DeVos’ Education Goal is to ‘Advance God’s Kingdom’

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee to be the new secretary of education, is, like her entire family, a staunch fundamentalist and near-theocrat. She proves that yet again by saying that her goal in working on education reform is to "advance God's kingdom." … [Read more...]

Appeals Court Rejects Suit on Religious Displays in School Classroom

Apparently learning nothing from the case of John Freshwater in Ohio, a teacher in upstate New York filed a suit after being told she can't put up displays of Bible verses and other religious proselytizing in her classroom. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has now upheld the lower court dismissal of the case. … [Read more...]

Young Atheist Elected to Local City Council

This happened literally just a few miles from where I live but I was totally unaware of it until Hemant flagged the story. A young atheist woman was elected to the City Council of Wyoming, MI, a suburb of Grand Rapids. And in this incredibly religious area, it seems to be treated like no big deal. … [Read more...]

Falwell Says He’ll Be in Trump Administration

Jerry Falwell, Jr. visited Donald Trump at that bad impersonation of Versailles that he calls an apartment in Manhattan and emerged saying that he is confident that he'll have a role in the new administration. Secretary of Education appears to be a possibility, though how likely is unclear. … [Read more...]

First After School Satanist Club Draws Protests

The first student After School Satan Club in the country, at a school in Portland, had its first official meeting this week and it predictably drew lots of protesters outside the school clutching their pearls and freaking out over it. … [Read more...]

Secularism No More Threatened by Trump than by Any Other Republican

Religion News Service has an article about the dangerous threat that Donald Trump poses to the cause of secularism, and that's true. But I think something is missing from the analysis here, which is that he poses no more of a threat than any other Republican candidate would have if they'd won. … [Read more...]

Silver Lining: Oklahoma Rejects Public Money for Religion

Remember when the Oklahoma Supreme Court said they couldn't put up a Ten Commandments monument because the state constitution forbid the use of public funds to support religion? They put up an amendment to repeal that restriction and it was soundly defeated on Tuesday: … [Read more...]

Fischer’s Total Lack of Self-Awareness Remains Intact

I give the Bryan Fischer award to those who are totally oblivious to their own contradictions because, with the possible exception of Donald Trump, he puts this trait on more obvious display than anyone on the planet. And he does it yet again about the First Amendment. … [Read more...]

Some Christian Food Banks Don’t Like Proselytizing Restrictions

There are new rules for religious homeless shelters and food banks that get government assistance to help the poor, rules that forbid them from requiring prayer or attendance at or participation in religious observances. Some of them don't seem to like that. … [Read more...]

Fischer Continues to Contradict Himself on First Amendment

Bryan Fischer continues to blatantly contradict himself on the meaning of the First Amendment, with a lack of self-awareness that is truly staggering. Here's what he wrote last Friday, that the First Amendment cannot possibly apply at the state level: … [Read more...]

Broun: Most of Our Leaders are ‘Domestic Enemies’

Paul Broun, a former congressman from Georgia who is thankfully no longer in the House of Representatives, went on Rick Wiles' radio show and really brought the stupid. He declares pretty much everyone in a position of authority as domestic enemies that he swore to fight as a Marine. … [Read more...]

FFRF Challenges Ten Commandments Painting in Texas School

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to a public school in Texas telling them that a painting of the Ten Commandments along with another Bible verse on the wall of the school is unconstitutional. The reaction from the locals is the typical nonsense. … [Read more...]