Proposed Michigan Laws Intended to Prevent Gay Unions Could Also Block Atheist Marriages

In anticipation of the Supreme Court making gay marriage legal throughout the country, one Michigan lawmaker is attempting to circumvent the decision in advance by banning government officials (like courthouse clerks) from signing any marriage licenses at all, leaving that duty only in the hands of religious leaders. (Michigan is one of the 13 states left currently banning same-sex marriages.)

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Principal Fired After Giving Prayer Books to Staff; She May File Discrimination Lawsuit Against School Board

Last week, DeKalb Community Unit School District 428 in Illinois voted 5-2 to fire elementary school principal Shahran Spears. Among the reasons for her dismissal were repeatedly examples of her using her position to push Christianity on the staff and students:

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Dutch Politician’s TV Broadcast of Muhammad Cartoons Postponed After “Misunderstanding”

Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician perhaps best known for his criticisms of Islam. He made a short film called Fitna in 2008, has equated the Qur’an to Mein Kampf, suggested banning the Qur’an, and called for a tax on Muslim women who wanted to wear a hijab, and wants a halt on Muslim immigrants into his country. Unlike many critics of Islam who focus solely on bad ideas, Wilders wants to enact policies to make life worse for peaceful Muslims, since they’re perpetuating a faith he thinks must be stopped.

Yesterday, in his latest attempt to stick it to Islam, Wilders was going to broadcast cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad on Dutch TV — during Ramadan. (How was this even possible? Because his nation’s laws allow “anything to be shown during a party political broadcast” and he’s an elected official.)

The three-minute video was based on images shown at last month’s Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas, which eventually turned deadly.

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Have Scientists Figured Out How to Stop the Poaching of Rhinos or Will They Just Make the Problem Worse?

As a vegetarian, the idea of artificial meat is fascinating to me. If scientists could make fake meat that looked, smelled, and tasted like the real thing, perhaps it would lead to less cruelty against living animals.

Then you think about what’s happening to South African rhinos. They’re being killed off for their horns, because people in China and Vietnam use them in “designer party drugs” and marketed as a potential cure for cancer. So superstition and irrational thinking is pushing this species to the brink of extinction.

But scientists may have discovered a way to stop the bleeding.

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A Former President of Atheist Alliance of America Has Died of Cancer

Yesterday afternoon, we lost a wonderful atheist leader.

Chuck VonDerAhe, a former President of Atheist Alliance of America, died after a battle with cancer. He was 66 years old. Christine Shellska, AAA’s current President, said that Chuck bequeathed his estate to the organization.

A science-advocate till the end, his body will be donated to a local university for research purposes.

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