75% of Canadians Support God-Free Government Meetings: “Just Start the Meeting”

In April, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled (unanimously) that Catholic prayers before government meetings in Saguenay, Quebec were unconstitutional. It was the right decision… but a limited one.

The ruling only put a stop to invocations in Saguenay, not everywhere in the nation, so there’s still a lot of debate over how various councils should handle the issue. Some have gone from a prayer to a moment of silence, some have removed prayer from the agenda altogether, and some have stayed the course by keeping the prayers and just waiting to be challenged.

The Angus Reid Institute, a polling group, recently asked Canadians what they preferred — they were allowed to support more than one option — and the most popular idea was to have no prayer at all: “Just start the meeting.”



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Idaho Republican Party Considers Proposal Supporting “Bible Use” in Public Schools

Over the weekend, the Idaho Republican Party’s State Central Committee met to discuss possible rule changes, how to conduct primary voting, and proposals for potential pieces of legislation.

That last item isn’t just theoretical, either. The GOP controls the House and Senate by large margins and the Governor is also a Republican. So bad ideas can become law without much opposition.

That’s why there’s reason to worry about one of the ideas coming out of the weekend meeting: A proposal to bring the Bible into Idaho public schools:

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Swearing an Oath on the Bible is Unnecessary

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses why you don’t have to ever swear an oath on the Bible. (It was filmed a little after the midterm elections last year.)



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After Judge Stops Rowan County (NC) Commissioners from Praying to Jesus at Meetings, They Vote to Appeal Ruling

I recently posted about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina and how they used to pray to Jesus at virtually every meeting.

U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. ruled last month that the Commissioners were violating the law and continued to do so every time they uttered a Christian prayer. (The legal thing to do would be to open up the invocations to people of all faiths and no faith.)

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A Fox News Expert Actually Said Some Sensible Things About the Duggars

Dr. Keith Ablow (center, below) is Fox News Channel’s go-to medical expert… meaning his job is to give you the worst possible advice in a given situation.

Abortion? Men ought to veto a woman’s choice.

Transgender people? They’ve bullied America into accepting things that aren’t true.

Gay marriage? It’ll lead to polygamy and incest.

But when he was brought on to discuss Josh Duggar‘s wandering hands and the family in general, he offered the most sensible take on the matter, challenging the counselors Josh Duggar was taken to, raising good points about the family’s version of the story, and questioning the parents’ wisdom in general.

It helps that Ablow was talking to Pastor Robert Jeffress and host Sean Hannity, two men who make everyone else around them sound smart. But when Ablow is the voice of reason, that’s pretty scary. Start listening at 6:01 to see Jeffress start flipping out:

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