Comedian Marc Maron and President Obama Discuss Faith in Interview (Albeit Very Briefly)

We know President Obama‘s father was non-religious. In a 2006 speech, Obama said that his father “was born Muslim but as an adult became an atheist.” His mother was Agnostic (though Obama once referred to her in Dreams from My Father as a “lonely witness for secular humanism”).

On Friday, comedian Marc Maron interviewed President Obama for his WTF podcast and the episode was released earlier today. If you listen to the show regularly, as I do, you knew religion was going to come up at some point. So I was eagerly awaiting what Obama would say about faith — his own, his parents’, etc.

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New Gallup Poll Shows That Atheists Are No Longer the Least Electable Group in America

For decades now, Gallup has been asking voters about their dealbreakers when it comes to electing a President:

If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be ________, would you vote for that person?

Every time they’ve asked that question, “atheist” has been at the bottom of the list.

In 2012, there was cause for celebration simply because more than half of those surveyed said they wouldn’t hold atheism against a politician.

Gallup released a new poll today asking the same question and — for the first time ever — “atheist” isn’t the worst trait in a Presidential candidate.

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Brazil’s Senate Will Consider Bill to Revoke Tax Exemptions from Churches Due to Atheist-Led Petition

You may be aware that the White House has a website where you can create a petition on a particular issue. If you can gather enough support — 100,000 e-signatures within 30 days as of this writing — someone in the administration will respond to your petition. Earlier this year, for example, a petition calling for the legalization of marijuana surpassed the threshold and received this response. It wasn’t a newsworthy response, but you get the idea.

In Brazil, the Senate has something similar. So the Associação Brasileira de Ateus e Agnósticos (ATEA) decided it would be an excellent way to challenge the government on the tax exemptions given to religious institutions.

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Missouri Sheriff Argues That God and Government Go Together, Just as the Founding Fathers Intended

Jason Mosher (below), the Sheriff of Vernon County, Missouri, wants atheists everywhere to know that he doesn’t give a damn about them. If you have a problem with church/state separation, he wants nothing to do with you.

In a piece for the Nevada Daily Mail, Mosher showcases his ignorance about our nation’s own history and how it informs him:

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Bill Donohue: If Politicians Listen to the Pope on Climate Change, They’re Violating Church/State Separation

Does the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue understand what church/state separation means?

Of course not. You knew the answer to that as soon as I wrote “understand.”

In this case, the Donohue thinks the urging of politicians to embrace Pope Francis‘ call for concern about climate change is somehow a violation of the law:

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