Could Baker, Louisiana Be a Candidate for the Next Atheist Monument?

Back in 2009, a Ten Commandments monument was placed in a public park, near a public school, in Baker, Louisiana:

Could this be the site of the next atheist monument?

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13-Year-Old LGBT Activist Will Phillips Delivers a Must-Hear Speech at Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade

The first time I heard of Will Phillips, he was a 10-year-old who refused to stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance for a novel reason:

Will’s family has a number of gay friends. In recent years, [mother] Laura Phillips said, they’ve been trying to be a straight ally to the gay community, going to the pride parades and standing up for the rights of their gay and lesbian neighbors. They’ve been especially dismayed by the effort to take away the rights of homosexuals — the right to marry, and the right to adopt. Given that, Will immediately saw a problem with the pledge of allegiance.

“I’ve always tried to analyze things because I want to be lawyer,” Will said. “I really don’t feel that there’s currently liberty and justice for all.”

He was 10 and he didn’t support the Pledge because he knew we really didn’t have “liberty and justice for all.” Amazing.

It’s been a few years since I’ve mentioned him on this site, but I’m thrilled to report that Will is back.

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Keep Crossing Those Lines

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If the Evansville Crosses Are OK’d by a Judge, Get Ready For a Secular Art Exhibit, Too

The city of Evansville, Indiana, recently approved the public display of 30 eight-feet-tall polyethylene crosses along the riverfront. The church that wants to erect the Christian symbols says that they’re not intended to promote Christianity; they are to be interpreted as an art display, because the crosses will be painted and decorated by the church’s Bible-camp kids. Plus, the exhibit is only temporary, scheduled to open on August 4th and to close just 12 days later. No biggie, right?

Well, this week, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the city.

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American Atheists Unveils Godless Monument in Front of Florida Courthouse… and Announces Many More!

Today marked the big unveiling of a public monument to atheism (a nonument?) in front of the Bradford County Courthouse in northern Florida.

And it came with a big twist.

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