For Those Praying for Protection Against the Islamic State…

Cartoonist Michael Leunig points out the irony:

(Thanks to David for the link)

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How Well Do You Know the Pledge of Allegiance’s History?

Atheist Alliance of America created a fun little quiz on the Pledge’s history and you can take it here.

I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t get a perfect score. But c’mon, who knew there were *that* many changes to the Pledge?!

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Should You Wear Your Atheism on Your Sleeve?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Should you wear your atheism on your sleeve?:

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Tennessee Dept. of Children’s Services Commissioner Says Religion is the Only Foolproof Form of Rehabilitation

You may have heard about how 32 teenagers escaped from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services’ Woodland Hills Youth Development Center last week. Most of them are back in custody, but the community wants answers. Why did it take so long for officials to contact the police about the escape? What are they going to do to prevent this in the future?

This week, DCS leaders held a community meeting to try and answer some of those questions.

But I want to draw special attention to comments made by DCS interim commissioner Jim Henry:

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Florida School Board Member Tells Pagan He Can’t Deliver an Invocation Because It Might Offend the Audience

Last month, David Suhor (who calls himself an Agnostic Pagan Pantheist) spoke to the Escambia County School Board in Florida, saying that they were not very welcoming of non-religious viewpoints when it came to their opening invocations. He acknowledged that one board member invited him to deliver one (though he had a conflict on that date), but that was a rarity:

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