Another City Ends Prayers Rather Than Allow Non-Christians

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And here we have yet another example of Christian privilege being punctured, another example of a governmental body wanting to start their meetings with prayer -- but only if they can make sure that only Christians get to pray. The moment a non-Christian wants to deliver the invocation, especially a "satanist," they suddenly decide that maybe it would be better not to have prayers. … [Read more...]

Scalia Says Something Dumb. Film at 11.


The new Supreme Court term begins, as always, on the first Monday in October, but Justice Scalia seems to still be angry about last term. That's not surprising, since anger seems to be his thing these days and he was on the losing end of most of the big cases. He's especially still upset about the same-sex marriage case, but as usual he's making arguments against it that are nothing more than special pleading. … [Read more...]

More Blending of Christianity and Football in Public Schools

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As I've noted many times, groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action are frequently given access to high school athletes by coaches who think their job is not just to teach the sport but to proselytize for Christianity. Bo Gardiner, a humanist activist in Virginia, documents this happening at many schools in that state, which has drawn the attention of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. … [Read more...]

Arizona City Decides It Would Rather Not Lose a Lawsuit

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Last week I reported that the Coolidge, Arizona City Council was preparing to lose an expensive lawsuit after adopting a policy of holding prayers before every council meeting but limiting them to only Christian prayers. They apparently had second thoughts, I imagine after their attorney explained to them how much it could cost the city and possibly even them personally, because they've now unanimously rescinded that policy. … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Ben Carson


The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who exhibit a breathtaking lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of possessing their own worst traits. Today's winner is Ben Carson, who is demonstrating his utter obliviousness to his own contradictions in trying to defend his position that no one should vote for a Muslim to be president. Just listen to this statement: … [Read more...]

Ben Carson: No Muslim Presidents

Credit: Michael Vadon

Ben Carson went on Meet the Press on Sunday and said that he would not vote for a Muslim to be president because he doesn't think that Islam is consistent with the Constitution. But a lot of the criticism I've seen of what Carson said not only misses the point, it makes the ridiculous claim that what he said somehow violates the No Religious Tests clause found in Article VI of the Constitution. … [Read more...]

Arizona City Prepares to Lose Lawsuit

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The city council of Coolidge, Arizona is, like many cities, populated mostly by morons. They just adopted a policy for opening their meetings with prayers, as the Supreme Court ruling in Greece v Galloway allows, but they limited it only to Christian prayers, which that ruling clearly forbids. Their own attorney told them they'd get sued and lose, but they decided to strike a blow for Jesus anyway. … [Read more...]

Victory in Pennsylvania Ten Commandments Case

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I wrote a few weeks ago about my disappointment that a judge in Pennsylvania ruled that a Ten Commandments monument in front of a junior high school was unconstitutional but did not issue an injunction to remove it because the plaintiff had, after three years of litigation, moved on to another school and the case was thus moot. But my friend Andrew Seidel reports that the school board voted to remove it, and for a very good reason. … [Read more...]

Woman Ordered by Court to Undergo Christian Counseling

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A mother in New Mexico was ordered to counseling by the family court, but assigned her to a Christian counselor who insisted on starting their sessions with prayer. She asked the court to give her a different counselor, but they ignored the request. When she finally had enough and stopped going, she was found in contempt of court and lost custody of her 11-year old twin sons. … [Read more...]

AHA Chastises Proselytizing Teacher in Texas

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The American Humanist Association has sent a letter to the school district in Brownsville, Texas about a third grade teacher who preaches to students during class, telling them the only perfect person is Jesus and such. That same teacher has a foot tall cross in her classroom as well. Why do teachers think they can get away with this kind of thing? Because rarely does anyone complain, either because they agree or are terrified of taking massive abuse from the community if they did. … [Read more...]

AHA Fights For Man Sentenced to Attend AA Meetings

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My friends at the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center are defending a man in Washington who was ordered by a judge to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, an explicitly religious treatment program, as a condition of his parole. They are correctly arguing that this sentence is unconstitutional because ordering someone to attend religious meetings is a clear violation of the First Amendment. … [Read more...]

Judge Orders OK 10 Commandments Monument Gone in 30 Days

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The government of Oklahoma seems to have run out of options in trying to keep the Ten Commandments monument on their state capitol grounds. They lost all the way to the state supreme court, then lost a motion to reconsider before the state supreme court, and now the judge who initially heard the case has rejected another pointless motion to keep it there and ordered the monument removed within 30 days. … [Read more...]