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This week's poll: Is atheism a religion?

This week's poll:  Is atheism a religion?

Critics of atheism like to say that atheism is a religion. For instance, the anti-evolution Creation Ministries characterizes atheism as a religion.  Following similar thinking, in January 2011, a high school physics and chemistry teacher filed a lawsuit in federal ...

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This week's poll: Do you support the death penalty?

This week's poll:  Do you support the death penalty?

When the State of Georgia executed Troy Davis last September, the debate over the death penalty in America was reignited.  Christianity Today reported that, "In the U.S., most Christians support the use of the death penalty to punish murders."  The ...

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This week's poll: Is religious belief an acceptable excuse for criminal behavior?

This week's poll:  Is religious belief an acceptable excuse for criminal behavior?

Last week, a Florida man was accused of assaulting his wife for "using the Lord's name in vain" by smacking her head during an argument.  He said the Christian bible's third commandment prohibits "using the Lord's name in vain." Earlier ...

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This week's poll: Should politicians be questioned about their religion?

This week's poll:  Should politicians be questioned about their religion?

Article VI of the Constitution provides that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."  Yet, the question of religious faith seems to come up in U.S. politics ...

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This week's poll: Is criticizing the Bible a form of bullying Christians?

This week's poll:  Is criticizing the Bible a form of bullying Christians?

When Dan Savage made critical remarks of the Bible in the context of gay bullying at a high school journalism conference, a group of Christian students walked out.   This outraged some members of the religious right, who called Savage ...

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This week's poll: Do end times preachers who give rapture dates make a mockery of Christianity?

This week's poll:  Do end times preachers who give rapture dates make a mockery of Christianity?

About this time last year, the big news in religious circles was that  Family Radio's Harold Camping and his followers were telling anyone who would listen that Jesus Christ was returning on May 21, 2011 and that most of humanity ...

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This week's poll: What, if any, types of atheists are Christians more likely to convert?

This week's poll:  What, if any, types of atheists are Christians more likely to convert?

In February 2007, a "how to guide" was set up on WikiHow explaining "How to persuade an atheist to become Christian."  The article, like the others on the WikiHow site, is an online manual that users can edit.  Five years ...

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This week's poll: Why the rise in laws restricting abortion?

This week's poll:  Why the rise in laws restricting abortion?

On Friday, the BBC's Paul Mason reported on the increasing anti-abortion restrictions being enacted in the United States.  He notes that the Republican presidential candidates have all included anti-abortion statements in their campaigns and that last year, half of the ...

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This week's poll: Did you attend a religious service for Easter or Passover?

This week's poll:  Did you attend a religious service for Easter or Passover?

On Easter Sunday, church attendance more than doubles.  Easter is rivaled by Christmas in terms of full pews. Did you attend a church service this Easter — or for a related type of event such as Passover? If you generally ...

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This week's poll: If it were proven that there is no life after death, would it change your worldview and how you live your life?

This week's poll:  If it were proven that there is no life after death, would it change your worldview and how you live your life?

Easter Sunday is just around the corner, falling on April 8 this year for Christians in the western tradition.  It is on the 15th for Orthodox believers.  Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after His crucifixion and for many, ...

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This week's poll: Has the Christian right led you to question or abandon your faith?

This week's poll:  Has the Christian right led you to question or abandon your faith?

More and more people are leaving organized religion.  Even the Billy Graham Evangelical Association admits, "No religious group is growing as fast as those who claim no religion at all." Religious lobbyist groups have increased fivefold in the last 40 ...

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This Week's Poll: Will U.S. women start leaving religion and/or the GOP?

This Week's Poll:  Will U.S. women start leaving religion and/or the GOP?

Friday, Discovery's Sheila Eldred wrote that women are leaving religion and are tired of the "second-class status or insults from politicians, in part because so many are the heads of their households." From being called promiscuous and told that  single parents ...

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This week's poll: What do you think about the Torah Code, aka the Bible Code?

This week's poll:  What do you think about the Torah Code, aka the Bible Code?

The Torah Code, also known as the Bible Code, is purportedly a set of secret messages encoded within the text of the Hebrew Bible where patterns of letters from the text, based on specific numbering sequences, are said to reveal an ...

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