Atheist billboards go up in NYC neighborhoods targeting Islam and Judaism as a “myth”
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European Christians allying with secularists against Islam are basically dupes. The secularists want to destroy us all. If anything, they are the common enemy against our shared values.
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Religion may become ‘extinct’ in nine nations:
The study found a steady rise in those claiming no religious affiliation.
The team’s mathematical model attempts to account for the interplay between the number of religious respondents and the social motives behind being one.
The result, reported at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, US, indicates that religion will all but die out altogether in those countries.
The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.
(American) atheists know ‘more about religion than (American) believers’:
The US Religious Knowledge Survey, released Tuesday from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, found atheists and agnostics know more basic facts about the Bible than either Protestants or Catholics. Among the other findings:
• 57 percent of Protestants can name the Bible’s four gospels.
• 55 percent of Catholics know their tradition teaches that sacramental bread and wine become Christ’s body and blood.
• 15 percent of white evangelicals know Jonathan Edwards participated in the First Great Awakening.
You can take a truncated form of the the quiz at the Pew website.
A deluded Dawkins groupie:
Andrew Brown notes:
The astonishing variety and force of invective thrown at the pope and his church in much of the media over the last week must certainly, some of it, come from people who would like to drive religious faith out of public life. At the same time, it’s hard not to suppose that in some of this the Roman Catholic church is standing as a proxy for Islam, which is certainly a great deal more unpopular.
And here’s Laurie Penny happy to oblige:
Most of those planning to ‘Protest the Pope’ this weekend are not instinctively anti-Catholic; we have no issue with belief itself. The notion of taking special exception to one religion over and above any other dodgy cult cobbled together by deranged desert patriarchs should be abhorrent to any secularist who believes in freedom of thought.
I wonder what ‘desert patriarchs’ could refer to?
The feelings of Adnan Sarwar, a former Muslim who served in Iraq with the Royal Engineers, and Alom Shaha, another former Muslim, seem to sum up the views of people I have known who have lefi Islam: there is no Ayaan Hirsi Ali type of vitriol, no ‘hard on for attacking Islam’ as Shaha says where they jump on board with another band of oppressors and warmongers. The people I have known just tend to drift away, perhaps driven by an event or two in their lives, but usually believing they don’t ‘need’ faith, religion or God. (Of course, people turn to religion under similar circumstances, and I have known some people to do this too.)
What I’d ask Sarwar is if he can rest easy at night knowing what immense destruction our political class and armed forces, and those of his former American colleagues, have wrought on Iraq and its people. Perhaps if we’d had enough of this sort of scepticism amongst our ruling classes and elites who drove the war prior to the invasion, we wouldn’t have been in this mess in the first place. Without this sort of introspection, I personally don’t think Sarwar seems to have learnt anything from his experiences in Iraq.
Mehdi Hasan argues that Muslims should not compete in the ‘marketplace of religions’:
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