Atheist Philanthropist Makes $10,000 Donation to Support Right Wing Watch Blog

I said a couple of years ago that atheist philanthropist Todd Stiefel‘s most effective donation may have been the one he made to Religion News Service to hire a journalist to focus on atheism-related issues.

But his latest gift, to the tune of $10,000, is going to an equally-worthy cause.

Stiefel is giving the money to People For the American Way in order to support their brilliant Right Wing Watch blog:



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Michigan Public School Officials Promoted (Religious) Baccalaureate Ceremony… Until Someone Finally Spoke Up

It’s really not that hard for a public school to have a baccalaureate ceremony for graduating seniors. The religious ceremony is legal as long as the school isn’t organizing or promoting it in any way.

Somehow, the Mona Shores Public Schools in Michigan never figured that out.

Here’s what we know happened at Mona Shores High School this year:

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Republican Senator Blocks Resolution Stating Climate Change is Real, Then Gets Humiliated by His Colleague

When Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke at last month’s Secular Coalition for America Lobby Day event, he talked about the problem of science denialism. You can see video of that at the 9:59 mark of the video below:



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Website for Proposed 230-Foot-Tall Cross in Alabama Says Donations Could “Lead to Someone Being Healed from Cancer”

If you were to search for the largest cross in America — and why wouldn’t you? — you’d come across a 190-foot cross in Groom, Texas and a 198-foot cross in Effingham, Illinois.

You can see the obvious problem here: America doesn’t have a cross that’s 230 feet tall. And that’s why Jesus cries to sleep every night.

Thankfully, a couple of Alabama business owners (who must be feeling very inadequate) are about to take care of that:



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Alabama Officials Oppose EPA Regulations Against Carbon Pollution Because It Defies God’s Will

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules that would have Alabama cutting its power plant carbon emissions by nearly 30% by 2030.

That would be good for the environment but bad for the state’s coal industry, which would likely have to lay off employees.

But that’s not the reason state officials are unhappy with the regulations. They’re upset because the EPA is defying’s God’s Will:



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