Non-Religious Politician Resigns (For a Day) After City Council Approves “Christmas” Ceremony

For about 24 hours, I was very impressed with Roselle Park (New Jersey) Councilwoman Charlene Storey.

On Thursday night, the city council voted 4-2 to change the perfectly fine name of a local ceremony from “A Tree Lighting” to “A Christmas Tree Lighting” (presumably because “up yours, Jews, atheists, Muslims, Hindus, and everyone else who doesn’t believe in the majority’s God” didn’t fit on the signs).

That’s when Storey submitted her letter of resignation out of protest:

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Who Needs God’s Protection? Christian University President Tells Students to Arm Themselves

It’s one thing for conservative Christians to align themselves with the Republican Party. But telling everyone to carry weapons while spewing Donald Trump-style hate-rhetoric? It takes a special kind of despicable fundamentalist to stoop that low. Which is why it happened at Liberty University.

President Jerry Falwell Jr. told students at Friday’s mandatory convocation that they should all obtain permits to carry guns. Because Jesus now guides your trigger finger. If that wasn’t enough, he told them who their targets would be:

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“There Are No Gods” Sign Goes Up in Illinois State Capitol Building

For the seventh straight year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has put up the following sign in the Illinois State Capitol rotunda:

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The Pope’s Visit Cost Philadelphia Taxpayers $8 Million

When Pope Francis came to the United States in September, he stopped in Philadelphia, where officials were laying out the red carpet for him. That wasn’t a problem for most people since it was made clear beforehand that the World Meeting of Families group would foot the full bill for the Pope’s visit.

Now that the trip’s long over, however, it turns out that’s not the case at all:

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With Nativity Scene No Longer in Florida Capitol, (Most) Atheists Will Revise Their Plans

Last year, the Florida State Capitol Building was home to a Nativity scene, a Festivus Pole, an atheist banner, and this display from The Satanic Temple:

The only reason most of those non-Christian displays were there was because Capitol officials had declared the space an open forum, allowing any group into the mix. That’s a convenient thing to do when you assume only Christians will take advantage of the opportunity. But we’ve seen over the years that atheists will step in with their own requests to counter Christian displays when that occurs.

It’s like invocations prayers. Most atheists don’t want prayers at city council meetings at all, but if the law allows for it (and it does), we can’t just sit back and let Christians dominate the discussion. Might as well sign up to give our own “prayers.”

But this year in Florida, there won’t be a Nativity scene:

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