Atheist Displays in Arlington Heights (Illinois) Have Already Been Vandalized

Last week, the Freedom From Religion Foundation chapter in Chicago put up an atheist display at North School Park in the city of Arlington Heights. It included a five-foot-tall Scarlet A and a banner reading “Are you Good Without God? Millions are” (courtesy of the Chicago Coalition of Reason):

It’s been a week, and I just got word that the display was vandalized: The top of the banner was ripped out of its grommets and the eyehooks that kept the banner attached to its stand were missing.



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A Former Pastor Explains Living Between Belief and Unbelief

Ryan Bell is the former pastor who decided to “try on” atheism for a while when he felt a little pulled in that direction. His decision even cost him his job.

For the past several months, he’s been blogging on Patheos at A Year Without God, though his year is about to come to an end, so it’ll be interesting to see what he does after that.

In the meantime, Bell recently gave a speech at the Center For Inquiry in Los Angeles detailing his theological views and how he came to put his faith to the test. Check it out!



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Congress Will Likely Transfer the Mount Soledad Cross to Private Land

We are still talking about the Mount Soledad cross for some reason.

Here’s a quick recap in case you’re unfamiliar with the story: This controversy, which began nearly 25 years ago, is the longest-running Establishment Clause case in American history.

It involves the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego — a huge cross on public land erected in 1954. After the now-deceased Philip Paulson challenged the cross’ constitutionality more than two decades ago and after atheist Steve Trunk took up the case a few years ago, atheists have generally prevailed in the court system. In 2012, the Supreme Court declined to hear any more challenges from Christian groups, putting the future of the cross back in the hands of lower courts.



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Dogma Debate Broadcastathon to Benefit Foundation Beyond Belief

The folks at Dogma Debate are doing a 24-hour Broadcastathon to benefit Foundation Beyond Belief.

They’ve already raised more than $30,000 (!!!).

I can’t thank David Smalley and his team enough for doing this.

I’m their final guest, so please listen in and consider making a contribution!

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Seven States’ Constitutions Say Atheists Can’t Hold Public Office; Why Not Toss Out Those Unenforceable Laws?

There are seven states which have laws banning atheists from holding public office.

None of them are enforceable, thanks to the Supreme Court case Torcaso v. Watkins, but that’s what their constitutions say.

Here’s a quick reminder:

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