Egypt’s Council of Churches organizes conference to ‘counter atheism’

According to the Cairo Post, the Council of Churches will organize a Cairo conference to “counter atheism in Egypt” June 16, Youm7 reported Tuesday.


Under the slogan of “Church Facing Atheism,” the council has invited all Egyptian churches’ patrons and priests to the conference, which will be held in the Jesuits’ Saint Family school in Cairo.


Representatives from the Orthodox and Catholic churches will deliver speeches at the conference, including a speech on atheism from a scientific perspective. Workshops for priests will be organized to conclude recommendations after the conference.


Egypt’s Council of Churches was established in February 2013 and includes five churches; the Coptic Orthodox, Catholic, Evangelical (Presbyterian), Greek Orthodox and Anglican Churches.

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott...

Australia Atheists
Dear Prime Minister Tony Abbott,
I just read an article about how you want to cut funding to universities by 20% and spend more money training priests. Under your proposed higher education reforms:
"Religious teaching, training and vocational institutes would be eligible for a share of $820 million in new Commonwealth funding over three years". 
I'm not sure how much it costs to educate a man of God, but $820 million sounds like quite a lot. Now, I know you guys are in a fair bit of debt at the moment, so I've come up with a solution to help you out. 
Read Full Open Letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott by Rich Wisken:

India: Man beheaded in ritual sacrifice for a better harvest

According to International Business Times, the Indian police are investigating the death of a 55-year-old man beheaded in what is thought to be a ritual sacrifice intended to conjure up a better harvest. 

The headless corpse of Thepa Kharia was found in his house in a remote village in the state of Jharkhand, eastern India. 

 Kharia's brother told police that a group of occultists, known as Orkas, decapitated the man after breaking in his house in order to carry out a sacrifice calling for more rain and better crop yields. 

The Hindustan Times quoted Khana's brother as saying: "Orkas can be anyone, from farmers to tantriks. They bury the head in the field and expect that the sacrifice will yield good harvest for the community."

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Uneasy neighbors in Turkey: atheism and Islam

With the Islamic-conservative AKP set to lose its majority in Turkey's upcoming elections, dissenting voices have started to speak up. One of those is the country's only atheists' league. Sertan Sanderson reports. 

According to DW, the latest polls show that Turkey's President and former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have to form a coalition government following the June 7 elections. In its unlucky 13th year in rule, Erdogan's AKP has suffered several image attacks in recent months, triggering defections among erstwhile supporters to other parties, especially within Turkey's minorities.

Among his opponents, a newly-formed group of "Istanbullu" - those born and raised in Istanbul - has grown steadily over the past year and now numbers around 150 individuals across Turkey. Without a party-political agenda, the country's first official atheism league, Ateizm Dernegi, says that it wants to create a platform for like-minded people amid the AKP-driven climate of political Islam.

"Being an atheist in Turkey is not exactly a desirable label. We few are wearing it proudly and we refuse to be silenced by the fear and threats," Morgan Romano, vice-president of the association, said at the group's first public conference in Germany on Sunday.

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TV presenter given 5 years imprisonment for blasphemy

According to Daily News Egypt, The Old Cairo Misdemeanour Court handed Saturday a five year prison sentence to TV presenter Islam El-Behiry for blasphemy.

A lawyer filed a lawsuit against El-Behiry, saying he led a campaign through his TV show to attack Muslim scholars and Islamic teachings’ textbooks.

El-Behiry has been hosting a programme that questions the teachings of Salafi preachers. In many of his episodes, he provides clips of famous and much respected Salafi preachers, and criticises their religious arguments.

The independent researcher also calls for disregarding ancient interpretations of the Qur’an and preaches individual understanding of the text.

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According to Towleroad, a Northern Ireland pastor has said that god is using ISIS and homosexuality to punish Europe, reports the Londonderry Sentinel.

Presbyterian pastor Reverend Ian Brown made the comments in a sermon in which he referenced Ashers Bakery which earlier this month was found guilty of discrimination after refusing an order for a cake with the slogan “support gay marriage”

Brown said God punished Europe with the Nazis because of its greed, covetousness and wickedness prior to World War II and that this is happening again:

“That’s why the dark specter of ISIS is closing in on us today from the east and homosexuality closing in from the west, including ourselves as part of the west.

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Maulana Fazlur Rehman: “From earthquakes to inflation are caused by the Jeans-Wearing Women”


According to Pakistan Defence, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman following the Friday sermon requested the armed forces of Pakistan to launch a military operation against “jeans-wearing women” all over Pakistan in a press conference at a local hotel in Islamabad. Fazlur Rehman while highlighting the demerits of an operation against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that the Taliban were not Pakistan’s enemy and the forces needed to target the real enemies of Pakistan.

“The Taliban are our brothers and their angst against the state is justified,” Fazl said adding that, “As brother Ansar Abbasi has so eloquently put in the past: TTP’s suicide bombings are just Allah’s wrath upon us. And so there is a need to earmark and eliminate the real enemy of Pakistan: every woman who wears jeans.”

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Coalition drone filmed ISIS-Terrorist raping a donkey

A coalition drone which is active in Syria captured these images of what is believed to be an ISIS militant taking some time off, to have sex with a donkey.(video).

One can get really lonely in the hills, which might compel them to try different things. Well, this man seems to have found company. 

Some says that may be a propaganda and elaborate hoax (video).

The footage shows the heat signatures given off by the animal and the Islamic State fighter who appears to be having  a compromising position with the animal.

The footage was released on LiveLeak by an unknown source with a caption explaining the footage had been shot recently in Syria. Some says that it may be an elaborate hoax, it has now emerged.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham, or simply as the Islamic State, is an Islamic extremist terrorist group controlling territory in Iraq and Syria, with limited territorial control in Libya and Nigeria. The group also operates or has affiliates in many other parts of the world, including Southeast Asia.



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