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34 Atheism & Humanism News Articles
from 1st Half of 2014
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6-30-14 Hobby Lobby case: Court curbs contraception mandate
Hobby Lobby case: Court curbs contraception mandate
The US Supreme Court has ruled a Christian-owned company can claim a religious exemption to a law requiring employers to pay for their workers' contraception.

6-27-14 Majority Still Says Religion Can Answer Today's Problems
Majority Still Says Religion Can Answer Today's Problems
But increasing numbers of Americans say religion is out of date. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say that religion can answer all or most of today's problems, while 30% say that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date. Americans have in recent decades become gradually less likely to say that religion can answer today's problems and more likely to believe religion is out of date.

6-25-14 The Great Secession
The Great Secession
Faced with sweeping social change, conservative Christians are walling themselves off from secular society. But when religion isolates itself, both sides lose.

6-25-14 US Appeals Court blocks Utah gay marriage ban
US Appeals Court blocks Utah gay marriage ban
A US federal appeals court has struck down Utah's gay marriage ban, ruling the law unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples.

6-23-14 Mormons oust Ordain Women's Kate Kelly over women priests
Mormons oust Ordain Women's Kate Kelly over women priests
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has excommunicated a prominent backer of ordination of women priests, her advocacy group has said. (Webmaster's comment: I know how she feels. The same thing, excommunication, happened to me as an atheist! You disagree with whatever powers that be and you too will be expunged!)

6-9-14 Texas Republicans endorse gay 'treatment'
Texas Republicans endorse gay 'treatment'
On Saturday delegates to the Texas Republican Party state convention approved a party platform that embodies many of the most deeply held beliefs of the state's grass-roots, Tea Party conservative base. The document includes: the closing of multiple federal cabinet-level departments, prohibiting the teaching of evolution at schools, a call to block attempts to institute national (or international) education standards such as Common Core, a condemnation of funding for climate change research, elimination of the minimum wage, a repeal of the Voting Rights Act, a call to disregard federal gun-control laws, the creation of a special federal prosecutor to investigate the "Benghazi cover-up", and a condemnation of the United Nation's "Agenda 21" plan to... (Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. The United States along with 178 other governments voted to adopt the program in 1992.) The document also rejects any rights for gays to marry and have a family and endorses "reparative therapy" regardless of the damage it does to the individuals involved. The American Psychological Association has called the practice a product of "societal ignorance and prejudice" that incorrectly treats same-gender sexual orientation as a mental illness.

6-8-14 Tuam babies: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin calls for inquiry
Tuam babies: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin calls for inquiry
One of the most senior figures in the Catholic Church in Ireland has said a full inquiry is needed into the deaths of almost 800 children at a convent-run mother and baby home. The remains were found in a disused septic tank in County Galway. (Unbelievable!)

6-5-14 Amid Horror At Mass Graves Of Children, Calls In Ireland For An Inquiry
Amid Horror At Mass Graves Of Children, Calls In Ireland For An Inquiry
Earlier this week, we told you about the discovery of a mass grave at a former home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Ireland. The bodies of nearly 800 children and infants, interred in an unused septic tank, had gone unmarked and unnoticed for decades, until local historian Catherine Corless uncovered documents that led to the gruesome revelation.

6-4-14 Gallop Poll: Three in Four in U.S. Still See the Bible as Word of God
Gallop Poll: Three in Four in U.S. Still See the Bible as Word of God
But 21%, near the 40-year high, consider it fables and history. Twenty-eight percent of Americans believe the Bible is the actual word of God and that it should be taken literally. This is somewhat below the 38% to 40% seen in the late 1970s, and near the all-time low of 27% reached in 2001 and 2009. But about half of Americans continue to say the Bible is the inspired word of God, not to be taken literally -- meaning a combined 75% believe the Bible is in some way connected to God. About one in five Americans view the Bible in purely secular terms -- as ancient fables, legends, history, and precepts written by man -- which is up from 13% in 1976.

6-3-14 Pope Francis Tells Married Couples Not To Substitute Dogs And Cats For Children
Pope Francis Tells Married Couples Not To Substitute Dogs And Cats For Children
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (June 2) warned married couples against substituting cats and dogs for children - a move that he said leads to the "bitterness of loneliness" in old age.

6-2-14 Gallop Poll: In U.S., 42% Believe Creationist View of Human Origins
Gallop Poll: In U.S., 42% Believe Creationist View of Human Origins
Americans' views related to religiousness, age, education. More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past three decades. Half of Americans believe humans evolved, with the majority of these saying God guided the evolutionary process. However, the percentage who say God was not involved is rising (has risen from 9 to 19 percent in the last 14 years).

5-27-14 Sudanese woman facing death for apostasy gives birth
Sudanese woman facing death for apostasy gives birth
A Sudanese woman awaiting the death penalty for abandoning her religious faith has given birth in jail near the capital, Khartoum, her lawyer has said.

5-22-14 The Myth of a 'War on Religion'
The Myth of a 'War on Religion'
A recent study found liberals were more likely to fib about attending services - showing there's still a greater stigma against atheism than belief.

5-20-14 Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Is the Lightning Rod for the Major Threat Science Poses to Creationists
Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Is the Lightning Rod for the Major Threat Science Poses to Creationists
Public education is a major enemy of creationism and intelligent design. Now the fears of these two camps are culminating around one person, the host of Cosmos, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

5-19-14 Oregon same-sex marriage ban struck down
Oregon same-sex marriage ban struck down
A US judge has struck down the US state of Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages, as couples queued up at the courthouses in anticipation of the ruling.

5-19-14 Federal judge strikes down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage
Federal judge strikes down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage
A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional.

5-19-14 For 2016 Hopefuls, Washington Experience Could Do More Harm than Good
For 2016 Hopefuls, Washington Experience Could Do More Harm than Good
Military Service Top Positive, Atheism Top Negative for Potential Candidates.
53% of voters said they'd be less likely to vote for an atheist. Atheism, in fact, ranked as the most negative trait for a candidate - more than being gay, having an extramarital affair, or being over 70.

5-16-14 Arkansas court halts gay marriages pending appeal
Arkansas court halts gay marriages pending appeal
The Supreme Court of the US state of Arkansas has halted same-sex marriages pending an appeal against a lower court ruling overturning a voter-backed ban.

5-15-14 Sudan woman faces death for apostasy
Sudan woman faces death for apostasy
A Sudanese court has sentenced a woman to hang for apostasy - the abandonment of her religious faith - after she married a Christian man.

5-9-14 Arkansas gay marriage ban quashed
Arkansas gay marriage ban quashed
A judge in Arkansas has struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has "no rational reason" for it.

5-5-14 Supreme Court upholds legislative prayer at council meetings
Supreme Court upholds legislative prayer at council meetings
A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that legislative bodies such as city councils can begin their meetings with prayer, even if it plainly favors a specific religion.

5-5-14 US Supreme Court allows Christian prayer at town meeting
US Supreme Court allows Christian prayer at town meeting
The US Supreme Court has ruled that even overtly Christian opening prayers at town council meetings do not violate the US constitution.

4-25-14 Authenticity Of The 'Gospel Of Jesus's Wife' Called Into Question
Authenticity Of The 'Gospel Of Jesus's Wife' Called Into Question
The authenticity of the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife" has been debated since the papyrus was revealed in 2012.

3-20-14 Anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps dies
Anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps dies
The former leader of a US church that was widely known for its inflammatory anti-gay protests has died, his family has said.

3-13-14 Dead Indian guru frozen by devotees
Dead Indian guru frozen by devotees
Devotees of a dead guru in India have told the BBC they put his body in a freezer to preserve him as they believe he will return to life to lead them.

3-5-14 Pope hits out at criticism of Church over sexual abuse
Pope hits out at criticism of Church over sexual abuse
Pope Francis has strongly defended the Roman Catholic Church's record on tackling sexual abuse by priests.

2-17-14 Snake Salvation pastor dies from snake bite
Snake Salvation pastor dies from snake bite
A snake-handling pastor who appeared on US TV show Snake Salvation has died after being bitten by a rattlesnake.

2-13-14 A Humanist in Action
A Humanist in Action
Pennsylvania House Rep. Brian Sims

2-12-14 Creationists turn to robot for ethical guidance
Creationists turn to robot for ethical guidance
A SPECIAL guest will be attending this year's creationist conference in North Carolina. It is not a Christian. It is not even a human. But it is helping evangelists find answers.

2-9-14 The secret of the Ouija board
The secret of the Ouija board
Spiritualists created the device, but businessmen made it a sensation

2-5-14 Vatican 'must immediately remove' child abusers - UN
Vatican 'must immediately remove' child abusers - UN
The UN has said that the Vatican should "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.

2-3-14 Gallop Poll: Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious
Gallop Poll: Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious
Average religiousness of states continues to range widely. Religiousness across the U.S. in 2013 remained similar to previous years. With 61% of its residents classified as very religious, Mississippi held on to its position as the most religious state, while Vermont, with 22% very religious residents, remained the least religious. The most religious states were in the South, except for Utah, while the least religious states were clustered in New England and the West.
(In South Dakota 46% are very religious and 22% are nonreligious.)

1-16-14 UN panel confronts Vatican on child sex abuse by clergy
UN panel confronts Vatican on child sex abuse by clergy
The Vatican has been confronted publicly for the first time over the sexual abuse of children by clergy, at a UN hearing in Geneva.

1-14-14 Atheist Afghan granted religious asylum in UK
Atheist Afghan granted religious asylum in UK
An Afghan citizen has been granted asylum in the UK for religious reasons - because he is an atheist.

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