2012 Archive – Recent News

12/22/12 Bad news from Texas legislators prohibiting punishing creationist teachers – see Creation/Evolution news tab
12/21/12  More than one-third of Americans see signs of end times in extreme weather – see Climate Change news tab
12/21/12   New Orleans’ school policy bars teaching of creationism – See Creation/Evolution news tab
12/21/12  Huckabee on shooting.-SHOOTING HAPPENED BECAUSE GOD IS TAKEN OUT OF SCHOOLS – see Batshit Crazy news tab
12/17/12  Anonymous vows to ‘destroy’ Westboro Baptist Church over Sandy Hook picket plans
12/14/12  Bill O’Reilly: Atheists Going to Hell for Defending Church/State Separation
12/12/12   Kentucky: Atheists face 12 months in prison for disbelief
12/9/12  Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West Point
12/6/12  Jon Stewart Tears Into Fox News And Bill O’Reilly For Outrage Over The War On Christmas
12/4/12  Teen who defaced an anti-gay poster raises the wrath of a Catholic priest
12/4/12  Pat Robertson challenges creationism, cites dinosaurs
12/3/12 Wiccan Priestess Wins Right To Perform Weddings In Va
12/2/12  Archbishop Desmond Tutu Interprets God’s View Of Homosexuals
12/2/12  Campus atheists score big funding from Wisconsin university
12/1/12   New look at health care?
11/28/12 ‘Happy atheist’ Ricky Gervais rewrites Pat Robertson
11/28/12  Shia Muslims Mark Martyrdom Of Prophet Muhammad’s Grandson Hussein With Ashura Mass Flagellation Ceremony (GRAPHIC PICTURES)
11/27/12  The separation of church and state comes to Riverside/Lake Elsinore
11/26/12 The Good News Club sues the Buena Park School District
11/25/12 A Death Sentence Should Not Be Based On Biblical Precepts
11/18/12  Creationism Controversies The Norm Among Potential Republican 2016 Contenders
11/14/12  Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in Catholic hospital
11/13/12  Former priest alleges ‘system of abuse cover-ups’
11/12/12   Christian Teacher Burned Crosses onto Students’ Arms and Pushed Creationism — Now He’s Claims His “Free Speech” Was Violated?
11/12/12  Election Day Full of Wins for Nontheists, a Few Let-Downs
11/10/12 Charles Darwin received 4,000 votes in US election
By marching in lock step with Republican Party

11/7/12   School yoga classes under fire (with video)
11/1/12  Intelligent Design Advocacy Not Reason For NASA Worker’s Dismissal
10/31/12  Flat Earth – Evidence Of Round Planet Part Of Vast Conspiracy Theory
10/30/12 New Study Explores Anti-Atheist Discrimination
10/24/12  Paul Kurtz dies at 86; secular humanist philosopher
10/21/12  Atheist comedian George Carlin to get street named for him… near a church
10/19/12 Seven states that ban atheists from public office
10/16/12 Archdiocese of Vienna to undergo radical parish reform
10/15/12 Thinking about your soul makes you want to eat junk food
10/13/12  Misconception of the atheists agenda (read the comments)
10/10/12  Latest Pew Forum Research Shows Number of Godless Continues to Rise
10/6/12  ‘I want to die’: Paralysed bank manager with terminal brain cancer pleads with doctors – but her Christian parents refuse to remove her breathing tubes
10/2/12   The 10 Most Dangerous Religious Right Organizations

9/29/12  Atheists to Protest Calif. Creation Museum; Warn of ‘Danger’ to Children
9/26/12 Geek club to give kid’s camp $1 for every inaccuracy found at creation museum
9/24/12  Over 1000 pastors plan to endorse a candidate and challenge the IRS
9/18/12 Ancient text refers to ‘wife’ of Jesus
9/17/12   Atheist woman’s group plans nude 2013 calendar
9/16/12  Boy Scouts helped alleged molesters cover tracks, files show (sound a little bit similar to a well-know church we all know)
9/14/12  Euro Cities to Try Taxing Churches
9/13/12  Update: American Atheists File Objection to Motion to Dismiss World Trade Center Cross Case
9/13/12  Homophobic Men Most Aroused by Gay Male Porn (non-atheistic article but interesting relationship between those who with to curtail gay rights)
9/12/12   American Atheists sue to stop the erection of a 9/11 memorial cross at Ground Zero
9/1/12 Southern Baptist Blasts Group of Clergy-Turned-Atheists as ‘Pathetic’
8/31/12  Iranian Child Brides Get Younger — And More Numerous
8/28/12 Bill Nye on Creationists (video)  On CBS News
8/25/12    German Catholic Church Profits from Selling Pornography
8/25/12 See the ABC Nightline article recently aired in the Links menu above
8/23/12  More atheist billboards going up at Democratic and GOP convention  8/24 Atheists Billboards Taken down 
8/22/12   Brazil church must pay for psychical abuse of epileptic follower by pastors
8/22/12  ‘God is a space alien’: Anti-Mormon and anti-Christian billboards go up in Charlotte days before the DNC after Tampa said no
8/20/12  New Facebook page lists all national atheist events
8/18/12  Pussy Riot protest pits church against state
8/16/12 New study shows atheists as a significant population in the military, yet the military leaves no room for them to declare humanism or atheism
8/14/12  American Atheists target politics with new billboards
8/14/12 Poll shows atheism on the rise in the U.S.  More HERE
8/9/12  Religiosity Plummets In Ireland And Declines Worldwide; Atheism On The Rise
8/5/12  JPL workers exhale after Curiosity rover lands safely on Mars
7/29/12  Philippines birth control: Filipinos want it, priests don’t
7/29/12  Gallup: America will vote for an atheist
7/25/12 You suck at your religion (not really news but very funny)
7/25/12 Atheism is on the rise in America
7/23/12  Religious Right blames CO shooting on evolution and abortion!
7/18/12  Atheists rally for persecuted unbeliever in Indonesia
Bishop Bans HPV Vaccine in Catholic School, Because Cancer Prevention Turns Girls into Sluts
7/15/12   Gallup reports new low in religious confidence
7/12/12  ‘Bomb detector’ maker Jim McCormick faces fraud charges
7/7/12 Louisiana Republican: When I Voted for State Funds to go to Religious Schools, I Didn’t Mean Muslim Ones
7/5/12  Religious Right healthcare: Mandate going to church + tax atheists
7/1/12 Mormons quit church in mass resignation ceremony

The links are gone in the next section, but if you copy and paste each headline into Google you can find the article.

6/29/12 Texas Republicans Oppose Teaching Kids Critical Thinking in School Because It ‘Undermines Parental Authority’
6/28/12 German court outlaws religious circumcision
6/25/12 Supreme Court Will Not Consider Mount Soledad Cross Case (This means it will go back to the state court, then appealed – again – to the 9the circuit court – again – then appealed to the Supreme Court – urghhhhh!)
6/24/12 Enforce federal 501(c)(3) regulations by removing the tax-exempt status from churches that engage in political activity. (sign the petition)
6/23/1 Pennsylvania priest found guilty in landmark Catholic child abuse case
6/20/12 A Biblical Threat to National Security
6/19/12 Dave Silverman on CNN: Will God Exist in 50 Years?
6/16/12 U.S. Military Ban So-Called “Military Bible” also, Disturbing Video on Evangelic Military Leaders
6/14/12 Santa Monica Nativity Scene Ban Results From Atheist Controversy (VIDEO, PHOTOS) 6/13/12 11 Years in Prison for Posting on an Atheist Website?
6/10/12 Finally! An atheist dating service!
6/9/12 11 New York infants infected with herpes through ritual in Jewish circumcision
6/7/12 Santa Ana, June 8: An anti Rally agains the ‘Stand UP For Religious Freedom’ rally. OC Weekly article HERE
6/5/12 Atheism to Defeat Religion By 2038
6/2/12 Catholic bishops investigate Girl Scouts over alleged abortion & gay rights ties
6/1/12 FFRF’s ‘Quit the Catholic Church’ ad in weekend USA Today
6/1/12 Teen Atheist Who Brought Down Prayer Banner Wins Humanist Award
5/27/12 First Open Atheist Candidate For GA Legislature Would Legalize Marijuana
5/27/12 Georgia atheist to run for state House seat
5/22/12 Church-State Watchdog Group Blasts Phony ‘Religious Freedom’ Claims Of Catholic Hierarchy
5/21/12 NAACP passes resolution in support of gay marriage
5/17/12 Norway Abolishes State Church
5/14/12vvCNN Highlights Experiences Of Ex-Gay Survivors As California Bill Advances
5/12/12 ”With Liberty and Justice for All”: The Black Church & Same Sex Marriage
5/7/12 People with Asperger’s less likely to see purpose behind the events in their lives
5/1/12 Oklahoma Supreme Court Strikes ‘Personhood’ Amendment

4/30/12 Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers
4/27/12    Thinking can undermine religious faith, study finds
4/27/12  Atheism News: You Can Take that Bible and Shove It, Air Force Hospitality
4/26/12   Pope to Punish U.S. Nuns for Focusing On Poverty Instead of Abortion
4/25/12  Emily Herx, Teacher Claims She Was Fired From Catholic School For In Vitro Fertilization   More HERE
4/24/12 The greatest atheist geniuses of all time
4/24/12    High School Holds ‘Fictional Character Day’; Atheist Student Dresses Up as Jesus
4/21/12 Trinity Broadcasting Network’s alleged tax dodging and financial fraud
4/20/12 Secularism in America: Growing American movement raises concerns
4/20/12  Atheists Seek Chaplain Role in the Military
4/18/12  Sri Lankan held for “witchcraft” in Saudi Arabia
4/17/12 Reward: $1,500 for arrest in case of stolen atheist banner
4/16/12   Crystal Cathedral has a new owner, no Schullers

4/15/12 Soldier shot and killed for being an Atheist
4/10/12 (Canada) Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Homeopathy Manufacturer Boiron and Shoppers Drug Mart
4/9/12  Rick Warren: ‘I Do Not Believe in Wealth Redistribution’
4/6/12  ‘God Prefers Kind Atheists Over Hateful Christians,’ Says Ore. Church
4/5/12  Pope denounces dissident priests on celibacy 
4/3/12  Priest’s PC Autoplays Gay Porn Slideshow to Congregation
4/2/12  Furry Friends Forever
4/1/12  Molecules to Medicine: When Religion Collides with Medical Care: Who Decides What Is Right for You?

3/29/12  Movie Theater Rejects Atheist Ads
3/28/12  Mississippi Is Most Religious U.S. State  Vermont and New Hampshire are the least religious states
3/27/12  Stakes are high for church as ‘failure to report’ case unfolds against Kansas City bishop
3/25/12  The Reason Rally  Video Here   Atheist Rally Message: Show Contempt For Faith  KBUR article here  Discovery News Here  Examiner article
3/24/12  TBN Christian network’s Crouch family facing cover-up allegations over sexual, financial misconduct
3/23/12 Another ‘sexual abuse by a local priest’ story.
3/22/12  Americans don’t like religion in politics
3/21/12  Controversial ‘One State Under God’ license plate goes on sale in Texas
3/19/12 Supreme Court declines First Amendment case involving clergy child sex abuse
3/18/12  Governor Tells Women to Just ‘Close Your Eyes’ During Mandatory Ultrasounds
3/17/12  Should a Nine-Year-Old Boy Be Circumcised Against His Wishes? 
3/17/12 California pastor claims atheist soldiers are “big fat chickens”
3/16/12  Red Bull portrays Jesus as bumbling liar in new funny ad
3/15/12 Latest News:  Backyard Skeptic’s founder in local newspaper’s cover story
3/13/12  Alternative medicine crackdown
3/12/12    17 Year Old to Michele Bachmann: Show Me Your Nobel Laureate Scientists    Video HERE
3/12/12 Religion forces science teacher to quit
3/10/12 Boiron Settles for $12M to Stop Homeopathy Lawsuits
3/8/12  James Inhofe Says the Bible Refutes Climate Change – quotes Bible
3/5/12  Why Political Ads Work. An Insight from Evolution
3/3/12 Home bible studies illegal in Orange County CA
3/2/12   Wealthy, motivated by greed, are more likely to cheat, study finds
3/2/12  Atheist Billboard to Protest Pennsylvania’s ‘Year of the Bible’
3/1/12 Organizers prepare for atheism-themed event at Fort Bragg, 1st for a US military base

2/29/12 Atheists criticize religion exam at student teacher college
2/28/12 Penn Judge: Muslims Allowed to Attack People for Insulting Mohammad
2/27/12 Atheist Alliance International strongly condemns violence in Afghanistan after Quran burning
Republicans Pass Bill Forcing Vaginal Probes
2/25/12 The NEW New Atheism: It’s about real life.
2/23/12   Lenoir City High School won’t publish atheist editorial on religion in school
2/21/12 (CNN Video) Atheist Teen wins lawsuit and gets a $40,000 scholarship fund
2/17/12 Acton family: Remove ‘under God’ from Pledge of Allegiance

2/17/12  Italy plans to tax Vatican on commercial properties 
2/16/12 Yes there really is a atheist pre-school!
2/14/12 “Under God” In Pledge Questioned Under State Constitution
2/9/12 Anti-rally at Mt Soledad on same day Supreme Court hears case
2/9/12  Android’s Iris, like Apple’s Siri, hates abortion
2/9/12  Female genital cutting sworn off by thousands of African villages
2/7/12 Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California
2/6/12 Philippines birth control legislation opposed by church
2/3/12  WA Senate approves bill to legalize gay marriage
2/3/12   Oregon lawmakers appear ready to end legal protections for faith-healing parents

1/30/12  House bills promote religious symbols at war memorials
1/28/12  Freshman hordes even more godless!
1/24/12  TV psychic Sally Morgan sues Daily Mail for defamation
1/17/12 Alaska Airlines ends decades-old prayer card tradition
1/26/12  Ohio State Football Player Tweets: Show Atheists “Some Hate”
1/24/12 Education is the only antidote to religion: Richard Dawkins
1/23/12  The Most Dangerous Place to be an Atheist
NCSE Tackles Climate Change Denial
1/20/12 Army Chaplains Deny Soldier Right to Identify as Humanist
1/18/12 2011 Congressional Report Card
1/15/12 Kansas Speaker O’Neal asks House GOP to pray for Obama’s death
1/12/12  Jessica Wins He Court Case in High Schools!  More here
BYS places huge “What Do You See” billboard in Westminster
Secular Signs Vandalized At Santa Monica Park
1/5/12 Pastors, Lawmakers Protest Ban on Worship in School Building
 Major Ron Paul Supporter Favors Death Penalty for Gays
Maher tweet about Tebow sparks uproar