Louisiana Republican congressional candidate Zach Dasher has said that he is standing by comments he made about atheism and its role in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, following an op-ed by atheist author Richard Dawkins who criticized "Christian intolerance."
"I stand by my original statement. The tragedy at Sandy Hook points to a much larger societal problem of moral decay. In the absence of God man becomes the determiner of all things, including the value and meaning of life. I'm a Christian who believes that man is made in the image of God and is therefore incredibly precious," Dasher said in a statement published by The Blaze.
The congressional candidate, who is also the nephew of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, said during a podcast at WillingToThink.org that "mental illness and guns are not the cause of mass murder," referring to the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, massacre where 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School before taking his own life. more >>
The nephew of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson and Louisiana Republican congressional candidate Zach Dasher, cleared the air about previous reports that framed him as blaming the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre on atheism.
In an interview with TheBlaze, Dasher said his comments, which aired on a podcast titled, "Why Did This Happen," were taken out of context by the media and noted that he was talking about the larger problem going on in America.
"I thought it was dishonest. … It was a soundbite put in a way to give the impression that I was blaming Sandy Hook on atheists," Dasher said. "I'm not suggesting that all atheists are evil or that all religious people are good. There's good people in both groups." more >>
Academic leftists are so used to talking to themselves (and their under-educated students), that they long ago passed the point of even realizing their own ignorance. They delight in their own arguments and their ability to make students "shift uncomfortably in their seats," yet succeed only in singing to their own condescending choir, with the music published in their house hymnal, the New York Times.
And nowhere is that reality more apparent than when they discuss the Christian faith.
The latest example comes from a University of Washington psychology professor named David Barash, writing a piece called God, Darwin and My College Biology Class. In it, he boasts about "The Talk" (yes, he capitalized it) that he gives his young charges, a talk that purports to demonstrate the following: more >>
A Washington, D.C.-based secular organization has sent a complaint to a Georgia school district over its high school having a stone statue that has religious statements including Bible verses listed on it.
The American Humanist Association sent the Madison County School District a letter of complaint regarding the statue, which is at the school district's high school.
Sent to Madison County Superintendent Allen McCannon and Madison High School Principal George Bullock, the letter said the statue violates the Establishment Clause. more >>
Nearly three dozen towns around the world, including in the U.S. and France, launched their first "Sunday Assembly," also known as the atheist church, on Sunday.
According to the Sunday Assembly website, 35 towns launched new Sunday Assemblies, adding to the more than two dozen Sunday Assemblies that were already established. The group says its mission is to tackle loneliness and social isolation.
"And the world certainly needs more community: social isolation and loneliness are on the rise with 40% of US adults say they are lonely compared to 20% in the 80s and 1 in 10 UK adults say they have no close friends," the website states. "This has massive effects on society, and on the health of society with studies showing that loneliness has comparable impacts on your health as smoking and obesity, it impairs immune function and boosts inflammation and can contribute to arthritis, type II diabetes and heart disease." more >>
The church-like atheist establishment "Sunday Assembly" launched a new chapter in Rochester, New York, this month and congregants say the fellowship meets a unique need in the area.
The Sunday Assembly, an atheist church which was founded in London in 2013, held its first service inside the Rochester Academy of Science auditorium this past weekend where nearly 50 people attended.
Derrick Stein, 29, drove almost 80 miles from his home in Camillus, Onondaga County to experience the unorthodox service with his wife Danika who had been searching for a group like this for a long time. more >>