David Bonney of German company "ATHEIST Shoes" announced on Tuesday that he would be discontinuing his popular line of God-denying footwear.
"I will not be continuing with Atheist Shoes, because I have been touched by the most beautiful experience, one that has forced me to question everything I was so certain of before," David said in a statement. "It is a deeply personal experience and I am somewhat embarrassed to talk about it at any length, but I know people will have questions."
According to David, in recent weeks, his "heart has grown to an extent I could not have imagined. I have felt a truly complete understanding, connection and purpose that I have never felt before. Some might call it revelation, but it was not a thing of the brain, but of my entire being… and it feels divine." more >>
On March 14 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told members of the House Armed Services committee that there was no war on religious liberty.
"The single biggest frustration I've had in this job is the perception that somehow there is religious persecution inside the United States Air Force," the general told lawmakers. "It is not true."
If that's true, perhaps Gen. Welsh could explain why a Bible was removed from a POW/MIA Missing Man Table at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. The removal of the Good Book was first reported by the Gannett-owned newspaper Florida Today. more >>
For the second straight week, God's Not Dead has finished fifth place at the U.S. box office, earning just one percent less this past weekend than the $9.2 million it brought in over its opening weekend when the film was released on March 21.
This past weekend, the small independent faith-based movie expanded its release by nearly 400 theaters and took in $9 million, bringing its total box office earnings to $22 million.
God's Not Dead, which portrays a college student who accepts his atheist professor's challenge to provide a defense for the existence of God and Christianity, followed the fourth-place Mr. Peabody and Sherman. more >>
Every time comedian and talk show host Bill Maher blasts Christianity, calls Christians idiots, or describes God as a "psychopathic mass murderer" the web lights up. Religious news sites, or the Christian section of secular media, carry the story with headlines expressing "shock," and their readers dutifully respond with hysterical blog posts by the thousands.
His abrasive comments become the big subject on Christian radio and TV programs, and callers express outrage. All of which is exactly what Maher wants.
In a media-driven culture, it doesn't take insightful questions, great talent, or intellectual depth to get on the radar. All it takes is shock. Shock built careers for people like Howard Stern, Russell Brand, and Madonna. It's surprising to me that it still works, but the shock train rolls on. Based on his media persona, Bill Maher appears to be an incompetent theologian, a fairly hateful person, and an average comedian. But he's a master communicator. He understands how to push buttons and get a response – and he does it with regularity. Ratings of his show low? Nail Christians. Viewers tired of watching him? Say something shocking about God. more >>
An American Atheists member claims that an employee at a small bank in New Jersey refused to notarize her documents because she is a nonbeliever.
Amanda Knief, managing director of American Atheists, wrote on the national nonprofit organization's Facebook page about her recent experience at TD Bank in Cranford, N.J., where the national headquarters for American Atheists is located.
"I was just refused service -- because I am an atheist. It was embarrassing, humiliating, and pissed me off," Knief wrote. more >>
Atheist author and biologist Richard Dawkins, who was Prospect magazine's "world's top thinker" last year, has not been nominated for the title this year. Pope Francis, meanwhile, was nominated.
The magazine compiles a list of individuals they identify as "engaging most originally and profoundly with the central questions of the world today" and asks people from around the world to vote on the nominees.