Gov. Christine Gregoire Gives Fantastic Speech Before Signing Marriage Equality Bill

If you haven’t seen it yet, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed the bill for marriage equality earlier today and her pre-signing speech is just beautiful to listen to: The only disappointing part is where she explains in a positive way how religious groups will be exempt from having to solemnize or affirm gay unions. If [Read More...]

A Photography Project

Photographer Chris Johnson is working on a project that features 100 atheists (myself included) talking about what gives them joy and meaning in this life: Each portrait will be paired with a short message from the subject about some aspect of joy, meaning or passion in life. It could focus on the love of a [Read More...]

Prayer Won’t Help When You Live with HIV

Positively Aware is an HIV treatment education journal. I’ve never read it, but given their latest cover, which asks “Can faith help sustain us when living with HIV?” maybe I don’t need to… Perhaps it wouldn’t be a big deal if it was only talking about religious people with HIV who can use their faith [Read More...]

In England, a Town Council Prayer is Ruled Unlawful

The Bideford town council in Devon (in England) did something even American cities don’t do. Instead of praying before meetings, they scheduled them right on the agenda. It took one of the councilmembers, Clive Bone, to finally try to put a stop to it. First, a compromise was offered — the Council could pray *before* [Read More...]

The Aftermath of a School Prayer Case and a Judge’s Awesome Statement

Last year, Christa and Danny Schultz sued the Medina Valley Independent School District in Castroville, Texas because they knew their son’s high school graduation ceremony would include a prayer. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery agreed with them, saying that the graduation prayers would “violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment.” Unfortunately, the district appealed [Read More...]


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