Evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins has said that society and parents labeling young children by a religion, such as "Christian children" or "Muslim children," is just as wrong as labeling a child a "liberal" or "conservative."
"We wouldn't claim our young kids are liberals or Libertarian, so why are we saddling them with our religious labels?" Dawkins asked in an article for Time magazine on Thursday.
The author of The God Delusion was responding to a case in London concerning the banning of pork products for primary school dinners, so as not to allow children of different religious or ethnic background to consume food that might be against their beliefs. more >>
Atheist author and biologist Richard Dawkins recently called God "lazy" for creating a world which is a "mess." Answers in Genesis Ken Ham responded by stating that Dawkins is confused, because he chooses not to trust the Bible, and called evolution an "anti-God religion."
In a comedic video posted earlier this month, Dawkins is seen talking to a character called "Mr. Deity," who supposedly represents the biblical God. The author of The God Delusion tells the character: "As a biologist I am uniquely qualified to understand just how lazy you've been."
He brings up examples of what he finds to be imperfections in nature, such as the human eye retina being positioned backwards, and adds: "It's just so clear that no intelligent being had a hand in this mess." more >>
A school district in Florida is considering a complaint sent by a Washington, D.C.-based atheist organization regarding a high school's morning announcement including the phrase "God Bless America."
The legal arm of the American Humanist Association recently sent a letter of complaint to Nassau County School District and Yulee High School on behalf of two students who took issue with the phrase "God bless America" being used on the school intercom.
A legal law group representing atheist students in Florida has said that a daily morning announcement at Yulle High School which includes the statement "God bless America" is a constitutional violation. The school has, in turn, agreed make the student who added the phrase on his own accord to stop saying it.
"Students at Yulee High are free to express their beliefs all day long, but not during the school announcement. This student deviated from the script and has been instructed (not to) deviate from the script; he is a good student and he meant no harm," said Nassau County schools spokesperson Sheryl Wood in a reply earlier this week, according to USA Today.
The complaint against the "God Bless America" phrase was made by two atheist students who contacted the American Humanist Association. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the AHA, then sent a letter to Drake and Nassau County Schools Superintendent John L. Ruis, where it calls the student's statement a "constitutional violation." more >>
Craig Hicks, the atheist accused of killing three Muslim students in North Carolina on Tuesday, is said to be a devoted follower of prominent British atheist, Richard Dawkins. Although Hicks' wife insists that the brutal killings were not hate crimes, anti-religious sentiment on his Facebook page suggests otherwise.
The 46-year-old Chapel Hill resident was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of first-degree murder following the deaths of newlywed couple Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. All three were shot in the head at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus following a parking dispute.
As police continue to investigate the possibility of a hate crime, Hicks' atheist beliefs – as seen in various posts on his alleged Facebook page – have fueled concerns amongst the victims' loved ones that anti-religious views may have precipitated the shootings. more >>
Former Anglican Archbishop Dr. Rowan Williams has responded to atheist actor Stephen Fry's recent criticism of God by saying that only a "stupid and insensitive person" would never protest suffering in the world. At the same time, Williams said that he hopes Fry would actually wait for God's reply, if he got a chance to speak with Him.
"It's interesting that already in the Psalms and the book of Job, you're beginning to have that kind of protest voice within religious communities," Williams, who led the Church of England for 10 years, said on BBC's Newsnight.
The former Archbishop was responding to Fry's controversial comments earlier this month, when the actor called God "utterly evil" and "monstrous" for designing a world which includes bone cancer in children, and other such diseases. more >>