Arizona Governor Sued Over Constitutionality of ‘Day of Prayer’

Last Tuesday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued (PDF) to prevent Arizona Governor Jan Brewer from holding another Day of Prayer: FFRF claims that the Day of Prayer proclamation violates Article II, Section 12 in the Arizona Constitution… No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise, or instruction, or to [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Atheist’s Parents Keep “Magic of Reality” from Younger Brother

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I’m the only out atheist in my family. We have the occasional argument or discussion but for the most part we all agree to try and be respectful. Tonight that all seems to have fallen apart, and I’m a little torn on how [Read More…]

Atheist Billboard Goes Up in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Thanks to $7,200 in funding from the United Coalition of Reason, there is now a billboard reading, “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone” in Fredericksburg, Virginia: Matt Jordan, the [Fredericksburg Coalition of Reason’s] spokesman, says the billboard is not meant to offend people of faith. He says it is to reach out to [Read More…]

Inspired by Hitchens, An Atheist Makes Plans to Donate His Body to Science

I had posted earlier that Christopher Hitchens‘ body would be donated to science, per his wishes. Hearing that inspired Edward Tarte to take action. He just signed the paperwork to donate his body to the Baylor College of Medicine. Thanks for being a great role model for the rest of us, Edward! (And please stay [Read More…]

Court Rules That Judges Cannot Order Religious Divorces

As explained by Eugene Volokh, a recent case out of New Jersey has found judicial orders requiring a husband to provide his wife with a “Jewish divorce” (called a get) are unconstitutional. From what I understand, if a Jewish woman is not given a get by her husband, then she is still considered married in [Read More…]