Friday

Liberians Praying Away Ebola.

Liberians Praying Away Ebola. 

31st October 2014

Today sees an end to Christians in Liberia fasting and praying since Wednesday for deliverance from Ebola. Christians make up eighty-five percent of Liberia's four-million population.

The fast and prayer marathon organizers, despite claiming Ebola will be transformed by today [Friday], aren't as confident as they sound. Prayers and communion will mark an end to the fast and prayer extravaganza, but due to Ebola being highly infectious, communion will not be delivered; Christians are expected instead to provide their own bread and wine.

You don't need to be a doctor or medical professional to know Liberians fasting and compromising their body's immune system is the height of irresponsibility.

The fast was spurred on by Reverend G. Bonito, a representative of the National Christian Ebola Task Force. They believe Ebola is a punishment from God via Satan. He told a news conference, "We have traded the worship of God with the worship of demons and witchcraft, and evil stuff is now happening in this country.” 

Liberia’s deputy chief medical officer, Tolbert Nyenswah, the Liberian health ministry is combatting the lack of education and people's reliance on religious beliefs by publishing images of Ebola patients on TV and newspapers. “They are very graphic but it is working; people are starting to see that Ebola is not just a spiritual thing that you can cure through going to church,” Nyenswah said.

Source Reuters News

Tuesday

Atheists Are Unwelcome In Most American Families.

Atheists Are Unwelcome In Most American Families.

According to a Pew Research Center report, Political Polarization in the American Public, nearly two thirds of Americans would be unhappy with an atheist joining their family.

Those identifying as conservative, white, non-Hispanic, evangelical Protestant, Republican and Roman Catholic, were more likely to be unhappy with an atheist in-law.

When asked:  "How would you react if an immediate family member were to marry an atheist?"

41% of democrats would be unhappy, compared with 73% of republicans.



Marriage to an Atheist Upsetting to Most Conservatives


Fortunately, it's not all bad news. The report shows the majority of Americans to be increasingly tolerant and accepting towards many different groups.


Guess Who’s Coming? Ideological Differences in Views of Family Member Marrying Different Race, Gun Owner

Source: Political Polarization in The American Public.

Saturday

Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends - "Born Again Christians" - Antitheist Blog

Louis Theroux - Born Again Christians - Antitheist Blog

Louis Theroux reveals his subject's more natural side by disarming them with his quirky and unassuming manner. 

Louis visits Dallas, Texas, the diamond in the buckle of the Bible Belt. He explores with TV evangelists Marcus and Joni Lamb, becoming a born again Christian; complete with 'angels on his back'. 


 He also travels to the deep Ellum entertainment district, where he joins 'The Family', a group of hard-line Christians.

Note: If the video is restricted in your country, simply copy the video or video playlist URL to a proxy site [eg hidemyass.com there are many others] and view without restriction. 






Friday

Bart Ehrman - History of the Bible - The Making of the New Testament Canon. - Antitheist Blog.

Bart Ehrman - History of the Bible - The Making of the New Testament Canon.

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