You’ve read the story by now. The Kansas City Atheist Coalition was rejected by the organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day parade out of “respect for the legacy of St. Patrick.” Interestingly enough, the “Missouri Gay Rodeo Association” met the criteria (PDF), but KCAC did not.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve posted about a controversy at Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio. They had a portrait hanging in their school, not of a student or administrator, but of Jesus:
Not only that — it had a prominent place in the school:
Last month, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and ACLU of Ohio filed a federal lawsuit against the school for its unlawful promotion of religion on behalf of anonymous families who have children in the district.
The school is holding the line that they aren’t promoting religion. Instead, the portrait was put up by a student group so to take it down would be a violation of their rights.
Eight current and former prisoners in British Columbia, Canada are suing the federal government (PDF) because their rights are being violated.
The problem is that the government recently laid off 49 part-time chaplains… including all the ones who represented non-Christian beliefs: [Read more...]
I posted recently about Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers. He served for 38 years starting in 1970, making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history, until he was term-limited out in 2008. When he was eligible to run again last november, he ran and won handily.
Chambers is one of the few non-theistic, high-ranking politicians in the country. He’s also African-American and a powerhouse legislator.
Recently, the legislature held hearings on three bills that would affect LGBT residents: LB380, LB485, and LB385, which deal with things like prohibiting discrimination and allowing unmarried couples (including gay ones) to adopt children.
As you might imagine, Christian groups want to be able to discriminate against gays and lesbians and they certainly don’t want them to be able to adopt children.
Chambers was a voice of reason (and hilarity) no matters who delivered testimony against the bills… [Read more...]