Wisconsin Judge Who Struck Down Gay Marriage Ban Also Ruled Against National Day of Prayer in 2010

Yesterday, Judge Barbara Crabb‘s ruling overturned a gay marriage ban in Wisconsin, much to the chagrin of bigots everywhere.

Because my review of that law convinces me that plaintiffs are entitled to the same treatment as any heterosexual couple, I conclude that the Wisconsin laws banning marriage between same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

It was another wonderfully-written rebuke to the typical arguments made by the Christian Right, much in the same vein as Judge John E. Jones III did in Pennsylvania.

And, also like Jones, Crabb (below) deserves recognition for her important decisions regarding church/state separation.

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Christian-themed Park Will No Longer Be Getting a $140,000 Boost from Iowan Taxpayers

Last month, we learned that Shepherd’s Garden, a Christian-themed park being built in Sioux City, Iowa, was set to receive a $140,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded “Vision Iowa” program:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Vision Iowa group a letter detailing the constitutional violations that taxpayers would be on the hook for if the courts ruled against them:

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After ACLU’s Warning to School Officials, Virginia Students Lead Crowd in Christian Prayer at Graduation

If you’re not Christian, the Lee County Public Schools in Virginia would like you to know that officials there don’t give a damn about you.

It’s not just that Thomas Walker High School has a display of the Ten Commandments in the hallways. It’s not just that the faculty adviser of First Priority (a Christian club) conducts club activities in his classroom. It’s not just that certain faculty events begin and end with a Christian prayer.

It’s that the school’s graduation director “requires seniors to sing a Christian hymn, ‘Till We Meet Against At Jesus’ Feet,’ at graduation.”

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Bill Maher Debates Religious Fundamentalism with Christian Right Leader Ralph Reed

Last night, on Real Time with Bill Maher, conservative Christian leader Ralph Reed was one of the guests. So the conversation naturally drifted to religion

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Christian Right Chaplain Says Atheists Are Possessed by Demonic Spirits but Don’t Know It Because… Satan

A couple of weeks ago, E.W. Jackson, the one-time candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, argued that groups like the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation were “demonic”:

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