Minnesota County Sued for Denying Atheists the Ability to Officiate a Wedding

Earlier this year, the Center For Inquiry won a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, giving non-religious people who were Secular Celebrants the ability to officiate weddings.

Before they stepped in, the only way an atheist could officiate was to direct the marrying couple to someone else to solemnize the wedding immediately afterwards become a “minister” via a site like the Universal Life Church, or get certified by a group founded by Quakers.

So the legal victory was a welcome one. Atheists in Indiana no longer had to abdicate the solemnizing responsibility to someone else or pretend to have faith.

Now, atheists in Minnesota are trying to do the same thing.

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Watch Matt Dillahunty Explain Appeals to Faith

In the next video for his Atheist Debates project, Matt Dillahunty explains appeals to faith — specifically, how do you respond to someone who says, “You just have to have faith”?



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Now That’s a Letter to the Editor!

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a letter-to-the-editor that I had to read multiple times just to take it all in… but this one in the Idaho Press-Tribune is just a classic in the making:



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Speaking in Tongues: It’s Now a Cure for Ebola

Kenneth Copeland knows exactly how to cure the “murderous demon virus” Ebola.

And it involves speaking Dothraki in tongues (at the 13:45 mark):



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Last Night, Someone Drove a Car Into Oklahoma’s Controversial Ten Commandments Monument

For a couple of years now, there’s been a Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building:

We’ve been talking about it quite a bit on this site for a couple of reasons. 1) It was the subject of a lawsuit by the ACLU of Oklahoma, which said it was unconstitutional and 2) The Satanic Temple made nationwide headlines when they said they wanted to donate a monument of their own to be placed in the same area.

Last we heard, a judge had dismissed the ACLU’s lawsuit (and the Satanist group’s monument was never erected due to a moratorium on additional displays).

Now, the story gets worse.

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