Turkish students protest Islamization of public education system.

Join us on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/separationofchurchandstate  Turkish students protest Islamization of public education system. Since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) took power in 2002, Turkey has had six education ministers, each of whom made major changes to the education system, some argue to turn students into guinea pigs. The most significant change, bulldozed through parliament amid fistfights and protests in […]

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US court rules Pastafarianism not a real religion (Flying Spaghetti Monster)

Join us on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/separationofchurchandstate US court rules Pastafarianism not a real religion (Flying Spaghetti Monster) A Nebraska inmate who has professed his allegiance to the divine Flying Spaghetti Monster lost his bid demanding that prison officials accommodate his Pastafarianism faith. A federal judge dismissed the suit (PDF) Tuesday brought by Stephen Cavanaugh, who is serving […]

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For first time in Indonesia, non-Muslim punished under Islamic law.

Join us on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/separationofchurchandstate For first time in Indonesia, non-Muslim punished under Islamic law. 60-year-old Christian woman convicted of selling alcohol was given a choice for her punishment: jail time or caning. She chose caning, and in doing so last week became the first non-Muslim in Indonesia to receive the punishment under sharia law. Remita […]

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Thousands quit Church of Denmark after atheist campaign.

Join us on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/separationofchurchandstate Thousands quit Church of Denmark after atheist campaign. Thousands of people have cancelled their membership of Denmark’s state Church following a campaign by atheists. Nearly 3,000 baptised cancelled their membership last month after Denmark’s Atheist Society, Ateistisk Selskab, launched a nationwide campaign advising people they could save money by opting […]

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13 countries where being an atheist is punishable by death.

Join us on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/separationofchurchandstate 13 countries where being an atheist is punishable by death. It’s often said that the world is becoming an increasingly secular place. Just last week David Cameron sparked backlash when he used his Easter message to describe the UK as “a Christian country”. Critics pointed out that just 30 per […]

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Taxpayers in U.S give religion $83.5 Billion in taxes (not the $71 billion previously reported)

Join us on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/separationofchurchandstate Taxpayers in U.S give religion $83.5 Billion in taxes (not the $71 billion previously reported)  Matt Yglesias thinks we ought to start taxing churches. “Whichever faith you think is the one true faith, it’s undeniable that the majority of this church-spending is going to support false doctrines,” he notes. Even […]

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U.S. churches are now costing taxpayers $71 billion a year.

Join us on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/separationofchurchandstate  U.S. churches are now costing taxpayers $71 billion a year. A new study says that tax exempt churches in the United States are costing its citizens $71 billion each year in tax breaks. According to the Secular Policy Institute, religious groups receive $35.3 billions in federal income tax subsidies and […]

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Nigerian lawmakers reject equality bill for women citing the Bible and Sharia law.

Join us on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/separationofchurchandstate Nigerian lawmakers reject equality bill for women citing the Bible and Sharia law. Nigerian lawmakers on Tuesday (Mar.15), voted against a gender and equal opportunities bill (pdf). The bill, which did not pass a second reading, was aimed at bridging the gap between the rights of men and women in […]

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Russian atheist faces year in jail for denying existence of God during webchat.

Join us on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/separationofchurchandstate Russian atheist faces year in jail for denying existence of God during webchat. A man in southern Russia faces a potential jail sentence after he was charged with insulting the feelings of religious believers over an internet exchange in which he wrote that “there is no God”. Viktor Krasnov, 38, […]

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