High Court in India Nixes Religious-Disclosure Requirement on Government Forms; Also, “None” is Now Permitted

In India, until now, various forms provided by the government asked citizens to disclose their religion — and “none” wasn’t an option. Good news:

In a landmark ruling, the Bombay high court on Tuesday held that the state cannot compel any individual to declare or specify his or her religion, on any form or declaration. Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by three individuals, the division bench of justices Abhay Oka and AS Chandurkar further held that every individual has the right to state that he or she does not belong to any religion and does not practice or profess any religion.



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Relative of Duck Dynasty Clan, Now Running for Congress, Said Sandy Hook Massacre Was the Result of Atheism

In June, we learned that Zach Dasher, cousin of Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, wanted to run for Congress from Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District.

In many cases, it’s unfair to judge someone by his relatives. In Dasher’s case, it’s perfectly appropriate, since he seems to follow the family’s politics down the line:

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A Creationist Just Became Florida State University’s New President

Last week, we learned that Republican State Senator John Thrasher (below) was one of the finalists to become Florida State University’s next president:

The research-focused school held forums for the final four candidates and Thrasher couldn’t even answer simple questions about evolution and climate change:

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Is Congressman Jared Huffman an Agnostic? “Perhaps,” He Told Stephen Colbert

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



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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).



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