Questions regarding Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, continue to arise as the search for the missing plane enters its 14th day on Friday. Journalists scouring through the pilot's social media activity have found he "liked" atheist-themed videos on YouTube.
As investigators searched Shah's home just outside of Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, they discovered that he "liked" and subscribed to multiple atheist channels on YouTube. According to The New York Times, out of the dozens of videos Shah "liked" on the platform, four consisted of well-known atheists explaining why they didn't believe in religion. The pilot also subscribed to the official YouTube channel of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and the channel for Eddie Izzard, a British comedian also known to be atheist.
As The Huffington Post points out, although some media outlets have depicted Shah as possibly a Muslim extremist who intentionally crashed MH370 in a suicide mission, the fact that he frequented atheist YouTube channels paints him more as a moderate secularist. more >>
Despite criticism by some conservative groups like Answers in Genesis, the upcoming Christian film "God's Not Dead" has received high marks by Faith Driven Consumer, with the movie review site saying that the film leans toward a biblical worldview,
"With biblically orthodox Christian faith under unprecedented attack in America today, 'God's Not Dead' is a timely and thought-provoking look at religious freedom and standing up for your faith and convictions," said Chris Stone, certified brand strategist and founder of Faith Driven Consumer. "The challenging – but ultimately hope-filled and encouraging – message of this film will resonate strongly with Christians and non-Christians alike."
Faith Driven Consumer, which was behind the IStandWithPhil.com movement that helped restore Phil Robertson to "Duck Dynasty," gave the movie 4 stars out of 5, describing it as "leaning toward a Biblical worldview." more >>
Kevin Sorbo of the upcoming Christian film "God's Not Dead" said there is no point speaking with someone as angry as TV host Bill Maher, who recently called God a "psychotic mass murderer."
"I wonder what happened to him in his lifetime, because the atheists I have met, not all of them are angry. I've got some very good friends who are atheists and they just don't believe, they simply don't believe. We've had great debates about it and things like that," Sorbo said in an interview with Newsmax, posted Tuesday, after being asked about Maher's comments.
"There is no reason to even try to talk to a guy like that because he has so much hate." more >>
Conservative radio host Mark Levin recently engaged in a tense conversation with an atheist caller on his show, ultimately hanging up on the caller after calling him "intolerant."
On the Monday airing of "The Mark Levin Show," Levin fielded a call from an atheist who told the radio host it "drives him crazy" when conservative people, like Levin, require potential presidential candidates to have faith in God.
The two then began to argue back and forth over the topic of religious liberty in America. "Oh, I forgot, I'm not supposed to mention faith or God," Levin sarcastically said to the caller. The radio host then sought to explain why he previously said that he wants a presidential candidate who isn't afraid to express their beliefs in God. more >>
An estimated 500 people gathered at a public park in Sandpoint, Idaho, Thursday to demonstrate their support for keeping the Ten Commandments display at its present location.
One of the protestors told local media that she took issue with the possibility of the monument's removal, which was first called for in a letter sent to Sandpoint's city government by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has demanded that that Governor Scott Walker remove a posting on the social media website Twitter that is religious in nature.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation stated Tuesday that they took exception to Walker's official account, including a tweet posted Sunday that simply read, "Philippians 4:13."