Humanist Group Sues Colorado School District for Promoting Christianity Through Its Programs

This past June, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the Douglas County School District in Colorado detailing extensive evidence that officials at Highlands Ranch High School and Cougar Run Elementary School, in their capacities as district employees, were promoting Christianity and raising money for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ mission trip.

The FCA made it clear why they were going to Guatemala: “… our group’s primary goal is to share the love and hope of Jesus.” Which is fine. They’re allowed to do that. But make no mistake: This trip, by their own admission, was about proselytizing, first and foremost.

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Glad He Didn’t Respond to My Requests for an Interview

I don’t know how they did it, but the Onion News Network snagged an interview with the Almighty:



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Why Are Atheists in the Military Still Denied This Valuable Resource?

It wasn’t until this past April when the U.S. military finally approved “Humanist” as an acceptable religious designation. But despite the number of non-religious members of the Armed Forces — a number that more-than-defies the canard of there being “no atheists in foxholes” — we have yet to see a single Humanist chaplain.

The Navy even rejected a highly-qualified Humanist applicant in May.

Ronit Y. Stahl, writing for Religion & Politics, has a fascinating history of the fight to get non-Christian chaplains in the military, specifically non-theistic ones:

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A New Trend: Books About Atheism Focus on Life After Godlessness

In an article for Publishers Weekly, Henry L. Carrigan Jr. rounds up some of the recent/upcoming books about atheism with a sweeping (and welcome) summary: They represent a “shift from argument to lifestyle.”

In other words, they spend less time arguing that God doesn’t exist — the focus of the New Atheists’ bestsellers — and more time explaining what to do after you no longer believe in a Higher Power:



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Fox News Host Says Christian Plaques at Two Texas Schools Should Stay Up Because of the “Culture in the South”

In August, we learned that Mountain Peak Elementary School and Longbranch Elementary School in Midlothian, Texas both had religious plaques hanging near the entrances. They had been there for 17 years:



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