After Seeing Painting of Hindu Deity, Virginia County Officials Decide to Hang Ten Commandments in Government Building

Back in February, Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia celebrated the opening of its 80th season with the unveiling of a mural painted by artist D.R. Mullins. The mural “was designed to reflect the theater’s global reach and its past” and included an image of the Hindu god Shiva:

“The Eastern influence, I wanted to show everybody who comes to Barter we’re not necessarily a regional theater, we’re world famous,” [Mullins] said. “I think it speaks of Barter’s continuing trend to go multicultural.”

Well, that’s one way to do it. In any case, no one in their right mind would see this as some endorsement of Hinduism. The artist didn’t say that and no one would take him seriously even if he did.

But community members aren’t happy about it. They took their complaints to the Washington County Board of Supervisors and the city officials decided to take action by… unanimously voting to put up the Ten Commandments on government property:

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I Can Be Endorsed By a Fictional Character, Too!

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Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s Speech at the Secular Summit & Lobby Day

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) spoke at the Secular Summit & Lobby Day sponsored by the Secular Coalition for America, and video of his speech is now online (as is Sen. Tom Harkin‘s address from last week).

Nadler has been a longtime critic of the government’s faith-based program. In 2010, he held hearings about taxpayer money going to “pervasively sectarian organizations” in the US House of Representatives Constitution Subcommittee, of which he’s a ranking member.

The video’s grainy, but the audio is just fine:

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North Miami Mayoral Candidate Says She is Endorsed by Jesus Christ

Tomorrow, the city of North Miami, Florida will hold its election for Mayor, and candidate Anna L. Pierre wants you to know something about her:

A mayoral candidate in North Miami claims she has received an endorsement from a higher power.

Campaign posters for Anna L. Pierre tout that she was endorsed by Jesus Christ.

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Yes, the Virgin Mary Statue on Public Property is Still a Huge Problem

Much like groups can adopt-a-highway in different states, promising to clean it every few months in exchange for a sign with their name on it, some cities allow you to adopt pieces of land.

That’s what Antonio Liquori, the owner of Liquori’s Pizza, did when he took control of a local traffic island in West Springfield, Massachusetts:

But instead of just keeping it clean, Liquori decided to stick a giant statue of the Virgin Mary on the island:

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