After Losing the Massachusetts Pledge Case, Would the Atheist Side Have Done Anything Differently?

David Niose (below) represented the plaintiffs in the recent case to stop the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in Massachusetts. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled against him, unfortunately, and yesterday, Niose reflected on whether he would have done anything differently:



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College Atheists Push Back Against Hateful Christian Preacher in Very Clever Ways

Brother Jed Smock, the notorious campus preacher who spouts fire and brimstone wherever he goes, made a visit to Boise State University in Idaho this week — and the campus’ Secular Student Alliance was ready for him.

They made their “Bigot Bingo!” cards (complete with a square marked “So-whore-ity sisters”):

They had a board where students could check whether they considered Smock’s diatribe hate speech or not:

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Father: My Son’s Atheism Could’ve Been a Warning Sign That He Wanted to Kill His Classmates

A town in Minnesota may have escaped another Columbine High School-like massacre. When student John LaDue was (thankfully) arrested a couple of weeks ago, he confessed to a plan that would have killed his parents and sister and many, many students and staff members at his high school.

If convicted of one count of first-degree attempted murder as an adult, he could serve up to 18 years, according to state guidelines. If convicted as a juvenile, however, he could be released from detention when he turns 21.

The teenager told police that he had an SKS assault rifle with 400 rounds of ammunition, a 9mm handgun with ammo and a gun safe with more firearms, all in his bedroom at home.

Authorities found seven firearms and three completed bombs there. Another three bombs, along with chemicals and other materials, were found in the storage unit. He also had 60 pounds of metal ball bearings.

The Star Tribune spoke with his apologetic father who says he looked for signs of trouble but never saw any.

The reason I’m posting about it here, though, is that one of the only “signs” father David LaDue can recall standing out was his son’s purported atheism:

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Proposed Charter School in Chicago Would Teach Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Jesus

A newly-proposed charter school in Chicago set to open in 2015 would hold classes during the morning and then indoctrinate the children into Christianity in the afternoon:



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MIT Secular Students Successfully Lead Charge for Non-Religious Invocations at Graduation

On Friday, students at MIT received an email letting them know that their graduation ceremonies would no longer have a religious invocation:



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