Jason Heap, Atheist Candidate to Become a Chaplain in the U.S. Navy, Gets Rejected

Jason Heap wanted to become a chaplain in the U.S. Navy and seemed perfectly qualified for the position: He earned two master’s degrees (including one in divinity), passed his physicals, and completed the paperwork… but what he doesn’t have is the endorsement of a religious organization that’s currently approved by the Navy.

That’s because Heap is a Humanist whose endorsement comes from the Humanist Society.

Last month, the Navy rejected his application. They didn’t say why, only that a lot of people were rejected, but it’s not hard to connect the dots given Heap’s impeccable credentials.

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Minnesota GOP Nominates Bible-Waving, Drunk-Driving, David-Barton-Loving Lawyer for State Supreme Court

Lawyer Michelle MacDonald, who faces DUI charges, just won the Minnesota GOP’s nomination to become a state Supreme Court judge.

Just before getting the nomination, MacDonald explained how she would make decisions: Forget the law. It’s all about the Bible:

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In Town Where Supreme Court Case Originated, Atheist Will Deliver Invocation at Greece (NY) Board Meeting

From 1999 through 2007, Christians delivered every single invocation prayer at the meetings of the Greece (New York) Town Board. They weren’t prayers to a generic “God” either — they were specifically praying to Jesus Christ and the God of Christianity. Even after town residents Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens spoke out against the practice, [Read More...]

New Zealand Pastafarian Wears Colander in Driver’s License Picture, Much to the Delight of Everyone

I’m still amused every time someone gets in the news for wearing a colander on his head (and it’s always a “he”) in order to highlight the concessions made to religious people.

Austrian Niko Alm first did it in 2011:

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Why Is This Colorado School District Promoting a Christian Mission Trip?

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center just sent a letter to the Douglas County School District in Colorado detailing extensive evidence that district officials at Highlands Ranch High School and Cougar Run Elementary School, in their capacities as district employees, were promoting Christianity and raising money for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ mission trip.

The FCA made it clear why they were going to Guatemala: “… our group’s primary goal is to share the love and hope of Jesus.” Which is fine. They’re allowed to do that. But make no mistake: This trip, by their own admission, was about proselytizing, first and foremost.

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