Texas County with Crosses on Police Cars Will Pay Atheist Group More Than $22,000 in Settlement

Brewster County (Texas) Sheriff Ronny Dodson is one of the many, many government officials to put “In God We Trust” stickers on all the vehicles in his department. But rather than pretending it was just an act of patriotism and saying it’s just our national motto, Dodson made clear this was all about promoting Christianity.

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That decision has finally come back to haunt him.

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Full-Page Newspaper Ads Will Highlight Atheist’s Lawsuit Against U.S. House and Chaplaincy

A new full-page ad in the New York Times (Thursday), USA Today (over the weekend), and the Washington Post (Sunday) will highlight an atheist’s lawsuit against the U.S. House for denying him the opportunity to deliver a secular invocation.

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Ohio School Ends Tradition of Singing “The Lord’s Prayer” at Graduation, But Students Do It Anyway

Last week, I posted about how administrators at East Liverpool High School in Ohio put a stop to the traditional singing of the Lord’s Prayer during the graduation ceremony because even they understood this was an unconstitutional promotion of Christianity. (The letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation probably helped, too.)

No one was calling for the end of religious music at the school — there are obviously ways to do it legally in a choir or orchestra class — but as you can imagine, Christians were quick to see this as persecution. Because if they’re not allowed to push their religion on everyone else, even in a public school, they assume they’re being oppressed.

All of that happened before the ceremony itself. So what happened during the actual graduation?

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“I’m An Atheist & I Vote” Signs Are Now on Buses and Bike Kiosks All Over Washington, D.C.

A new advertising campaign in Washington, D.C. by the Freedom From Religion Foundation features young people (some of whom work for FFRF) saying, “I’m an Atheist & I Vote.” Some of them also promote “atheist pride” clothing.

The ads will appear on buses, bus stops, and bike kiosks over the next two weeks, leading up to the Reason Rally.

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Port Neches (TX) Keeps Cross in Public Park By Selling That Tiny Portion of Land to a Local Church

This is the Christian cross you’ll see if you visit the Port Neches RiverFront Park in Texas.

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It’s by itself. There are no other religious symbols in the area. And it’s been there for nearly five decades. But as we’ve said many times before on this site, tradition doesn’t matter if something shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

As it stands, the city has figured out a way around the problem.

They’re not taking down the cross.

They’re just selling off that teeny, tiny parcel of land on which the cross sits to a local church. For $100.

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