Can We Get an Atheist on the Supreme Court?

The current Supreme Court consists of: 6 Catholics 2 Jews 1 Protestant And if Justice John Paul Stevens retires next year — he probably will — the sole Protestant would be gone. Dahlia Lithwick at Slate asks why it’s uncouth to talk about the religious makeup of the Supreme Court: … We talk about the [Read More...]

ACLU Defends Prison Pastor

Pentecostal minister Howard Thompson, Jr. used to preach during worship services at the New Jersey State Prison. A couple years ago, prison officials put a stop to that. The Christian Right is *furious* at the ACLU for infringing on Thompson’s right to practice his fai—oh wait… The ACLU was on Thompson’s side. In fact, it’s [Read More...]

Georgia Town Debates Saying No to “So Help Me God”

A couple days ago, I heard about how city council members in Marietta, Georgia were debating whether or not to remove the phrase “so help me God” from the oath new police officers take. It’s a good move, of course, but it wasn’t a welcome one for city officials: Councilman Van Pearlberg floated changing the [Read More...]

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer Releases Statement About License Plate Decision

South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer is quite pissed off that a judge ruled the “I Believe” license plates were unconstitutional. He writes on his website: For those who say proclaiming “I believe” violates the constitution by giving preference to Christianity, I think this lawsuit clearly discriminates against persons of faith. I will ask the [Read More...]

South Carolina “I Believe” Plates Halted… For Good, This Time

Last time the South Carolina license plates which promote Christianity were in the courtroom, an injunction was handed down, preventing the plates from being issued. Nearly a year later, the plates were back in the courtroom, and this time, the same judge says the plates are unconstitutional (PDF): Whether motivated by sincerely held Christian beliefs [Read More...]