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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An Open Atheist, Suing to Remove Cross from Pensacola (Florida) Park, is Running for Congress

In the race for U.S. Congress from Florida’s 1st District, the primaries don’t take place until late August, but there’s already a war of words between two of the contenders over a Christian cross on public property.

Actually, I take that back. It’s more like the most prominent Republican in the field wants everyone to know that one of his possible Democratic opponents is an atheist.

The cross in question has been up in Pensacola’s Bayview Park for the past 50 years. The American Humanist Association and Freedom From Religion Foundation recently filed a joint lawsuit to have it removed.

One of the atheist plaintiffs in that suit is Amanda Kondrat’yev, one of two Democrats running for that seat in Congress.

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Her potential Republican opponent Matt Gaetz, currently a state representative, wants to challenge her views in public:

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