Sometimes organizations and activists who profess atheism have brought before our fragile public sphere a great profound contemplation with their legal action.
Below for the reader's amusement are actual legal efforts undertaken by assorted atheist groups and individuals against targets usually exempted from the allegation of being bad.
The five examples of when atheists attack are so off the rail that at times even sympathetic parties considered them absurd. Rankings are not based on merit. more >>
Former pastor of the Hollywood Adventist Church in California, Ryan J. Bell, who launched an experiment to live without God one year ago, has concluded that "I don't think God exists" and says he's now working hard to get closer to "reality."
Bell announced his unorthodox experiment in the Huffington Post last New Year's Eve highlighting his struggle with his Christian faith and the difficulty he had in reconciling it with the treatment of homosexuals and women in the Adventist Church. He referred to himself as a "faithful critic" pushing for the inclusion of gays and women in church culture and leadership.
"I will do whatever I can to enter the world of atheism and live, for a year, as an atheist. It's important to make the distinction that I am not an atheist. At least not yet. I am not sure what I am. That's part of what this year is about," he wrote back then. more >>
A topless abortion activist with the words "God is Woman" written across her bare chest was arrested in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Thursday, after rushing the nativity scene and attempting to flee with a baby Jesus figurine.
Iana Zhdanova of FEMEN, a radical feminist organization from Ukraine that's based in Paris, stunned onlookers in Rome on Christmas Day when she stormed the nativity display wearing only jeans and sneakers. Video footage of the incident shows the blonde-haired activist proudly raising baby Jesus above her head and screaming an inaudible message to horrified onlookers before being apprehended by Vatican police.
The protest came shortly after Pope Francis unveiled the nativity while marking Christmas with a late-night mass in St Peter's Basilica. more >>
In the midst of all our preparations for our Christmas celebrations, something serious appeared on the horizon. A former Evangelical, Valerie Tarico, wrote an article on Salon called "Why rape is so intrinsic to religion." With a title like that, the week before Christmas: one can only surmise that she intended to provoke.
I feel called to respond to this article, as a Roman Catholic woman intellectual. I know that I have many non-Catholic readers among my Ruth Institute friends, but I have to speak as a Catholic for two reasons. First of all, that is what I am. Secondly, non-Catholic Christianity is not a well-defined thing. One can readily point to non-Catholic Christians who believe all sorts of things. There is no non-Catholic Christian "definitive" or "traditional" interpretation of anything. Say what you like. Believe what you like. But Catholicism has at least this virtue: one can figure out what it actually says and does not say.
Dr. Tarico cites numerous examples of rape stories in a variety of religious traditions: Zeus, Jupiter, Zoroaster and so on. Tucked away within those stories is the story of the virginal conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary. I'm reminded of the old Sesame Street song: "One of these is not like the others." more >>
The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court recently stated that a city that allowed atheist and Wiccan invocations at their council meetings was "foolish" for doing so.
"We're having prayers [by] atheists? We're having Wiccans say prayers? How foolish can we be? … I'll say this in Huntsville because I think it needs to be said in Huntsville," said Roy Moore, known as the "Ten Commandments Judge" for once putting a large Decalogue monument in the rotunda of Alabama's highest court, earlier this month.
Speaking before the Madison County Republican Men's Club, Moore specifically denounced Huntsville City Council for their allowance of non-Christian prayers at their government meetings. more >>
Ryan Bell, an ex-pastor who quit his faith in God for a year following his resignation from the Hollywood Adventist Church and a divorce from his wife of 17 years, is set to decide New Year's Day whether he will remain a believer or become an atheist. While he has distanced himself from zealous atheists, Bell expressed a desire to be "good" without submitting to boundaries.
Nearing the end of his yearlong embrace of non-theism, Bell told the LA Times that leaving the faith has allowed him to see "both sides of the coin." The former Fuller Seminary and Azusa Pacific University teacher has consorted with several atheist groups as a public speaker, sharing his experiences of walking away from church life. "Being with atheists, they can have the same sort of obnoxious certainty that some Christians have," he said of his experiences. "I don't want to be part of that. It feels like I'm stuck in the middle. I want to be for something good, but I don't want boundaries, and religion just feels like a very bounded thing."
As he nears a self-imposed January 1 deadline to decide between atheism and faith, Bell told the LA Times, "The question I am asking right now [is] why do I need religion to love?" more >>