City Council Votes Down Mosque Saying It Can’t Be in Retail Space… Months After Approving Church in Retail Space

On Monday night, the Kennesaw City Council (in Georgia) voted down a proposed Islamic center located in a strip mall… but even that was an obstacle in itself:

… when the time came, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews had trouble getting the council to take a vote at all. No member would second the motion to proceed.

After several very awkward pauses, the council finally voted. Four of the five members voted “no”.

Why would they say no when the Muslims fulfilled all the requirements of any group looking to acquire the space? Council member Debra Williams (below) made clear this had nothing to do with anti-Islamic prejudice:



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Why Don’t Conservative Groups Support a Ballot Initiative Establishing Christianity as Mississippi’s State Religion?

About a month ago, we learned that a Mississippi group known as the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign wanted to get an amendment on the 2016 ballot that would, among other things, establish Christianity as the state religion:



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Austin City Council Candidate Highlights Opponent’s Alleged Atheism in Promotional Graphic

In a not-at-all-watched runoff race for the Austin City Council in Texas, candidate Laura Pressley posted a graphic on her website explaining the differences between her and her opponent Gregorio Casar.

Most of it goes after his age and inexperience rather than his ideas — which suggests to me she has no ideas of her own worth fighting for — but she also highlights his faith as a problem:



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Alabama City Was Going to Hold “Keep Christ in Christmas” Parade but, Under Pressure, Officials Changed the Theme

Last week, we learned the city of Piedmont, Alabama was having a Christmas parade on December 4 with the theme “Let’s Keep Christ in Christmas”:



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Secular Coalition for America Appoints Interim Executive Director and Announces $250,000 Matching Grant

After a lot of internal turmoil that involved the firing of its previous Executive Director, the Secular Coalition for American announced earlier today that Kelly Damerow (below), the group’s Director of Federal and State Affairs, would serve as interim Executive Director until a permanent replacement is found:



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