“5 Things you won’t believe aren’t in the bible.”

I stumbled upon this article in which discusses “5 Things you won’t believe aren’t in the bible.” <–Link

All five things are actually accurate, and verifiable true. Here’s the list:

5. The image of angels

4. The image of the Devil

3. The Holy Grail

2. The antichrist

1. Hell

I only wish my religious readers would read about it, and possibly research it themselves.

Oh well, here’s to wishing.

Atheism is becoming the new religion, evangelicals warned

Evangelicals heard the call today to be guardians of the truth in the face of widespread indifference to religion and the “denial” of Scripture within parts of the church.

Carver Yu, President of the China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong, said that “confusing ideologies” were creating emptiness and alienation among people, while indifference to religion was “tightening its grip”.

He said the recent advertising campaign by Richard Dawkins and other atheists on London buses was a perfect example of the “enthusiastic zeal” with which atheists were campaigning against Christianity and religion.

“Atheism is about to become the new religion,” he said. “Christians must preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ fearlessly because he is the way, the truth and the life. Only he can lead us away from the present state of godlessness.”

Yu was addressing more than 4,000 evangelical leaders from around the world at Cape town 2010, the Third Lausanne Congress on world evangelisation taking place this week in the South African city.

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It’s official: O’Donnell is dumber than Palin. Way dumber.

From here.

“Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” O’Donnell asked, a statement that drew laughter from the audience. When Coons returned to the topic a few minutes later, he said her comment “reveals her fundamental misunderstanding of what our Constitution is.”

“The First Amendment establishes the separation, the fact that the federal government shall not establish religion,” Coons said.

“The First Amendment does?” O’Donnell interrupted. “You’re telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?”

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Video of the exchange! The quote above is about 6:15 in but you may want to stop at 2:37 also where the audience ends up laughing at O’Donnell.

And, yes, dumbass O’Donnell, teaching Intelligent Design/creationism in public schools is a breach of the separation of church and state. Teach it all day long at church or in private schools. Keep your stupidity away from the kids who are actually going to do well in the world.

And to think, Stonings were practiced in the Christian bible, too.

If you don’t whimper and get a little teary just watching this reenactment, check your pulse, man. You might not have one.

October 15, 2010 on Sky News:

A film portraying the real-life stoning of an Iranian woman is opening in London despite protests from the country’s government.

It depicts a brutal form of punishment still sanctioned by Iran’s current hard-line regime.

The film’s director claims some European governments have been reluctant to support it – fearful of antagonising Iran’s regime, already at loggerheads with the West.

The film The Stoning Of Soraya M is based on the true story of a woman brutally killed after being falsely accused of adultery.

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Via Atheist media

Walking away from church

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I saw this article over at The Friendly Atheist this morning. Its byline is:

Organized religion’s increasing identification with conservative politics is a turnoff to more and more young adults. Evangelical Protestantism has been hit hard by this development.

The number of under 30-somethings marking none in terms of their religiosity has grown from a stagnant 7% to 17%. I highly doubt that number will get smaller. From the article in LA Times:

The most rapidly growing religious category today is composed of those Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. While middle-aged and older Americans continue to embrace organized religion, rapidly increasing numbers of young people are rejecting it.

As recently as 1990, all but 7% of Americans claimed a religious affiliation, a figure that had held constant for decades. Today, 17% of Americans say they have no religion, and these new “nones” are very heavily concentrated among Americans who have come of age since 1990. Between 25% and 30% of twentysomethings today say they have no religious affiliation — roughly four times higher than in any previous generation.

So, why this sudden jump in youthful disaffection from organized religion? The surprising answer, according to a mounting body of evidence, is politics. Very few of these new “nones” actually call themselves atheists, and many have rather conventional beliefs about God and theology. But they have been alienated from organized religion by its increasingly conservative politics.

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