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...]

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...]