"As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a God. I don’t think there is a God, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights when it worries me. I would never deny your right to believe in a God. I would just rather you didn’t kill people who believe in a different God, say. Or stone someone to death because your rulebook says their sexuality is immoral. It’s strange that anyone who believes that an all-powerful all-knowing, omniscient power responsible for everything that happens, would also want to judge and punish people for what they are."
Ricky Gervais, Why I’m an Atheist (via cronicadenecios)
I love that “say” thrown in there.
(Source: zero-aperture, via cronicadenecios)
"These bills would give adoption agencies the right to refuse to place children in homes if that placement is against the agency’s ”sincerely held religious beliefs.” If passed, this would explicitly allow adoption agencies to discriminate for religiously-motivated reasons against parents seeking to adopt. For example, the bills would allow the rejection of potential parents because they are previously divorced, unmarried, a same-sex couple, or adherents to a religion not practiced by the child placing agency. This discrimination would even be allowed when the agencies accept state funds, meaning that the state would sanction this type of discrimination."
Religious Discrimination in the Mitten State | Americans United
And then there’s THIS…
as a matter of Canon Law individual parishes can be wholly “suppressed,” merged into other parishes, or otherwise divided up, essentially at the discretion of the bishop—notwithstanding the existence of separate bank accounts. This authority suggests that the diocese does indeed wholly own and control its parishes, but church officials take advantage of the ambiguity, sometimes claiming to fully control its parishes, sometimes—for legal reasons—arguing that the parishes are wholly independent entities.
Given America’s diverse religious landscape, the Catholic Church is hardly unique in taking advantage of the First Amendment to engage in some opaque accounting. It’s simply the largest player in this game. Lawrence Wright’s recent Scientology exposé, Going Clear, reveals egregious exploitation of religious privileges for the personal financial benefit of church leaders.
— How Rich Is the Catholic Church?
[Perpetua’s] diary, written while she awaited execution in prison, was a radical document which would be seen in today’s world as extreme and very unlike the official Christian views of what the Christian woman should be, says Professor Cooper…
"Christianity was quite revolutionary in the way it treated its women, especially when you realise how sexist the ancient world was…
It wasn’t until the Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, in around 313 AD, the religion became institutionalised: male bishops were now government officials and women came to be seen as players in the background rather than public figures.
Professor Cooper added: “These women – saints who had a radical and powerful presence in the early church – have been hidden in plain sight.
— 'Christians airbrushed women out of history'
"Representative Stephen Bloom recently released a memo regarding intent to amend the Public School Code 1949 to create an “Academic Freedom” provision. The term “Academic Freedom” is misleading, however, because it merely allows public schools to teach non-curricular and non-scientific theories, such as creationism, in the classroom. This bill is constitutionally suspect because it blurs the line between church and state and endangers religious freedom, while undermining scientific education in Pennsylvania."
Tell Your Representatives: Keep Creationism out of Public School Science Class!
Also, the White House just stepped up and defended prayer at town meetings in Greece, NY. WTF, Obama.