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The Clergy Project

A Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason and the Freedom From Religion Foundation project.

The Clergy Project is a confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions. The Clergy Project launched on March 21st, 2011.

Currently, the community’s nearly 100 members use it to network and discuss what it’s like being an unbelieving leader in a religious community. The Clergy Project’s goal is to support members as they move beyond faith. Members freely discuss issues related to their transition from believer to unbeliever including:

  • Wrestling with intellectual, ethical, philosophical and theological issues
  • Coping with cognitive dissonance
  • Addressing feelings of being stuck and fearing the future
  • Looking for new careers
  • Telling their families
  • Sharing useful resources
  • Living as a nonbeliever with religious spouses and family
  • Using humor to soften the pain
  • Finding a way out of the ministry
  • Adjusting to life after the ministry

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all roads lead to Rome

The Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said it had filed the complaint with the ICC with help from lawyers from the non-profit US Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

As well as the pope, SNAP asked that three other top Vatican officials be investigated: Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, his predecessor Angelo Sodano and US Cardinal William Levada.

[Via SNAP network

Je ne pense pas que ça ira très loin, même si j’espère que ça soit poursuivi jusqu’au bout, avec les quatre mecs dans le box des accusés, mais ça a le mérite de démarrer un mouvement qui pourrait aller plus loin : que des personnes, des citoyens, puissent saisir la Cour Criminelle Internationale pour des crimes perpétrés par des organisations autres que des états (ou assimilés). Qui sait, l’église grecque orthodoxe en suivant ?


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to Michael Stahl’ attention ;-)

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des chemises et de la religiosité

A little bit less than a year I was posting « the world’s best countries come with atheists« , followed two weeks later by « A correlation between poverty and religiosity« .
Again from Coyne’s blog, »Why is religion stronger in economically unequal societies?« . And this time he looks satisfied by the analysis of the data.

I haven’t read the paper (if you have access please share) but Coyne have a nice presentation of it (and I trust the guy).

From the conclusions:

  1. “Increases in inequality in one year predict substantial gains in religiosity in the next,” while “past values of religiosity do not predict future values of inequality.” In other words, the correlation between religiosity and inequality is driven by the former responding to the latter, and not the other way around. Unequal incomes lead to societies becoming more religious.
  2. “Holding inequality constant, gains in per-capita GDP are estimated to depress subsequent levels of aggregate religiosity.” In other words, increasing the average economic well being of people makes them less religious.

« l’homme heureux n’a qu’une chemise et le bonheur en plus » hein, quelle connerie 😉 Enfin, sauf si on veut maintenir les inégalités porteuses de religiosité.

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Sharia law at work in Australia

SHARIA law has become a shadow legal system within Australia, endorsing polygamous and underage marriages that are outlawed under the Marriage Act.

Not only they are OK with polygynist marriages, but the director of the Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations seems to blame the way of living of Australia, at least for the frequency of it:

It’s definitely a minority, but unfortunately is does exist and I think it comes down to the standard of living that Australia affords many men who normally would not be able to afford such a situation, » Mr Seyit said.

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threat to faith


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WTF is that?


The former al-Muhajiroun and Islam4UK leader, speaking about the posters found in Waltham Forest, told the Daily Star last week that the campaign would counter Prevent, the government’s anti-terrorism strategy.

He said: “This will mean this is an area where the Muslim community will not tolerate drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, usury, free mixing between the sexes – the fruits if you like of Western civilisation.

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sans blagues !


Cette question existentielle profonde, objet d’un dossier spécial, est posée par Le Monde des Religions. A travers les rires essayer de els prendre au sérieux est très difficile. Les cons…

Je ne saurais pas quels sont les moyens mis en oeuvre pour détecter la dite âme, ça serait du gâchis ne serais-ce que feuilleter la revue au kiosque. L’affiche de promotion me semble concentrer tout l’effet comique.

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FSM drive

An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as « religious headgear ».


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