After Atheists Blow the Whistle, Sioux Falls Officials Pull Back on Religious Snow Plow Messages

Two weeks ago, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the city held an event called “Paint the Plows.” It’s a cute idea. They get representatives from local schools (and youth groups) to paint the snow plows the city will use when the snow hits.

The problem is that two of the participating schools were Christian and painted religious messages on the plows… which could be a problem when the city begins driving them this winter:

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Fox News Thinks Ohio Couple Is Clever For Erecting a Jesus Sign After ACLU Forced It From a Public School

Cathy and Terry Hodgson, a couple from New Concord, Ohio, went on Fox News the other day to share photos of their new lawn ornament. It’s a four-feet-tall picture of Jesus and some bleating creatures under the text “The Lord Is My Shepherd.”

Why did Fox deem this worthy of national attention? Because a year ago, the ACLU informed a local public school that a similar sign that had been displayed in the building for more than forty years was in violation of the law and asked that it be removed. In a five-to-zero vote, the school board agreed to take the sign down.

Fox News’ Steve Doocy seems to be positively gloating over the Hodgsons’ lawn art, presenting it as some clever end run that the couple had done around the ACLU. But why? While the sign may bother people who are allergic to religious kitsch, there is nothing constitutionally wrong with it, and I know not a single atheist or civil libertarian who’d be offended by it in its new location. (In public schools or on government property, however, that’s another matter.)

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Suspect in Ten Commandments Monument Vandalism Case Taken to Mental Health Facility

Yesterday, less than 24 hours after someone drove a car into the Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol lawn, police had a suspect in hand.

[caption width="550" align="alignnone"]Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma (via James Nimmo)[/caption]

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Last Night, Someone Drove a Car Into Oklahoma’s Controversial Ten Commandments Monument

For a couple of years now, there’s been a Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building:

We’ve been talking about it quite a bit on this site for a couple of reasons. 1) It was the subject of a lawsuit by the ACLU of Oklahoma, which said it was unconstitutional and 2) The Satanic Temple made nationwide headlines when they said they wanted to donate a monument of their own to be placed in the same area.

Last we heard, a judge had dismissed the ACLU’s lawsuit (and the Satanist group’s monument was never erected due to a moratorium on additional displays).

Now, the story gets worse.

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Alabama High School Football Team Performs Baptisms on the Field After Practice

I’ll never understand why some Christians, clearly breaking the law, choose to do so publicly. When you break the rules, you shouldn’t be bragging about it on social media or the Internet.

Yet that’s what the Freedom From Religion Foundation claims is happening in the Russellville City Schools (in Alabama).

Like the football team’s (alleged) chaplain Tanner Hall who baptized players after practice earlier this month, a ritual that was documented on Twitter (by the school’s athletic director) and Facebook:

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