The Michael Newdow Case: Standing Under the Law

According to an American Humanist Association press release, Michael Newdow filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit requesting a panel rehearing or for rehearing en banc in the case of Newdow v. Roberts. The case challenges the oath administrator’s addition of the phrase “so help me God” [Read More...]

Judges for God Lose Election

You know how judges are supposed to be impartial? It looks like a slate of candidates for San Diego Superior Court ran as “Judges for God”: Craig Candelore, Larry “Jake” Kincaid, Bill Trask and Harold J. Coleman Jr…. were backed by pastors, gun enthusiasts, and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriages. Say goodbye to fairness [Read More...]

Stephen Prothero Talks About Atheist Fundamentalists

A few months ago, Stephen Prothero wrote an article for USA Today stating that atheists would be better off without some of our more “aggressive” voices. (Disclosure: he mentioned me as an example of a “gentler” atheist.) I felt there was much more overlap between the two sides than Prothero was giving us credit for. [Read More...]

A Seminar for Bigots-in-Training

Aww… isn’t this cute? Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality — a group that spreads lies about homosexuality — is announcing a seminar for young people who want to become little homophobes like him. Joe. My. God. perfectly captures the essence of the “Americans For Truth Academy”: [It] will train [Read More...]

Ask Richard: A Young Atheist, a Baha’i Egyptian Girl, and Her Father

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Dear Richard, I have been seeing an Egyptian girl of the Baha’i faith for about one year. It has gotten serious enough that she decided to tell her father that she was [Read More...]