Some Australians Are “Offended” by Member of Parliament’s Black Jesus

In Melbourne, Australia, there lies a babe in a manger that has some locals in disgust. It’s being called “inaccurate” and “offensive.”

This Nativity is in the window of Parliament Member Lizzie Blandthorn‘s office, and the doll laying in the place of┬ábaby Jesus is black.

Blandthorn has been receiving angry phone calls about the display but refuses to appease the offended. She told Seven News:

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Texas Governor Orders Atheist Display Removed from State Capitol (but the Nativity Can Stay)

Because the Texas State Capitol has an open forum for holiday displays, here’s what the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up to counter the Nativity scene:

That’s the Bill of Rights flanked by Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and the Statue of Liberty. The display also featured this sign:

Just to reiterate: This was an open forum. FFRF applied for the space, just like everyone else, and they were given a green light.

That is, until yesterday, when Governor Greg Abbott ordered the whole thing to be removed.

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Free Speech Coalition Asks Secretary of State John Kerry to Help At Risk Bloggers in Bangladesh

The head of the PEN American Center — the group that gave the Charlie Hebdo staff a Freedom of Expression Courage Award earlier this year despite pushback from many members — along with several other groups are now asking Secretary of State John Kerry to “provide humanitarian parole for a limited number of high-profile Bangladeshi secularists at imminent risk of attack.” Humanitarian parole is basically a way to circumvent normal regulations and get someone into the United States due to a “compelling emergency.”

It’s a tremendous showing of support for critics of religion in Bangladesh, many of whom remain on a hit list following the brutal deaths of five writers and publishers over the course of the year.

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Sheriff in Texas Plans to Put Christian Crosses on All Department Vehicles

We’ve seen a lot of sheriffs putting “In God We Trust” stickers on city-owned vehicles over the past few months. Unfortunately, there’s not much recourse for that. The sheriffs just lie about the religious basis for that, shrug their shoulders, and say, “It’s our motto!”

But when it’s a Christian cross, you have to think that crosses a line. This is a mockup of the cross that Brewster County (Texas) Sheriff Ronny Dodson plans to put on his office’s vehicles:

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A Creationist Politician Will Now Oversee Education-Related Legislation in Arizona

Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen (R) is one of those people who have no business making decisions on behalf of other people because she rejects reality and wants to push her religious on everybody else.

More than five years ago, she said Earth was only 6,000 years old during a discussion about uranium mining in the state:

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