How do you know when community leaders don’t understand the separation of church and state? When they promote a prayer breakfast on the city’s website: The Freedom From Religion Foundation notes some other violations going on in New Albany, Indiana: The city also put an ad for the prayer breakfast on citizens’ municipal utility bills, [Read More…]
Quick question I could use your help with.
Who are all the current politicians in the U.S. who are openly non-theistic?
Right now, I can count them on a single hand… but I’m sure I’m missing a bunch. (Okay, I *hope* I’m missing a bunch.) That includes members of Congress, state legislators, mayors, city council members, etc.
Only a month ago, right wing websites were running with a story about how atheists were up in arms over Carrie Underwood‘s new single “Something In The Water” because it had religious references in it.
The problem with that sentiment was that atheists didn’t give a damn. Hell, atheists didn’t even know she had a new song out. Double hell, atheists don’t even know who Carrie Underwood is.
And those articles never bothered to mention which groups or individuals they were talking about. They had a catchy headline — and that was enough!
Turns out it’s still happening.
Yesterday, we got a look at what Texas’ new legislature plans to pursue as elected officials filed bills early for the upcoming session. And to no one’s surprise, there’s already a bill to put a copy of the Ten Commandments in every classroom.
It was sponsored by State Rep. Dan Flynn:
House Bill 138 would go into effect next school year if passed:
The board of trustees of an independent school district may not prohibit the posting of a copy of the Ten Commandments in a prominent location in a district classroom.
Because for some reason, it’s vital that teenagers know they can’t worship any God but the Christian God, take the Christian God’s name in vain, do work on the Sabbath, or fuck people they’re not married to.
Activist in Court After Putting Church/State Separation Stickers on Ohio Courthouse’s Church Directory
There’s a message board encased in glass outside the Athens County Courthouse (in Ohio) that lists the addresses of all the houses of worship in the area.
Eliot Kalman, a resident who used to head up the local branch of the ACLU, believes the presence of that sign is unconstitutional… he complained about it to local officials but they responded by saying they were simply providing information to the public, not promoting any of the religious groups — and that he could request his own group be added to the list if he wanted. Unsatisfied with that answer, he fought back by putting a giant sticker on the board: