News & Articles from 2014

How religious, political and ideological beliefs spark falsehoods, intolerance, violence, crime, and war

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17 Mar 5 Explosive Revelations Leaked from Senate Report Exposing CIA Torture
17 Mar Large Hadron Collider confirms existence of new exotic hadrons
16 Mar CBO: Obamacare Will Cost Less Than Projected, Cover 12 Million Uninsured People This Year
16 Mar Call to ban 'witch hunter' Helen Ukpabio who poses risk to children
15 Mar Inside the Private Prison Industry's Alarming Spread Across America
15 Mar Sex Abuse Cost The U.S. Catholic Church Nearly $3 Billion According To Report By Bishops Conference
14 Mar Report: NSA Exploited Heartbleed to Siphon Passwords for Two Years
14 Mar The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me
13 Mar Secret Senate report harshly critical of CIA interrogations
13 Mar French Exorcist Priest Raped and Tortured Teachers at Excommunicated Catholic Order
12 Mar 'Heartbleed' Computer Bug Threat Spreads To Firewalls And Beyond
12 Mar Prominent Jesuit: Pope Francis's first major issuance 'almost a direct refutation' of the GOP
11 Mar US Senate Republicans block 'Paycheck Fairness Act'
11 Mar Former priest and teacher jailed for 17 years for sex abuse
10 Mar Major bug called 'Heartbleed' exposes Internet data
10 Mar Notorious pedophile priest convicted again
09 Mar Global Rankings Study Depicts an America in Warp Speed Decline
09 Mar This Map Shows The Deadly Aftermath Of War Right Here At Home
08 Mar Leaked climate report: The world must take drastic measures to stop global warming — and we're running out of time
08 Mar CIA torture report: Nancy Pelosi blames Dick Cheney
07 Mar New research shows the Internet could be making Americans lose faith
07 Mar Galactic Center Gamma Rays May Be A Clue To Dark Matter
06 Mar Arctic sea ice falls to fifth lowest level on record
06 Mar Parishioners Stunned By Child Sex Abuse Charges Against Priest
05 Mar Senate Committee Approves CIA Torture Report For Release, Focus Moves To White House
05 Mar Mississippi Legislature passes bill allowing legal discrimination on basis of religion
04 Mar Pew Poll: Americans Think US Should 'Mind Its Own Business' Globally
04 Mar Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower Quality Of Life Than Meat-Eaters
03 Mar Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Political Donation Cap
03 Mar NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails - Clapper
03 Mar Twin Cities Archdiocese releases details on two abusive priests
02 Mar Obamacare On Track To Hit 7 Million Sign-Ups On Deadline Day: Sources
02 Mar The Fight to Reveal Abuses by Catholic Priests01 Mar Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN
01 Mar Tennessee atheists win right to distribute literature after schools give Bibles to students

31 Mar New G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States
31 Mar Study: Medical Marijuana Legalization Doesn't Lead to More Crime
30 Mar IPCC report: climate change felt 'on all continents and across the oceans'
30 Mar Evangelical activist calls for Bill Maher to be flogged or hanged over Noah 'blasphemy'
29 Mar Obamacare Enrollment Reaches 6 Million
29 Mar A Critical Review of Differences in Soybeans on the Market: Glyphosate Accumulates in Roundup Ready soybeans
28 Mar Scientists hail synthetic chromosome advance
28 Mar NJ bank won't notarize American Atheist documents for 'personal reasons'
27 Mar World Health Organisation: Air pollution 'kills 7 million people a year'
27 Mar Neil deGrasse Tyson introduces fans to 'stoned' version of himself
26 Mar Jimmy Carter warns the Bible is being used to promote the abuse of women and girls
26 Mar Fugitive priest jailed for child sex abuse
25 Mar New Report Reveals U.S. Fisheries Killing Thousands of Protected and Endangered Species
25 Mar Connecticut's 'best pastor' charged with stealing $170,000 from elderly churchgoer
24 Mar NSA targeted network of Chinese tech firm Huawei, leaked document shows
24 Mar Cavan priest jailed for abuse of two boys aged ten years
23 Mar New Report: Fortune 100 Companies Have Received $1.2 Trillion in Corporate Welfare Recently
23 Mar This Town Paid Ted Nugent $16,000 To NOT Appear At A Local Event
23 Mar Joel Osteen's church theft opens can of worms: Jaws drop as folks do the math
22 Mar Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, has died
21 Mar Ugly New Turn in Republican War on Voters
21 Mar Fox News host Bill Hemmer explains missing plane: 't took 2,000 years to find Noah's Ark'
20 Mar NSA surveillance program reaches 'into the past' to retrieve, replay phone calls
20 Mar Australian Serial Paedophile Priest Described Abuse as 'God's Work'
19 Mar Snowden Docs Expose How the NSA "Infects" Millions of Computers, Impersonates Facebook Server
19 Mar Judge rules against creationist teacher who called Buddhist student's faith 'stupid'
18 Mar Gravitational waves: have US scientists heard echoes of the big bang?
18 Mar Catholicism in Australia: Demographics, abuse scandal underlie church's tectonic shifts
17 Mar NASA: Industrial civilization headed for 'irreversible collapse
17 Mar Arkansas' 12-Week Abortion Ban Is Struck Down By Federal Judge
16 Mar U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet
16 Mar Church would not believe victims of abuse unless priest admitted it royal commission told
15 Mar Green Army Prepares to Battle Louisiana Legislators To Protect Water From Oil Industry Threats
15 Mar Increasing Number Of Americans Say Religion Is Not That Important
14 Mar The Christian Right's "Religious Freedom" Wants to Elevate Beliefs Above Human Rights - and It's Working
14 Mar Clergy Abuse Charges And Investigation Stuns Small Town In Puerto Rico
14 Mar Religious politics causes decline in belief
13 Mar Senators Okay With Spying On Citizens, But Outraged It Happened To Congress
13 Mar KY churches withhold $7 million from children's home to force anti-gay policies
12 Mar Snowden Tries to Rally Tech Conference to Buttress Privacy Shields
12 Mar Christian militias take bloody revenge on Muslims in Central African Republic
11 Mar 35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists
11 Mar Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda's Anti-Gay Crackdown
10 Mar The Surprising Reason Americans Might Be Obese, Anxious and Depressed
10 Mar New bionic leaf could solve solar energy storage problem
09 Mar These 9 Maps Should Absolutely Outrage Southerners
09 Mar An 'open secret': Catholic sexual abuse in black community
08 Mar New Government Report Warns of 'Cascading System Failures' Caused By Climate Change
08 Mar Poll: People's Pope Not Drawing More Parishioners to Church
07 Mar Religious right's new panic: How can we practice religion if we can't discriminate?
07 Mar Psychiatry Now Admits It's Been Wrong in Big Ways - But Can It Change?
06 Mar Where the nation's hate groups live
06 Mar According to a New Study, Nothing Can Change an Anti-Vaxxer's Mind
06 Mar Europa Mission Gets Boost From President's New NASA Budget
05 Mar Who Is Provoking the Unrest in Ukraine? A Debate on Role of Russia, United States in Regional Crisis
05 Mar Christian lawmakers fall for 'Ponzi schemer' who said he'd found Noah's Ark
04 Mar Glenn Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations
04 Mar Former altar boy reveals grim details of Philadelphia priest's alleged sex abuse
03 Mar Russian military moves in Crimea are declaration of war, says Ukrainian PM
03 Mar Decades of abuse: Catholic church will name 50+ priests who abused 100s of children in western MT
02 Mar Space News: A breakthrough in planet discoveries
02 Mar How One Right-Wing Christian Group Is Leading Arizona's March Toward Conservative Extremism
01 Mar Millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ
01 Mar Mother shares story of abuse: Details relationship daughter endured with embattled Vacaville pastor

28 Feb Judge strikes down gay marriage ban in Texas
28 Feb Priest may have abused 50 children (video included)
27 Feb US Christian Right Behind Anti-Gay Law Passed in Uganda (video included)
27 Feb Vatican says sorry for pederasty, but continues to protect its own
26 Feb The Myth Behind Public School Failure
26 Feb How did paedophile priest Francis Cullen escape justice for nearly two decades?
25 Feb The states fighting the fight between religious rights and gay rights
25 Feb Are Republicans even trying? Another Obamacare horror story bites the dust
24 Feb Why AT&T's Surveillance Report Omits 80 Million NSA Targets
24 Feb ExxonMobil CEO sues to block fracking project near his home
23 Feb Comcast, Time Warner Cable To Face 'Monopsony' Claims In Antitrust Case
23 Feb Puerto Rico To Investigage Catholic Church Sex Abuse Allegations
22 Feb To reduce poverty, let's stop literally poisoning the poor
22 Feb Woman arrested after promising Heaven for a free meal, Hell if it's charged to her credit card
21 Feb FCC Considers New Net Neutrality Rules
21 Feb Catholic Church withholding millions from victims, alleges government
20 Feb 'Joe The Plumber' Gets A Union Job
20 Feb Atheist And Muslim Presidential Candidates Face The Most Bias
19 Feb The Mega Banks' Most Devious Scam Yet
19 Feb St. Paul Archdiocese names nine more priests accused of abuse
18 Feb 1 in 4 Americans don't know Earth circles Sun
18 Feb Snake Handling Pastor Dies From Snake Bite
17 Feb John Kerry to make clarion call for more action on climate change 
17 Feb Priest sentenced to 7.5 years in 1991 sex abuse case
16 Feb Belief in a punitive afterlife linked to lower well-being, study finds (Click here for the original study)
16 Feb Study finds genes on X chromosome linked to male homosexuality
15 Feb Judge deems Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
15 Feb Study: Religious people more likely to think they're porn addicts
14 Feb Fusion energy output hits modest milestone
14 Feb Idaho bill would allow doctors or cops to refuse service to LGBT people on religious grounds
13 Feb Biggest climate warmers
13 Feb Massachusetts pastor accused of beating girlfriend in church, then kidnapping her
13 Feb Man wanted for groping 11-year-old girl in public is notorious abortion clinic bomber
12 Feb Drone Attack Controversy: Obama Administration Wrestling With Whether To Target U.S. Terror Suspect
12 Feb Documents: Chicago archdiocese spent decades hiding priest sex abuse, putting children at risk
11 Feb Edward Snowden revelations: GCHQ 'using online viruses and honey traps to discredit targets'
11 Feb The GOP Thinks Obamacare Is Making You Lazy
10 Feb From California to the Middle East, water shortages pose threat of terror and war
10 Feb Republican Official Says Gays Should Be Purged From GOP, Blames Homosexuality On Satan
09 Feb Document exposes Papa John's and other companies as secret Koch brother allies
09 Feb 13 People Who Took Their Sense Of Humor To The Grave
08 Feb Athletes to watch for the 2014 Winter Olympics
08 Feb How the U.S. Exports Global Warming
07 Feb Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Lead To Fewer Suicides
07 Feb Camel archaeology contradicts the Bible
07 Feb Legal experts gobsmacked after British judge orders Mormon leader to prove faith's origins
06 Feb Deputy drug czar reluctantly admits marijuana is less deadly than alcohol
06 Feb UN denounces Vatican over child abuse and demands immediate action
05 Feb WHO study shows cancer cases rising at alarming pace, says 'can't beat cancer with drugs alone'
05 Feb Baby dies of rickets from religious vegetarian mother
04 Feb Homeland Security Redacts Drone Info It Already Released Publicly In Report To Congress
04 Feb President Obama calls out Bill O'Reilly and Fox News for promoting conspiracy theories
03 Feb Leading Scientists Explain How Climate Change Is Worsening California's Epic Drought
03 Feb These Are The Most Godless Cities In America
02 Feb BUSTED: Chris Christie appointee Wildstein says governor knew about bridge closings
02 Feb Documents show scope of priest abuse complaints
01 Feb Will Republicans raise the minimum wage? History says yes
01 Feb Orphan boy told by priest 'you are a product of evil'
01 Feb 'Darwin Day': Democrat proposes House resolution to celebrate the theory of evolution

31 Jan Yale study reports 20 children a day hurt by gunfire
31 Jan Florida missionary sentenced for sexually abusing indigenous girls in Amazon
30 Jan Obama: I won't stand still
30 Jan 3 more allege sex abuse by priest from city
29 Jan Scientists Speak Out Against Canada's "War on Science"
29 Jan Marijuana Advocates Call On White House To Fire DEA ChiefZ
28 Jan How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases
28 Jan DNA test of 7,000-year-old tooth overturns popular image of light-skinned European hunter-gatherers
27 Jan Extremist religion is at root of 21st-century wars, says Tony Blair
27 Jan Noah's Ark revealed to be filled with cannibal rats, drifting toward British coast
26 Jan Eric Holder Just Announced A Major Shift On U.S. Marijuana Policy
26 Jan 'Render unto Caesar': Atheist lawmaker targets Nebraska churches' property tax exemption
25 Jan The Stealth War on Abortion
25 Jan Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza indicted on federal campaign fraud charges
24 Jan Watch the earth get hotter and hotter in NASA's new animation
24 Jan Physicist says he's solved the big mystery — how life came from matter — and he may be right
23 Jan Missouri Republicans introduce creationist bill that could 'eviscerate the teaching of biology'
23 Jan Six Drugs Whose Dangerous Risks Were Buried So Big Pharma Could Make Money
22 Jan A majority of Americans don't believe Chris Christie's story
22 Jan Swiss Guard veteran: Gay 'secret society' in the Vatican a security problem for Pope Francis
21 Jan The risk is real: 'We have already run out of antibiotics' according to experts
21 Jan Oklahoma Pastor Jailed In Philippines, Accused Of Child Molestation
20 Jan Gov. Andrew Cuomo says gun-loving pro-lifers not welcome in New York, right explodes
20 Jan Pope Defrocked 400 Priests Over 'Child Abuse'
19 Jan Freedom Industries, Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill, Files For Bankruptcy
19 Jan Prosecutors: Alabama pastor charged in wife's stabbing was fleeing US to marry his boyfriend
19 Jan Scientists One Step Closer To Use Sun's Energy At Night
18 Jan Again! Science Denier Takes GOP 'Environment' Reins
18 Jan UN Criticises Catholic Church For Not Being "Transparent"
17 Jan Beyond Growth or Beyond Capitalism?
17 Jan Atheist group sues over 10 Commandments monument at Oklahoma Capitol
16 Jan U.S. Appeals Court Deals Major Blow To Net Neutrality (video included)
16 Jan Most of the 10 Commandments violate U.S. Constitution, atheists say in Oklahoma suit
16 Jan First 375 Million-Year-Old Land-Walking Fish Unveiled, Part Fish, Part Limbed Animal
15 Jan The NSA's Preference for Metadata
15 Jan Pastor accused of paying homeless to fire-bomb ex professes innocence: 'I never did pay them'
14 Jan Catholic Bishops' Allies Dominate Hearing on Sweeping Anti-Choice Bill
14 Jan Supreme Court blocks Arizona's 20-week abortion ban
13 Jan American Privacy Is Vanishing as the Government and Corporations Raid Our Online Lives
13 Jan Ex-Christian youth minister arrested, accused of sodomizing boy
12 Jan Millionaires Are Now the Majority in Congress: The 1% Literally Rule Us
12 Jan Federal Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages, Eric Holder Announces
11 Jan 9,135 out of 9,136 scientists believe climate change is happening
11 Jan Water pollution from fracking confirmed in multiple states
10 Jan The NSA Is Hacking Our Hardware Too
10 Jan Deepest galaxy cluster ever pictured by Hubble
09 Jan GOP is losing on unemployment insurance — and running scared
09 Jan Impatient NC cops allegedly shoot mentally ill teen: 'We don't have time for this'
08 Jan The polar vortex: Scientists explain why global warming is making winter colder
08 Jan Ex-preacher Gets 25 Years For Child Sexual Abuse
07 Jan The Great Marijuana Experiment: A Tale of Two Drug Wars
07 Jan Koch-backed political network, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012
06 Jan Leading Republicans' states among worst hit by jobless benefits cuts
06 Jan New York State Is Set to Loosen Marijuana Laws
05 Jan Republicans' belief in evolution declining
05 Jan US economy losing 'up to a $1bn a week' after jobless benefits cut
04 Jan Edward Snowden Clemency: The New York Times, The Guardian Urge Obama To Help NSA Whistleblower
04 Jan Isaac Asimov's Predictions For 2014 From 50 Years Ago Are Eerily Accurate
03 Jan Climate Change Worse Than We Thought, Likely To Be 'Catastrophic Rather Than Simply Dangerous'
03 Jan Duck Dynasty nutbag advised men to marry 15-year-old girls (video included)
02 Jan Two Million People Have Signed Up For Obamacare: Official
02 Jan Medical Marijuana Breakthroughs of 2013
01 Jan Poll: Republicans agreeing evolution is 'lies from the pit of Hell' up 10 points
01 Jan Former Los Angeles priest pleads guilty to molestation in Texas