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Vatican told to pay taxes as Italy tackles budget crisis

By Michael Day
February 26, 2012

Print: The Independent

The Vatican is now facing a new €600m-a-year tax bill as Rome seeks to end the controversial property tax breaks.

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A brutal price still paid for daring to challenge faith

By Amol Rajan
February 23, 2012

Print: The Independent

The recent media assaults on Richard Dawkins show the price that public figures pay when they challenge faith.

(5) comments | Read the full article.

There’s More to Nothing Than We Knew

By Dennis Overbye
February 23, 2012

Print: The New York Times

The cosmologist Lawrence Krauss joins a chorus of scientists trying to explain how the universe could be born from, if not nothing, something close to it.

(1) comments | Read the full article.

Why Don’t Americans Elect Scientists?

By John Allen Paulos
February 14, 2012

Print: The New York Times

Scientists lead many powerful countries, including China and Germany, but they have never gotten a political foothold in the United States.

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America’s Darwin Problem

By Kenneth R. Miller
February 13, 2012

Print: The Huffington post

America’s Darwin problem is really a science problem. The easier it becomes to depict the scientific enterprise as a special interest immersed in the culture wars, the easier it becomes to reject scientific findings.

(1) comments | Read the full article.

The new anti-science assault on US schools

By Katherine Stewart
February 12, 2012

Print: The Guardian

In a disturbing trend, anti-evolution campaigners are combining with climate change deniers to undermine public education.

(1) comments | Read the full article.

Atheism in America

By Julian Baggini
February 6, 2012

Print: FT Magazine

Godlessness is the last big taboo in the US, where non-believers face discrimination and isolation.

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Group Celebrates Black Atheists With Controversial Billboard

By Andrea Lucia
February 6, 2012

Print: CBS Local

A Dallas-area ad campaign focuses on historic figures and modern day individuals who have questioned religion.

(3) comments | Read the full article.

Court upholds Scientology fraud ruling in France

By Ruadhan Mac Cormaic
February 3, 2012

Print: The Irish Times

A French appeals court has upheld fraud charges and a €600,000 fine against the Church of Scientology for cajoling followers into paying large sums for bogus personality tests and cures.

(1) comments | Read the full article.

Can the US Army embrace atheists?

By Kate Dailey
February 3, 2012

Print: BBC News Magazine

In a land of faith and flag, Justin Griffith is challenging the US military to abandon its religious ties.

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Newt Gingrich’s Wasteful, Scientifically Absurd Plan To Colonize the Moon

By Lawrence Krauss
January 28, 2012

Print: Slate

Newt Gingrich described himself as a visionary when he unveiled plans Wednesday to create a mammoth new space program, including a permanent colony on the moon within the next nine years.

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Atheist teen forces school to remove prayer from wall after 49 years

Abby Goodnough
January 27, 2012

Print: New York Times

Excerpt:

“She is 16, the daughter of a firefighter and a nurse, a self-proclaimed nerd who loves Harry Potter and Facebook. But Jessica Ahlquist is also an outspoken atheist who has incensed this heavily Roman Catholic city with a successful lawsuit to get a prayer removed from the wall of her high school auditorium, where it has hung for 49 years. “

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Obama Reaffirms Insurers Must Cover Contraception

By Robert Pear
January 22, 2012

Print: The New York Times

The Obama administration has rejected a broad exemption sought by the Roman Catholic Church for the coverage of contraceptives for Catholic hospitals, colleges and charities.

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Richard Dawkins celebrates a victory over creationists

By Jamie Doward
January 15, 2012

Print: The Guardian

Free schools that teach ‘intelligent design’ as science will lose funding.

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The Enemies of Reason - Slaves to Superstition

Aired on Channel 4 in the UK in August 2007
January 13, 2012

Video: The Richard Dawkins Foundation

Friday the 13th: watch Richard Dawkins’ 2007 documentary ‘The Enemies of Reason’ expose how superstition “impoverishes our culture”.

Milky Way could contain billions of habitable planets like Earth, says study

By Gavin Allen
January 12, 2012

Print: The Daily Mail

Habitable planets may be in orbit around billions of stars in the Milky Way, a long-term study has suggested.

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Salman Rushdie brushes off call for festival ‘blasphemy’ ban

By Amanda Hodge
January 12, 2012

Print: The Australian

An Indian Muslim leader has demanded Salman Rushdie be banned from the country’s biggest literary festival, warning that an invitation to the novelist who endured a fatwa will add “salt to injury”.

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Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011: Polemicist Who Slashed All, Freely, With Wit

By William Grimes
December 16, 2011

Print: The New York Times

Christopher Hitchens died Thursday at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He was 62.

(25) comments | Read the full article.

Richard Dawkins questions whether David Cameron is actually a Christian

By Rowena Mason
December 14, 2011

Print: The Telegraph

Richard Dawkins will suggest this week that David Cameron is “not really” a Christian in an open letter to the Prime Minister attacking faith schools.

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Italian Catholic Church under pressure to start paying property tax

By Nick Squires
December 13, 2011

Print: The Telegraph

The Roman Catholic Church in Italy is under growing pressure to start paying taxes on its massive property portfolio, in a move that could raise up to 800 million euros (£680 million) a year and help bail the country out of its economic crisis.

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