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Freethought Today · Jan/Feb 2013

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Overheard

I have prayed before not to have another child, but the condom worked better.

Giselle Labadan, roadside vendor in Manila, on a new law opposed by the Catholic Church in the Philippines that provides public funding for contraception

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 1-8-13

 

While I was younger, my father drank a lot. There was abuse in the home. My brother committed suicide in 2001. So at some point you start to say, “Why does all this stuff happen to people?” And if I pray and nothing good happens, is that supposed to be I’m being tried? I find that almost kind of cruel in some ways. It’s like burning ants with a magnifying glass. Eventually that gets just too hard to believe anymore.

Rigoberto Perez, 30, raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, “More Young People Are Moving Away From Religion, But Why?”

NPR “Morning Edition,” 1-15-13

 

Between banning gay marriage and requiring school prayer, too many legislators are intent on turning Indiana into a religious state as repressive, intellectually stultifying and ultimately insulting of their own God as any on the planet. It’s time for them to learn a new R: Reality.

Columnist/reporter Phil Wieland, opposing a bill by the state Senate’s Education Committee chairman to let public schools require daily recitation of the Lord’s Prayer

Northwest Indiana Times, 1-11-13

 

Wise atheists make no moral claims, seeing good and bad randomly spread among humanity regardless of faith. Humans do have a hardwired moral sense, every child born with an instinct for justice that makes us by nature social animals, not needing revelations from ancient texts. The idea that morality can only be frightened into us artificially, by divine edict, is degrading.

Polly Toynbee, outgoing president of the British Humanist Association

The Guardian, 12-16-12

 

I noticed something interesting. Those two guys disagreed on everything, except the fact that I was going to hell.

Doug Krueger, an atheist and professor at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, on sharing an office with a Catholic and a Baptist when he was a Ph.D. student

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1-10-13

Commonly known to biographers but often surprising to most Christians, King James I was a well-known bisexual. Though he did marry a woman, his many gay relationships were so well-known that amongst some of his friends and court, he was known as “Queen James.” It is in his great debt and honor that we name the Queen James Bible so.

Publisher’s statement on new bible translation, “edited to prevent homophobic misinterpretation”

amazon.com, 11-27-12

 

This report confirms that the code is 10 times the size of the bible with none of the good news.

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, on a new study of the U.S. tax code

U.S. News & World Report, 1-10-13

Man, this is weird for me too — to be in a room where I don’t recognize a single person. And you call yourself a Christian nation. . . . I am totally cool with hookers. Fishermen and hookers. I got a whole fishnet motif going.

Matt Gubser, portraying Jesus in the “Holiday Heathens” comedy show at the Punch Line in San Francisco

Religion News Service, 12-13-12

 

The bible has outsold Fifty Shades of Grey and Justin Bieber’s autobiography to top the Norwegian bestseller charts this month for a second year in a row. The new Norwegian translation of the bible has held the top spot for 54 out of the last 56 weeks.

Christian Today, 12-18-12

 

I’ve explained to them that some people believe God is waiting for them, but I don’t believe that. I believe when you die, it’s over and you live on in the memory of people you love and who love you. I can’t offer them the comfort of a better place. Despite all the evils and problems in the world, this is the heaven — we’re living in the heaven and it’s the one we work to make. It’s not a paradise.

Julie Drizin, Takoma Park, Md., quote in “Atheist parents comfort children about death without talk of God or heaven”

Washington Post, 12-22-12

 

It’s an opportunity to get out of the cold, have a cigar and learn some bible.

Larry Gilbert, member of a Missouri Synod Lutheran bible study group that meets at Cigar Cigars, Rocky River, Ohio

Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1-18-13

On their bare backs, the women had painted “In Gay We Trust” and “Shut Up.”

News story about four women who went topless in St. Peter’s Square during an appearance by Pope Benedict, who “appeared not to have been disturbed”

Belfast Telegraph, 1-13-13

 

An atheist is no more necessarily moral or better than a Christian or Muslim. The difference is an atheist isn’t tied to an ignorant, dated and immoral religious text and therefore doesn’t need to make excuses for such. An atheist doesn’t claim that anyone who doesn’t believe like they do will be punished forever. An atheist doesn’t abandon reason for convenience or fear of death. An atheist doesn’t dismiss science for childish myths. An atheist takes the universe as it is without magic.

James Kirk Wall, Wheaton, Ill., “Why be an atheist?”

ChicagoNow, 1-7-13

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