The First Atheist and Agnostic Convention in the Philippines, hosted by PATAS

The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society will hold its first convention in Manila. We will be discussing PATAS’ future goals and will be talking about Atheism/Agnosticism, Secularism and Humanism. We are selecting speakers for this convention from different personalities from the US and the Philippines.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012 · 6:00am – 8:00pm

Place: Bayview Parks and Hotels, United Nations Avenue, Manila Philippines

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The Most Ridiculous Lawsuit Yet!

A “Christian” midwife is suing a UK hospital in what may be the most ridiculous and frivolous lawsuit yet. Apparently in the hospital she is required to wear *gasp* surgical scrub trousers. Yes, you read it right she is suing because she believes that wearing trousers is against her religion.

Apparently there is a passage on Deuteronomy (22:5) which forbids women from wearing men’s clothes and vice-versa. Again, yes really, and this is the basis of her lawsuit claiming religious discrimination.

There is only one place for this waste of a tribunal’s time, the surgical waste bin!

Source: http://www.atheismuk.com/2011/08/02/news/the-most-ridiculous-lawsuit-yet/

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Atheist Clergy in Dutch Christian Church

By Robert PigottReligious affairs correspondent, Amsterdam

The Rev Klaas
Hendrikse can offer his congregation little hope of life after death,
and he’s not the sort of man to sugar the pill.

An imposing figure in black robes and white clerical collar, Mr
Hendrikse presides over the Sunday service at the Exodus Church in
Gorinchem, central Holland.

It is part of the mainstream Protestant Church in the
Netherlands (PKN), and the service is conventional enough, with hymns,
readings from the Bible, and the Lord’s Prayer. But the message from Mr
Hendrikse’s sermon seems bleak – “Make the most of life on earth,
because it will probably be the only one you get”.

“Personally I have no talent for believing in life after
death,” Mr Hendrikse says. “No, for me our life, our task, is before
death.”

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US Hispanics Abandoning Organized Religion

Crucifixes, Virgin Mary statuettes, ornate Spanish-style churches: so
many religious images seem permanently linked with Hispanic Americans.
But that’s eroding fast, according to US pollster George Barna.

In the fourth update
on his annual survey of American religion, Barna says this
once-reverent group has been attending church and Sunday school less,
volunteering less at church, and reading the Bible less over the last 20
years.

And their religious life is fading faster than those of whites  and blacks in America, the report adds.

“The
ethnic group that reflected the most profound level of religious change
over the last 20 years was Hispanics,” the report says. It adds that
Hispanics have changed more than the other two groups both in the degree
of religious belief and behavior and across more categories.

Read more: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-08-03/features/sfl-fv-blog-barna-beliefs-survey-4_1_hispanic-americans-bible-reading-religious-life

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Atheism Wins Converts as Aussie Census Looms

 http://www.news.com.au/atheism-wins-converts-as-census-looms/story-fn7x8me2-1226100923192

ALMOST 15,000 people have joined an Atheist Foundation of Australia push to mark “no religion” on the coming census.

The foundation has begun unveiling billboards urging people to take the religion out of politics.

Thousands have also vowed to mark “no religion” in a Facebook campaign.

AFA president David Nicholls said many people selected the religion they were born into, despite not being religious.

He said the transfer of taxpayers’ money to religious organisations was justified on the basis of the census results.

More
than 70,000 people declared themselves Jedi order members in 2001 but
Mr Nicholls warned such an answer was now marked as no response.

 

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