Category Archives: Religion

Teleportation of consciousness rediscovered

Chew on this for a few years… Recent experiments by researchers at the Karolinksa Institutet in Sweden show that it is possible to rather easily trick the mind’s sense of self into leaving the body. Given visual cues and physical sensations of the right timing your brain will ‘teleport’ what you experience as ‘you’ into space, into a complete… Read More »

Thor attacks Jesus in Rio, damages a thumb

A vicious lightning strike from the heavens hurt Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue during an electrical storm on Thursday night. The 125-foot-tall figure that presides over the Brazilian city had its right thumb damaged when a lightning bolt struck its outstretched hand. Father Omar, of The Archdiocese of Rio, who manages the… Read More »

Group unveils Satan statue design for Oklahoma

A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012. The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist’s rendering that depicts Satan as… Read More »

Former Pastor Decides To Spend A Year Without God

Former Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Ryan Bell made an unusual New Year’s resolution: . He used to lead a congregation in Southern California, but in March, he was asked to step down after voicing some of the doubts that led to this decision to “try on” atheism. Just a few days into the new year, after… Read More »

Are there any known virgin births? Sort of, but not really

Parthenogenesis is a form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization. In animals, parthenogenesis means development of an embryo from an unfertilized egg cell. Are there any case reports of virgin births in the medical literature? Sort of. According to a 1995 report in the journal Nature Genetics, a… Read More »

World’s oldest Buddhist shrine discovered in Nepal

Archaeologists in Nepal say they have discovered traces of a wooden structure dating from the sixth century BC which they believe is the world’s oldest Buddhist shrine. Kosh Prasad Acharya, who worked with archaeologists from Durham University, said on Tuesday that the structure had been unearthed inside the sacred Mayadevi temple in Lumbini. The Buddha,… Read More »

Tennessee judge orders baby’s name changed from ‘Messiah’: report

A Tennessee judge has ordered a baby’s first name changed from “Messiah” to Martin, saying that the only true messiah is Jesus Christ, a ruling the boy’s mother promises to appeal, a Tennessee television station has reported. Vía Reuters: Oddly Enough http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/oddlyEnoughNews/~3/8deaYJCrLU8/story01.htm

Long backlog for godless wedding services in Ireland

(Reuters) – Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed an atheist group to perform weddings this year for the first time, and the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by hundreds of couples seeking their services. Vía Reuters: Oddly Enough http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/oddlyEnoughNews/~3/dGrBXA_ekpM/story01.htm

Creationism Camouflage: Ohio School Board Mulls Policy To Counter “Controversial” Evolution

The Springboro Board of Education is asking for trouble. Board members are considering a policy that would require faculty to teach creationism in science class. According to the Dayton Daily News, the proposed policy would require teachers to offer all sides of “controversial issues” such as evolution. Evolution is lumped in with other “controversial” issues… Read More »

Quantum gravity takes singularity out of black holes

Falling into a black hole may not be as final as it seems. Apply a quantum theory of gravity to these bizarre objects and the all-crushing singularity at their core disappears. In its place is something that looks a lot like an entry point to another universe. Most immediately, that could help resolve the nagging… Read More »

Video footage shows Pope Francis ‘performing exorcism’

… Pope Francis lays his hands on the head of a young man on Sunday, May 19, 2013, after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, convulsed and shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him. Photo: AP The Vatican was more cautious. In… Read More »

Florida parent says “religious zealots” got teen daughter arrested for lesbian relationship

An 18-year-old girl was arrested for statutory rape over a same-sex relationship in Florida because of bigoted parents, according to the mother of the arrested teen. Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt was arrested February 16 by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of lewd or lascivious battery on child. Her mother, Kelley Hunt Smith,… Read More »

Louisiana Teachers Can Continue To Teach Creationism

Creationism will be staying in the classrooms of Louisiana, for now at least. An attempt to repeal legislation that permits teachers to bring creationist textbooks into the classroom was defeated by a 3-2 vote. The effort to eliminate the Louisiana Science Education Act was started by teenage activist Zack Kopplin. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson was… Read More »

Louisiana counts the cost of teaching creationism – in reputation and dollars

… GOP Governor Bobby Jindal defends anti-evolution education policy, but it costs his state millions in science-based business Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal endorsed teaching creationism in public schools, by way of the state’s creationism law, a misnamed and misguided piece of legislation called the Louisiana Science Education Act. In a recent interview with NBC News,… Read More »

Why Is An Orthodox Jew Flying In A Huge Plastic Bag?

A picture of an Orthodox Jew encased in a giant plastic bag is causing some debate on the Internet this week, as commenters attempt to explain the man’s unusual traveling garb. Redditor “FinalSay” posted the picture of the man early Thursday morning to the r/atheism subreddit, with the caption, “An Orthodox Jew in an airplane… Read More »

Woman Says She Could See, Smell God

A woman who said she saw, heard, spoke with and even smelled God during a near-death experience in 2009 recounted her experiences on an episode of Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday. Crystal McVea, an Oklahoma native, said she spent time in heaven when she went into full respiratory arrest after a medical procedure… Read More »

The Pagan Origin Of Easter

Easter is a day that is honered by nearly all of contemporary Christianity and is used to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The holiday often involves a church service at sunrise, a feast which includes an “Easter Ham”, decorated eggs and stories about rabbits. Those who love truth learn to ask questions, and many… Read More »

Pope Francis washes youths’ feet at detention center

Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen prisoners, including young women, at a youth detention center in Rome as part of a Holy Thursday Mass ahead of Easter. The pontiff poured water over the young offenders’ feet, wiped them with a white towel and kissed them. The act of foot-washing at the Mass of… Read More »

Happy Patrick Stewart’s Day

To be honest, even though I’m part Irish, I’ve never understood St. Patrick’s Day. From now on, I’ve decided to celebrate Sir Patrick Stewart’s day on that day instead. He’s a much better role model. I’ll watch a few of his films, X-men or something, and eat some organic popcorn. Rock out.

Shape-shifting Jesus spent his last supper with Pontius Pilate, claims just-deciphered 1,200-year-old Egyptian manuscript

A 1,200-year-old Egyptian manuscript tells the story of the crucifixion with incredible plot twists – including the revelation that Jesus could change shape. The ancient illuminated text’s claim explains why Judas used a kiss to betray Jesus, since the Christian Messiah had the ability to transform his appearance. It also claims Jesus in fact spent… Read More »

Cardinal O’Brien Faces Vatican Inquiry

Amid a tumultuous period for the Catholic Church that has seen the surprise resignation of a pope, accusations of financial corruption, and reports of homosexuality in the Vatican, this looked like one scandal might go quietly into the night. When British Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigned last month after sexual allegations, it looked like the Vatican… Read More »

Pope Benedict Resignation to Avoid Arrest?

Did the pope resign to avoid arrest and seizure of Vatican resources? Snopes says this rumor has not been shown false at this time, however, “It is unlikely that Pope Benedict’s resignation was prompted by any European government’s plans to issue an arrest warrant or take him into custody, because as long as held the… Read More »

Lightning strikes Vatican on the day the Pope resigns: Bolt hits St. Peter’s Basilica hours after Benedict XVI’s shock news

… lightning touched the roof of St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic churches, hours after Benedict XVI’s shock announcement The Vatican stressed that no specific medical condition prompted Benedict’s decision to quit – the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. The move surprised even his closest aides, even though Benedict, 85,… Read More »

Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The ‘Nones’

This week, Morning Edition explores the “nones” — Americans who say they don’t identify with any religion. Demographers have given them this name because when asked to identify their religion, that’s their answer: “none.” In October, the Pew Research Center released a study, ‘Nones’ on the Rise, that takes a closer look at the 46… Read More »

Pope starts tweeting to followers

Pope Benedict XVI he sent his first tweet from his new account, a move seen as part of the Catholic Church’s attempt to attract a new audience of believers through social media. In perhaps the most drawn out Twitter launch ever, the 85-year-old Benedict pushed the button on a tablet brought to him at the… Read More »

Movie Review: Life of Pi

A boy on a shipwreck survives in a lifeboat. His family and everyone else on the cargo ship dies. He tells two different stories of how he survived. In one of them, bananas float in the ocean and he was trapped on a boat with a tiger. The visuals are great and the story pace… Read More »

Dead hubby’s face appears on wife’s bedroom wall

SHOCKED Andrea Samuels saw a stain suddenly appearing on her bedroom wall — and realised it was her late husband Brian’s FACE. The 41-year-old, who lost her hubby four years ago, told yesterday how she went on to spot another in the bathroom — which was her dead DOG. Spooked Andrea decided against calling a… Read More »

Video: The Devil’s Bible

The “Devil’s Bible,” a behemoth volume weighing in at 165 pounds, believed to have been produced by a single monk over the course of decades in the 13th Century, is the focus of a documentary that was featured on the National Geographic Channel. The Devil’s Bible – YouTube. The codex is believed to have been… Read More »

Mormonism: A Peek Inside Temple, Rituals and Family Life

Barack Obama made history as the first African-American president of the United States in 2008.  This year could also be historic if GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney were to be elected America’s first Mormon president. That milestone will involve a number of complexities. On the campaign trail, Romney keeps his focus simple: fix the economy.… Read More »

‘Tomatoes are Christian,’ Egyptian Salafi group warns

A Salafi group called the “Popular Egyptian Islamic Association” has warned Muslims against eating tomatoes on the grounds that the fruit is a “Christian food,” NowLebanon.com has reported. The group based its claim on the fact that a shape resembling a cross is revealed when one cuts a tomato in half. The association published the… Read More »

Raid In Russia Brings Underground Sect To Light

The recent headlines in the Russian press were sensational: Members of a reclusive Islamic sect were said to be living in an isolated compound with underground burrows, some as deep as eight stories underground, without electricity or heat. Reporters have descended on the compound, on the outskirts of the city of Kazan, but have had… Read More »

The Psychedelic Cult That Thrived For Nearly 2000 Years

… The longest lasting “mystery” religion of the Greco-Roman period spanned nearly 2000 years, extending out of Mycenean traditions (approx. 1500 BC) and the Greek Dark Ages. The Eleusinian Mysteries are named for their origin in the city of Eleusis, but the religion centers on the story of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, and her… Read More »

Rejected Italian Ad: A Womanly Last Supper

click to enlarge Complaint : This image offends the religious sensibilities of all citizens. It trivializes the intense and dramatic moment during the Last Supper in which Christ anticipates his crucifixion in order to liberate humanity from their sins by appropriating religious symbols – such as loaves and fish – for commercial purposes and by… Read More »

Satanists Claim Theft Is Hate Crime

A local couple who claim to be Satanists believe they’re a victim of a hate crime and were targeted because of their religious beliefs. Someone cut down a political poster stating, “VOTE SATAN” from their front porch where they live in Mountain View, a suburb of Denver. “We are Satanists… Satanists,” said Luigi Bellaviste. Luigi… Read More »

Timbuktu’s tombs destroyed by militants

Islamist militants, swinging pick-axes and shouting God’s praise, have destroyed ancient tombs of Muslim saints in Mali’s fabled city of Timbuktu, sparking international condemnation. The rampage of destruction in the UNESCO designated world-heritage city comes after three months of unrest in Mali’s remote desert north, which has raised fears of a new Islamist extremist haven… Read More »