Secular Coalition’s Lobby Day 2014 and Top 51 Must Read List

So, I just got an e-mail alerting me to two neat things from Secular Coalition For America. The first thing is that they have published a list recommending 51 “must read” sources of news and opinion for the secular community and Camels With Hammers was one of the relative handful of blogs to make the list alongside [Read More...]

Handy Summation of Legal Limits on Prayer at Legislative Sessions

Restrictions on Legislative Prayer after Greece v Galloway

Greece v. Galloway gave much too much latitude for sectarian prayer at legislative meetings. (I’m against all ceremonial prayers at all government sponsored events for the reasons I spelled out in this post and I am especially offended at the concept of allowing sectarian prayers as the Court just did. As I read the entire decision and then discussed it with my [Read More...]

Not In JT’s Backyard

Back in the olden days before I read blogs (or wrote one), I used to listen to pundits who were intellectually or morally infuriatingly wrong and get so frustrated. There would be three related feelings. First was a feeling of intense frustration that this wrongness was being broadcast or published to a mass audience, misleading [Read More...]

American Humanist Association Stops Public School From Allowing Proselytization Through Toy Drive

In the video below, Megyn Kelly is extremely obnoxious and hostile to American Humanist Association President Roy Speckhardt for having the audacity to stop a school from violating the Constitution. It’s clear from the video she knows he’s right on the law and yet the anger and contempt for him in her voice is striking. [Read More...]

Faith and Democracy

Jaime: I am tired of all these theocrats who want to base our laws on their religious beliefs. Robin: It’s a free country; people can vote however they want and for whatever reasons they want and then majority rules. That’s how things work in a democracy. If people want to vote on their religious beliefs, then that’s [Read More...]

10 Reasons To Scrutinize A Candidate’s Faith (or not)

Religiously explicit political candidates cannot have it both ways. They cannot promise an elevated influence of religious faith on public life and not have the nature and meaning of their religious beliefs go unexamined. They cannot say that the most important source of values and beliefs they have is their faith and then dismiss inquiries into the contents of their faith as irrelevant personal trivialities. [Read more...]

Is Religious Circumcision of Male Infants Morally Defensible?

Last month a court in Cologne, Germany ruled against allowing the circumcision of children too young to give consent. CBS News summarized the facts: a German court ruled that circumcision infringes on a child’s right to be protected from bodily harm. The regional court in Cologne said that circumcision went against the “fundamental right of [Read More...]

No Obligation to Protect Those Deviant Atheist High School Students?

Today on WWJTD, JT relates the details of a letter the Secular Student Alliance received from a high school teacher bragging about how he and his fellow Christian teachers thwarted some of their students who were attempting to start an SSA group. From the teacher’s letter: When beliefs are far from what is considered the norm you [Read More...]

What Would JT Do If He Were Following The Law: An Interview About Students' and Teachers' Rights

JT Eberhard blogs at the breakout hit blog What Would JT Do? on our own Freethought Blogs network. JT Eberhard’s day job is to help high school students set up their Secular Student Alliance chapters. A big part of his job is to deal with obstinate administrations who try to prohibit them for illegal reasons. [Read More...]


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