Humanist-Branded License Plates Are Now Available in Maryland

The state of Maryland has fairly loose requirements when it comes to license plates. If you’d like to have one branded by a non-profit organization of your choice, for example, it’s really just a matter of getting the non-profit to fill out all the necessary paperwork.

That’s the process that Ryan Jean began in 2013 when he asked the American Humanist Association if they would go through the motions. Now he and his wife Christine are the proud owners of the first Humanist-branded plates in the state:

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Man’s Death Sentence Overturned Because Prosecutors Told Jurors to Consider Biblical Law

In 1992, Rudolph Roybal was found guilty of first-degree murder, robbery and burglary. He had allegedly stabbed a woman (who had once employed him) 13 times, beaten her up, and slashed her neck before stealing her jewelry and heading to a different state. A jury found him guilty of the crime.

But when it came time to decide his penalty, the prosecutor urged the jury to consider something that had nothing to do with the evidence:

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New York City Mayor Will Use Millions of Taxpayer Dollars to Hire Security at Religious Schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for all his liberal qualities, has hardly been a champion of church/state separation since entering office. He added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, closing them on those days. He did away with a health regulation requiring parents to sign a consent form when Orthodox Jewish rabbis suck blood from their baby’s penis. (Even though that practice had been linked to herpes.) And now he’s giving away up to $20 million of taxpayer money to private schools, including religious ones, so that they can hire security guards:

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International Humanist Group Issues Report on Anti-Atheist Discrimination Around the World

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has just released a 540-page report on the rights of non-religious people around the world. And the outlook is as depressing as you might suspect. Just look at all the countries guilty of “Grave Violations” of freedom of thought:

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Artists Called to Submit Proposals for Non-Religious Holiday Display in New Haven (CT)

Whenever we hear about Nativity scenes on public property, and secular displays put up in response, we’re usually talking about something snarky or explicitly non-theistic. A banner with an in-your-face message, a Satanic display featuring a not-so-well-known Bible verse, a secular Nativity featuring the Bill of Rights, etc.

In New Haven, Connecticut, the Yale Humanist Community has put out a call for artists to create a special installation that would go up on the town green every year and offers something positive to the community:

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