Rowan County Commissioners Vote to Waste Taxpayer Money by Reciting Christian Prayers at Meetings

It’s pretty bad when both your local government and a local church join hands to do everything wrong, and that’s precisely what’s happening in Rowan County, North Carolina.

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners has been opening its meetings with Christian prayers for over five years now, but local residents (with the help of the ACLU of North Carolina) are finally fighting back with a lawsuit (PDF): [Read more...]

Supreme Court Rejects American Atheists’ Challenge to Kentucky’s ‘God Protects Us From the Terrorists’ Law

In 2006, politicians in Kentucky passed a law requiring the state’s Department of Homeland Security to declare in its training materials that security was unattainable without reliance on “Almighty God.” It also required a plaque to be installed at the Department’s entrance saying as much. AA’s attorney Edwin Kagin called the law “one of the most egregiously and breathtakingly unconstitutional actions by a state legislature that I’ve ever seen.”

After a long, drawn-out court battle that involved a lower court victory, an appellate court loss, and a “we’re not getting involved” from the Kentucky Supreme Court, AA appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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American Atheists Puts Up Two More Billboards in Texas, Featuring Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee

As American Atheists mentioned two weeks ago, two of the billboards in their current Texas campaign were rejected because they featured local politicians saying dumb things and were deemed “too inflammatory.”

But now, one of those billboards (featuring Governor Rick Perry) and another featuring Republican Mike Huckabee are up:

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GOP Senator Supports Marriage Equality After Son Comes Out; What Does That Say About Politics?

This week, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio became the first sitting Republican senator ever to publicly support marriage equality. He says he had a change of heart after his 21-year-old son Will came out as gay two years ago, an explanation some have praised and others have criticized.

A high-profile Republican who worked with President George W. Bush and was hailed as a potential Vice-Presidential pick for Mitt Romney, Portman once voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), for a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality, and against letting same-sex couples adopt kids in Washington, D.C.

But after consulting Dick Cheney, who has a lesbian daughter and is a vocal proponent of marriage equality, he knew it was time to change… [Read more...]

Non-Christian Prison Chaplains Laid Off in British Columbia

Eight current and former prisoners in British Columbia, Canada are suing the federal government (PDF) because their rights are being violated.

The problem is that the government recently laid off 49 part-time chaplains… including all the ones who represented non-Christian beliefs: [Read more...]


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