Some are crying foul at the opening episode of the much-anticipated reboot of the Carl Sagan science program "Cosmos."
Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sunday's debut episode featured an animated segment on the persecution of Giordano Bruno, a 16th-century monk and astronomer.
Bruno claimed that neither the earth nor the sun was the center of the universe, reportedly prompting his arrest and execution as demanded by the Roman Catholic Church. It is a scene that some, including media researcher Matt Philbin, have decried as unfairly attacking the Catholic Church. more >>
Some residents of Lake Elsinore, Calif., are protesting the removal of a cross, which was placed two years ago in honor of a young Christian man who died in an accident there, by installing smaller crosses with messages for the atheist group under whose pressure the memorial was taken down.
"What happened to our freedom," reads the message on one of the small wooden crosses that replaced the big, white cross that was set up as a memorial for 19-year-old Anthony Devaney, who was fatally struck by a car while crossing Lake Street in May 2012.
"What if this was your child?!?!" reads the message on another cross. "Ever heard the phrase to each his own?!!! Does this bother you??? Look the other way!!" says another one. "People suck!!! Get a life!!!" reads yet another one. more >>
For too long atheists have been granted a free pass to deliberately dilute the definition of atheism. Too many active and passive atheists are quick to assert the informationally deficient definition of atheism widely known as "a lack of belief in God" or the "absence of belief in God." They would like nothing more than to believe they have no beliefs about God and merely possess an "absence" of a belief. After all, that is the regrettable definition found in some dictionaries (UrbanDictionary.com, Definition 1), and is, conveniently for the atheist, much easier to defend than saying what you actually believe about God. Consequently, today's atheists are more eager to tell you their beliefs about atheism than they are their beliefs about God.
The lack of substance in the popularly held definition of atheism among atheists makes it altogether unsatisfactory when discussing beliefs about God. The only information this definition conveys is that atheists have no positive belief in God. Atheists like to propose that a "lack of belief in" absolves them from possessing any belief whatsoever. However, an "absence of belief" doesn't negate the prospect of other beliefs or disbeliefs around the subject. In fact, it actually demands it. Stating you have an absence of belief in God says nothing about what you believe about the God.
Perhaps this is why some dictionaries also define atheism as "a: a disbelief in the existence of a deity. B: the doctrine that there is no deity." (Merriam--Webster) "A person who believes no god or gods exist." (Urban Dictionary, Definition 2). This is a meaningful definition of atheism one can sink their teeth into. This accurately informs me and the world what atheists actually do believe about God. Most important for the atheist, it is in line with reality. Atheists do have beliefs or disbeliefs regarding God, just as they have beliefs and disbeliefs regarding heaven, the soul, and the afterlife. more >>
A once outspoken Christian athlete now says he finds himself happier without his faith.
Former British Track and Field athlete Jonathan Edwards, who famously drew attention to his religious convictions when he refused to compete in a World Championship qualifying event in 1991 because it was on a Sunday, told the Daily Mirror last week that life without God was fine.
"I am happy," Edwards said. "And actually it's fine. I don't miss my faith. In many ways I feel more settled and happier in myself without it. I don't know if that is related to losing my faith or would have been the case anyway, but it's a non-issue as far as I am concerned." more >>
After fighting to have her secular club recognized at her North Carolina high school with the help of national atheist organizations, teenager Kalei Wilson has pulled out of founding the school club, citing "numerous threats" and "verbal attacks" as the reason for her decision.
Kalei Wilson, a 15-year-old student at Pisgah High School in Canton, N.C., had previously contacted several national atheist organizations after allegedly being refused by school administrators to start a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance on campus. After she was reportedly told by the school's administration that her club was "not a good fit," she contacted the Secular Student Alliance, Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, who in turn wrote letters to the school's district, encouraging them to allow Wilson to start her club.
Although the school eventually allowed Wilson to start her club, her family released a statement saying that their daughter would not be starting the SSA chapter, as she had been bullied on campus for her efforts. Kalei's father, Cash Wilson, had previously told the Freedom From Religion Foundation that the Pisgah High School principal had said he would look into bullying threats. more >>
Oral arguments in a lawsuit by an atheist organization against the placement of the "World Trade Center cross" at a museum on government property will take place later this week.
American Atheists will present their case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, arguing that the WTC cross does not belong in a museum on government leased property.
Two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, construction workers found a cross beam among the wreckage of the Twin Towers. more >>