Cedar Rapids Fire Department Finally Decides to Paint Over Christian Imagery on Truck

You may remember that, back in March, a Cedar Rapids (Iowa) fire station was in the news after someone inquired about a fire truck featuring religious imagery and the words of Psalm 23:

At the time, the fire department was leaning towards allowing more religious imagery in order to avoid any possible lawsuits — opening the door to a fire truck with paintings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Shiva. (I’m sure no one would have had a problem with that…)

Thankfully, they’ve since decided to go in the other direction:

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Petty Vandalism Against Atheist Adopt-a-Highway Sign in Nebraska

This is what the Omaha Atheists’ Adopt-a-Highway sign looks like right now:



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Focus on the Family Has a Bizarre Vision of What Not-Explicitly-Christian Invocations Look Like

Yesterday, Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink posted a video about the recent Supreme Court decision allowing government prayer. They want to show that while the vote went their way, it was only a 5-4 decision… and they describe the horrors of what would’ve happened if it went 5-4 in the other direction with mock invocation and all:



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Saudi Blogger Punished for “Insulting Islam” is Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail and 1000 Lashes

Last year, 30-year-old Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was punished for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. That was insulting to Islam, said his critics. He was sentenced at the time to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.

His sentence was overturned last year… but that respite was brief. Yesterday, Badawi was given an even harsher punishment:

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Highlights from Sam Harris’ Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Islamophobia, Western Hypocrisy, and the Best Prank Ever

Following a controversy where Ayaan Hirsi Ali was offered an honorary doctorate from Brandeis University only to have it quickly rescinded, Sam Harris posted a nearly-9,000-word interview with Hirsi Ali on his website today.

It’s a fascinating conversation and gets right to the heart of the criticisms that have been leveled against Hirsi Ali over the years.

Some of the highlights are below, but I strongly encourage you to set aside some time and read the whole thing.

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