Kansas Senate Approves Bill That Criminalizes Teaching Material Deemed “Harmful to Minors”

The Kansas State Senate on Wednesday passed S.B. 56, with twenty-six Republican senators supporting the measure, and six Republicans and eight Democrats opposing. The bill is ostensibly designed to protect students by making it illegal to display or present material that is “harmful to minors,” such as pornography. But the broad categorizations and vague language [Read More…]

Tony Perkins at CPAC: The Conservative Movement is Broad Enough to Include Atheists

American Atheists’ presence at CPAC may be having an impact.

Tony Perkins, the President of Family Research Council and one of the most powerful Christian Right leaders out there, said during a CPAC panel this morning that the conservative movement is broad enough to include atheists.

Which, admittedly, is a strange thing for him to say when the policies he supports are all about advancing Christianity



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Dave Silverman Explains Why American Atheists Has a Presence at CPAC

Every time I post about American Atheists having a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), people want to know why they’re there. It’s not that atheists can’t be conservative, but are those the kind of conservatives we want ties to? (Hell, do they even want anything to do with us?) The same sort of criticism was levied at Jamila Bey, an AA board member, who spoke at CPAC the other day.

To answer those questions, AA Public Relations Director Danielle Muscato interviewed AA President Dave Silverman on these topics, if for no other reason than to get his unedited responses on the record:



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Ada County Highway District Commission (in Idaho) Votes for Prayer at Meetings, Despite Overwhelming Opposition

The Ada County Highway District Commission (in Idaho) has thrown the Constitution under the bus with their 3-2 vote to allow prayers during public meetings. What’s amazing, though, is how many people were publicly opposed to the decision:



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More Than Half of Republican Primary Voters Want to Establish Christianity as the National Religion

Public Policy Polling released a poll on Tuesday identifying Scott Walker (below) as the leading presidential favorite among primary-voting Republicans. Which isn’t even the worst thing the poll tells us (and I say that as a Wisconsinite…).

While many of PPP’s questions focused on potential Republican primary candidates, some were the sort of simple queries like “Do you believe in evolution or not?” that trip up politicians like Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal. And if you’re wondering how the potential primary voters fared, well… their responses weren’t any more heartening than Walker’s “punt.”

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