Linda Stephens, Plaintiff in the Supreme Court Case Legalizing Religious Invocations, Sees Some Silver Linings

Linda Stephens, one of the plaintiffs (along with Susan Galloway) in the recent Supreme Court case that ended with religious invocations at government meetings being declared legal and a member of the Atheists Community of Rochester, wrote an essay for the Democrat & Chronicle about the upsides to losing the case.

It’s nothing you haven’t heard already, but all the more interesting given its source:

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Former Congressman Barney Frank Explains Why He Waited Until He Left Office to Come Out as an Atheist

Last August, former Congressman Barney Frank — who made a name for himself for being an outspoken gay liberal — finally came out in a different way. He said on Real Time with Bill Maher that he was an atheist:

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Wisconsin Judge Who Struck Down Gay Marriage Ban Also Ruled Against National Day of Prayer in 2010

Yesterday, Judge Barbara Crabb‘s ruling overturned a gay marriage ban in Wisconsin, much to the chagrin of bigots everywhere.

Because my review of that law convinces me that plaintiffs are entitled to the same treatment as any heterosexual couple, I conclude that the Wisconsin laws banning marriage between same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

It was another wonderfully-written rebuke to the typical arguments made by the Christian Right, much in the same vein as Judge John E. Jones III did in Pennsylvania.

And, also like Jones, Crabb (below) deserves recognition for her important decisions regarding church/state separation.

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Christian-themed Park Will No Longer Be Getting a $140,000 Boost from Iowan Taxpayers

Last month, we learned that Shepherd’s Garden, a Christian-themed park being built in Sioux City, Iowa, was set to receive a $140,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded “Vision Iowa” program:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Vision Iowa group a letter detailing the constitutional violations that taxpayers would be on the hook for if the courts ruled against them:

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After ACLU’s Warning to School Officials, Virginia Students Lead Crowd in Christian Prayer at Graduation

If you’re not Christian, the Lee County Public Schools in Virginia would like you to know that officials there don’t give a damn about you.

It’s not just that Thomas Walker High School has a display of the Ten Commandments in the hallways. It’s not just that the faculty adviser of First Priority (a Christian club) conducts club activities in his classroom. It’s not just that certain faculty events begin and end with a Christian prayer.

It’s that the school’s graduation director “requires seniors to sing a Christian hymn, ‘Till We Meet Against At Jesus’ Feet,’ at graduation.”

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