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Atheist Told by Immigration Office to Join Church or Be Denied Citizenship

Because Margaret Doughty, 65, objected to the pledge to bear arms in defense of the U.S. on her application—she explained that she’s morally opposed to war and killing—she must be granted an exception as a conscientious objector. And in order to do that, the immigration office in Houston says the atheist must show proof by Friday that she belongs to a church that holds such views.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Public Atheist Monument Set to Be Erected Near Florida Courthouse

Florida members of national advocacy group American Atheists are planning at the end of the month to unveil a large public monument outside the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, across from a controversial display of the Ten Commandments.

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Lawmaker Gives Atheist ‘Prayer,’ Glenn Beck’s Latest Controversial Comment, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Rep. Darrell Issa decides to withdraw a subpoena related to the Benghazi hearings and a top IRS official pleads the Fifth.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Judge Sides With Atheists, Rules City Can Ban Nativity Scenes

A federal judge Monday ruled that Santa Monica, Calif., may ban seasonal displays in parks and other public places, including the prominent Nativity scenes that are put up every holiday season in the city’s Palisades Park.

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Indonesian Atheist Sentenced to Two and a Half Years in Prison

An Indonesian civil servant was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on charges of blaspheming and violating Indonesian Internet laws when he professed his atheism on Facebook.

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Hitchens Pipes Up for ‘Foxhole Atheists’

“God Is Not Great” author Christopher Hitchens got a feel for the evangelical climate at the Air Force Academy in May and came away with some troubling questions. In a column headlined “In Defense of Foxhole Atheists,” he asks: “Is there a clique within the United States military that is seeking to use the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as an opportunity to mount a new crusade and to Christianize the ‘heathen’?”

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE



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America Has Become Less Religious

The percentage of Americans who follow no religion has doubled since 1990, according to a new survey of religious identity. At 15 percent, they are now the third largest group, behind Catholics and Baptists. The Christian majority has dwindled by 10 points in the last 18 years.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 READ MORE


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CNN’s Brown Blasts Dole’s ‘Godless’ Attack Ad

It’s hard to pick just one nutty attack ad from this election season’s overflowing cornucopia o’ nonsense, but CNN’s Campbell Brown thinks she’s found the worst in Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s truth-challenged spot insinuating that her Democratic rival, Kay Hagan, is a secret atheist. Updated

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Who Invited God to the DNC?

So what was with all of the invocations of the deity at last week’s Democratic National Convention? Stephen Colbert talks about the Dems’ public displays of piety with Lori Lippman Brown, director of the Secular Coalition for America, producing another kind of sacred text to take the Bible’s place as he swears Brown in for her “Colbert Report” testimonial.

Posted on Sep 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Render Unto Darwin That Which Is Darwin’s

The New Atheist writers from Richard Dawkins to E.O. Wilson to Sam Harris have become the high priests not of science but the cult of science.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Lawmaker: Atheism ‘Extremely Dangerous’

Illinois state Rep. Monique Davis’ heated public exchange last Wednesday with atheist activist Rob Sherman over the allocation of $1 million in state funds to repair a church is still going on—fortunately for Sherman, perhaps not so much for Davis—on the Internet, at least. 

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Pope Blasts Atheism in New Encyclical

Atheist authors Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris have some new material to work with, thanks to the latest official release from Pope Benedict XVI, who critiqued the work of Karl Marx, warned against excessive faith in scientific progress and condemned atheism, which he believes has led to some of the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” in recent history.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


Politician Breaks the God Barrier

Rep. Pete Stark of Fremont, Calif., just became the first Congress member and the highest-ranking elected official to publicly acknowledge he does not believe in God. To give you some sense of how difficult a time nonreligious politicians typically have in the U.S., a recent Gallup poll showed that while 92 percent of Americans would support a Jewish presidential candidate, only 45 percent would vote for an atheist.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

In this week’s roundup of Truthdig-flavored videos, an Australian atheist goes door-to-door in Mormon Utah; a documentary film crew tells the story of the rendition and torture of a Guantanamo detainee; and Jon Stewart holds forth on Iraq “civil war” semantics.

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


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Atheist Proselytizing

Australia’s John Safran goes door-to-door in Salt Lake City, trying to convert Mormons to atheism. Hysterical. (There are lots more Safran vs. religion videos in the YouTube “related” column.)

  • In the scene above, an old man hits Safran with a rake.

  • Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Texas GOP Plays Atheist Card in Judge Race

    The Republican Party of Texas has sent out a newsletter calling a Democratic nominee for a seat on the 6th Court of Appeals a “professed atheist.” A local poli sci professor says he’s never seen the religion card pushed that hard. (via Andrew Sullivan)

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


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    Playing the Atheism Card Against Pat Tillman’s Family

    The family of slain NFL-player-turned-Army-Ranger Pat Tillman may have been irreligious, but does that mean they’re not entitled to the truth about the fratricide that killed their son? New Truthdig contributor Stan Goff, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who has written extensively on the topic, probes for the truth.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Sam Harris, Disbeliever

    The frequent Truthdig contributor and interviewee tells Salon.com that Martin Luther King Jr. performed his admirable works in spite of his religious beliefs, not because of them. (Link - reg req’d)

    Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Sam Harris: The Truthdig Interview

    The best-selling author of “The End of Faith” talks about the way to navigate a dinner party without coming off as the Antichrist; about the “Salman Rushdie effect” that accompanies his newfound celebrity as America’s most prominent atheist; and about the new secular foundation he is founding.

    Posted on Apr 3, 2006 READ MORE


    An Agnostic for President — and a Woman at That

    How refreshing that there is one democratic nation — Chile — where a leading candidate has the courage to suggest that the impact of the clergy has not always added to enlightenment, particularly as to the place of women in society. Jefferson lives.

    Posted on Dec 12, 2005 READ MORE


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