Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder

The theory of evolution by natural selection is among the best established in science, yet also among the most controversial for subsets of the American public.

For decades we’ve known that beliefs about evolution are well-predicted by demographic factors, such as religious upbringing and political affiliation. There’s also enormous variation in the acceptance of evolution across different countries, all of which suggests an important role for cultural input in driving beliefs about evolution. A child raised by Buddhists in California is much more likely to accept evolution than one raised by evangelical Protestants in Kansas.

But in the last 20 years or so, research in psychology and the cognitive science of religion has increasingly focused on another factor that contributes to evolutionary disbelief: the very cognitive mechanisms underlying human cognition.

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We Hindus do not merely tolerate, we unite ourselves with every religion, praying in the mosque of the Mohammedan, worshipping before the fire of the Zoroastrian, and kneeling to the cross of the Christian. We know that all religions alike, from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, are but so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realise the Infinite. So we gather all these flowers, and, binding them together with the cord of love, make them into a wonderful bouquet of worship.
—  Swami Vivekananda

What we today call Tunisia was conquered by the Arabs in 647 CE. Although the Arabs initially unified North Africa, by 1230 a separate Tunisian dynasty had been established by the Ḥafṣids. They were Amazigh (Berber). Ḥafṣid rule saw the development of the Maliki school of law in the region. One of the four major schools of law in Sunni Islam, it stresses local community practices and relying on tradition and analogical reasoning over the relatively newer hadiths, or sayings of the prophet. Under the Hafsids, the belief of Maliki as the basis of social life took hold in Tunisian society. It is still the major school of thought in Northern Africa. The Hafsids’ other major legacy is making Tunis the capital of their domain.

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Mormon ‘Mama Dragons’ make life easier for young LGBT people | Al Jazeera America
Support group of mothers advocate better treatment for gay adolescents

The Mama Dragons offer one another support, friendship, and advice on how to help their gay loved ones navigate their path to adulthood. Some of them have met in real life, too. They have also opened their homes to gay Mormons who are shunned by their families and are sometimes suicidal.

As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a God. I don’t think there is a God, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights when it worries me. I would never deny your right to believe in a God. I would just rather you didn’t kill people who believe in a different God, say. Or stone someone to death because your rulebook says their sexuality is immoral. It’s strange that anyone who believes that an all-powerful all-knowing, omniscient power responsible for everything that happens, would also want to judge and punish people for what they are.
—  Ricky Gervais: Why I’m an Atheist
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Paul Canning: New Muslim LGBT heroes

At Istanbul Gay Pride 2015 Muslim straight allies put their bodies on the line for LGBT. This is not the world media headline.

The video and pictures of the police assault on Istanbul Gay Pride are horrible. But the event went on. The police did not stop it, after the assault they stopped and the party carried on.

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There is a difference between religion and Witchcraft.

Witchcraft is a spiritual practice, religion/paganism (both of which are technically the same) is a belief in some sort of divine, spiritual presence. 

Some religions call for such things that involve, what many would consider, witchcraft. Christianity, Wicca, and so forth does call on this. However, the execution of, should I say, spells, are different from one to another.

That being said, witchcraft being a practice, you can practice it and be atheist. Of course, you have to believe your doing something, whether some form of placebo or the power you have over the universe. It is a common misconception to believe that in order to practice witchcraft, you have to believe in some form of spiritual being. And being a witch does not mean you worship the Christian Devil.