Indio Mayor Eliminates Invocations at City Council Meetings: “We Need to Respect All Beliefs and Absence of Beliefs”

Indio, California Mayor Lupe Ramos Watson (below) has made the unusual (but welcome) decision to eliminate invocation prayers from city council meetings:



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Woman Who Vandalized Satanic Display in Florida Capitol Says Being Punished Would Be an Attack on Her Faith

Last month, we learned that The Satanic Temple’s display in the Florida State Capitol Building had been vandalized.

It turned out that the vandal was Susan Hemeryck, a 54-year-old Tea Party activist who wore a shirt with the phrase “Catholic Warrior” on it.

At the time, she said this about her crime:

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Town of Greece (NY), Center of Supreme Court Ruling, Will Have Two Atheists Delivering Invocations This Year

Last year, atheist Dan Courtney delivered an invocation at the Greece (New York) Town Board meeting, making him the first atheist to do so at the focal point of the Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court ruling.

Remember: This is the town that had overwhelmingly Christian prayers (to Jesus Christ, no less, not a generic God) for several years before two residents stepped in and challenged them.

Even after that, the board only had a few token non-Christians give invocations before going right back to all Christians all the time.

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U.S. Government Sues, Wins On Behalf of Christian Employee Who Refused Hand Scans Because of the Devil

Let’s say you run a business that, like thousands of others, tracks employees’ attendance and work hours. In the old days, you’d use cards and a clock-based machine that stamps workers’ sheets with the date and time of their arrival and departure. To make matters more efficient and bring the whole shebang into the digital age, and to discourage fraud – like workers “buddy-punching” each other’s time cards to illegally inflate hours – you then upgrade to a biometric scanner. Maybe this one (I may or may not have altered the image).

After the changeover, there’s a small problem: One worker refuses to use the scanner. You sit him down and ask what gives. He explains that his non-negotiable objection is of a religious nature: the scanner, he believes, will secretly imprint him with the mark of the Beast.

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Atheist Activist Cleared of Wrongdoing After Putting Stickers on Ohio Courthouse’s Church Directory

Back in November, I posted about a message board encased in glass outside the Athens County Courthouse (in Ohio) that listed the addresses of all the houses of worship in the area.

Eliot Kalman, a resident who used to head up the local branch of the ACLU, believed the presence of that sign was unconstitutional… he complained about it to local officials but they responded by saying they were simply providing information to the public, not promoting any of the religious groups — and that he could request his own group be added to the list if he wanted. Unsatisfied with that answer, he fought back by putting a giant sticker on the board:

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