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Freethought Today · January/February 2014

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Overheard

I was an atheist by third grade.

Singer Linda Ronstadt

New York Times, 12-29-13

 

The Kickstarter campaign for “Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham” is not off to a quick start. After launching two days ago, it has gathered just $1,649 of its $100,000 target from 28 total backers. Funding closes on Feb. 6.

Article on the “God-focused single-player role-playing” video game

gamespot.com, 1-9-14

 

Sexual abuse in Jewish religious institutions has emerged as one of the most tragic issues of our generation. Fearing scandal, rabbis in the past were often inclined not to report such cases to the authorities, thus enabling pedophiles to continue preying on children as they moved on to other religious educational institutions.

Columnist Isi Leibler

Jerusalem Post, 1-1-14

 

If you didn’t think that took balls, you’ve never been to Oklahoma. Saying “I’m an atheist” in Oklahoma is like screaming “jihad” at airport security.

Entertainer Doug Stanhope, on atheists raising $125,000 for tornado survivor Rebecca Vitsmun, who famously told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer she was not thanking God for saving her family

The Raw Story, 12-30-13

 

It’s a campaign to get the word out that there are atheists and agnostics. There’s no attempt to convert anyone. It doesn’t say, “We hate God.”

Stephen Hirtle, Pittsburgh Coalition of Reason spokesman [and FFRF chair], on a bus ad rejected by the city’s Port Authority over which the group is suing

Pittsburgh City Paper, 12-4-13

 

You do know Jesus wasn’t born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, right?

Jon Stewart, responding to Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s claim that Jesus and Santa were both white men

“The Daily Show,” 12-12-13

 

The lady looked at me. I thought she was going to put money in the kettle. She came up to me and said, “Do you believe in God?” And she says, “You’re supposed to say Merry Christmas,” and that’s when she hit me.

Kristina Vindiola, Salvation Army bell ringer, on what happened when she said “Happy Holidays” outside a Phoenix Walmart

 

I am a retired Christian. 

Irish actor Peter O’Toole, who died Dec. 14 at 81, saying he prefers “education and reading and facts” to faith

New York Times, 7-26-07

 

How did my family miss the dedication of Dorr Township to the Holy Family with a nativity in the publicly owned gazebo at the center of town?

Atheist Jeremiah Bannister, Dorr, Mich., on how a crèche was allowed on land leased by the township

Advance Newspapers, 12-15-13 

 

The hardest thing I had to do was walk through the door of a police station and stand at a desk with people around, and say why I was there.

Clergy abuse victim DG, 55, on reporting in 1993 his molestation at age 13 by Marist Brother Raymond Foster, who killed himself after being arrested in 1999

Australian Broadcasting Corp., 12-13-13

 

Mr. Obama has gone to church 18 times during his nearly five years in the White House, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News, an unofficial White House historian, while his predecessor, Mr. Bush, attended 120 times during his eight years in office.

News story analyzing the president’s personal faith and church attendance, which included a “no show” on Christmas

New York Times, 12-29-13

 

There is nothing about the image that suggests he believes in one god, no god, or several. It simply depicts a Native American shooting a bow and arrow.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton, ruling against a Methodist pastor in his suit claiming that the Oklahoma license plate forces him to display an image contrary to his beliefs

Tulsa World, 1-15-14

There has been anti-science propaganda running unchecked on the right for years, from anti-gay equality misinformation to climate change denials. When you look at white evangelical Protestants, the evolution denialism gets even worse. Only 27% of that group believes in evolution.

Columnist Charles Blow, citing a Pew Research Center study

New York Times, 1-4-14

 

It seems that if Oklahoma Christians want to imbue society with their values, there are better ways to do it that respect the pluralistic nature of our society. Perhaps they should just focus on living out the Ten Commandments and ditch the monuments.

Kirsten Powers, columnist and Fox News political analyst, on a State Capitol controversy

USA Today, 1-14-14

I don’t give a [expletive] about religion when it comes to sports. In fact, I think it’s stupid. I think everyone that goes on national television and is asked why do you win says, “I want to thank God.” Really? Like God gives a [expletive] that you made 18 jump shots. I have always had a problem with that. I have a problem with people showing their religion in public. I have a real problem with that.

Luigi “Geno” Auriemma, head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team

Hartford Courant, 1-17-14

 

[Atheists] need to buck up, assert our rationality, and change the way we deal with the religious, with everyday affronts delivered (at times unknowingly) by believers, with the casual presumptions that historically have tended to favor the faithful and grant them unmerited respect. A lot is at stake. Religion is a serious matter, reaching far beyond the pale of individual conscience and sometimes translating into violence, sexism, sexual harassment and assault, and sundry legal attempts to restrict a woman’s right to abortion or outlaw it altogether, to say nothing of terrorism and war. Now is the time to act.

Journalist Jeffrey Tayler, “15 ways to stand up for rationality”

Salon.com, 1-11-14

 

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