Maryland Legislator Wants to Force Kids to Listen to Christian Prayers at Mandatory School Events

New legislation in Maryland sponsored by Delegate Ric Metzgar would force students to listen to Christian prayers at school-sponsored events.

HB0955 and SB0267 would both “allow nonsectarian student-initiated voluntary prayer during mandatory and voluntary school-sponsored student events” — which sounds fine since it’s “voluntary” and “student-initiated” — but it really amounts to the Christian majority forcing everyone else to listen to their prayers at graduation, a pep assembly, and every other gathering.


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Edwina Rogers Dismisses Claims in Her Lawsuit Against Richard Dawkins and Atheist Lobbying Group

There’s finally resolution in a lawsuit involving some of the leaders of multiple atheist organizations.

Last May, Edwina Rogers (below) sued the Secular Coalition for America, her former employer, alleging that SCA leaders wrongfully terminated her and then made defamatory statements about her to the press. They were motivated, the document said, by “petty jealousies and naked ambition.”

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Saudi Arabia Sentences Man to 2,000 Lashes and 10 Years in Prison for His Atheist Tweets

In November, I thought there was finally hope for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi.

After being sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam,” Badawi received the first 50 lashes at the beginning of 2015, with the expectation that he would receive 50 more every Friday for a total of 20 weeks. Those additional lashes never came for reasons that were unclear, but his sentence was still upheld last summer. Still, the November rumor was that his sentence had been officially suspended.

We soon learned that things hadn’t gotten better. In fact, they had turned much worse. Badawi’s wife reported in December that he had been transferred to an isolated prison and he was now on a hunger strike.

It’s a horrible situation no matter how you look at it.

And now, Badawi may have some company.


An unnamed man has been sentenced to 2,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for expressing his atheism and criticizing Islam on Twitter:

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Atheists of Utah Will Donate Money to Planned Parenthood on Behalf of Anti-Abortion Governor

The Salt Lake City Weekly newspaper has a nice interview with Felicia Entwistle, president of Atheists of Utah.

Her group is hosting a big fundraiser tonight and it includes a silent auction with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Even better? The money will be donated in the name of Governor Gary Herbert:


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Donald Trump: As President, I’ll Reverse the Law That Prevents Churches from Endorsing Candidates

Not that you need a reminder of what a disaster a President Donald Trump would be, but during his press conference yesterday, there was a key point that went underreported as the media focused on Chris Christie‘s endorsement of the man.

Trump said near the end of his speech that he would rescind the IRS rule preventing churches from endorsing candidates.


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