Rev. Gretta Vosper, Atheist Minister, Fighting United Church's Attempt To Fire Her

According to Huffington Post, An ordained United Church of Canada minister who believes in neither God nor Bible said Wednesday she is prepared to fight an unprecedented attempt to boot her from the pulpit for her beliefs.
 
In an interview at her West Hill church, Rev. Gretta Vosper said congregants support her view that how you live is more important than what you believe in.
 
"I don't believe in...the god called God," Vosper said. "Using the word gets in the way of sharing what I want to share."
 
Vosper, 57, who was ordained in 1993 and joined her east-end church in 1997, said the idea of an interventionist, supernatural being on which so much church doctrine is based belongs to an outdated world view.

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8 ARRESTED IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

According to Pakistan Observer, Eight men accused of being involved in a child abuse and child pornography scandal, which is said to have affected around 280 children, have been arrested, a report submitted to the Punjab chief minister revealed.
 
The report, prepared by an inquiry committee formed to investigate the case, added that raids are being conducted to apprehend three other culprits, says a private TV channel.
 
The committee, comprising Additional Inspector General Arif Nawaz Khan and Commissioner Lahore Division Abdullah Sunbal, presented its findings to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who has directed authorities to apprehend any individualinvolved in such incidents.

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Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Stabs 6 at a Gay Pride Parade for Second Time, Police Say

According to The New York Times, An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who had recently been released from prison after serving 10 years for stabbing participants in the annual Gay Pride Parade here in 2005 struck again Thursday, stabbing six marchers in this year's parade, according to the police.
 
Two of the victims were in serious condition, according to the emergency services. The assailant, Yishai Schlissel, was pinned to the ground on a central Jerusalem street and arrested by police officers who were stationed along the route, the police said.
 
Mr. Schlissel wounded three marchers a decade ago at a spot not far from Thursday's attack and was convicted of attempted murder. He was said to have told the police that he had come "to kill in the name of God." He was released from prison a month ago.

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father of 18 month old burned alive in settler attack, dies

According to Asia News, father of 18 month old burned alive in settler attack, dies

The man, 32, died of the second-degree burns sustained during the attack. His wife and eldest son of four remain in critical condition.
 
The father of the Palestinian child of a year and a half who was burned alive on July 31, in the arson attack on their house in Duma, near Nablus, by Israeli settlers, has died.
 
Dawabsha Saad, 32, died in an Israeli hospital, where he was being treated for second-degree burns that covered his body. His wife and 4 year old son remain in critical condition. His funeral will be held today.

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Mali hotel siege: Several killed in Sevare, four UN workers saved

According to BBC, At least 12 people are thought to have been killed, including five UN workers, in a hostage siege at a hotel in the central Malian town of Sevare.
 
A further four UN workers survived by hiding in cupboards for almost 24 hours as the attack unfolded.
 
The suspected Islamist gunmen had retreated to the hotel after attacking a nearby army base.
 
The siege was ended after government troops stormed the building early on Saturday.
 
No group has said it carried out the attack.

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Pakistani mob kills two children including a baby and their grandmother after 'blasphemous' Facebook post

According to The Telegraph, A seven-year-old and her baby sister were killed alongside their grandmother, police said, after another member of the Ahmadi sect was accused of blasphemy.
 
A mob killed a seven-year-old and her baby sister along with their grandmother, a member of the Ahmadi sect, after another follower was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police in Pakistan said.
 
The dead were part of a religious sect, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.

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Islamic Republic of Iran sentences man to have eyes gouged out, another has hand and foot amputated

According to Jihad Watch, Iran is simply following the Qur'an, which stipulates: "And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution. But whoever gives charity, it is an expiation for him. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the wrongdoers." (5:45)
 
And: "Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides..." (5:33)
 
The cruel and medieval sentence was handed down on Saturday (August 1) to the 27-year-old man only identified by his first name Hamed.

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Help us keep education secular in Guatemala

Support Guatemala Humanist to keep education secular
 
Guatemala is a small country right in the middle of the American continent. Levels of poverty, crime and violence, as well as government corruption, are sky-high. These features are all part of a complex sociopolitical environment that involves social and economic inequality, very few opportunities for human development, an ineffective justice system, and an almost complete lack of education, housing, and health care for a very large part of the population.
 
All Guatemalans are very concerned and desperate to find a way out of this and we all strive to rebuild this country to leave a better place for our children. Since a large percentage of Guatemalans are religious believers (97%), many people turn to religion as a source of comfort in times of despair and associate all sorts of bad things with "turning away" from God. The Christian God, that is. Thus, the idea that the solution to everything is to be found in the Bible and its supposed "values" is a very popular one.
 
Over the course of the last 9 months, a congressman claiming he received "explicit instructions from God" during a "divine revelation," has been planning and writing a bill proposal gathering support from local Evangelical and Pentecostal churches and organizations. The proposed bill was presented to Congress last Wednesday (July 15th) in a religious act inside Congress.

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