Peter Palumbo Arrested for Embezzlement

The name Peter Palumbo doesn't ring much of a bell for most people, but it sure does for me. He was the state rep. for Cranston, Rhode Island who called Jessica Ahlquist an "evil little thing" the morning after she won her church/state lawsuit against the school system. And now he's headed to the pokey. … [Read more...]

AHA Letter Stops Christian Book Giveaways in South Carolina

All it took was a single letter from the American Humanist Association's Appignani Legal Center to convince the state of South Carolina's police to stop sending out Christian books to the families of people who die in car accidents. … [Read more...]

South Carolina Sends Christian Booklet to Atheist

The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center has sent a letter to the state of North Carolina after it send a Christian proselytizing booklet to a man whose father was recently killed in a car accident, supposedly to help him grieve. From the AHA's press release: … [Read more...]

CFI Wins Secular Celebrant Lawsuit in Illinois

A federal judge has ruled that the state of Illinois must allow humanist secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff was friend and fellow Patheos blogger Galen Broaddus. I'm still baffled as to why Illinois fought the case in the first place. … [Read more...]

Another Mosque Wins RLUIPA Suit

All over the country, county and township officials have tried again and again to deny approval for the building of a mosque, accompanied by a virtual mob with pitchforks and torches spewing bigotry. And again and again, they lose in court because of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The latest is in New Jersey. … [Read more...]

Another Irrelevant Federer Column on the Founding Fathers

William Federer, a poor man's David Barton, has another column for the Worldnetdaily, this time claiming that "separation of church, state' doesn't mean what atheists want it to mean." As usual, it's just a very long collection of quotes and factoids that have nothing to do with that claim. … [Read more...]

Apparently, Horse Diapers Are Against God’s Will

A group of Amish people are suing the state of Kentucky over a law requiring that horses be equipped with bags to catch their poop when traveling on public roads, because their "elders" say it violates God's will and they might be shunned if they comply with the law. … [Read more...]

FFRF Suit on Texas Nativity Scene Moves Forward

The FFRF is suing the state of Texas for removing a holiday display they put up last year at the state capitol, by direct order of Gov. Greg Abbott. Texas tried to get the case dismissed, but the judge has rejected that motion and allowed the case to move forward. … [Read more...]

Some Hilarious Religio-babble About Christmas and Liberty

Jake McCauley, who used to be the partner of deranged theocrat Bradlee Dean, has a column at BarbWire about "the political significance of Christmas." He dishes up some classic religio-babble about how there's no such thing as freedom without Jesus. … [Read more...]

South Carolina Has Sham ‘Academic Freedom’ Bill

The Freedom From Religion Foundation reports on a new bill in South Carolina that would protect the "academic freedom" of public school teachers to "express a religious viewpoint" and to "teach or communicate ideas or facts" not in the curriculum. H. 3345 says: … [Read more...]

Scott Lively’s Ignorance of Constitution Law is Boundless

The Christian right really, really hates the Supreme Court ruling in Everson v Board of Education, but they don't seem to understand what that ruling actually did. Deranged bigot Scott Lively calls it the single key ruling to use to vet nominees and demands that it be repealed. … [Read more...]

Help the Military Religious Freedom Foundation Fight

As my longtime readers know, I am a strong supporter of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, founded by my friend Mikey Weinstein. He's the one who gets all those horrible anti-Semitic and hateful emails that I often republish. Well this is your chance to help them keep fighting the good fight. … [Read more...]