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.
Conservative Christian talk show host Pat Robertson discussed "openly hostile" atheism during a recent broadcast of "The 700 Club," suggesting that those who grow excessively angry at the mention of God may have had a dysfunctional childhood.
Robertson and his co-host, Terry Meeuwsen, were fielding a question from Sandra, a viewer, who wrote in to the show regarding a coworker who is "openly hostile at the mere mention of God."
"I work with an atheist and at one time I thought I could witness to her and bring her to Jesus. She gets openly hostile at the mere mention of God. She gets very angry just hearing the word God. Should I just abandon the idea of being a positive influence on her and just let her perish?" Sandra questioned. more >>