The nation's largest secularist organization is renewing its effort to pressure some of the nation's most popular college football teams to get rid of their chaplains, arguing that coaches violate students' First Amendment rights by instituting chaplaincy programs.
Last August, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to a number of public colleges and universities telling them that allowing Christian chaplains to minister to their football teams establishes a favoritism toward Christianity and coerces non-Christian athletes to take part so that their standing with coaches and teammates won't be diminished.
The organization, which advocates for a strict separation of church and state, released an in-depth report titled "Pray to Play" last year, highlighting a number of public colleges that have chaplaincy programs and schools that use public funds to fly chaplains to away games, provide hotel rooms for them and their families, and give them per-diem payments. more >>
Atheist author and entertainer Penn Jillette has recommended to his fellow atheists that they still practice prayer, even if they throw God out of the equation, arguing that it is important for self-reflection.
"I realized recently that I do something very close to prayer," Jillette said in a video for Big Think.
He said that he calls his own version "Penn's Guilt Round Up," where he reflects on his conversations with people throughout the day, and ponders if he should have done some things differently. The famous atheist admitted that he would use such techniques to help him out in a number of areas in his life, such as losing weight. more >>
As many as 10,000 people left the Church of Denmark between April and June, statistics from the Scandinavian country have shown, due in part to a nationwide atheist campaign urging people to question the divinity of Jesus, and the importance of believing in God.
The Independent noted that the 10,000 people who left the faith in that time period is almost double the number who did the same between January and March, which has led the Danish Atheist Society to celebrate the news.
"We're pleased that Danes have taken the opportunity to express what they actually want. We have long seen in surveys that there aren't that many Danes who are devout Christians," Chairman Anders Stjernholm told Politiken. more >>
Mel Gibson has a few new films in the works but it's his film "Passion of the Christ" that is making headlines after Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt compared the 2004 film to Scientology propaganda.
During an interview with Marlon James for The New York Times Style magazine, Pitt talked about wanting to make a film about Pontius Pilate that "won't be for the 'Passion' crowd."
His interviewer James shared with the "Benjamin Button" actor that Gibson's film drove him out of the church, to which Pitt laughed and replied, "I felt like I was just watching an L. Ron Hubbard propaganda film." more >>
The Bible issues a warning against those who claim there's no such thing as evil or sin because there's no difference between right and wrong, says the Rev. Billy Graham.
In a question-and-answer column published on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website on Friday, a person wrote to Graham saying they never feel guilty about anything they do becasue they simply "don't believe there's such a thing as right or wrong."
Graham responded that he was saddened to hear that the person did not consciously accept the belief that there is a right and a wrong. more >>
America needs a president who will "pray with you" and "walk humbly with our God," Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told the largest historically African-American religious convention in the country.
Clinton gave the speech before the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. on Thursday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri wherein she spoke of the importance of the president being a "praying person."
In a transcript of the speech provided to The Christian Post by the Hillary Clinton campaign, the former secretary of state explained that the United States needs a president who understands faith, personally and publicly. more >>