A Way to Help Parents in Ontario Exempt Their Kids from Religion Classes

In Ontario, Roman Catholic schools are funded by taxpayers just like public schools. While that means the government is paying for religious education, it also means the Catholic schools can’t completely get away from following certain rules. For example, students are not required to take a religious education class… as long as their parents request an exemption from the school.

Unfortunately, some parents have found those exemptions hard to come by. [Read more…]

City Council Member in Washington D.C. Proposes Bill to Allow Atheists to Officiate Weddings

If you and your atheist partner want to get married in Washington, D.C. your wedding would have to be officiated by either a religious figure or a government official.

The application requires the parties to identify the name of the officiant who will perform the marriage ceremony. The officiant is any District of Columbia Judge or anyone who is authorized by a religious organization to officiate marriages, such as a minister, priest, rabbi or imam, so long as he or she is registered with the Marriage Bureau to officiate marriages.

What about a Humanist or Secular Celebrant? It wouldn’t count. They’re not on The List. [Read more…]

President Obama Mentioned Secular Americans at the National Prayer Breakfast… but Did It Matter?

Earlier this morning, President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. He made two separate references to Secular Americans, but they were no more than lip service to me: [Read more…]

Christian City Council Member to Young Atheist Speaker: ‘You’re Too Young to Have Wisdom’

Last week, I posted about how the City Council in Rapid City, South Dakota always begins meetings with an invocation delivered by a “local minister.”

At Monday’s meeting, over 100 people showed up to voice their support for the prayer. [Read more…]

University of Dayton Denies Official Recognition to Atheist Group… for the Third Time

The University of Dayton is a private Roman Catholic school in Ohio. Like many religious institutions of higher learning, they seem to welcome students who hold a variety of beliefs, including ones that don’t always fall in line with Church teachings, which explains why the Muslim Student Assocation, Spectrum (a gay-straight alliance group), Face AIDS (A group that supports condom distribution in Africa), and Quidditch Club (witchcraft!) are all registered student organizations at the school. [Read more…]