Minnesota Catholics Oppose Local Bishop

After local Catholic bishops sent out 400,000 DVDs to churchgoers telling them “there should be a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota,” one group of Catholics decided to fight back. And they brought 3,000 of the DVDs back with them. The project’s organizer, Bob Radecki, of Burnsville, said the group was denied a [Read More...]

Why Isn’t the IRS Going After James Meeks?

Rev. James T. Meeks, a pastor and Illinois State Senator, is running for mayor of Chicago — he has little chance of winning — and the Chicago Tribune ran a front-page story yesterday about how he’s just egging the IRS to go after him: Nearly every Sunday since announcing his bid for mayor, Meeks has [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Religious Blackmail Part 2 of 2: Financial

“He who complies against his will Is of his own opinion still.” ~Samuel Butler (1612-1680) Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Richard, I know you get a lot of emails about people having difficulty reconciling their atheism and their parents, but I need your advice. My family is heavily religious (Christian) [Read More...]

A Way To Stop Government Nativity Scenes?

Brookville, Indiana residents want to keep a nativity scene on government property. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Franklin County commissioners and the Brookville Town Council demanding the removal of the scene from the courthouse lawn. The group said that the display violates the First Amendment and said it had received a [Read More...]

Cross-Branding Science Teacher Finally Settles Case

A couple months ago, I wrote this: It’s been a while since I’ve written about John Freshwater, the middle school science teacher who was accused of burning crosses into his students’ arms and teaching Creationism. Since his firing in 2008, he’s been on “unpaid administrative leave pending an appeal.” At the time, Freshwater dropped the [Read More...]