Pittsylvania County Board Told That It Still Can’t Open Meetings with Christian Prayer, Despite Supreme Court Ruling

In 2012, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors in Virginia began each meeting with a prayer to Jesus Christ.

An anonymous woman had sued the city in response — but a judge ruled that the only way for the lawsuit to proceed was if she revealed her identity.

In a country where atheists can get harassed for simply suggesting, “If people want to pray, they should do it privately, not on the taxpayers’ dime,” it’s no surprise the person wanted to keep her identity hidden.

But the lawsuit was too important and Barbara Hudson decided to shed the anonymity so the case could proceed:

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North Carolina Diner Halts 15% Discount for Praying Customers After FFRF Sends Warning Letter

Earlier this week, we learned that Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina gave customers a 15% discount if they were seen praying before a meal:

Even though the discount was supposedly open to people of all faiths, it was clearly geared toward Christians and offered no alternatives for atheists.

Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Liz Cavell wrote a letter to the diner’s owner Mary Haglund a few days ago warning her of the legal repercussions of her actions:

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The (Animated) Rap Guide to Religion

Baba Brinkman is the brilliant songwriter behind the “Rap Guide to Evolution” and this song about Darwin Day.

His latest project is called “The Rap Guide to Religion,” an animated guide to the evolutionary origins of faith:



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If You Want to Learn About Atheists, Don’t Watch the Movie God’s Not Dead

Neil Carter, who’s blogging at Patheos now, offers a helpful (and highly snarky) list of the take-away messages he got from God’s Not Dead, the awful movie about a Christian student and his atheist professor:



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God is an Abusive Boyfriend (and You Should Break Up): The Book

I’ve written a few books in my time. One was with a “real” publisher, one was done more independently with the help of an editor, and one was a compilation of older blog posts. It’s time to try something different.

My latest project, launching today on Kickstarter, is a book all about how religious people ought to reconsider their “relationship” with a Supreme Being. It’s called God is an Abusive Boyfriend (and you should break up) and it’s based off this Atheist Voice video.

It may look like a children’s book, but the content is more complex than that:



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