Kennesaw (GA) Officials Hypocritically Rejected Mosque’s New Location, but They’ve Finally Come to Their Senses

Earlier this month, the Kennesaw City Council (in Georgia) voted down a proposed Islamic center located in a strip mall… but even that was an obstacle in itself:

… when the time came, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews had trouble getting the council to take a vote at all. No member would second the motion to proceed.

After several very awkward pauses, the council finally voted. Four of the five members voted “no”.

Why would they say no when the Muslims fulfilled all the requirements of any group looking to acquire the space? Council member Debra Williams (below) made clear this had nothing to do with anti-Islamic prejudice:



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Pastafarian Driver’s License Issued in Tennessee

When Joy Camacho went to the DMV in Knoxville to renew her driver’s license, she was expecting more of a fight when it came to her right to wear a colander, the official garb of Pastafarians everywhere.

There was no battle whatsoever.



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Thanks to a College Atheist Group, There Are Now Displays Honoring Game of Thrones in the Wisconsin Capitol Building

The Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered something incredible when it came to putting up a display in the State Capitol: “Practically anyone can put anything they want in the Capitol.” All you had to do was fill out an application.

So they did. For three fictional groups, including two honoring gods from Game of Thrones:



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In Texas, Candidate Deemed Ineligible to Run by Opponent Due to His Alleged Atheism Easily Wins Runoff Election

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a runoff race for the Austin City Council in Texas. Normally, it’d be off my radar, but candidate Laura Pressley had posted a graphic on her website explaining the differences between her and her opponent Gregorio Casar. She implied that his atheism was a problem:



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Christopher Hitchens Stood Tall, Even During a Sit-Down Lunch

Yesterday was the third anniversary of Christopher Hitchens‘ death, and Dave Pell told a lovely story about an encounter with Hitch that you’ll want to read:



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