A Shasta County, California, atheist who charged that his civil rights were violated when he was sent back to prison for protesting a religious drug-treatment program while on parole was recently awarded nearly $2 million in a court settlement for his troubles.
According to a Record Searchlight report, the atheist, Barry Hazle Jr., 46, and his attorney, John G. Heller, announced the settlement during a press conference Tuesday morning.
It would seem the practice of witchcraft would have somehow banished by now – reduced to the image of a cartoon character thus minimizing it to mere fantasy, perhaps in an effort to eliminate man's fears or an attempt to dismiss its spiritual validity. Yet, with each generation we see its subtle influences shed, then re-emerge in a new skin.
Witchcraft has been around for centuries. It's forbidden practice under suspicion and persecution from the Old Testament through the Early Modern Witch Trials and beyond.
Once considered the wise one who lived at the edge of town, the witch was known as the village healer, midwife and storyteller. Many feared this woman who practiced the forbidden arts and who it was said, had the power to summon the dead at the risk of her own life. Yet ironically, when it seemed one's own faith came up short of their wanted desires, they sought answers from what many saw as a peculiar woman. Some even resorted to her counsel, believing God had turned a deaf ear to them as was the case with King Saul. more >>
Atheist intellectual and author Richard Dawkins is defending his controversial remarks on Twitter saying that 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai might leave her religion as she gets older.
Dawkins defended his words in a series of tweets on the social media website days after remarking that Malala Yousafzai "is religious now but give her time."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, is now lobbying an Oklahoma School District to remove a painting by artist Donald Zolan because it suggests that "real American children pray." The district, however, has refused to comply with the secular group's request.
"It is our information and understanding that in the Kenneth Cooper Middle School office hangs a religious poster with an image entitled, 'Faith in America' by Donald Zolan. The image features two children with their hands clasped in prayer, with an American Flag background. The meaning could not be more clear, real American children pray," noted staff attorney Andrew L. Seidel in an Oct. 2 letter to Fred Rhodes, superintendent of Putnam County Schools in Oklahoma City.
The letter further claims that even if the children in the painting aren't really praying and just clasping their hands, it would be in violation of the First Amendment and requested that the painting be removed. more >>
States with higher rates of charitable giving went for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 and have higher rates of religious practice.
A report published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that the most and least charitable states in America fell in mostly different camps in the 2012 Presidential Election.
"Little People, Big World" star Jacob Roloff has come under fire for comments made about Christians, the Christian tradition, and his own disbelief.
"The only thing I did to 'practice my faith' was be in a Christian family, go to a Christian school (no other option), and call myself a Christian because I was never shown anything else," Roloff said through his ask.fm account. "I'm saying I've never practiced being a Christian. I can't remember ever praying, I did just enough to get by in a Christian school without being looked down upon. I'm not saying I'm atheist, that's you guys. I'm just not a Christian."
It's a radical difference from the beliefs of his older brother Jeremy, who married last week, and his own parents. Jacob was criticized for slamming the beliefs of his new sister-in-law, Audrey, who is a fervent Christian and posted several comments about her faith and feelings toward God and Jesus Christ. She also thanked God for bringing her and Jeremy together. Jacob, however, posted comments disparaging her faith in God. more >>