Why Are These Wilkes-Barre (PA) City Officials Placing Banners About Religion Where Few People Can See Them?

Earlier this year, in anticipation of both the National Day of Prayer and National Day of Reason, atheist Justin Vacula of the NEPA Freethought Society went to the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) City Hall, gave them a check for $50, and handed them a banner reading “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” to put up in the public square. That banner was supposed to go up on April 28. For whatever reason, city officials didn’t put it up until three days later… but at least it went up, right?

There’s the banner for Mental Health Month, and the banner for the National Day of Prayer, and… hey, wait, where did Justin’s banner go?

Well, to see it, you’d have to walk around the other side. The side that no one in the Square could see.

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Judge Rules Against Public High School Teacher Who Was Promoting Christianity in the Classroom

In early 2013, we learned that Joelle Silver (below), a science teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District in New York who also doubled as the faculty sponsor for the school’s Bible Study Club, had no idea where to draw the line between being a public school teacher and being a representative of her church.

Prompted by a student’s complaint to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, here’s a portion of a letter Silver received from her superintendent:

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Mat Staver Can’t Seem to Make Up His Mind About Taxpayer Money Going to Christian Groups

Remember Shepherd’s Garden, the Christian-themed park in Sioux City, Iowa? It was set to receive a $140,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded “Vision Iowa” program before VI withdrew the funding after pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Well, here’s Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver a couple of weeks ago, before the money was withdrawn:

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In Most Major Cities, Tonight’s Cosmos Will Feature Pro-Atheism Commercial Starring Ron Reagan

During tonight’s finale of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, most major cities will get to see the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s commercial featuring Ron Reagan (the former president’s son) speaking about how he’s an atheist and why you should support FFRF:



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Christian-themed Park Will No Longer Be Getting a $140,000 Boost from Iowan Taxpayers

Last month, we learned that Shepherd’s Garden, a Christian-themed park being built in Sioux City, Iowa, was set to receive a $140,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded “Vision Iowa” program:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Vision Iowa group a letter detailing the constitutional violations that taxpayers would be on the hook for if the courts ruled against them:

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