Humanism

Council to Keep Meeting Prayers

January 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/7852446.stm

A Devon council has voted to continue saying prayers at the start of one of its monthly meetings following a debate over whether to scrap the tradition.

The vote was taken by Dartmouth Town Council after Councillor Brian Boughton, who is an atheist, wore his iPod earphones during prayers.

He denies playing his iPod at the time but says the...

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Advertising Panel Approves British `No God' Bus Ads

January 22, 2009

Author: Al Webb

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17392

Rejecting protests by Christian groups, Britain's advertising watchdog agency has given the go-ahead to a campaign to plaster atheist signs on hundreds of buses and other vehicles across the country.

The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that the campaign, which uses the slogan "There's probably no God," was unlikely to mislead or "cause...

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Obama's Religion-Studded Inauguration Joins a Long History

January 19, 2009

Author: Duke Helfand

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs19-2009jan19,0,5650037.story

Like so many presidents before him, Barack Obama has invited a revered guest to his inauguration: God.

Although the Constitution forbids the government from establishing religion, faith is once again figuring prominently into the nation's grandest political pageant, just as it...

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Atheist Humanist Ads Use Obama to Promote Secularism

January 19, 2009

Author: Trina Hoaks

Source: Examiner.com

http://www.examiner.com/x-2044-Atheism-Examiner~y2009m1d19-Atheist-humanist-ads-use-Obama-to-promote-secularism

In a press release from the American Humanist Association, it was said that Obama will be displayed prominently in ads promoting secularism, or as some have said, as an “atheist role-model.” Following is part of the ad, followed...

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Atheists Hope (Don't Pray) to Bring Ads to Toronto

January 16, 2009

Author: Jeff Gray

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090116.ATHEIST16//TPStory/Front

The atheist slogan, "There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life," may soon be coming to subways and buses in Canada's largest city.

The Toronto-based Freethought Association of Canada, inspired by a campaign that has plastered British buses with the phrase, has...

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DUP Man Urges Religious Fightback Against 'No God' Campaign

January 15, 2009

Author: Sam Lister

Source: Belfast Telegraph

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/dup-man-urges-religious-fightback-against-no-god-campaign-14140238.html

Christian groups have been urged by a senior DUP politician to launch a counter-strike to the “There is Probably No God” bus advertising campaign.

Gregory Campbell wants alternative...

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Judge Rejects Atheist Challenge to Inaugural Prayer

January 15, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17343

A U.S. District judge on Thursday (Jan. 15) denied a California atheist's request to halt references to God at President-elect Obama's swearing-in on Jan. 20.

"I think it's highly questionable that I have such authority," said Judge Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after a two-hour hearing Thursday...

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Atheist's Protest Ends Recitation Of Lord's Prayer In N.J.

January 15, 2009

Author: Joe Moszczynski

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17345

For nearly 60 years, the town council here started its meetings by reciting the Lord's Prayer. Council members felt the passage gave them guidance and inspiration.

That tradition ended recently after the council's attorney advised members they should heed a request by a resident, an avowed atheist, to stop the practice.

Doug...

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Atheist Bus Poster Campaign Moves to Genoa

January 14, 2009

Author: Richard Owen

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5510761.ece

The British-inspired atheist bus poster campaign today (Tuesday) moved closer to the Vatican after the Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (UAAR) said slogans proclaiming that God does not exist would appear from next month (February) on buses in Genoa.

Father Gianfranco Celabrese, a spokesman for...

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Atheists Send a Message, On 800 British Buses

January 6, 2009

Author: Sarah Lyall

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/world/europe/07london.html?ref=europe

The advertisement on the bus was fairly mild, just a passage from the Bible and the address of a Christian Web site. But when Ariane Sherine, a comedy writer, looked on the Web site in June, she was startled to learn that she and her nonbelieving friends were headed straight to hell, to “spend all eternity in...

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Atheists Sue to Get Prayer, God Out Of Obama's Swearing-In

December 31, 2008

Author: Nikita Stewart

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/30/AR2008123002858.html?hpid=sec=religion

A group of atheists, led by a California man known for challenging the use of the words "under God" in recitals of the Pledge of Allegiance at public schools, filed a lawsuit yesterday to bar prayer and references to God at the swearing-in of...

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Humanist Parents Seek Communion Outside Church

December 21, 2008

Author: Robin Shulman

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/20/AR2008122001896.html

They are not religious, so they don't go to church. But they are searching for values and rituals with which to raise their children, as well as a community of like-minded people to offer support.

Dozens of parents came together on a recent Saturday to participate in a...

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Non-Religious Group Sues Over Nativity

December 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.examiner.com/a-1751428~Non_religious_group_sues_over_nativity.html

Manitowoc County and its nativity scene on the courthouse lawn is the latest target of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

The group has filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court of Eastern Wisconsin to stop the county from displaying the religious symbols on government property....

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Humanists, Agnostics, Atheists Blitz Media for 'The Holidays'

December 15, 2008

Author: Cheryl Heckler

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2563

Hundreds of people showed up in Olympia, the capital of Washington state, for a two-hour rally to protest against Christmas with a "winter solstice" sign. The gathering was sponsored by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which calls religion a "myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds".

It's all part of a war of...

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