First academic journal on secularism, nonreligion to debut in January
July 28th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

First academic journal on secularism, nonreligion to debut in January

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - It’s turning out to be a banner year for nonbelievers.

First came the publication of a secular Bible. Then we saw the birth of the first American college major in secularism. This week, it’s the launch of the world’s first academic journal dedicated to the themes of secularism and nonreligion.

The journal, to be called Secularism and Nonreligion, will begin publishing in January as a joint project of Trinity College in Connecticut and the Non-religion and Secularity Research Network, an international interdisciplinary network of researchers.


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Filed under: Atheism • Education

July 28th, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Official: American Muslim soldier wanted to attack Fort Hood troops

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - An AWOL Muslim American Army private arrested near Fort Hood, Texas, told investigators that he wanted to attack fellow soldiers outside Fort Hood, two law enforcement officials said Thursday.

FBI agents discovered a bevy of potential bomb-making materials in the hotel room of Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, who refused to deploy to Afghanistan and later went AWOL from Fort Campbell in Kentucky after being charged with possessing child pornography, said FBI spokesman Erik Vasys.

After a tip-off from a local gun shop, Killeen police arrested Abdo in a traffic stop Wednesday, Vasys said.

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Filed under: Islam • Military • Texas

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