Upcoming Talks

For anyone interested, here’s where I’m heading over the next couple of months. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you there!

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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University of Florida’s New Building Includes Bible Verse Urging Students to “Walk Humbly with Your God”

In Gainesville, the University of Florida’s new building for business education greets students with a Bible verse.

Heavener Hall, which is named after a local business leader who made a generous contribution toward its construction, features this inscription on one of the archways leading into the building:

He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your god. Micah 6:8

Why anyone thinks that belongs on the property of a public university, I don’t know. Walking humbly with God certainly won’t improve your prospects in the business world.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the school a letter yesterday pointing out the Establishment Clause violation:

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Christian Right Leader Argues for Religious Liberty While Denouncing Wiccan Invocation Since That Mocks God

A few days ago, at the invitation of Iowa State Rep. Liz Bennett, Wiccan priestess Deborah Maynard delivered the opening invocation in the State House.

It was an excellent invocation, as far as those go, even though it was met with a silent protest by at least one lawmaker and complete dismissal of it by many others who instead attended an alternative prayer service arranged by Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats.

Later that evening, Vander Plaats hosted a forum on religious liberty featuring several potential GOP Presidential candidates, and he took the opportunity to denounce the Wiccan invocation.



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Georgia Lawmaker Rewrites Bill to Offer $350,000 in Tax Breaks to Christian School Where He’s a Trustee

Just hours before the Georgia legislative session ended last week, State Sen. Bruce Thompson (below) made an alteration to HB 202, a bill dealing with taxes, in order to give a massive break to a private Christian college:



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Humanist Delivers Invocation in Washington House: “We Are All Sharing the Same Speck of Dust” in This Universe

Yesterday morning in the Washington State House of Representations, the opening invocation was delivered by Robert Ray, President of the Humanists of North Puget Sound:



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