On “Hoodie Sunday,” Tulsa Ministers Took a Stand for Free Speech and Against Racism

Several church leaders (and many congregants) in Tulsa, Oklahoma showed up to church yesterday sporting hoodies, all as part of a statement that would make even atheists smile.

It was in response to Oklahoma Senate Bill 13 — a bill proposed by Republican State Senator Don Barrington that would impose a fine of up to $500 for wearing a hoodie in public. More broadly, the bill would make it a crime for anyone to “intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place.”

Noting that there are free-speech implications as well as racial undertones to the bill, several Tulsa churches joined in a concerted protest against this proposal. “Hoodie Sunday,” as it was dubbed, took place on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

[Read more…]

Glenn Beck: If We Don’t Have Enough Spine to Stand Up to Satanists Seeking Equal Treatment, It’s “National Suicide”

Now that the Orange County School Board in Florida has put a stop to book distributions from outside groups — just to prevent atheists and Satanists from doing what Christians were doing for years — Glenn Beck is sad. Very sad.

Because in his world, Christians should’ve been able to do a Bible giveaway without anyone else getting in the way (or being included in the mix) and the school board’s capitulation to the notion of neutrality means our nation is doomed:

[Read more…]

Supreme Court Will Soon Decide Whether Gay Marriage is Legal Throughout the Country

After decades of legal battles between marriage equality advocates and self-styled “defenders of marriage,” the Supreme Court is finally going to take up the question in a case that could bring same-sex marriages to the entire country.

The Court is set to review a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a combination of marriage bans and bans on recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages.

[Read more…]

Two Science Deniers Will Chair Government Science Committees

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is on a long list of politicians who are politely — and wrongly — referred to by media organizations as science “skeptics.” He, for instance, thinks he knows more than 97% of climate scientists on the “so-called scientific theory” of climate change (spoiler alert: it’s not real!); plus, you know, it’s cold out in winter, so the earth can’t be warming, amirite?

And while these beliefs, in conjunction with his government-closing chronic-ACA-repeal-advocating antics, might make him a “gold mine” in the eyes of comedians, they should absolutely disqualify him from being considered a serious voice on matters of science.

[Read more…]

Franklin County (Indiana) Officials Will Open Courthouse Grounds to Anyone Who Wants to Put Up a Display

Last month, I wrote about a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana that had been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.

The main problem was that the display was owned by the Town of Brookville and sat on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse.

[Read more…]