A Missouri Sheriff Put “In God We Trust” on All Department Cars, Upsetting One Reader in Particular

A lot of Sheriff’s Departments have been putting the phrase “In God We Trust” on their cars. Because they can hide behind the “It’s just our national motto” excuse, they’re thrilled to preach Christianity in a way that’s immune from legal action. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, however, has sent letters to various departments asking them to reverse course.

One particular department, in Missouri, rubbed a reader the wrong way.

Some background helps: She told me that her dad was Sheriff in Gentry County, Missouri for 28 years (elected for seven consecutive terms). He was an atheist personally but never spoke out against religion in public. He had a great reputation. Even criminals wanted to be tried in his jail because they knew, under his care, they would be safe, not go hungry, and their families would be kept up-to-date about their situations.

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Anti-Superstition Activist M.M. Kalburgi Shot Outside His Home in India

On Sunday morning, 77-year-old M. M. Kalburgi, a notable Indian skeptic who had fought against superstition throughout his career, was shot dead in front of his home.



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10 Beautiful Science Tricks Involving Liquid

I like you, science. You’re alright.



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 70: Attorney David Niose, on Legal Issues Affecting Young Atheists

Our latest podcast guest is attorney David Niose, to chat with us about legal concerns that young atheists may have as they go back to school.

Niose has been the president of two major organizations, the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America. He currently serves as the AHA’s legal director. He’s also a lawyer who has argued in front of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court about why the Pledge of Allegiance shouldn’t be recited in public school classrooms. And he’s the author of Nonbeliever Nation and Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason.

We spoke with him about the legal issues affecting young atheists and how they should respond. Topics addressed include: Saying the Pledge of Allegiance, “See You at the Pole” events, religious choir music, science education, Gideons Bible giveaways, faith-based assemblies, and prayers at football games.

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A Four-Part Plan to End Discrimination Against Atheists (and Other Non-Catholics) in Irish Schools

In Ireland, where even State-funded schools are almost always run by the Catholic Church, students, parents, and teachers who don’t belong to the faith can be discriminated against in a variety of ways. Some students have even been denied admission into public schools for their non-Catholic beliefs. Making matters worse, the Irish government is considering two bills dealing with school admission and employment equality that would further alienate people of minority faiths or no faith.

In the Irish Times, Michael Nugent lays out four ways the government can fix the problem:



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