December 19, 2009
Teachers learn too Re "Controlling a classroom isn't as easy as ABC," Dec. 14 I am a school volunteer going into my fifth year running an after-school program in a Los Angeles Unified elementary school. When I started, I was overwhelmed by classroom chaos. I went into this venture filled with romance. Many teachers start their careers the same way. Teachers told me they did not receive training to deal with the chaos. Nobody knows about it until they are in a classroom, alone, faced with the reality of the power play.
December 12, 2009 |
'No God? No problem!" That's one sign of the season. The American Humanist Assn. is pasting it all over Southern California buses to make the point that you don't have to be godly to be good. Atheists United, headed by Bobbie Kirkhart, had a different holiday sign for last Christmas. It read, "Reason's Greetings," and it was accompanied by one of those stylized Darwin fish, this one wearing a jaunty Santa Claus cap. It went on display, legally, in a Westside park, outnumbered by creches -- and someone stole it. Kirkhart's not surprised.
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December 7, 2009 |
As the calendar goes, December tends to be a winning month for God. Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. Jews mark the story of Hanukkah. Muslims this year will observe the start of Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year. And the American Humanist Assn. has decided to join the festivities with an alternative celebration in mind. The group, consisting of atheists and others who say they embrace reason over religion, has launched a national godless holiday campaign, with ads appearing inside or on 250 buses in five U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco starting today.
August 11, 2009 |
This fall, evolutionary biologist and bestselling author Richard Dawkins -- most recently famous for his public exhortation to atheism, "The God Delusion" -- returns to writing about science. Dawkins' new book, "The Greatest Show on Earth," will inform and regale us with the stunning "evidence for evolution," as the subtitle says. It will surely be an impressive display, as Dawkins excels at making the case for evolution. But it's also fair to ask: Who in the United States will read Dawkins' new book (or ones like it)
July 29, 2009
Re "A Godless Capitol center," Editorial, July 25 If The Times agrees that "state-mandated religious invocations don't belong in a secular, multicultural democracy," then why not take the next reasonable step and advocate that religious invocations, declarations or allusions be constricted to private expressions? Religion has huge liabilities built into its structure that are best left to the ancient and now irrelevant superstitions of its origins. I shouldn't have to see my tax dollars used to support it. Ralph Mitchell Monterey Park :: Your otherwise reasonable editorial oversimplifies the issue, portraying it merely as a battle between religious lobbyists and atheists.
May 20, 2009
Re "No God, no reason, just whining," Opinion, May 17 The problem with any blanket statement is that it ignores the far greater gray area. Charlotte Allen's dismissal of atheists and their "self-pity" comes off as self-righteous -- a common complaint about believers. She would be wise to stop perpetuating her chosen group's perceived faults and accept that the world -- and its gods -- is much less black and white than she thinks. Dean Buckley Echo Park The one thing that Allen gets right is that many atheists are motivated by anger.
May 17, 2009 |
I can't stand atheists -- but it's not because they don't believe in God. It's because they're crashing bores.
January 18, 2009 |
Italian atheists have lost a bid to run "no God" advertisements on city buses after strong opposition from conservative political parties, a member of the group said. The ads reading, "The bad news is that God doesn't exist. The good news is that you don't need him," were to have been put on buses in the northern city of Genoa, home to the Catholic cardinal who is head of the Italian Bishops Conference. A publicity agency changed its mind and said the ad could not run because it violated an ethics in advertising code, according to Giorgio Villella of The Italian Union of Atheists and Rationalist Agnostics.
January 12, 2009 |
All they are saying is give atheism a chance. This month 800 buses rolled out of depots across Britain plastered with advertisements cheerfully informing people that "there's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." Sponsored by the British Humanist Assn., the campaign is the brainchild of a comedian who had seen Christian messages on buses, looked up the websites of the organizations behind them and found warnings that, as a nonbeliever, she was destined to go to hell.