A new study in the U.K. has revealed that a growing number of parents are fearful of passing on their religious beliefs to their children, worried that they won't be accepted in school and will be alienated by their peers.
The Telegraph reports that the ComRes research study, which was commissioned by the religious and social affairs think tank Theos, found that as many as one in four, or 23 percent of respondents, said they are worried their children might be sidelined by their friends if they were to find out about their faith.
The survey, which queried 1,013 parents, 458 of whom said they were Christian, 113 from other religions, and 423 of no religious faith, also revealed that 26 percent of these parents were afraid that their children "may have questions I could not answer." more >>
Evangelist Ray Comfort has said that although most people in the world believe they are good, failing to acknowledge one's own sins is a sure way to point out people who need urgent biblical correction.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Comfort cited Proverbs 20:6, which reads: "Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?"
He suggested that even people who don't believe in the Bible would agree with the verse, and claimed that "almost every human being thinks that they are morally good." more >>
American Family Association President Tim Wildmon has said his organization will be offering free "Keep Christ in Christmas" wristbands this season as the battle with "secular liberals" who want to keep religion out of the public sphere resumes.
Wildmon said in an article for AFA that his organization has been fighting hard over the years to encourage businesses and individuals to keep Jesus' name in the spirit and celebration of Christmas in the U.S.
"Now, we don't win every cultural battle, but over the years I can report to you that AFA has been very successful in convincing major corporations to reinstate the word Christmas in their holiday promotions," he wrote. more >>
British evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins has been accused by British scientists responding to a major new study, of misrepresenting them in his attacks and strong criticism of religious beliefs.
The "Public Understanding of Science" study, carried out by Rice University, apparently did not directly ask about Dawkins by name, but as The Independent and other sources pointed out, several of the subjects directly stated that The God Delusion author has been giving a bad name to others in his profession.
As many as 48 scientists apparently directly referenced Dawkins in their discussion about the public perception of science, and 80 percent of those accused the evolutionary biologist of misrepresenting science and scientists in his books and public speeches. more >>
A retired clergywoman of the United Church of Canada has requested to be removed from the denomination's list of clergy over the Church's treatment of an openly atheist minister.
The denomination is in the process of possibly removing Gretta Vosper of West Hill United Church from her position as a minister due to her being an avowed atheist.
The Rev. Beverley Burlock, a classmate of Vosper's from Queen's Theological College, wrote an open letter requesting that she be defrocked in light of the effort to remove Vosper. more >>
Atheists have started a petition against the Southern Poverty Law Center's recent decision to brand atheist authors critical of radical Islam as "anti-Muslim extremists," with author Sam Harris calling the organization's decision "dangerous and disgraceful."
"By including liberal reformists and human rights activists in its list of 'anti-Muslim' extremists, the Southern Poverty Law Center has effectively chosen to silence and ignore many very important voices from whole groups of marginalized people, and in doing so, are inadvertently accepting the most hardline and fundamentalist interpretations of Islam which chooses to remain divorced from liberal and humanitarian values," explains the petition. more >>