Judge Gives Green Light to Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Lawsuit Against the IRS for Ignoring Pulpit Politicking

Back in November, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the IRS because of the government agency’s “failure to enforce electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations.” Basically, churches were endorsing political candidates from the pulpit and the IRS wasn’t doing anything to stop it.

The IRS tried to quash this lawsuit before it could proceed but FFRF just got some good news: U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of the Western District of Wisconsin has dismissed the IRS’ motion, allowing FFRF to move forward with their lawsuit!

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Book Publisher Cancels Release of Novel Rather Than Allow Gay Author to Mention His ‘Partner’ in Bio

David Powers King and Michael Jensen were in the final stages of publishing their young-adult fantasy novel Woven when they saw a mistake on the back cover.

The biographical information for King was fine, but Jensen’s was missing this line: “He lives in Salt Lake City with his boyfriend and their four dogs.”

The Acquisitions Editor for publisher Cedar Fort, Inc. told him the reason in an email:

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Dr. Narendra Dabholkar Has Paid the Ultimate Price for Challenging Irrationality

We lost a real hero yesterday in the worst possible way.

Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, a 67-year-old anti-superstition activist and Humanist leader from India, was assassinated on Tuesday morning, presumably because of his skeptical beliefs.

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Humanist Wedding Featured in The Atlantic

Four weddings are featured in the latest edition of The Atlantic‘s In Focus column, and one of them just happens to be the Humanist ceremony of Brendan Hastings and Suzy Addis:

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An Atheist Is Living Without Shelter in Phoenix to Raise Awareness for an Important Cause

This is a guest post by Seráh Blain. Seráh is the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for Arizona.

At the heart of Humanism is the idea that human beings deserve to be treated with dignity, to have their autonomy respected, and to be regarded equally regardless of immaterial differences that have no bearing on one’s value — such as color, class, gender, and so forth.

After several recent interactions with people experiencing homelessness in Phoenix, where temperatures are frequently well over 100 degrees, I have come to realize that homelessness is a vile affront to all of these principles — and as a result, with the help of my Humanist community, the Flagstaff Freethinkers, and several other collaborating organizations, I am spearheading a unique and provocative project to work toward ending homelessness in Arizona.

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