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Dozens ‘Turn To Christ’ In Public School Prayer Rally

Dozens ‘Turn To Christ’ In Public School Prayer Rally
By David G. McAfee

 

The Freedom From Religion Foundation on Thursday said it wants four Georgia public school teachers involved in an impromptu “prayer rally” to be permanently removed from duty, and approximately 50 student participants disciplined.

The prayer rally began in a coach’s office at Lumpkin County High School at about 7:30 AM on May 1, according to media reports. One student claimed that “between 12 and 15 fellow students turned their lives over to Christ during the prayer.” Continue reading

So-Called Psychic Sylvia Browne Falsely Predicted Death Of Amanda Berry

 So-Called Psychic Sylvia Browne Falsely Predicted Death Amanda Berry
By David G. McAfee
 

Self-proclaimed psychic and medium Sylvia Browne falsely predicted the death of Amanda Berry, who was kidnapped in 2003 and escaped from her captors earlier this week, reminding the world of the damages that can be caused by high-profile psychics who pretend to have a supernatural gift.

Browne made the prediction in 2004 on Montel Williams’ syndicated television show, where she was a weekly guest for many years. Browne reportedly told Louwana Miller, Berry’s mother, that she could “see” Berry’s jacket in a dumpster with “DNA on it.”

“She’s not alive, honey,” Browne told Miller on The Montel Williams Show. “Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.” Continue reading

Science Makes Good On Religion’s Lofty Promises

Science Makes Good On Religion’s Lofty Promises

By David G. McAfee

For thousands of years, religions have been making promises they can’t fulfill. From the claim that prayer can heal the sick to the promise we can live forever after death, religions offer the world to those filled with wishful thoughts, but provide little more than the occasional inspirational word. Scientific discoveries, however, have begun to fill that void and make good on many of religion’s seemingly impossible offers.

An afterlife is something that most religions advertise, in one way or another. Because we have knowledge of our own impending death, humans are susceptible to this type of belief.  But believing doesn’t make it so… and to date there’s not a shred of evidence to support any idea of life after death. But, industrial designer Gerard Moline has come up with a way to combine that romantic notion with reality. Continue reading

Neil deGrasse Tyson Puts The Earth Into Perspective

 Neil deGrasse Tyson Puts Things Into Perspective

By David G. McAfee

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson came to Santa Barbara, CA, for the first time on Thursday, where he discussed everything from the latest cosmic discoveries to the demotion of Pluto in 2006.

Tyson, currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, will be hosting an upcoming sequel to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage television series on Fox.

Tyson, who has 18 honorary PhDs, mixed humor and science as he told the crowd about the relative insignificance of humanity in comparison to the universe. He started by taking off his boots to get comfortable on the stage. He then showed a famous satellite photo of Saturn in which our planet appears just barely visible in the distant background, taking up about six pixels of the photograph.

“There are people in those six pixels who are sure that the universe was created just for them,” Tyson said, comparing the photo to the 1990 Voyager 1 photograph taken of earth called the Pale Blue Dot. “Everyone you’ve ever known is in those six pixels. It really puts things into perspective.” Continue reading

Buddhist Religious Violence Worsens In Burma: Report

The Burmese Buddhist-controlled government and military killed more than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims in the last year and has continued to forcibly promote Buddhism and discriminate against other minority religious groups, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

The report, which highlights the status of religious freedom globally and identifies those governments that are the most egregious violators, also includes recognition of severe atheist discrimination in a number of countries.

In Burma, Theraveda Buddhism is the dominant religious tradition and Muslims and Christians reportedly make up 8%-10% of the population. In contrast to common representations of Buddhists as inherently peaceful, minority religious groups are subject to pervasive surveillance, imprisonment, discrimination, societal violence, destruction or desecration of property and censorship of religious materials by Buddhists, according to the report. Continue reading

MDIAA Chapter “Religion and Grief” Featured In American Atheist Magazine

Click to read the “Religion and Grief” excerpt from Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-believer, featured in American Atheist Magazine’s First Quarter 2013 issue.

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Signed copies of ‘Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist’ now available

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American Atheist Magazine Publishes ‘Disproving Christianity’ Excerpt

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BOOK LAUNCH, MOM, DAD, I’M AN ATHEIST: THE GUIDE TO COMING OUT AS A NON-BELIEVER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — BOOK LAUNCH, MOM, DAD, I’M AN ATHEIST: THE GUIDE TO COMING OUT AS A NON-BELIEVER

It’s official! My new book, Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-Believer, is now available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. Within the next month or so, it’ll be made more widely available for iBooks, the Nook, etc.

In Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist, I discuss what it means to be “out” as an atheist in one’s personal and professional lives, as well as share some best practices for handling conflicts that may result from religions discussions. The book also includes the testimonials of six atheists from varying regions and backgrounds sharing their de-conversion in hopes of helping other non-believers who might be facing similar circumstances.

But, as I try to make clear throughout the book, it’s not only a guide for atheists who come from religious families and have as a result been afraid to voice a lack of faith. In the book, I also discuss the importance of establishing a sense of community among like-minded individuals and share ideas about how to talk about religion in a civil and respectful manner, topics that can be important to the most seasoned heathens. The book also includes a directory, which lists helpful secular organizations, websites, and social networks, and a chapter of Frequently Asked Questions, where I address everything from Pascal’s Wager to the Meaning of Life.

Amazon link (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/Mom-Dad-Im-Atheist-Non-believer/dp/1908675047/

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From the back of the book:

This essential guide to coming-out as a non-believer has been written to make it easier for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and non-believers of all ages and backgrounds to be open about their non-religiosity while minimizing the negative interactions in familial, social, and professional circles.

As a survival guide for non-believers who wish to come out, this book provides advice and resources for those interested in publically rejecting religious dogma as well as real stories from non-believers who have experienced coming-out to less-than-supportive family or friends.

Whether you’re new to disbelief and looking for the cleanest possible break from your former faith or you’re a lifelong atheist who wants to establish a sense of community with like-minded people, this guide provides useful resources including: tips for handling potential conflicts with believers, the author’s answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on behalf of believers, and numerous references to support groups, services, and advocacy organizations dedicated to non-theists.

From dealing with grief from a secular perspective to handling potential clashes in religious worldviews between significant others, this book offers multiple perspectives from non-religious individuals who have generously shared their experiences to help those atheists who may find themselves in similar situations.

About the author:

 David G. McAfee is a journalist, a religious studies scholar, and author of Disproving Christianity and other Secular Writings. He is a columnist for Canadian Freethinker Magazine and a contributor to American Atheist Magazine. Mr. McAfee attended University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduated with a dual-degree in English and Religious Studies with an emphasis on Christianity and Mediterranean religions. After experiencing discrimination within the American public education system as a result of his secular activism, David G. McAfee sought to publish Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist to help those who fear similar professional or familial consequences to their public non-belief.

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Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-Believer