Atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins said at a recent Skeptics Society Conference at Caltech, California, that although he's glad that the "nones," or religiously unaffiliated people in America, are rising, he fears that unbelievers are taking up worse beliefs, such as those of new-age author and physician Deepak Chopra.
"One of the problems is that the so-called 'nones' often give up religion for something even worse," Dawkins said in a video posted by Raw Story. "I mean, they take up Deepak Chopra or something like that."
Dawkins said it's "good news" that people are abandoning religion in America, but joked that nones sounds too much like "nuns," and so would like to see another term used for the group. more >>
An atheist organization has filed a lawsuit against a Missouri school district for taking students to a local Christian sport facility as part of a field trip.
The American Humanist Association filed suit in district court last week against Joplin Public Schools and North Middle School for a field trip to the Victory Ministries & Sports Complex.
In a written statement given to local media, school officials argued that the field trip was "secular in nature" and was simply the site of an event rather than a place where students were evangelized. more >>
A body within the United Church of Canada has passed a proposal calling for the liberal denomination to review the questions it poses during ordination in light of controversy surrounding a clergywoman who came out as an atheist 14 years ago.
The Ontario-based Hamilton Conference approved the proposal on Sunday that seeks to have the UCC's General Counsel order a "broad based and theological review" of ordination standards.
In a copy provided to The Christian Post by the Hamilton Conference, the proposal alludes to the Rev. Gretta Vosper, an outspoken atheist who will soon face review by the UCC over the "effectiveness" of her ministry. more >>
The author of the Awkward Moments Children's Bible, which illustrates controversial or strange passages in the Bible, has announced that he's canceling a follow-up project that would have illustrated parts of the Quran because of fears for his safety and the safety of the illustrators.
"After a great deal of consideration and wise counsel, I've decided to cancel the controversial Kid's Koran project we've been working on and hinting about over the past year that was set to release this fall. Why? Because of a certain group of fringe maniacal 'radical' bullies who equate the transfer of lead and pigments into shapes on paper as blasphemy — punishable by death," the author, going by the pseudonym Horus Gilgamesh, explains on his website.
"I'm quite unhappy to be forced into making this decision and would like to state emphatically that this project is not being cancelled out of any sort of respect for any irrational ancient religion that threatens to silence critical thinking and/or satirical challenges with death. more >>
A regional body of the United Church of Canada will interview a clergywoman who is an outspoken atheist to see about her "effectiveness."
In June, the Toronto Conference of the UCC will enact a formal process known as a review regarding the Rev. Gretta Vosper, an author and founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity who is also a professed atheist.
Pastor Robert Jeffress and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez argued with American Atheists President David Silverman about whether bigotry in America is being directed at conservative Christians or gay people when it comes to opposing same-sex marriage in a fiery debate on Fox News' "Hannity" on Wednesday.
While Silverman argued that those opposed to gay marriage are displaying "bigotry," Rodriguez asserted that the bigotry being displayed is "against Christians."
"It's bigotry and intolerance against those of us who believe in the Bible and our Judeo-Christian values," the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference founder said. more >>