Atheism and religion in the news XI
Welcome again, hope you are still enjoying these news links. After I have cleaned up this backlog, I’ll also start posting commentary at the start of these blogs.
Anyway, on to the news.
A Poor atheist Speaks in the Philippines.
This post speaks for itself,
When you’re rich and an atheist, most Christians will say that you’ve become an atheist because money is your God. You will be accused of forgetting Jesus because you spend more time making money than praying or going to church. People here in Manila stereotyped atheists as filthy rich, collage kids or intellectual snobs who seem to be too pompous of himself, that’s why he deny the existence of God.
But how about if you’re in a state of poverty yet you’re an atheist?
Conservative nomination candidate in Mississauga South attacks secular school system
This shows you what happens when American style politics comes to Canada.
Don Stephens, Peel District School Board trustee for Mississauga's Ward 2, and candidate for the federal Conservative nomination in Mississauga South (and presumed frontrunner, as the other two candidates don't really have any name recognition) issued an attack on the public and secular education system, saying there is a "total neglect" neglect of Christianity in Peel's public schools.
Kyrgyzstan: No Work for Madrassa Graduates
As a follow up to the previous story, this is what can happen when you DO have religious schools.
Students leaving the growing number of Muslim religious schools in Kyrgyzstan complain they cannot get teaching jobs in state schools because their diplomas are not officially recognised.
Headscarves in Europe.
A quick tour of the various laws regarding Islamic headscarves in Europe.
The wearing of Muslim face veils and headscarves in schools and at work is a sensitive topic across Europe. Here is a summary of policy in some key countries:
Slovenia’s Greatest Threat???
I love the new pope, hes always stirring up trouble.
The Pope told the Slovenian bishops-- who were in Rome for their ad limina visit-- that the Church must counteract the effects of secular ideology.
Islam=Terrorism? The myth of the Islamofascist Threat
Want to see the other side of the story? Iran’s that is.
One of the favorite talking points of the pro-Israeli fascist neoCon Right in the US is to claim that there exists some particular connection between Islam and terrorism or violence around the world. You've heard the hatemongering, I am sure, most recently mouthed at the annual AIPAC conference by Daniel Gillerman, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations: "Most muslims aren't terrorists but most terrorists are Muslim"
Student atheists still seeking answers, 'fascinated' by religion
An article about university students and their religion, or lack there of.
Harris, a junior in nursing, is heterosexual, but says revealing to his family that he has no faith in God felt a little bit like coming out of the closet. He says there was a stigma attached to how he perceived the world, and he knew that stigma came with, people assumed, everlasting hellfire.
Taking offence on behalf of Muslims
Taking being PC to the extreme.
HAS the Religion of Perpetual Outrage cowed us to such an extent that government agencies now feel the need to take offence on behalf Muslims?
The Pope strikes back.
Ever wonder how hes gonna pay for those lawsuits? Not by selling property I assure you.
Ordered to compensate victims of pedophile priests to the tune of $660 million, the Church has opted to evict nuns of some 50 years service, selling the convents as a fundraising opportunity. The Santa Barbara bishop's residence remains safe.
A gag order has been imposed on soon-to-be-homeless nuns.
Religion as a marketing tool
How con-artists are using religion in the stock market in India.
When people are willing to be gullible, opportunists will take advantage.
Last week, Dow Jones announced the launch of Dharmic stock market indices — presumably to help devout Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists invest in companies or mutual funds that keep their religious sensibilities in mind.
Ever since Islamic funds began talking about Sharia-compliant investments in India, smart operators have sensed a similar opportunity in catering to the needs of other religious communities.
Media and Religion in the Arab-Islamic World
This is the kind of news story you don’t ever see on TV since sounds-bytes came to rule.
The past few decades have borne out the warning made more than thirty years ago by Jacques Ellul, the French moral philosopher and sociologist, that the phenomenal development of mass media would revolutionize politics, with the flood of information and discontinuous facts overwhelming any sense of historic context. Now more than ever, with religion and politics often having become overtly intertwined, the lack of historic context is a massive problem.
No Tears Over Dead Atheists
Wow, and people say christians are loving and peaceful.
And what epitaph do you engrave on an Atheist's grave marker? "Here lies the only good Atheist, which is a dead Atheist". What else is there say? Nothing at all. No last words, no last rites, no flowers, no anything.