Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio told an atheist in the audience that he won't be "forced" to stop talking about his faith on the campaign trail and argued that atheists should want his faith to influence his decisions.
During Rubio's Monday town hall meeting in Waverly, Iowa, an atheist attendee named Justin Scott, a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation who also runs his own YouTube channel, commented during a question and answer session on Rubio's recent campaign ad that simply features Rubio talking about how he follows his faith and that his goal is to live alongside God for eternity.
Scott argued that it seems like Rubio, who is Catholic, is more interested in running for "Pastor-in-Chief" rather than Commander-in-Chief and then asked Rubio how he would defend the rights of nontheists if he is elected president in 2016. more >>
An earlier statement made by atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, in which he called Christianity "a bulwark against something worse," is reappearing on Facebook and Twitter.
"There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings," Dawkins said in an interview with the Times of London in April 2010 on the issue of Islamist terrorism. "I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death," he added.
The prominent atheist went on to say, "I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse." more >>
Everybody knows the world is becoming more secular, right? Wrong.
A new book by Dr. Rodney Stark, titled The Triumph of Faith, subtitled "Why the World Is More Religious Than Ever," is causing quite a stir. Stark is the co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University where he also serves as Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences.
Stark takes on no less a task than debunking the "secularization thesis," supporters of which have asserted vigorously for at least half a century that religious belief and devotion are the domain of the ignorant and the poor. Their thesis asserts that as education, technology, and the resulting increased affluence advance, religious devotion and belief inevitably weaken, wither, and decline. more >>
Atheist activists are continuing with their fight to have "In God We Trust" removed from U.S. currency by filing a new federal lawsuit, this time in Akron, Ohio.
Michael Newdow, an atheist activist from California, filed the latest lawsuit in Ohio, listing 41 people as plaintiffs on the complaint, including the Northern Ohio Freethought Society and residents of Ohio and Michigan.
The lawsuit, which refers to "God" as "G-d," claims that the presence of "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency violates the separation of church and state and creates an anti-atheist, pro-Christian sentiment in the U.S. more >>
Legendary singer-songwriter David Bowie followed a Twitter account called "God" in his last days before his death, observers have noted, while previously unreleased excerpts from an interview last decade feature him talking about the search for God and music.
BBC Newsbeat noted that that the last account Bowie followed was @TheTweetofGod, which is a satirical account linked to a Broadway play, but said that it is not known whether it was the singer himself who hit "follow," or a member of his team.
A 60-year-old Canadian megachurch pastor imprisoned in North Korea is being forced to work eight hours a day, six days a week in a labor camp while under the constant watch of guards.
The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, pastor of the 3,000-member Light Presbyterian Church located in the Toronto area, was interviewed by CNN at an undisclosed hotel in Pyongyang last week.
Close-shaven and wearing a gray uniform, Lim spoke to Will Ripley of CNN, telling him in Korean that he is getting medical treatment and regular meals while working hard labor. more >>