Atheist children being evangelised, Atheist Ireland claims

According to RTE, atheist parents in Ireland are being obliged to send their children to Catholic and other religious-run schools where they are being evangelised, according to Atheist Ireland.

The group is due to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan later today to discuss the issue.
 
Atheist Ireland says census figures show that people of no religion comprise the second-largest group in the country after Catholics.

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Free speech no excuse for insulting religions: Pope

According to Press TV, Pope Francis has lashed out at those in the Western societies who keep justifying their insults against religions by resorting to notions such as freedom of expression.

In a Thursday meeting with Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi at the Vatican, the Pope stressed that freedom of expression does not mean insulting religions and religious sanctities.

The spiritual leader of the world’s Catholics has repeatedly expressed discontent with the growing trend of religious desecration in the West, which gained a new momentum in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks in France in early January.

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Anonymous “Hacktivists” Strike a Blow Against ISIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous has just struck a massive blow against ISIS recruiting efforts. Hacktivists recently took control of dozens of Twitter and Facebook accounts that had been openly used by ISIS to expand their influence and recruit new members.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPE_sRhZp6M

The above video explains the attack was coordinated by “Muslims, Christians, Jews” alike. They are “hackers, crackers, Hacktivist, phishers, agents, spies, or just the guy next door… students, administrators, workers, clerks, unemployed, rich, poor.” They are also “young, or old, gay or straight… from all races, countries, religions, and ethnicity. United as one, divided by zero.”

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Pope Francis says it is OK to smack children if their ‘dignity is maintained’

Vatican defends comments about ‘disciplining with justice’ after facing previous criticism from UN over attitude to corporal punishment

According to The Guardian, Pope Francis told parents it is OK to spank their children to discipline them – as long as their dignity is maintained.

Francis made the remarks this week during his weekly general audience, which was devoted to the role of fathers in the family.

Francis outlined the traits of a good father: one who forgives but is able to “correct with firmness” while not discouraging the child.

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Twitter Backlash after Pope Steps in to Blasphemy Row about Charlie Hebdo

According to Sputbick News, the Vatican had to step into after the Pope caused a furore on Twitter by saying there are limits to freedom of speech when it comes to faith – effectively giving some backing to the Paris attacks last week which killed 17 people.

Asked by reporters about the first attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo — in which 12 people died — the Pope said (video): "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith. There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity… in freedom of expression there are limits.

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Charlie Hebdo Tribute

Je pense donc je suis Charlie – I think therefore I am Charlie.

Nous sommes TOUS Charlie – We are ALL Charlie.

These taglines identify supporters of freedom of expression and resisters of religious threats. In this context, AAI est Charlie.

In solidarity we stand proudly with the people of France and her cartoonists who worked for Charlie Hebdo magazine and who were victims of religion-inspired terrorism on the 7th January 2015. Organised religion has always had a great deal on its conscience and now it has even more to answer for. In the case of Charlie Hebdo, seventeen people have been shot and killed and eleven more wounded. Minutes after this following cartoon that lampooned religion was published and tweeted from Charlie Hebdo magazine, religious terrorists stormed the magazine office and opened fire.

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France to deploy soldiers after spate of attacks

According to BBC, France is to step up police and military patrols in areas frequented by the public following recent attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said.

He said up to 300 soldiers would be deployed around the country to boost security over the Christmas period.

The attacks, seemingly unrelated, in Nantes, Dijon and Tours have left more than 20 people injured.

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Berlin grants humanist pupils own holiday

 According to AP, Schools in Berlin haverecognized World Humanist Day as a holiday on a par with All Saints' Day, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Fitr.

The decision means Berlin pupils who subscribe to humanism — a philosophy that rejects the existence of deities — can apply for a day off to celebrate their belief in the same way as Christians, Muslims and Jews do for their holy days.

Arik Platzek, a spokesman for Germany's Humanist Association, said Wednesday the decision "is a positive signal and a good example."

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Half of Irish electorate supports abolition of blasphemy

Government to hold referendum to delete offence from Constitution in 2015

According to Irish Times, Exactly half the electorate supports the abolition of the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution, but a substantial number of people have not made up their minds on the issue, according to the poll.

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Reports of Witchcraft-Related Child Abuse On the Rise in London

By: Alexander Smith 

According to NBCNews, Kevani Kanda was just six years old when her family accused her of being a witch. She was being molested by a relative and the trauma made her wet the bed and sleepwalk.

But instead of trying to find out what was wrong, Kanda's family were convinced she was possessed by an evil spirit. For the next five years, she was starved, forced to eat her own vomit, beaten repeatedly and given suppositories containing spices to "get rid of the evil spirits." And the torture occurred in a London suburb.

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POPE CALLS OUT “BAD SHEPHERDS” AS CONSERVATIVES PREPARE TO FIGHT CHANGE

According to Religion Dispatches, just a day before gay marriage in the U.S. received a significant boost from the Supreme Court, the much-anticipated Extraordinary Synod on the Family opened in Rome yesterday with Pope Francis pointedly criticizing “bad shepherds” who seek money and power and “lay intolerable burdens on the shoulders of others, which they themselves do not lift a finger to move.”

As some 190 bishops and a collection of lay advisors meet to discuss “pastoral challenges” facing Catholic families, divisions are being laid bare in the church that were largely suppressed in the Pope John Paul II/Benedict years, with a cabal of conservative bishops (presumably the “bad shepherds”) looking to beat back any liberalization of church doctrine promoted by more moderate cardinals.

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