Remember Shepherd’s Garden, the Christian-themed park in Sioux City, Iowa? It was set to receive a $140,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded “Vision Iowa” program before VI withdrew the funding after pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
I’m so thrilled to finally announce this new project to everyone!
Site contributor Jessica Bluemke and I have started a weekly podcast where we chat about religion (and plenty of other things) with people we find really interesting.
Our very first guest is Zach Weinersmith.
This is a guest post by Andrew L. He is a 40-something business consultant, former Christian, current atheist, and mountain biker. He lives in Denver. … I am an atheist Republican — a combination that seems so rare I sometimes wonder if I could be covered by the Endangered Species Act. Then again, I wonder [Read More…]
Justice Prevails: Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case of School District That Held Graduation at a Christian Church
In July of 2012, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Elmbrook School District in Brookfield, Wisconsin violated the First Amendment when it held its graduation ceremonies in Elmbrook Church (an evangelical, non-denominational Christian church) from 2000 to 2009.
That’s not necessarily a Constitutional violation. Sometimes, it’s the only available space in a community large enough to fit a lot of people. It’s okay as long as there’s no overt proselytizing and all efforts are made to minimize the pro-Christian symbols and literature. But, in Brookfield, other venues were available, and this turned out to be a Jesus-pushing, giant-cross-right-on-stage graduation venue.