La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island is one of those Catholic schools that’s been around forever, with the current building dedicated in 1925. You can imagine that its Hall of Fame (“Wall of Notables”) is pretty stacked given all the alumni the school has had, but that’s been a source of controversy recently.
Rhode Island Catholic School Removes Pro-Choice Politician from Its Hall of Fame, but Plans to Induct Ex-Con
After Speaking Out Against “In God We Trust” Display, Alabama Atheist’s Next Target is Religious Veterans’ Monument
Back in August, several non-Christians spoke in front of the Mobile County Commission (in Alabama) to request they put up displays reading things like “In Reason We Trust.” It was in response to a vote to put “In God We Trust” on a plaque in the city’s Administration Building. Despite the pushback, the Commission denied those requests, saying only the Christian phrase would go up.
Amanda Scott, a member of the Mobile Atheist Community, was one of the people who fought against the Christian privilege:
When the Secular Coalition for America decided to create election voter guides several years ago, there was some internal discussion about whether that was a good or bad idea because we didn’t want our reputation (the “atheist lobby”) to hurt candidates who supported our values. That thought was quickly laughed off, though. Like we have that sort of power!
Turns out we have that sort of power.
If you drive through central Illinois right now (near Exit 72 on I-55), there’s a billboard sponsored by the Lake County Right to Life Committee, Inc. targeting Senator Dick Durbin who just received an “A” grade from the SCA:
Catholic Archbishop Performed an “Exorcism” in Oklahoma City Civic Center Following Recent Black Mass
Recently, there was a controversial Black Mass ceremony held in the Oklahoma City Civic Center. Part of the controversy involved Archbishop Paul S. Coakley suing Adam Daniels and his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Satanic church because they supposedly stole consecrated communion wafers from the Church for their event, though Daniels returned the wafers to Coakley while saying they were sent to him legally by a priest in Turkey.
What I didn’t know until yesterday was what happened after the event. According to Carla Hinton of The Oklahoman, Coakley went back into the venue the morning after the Black Mass in order to cleanse the spirits with an exorcism:
This week, during a speech at Colorado Christian University, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed the entire notion of separation of church and state: