Freethought Today · October 2012

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Overheard

Look what happened in Murfreesboro, Tenn., a city with more than six dozen churches. Muslims wanted one mosque, but the locals would have none of it. Scratch an “oppressed” Christian and watch a hypocrite bleed.

Justin Blair, letter to the editor, on the contention that nonbelievers should just not listen to pregame football prayers over the loudspeaker

Knoxville News Sentinel, 10-3-12

 

I just think they’re misrepresenting certain minorities. Judaism, atheism, the lack of a religion, agnosticism or Islam — their God or their lack of God wasn’t on this banner. And I think if it were, then that would be equally offensive to the many Christians that are in this community.

Dillon Nicholson, Vidor [Texas] High School senior, on cheerleaders’ Christian football banners at neighboring Kountze High School

KFDM Beaumont, 9-23-12

 

As we learn more about the universe, there’s less and less need to look outside it for help.

Theoretical cosmologist Sean Carroll, California Institute of Technology, comment in an article headlined “Will science someday rule out the possibility of God?”’

“Life’s Little Mysteries,” 9-18-12

 

If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science, who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate.

Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” decrying creationism

Associated Press, 9-24-12

 

As long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of God, the world will never know a true and lasting peace.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya

C-SPAN, 9-12-12

 

You roll your eyes and say why is this going on at a government-subsidized event? It shouldn’t be happening. I also see it at all the high school games where they have prayers before games and after games. It’s really out of place. It’s hurting all those people that don’t have that belief and ostracizing them.

Retired ecologist and FFRF member Bob Craig, Oak Ridge, Tenn., on prayers over the loudspeaker before University of Tennessee football games

Knoxville News, 9-18-12

As Every Student Every School’s name implies, their idea is to proselytize every student in every public school in America through an aggressive “Adopt-a-School” campaign. And the way to do it is to have the kids do what grownups are not allowed to do: establish full-fledged missionary operations inside the schools. A clever map allows viewers to click on their state and type in their area code, revealing every school in the district and determine whether it has been “adopted” by churches or other religious organizations. Kids from those entities are instructed to conduct daily prayer groups during the school day, distribute religious literature and are given numerous other ideas for practicing or promoting their religion at school.

Author Katherine Stewart, who spoke at FFRF’s convention in Portland, Ore., “How evangelicals are making children their missionaries in public schools”

The Guardian, 9-25-12

 

Critical thinking says it’s time we start cracking down on child molesters, whether you are the Boy Scouts, the Catholic Church or affiliated with any other organization. Until we get tough and prosecute to the full extent of the law, more and more horrifying stories are going to come to light, and more innocent young children will continue to needlessly suffer.

Steve Siebold, author of Sex, Politics and Religion: How Delusional Thinking is Destroying America

Huffington Post, 9-26-12

 

We’re atheists not because we want to gather and engage in collective back-slapping, not because we want to chortle at the foolishness of benighted believers, but because we care about creating a world that’s more just, more peaceful, more enlightened, and we see organized religion as standing in the way of this goal.

Adam Lee op-ed, “Atheism’s growing pains”

salon.com, 10-6-12

To permit this name change would be placing unwitting members of the public, including public servants, in the position of having to proclaim petitioners’ religious beliefs, which may or may not be in agreement with that person’s own equally strongly held but different beliefs. For instance, a calendar call in the courthouse would require the clerk to shout out “JesusIsLord ChristIsKing” or “Rejoice ChristIsKing.”

Discussion of a New York court’s denial of a petition to change a family’s surname from Nwadiuko to ChristIsKing

volokh.com, 10-13-12

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