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 >>
With help from a Dominican-Pakistani priest, an American couple has bought a new home for three Pakistani children whose Christian parents were burned alive by an angry mob of Muslims in the Punjab Province after being accused of blasphemy in November.
Moved by the orphans' unfortunate situation and the barbaric death of the children's parents, Jill and Scott Kelley of Tampa, Florida, have paid for a new home for the three children of Shama Bibi and Shahzad Masih, The New York Post reports.
After being accused of ripping pages out of the Koran, Bibi and Masih were tortured, had their legs broken and were thrown into a brick kiln by a mob of about 500 to 600 Muslims in the town of Kot Radha Kishan on Nov. 4. more >>
Mayor Bill de Blasio called for peace and unity while quoting scripture at an NYPD graduation ceremony on Monday, after being met with both boos and applause.
Tensions between de Blasio and the NYPD remain high following the execution style shooting deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley in Brooklyn Dec. 20. On Monday, the mayor spoke at a graduation ceremony in Madison Square Garden for nearly 900 new police officers and though he was heckled and booed, he was also met with some polite cheers.
"You can be part of the solution and that is a blessing," de Blasio told the crowd before quoting the Bible "'Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be children of God,' (Matthew 5:9). We lost two peacemakers nine days ago. We lost two heroes. They were children of God for sure." more >>
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton criticized NYPD officers for "inappropriate" behavior displayed at the funeral of officer Rafael Ramos Saturday when officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio. The mayor is said to be focused on promoting unity after commenting earlier this month that he told his son not to reach for his cell phone when he's around police for fear that he might be harmed.
Officer Ramos was laid to rest in Queens, one week after 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley fatally shot him and officer Wenjian Liu in an execution style murder in Brooklyn. The slaying heightened tensions between the NYPD and de Blasio, and officers turned their backs on him for a second time while he spoke at Ramos' funeral on Saturday, which drew criticism.
"I certainly don't support that action yesterday, I think it was very inappropriate at that event," Bratton said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "That funeral was held to honor officer Ramos, and to bring politics or to bring issues into that event, I think, was very inappropriate and I do not support it." more >>
The new film "Selma" from Indie film director Ava DuVernay is shining a spotlight on both Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for civil rights and the racial unrest that exists in the U.S. today.
The must-see film of the year, "Selma" opens with a scene between King and his wife, Coretta (David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, respectively), in Norway where he's being honored with a Nobel Peace Prize. Oyelowo (pronounced oh-yellow-oh) is hypnotic with silent expressions that pack more meaning than any dialogue could ever provide. After carefully studying King's voice, stature and expressions, Oyelowo commands the role of the iconic civil rights leader.
Within the first five minutes of the film, Oyelowo's take on King's acceptance speech sends lightning bolts through the theater, almost bringing the audience to their feet in applause as if they are present at the ceremony. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" executive producer Deirdre Gurney opened up about star Phil Robertson's controversial comments from 2013 in a new roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter and stated that she wanted to speak out about the situation but knew she had to trust Robertson to handle the situation.
"I don't think anyone expected it to be that kind of reaction and get that much attention, so no one was prepared with what this really meant, what to say," Gurney said of Robertson's controversial comments about homosexuality made during a GQ interview in 2013.
Robertson's comments immediately came under fire and people began to call for the show to be canceled or Robertson removed from the series. The network, A&E, suspended Robertson from the show in an attempt to quell the rising tide of complaints. more >>