A Judge Dismissed FFRF’s Lawsuit to Distribute Atheist Books in a Florida School District, but It’s Still a Victory

You may recall that, back in January, World Changers of Florida, Inc. held Bible distributions at a number of public high schools in Orange County. No student would be forced to take one, but there would be a table set up where interested students could take a copy if they wanted:



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Eruv Battle Continues in Miami Beach

The other day, I posted about eruvs (AY-roovs), the religious loopholes that allow Orthodox Jews to leave the house and carry things on the Sabbath — which they’re technically forbidden from doing — by just… extended the boundaries of their property. Which they do by tying string around government-owned utility poles and creating a larger domain within which they can move around.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent a letter to officials in Miami Beach, Florida, urging them to stop allowing the religious items on government property.

Late last week, city attorney Raul Aguila responded to the FFRF and defended the eruvs:

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The Most Ridiculous Religious Loophole You’ll Ever Hear About is the Subject of an FFRF Complaint

Here’s a religious ritual you may not be familiar with. Under Jewish law, on the Sabbath (Friday night to Saturday night), you’re not supposed to carry any of your possessions between private domains (like your home) and public domains (like outside your home). But what if you want to take your baby to synagogue? What if you want to carry your keys from inside your home to outside where your car is parked? You can’t do it. Jewish law forbids it.

But Orthodox Jews figured out a loophole. All they had to do was turn a “private” domain into a “public” one and the problem would be solved, and they accomplished this by creating an eruv (AY-roov).



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Five Reasons the Hobby Lobby Decision Should Terrify You

This is a guest post written by Andrew Seidel. He is a staff attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The Supreme Court’s era-defining decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has alarmed many of us, but not enough. Some think this decision won’t affect them or that the reaction is overblown.

There are many, many problems with the majority opinion in Hobby Lobby. Other than the most obvious problem, that corporations are not people capable of forming religious beliefs, five jump out. These problems concern every American — not just atheists, not just non-Christians, and not just women.

The majority opinion’s terrifying legal rewrite offers one glimmer of hope: The problems are solvable. Congress need only repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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Rowlett City Council in Texas Refuses to Let Atheists Deliver Invocation. Cue the Lawsuit in 5… 4… 3…

In 2010, the Rowlett City Council in Texas changed their prayer policy. They used to have Christian prayers, then the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned them of the repercussions of doing that, so the council opted to go with non-sectarian prayers.

As it turned out, though, since the town is predominantly Christian, those non-sectarian prayers turned out to be almost all Christian prayers, anyway.

Local atheists called them out on it last year:



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