BREAKING: Obama, Republicans Seize AP Records And Commence Cover Up [*Read Full Article]

Obama, Republicans Seize AP Records And Commence Cover Up [*Read Full Article]
 

President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other top republican lawmakers were behind the U.S. Department of Justice’s gathering of Associated Press reporters’ telephone records reported Monday, according to someone close to the matter.

Obama and Boehner met Monday with other top republicans, including Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., in what was called an “emergency briefing,” less than an hour after AP broke confirmed a DOJ probe, which gathered records for 20 phone lines, including cell phones, assigned to AP reporters over two months in early 2012. Continue reading

From Iraq To Texas: A Humanist Activist Comes To America

From Iraq To Texas: A Humanist Activist Comes To America
An Interview with David G. McAfee
 

Secular humanist activist Faisal Saeed Al Mutar grew up in Iraq as a common enemy in the ongoing civil war between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Now, he finds himself living in Texas, which is fraught with its own brand of religious zealotry.

Faisal founded the Global Secular Humanist Movement in September 2010. GSHM, which encourages humanist values, critical thinking and scientific inquiry over faith, mysticism and dogma, has more than 185,000 “likes” on Facebook. Continue reading

Michele Bachmann Says 9/11 And Benghazi Were ‘God’s Judgment’

 Michele Bachmann Says 9/11 And Benghazi Were ‘God’s Judgment’
By David G. McAfee
 

At a prayer rally at the U.S. Capital on Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., told fellow lawmakers that America has “seen God’s judgment” through the terrorist attack that killed 3,000 people in 2001 and the siege on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that occurred last year.

Bachmann said it’s no secret that our nation is “experiencing the hand of judgment” and that America may be in a time of decline. The solution, she said, is “humbling ourselves before an almighty God.” Continue reading

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

Christian Rock Band Frontman Arrested For Hiring Hitman To Kill His Wife

Christian Rock Band Frontman Arrested For Hiring Hitman To Kill His Wife
By David G. McAfee 
 

Tim Lambesis, the lead singer and co-founder of Christian heavy metal band “As I Lay Dying,” was arrested on Tuesday by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for soliciting an undercover detective to kill his wife.

The SDSD said they initiated an investigation into Lambesis on May 2 after reports that he was soliciting another individual to kill his estranged wife, who lives in Encinitas, CA. Lambesis was charged with solicitation of another to commit murder after an investigation conducted by the Encinitas Detectives, the San Diego Fugitive Task Force and the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Division.

As I Lay Dying has repeatedly affirmed that each of the members of the band are Christian and, on the band’s Frequently Asked Questions page, Lambesis responded to a question about whether or not As I Lay Dying was a Christian band. He said he wasn’t sure of the difference between five Christians playing in a band and a Christian band.

“If you truly believe something, then it should affect every area of your life. All five of us are Christians. I believe that change should start with me first, and as a result, our lyrics do not come across very ‘preachy,’” Lambesis wrote. “Many of our songs are about life, struggles, mistakes, relationships and other issues that don’t fit entirely in the spiritual category. However, all of these topics are written about through my perspective as a Christian.” 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

God Gave Us Guns, Says Rick Santorum

God Gave Us Guns: Rick Santorum
By David G. McAfee

Rick Santorum on Friday told the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action that Americans’ rights – like the right to bear arms – “come from God, because you are a creation of a loving God, and you have dignity because of that.”

The former Republican presidential candidate, speaking at an annual NRA-ILA leadership forum conference, contrasted the United States with countries in Europe, which he said have a “secular, dying culture” with few rights. Santorum also referenced the French Revolution as a “godless” revolution, in contrast to the American Revolution, which was apparently approved by God. In other words, “God is on our side.” 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