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It's Good Friday, which is not a federal holiday, but official in some states. Ukrainian Jews are told -- by it's not clear whom -- to register with authorities. And a prominent atheist encourages others to come out of the atheist closet.

Categories: Beliefs

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. Masked men in Ukraine handing out anti-Semitic leaflets?

    How convenient, making it credible that this was a false flag stunt engineered by the CIA (as in the Saddam statue incident in Baghdad, or the “popular” uprising against the democratically elected Mossadegh in Iran). Just as likely would be the Blackwater mercenaries (under their new name, Akademi or something like that) operating in Ukraine, probably on the Pentagon’s or the CIA’s payroll. Or the Fascist, anti-Semitic members of the two parties that overthrew the pro-Russian former President (no prize, a gangster too) and now dominate the government in Kiev.

    We have no way to know who engineered this leaflet stunt, but we do know that real anti-Semites are in control in Kiev. Yet we never hear about that.

    When are Americans going to learn that they are constantly gamed with US government propaganda?

    • Charles Freeman

      You’ve made a number of statements which if proved, might lead to a U. S. revolution. When I turn your statements into null hypotheses, they turn out to have little substance. Stop telling lies!

  2. The Filipinos who crucify themselves are not Roman Catholics. They are part of a Filipino church that broke away from the Roman Catholic church quite a while ago. This should be noted.

  3. Chelsea Clinton, a United Methodist, is pregnant. I wonder in what faith(s) she and her Jewish hubby are going to raise the child?

    There is no logical reason why the answer should not be; none.

  4. Kimberly Winston read “Coming Out Atheist,” and explains why author Greta Christina wants fellow atheists to copy their gay friends, reveal their true selves and find out how much better life can be.
    I have been an atheist all of my life. I have rarely thought much about it. I think it silly for someone to suggest that my life will be MUCH BETTER if I “come out” like my gay friends.

  5. Bill Deigloria

    Many believers can agree with most atheists.
    We, too, cannot believe in the existence of the kind of god most atheists deny.

  6. “Chelsea Clinton, a United Methodist, is pregnant. I wonder in what faith(s) she and her Jewish hubby are going to raise the child?”

    If they respect their children’s inherent right to freedom of religion, which necessarily includes freedom from religion, then they will raise their children without indoctrinating them into anyone faith. They will, instead, allow their children to make autonomous decisions as to whether to believe in a particular faith or not once they are older. They will expose them to all faiths, as an inoculation against the dogma of any particular faith (they can’t all be true), to ensure they have an open future, that their future rights as adults are not denied them while they are still children.

  7. Atheism will not make one happy. I am Messianic and now have peace in my life that was never there before. I know how I felt before and how I feel now. And I know many others who have had the same experience. No, we don’t need to turn away from God, we need to turn to Him. Receive Yeshua/Jesus as Messiah and Savior and follow Him as He leads and you will know His peace, and His promise of everlasting life. Shalom