Poll Worker Ousted for Saying “God Bless You” to Everyone

There are a couple of simple rules for those working the polls on Election Day: Don’t talk about politics. Don’t talk about religion. You get the idea.

Ruth Provencal broke those rules during September’s primaries in Derry, New Hampshire by saying “God bless you” to voters.

That’s why she was asked not to work during Tuesday’s elections:

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“In God We Trust” Resolution Rescinded in Humboldt (CA) After Atheists Threaten Lawsuit

Earlier this week, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors (in California) scheduled a vote to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in the county chambers. The proposal was introduced by Supervisor Rex Bohn (below):



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More Than 20 Years Later, a Jesus Fish Symbol is Covered Up on a War Memorial in Missouri

More than 20 years ago, a war memorial went up outside the Boone County courthouse in Missouri.

It honored veterans of Operation Desert Storm… and had a Jesus Fish at the bottom of it:



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Mississippi Group Wants to Establish Christianity as the State Religion

A Mississippi group known as the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign is working to get an amendment on the 2016 ballots that would, among other things, establish Christianity as the state religion:

The State of Mississippi hereby acknowledges the fact of her identity as a principally Christian and quintessentially Southern state, in terms of the majority of her population, character, culture, history, and heritage, from 1817 to the present; accordingly, the Holy Bible is acknowledged as a foremost source of her founding principles, inspiration, and virtues; and, accordingly, prayer is acknowledged as a respected, meaningful, and valuable custom of her citizens. The acknowledgments hereby secured shall not be construed to transgress either the national or the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

As if the middle finger Mississippi was sending religious minorities wasn’t already large enough…

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Counties That Adopt “In God We Trust” Resolutions Are “Poor, Uneducated, and Overwhelmingly White”

In God We Trust ~ America, Inc. is the organization dedicated to putting up religious plaques all around the country .

It turns out they’ve done quite well: Nearly 400 cities and counties have approved their sample resolution, putting up “In God We Trust” signs in government buildings.

Hank Sims, writing for the Lost Coast Outpost, decided to analyze the 77 counties (rather than cities, presumably so there’s no overlap) that have adopted the resolution to discover what they have in common. Turns out God’s Country, his name for the collection of 77 counties, leaves a lot to be desired:

The kind of county that adopts this resolution is poor, uneducated and overwhelmingly white.

Here’s just one example of what he found:



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