Atheism & Humanism

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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Opponents Of Religion In Inaugurations Lose Fight

May 7, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/05/opponents-of-religion-in-inaug.php

Atheists who oppose prayer and other religious elements in presidential inaugurations have lost a case in a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to stop Barack Obama from using the words "so help me...

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Opponents Of Religion In Inaugurations Lose Fight

May 7, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/05/opponents-of-religion-in-inaug.php

Atheists who oppose prayer and other religious elements in presidential inaugurations have lost a case in a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to stop Barack Obama from using the words "so help me...

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Billboard Campaign Takes Aim At National Day Of Prayer

May 4, 2010

Author: Mark Barna

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

http://www.gazette.com/articles/national-98160-aim-prayer.html

Colorado Springs’ reputation as a stronghold of Christian conservatism has created a backlash in the form of reoccurring billboards sponsored by groups that support the separation of church and state.

The latest billboard campaign in the Springs is funded by the Freedom From Religion Foundation...

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Billboard Campaign Takes Aim At National Day Of Prayer

May 4, 2010

Author: Mark Barna

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

http://www.gazette.com/articles/national-98160-aim-prayer.html

Colorado Springs’ reputation as a stronghold of Christian conservatism has created a backlash in the form of reoccurring billboards sponsored by groups that support the separation of church and state.

The latest billboard campaign in the Springs is funded by the Freedom From Religion Foundation...

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