Texas City Council Only Lets Atheists Deliver Invocations if a Christian Gets To Pray Afterwards

The Keller City Council in Texas has invocation prayers at meetings. It’s legal, so we have to live with it, but it doesn’t mean we can’t participate.

That’s why, last year, my friend Zach Moore of the Keller Humanists requested to deliver one of those invocations. Mayor Mark Matthews initially said no to him, but eventually relented at the request of the pastor who coordinated the speakers.

There was just one caveat: Moore could speak… but only if he was followed by a Christian speaker.

In other words, they weren’t going to have a meeting without a Christian prayer. It’s like saying, “You can say what you want… but I’m always going after you in order to have the last word.”

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It Took a Polite Request Followed by a Lawsuit to Get This Public School to Stop Praying

What does it look like when Christianity is just ingrained in a public school?

At Swainsboro Primary School in Georgia last year, two teachers (kindergarten and first grade) led their students in prayer before the kids had lunch. There was just an automatic assumption that all the kids came from a religious background, even though that wasn’t the case at all. But when one family said something to the principal, the situation didn’t get any better:

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One Georgia Sheriff’s Pathetic Defense of “In God We Trust” Stickers on Department Vehicles

In a New York Times article all about the spread of “In God We Trust” stickers on law enforcement vehicles across the country, one official set the tone for why these decals are problematic:

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You Can Now Bid on This Hilarious Not-So-Biblical Cross Stitch Pattern… for Charity!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a link to an article by Jake Dawe at McSweeney’s featuring several biblical cross-stitch patterns that Kim Davis would surely appreciate since the fake Bible verses were tailored to her bigotry.

Becky, a reader of this site, had the talent and motivation to turn one of those verses into a reality:

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Tennessee Sheriff Dismisses “In God We Trust” Complaint with One-Word Response

With all the “In God We Trust” stickers being place on vehicles belonging to police departments and sheriff’s offices across the country, it’s inevitable that groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation would push back and remind government officials that, even if they claim to love the national motto, this is just pushing religion onto their communities.

The other day, I pointed out that one police chief responded to FFRF with a message ending with the suggestion to “go fly a kite.”

Turns out that’s neither the shortest nor most immature response.

In Lexington, Tennessee, Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke responded to FFRF with just two letters.

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