Relative of Duck Dynasty Clan, Now Running for Congress, Said Sandy Hook Massacre Was the Result of Atheism
Last week, we learned that Republican State Senator John Thrasher (below) was one of the finalists to become Florida State University’s next president:
In 2012, after the last election, we knew there were no longer any openly non-theistic members of Congress with the loss of Rep. Pete Stark. We also knew that there were 10 members of Congress (all Democrats) whose religious affiliations were “Unspecified.”
Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) was one of them.
Last night, Huffman appeared on The Colbert Report (for the “Better Know a District” segment) and Stephen Colbert grilled him on the ambiguity of that label. He may have even gotten the Congressman to admit he’s not religious…
Canadian Secular Alliance Releases Video in Their Campaign to End Public Prayers at City Council Meetings
The Canadian Secular Alliance is getting ready to exercise its intervenor status in the Saguenay prayer case, in which Quebec Humanist Alain Simoneau is trying to have prayer and religious imagery in public meetings declared a violation of non-Christians’ rights to freedom of conscience.
At this juncture, the organization has decided to revisit the past experiences of three Canadian secularists who also sought to keep municipal politics inclusive by booting prayer out of public meetings.
They interviewed Veronica Abbass, Peter Ferguson, and the late Dagmar Gontard-Zelinkova, as well as Secular Ontario president Sheila Ayala, and pulled the interviews together to form this mini-documentary (followed by full-length raw-footage videos for context).
Over the weekend, there was a controversial Black Mass ceremony in Oklahoma. Even the Governor spoke out against it. More recently, Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley sued Adam Daniels and his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Satanic church because they supposedly stole consecrated communion wafers from the Church for their event, though Daniels returned the wafers to Coakley while saying they were sent to him legally by a priest in Turkey.
So how did the event go?