How Long Should a Family’s Roadside Cross in Memory of Their Son Be Allowed to Stay Up?

In May of 2012, 19-year-old Anthony Devaney was taking a nighttime walk when a car struck and killed him.

It wasn’t long before a large cross was placed at the scene of the tragedy:

Here’s a difficult question: How long should that cross be allowed to stay up? Forever? A few months? It’s not an easy discussion to have, but the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center believes it’s time for the city of Lake Elsinore (yep, them again) to take it down. In fact, the city did take it down last December… but they put it right back up after Devaney’s mother “demanded” its return.

In a letter to the Lake Elsinore City Council, the AHLC says that to leave the cross up now amounts to government promotion of religion:

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American Atheists Won’t Be at CPAC This Weekend

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how American Atheists was booted from the CPAC conference taking place this weekend:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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God Just Needs to Open Up His Mind a Little More…

Zach Weinersmith sets us up for a very interesting philosophical question

You’ll have to go to his site for the rest of it!

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How a Local Humanist Group Emerged in a Very Conservative Area

Rachael Berman shares a fascinating story about how an Idaho community with virtually no (public) Humanists became a community with an active group consisting of 120 members (and counting):

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British Government Allows Religious Schools to Censor Questions About Evolution on Standardized Tests

Last fall, the Yesodey Hatorah Jewish Voluntary Aided girls’ secondary school in England — an ultra-orthodox school that encourages young women to become mothers instead of attending college — gave students an unusual GCSE science examination: While the questions weren’t altered, some of them were redacted

That put the girls at a disadvantage since they couldn’t read, and therefore couldn’t answer, those questions.

What was it about those questions that made school officials black them out? At the time, it wasn’t clear, but there were clues:

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