West Virginia County Officials Give Church $1,000 Grant to Bring In Christian Musician

The Immaculate Conception Men’s Group, part of a West Virginia church, really wanted to bring in musician John Angotti (below) for a concert. The cost was $3,000 and they raised most of the money… but they got a $1,000 grant from a strange place:

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The Daily Show Was Wrong to Imply That Addressing a Minor Act of Discrimination Was Petty

The Daily Show aired a segment the other night about the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s response to the “prayer discount” offered by a diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (We covered the story on this site yesterday.)

The gist of the segment was that it was wrong for atheists to interfere. While the punchline of the report was that FFRF co-President Dan Barker was a “dick,” Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper uncritically presented restaurant owner Mary Haglund‘s assertion that merely taking a quiet breath would have netted the same 15% discount.

To me, that seems to be a dubious claim for something that was termed a “prayer discount,” but I mention it less to quibble over the particular than to illustrate the general nature of the interview.

The segment conveyed the impression that FFRF’s interference was petty, unwarranted, and cruel.

While the piece got some good laughs at the expense of atheists, its message was wrong and, frankly, disappointing from a show that usually champions causes of fairness and equality.

Here’s why:

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Clear Channel Won’t Run “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia” Billboard Out of Fear of Vandalism

Last year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up this billboard in Pitman, New Jersey:

It was a tongue-in-cheek rebuke to all those “Keep Christ in Christmas” banners and the expected response was probably some rolling eyes.

But the actual response was much worse.

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Sign That Says “Religion… Hardens Hearts and Enslaves Minds” Goes Up in Milwaukee County Courthouse

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s infamous Winter Solstice sign just went up in the Milwaukee County Courthouse:

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The Daily Show Mocks Atheist Group’s Challenge of Restaurant Owner’s Prayer Discount

In case you missed it, last night’s episode of The Daily Show featured a segment on a Freedom From Religion Foundation-inspired controversy. FFRF President Dan Barker argued against a prayer discount offered by the owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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