Humanism

Growing Influence of Evangelicals in the Air Force Chaplaincy

July 12, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00715FE38590C718DDDAE0894DD404482

On July 12, 2005 The New York Times reported, "Evangelical Christians are growing force in Air Force chaplain corps, illustrated by recent government-financed 'Spiritual Fitness Conference' at which hundreds of chaplains held evangelical services and workshops and scanned material from organizations like Focus on the Family; photos;...

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Atheists Gather to Discuss Blurring of Line Between Church and State

May 23, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Atheists-Gathering.html?oref=login

On May 23, 2005 The New York Times reported, "to the uninformed, the gathering here may have seemed like a church revival, full of zeal and fervor. But worshipping God was most decidedly not part of the agenda. The attendees of the 'All Atheists Weekend' came together to discuss what they call the rise of fundamentalism in the U.S. and...

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Boston Atheists Form Community of Discourse

January 20, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 20, 2005 The Boston Globe reported that a Boston atheist group "meet under the aegis of an organization called Meetup Groups, a worldwide asssemblage of cliques that meet to discuss topics of common interest, from knitting to politics to Pekingese dogs. Founded in 2002, the Boston Atheists Meetup Group is one of 405 similar cells around the world that claim 7,500 members. Although 95 are enrolled in the Boston Group, the meetings attract no more than 12 people."

Atheists Hold "Inauguration Summit" to Decry Faith-Based Initiatives

January 16, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/159/cont

On January 16, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "an 'inauguration summit' of some 50 humanists, atheists and secular Jews has been held in Washington to plan how to fight faith-based initiatives. The activists met this weekend at a Dupont Circle hotel to make plans to hire lobbyists to block federal legislation that would limit abortion rights, deny homosexual rights and oppose federal funding to religious social-service programs,...

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Judge Denies Atheist's Law Suit over Inaugural Prayers

January 14, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/159/story_15948_1.html

On January 14, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "an atheist who tried to remove 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance lost a bid Friday to bar the saying of a Christian prayer at President Bush's inauguration. U.S. District Judge John Bates said Michael Newdow had no legal basis to pursue his claim because he could not show he would suffer...

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Newdow's Inaugural Prayer Lawsuit Snubbed by Bush Team

January 11, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20050110-095925-1503r.htm

On January 11, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "a California atheist's lawsuit to prevent Christian clergy from praying in the presidential inauguration should be dismissed because it is a recycled case about an issue that does not violate the U.S. Constitution, attorneys for President Bush said. 'There is no reason to 'reverse course' and abandon a widely accepted,...

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Atheists Indignant Over Ten Commandments Monument in La Crosse Park

January 7, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/159/story_15915_1.html#cont

On January 7, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "an atheist group is considering an appeal after a federal appeals court ruled that a Ten Commandments monument may remain in a La Crosse, Wis., park. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday (Jan. 3) that the city was within its rights to sell the monument and the property around it to...

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Atheists Organize Capitol Hill Lobby

January 6, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15899_1.html

On January 6, 2005 Beliefnet/RNS reported, "bracing for what's to come from a Republican-controlled White House and Congress, people who don't believe in God are joining forces as never before to make sure their rights don't get trampled in what they perceive as a stampede of religious zeal. Riding a post-election spike in new memberships, groups...

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Atheist Re-files Suit Over Pledge, Adding Suit to Prevent Inaugural Prayers

January 3, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15892_1.html

On January 3, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "Dr. Michael Newdow, the California atheist who sued to get 'under God' removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, says he has refiled a suit regarding the pledge and filed an additional suit to try to prevent members of the clergy from praying at President Bush's inauguration. Newdow refiled the pledge suit in...

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Air Force Struggles with Religious Diversity

December 3, 2004

Source: The Gazette (Colorado)

http://www.gazette.com/display.php?sid=1366225

On December 3, 2004 The Gazette (Colorado) reported, "some Air Force members keep God as their co-pilot. Some do not. One airman says being an atheist at the Air Force Academy made him feel 'like less of a person' than other cadets and officers. The second lieutenant filed a complaint with the Air Force Inspector General’s Office a week before his June graduation documenting four years of...

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Democrats Need to Reconsider Their Notion of "Moral Values"

November 6, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/155/story_15586.html

On November 6, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "Having lost the Presidential election in part because of the 21% of the voters who told exit pollsters their chief concern was 'moral values,' Democrats are now trying to figure out how to 'get religion'... It's ... clear that 'values voters' -- including many Catholics who voted for Gore last time but Bush this time -- helped drive the President's re-election...

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