Wooden Sign Featuring Old Testament Verse Comes Down from Michigan Park After Atheists Point Out That It’s Illegal

If you were to walk into Hager Park in Jenison, Michigan sometime in the past 50 years, you might have seen this sign near the picnic shelter:

The sign [was] erected in the late 1960s by the Ottawa County Road Commission… The wording on the sign was a verse from the Bible, Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

That’s… not right. Why is a government park promoting Christianity?

The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists, which is also fighting a hydraulic cross in the city of Grand Haven, wrote a letter to Ottawa County officials demanding that the sign come down:

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I Would Totally Buy a Ticket for This Saving Christmas Sequel

I know Kirk Cameron‘s Saving Christmas is the worst movie of all time, but Saving Christmas 2 is going to be *amazing*… because it seems to be produced by the same people who brought you Saw.

(This would be a good time for the NSFW tag. Lots of violence.)



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I Know the Bible Says “Thou Shalt Not Kill” But…

Here’s everything you need to know about bigoted Pastor Steven Anderson‘s recent interview with a local NBC affiliate regarding his comments about how killing gay people would solve the AIDS crisis:

At one point, there’s this exchange:

Reporter: Is “Thou shalt not kill” one of the Commandments?

Anderson: Yes it is, but



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An Online Porn Site Said I Couldn’t Buy Adult Material Because I Lived in a “Sexually Conservative” Area

Last night, acting on a tip, I visited the adult website Adam & Eve to buy some DVDs. When they asked for my address, I gave them a particular zip code from Tennessee. And then I couldn’t go any further with my purchase, because this was on the next screen: At this time, we are [Read More…]

Researchers Studied a Decade’s Worth of Atheist Conferences to See If We’re Getting More Diverse

The stereotypical atheist is usually a white guy — Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Bill Maher, to name a few — but there’s been a push over the past several years to go beyond that, to promote the views of atheists who are women, minorities, LGBT, etc.

Sure, you might be able to name people who fit one or more of those categories, but one way to quantify whether there’s a real shift happening movement-wide is by looking at who’s speaking at various atheist conferences.

Christopher Hassall and Ian Bushfield did just that.

They looked at “48 atheist conferences held between 2003 and 2014” to see what the trends were regarding women and non-white speakers, and they just published their results in the journal Secularism and Nonreligion. That meant analyzing as much as they could from “1223 speaker slots and 630 different speakers.”

So what did they discover?

Women represented just over 30% of all the conference speakers they looked at over the past decade, which is significantly below the percentage of female atheists worldwide.



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