Activist Wants You to Install Rainbow-Colored Festivus Poles in Your State Capitol Building

For the past two years, Florida activist Chaz Stevens has countered the Nativity scenes in the State Capitol building with a display of his own: An 8-foot-tall Festivus pole made out of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans. It’s an attention-getting stunt, to be sure, but it also makes a valid point about how the government can’t approve certain religious displays but not others.

This year, Stevens is taking it a step further. He’s still applying to install a Festivus pole in the Florida Capitol. But he’s also started an advocacy group called the Humanity Fund that’s raising money to create and install Festivus poles in State Capitols all around the country.



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Bill Maher Points Out the Dangerous End Times Theology of Dr. Ben Carson

On last night’s Real Time, Bill Maher delivered a stirring speech about how Ben Carson and other candidates have religious beliefs that are appalling — and present a danger to society — and yet the media never asks about them. Because we have this idea that a politician’s religious beliefs are off-limits, even when the stakes are so high.

Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist, a Christian faith that, like many others, seriously believes Christ is coming back to Earth and taking the believers with Him. If that’s what Carson really believes, shouldn’t we all be aware of that before casting our votes?

Start watching around the 2:30 mark:



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Secular Invocation Delivered in Longwood, Florida

On Monday in Longwood, Florida, Martha Kirby delivered a secular invocation during a Commission meeting.



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How Rick Santorum Would Reach Out to Conservative Atheists

Reader Justin Scott, who previously had a brief exchange with Sen. Bernie Sanders about religion, heard that Sen. Rick Santorum was coming to his area. So of course he had to attend.

And he used the opportunity to ask Santorum, a notoriously conservative Catholic, about atheism.



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Casselberry (FL) City Commissioners Debate Invocation Policy That Specifically Excludes Atheists

The City Commission in Casselberry, Florida has no idea what to do with prayer at meetings. For a while now, they’ve been giving the prayers — which is clearly illegal — and they have to come up with an alternative.

The right answer is: Don’t have them at all and get to work. But that’s not what they want and a discussion about what to do took up quite a bit of their meeting on November 9.

Atheist Joseph Richardson, who recently delivered a non-religious invocation in the city of Apopka, is paying attention to the issue and he told me the Central Florida Freethought Community already sent the commission a warning letter. (Maybe that’s what prompted this discussion in the first place.) And if you listen to their meeting, which Richardson just put online, you realize at least one of the commissioners has no idea what she’s doing.

Richardson was kind enough to timestamp/summarize the relevant parts of the meeting:

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