Pismo Beach City Council Settles Lawsuit by Stopping Sectarian Prayers at Meetings & Abolishing Chaplain Position

Since 2008, Pismo Beach City Council in California has had explicitly Christian invocation prayers at meetings. In fact, when the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against them last year, sectarian prayers had been a part of 125 of the previous 126 meetings. The only exception involved the city’s Chaplain Paul Jones reciting the religious Pledge of Allegiance.

This wasn’t just a frivolous matter. Remember: The Supreme Court will soon weigh in on the issue of sectarian prayers at city council meetings — that’s how serious it is. The Pismo council members may have gotten away with it if they stuck to a generic “God,” but their goal was to promote Jesus at all costs. (It didn’t help that some of the prayers included David Barton-esque historical revisionism.)

Well, there’s now a happy ending to the story.

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Mayor Tells Atheist He Can’t Have a ‘Reason Station’ in City Hall, but the Christian ‘Prayer Station’ Can Stay

IF you were to walk into the Warren, Michigan city hall, you would see a Prayer Center, a kiosk of sorts with pamphlets about God, manned by Christians eager to proselytize.

So when resident Douglas Marshall filled out an application to set up a personal “Reason Station” to promote freethought and logic, you’d think he’d get a green light, too…

Just one problem: Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is a Christian who has made a habit of opposing atheist groups that want the same treatment as religious groups.



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“Nobody Died for Our ‘Sins’” Sign Vandalized at Wisconsin State Capitol Building

The War on Christmas has transformed into the War on Easter. And just in time, too.

The conservative group Concerned Women for America (always furrowing a brow for Jesus) had placed a display in the Wisconsin State Capitol building this week that included a cross and anti-abortion literature.

So the Freedom From Religion Foundation decided to make the most of the Capitol’s apparent free speech party by getting a permit for and installing a sign of their own (albeit with different dimensions than the one below) that read “Nobody died for our ‘sins’; Jesus Christ is a myth”:

As you can imagine, some people couldn’t handle that:

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Ohio Mayor Puts Large Crosses Back Up on City Building Because, He Says, “I’m Allowed To” During the Month of Easter

Late last year, months after received a warning from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the mayor of Stratton, Ohio, John Abdalla, reluctantly took down the crosses that had adorned the Stratton Village Municipal Building for more than 20 years:



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Note to The Blaze: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is Not a ‘Separatist’ Group

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Separatists”?

Something militant? Something evil? Though it technically refers to a group seeking independence from their country, we usually only hear the term in violent contexts (like in the image below, with the destruction caused by a separatist group).

Take a look at the word in print:

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