About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

Australia Pushes Ahead with $244,000,000 Federally-Funded School Chaplaincy Program That Excludes Secular Workers

Ron Williams (below) wanted his children to attend a secular school in Australia, so you can imagine his surprise when his children told him they were attending “assemblies where the chaplain presided and a rap song was played extolling the virtues of chaplains over teachers as adults kids could trust.”

His lawsuit eventually went all the way up to Australia’s High Court, where, in 2012, they ruled that that it was illegal for secular schools to offer chaplaincy services for students through a government program that gave participating schools up to $24,000 each. The judges said no legislation allowed for this.

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After Long Ignoring Their Requests, Chico City Council Invites Atheists to Deliver Multiple Invocations Next Year

The Atheists of Butte County (in California) have been urging the Chico City Council for a while now to let them deliver invocations at meetings.

For a while, the city council just ignored their requests, despite receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

But group leader George Gold (below) kept trying:



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Appeals Court Rules that a North Dakota Ten Commandments Monument on City Property is Legal

In 1958, the Fraternal Order of Eagles donated a Ten Commandments monument to the city of Fargo, North Dakota. Like many similar monuments across the country, no one complained for decades, whether out of ignorance that it was illegal or fear of repercussions.

In 2002, a group of five individuals — all members of the Red River Freethinkers — filed a lawsuit to have it moved to private property because it was violating the Establishment Clause. In 2005, a judge ruled that the monument could stay put:

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If Someone Filmed a Parody About the War on Christmas, It Would Look Just Like Kirk Cameron’s Latest Movie

If I told you Kirk Cameron was making a movie about putting Christ back in Christmas, and you really wanted to mock it, you might create a poster for the film that looks something like this:

But that’s the actual poster for Cameron’s very real movie Saving Christmas:

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Despite a Legal Complaint, This Georgia School District is Still Pushing Christianity on Students

It’s been weeks since we learned that Christianity was the glue binding together the Chestatee High School football team in Gainesville, Georgia. The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center even had pictures of coaches involved in a team prayer, a Bible verse quoted on the team’s workout log sheet, and cheerleaders hoisting banners with Bible verses on them.



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