Court-Appointed Marriage Commissioner Refuses to Perform Civil Ceremony for Non-Religious Couple

Tamar Courtney and Morgan Strong have been together for six years and will be getting married this summer in Virginia. They wanted a friend to officiate the ceremony but after facing some difficulties in obtaining his license, they figured they would just go to the county courthouse and take care of the legal paperwork. The formal ceremony with family and friends would just have to come at a later date.

For weeks, they tried contacting the Roanoke County Courthouse for information… to no avail. So they went to neighboring Franklin County instead. A judge there referred them to two court-appointed individuals, either of whom could perform a civil ceremony.

They contacted the first officiant, Bud Roth, and he told them he couldn’t perform the ceremony on courthouse grounds (for unknown reasons) but he could do it at his church.

Even though Tamar’s an Agnostic and Morgan’s an atheist, they just wanted to get the legal part of the ceremony over with, so they accepted his offer. After working out the cost, location, date, and time, Roth asked Tamar about the couple’s religious denomination.

She told him the truth: they weren’t religious. And that’s when Roth backed away.

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There’s an Anti-Atheist Smear Campaign Going On Against a Candidate for Oak Hill (TN) Commissioner

With atheist candidates running for office in Texas and Arizona, I had no idea the first anti-atheist smear campaign would take place in Oak Hill, Tennessee.

That’s where Heidi Campbell (Pflaum) is running to become a city commissioner.

Campbell has been fighting against commercial development in the area because she says the tax revenue it would bring in wouldn’t balance out the amount in maintenance the city would have to pay for upkeep. And this is apparently a *very* controversial position.

Instead of criticizing her argument, though, anonymous opponents recently sent a mailer to residents in Oak Hill warning them that Campbell is (*gasp*) a Secular Humanist:

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After Crudely Dismissing Them Earlier in the Week, La Vista Mayor Finally Agrees to Meet with Atheists

I’ve been posting this week about how the city of La Vista, Nebraska hosted a “Faith & Freedom Day” recently. Omaha Atheists board member Robert Fuller wanted to know why the city was supporting a faith-based event, so he went up to Mayor Douglas Kindig (below), handed him a business card, a requested to meet at a later time to discuss possible church/state violations.

Kindig responded by telling Fuller, “Take me to fucking court because I don’t care,” and “Minorities are not going to run my city.”

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Canadian News Host Has No Idea Why a Government-Supported, Christian-Themed Park is a Bad Idea

I’ve posted before about Shepherd’s Garden, a Christian-themed park being built in Sioux City, Iowa, that may be receiving a $140,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded “Vision Iowa” program:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been pushing back against the government promotion of religion and attorney Andrew Seidel appeared on Canada’s conservative-leaning Sun News Network to discuss the matter with host (and I’m not making this up) Faith Goldy.

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How Many Atheists and Agnostics Are Graduating from Harvard…?

Atheists and Agnostics.

We’re just under 6% of the U.S. population.

And we’re 38% of the graduating class at Harvard, according to survey results posted on The Crimson‘s website:



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