Hemant Mehta, a Chicago high school math teacher known for his "Friendly Atheist" Patheos blog, explained in a recent installment of his "The Atheist Voice" video series that it is impossible for him to "hate God," whom he compares to Santa Claus and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
"Believe it or not, I don't hate God. I just don't think God exists," explains Mehta, addressing the question "Why do atheists hate God?" in his YouTube video. The public school teacher was raised a Jainist, but his doubts at the age of 14 led him on an investigative journey that eventually resulted in his rejection of religion.
Mehta, 30, suggested that some people of faith, Christians included, assume that "we must have some deep-seeded hatred against God, or God must have done something nasty to us and now we want payback." more >>
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the right of Americans to pray before public meetings. The leader of the nationwide military chaplains group says that federal courts should no longer have to assess when a religious activity might make someone feel uncomfortable.
"Our brief makes the point that a military chaplain, just like a chaplain in a town council meeting, cannot fulfill his or her duties with the federal courts looking over one shoulder and a hypothetical observer looking over the other to assess when a religious activity may make an observer feel like an outsider," said CH (COL) Ron Crews, executive director for CARL.
The religious liberties case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, provides the U.S. Supreme Court the opportunity to "affirm America's long-standing practice of opening public meetings with prayer," the alliance stated on Tuesday. more >>
The superintendent of an Alabama school district made it clear on Tuesday that he is not afraid to stand up against the demands of a Wisconsin-based atheists group wanting to stop a prayer caravan this Saturday before school starts next week.
"We live in a time when certain groups hide behind the human rights of some to destroy the human rights of others," said Cullman County Schools Superintendent Billy Coleman who helped organize the caravan. The third annual prayer caravan includes stopping at each of the district's 29 schools and praying for students, teachers, and staff.
"The government agencies of Cullman County and Alabama respect the rights of people to believe what they choose and to freely express those beliefs. However, I also believe that we who are Christians have the same rights as anyone else to publicly express our beliefs on our own time, and to be afforded the same access to announcement channels as anyone else," said Coleman at the press conference he organized. more >>
Do you want to know what really happened to dinosaurs? Well, president and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S. and the Creation Museum, Ken Ham, says they were in Noah's Ark.
Although he doesn't reveal exactly what happened to them after that, Ham announced in a new radio ad posted to YouTube on Monday that God created dinosaurs and he told Noah to take pairs of them into the ark before the biblical flood.
"Evolution has used dinosaurs more than almost anything else to indoctrinate children into millions of years of evolutionary ideas. Evolution has claimed dinosaurs evolved over 200 million years ago. That no humans ever lived with them…that some mysterious event led to the extinction of dinosaurs," says Ham in the one-minute ad titled "What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?" more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to a public academic institution in Alabama over its soon-to-be opened "faith-based" housing program.
Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison sent the letter last Thursday to Troy University arguing that their housing program, scheduled to be open in the fall, was unconstitutional.
Andrew Seidel, FFRF staff attorney, wrote in the letter that the housing program gives preferential treatment to some students at the expense of others. more >>
A poll conducted by Gallup has indicated that those who regularly attend church tend to be three times less likely to smoke as those who do not attend church.
Part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the poll was based off of an estimated 353,000 interviews conducted in 2012 with American adults aged 18 and over.