Humanism

In Montana, a Fight Over Separation Of Church And Fairgrounds

August 11, 2010

Author: Tess Civantos

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/08/11/montana-church-service-moved-liberal-ville-county-fair-grounds-complaints/

Leaders of a Christian organization are convinced a group of atheists were successful in getting annual fellowship services moved from the Missoula County Fair, but church organizers say they’re determined to make the best of their new...

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Atheists 'Could Set Up Free Schools'

July 28, 2010

Author: Graeme Paton

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/7914808/Atheists-could-set-up-free-schools.html

The Education Secretary said he would be "interested" to look at proposals for non-religious schools from figures such Professor Richard Dawkins.

Prof Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, said last month that he approved of the idea of setting up a "free-...

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'Anti-Islamic' Bus Ads Appear In Major Cities

July 28, 2010

Author: Stephanie Rice

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2010/0728/Anti-Islamic-bus-ads-appear-in-major-cities

The growing debate over Islam's place in America, which is escalating in light of plans to build a mosque near ground zero, is increasingly playing out on city streets across the country. On the sides of buses, to be precise.

Several groups are...

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Woodruff Council Holds Firm On Prayers

July 27, 2010

Author: Jason Spencer

Source: The Spartanburg Herald-Journal

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20100727/ARTICLES/7271013/1051/NEWS01?p=all&tc=pgall

In his prayer opening the City Council meeting here Monday night, Pastor Randall Parnell of Northside Baptist Church proclaimed, “Let it be known that right here in Woodruff, South Carolina, we believe in Jesus Christ our savior.”

Nearly all of the 30...

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Chinese Turn to Religion to Fill a Spiritual Vacuum

July 18, 2010

Author: Louisa Lim

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128544048

Alongside China's astonishing economic boom, an almost unnoticed religious boom has quietly been taking place.

In the country's first major survey on religious beliefs, conducted in 2006, 31.4 percent of about 4,500 people questioned described themselves as religious. That amounts to more than 300 million religious believers, an...

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Atheists Gather for a Holiday They Can Believe In: Independence Day

July 5, 2010

Author: Monica Hesse

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/04/AR2010070404268_pf.html

The trouble with most major holidays in the United States, if you're an atheist, is that it's difficult to ignore the "holy day" etymology, what with Christmas (obvious), Easter (obvious) and Thanksgiving (whom do you think most people are giving thanks to?). But not...

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Atheist Group's Billboard Vandalized

June 29, 2010

Author: Tim Funk

Source: Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/06/29/1531934/atheist-groups-billboard-vandalized.html

The "Under God" spray-painted by vandals onto an atheist billboard on Billy Graham Parkway over the weekend won't be erased until just before July 4, a spokesman for Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics said Monday.

That's how long it will take the billboard company to...

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Billboard Campaign Rebuts 'One Nation Under God'

June 23, 2010

Author: John Blake

Source: CNN

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/23/billboard-campaign-refutes-one-nation-under-god/

Religious billboards adorn the highways across the South. But a new billboard campaign in North Carolina deliberately snubs the Almighty.

A coalition of atheists and secular humanists has placed a billboard on Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte that displays an American flag with...

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Hertfordshire Police Recruit Humanist Advisers

May 30, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times Series

http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/8186532.Humanist_advisers_appointed_by_police/

Hertfordshire police have recruited two Humanist advisers in the same week Pagan police officers were officially recognised by the Home Office.

The constabulary's chaplaincy team, which advises and supports police officers has recruited Pam Burn and Ray Owen, who both have extensive...

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Appeal Clears Way for ‘ISNOGOD’

May 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Jamestown Sun

http://www.jamestownsun.com/event/article/id/112158/group/Life/

A Fargo atheist’s request for a personalized license plate reading “ISNOGOD” was approved Thursday by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

The deity-denying license plate Brian Magee wanted was initially rejected last week by NDDOT officials, prompting Magee to appeal the decision to the state...

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Blacks, Mirroring Larger U.S. Trend, 'Come Out' As Nonbelievers

May 28, 2010

Author: Chika Oduah and Lauren E. Bohn

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/05/blacks-mirroring-larger-us-tre-1.php

Standing before a room full of fellow African-Americans, Jamila Bey took a deep breath and announced she's come out of the closet.

Her soul-bearing declaration is nearly taboo, she says.

"It's the A-word," said Bey, 33, feigning a whisper. "You commit social...

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