Judge Says World War I Memorial in the Shape of a Giant Cross Does Not Promote Christianity

If you visit Bladensburg, Maryland, you’ll see a 40-foot-tall World War I memorial called “Peace Cross.” Not only is it clearly a Christian symbol, it’s on public property, maintained by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission:

In 2012, the American Humanist Association asked the Commission to take down he monument. It was perfectly fine to honor veterans, but not with a symbol that elevates one religion over all others and implies that only Christian soldiers fought in the war.

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Kenyan Atheist Files Lawsuit After Government Declares Pope’s Visit a “National Holiday”

Harrison Mumia, President of Atheists in Kenya, wasn’t surprised by all the attention Pope Francis received yesterday when he visited the country. But he couldn’t believe that his government, one that also has the separation of church and state built into its Constitution, declared it a “public holiday.” That was a step too far, he writes at CNN, causing him to file a lawsuit in court to have the holiday nullified:

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Religious Education Classes in the UK Will Have to Include Humanism, Says Judge

Earlier this year, when the UK Department for Education issued its new curriculum for GCSE Religious Studies classes, the focus was on: Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism. Humanism, a belief system reflected by far more people than some of the religions on that list combined, wasn’t given the same treatment.

That’s why three parents eventually filed a lawsuit against the government (with the help of the British Humanist Association).

Yesterday, in a major decision from Britain’s High Court, a judge ruled that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (below) was wrong to exclude Humanism from the Religious Studies classes in the country.

From now on, the judge said, explicitly non-religious beliefs will have to be treated the same as religious ones:

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New Faith-Based Job Listing at Ark Encounter Proves Kentucky Was Lied To

More discrepancies are surfacing between what Ken Ham says and what he does when it comes to hiring discrimination at the Ark Encounter biblical theme park.

Rick Skinner, Mayor of Williamstown, Kentucky, where the park is being built, replied to a comment on the town’s Facebook page insisting Ark Encounter would not be discriminating in hiring, unlike its sister attraction Creation Museum:

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After Lawsuit Over Nativity Scene at Indiana Courthouse, Atheists Will Put Up Bill of Rights Display

Last December, I wrote about a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana that had been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.

The display, which was owned by the Town of Brookville, sat on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse.

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