Posts Tagged ‘atheist’

Cracks in the atheist edifice: religion in China Comments 0

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The coastal city of Wenzhou is sometimes called China’s Jerusalem. Ringed by mountains and far from the capital, Beijing, it has long been a haven for a religion that China’s Communist leaders view with deep unease: Christianity. Most cities of its size, with about 9m people, have no more than a dozen or so visibly Read more

Prominent atheist asks Pope to bless his family Comments 0

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The 90-year-old Italian atheist who twice interviewed Pope Francis has revealed that he asked the pontiff to bless his family. Eugenio Scalfari, one of Italy’s most prominent atheist intellectuals and for 20 years the editor of the newspaper La Repubblica, said the Pope had visited his family and blessed them following his request. Speaking to Read more

Dawkins says not aborting Down syndrome babies is immoral Comments 1

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Supporters of people with Down syndrome have slammed atheist Richard Dawkins’ comments that it would be immoral not to abort a foetus with the condition. The controversy erupted after a Twitter exchange between Dawkins and a woman who said she would face a real ethical dilemma if pregnant with a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome. Read more

Richard Dawkins says niceness of churchgoers enables extremists Comments 0

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Atheist Richard Dawkins has argued that the niceness of ordinary churchgoers has helped enable religious fundamentalists to become suicide bombers. The Telegraph in the United Kingdom reported Dawkins saying moderate Christian and Muslim believers had inadvertently paved the way for extremists. Dawkins said ordinary believers do this by being “so nice” that people do not Read more

Bad attitudes theists have towards atheists Comments 0

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote The Power of Positive Thinking, once said, “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” It’s hard to honestly face criticism, but it’s the only way we can grow as human beings, since we are notoriously good at deceiving Read more

More Americans would consider voting for an atheist Comments 0

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

An increasing percentage of Americans are willing to consider voting for an atheist as president of the United States. According to a new Pew Research study, 41 per cent of those surveyed said a candidate’s lack of belief didn’t matter to their vote. This was up from a figure of 32 per cent seven years Read more

ERA refuses to hear teacher’s claim he’s sacked for being an atheist Comments 0

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Christopher Roy

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has declined to hear teacher’s claim that he lost his job because he is an atheist. A former art teacher at Tamaki College, Christopher Scott Roy claims he was constructively dismissed because he is an atheist, and the school saw Christianity as “a core responsibility to which he was indifferent”. Read more

As an Atheist married to a Catholic Comments 1

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I’m not used to posting my woes and sorrows for all to see. I am however open to allowing my life to be opened up to the truth and allowing it to liberate me as I believe the truth should. With that said, I’m hoping that there are others who can gain or empathize with Read more

Maori karakia causes Rodney Hide to chuckle Comments 0

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

I am an anti-theist. I just don’t believe in God. I am pleased there isn’t one. Nothing would irritate me more than a supernatural force knowing everything and hovering above directing all that happens in the world. It would be like suffering a metaphysical Kim Jong-il without the farce or humour. I like the organ Read more

Pope Francis happy to meet ‘wise’ atheist Comments 1

Friday, June 7th, 2013
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Pope Francis has expressed pleasure at meeting “a wise man” after a private audience with the Uruguayan president, Jose Mujica, an atheist. Mujica, a former guerilla fighter, has been described as “the world’s ‘poorest’ president”. He donates 90 per cent of his salary to charities, lives with his wife in a modest farmhouse instead of Read more