Forsyth County Pre-Meeting Prayers are Upheld as Unconstitutional

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina used to begin their meetings with a Christian prayer. Not just non-denominational any-god-will-do prayers, but overwhelmingly one-sided Christian prayers: The undisputed record shows that the prayers delivered at the outset of Board meetings from May 29, 2007 through December 15, 2008 referred to Jesus, Jesus Christ, [Read More...]

Rhode Island State Senator Beth Moura Snidely Refers to Jessica Ahlquist as ‘the ACLU’s Sweetheart’

It’s appalling that Rhode Island’s politicians feel the need to insult Jessica Ahlquist, when she’s the one defending the Constitution. You would think that’s the job of the politicians. State Senator Beth Moura tweeted this earlier: The ACLU’s sweetheart?! How condescending can you get? And against a 16-year-old girl? Pathetic. She also asked why Ahlquist [Read More...]

Florida Legislators Want to Pass Bill to Promote School Prayer

Florida legislators — led by Florida Senator Gary Siplin (D-Orlando) and Rep. Charles Van Zant (R-Keystone Heights) — want to make praying at public school events completely legal. That’s what House Bill 317 and Senate Bill 98 are all about: Any district school board may adopt a resolution allowing the use of an inspirational message, [Read More...]

Greensboro City Council Goes from Public Prayer to Moment of Silence Thanks to Atheist Activists

In 2010, I wrote a couple of posts about Mayor Bill Knight of Greensboro, North Carolina and how he supported open prayer before city council meetings. Members of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Atheists/Agnostics/Skeptics group spoke out against the public prayers at the city council meetings but Knight didn’t care. His public display [Read More...]

Republican Rick Brattin Wants To Ruin Science Education in Missouri

Rick Brattin, a Republican state representative in Missouri, has sponsored a bill (HB 1227) that would require “equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design.” What would that entail? Course textbooks contain approximately an equal number of pages of relevant material teaching each viewpoint. Textbook materials include text, pictures, illustrations, graphs, tables, questions, [Read More...]


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