Day: July 9, 2022

Heretic on the Hill: In the Court of Public Opinion Heather Rigby Secular Coalition for America

Read More Secular Coalition for America I won’t belabor the Supreme Court cases I’ve been highlighting recently, but I will mention them; they show a new line of thinking about individual religious freedom that will have an ongoing impact in the courts for years to come. There’s the case of the high school coach who …

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Kevin McCaffree — How Societies Change and Why  Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Since the dawn of social science, theorists have debated how and why societies appear to change, develop and evolve. Shermer speaks with sociologist Kevin McCaffree about: his research on crime and gun violence • diversity, equity, and inclusion • political polarization •cultural and biological evolution • horizontal/equalitarian vs. vertical/hierarchical societies • human …

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Iranian Teen Girl Honored Killed by Father For "Laughing with Boy at Park" P-admin Atheist Republic

Read More Atheist Republic An honor-based family murder in a small town in the Fars province of Iran has once again sparked debates on the lack of laws to prevent “honor-killing” in Iran. On June 27, the father of Ariana Lashkari shot the sixteen-year-old girl in the chest with a hunting rifle for allegedly laughing …

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Secularists Launch Probe Into Christian Nationalism In Florida Curriculum P-admin Atheist Republic

Read More Atheist Republic Teachers have been bewildered by the introduction of religious teachings in school education in Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis recently launched a Civics Literacy Excellence Initiative (CLEI), which made Floridian teachers attend a three-day training session to learn how to indoctrinate students about Christianity. This training regime is a part of Governor …

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Indian Man Arrested for Wrapping Chicken In Newspaper Bearing Hindu Gods P-admin Atheist Republic

Read More Atheist Republic On July 3rd, in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh, the owner of a restaurant, Talib Hussain, was taken into police custody for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindu community by wrapping chicken dishes in old newspapers which contained the images of Hindu deities. Locals that claim they saw him doing this …

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Indian Supreme Court Slams Hindu Party Spokeswoman for "Insulting" Islam P-admin Atheist Republic

Read More Atheist Republic BJP leader Nupur Sharma was reprimanded by the Supreme Court last week for the inflammatory remarks that she made against the Islamic prophet. The Supreme Court said that her “loose tongue” had “put the entire country on fire,” Nupur Sharma, the suspended BJP spokesperson, was sharply criticized by the Supreme Court …

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77 Captives Held in Church Basement for "Rapture" by Nigerian Pastor Freed P-admin Atheist Republic

Read More Atheist Republic Dozens of people held captive in the basement of a church in Nigeria were freed by the police. They were waiting for their ascend to heaven after the second coming of Jesus Christ, as preached by the pastors responsible for the abduction. The authorities had rescued at least seventy-seven people from …

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Nigerian Court Orders Death by Stoning For Men Convicted of Homosexuality P-admin Atheist Republic

Read More Atheist Republic A 70-year-old man and two other gay men were sentenced to death by stoning in Bauchi, Nigeria. The accused were charged and convicted for engaging in acts of homosexuality. They were arrested by the religious police force of the state on June 14. Judge Munka’ilu Sabo of the Islamic Sharia court …

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Another Hindu Goddess Blasphemy Scandal: Kali Smoking Poster Sparks Outrage P-admin Atheist Republic

Read More Atheist Republic A tweet of a film poster that shows Hindu goddess Kali smoking a cigarette has sparked rage in India. Leena Manimekalai, a Toronto-based director, tweeted the poster on Saturday, July 2. In the tweet, Manimekalai announced that her film Kaali would be released as part of the Aga Khan Museum’s Rhythms …

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