do not submit us to temptation."
The translation's controversy stems from a reading that made the line, in theologian Frédéric Louzeau's words, assert that "God, who is infinitely good and the source of all goodness, could drive man to evil or sin." more >>
The Constitutional Council in France has ruled that mayors who are not in favor of same-sex marriage will still have to hold such ceremonies despite their beliefs, following the legalization of the practice earlier this year.
"Freedom of conscience is not violated by officiating at weddings," the court said, according to BBC News. It also added that the government did not create an exemption for officials not in favor of same-sex marriage "to assure the law is applied by its agents and to guarantee the proper functioning and neutrality of public service."
France became the 14th country in the world to officially legalize same-sex marriage in May after President Francois Hollande signed the Assembly-approved bill into law, which also allowed gay couples to adopt children. The law has been met with heavy opposition from supporters of traditional marriage, who have staged a number of mass rallies drawing hundreds of thousands of people. more >>