Dan's Blog – November 2009 Archive (25)

Oregon may allow teachers to wear religious clothing

An Oregon legislative leader plans to introduce a bill to repeal a 1923 state law that bans teachers from wearing religious garb.

House Speaker Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone, said he will push to "allow teachers to have the same religious free exercise rights as every other Oregonian" when legislators meet in February.

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state schools Superintendent Susan Castillo, who recently sent letters to every lawmaker asking them to drop… Continue

Added by Dan on November 29, 2009 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Indonesia minister says immorality causes disasters

A government minister has blamed Indonesia's recent string of natural disasters on people's immorality.

Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring said that there were many television programmes that destroyed morals.

Therefore, the minister said, natural disasters would continue to occur.

His comments came as he addressed a prayer meeting on Friday in Padang, Sumatra, which was hit by a powerful earthquake in late… Continue

Added by Dan on November 29, 2009 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Inquiry uncovers 80 new cases of abuse

Bishops named in report fight calls to step down

EIGHTY files are to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) by a garda team investigating fresh complaints of clerical child abuse.

The complaints were made after publication in May of the Ryan report, which detailed horrific physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by members of religious orders.

The revelation comes as gardai turn their attention to investigating priests in the Dublin… Continue

Added by Dan on November 28, 2009 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

TV Presenter On Death Row For Witchcraft

A man has been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for witchcraft because he makes predictions on television.

Ali Sibat is not even a Saudi national. The Lebanese citizen was only visiting Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage when he was arrested in Medina last year.

A court in the city condemned him as a witch on November 9.

The only evidence presented in court was reportedly the claim he appeared regularly on Lebanese satellite issuing general… Continue

Added by Dan on November 27, 2009 at 5:34pm — 4 Comments

Court turns down student over religious speech

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a student who complained that high school officials violated her constitutional rights when they turned off her microphone during her religion-tinged graduation speech.

The justices said Monday they will not revive a lawsuit filed by Brittany McComb of Henderson, Nev. challenging the actions of Clark County school officials. A federal appeals court ruled previously ruled against her.

During McComb's… Continue

Added by Dan on November 27, 2009 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

Mass. woman sees image of Jesus on her iron

METHUEN — A Massachusetts woman who recently separated from her husband and had her hours cut at work says an image of Jesus Christ she sees on her iron has reassured her that "life is going to be good."

Mary Jo Coady first noticed the image Sunday when she walked into her daughter's room.

The brownish residue on the bottom of the iron looks like the face of a man with long hair.

The 44-year-old Coady was raised… Continue

Added by Dan on November 27, 2009 at 5:11pm — 4 Comments

Rare Charles Darwin book found on toilet bookshelf

LONDON – An auction house says it is selling a rare first edition of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" found in a family's guest lavatory in southern England.

Christie's auction house said Sunday the book — one of around 1,250 copies first printed in 1859 — had been on a toilet bookshelf at a family's home in Oxford.

The book will be auctioned on Tuesday, the 150th anniversary of the publication of the famous… Continue

Added by Dan on November 23, 2009 at 3:55am — 1 Comment

Palin dines, prays with Rev. Billy Graham in NC

Palin dines, prays with Rev. Billy Graham in NC

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) -- Sarah Palin on Sunday dined and prayed with the Rev. Billy Graham, who has counseled presidents and other politicians for decades.

Graham had never met Palin, who is scheduled to stop at Fort Bragg in eastern North Carolina on Monday to promote her memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life." The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and members of her family… Continue

Added by Dan on November 22, 2009 at 11:58pm — 4 Comments

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This includes Theists, provided they follow our rules… Continue

Added by Dan on November 22, 2009 at 3:44am — 1 Comment

Atheist student groups flower on college campuses

AMES, Iowa - The sign sits propped on a wooden chair, inviting all comers: "Ask an Atheist."

Whenever a student gets within a few feet, Anastasia Bodnar waves and smiles, trying to make a good first impression before eyes drift down to a word many Americans rank down there with "socialist."

Bodnar is the happy face of atheism at Iowa State University. Once a week at this booth at a campus community center, the PhD student who… Continue

Added by Dan on November 22, 2009 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

The Christian Nation Myth

The Christian Nation Myth

Whenever the Supreme Court makes a decision that in any way restricts the intrusion of religion into the affairs of government, a flood of editorials, articles, and letters

protesting the ruling is sure to appear in the newspapers. Many protesters decry these

decisions on the grounds that they conflict with the wishes and intents of the

"founding fathers."

Such a…


Added by Dan on November 18, 2009 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

American Legion Takes Its Ball and Goes Home

School District to drop the American Legion as a partner for Veteran's Day flag-raising ceremonies.

A spat over whether prayers should be uttered during Veterans Day commemorations at public schools has prompted the Bloomington School District to drop the American Legion as a partner for today's flag-raising ceremonies.

Teams from the Minnesota Army National Guard and not the American Legion and the VFW will present arms,… Continue

Added by Dan on November 18, 2009 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Indianapolis Schools Ban Atheism Websites

Indianapolis Schools Ban Atheism Website

by Jesse Galef

The Indianapolis Public School system has a policy to ban certain websites from being viewed at school. I certainly hated it when I was in high school (we found ways to bypass it if course) but it’s a reasonable idea. And the list of subjects banned is pretty straightforward: Pornography, Social Networking, Atheism and “Alternative Spirituality”, Games –

Wait,… Continue

Added by Dan on November 17, 2009 at 4:12pm — 24 Comments

Don't blame God for terrorism

I give credit for this find to Both @AtheistinWA and @lauruhhpalooza from twitter. ~Dan

After the Fort Hood massacre and others, some people — often atheist stalwarts — like to point at the corrosive influence of religion. But a closer look suggests that the most notorious killers usually act on secular motives.

By Dinesh D'Souza

Did… Continue

Added by Dan on November 16, 2009 at 6:44am — 3 Comments

Catholic Church gives D.C. ultimatum

Catholic Church gives D.C. ultimatum

Same-sex marriage bill, as written, called a threat to social service

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health… Continue

Added by Dan on November 13, 2009 at 1:11am — 3 Comments

Deer loses head-butt with Wisconsin lawn ornament

A love-struck buck ran out of luck a week ago.

The seven-point buck was killed when it rammed a 640-pound concrete statue of an elk in the backyard of Mark and Carol Brye's home in rural Viroqua, Wis.

Bucks often fight during the breeding season, commonly called the rut. Dominant bucks defend breeding territories and female deer by sparring with subordinate bucks. Antler battles sometimes result in the death of one or… Continue

Added by Dan on November 12, 2009 at 11:40pm — 7 Comments

Jesus Did it....

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A man on home incarceration was arrested Friday after officers found materials that the suspect said belonged to Jesus.

According to arrest reports, police officers performed a home check on Craig A. Dunn, 52. At the home, the officers reported finding a tube of aluminum foil burnt on one end and a teaspoon with possible residue and burn marks on its underside.

According to arrest records, Dunn denied that… Continue

Added by Dan on November 10, 2009 at 11:55am — No Comments

Ft. Hood suspect reportedly shouted `Allahu Akbar'

A security-camera image from CNN shows Maj. Nadal Malik Hasan in a convenience store Thursday morning

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Soldiers who witnessed the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" - an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" - before opening fire, the base commander said Friday.

Lt. Gen. Robert Cone said officials had not yet confirmed that the suspected… Continue

Added by Dan on November 6, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Remember, remember... another religious failure

Remember, remember the fifth of November,

The gunpowder treason and plot,

I know of no reason

Why the gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.

V for Vendetta, was an awesome movie IMO. However, do you know the REAL story behind Guy Fawkes?

Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish in the Low Countries, belonged to a group of… Continue

Added by Dan on November 5, 2009 at 4:54pm — 8 Comments

10 Failed Doomsday Predictions

With the upcoming disaster film "2012" and the current hype about Mayan calendars and doomsday predictions, it seems like a good time to put such notions in context.

Most prophets of doom come from a religious perspective, though the secular crowd has caused its share of scares as well. One thing the doomsday scenarios tend to share in common: They don't come to pass.

Here are 10 that didn't pan out, so far:

The… Continue

Added by Dan on November 5, 2009 at 1:20am — 11 Comments

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