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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Michelle Obama Didn’t Wear a Headscarf in Saudi Arabia… but It Wasn’t Really a Bold Statement

Earlier this week, President Obama and Michelle Obama met with Saudi leaders following the death of King Abdullah, and much of the conversation surrounding the visit was focused on how the first lady wasn’t wearing a headscarf and how that was a bold stance against the treatment of women in the country:



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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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Wooden Sign Featuring Old Testament Verse Returns to Michigan Park a Month After It Was Taken Down

For most of the past 50 years, if you walked into Hager Park in Jenison, Michigan, you might have seen this sign near the picnic shelter:

It’s an Old Testament verse, Psalm 19:1:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

That doesn’t belong in a public park…

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U.S. Military Command, Bereft of Its Senses, Sponsors Essay Contest To Pay Tribute To Dead Saudi Despot

Maybe we can’t blame General Martin E. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has seen erstwhile U.S. presidents suck up to the Saudi royal family in ways whose unprincipled excess might nauseate the average citizen. I think we all remember George W. Bush holding hands with King Abdullah and kissing him.

Yesterday, President Obama landed in Saudi Arabia to pay his respects at the funeral of the king, who died five days ago.

Now Dempsey gets his own shot at glorifying the Saudi royals just like his bosses.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University.

The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a position he held from 1963 until he became king in 2005.



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