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How America Lost Its Religion - The Atlantic
Starting suddenly right around 1970 "none" became a growing religious affiliation. This author speculates the political Christian right was a cause.
sociology  via:reddit  religion  TheAtlantic 
25 days ago by mcherm
The Hour I First Believed | Slate Star Codex
An argument that God exists, along with life after death, based on superintelligences and negotiating with simulations of their negotiating partners.
philosophy  religion  ScottAlexander  via:SlateStarCodex 
april 2018 by mcherm
Worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a real religion, court rules | Ars Technica
I understand the court's reasoning, but I think it is extremely dangerous for a court to go around deciding which religions are and aren't considered eligible for 1st amendment protection.
law  religion  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
april 2016 by mcherm
Iceland's fastest-growing "religion" courts atheists by promising to rebate religious tax / Boing Boing
A bogus religion is booming in Iceland because it refunds the state-collected religious taxes to the citizens.
religion  via:boingboing 
december 2015 by mcherm
Texas judge will perform same-sex weddings — but only if couples acknowledge his anti-LGBT beliefs
Religious freedom meets gay marriage -- this person intends to avoid it by making the people sign something saying that they acknowledge that he doesn't want to marry them.
ethics  gayrights  religion  via:reddit 
july 2015 by mcherm
Pakistani police charge 68 lawyers with blasphemy over protest | Reuters
68 lawyers charged with blasphemy for protesting police abuse, on the grounds that they had criticized a police inspector by name and that name was shared by one of Muhammad's companions
religion  law  via:popehat 
may 2015 by mcherm
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
ISIS (aka ISIL) is a fundamentalist apocalyptic movement. And stuff like that.
history  religion  via:reddit 
february 2015 by mcherm
96-year-old former pastor has credentials revoked for officiating son’s same-sex wedding ·
He married his son when gay marriage became legal in PA. The church revoked his credentials. He says his conscience is free, that it's like Peter welcoming the uncircumcised.
gayrights  religion  via:reddit 
november 2014 by mcherm
North Carolina judge resigns in protest after Supreme Court shoots down same-sex marriage ban
Actually a really interesting case. I don't think ministers should be compelled to perform gay marriages (freedom of religion). What about judges?
gayrights  religion  ethics 
october 2014 by mcherm
Unwrapping the Onion: Introduction
A very right-wing religious woman and her reaction to the discovery that her husband had gender identity problems. And it worked out very, very well.
transgender  religion  via:reddit 
august 2014 by mcherm
In Ancient Greece, was there a Taboo against climbing Mount Olympus? : AskHistorians
The Greeks climbed Mt Olympus and even had a shrine to Zeus there. They believed the gods lived in a "spiritual" Mt Olympus, not the physical one.
philosophy  religion  via:reddit 
june 2014 by mcherm
Noah Smith: God and SuperGod
God doesn't know whether there's a "super-god" with even more power than He has. But God doesn't care -- he creates and runs the world anyway. Similarly, we humans should do good at our scale regardless of whether there's a God.
ethics  religion  via:NoahSmith 
november 2013 by mcherm
Woman 'denied a termination' dies in hospital - The Irish Times - Wed, Nov 14, 2012
An actual example of "life of the mother" where she died. (The baby was sure to die either way.)
religion  politics  abortion  via:reddit  personal_net 
november 2012 by mcherm
What My Pacifism is NOT | Enfranchised Mind
Pacifism that does not reject violence as a solution to SOME (extremely rare) problems.
mypostings  philosophy  religion 
october 2012 by mcherm
What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory? - Boing Boing
An explanation of the reasoning behind christian fundamentalists rejecting set theory.
math  teaching  religion  philosophy  via:reddit 
august 2012 by mcherm
A Teen's Brave Response to "I'm Christian, Unless You're Gay"
His religious mom threw a fit when she heard his assignment was to write a response to an essay about how some Christians stop practicing love in the presence of homosexuality. He was (secretly) gay.
religion  gayrights  via:reddit 
april 2012 by mcherm
The earth is not rotating - spinning - or moving !! - YouTube
YouTube video in which he explains how the earth isn't rotating (which matches what the bible says). But what *I* thought was that he's actually doing it *RIGHT*. He's using rational thought and experiments instead of taking things at face value. THIS is a TRUE scientist (but a little bit deluded).
via:boingboing  personal_net  religion  science  ScientificMethod  blogworthy 
february 2012 by mcherm
For Kids, God Makes It True
Study shows that kids age 4 know a story is fake if a giant fish swallows a person. By age 6 they think it's true if god is one of the characters.
via:reddit  kids  religion  brain 
october 2011 by mcherm
Blag Hag: Oopsie! The rapture is actually in October!
Mentioned in this are examples of where "end of the world" claims actually hurt people.
religion  via:JenMcCreight  skepticism 
may 2011 by mcherm
Blag Hag: When religion protects sexism
Hassidic newspaper published a photo of the White House staff, but photoshopped out the women, then claimed religious justification. That's wrong.
sexism  religion  via:JenMcCreight 
may 2011 by mcherm
Should employers be blind to private beliefs? - Boing Boing
Question: Should a creationist be allowed to teach biology? Richard Dawkins says "No", because she holds irrational beliefs and we don't want irrational teachers. I disagree.
philosophy  religion  via:boingboing 
january 2011 by mcherm
Blag Hag: Pope okays condom usage?!
Pope says condoms are OK to prevent AIDS. He's still evil, though.
sex  via:JenMcCreight  religion 
november 2010 by mcherm
Wait A Second!: Anti-religion vanity plate rule violates First Amendment
State can't say "no religious vanity license plates" while allowing all non-religious ones.
law  personal_net  religion  freespeech 
october 2010 by mcherm
Why I no longer believe religion is a virus of the mind | Sue Blackmore | Comment is free |
Religion may be a meme, but since it is strongly correlated with having more kids it is a "helpful" adaptation (from the point of view of the genes).
memes  brain  philosophy  religion  science  via:reddit 
september 2010 by mcherm
Blag Hag: A confession of astronomical proportions
A current skeptic explains how she used to believe in astrology, and why this (and religious beliefs) are so tempting.
philosophy  religion  astrology  science  skepticism 
may 2010 by mcherm
How Races and Religions Match in Online Dating « OkTrends
Stats from OKCupid about how people react to different races and religions. Summary: their stats are good enough to show that astrological sign makes ZERO difference; people say religion makes a big difference; people who take religion less seriously are preferred; people say race doesn't make any difference.
statistics  race  religion  via:HackerNews 
september 2009 by mcherm
Good Math, Bad Math : Fundies and Limited Deities
Brief mention of an evolutionary programming language. Also an interesting argument about God's omnipotence.
programming  ai  geneticalgorithm  markcc  religion  philosophy 
june 2008 by mcherm
The Post-Rapture Post
An atheist who offers a service: they'll send stuff for you to friends and relatives after the rapture.
funny  religion  via:BruceSchneier 
june 2008 by mcherm
Soldier Sues Army, Saying His Atheism Led to Threats - New York Times
A tale of soldiers claiming they suffered severe discrimination for being atheists in the Army.
religion  discrimination  military  rights  civilrights 
april 2008 by mcherm
An Appraisal of Arthur C. Clarke - Books - New York Times
A review of Arthur C Clark's position on religion and how it appeared in his writings.
scifi  ArthurCClarke  religion 
april 2008 by mcherm
Instructor fired over loyalty oath reinstated - Los Angeles Times
Inappropriately dismissed teacher reinstated by the courts. She'd modified the "loyalty oath" by inserting the word "nonviolently" in keeping with her Quaker principles.
rights  civilrights  religion  law  via:boingboing  quakers 
march 2008 by mcherm
Quaker teacher fired for changing loyalty oath
The CA schools require an oath of loyalty to the constitution. A Quaker teacher rewrote it to add "nonviolently" and "affirm" rather than "swear". She was fired.
rights  civilrights  religion  law  via:boingboing  quakers 
march 2008 by mcherm
Heresy Corner: Cruise Control
Are the beliefs of scientologists really any more odd than those of mainstream religions?
january 2008 by mcherm
Over Three Hundred Proofs of God’s Existence
Arguments in favor of God, as rendered by atheists.
funny  logic  religion 
january 2008 by mcherm

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