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May 19, 2011 My Take: Doomsdayers show what’s wrong with all religion

QUOTE: Religion is used by dishonest people who claim to know the way to the one thing humans want most: immortality. To combat fear of death, religious people ignore their intellect, believe the lie, and follow the preacher, usually blindly and sometimes to the point of insanity....He realized that religion is a great way to make tax-free money off the backs of well-meaning people...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 29, 2011 Why We’re Fasting

QUOTE: The budget proposes cuts in the WIC program... in international food and health aid... and in programs that aid farmers in underdeveloped countries. Food stamps are also being attacked, in the twisted “Welfare Reform 2011” bill... These supposedly deficit-reducing cuts — they’d barely make a dent — will quite literally cause more people to starve to death, go to bed hungry or live more miserably than are doing so now. And: The bill would increase defense spending.

New York Times
Jun 12, 2008 Silence Is Golden. Or Not. (The Ethicist)

ABSTRACT: (1) Can a doctor disclose a patient's fraudulent behavior? (2) Should family members administer baptims or other religious rituals to young children if their families don't?

New York Times
May 08, 2008 Faith groups mount campaign against torture: They're protesting Bush administration policies. But polls show Americans are split on the issue.

QUOTE: More than 175 religious organizations have joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). Their aim is to build a moral consensus among Americans on the issue and to bring government policies in line with US law and international norms.

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 28, 2008 Huge Lawsuit Could Change Handling of the Dead

QUOTE: [A new law suit] argues that the next of kin, not the state, should make decisions on how to dispose of organs no longer needed for testing, and that denial of such a right violates the Constitution's promise of due process.

Washington Post
Jan 16, 2008 U.S. religious freedom is being eroded, advocates say: Misconceptions and ignorance are weakening the Constitution's 'first freedom.'

QUOTE: "A great many Americans don't define religious liberty as a universal right for everyone,"...a weakening in federal courts in recent years of the First Amendment provisions relating to religion, a development that could endanger the rights of minority faiths.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 20, 2007 Are Scientists Playing God? It Depends on Your Religion

QUOTE: Asia offers researchers new labs, fewer restrictions and a different view of divinity and the afterlife. In South Korea, when Hwang Woo Suk reported creating human embryonic stem cells through cloning, he did not apologize for offending religious taboos. He justified cloning by citing his Buddhist belief in recycling life through reincarnation.

New York Times
Nov 14, 2007 One warden's way of instilling hope behind bars: The prison at Angola, La., has gone from being one of history's meanest lockups to one of the most peaceable high-security prisons in America.

QUOTE: Some 1,000 Angola inmates are the beneficiaries of Warden Burl Cain's faith-based system of earned privileges that, in the past decade, has turned Angola from one of history's meanest lockups into one of the most peaceable high-security prisons in America.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 10, 2007 Prisons Purge Books on Faith From Libraries

QUOTE: The chaplains were directed by the Bureau of Prisons to clear the shelves of any books, tapes, CDs and videos that are not on a list of approved resources. In some prisons, the chaplains have recently dismantled libraries that had thousands of texts collected over decades, bought by the prisons, or donated by churches and religious groups.

New York Times
May 12, 2007 Articles of Faith: Sanctuary movement based on fairness, compassion

QUOTE: Congregations and religious leaders in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities are protesting what they see as unjust detention and deportation laws and actions.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 10, 2007 Christians and atheists start a calmer dialogue: Atheist militancy followed Christian vehemence; now some on both sides see the need for cooler rhetoric.

QUOTE: Amid the rising heat of this latest culture clash, though, a few people on both sides are finding calmer ways to engage, seeking to build bridges and even learn from one another. Some Christians, concerned that millions of Americans never cross the threshold of a church, want to understand why, as well as learn what it is in evangelistic efforts that turns people off. Some atheists, worried that polls show they are the least accepted social group in the country, want to break down stereotypes and change people's attitudes.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 19, 2007 Bishops look at fleecing of flocks

QUOTE: The past year saw several cases where clerics were accused of stealing from their faithful. Some churchgoers say the thefts result from putting too much trust in one person and say more oversight is needed to stop it.

Jul 16, 2006 A Medical Crisis of Conscience: Faith Drives Some To Refuse Patients Medication or Care

QUOTE: Around the United States, health workers and patients are...sparking...bitter debate over religious freedom vs. patients' rights..."What constitutes an ethical right of conscience in medicine, and what are the limits?"

Washington Post
Jun 13, 2006 Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Ban Torture

QUOTE: Titled "Torture is a Moral Issue," the statement says that torture "violates the basic dignity of the human person" and "contradicts our nation's most cherished values."

Washington Post
Jul 20, 2004 High Court Asked to End Executions Of Minors

QUOTE: A broad array of individuals and groups... urged the Supreme Court yesterday to declare that it is unconstitutional to execute people for crimes they committed before turning 18. The United States is one of five countries that execute juvenile offenders...

Washington Post
Jan 31, 2003 The Guilt of the Church: Daniel Goldhagen, the author of A Moral Reckoning, calls upon the Catholic Church to face its legacy of anti-Semitism and its role in the Holocaust

QUOTE: "What must a religion of love and goodness do to confront its history of hatred and harm, and to perform restitution?"

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
Oct 29, 2002 Atheist Scout fights decision to boot him

QUOTE: The Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts has given Eagle Scout Darrell Lambert about a week to decide "in his heart" if he's truly an atheist.

Seattle Times
Mar 08, 2002 Slaughter in the Name of God

QUOTE: ...India undergoes its worst bout of Hindu-Muslim bloodletting in more than a decade...Police chiefs have been excusing their men's unwillingness to defend the citizens...

Washington Post
Oct 13, 2001 Scholar's Book On Addressing Evil Finds New Life

QUOTE: ...philosophy should seek an explanation of how God might "make good" on evil — that is, not only balancing each individual's suffering with some greater good for that person, as in heavenly reward, for example, but also integrating the experience of evil into each person's relation to God in some way that makes sense.

New York Times
Oct 07, 2001 Extremism's Theological Roots

QUOTE: what degree does any religion bear responsibility for those who speak in its name?

New York Times
Jul 09, 2001 God and Business

QUOTE: Bringing spirituality into the workplace violates the old idea that faith and fortune don't mix. But a groundswell of believers is breaching the last taboo in corporate America