Humanist Group Sues Colorado School District for Promoting Christianity Through Its Programs

This past June, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the Douglas County School District in Colorado detailing extensive evidence that officials at Highlands Ranch High School and Cougar Run Elementary School, in their capacities as district employees, were promoting Christianity and raising money for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ mission trip.

The FCA made it clear why they were going to Guatemala: “… our group’s primary goal is to share the love and hope of Jesus.” Which is fine. They’re allowed to do that. But make no mistake: This trip, by their own admission, was about proselytizing, first and foremost.

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Canadian Parliament Shooter: Another “High-Risk” Radical Muslim From Quebec Who Had His Passport Revoked

The man who opened fire in the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa yesterday, after shooting and killing corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial (pictured), was a follower of Allah.

The attack by 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a.k.a. Michael Joseph Hall, came just two days after another Islamist terrorist from Quebec, Martin Couture-Rouleau (25), mowed down two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one of them, in his home town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Both men were considered “high-risk travelers” and had had their passports seized.

According to eCanadaNow,

[Bibeau] and another group of men were prevented from leaving the nation this past July. They were destined for Turkey.

The implication seems to be that they were on their way to join Islamic fighters in Syria or Iraq, although some Canadian media say Bibeau merely “dreamed of traveling to the Middle East to study Arabic.”

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Glad He Didn’t Respond to My Requests for an Interview

I don’t know how they did it, but the Onion News Network snagged an interview with the Almighty:

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Why Are Atheists in the Military Still Denied This Valuable Resource?

It wasn’t until this past April when the U.S. military finally approved “Humanist” as an acceptable religious designation. But despite the number of non-religious members of the Armed Forces — a number that more-than-defies the canard of there being “no atheists in foxholes” — we have yet to see a single Humanist chaplain.

The Navy even rejected a highly-qualified Humanist applicant in May.

Ronit Y. Stahl, writing for Religion & Politics, has a fascinating history of the fight to get non-Christian chaplains in the military, specifically non-theistic ones:

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A New Trend: Books About Atheism Focus on Life After Godlessness

In an article for Publishers Weekly, Henry L. Carrigan Jr. rounds up some of the recent/upcoming books about atheism with a sweeping (and welcome) summary: They represent a “shift from argument to lifestyle.”

In other words, they spend less time arguing that God doesn’t exist — the focus of the New Atheists’ bestsellers — and more time explaining what to do after you no longer believe in a Higher Power:

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