Lutheran Pastor Apologizes for Being a Decent Human Being

After the Newtown shootings, there were a number of interfaith vigils for the victims’ families and the community. One in particular featured leaders from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Baha’i backgrounds. Setting aside for a moment the issue of where the atheists were (or whether they were even invited), that actually sounds like a comforting event — religious people setting aside their differences for the common good.

But now, Reverend Rob Morris of the Christ the King Lutheran Church, is apologizing for taking part in the event.

Because it apparently gave the impression that he endorsed the beliefs of those who came from non-Lutheran backgrounds.

Really. [Read more...]

CNN Reports on Atheist America

Yesterday on CNN, Carol Costello reported on the growing number of Americans who don’t believe in God: [Read more...]

New Documentary Investigates The Good News Club

Filmmaker Scott Burdick — who released his previous documentary online for free — has just done the same thing with his latest project: Sophia Investigates The Good News Club. It’s an insider’s look at the Christian group that tries to “set up evangelical ministries in public elementary schools”: I have to mention, of course, that [Read More...]

A Way to Help Parents in Ontario Exempt Their Kids from Religion Classes

In Ontario, Roman Catholic schools are funded by taxpayers just like public schools. While that means the government is paying for religious education, it also means the Catholic schools can’t completely get away from following certain rules. For example, students are not required to take a religious education class… as long as their parents request an exemption from the school.

Unfortunately, some parents have found those exemptions hard to come by. [Read more...]

City Council Member in Washington D.C. Proposes Bill to Allow Atheists to Officiate Weddings

If you and your atheist partner want to get married in Washington, D.C. your wedding would have to be officiated by either a religious figure or a government official.

The application requires the parties to identify the name of the officiant who will perform the marriage ceremony. The officiant is any District of Columbia Judge or anyone who is authorized by a religious organization to officiate marriages, such as a minister, priest, rabbi or imam, so long as he or she is registered with the Marriage Bureau to officiate marriages.

What about a Humanist or Secular Celebrant? It wouldn’t count. They’re not on The List. [Read more...]


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