Constitutional Rights of Atheists and Non-believers

Though atheism has been socially prevalent in India, it has remained a grey area in the legal context. There are no specific laws catering to atheists and they are considered as belonging to the religion of their birth. The Constitution provides for “freedom of conscience” under Article 25 since 1950, but constitutional rights of “non-believers” …

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Bihar: Buddhist monk held for alleged sexual abuse of 15 boys in Bodh Gaya

The monk ran an institution called "Prasanna Jyoti Buddhist School and Meditation Centre" at Mastipur village in Bodh Gaya where the 15 children - all hailing from Karbi Anglong district in Assam - were studying. In yet another case of child abuse, a Buddhist monk was taken into custody for allegedly sexually assaulting 15 boys …

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Richard Dawkins writes a picturebook to ‘free’ children from religion

Richard Dawkins said that his book would help parents to protect their children against “indoctrination” by schools TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD POHLE It features gory illustrations of a Biblical sacrifice and of Jesus committing a murder, as well as a section on evolution. Richard Dawkins is working on a picturebook for children with a working title …

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Grand jury: Catholic Church protected more than 300 ‘predator priests’ who preyed on children in Pa.

The leaders of six Roman Catholic dioceses protected more than 300 “predator priests” who sexually abused children for decades across the state of Pennsylvania, according to a grand jury report issued Tuesday. “Priests were raping little boys and girls and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing: They hid …

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Religion in decline in Australian schools

Australian school students are becoming more likely to identify with “no religion” even in religious schools, including a 68 per cent increase in Catholic schools. The trend, which mirrors changes in the wider population, has led the peak independent schools body to warn religious schools to rethink their marketing. Across all schools, 37 per cent …

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कट्टरवाद और तुष्टिकरण की राजनीति

कुछ दिन पहले कोलकाता के एकेडमी ऑफ फाइन आर्ट्स के प्रांगण में एक पेड़ के नीचे कुछ लोग दो पत्थर रखकर चले गए। उसके बाद न जाने कब उन पत्थरों पर लोगों ने फूल रख दिए, फिर उनकी पूजा शुरू हो गई। अब उन्हें हटाना मुश्किल था। फिर भी एक नास्तिक ने उन्हें हटाने की …

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धर्म को चाहिए नया प्रबंधन

धर्म की जड़ें हजारों साल में तैयार हुई हैं, मगर इसके समानांतर विज्ञान की सामाजिक जड़ें तैयार करने में हमें उतनी सफलता नहीं मिली। धर्म सामाजिक जीवन से तब जाता है, जब विज्ञान, वैज्ञानिक चेतना और विकास की जड़ें समाज में बनें। धर्म सामाजिक जीवन से अपदस्थ हो, इसके लिए नास्तिकों को सम्मान की नजर …

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