After Losing the Massachusetts Pledge Case, Would the Atheist Side Have Done Anything Differently?

David Niose (below) represented the plaintiffs in the recent case to stop the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in Massachusetts. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled against him, unfortunately, and yesterday, Niose reflected on whether he would have done anything differently:



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Pat Robertson: “You Have to be Deaf, Dumb, and Blind” to be a Young Earth Creationist

Every now and then, Pat Robertson gets it right, reaffirming that old adage about a stopped clock. On today’s 700 Club, Robertson set a man straight after he asked a strange question about the timeline of human evolution: … I appreciate the fact that you’re trying to grapple with it… the truth is, you have [Read More…]

What Happens When Two Pro-Life Atheists Attend a Christian Group’s Anti-Abortion Training Seminar?

Last month, two members of Secular Pro-Life (Ellen and Monica) attended a training session run by Christian anti-abortion group Justice For All. You can read their writeups on the event, but it might be more interesting to hear the exchange in the video below, moderated by JFA’s Josh Brahm:



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College Atheists Push Back Against Hateful Christian Preacher in Very Clever Ways

Brother Jed Smock, the notorious campus preacher who spouts fire and brimstone wherever he goes, made a visit to Boise State University in Idaho this week — and the campus’ Secular Student Alliance was ready for him.

They made their “Bigot Bingo!” cards (complete with a square marked “So-whore-ity sisters”):

They had a board where students could check whether they considered Smock’s diatribe hate speech or not:

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Citizenship Ceremony Forced to Change Venues After Carteret (New Jersey) Mayor Insists on Including Prayer

About 30 people were set to become naturalized U.S. citizens over the weekend in Carteret, New Jersey, but the ceremony had to be moved after Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman (below) insisted that the event had to include a religious prayer:

Reiman said yesterday that although he assured officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that the prayer would be nondenominational, the agency declined to allow the prayer.

“They refused to budge on that,” Reiman said this evening.

“I told them (employees of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) they’re no longer allowed to use city hall,” he said.

A spokesperson for the CIS told the Associated Press that the ceremonies are designed to be as inclusive as possible which is why they don’t include prayers.

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