$10,000 a Prayer: If Humanist Group Prevails in Court, These Elected Officials May Owe Hefty Fine for Violating Law

For the second time in less than a week, the Carroll County (Maryland) Board of Commissioners has defied a judge’s decision and opened a meeting with a prayer to Jesus.

Last week, a day after a judge told them to stop the illegal practice, commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier chose to break the law:



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Secular Coalition for America Fails Nearly 60% of Congress (Including Many, Many Republicans) in 2013 Scorecard

The Secular Coalition for America has released its 2013 Congressional Report Cards and things aren’t looking all that great. (Though it’s slightly better in the Senate than in the House.)

First, the U.S. House of Representatives:

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After Blocking Child’s Attempt to Make the Wooly Mammoth South Carolina’s State Fossil, Senator Withdraws Objection

Last week, I told you about how third grader Olivia McConnell wrote to her state representatives earlier this year with a request: South Carolina didn’t have an official state fossil, so could the Wooly Mammoth claim that title? … Olivia gave her reasons: 1. One of the first discoveries of a vertebrae fossil in North [Read More...]

Saudi Arabia Doubles Down on Atheism; New Laws Declares It Equivalent to Terrorism

We’ve seen before how Saudi pundits find it easy to conflate atheism and terrorism, but now it’s official: Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism laws say outright that nonbelievers and others who commit thought crime are the same as violent terrorists.



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Fun with Corporate Conscience Clauses

In today’s New York Times, Brian McFadden suggests the problems with religious conscience clauses:

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