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Believers believe, yes, but because they want to

PZ has a blog post up about new research showing—no big surprise—that religious people actually believe in all that magic stuff they say they believe in. I wasn't aware that this was controversial, but then again, I've met people who sit around reading religious texts where others can't see them,…

Israeli writer wins right to have ‘no religion’

JERUSALEM — An Israeli writer has won a historic court victory granting his request to be officially registered as “without religion” rather than “Jewish,” Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday. Yoram Kaniuk turned to the courts in May after the interior ministry refused to alter his official religious status from…

Mitt Romney to warm stage for anti-Mormon shock jock

Mormon presidential hopeful Mitt Romney next weekend will be the opening act for shock jock Bryan Fischer, who recently said that the First Amendment should not apply to Mormons. Both Romney and Fischer are featured speakers at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. next weekend, a conference aimed at…

Herman Cain: Communities should be able to ban mosques

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that any community should be able to ban mosques because there is a big difference between Islam and “our other traditional religions.” Last week, Cain came out again a proposed mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on the grounds that it was an “infringement and…

Tea Party Nation column warns of dangers of ‘non-European immigrants’

Former Washington Times columnist Eliana Benador, who was fired for writing a piece speculating that former Rep. Anthony Weiner had converted to Islam and was pushing a “socialist political agenda,” has found a new home for her controversial work: Tea Party Nation. RightWingWatch.org, a watchdog for conservative media that is…

Apple fans react to computers like religion: BBC

Neurological research has found that fans of Apple computers and products react to the company’s gadgets in the same way religious zealots react to images of their deity. The two groups — Apple fanatics and religious followers — were both monitored with an MRI and shown the images, CNN reported.…

Fringe conservative group claims U.S. Muslims have no free speech rights

The right to freedom of religion guaranteed in the United States Constitution doesn’t apply to Muslims, according to a blogger writing for a conservative Christian organization. Bryan Fischer, a blogger for the ultra-conservative American Family Association (AFA), declared Thursday that Muslims have no First Amendment rights in the United States.…

Keith Ellison: King’s Islam hearings about ‘stoking fears’ for a ‘political agenda’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress, choked up while offering a stirring defense of Muslim Americans Thursday during a controversial Republican-led hearing about radicalization within the community. “Targeting of the Muslim-American community for the actions of a few is unjust,” Ellison said, adding, “Stoking…

Lebanon youths revolt against confessional system

BEIRUT – Protests sweeping the Middle East have given new impetus to Lebanese youths who have launched their own revolt on Facebook in a bid — albeit improbable — to bring down Lebanon’s confessional system. Using slogans popularised by protesters in Tunisia and Egypt, several pages urging the Lebanese to…

Climate science is a ‘religion,’ Washington Post columnist claims

A Washington Post columnist recently attacked a Nobel Prize winner by claiming that the scientific consensus that backs climate change is essentially a religious institution. “Look, if Godzilla appeared on the Mall this afternoon, Al Gore would say it’s global warming,” Charles Krauthammer said on PBS’s Inside Washington Saturday. He…

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