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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Proposed Michigan Laws Intended to Prevent Gay Unions Could Also Block Atheist Marriages

In anticipation of the Supreme Court making gay marriage legal throughout the country, one Michigan lawmaker is attempting to circumvent the decision in advance by banning government officials (like courthouse clerks) from signing any marriage licenses at all, leaving that duty only in the hands of religious leaders. (Michigan is one of the 13 states left currently banning same-sex marriages.)



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On Conservative Christians Blaming the Charleston Massacre on Atheism, Secularism, and an Angry God

As Hemant reported the other day, many conservative leaders are scrambling to attribute the horrific Charleston massacre of nine African-Americans by a white racist to… anything but racism.

First, a reminder of what we actually know of Dylann Roof‘s motives: His Facebook page shows him in white supremacist emblems, a friend said he spoke of starting a race war, and shooting witnesses quoted him as saying, “I have to do it. You rape our women, and you are taking over our country. And you have to go.” There are, to my knowledge, no reports of his religious beliefs or lack thereof.  With nearly 800 hate groups operating in the U.S., according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a majority of whom are white supremacist groups, it’s clear that the fight against racism in America has a long way to go.

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