Randall Hayes is an atheist who recently got elected as an alderman in Atlanta, Louisiana. (Big cheers!)
Before he could take office, though, he had to recite the Oath written in the Louisiana Constitution and sign a document with the words written on it:
“I… do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution and laws of the United States and the constitution and laws of this state and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as… according to the best of my ability and understanding, so help me God.”
Well, Randall wasn’t about to say those last four words or sign the statement as is, but he also didn’t want to cause a scene the day of his inauguration: [Read more...]
Last month, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III signed a law that would make government-funded sex education and contraception widely available to the nation’s poor. It’s the type of law that makes so much sense and benefits such a large segment of society… and the Catholic Church can’t deal with it: [Read more...]
An Oklahoma State Senator Just Introduced Legislation That Would Stop a Scientology-Based Drug Rehab Center
In Oklahoma, the Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services certifies private facilities that offer treatment/counseling services.
As it turns out, there’s a private facility in the state called Narconon that focuses on drug rehabilitation (recovery) which used to be outside the scope of the Board’s oversight.
So what’s the big deal? [Read more...]