After Kansas Post Office Removes Religious Sign, Residents (Fail to) Get Back at Atheists

A few days ago, I posted about how a “God Bless America” sign outside the post office in Pittsburg, Kansas had been taken down after the Freedom From Religion Foundation pointed out (on behalf of a resident) that it was essentially government endorsement of religion.


That didn’t sit over well with residents, so they decided to fight back in a way that has conservatives cheering. The website Twitchy used the clickbait-y headline, “Atheists Bully Small Town to Remove God Bless America Flag, What Happens Next Will Lift Your Spirits.”

What exactly did the people of the town do?

[Read more...]

Ted Cruz Has Given Us a Glimpse Into His Dream Supreme Court Justice, and She’s a Nightmare

Republican Ted Cruz has clearly stated in the past that he thinks ignoring Supreme Court decisions conservatives don’t agree with is a legitimate course of action. But his preferred response, of course, is to fill the Court with conservatives who will rule the way he wants.

That means appointing conservatives like Edith Jones, whose name (years ago) had been floated for nomination instead of David Souter, and whom Cruz has previously opined would have stopped same-sex marriage and overturned the Affordable Care Act.


Think ProgressIan Millhiser took a look at Jones’ views on workplace sexual harassment, and her views are, frankly, jaw dropping. (In a nutshell? Short of violent assault, it’s no biggie.) Then again, her views on equality, women’s rights, and minority concerns are no better. But if you ever wanted a glimpse into how unjust our justice system would be under a President Ted Cruz, keep reading…

[Read more...]

Former Australian PM’s Decision to Address Anti-Gay American Group Sparks Concern and Confusion

When people learned that former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott would be addressing the right-wing American Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom, there was plenty of criticism to go around. This prompted author and rector at St Mark’s Anglican Church Michael Jensen to write that such pushback demonstrated a threat to religious liberty.


[Read more...]

Ted Cruz Didn’t Beat Donald Trump With the Religious Right in Iowa

It was hard not to do a little knee-jerk reaction cheering when Donald Trump lost in Iowa last night, especially with that ramble of a concession speech that sounded a lot like a drunken “I love you, man” frat boy rant than a political address. The Donald had been taken down a peg, and it was a glorious thing to behold.

Until it hit you that Senator Ted Cruz — easily the most radically conservative and religious viable candidate on the right — was the one who’d taken first prize. As he took a 30-minute victory lap that could have just as easily been mistaken for a backwater revival church sermon, glee gave way to dread. What did Iowa’s exaltation of this fire-and-brimstone evangelical over the favored business mogul mean? Was the Religious Right about to strike back with a vengeance?

I wouldn’t count on it.


[Read more...]

This November, Arizona Atheist Will Challenge State Rep. Organizing Prayer Rally Against Satanists

We’re still waiting to find out if the Phoenix City Council in Arizona will allow members of The Satanic Temple to deliver an invocation prayer at a meeting on February 17.

I posted the other day about how State Rep. Kelly Townsend doesn’t want to wait for the answer. She already announced a prayer rally to counteract whatever damage the Satanists may cause.

It’s in part because of stunts like this that Townsend is being challenged in her upcoming re-election bid for Arizona State Representative.

And that challenger, Democrat Cara Prior, is openly atheist (and a courteous one at that).


[Read more...]