Atheists’ sign sparks controversy

 I had to repost the whole article, it’s such a laugh. Christians have been persecuted throughout history! We atheists are gonna convert them all! To war! P.S. Merry Shopmas!

Atheists’ sign sparks controversy

Vernon (WTNH) _ A sign posted by Atheists in the Rockville’s Central Park has people talking, prompting calls to the town hall and the local clergy.

The Connecticut Valley Atheists posted the three-sided sign, which some call a billboard, and it was the only sign in the town center marking the Holiday season.  Two sides of the display feature the Twin Towers, framed by the words “Imagine No Religion.”

This Christmas, Martha Chennelle and Amy Houser say Vernon could use a few prayers, considering the sign standing in front of town hall.

“We believe that Christ is the reason for Christmas,” said  Chennelle.

“I feel like this is an attack on my beliefs as a religious person,” said Houser.

The sign, put up by the Connecticut Valley Atheist Group, which was supposed to mark the winter solstice, but the “Imagine No Religion” part of it, taken from John Lennon’s song, “Imagine,” has a lot of people upset.

Houser says the sign mocks her religion during a holy time of the year.  “Imagine no religion is an attack against me, as any person of faith should take it as an attack against them,” Houser said.

The town issued permits to the Atheist group to put the sign in the park.  They also issued permits to a group of churches that plans to put a nativity scene and to a local synagogue to put up a menorah.

Dennis Himes, a Vernon resident, and member of CT Valley Atheists, says he was tired of seeing Christian displays.

“There are plenty of places to put up nativity scenes in Vernon.  The original question that started this controversy was not whether a nativity scene would be put up in Vernon,” said Dennis Himes of Vernon.  “The question was whether the nativity scene would be put in front of a church or in front of town hall, on government property.

Himes also says that the picture of the Twin Towers is meant to show that without religion, 9-11 wouldn’t have happened.  A suggestion that has upset Muslims, as well.

“This is an attack,” said Houser.

Chennelle and Houser have been fighting back with prayer.

“We ultimately believe that Christians have been persecuted throughout history,” said Houser, “so this is nothing new.”

According to the Hartford Courant town officials issued the Atheists a permit to put up the sign to commemorate the Winter Solstice.  Permits were also issued to local churches and a synagogue to put up their own displays.

Yesterday the town of Rockville put up a large Christmas Tree, just 10 feet from the display.

Israeli anti-Arab racism ‘rises’

 I wont bother commenting on the sheer stupidity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but this is great to hear, right? Can we soon expect all Arabs to be required to wear armbands to identify themselves publicly?

Israeli anti-Arab racism ‘rises’

An Israeli civil rights group has said racism against Arab citizens of Israel has risen sharply in the past year.

In a report, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said expression of anti-Arab views had doubled, and racist incidents had increased by 26%.

Christian or Muslim Arab citizens of Israel make up 20% of the population.

But the civil rights quoted polls suggesting half of Jewish Israelis do not believe Arab citizens of Israel should have equal rights.

About the same amount said they wanted the government to encourage Arab emigration from Israel.

In another poll, almost 75% of Jewish youths said Arabs were less intelligent and less clean than Jews.

Romney Spokesman Won’t Say If Atheists Have Place In America

 As much as I dislike Giuliani, Romney has now taken top place for candidates I dislike. He wants tolerance for his religion, but wants none for non-believers. Fuck Romney.

Romney Spokesman Won’t Say If Atheists Have Place In America

A spokesman for the Mitt Romney campaign is thus far refusing to say whether Romney sees any positive role in America for atheists and other non-believers, after Election Central inquired about the topic yesterday

It’s a sign that Romney may be seeking to submerge evangelical distaste for Mormonism by uniting the two groups together in a wider culture war. Romney’s speech has come under some criticism, even from conservatives like David Brooks and Ramesh Ponnuru, for positively mentioning many prominent religions but failing to include anything positive about atheists and agnostics.

Indeed, the only mentions of non-believers were very much negative. “It is as if they’re intent on establishing a new religion in America – the religion of secularism. They’re wrong,” Romney said, being met by applause from the audience.

US ‘Godtalk’ host arrested over child porn

What is becoming a weekly event, we must now all together do a collective slap of the cheek and make a shocked face. Ready? Go!

US ‘Godtalk’ host arrested over child porn

A popular US radio DJ and host of the Godtalk program has been indicted on two counts of child pornography using the internet.

A self-described progressive and former Catholic priest, Bernie Ward works for San Francisco radio station KGO, hosting a night-time chat show and Sunday morning religious program, Godtalk.

KGO’s website today reported that Ward was indicted in the US Federal Court on two counts of child pornography using the internet.

The report quoted Ward’s attorney as saying the incidents were from more than four years ago and were a part of research for a book.

KGO’s Operations Director Jack Swanson said: “Bernie Ward has been a valued, long-time employee of KGO Radio.

Germany Prepares to Ban Scientology

 Aww, I guess this means Tom Cruise can’t go to Germany anymore.. sniff sniff.

Germany Prepares to Ban Scientology

Germany’s interior ministers announced Friday that they consider Scientology to be unconstitutional. They have asked the country’s domestic intelligence agency to prepare a dossier on the organization’s activities with a view to ban it next year.

Germany’s interior ministers announced on Friday that they considered Scientology to be unconstitutional and said they would seek to ban the organization.

Berlin Interior Minister Ehrhart Körting told reporters that the interior ministers of Germany’s 16 federal states and the federal Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble “consider Scientology to be an organization that is not compatible with the constitution.” The ministers, who are meeting for a two-day conference in Berlin, now plan to charge the country’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, with preparing a dossier to pave the way for a possible ban next year.

The agency has had the organization under observation for over a decade. Germany does not consider Scientology to be a religion but a money-making cult.

Who Not To Vote For in 2008

Yeah, apparently the United States Constitution Bill of Rights means nothing to someone like Mitt Romney. In a speech he gave today he was quoted saying:

mittromney.com

There are some who may feel that religion is not a matter to be seriously considered in the context of the weighty threats that face us. If so, they are at odds with the nation’s founders, for they, when our nation faced its greatest peril, sought the blessings of the Creator. And further, they discovered the essential connection between the survival of a free land and the protection of religious freedom. In John Adams’ words: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. … Our Constitution,” he said, “was made for a moral and religious people.”

Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.

[…]

No religion should dictate to the state nor should the state interfere with the free practice of religion. But in recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life. It’s as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America – the religion of secularism. They are wrong.

They? Who is “they”? He’s clearly talking about those people like me, people who believe freedom of religion means not having a to pick a religion at all. Clearly mr. Romney thinks everyong should have to believe in god and practice some religion. The founding fathers were clear that religion was an option open to all and in no way should ever be imposed by the government. Disagree? Go read the first amendment of the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

I would also like to point out that this tool referred to secularism as a religion. What an idiot.

God Is DEAD!

 Thanks to rexateyfor for this one.

Police ID 2 killed in Greensboro

GREENSBORO — Police today identified the two men killed in a shooting early Sunday at 1600 W. Lee St.

The victims were Born God Supreme Thompson, 26, and Shuntae Lamont Watson, 26, police stated in a news release. The case remains under investigation; no suspect information has been released.

On Sunday about 1:30 a.m., officers responded to Jabs Ultra Bar at 1600 W. Lee St. regarding shots fired. They found two gunshot victims outside the back of the club. Both died at the hospital.

The two deaths were among four homicides that occurred this weekend in Greensboro.

Police ask people with information regarding the shootings to call 373-2255 or Crime Stoppers at 373-1000.

Creationism dismissed as ‘a kind of paganism’ by Vatican’s astronomer

This is sort of funny, since it’s truth coming from the Vatican, but at the same time ignoring it’s own stupidity. My favorite quote has to be:

“Knowledge is dangerous, but so is ignorance. That’s why science and religion need to talk to each other”

Science needs no help from religion, but religion needs a lot of help from science.

Creationism dismissed as ‘a kind of paganism’ by Vatican’s astronomer

BELIEVING that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.

Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and as curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy, said a “destructive myth” had developed in modern society that religion and science were competing ideologies.

He described creationism, whose supporters want it taught in schools alongside evolution, as a “kind of paganism” because it harked back to the days of “nature gods” who were responsible for natural events.

Brother Consolmagno argued that the Christian God was a supernatural one, a belief that had led the clergy in the past to become involved in science to seek natural reasons for phenomena such as thunder and lightning, which had been previously attributed to vengeful gods. “Knowledge is dangerous, but so is ignorance. That’s why science and religion need to talk to each other,” he said.

“Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism – it’s turning God into a nature god. And science needs religion in order to have a conscience, to know that, just because something is possible, it may not be a good thing to do.”