A woman arrested for attempting to remove a Satanic display placed in the rotunda of the Florida capitol building will not be charged with vandalism.
Susan Hemeryck, a self-described "Catholic warrior" who was arrested last year for attempting to destroy the display, will not go to trial for her actions.
Charges against the Tallahassee woman were dropped when prosecutors were unable to note what sufficient damage was done to the display, which had been donated last year by the group known as the Satanic Temple. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson gave an impassioned speech at the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast on Friday equating non-salvation and disbelief with violence.
"Two guys break into an atheist's home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters," Robertson said. "Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot 'em and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they look at him and say, 'Isn't it great that I don't have to worry about being judged? Isn't it great that there's nothing wrong with this? There's no right or wrong, now is it dude!"
Robertson wanted to drive home the point that disbelief can lead to unspeakable violence because there's no fear of judgment in the afterlife. more >>
An atheist blogger has recently denounced the efforts of non-theists like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins, arguing that they promote "tribalism" and a strategy that is "a recipe for failure."
Steven Neumann, an author and philosopher whose work has been published on Salon and Patheos, posted a blog entry Sunday arguing that Maher and Dawkins possess a "self-defeating superiority."
Neumann argued in Salon that atheist intellectuals like Maher, Dawkins and Sam Harris practice a "rhetoric of tribalism." more >>
New data analysis on the 2014 General Social Survey conducted by NORC and the University of Chicago has found that although Americans are abandoning specific religions at record high numbers, the rate of those who said they believe in God has remained steady.
The Associated Press identified it as one of the major findings of the survey, which asked a number of wide-ranging questions of the American public. The data found that back in 1972, only 5 percent of respondents said that they have no religion, but by 2014, 21 percent said the same, which is a record high.
The number is even higher than statistics reported by Gallup, which found that 16 percent of Americans identified as nones in 2014. more >>
Ken Ham, the CEO and president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Kentucky, has said that only preaching the Gospel can help America's "dying culture." Responding to statistics showing a continued decline in religious faith in the U.S., Ham argued that the growing numbers of nones do have a religion — one of "secularity."
"We need to reach out to these nones and this dying culture. Chances are you live beside, work with, or are friends with some of these nones. We need to be bold in sharing the Gospel with them and be prepared with solid, biblical answers to the questions that they have about the Christian faith," Ham wrote on his AiG blog.
The creationists' comments refer to the release of the 2014 General Social Survey earlier in March, which found that since 2012, the U.S. has registered another 7.5 million people who are no longer active in religion. The number of nones has risen steadily since 1972, and today as much as 21 percent of the American population say that they have no religion. more >>
The Society of Edmonton Atheists revealed that it will be running ads on 10 buses for four weeks in the Edmonton area with a message that it's "good" for people to be "godless." The ads feature the famous painting "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo, but with God erased.
The group explained in a statement that it chose the message for a number of reasons, part of which is to push back "against the myth that non-believers lack morality," and to support a "non-supernatural" view of reality that "encourages better informed decisions and is good for society." Similarly, one of the stated goals behind the ads is an effort to remove stigma of the word 'atheist.'"
For the artwork, the original of which is part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling and features God giving Adam life, the group explained: "It's instantly recognizable which quickly conveys a message. Since these ads are on buses we wanted our message to be easily recognizable even if it passes by in quick traffic. We also think that it's a beautiful piece of artwork." more >>