Atheists Win Lawsuit Against Arkansas County That Erected Nativity Scene Outside Courthouse

This was the scene in front of the Baxter County Courthouse in Mountain Home, Arkansas in 2013:

It’s a giant Nativity display, with what appears to be Santa Claus and a Christmas tree thrown in for good measure.

By now, we all know the rules for how this works: You can’t *just* promote Christianity with your holiday displays on government property. Either other groups can put up displays or no one gets to. And that’s exactly what the Appignani Humanist Legal Center said to County Judge Mickey Pendergrass in a letter:

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After Atheist’s Invocation, Lake Worth (Florida) Officials Will Illegally Offer Their Own Prayers

Last December, atheist activist Preston Smith delivered an invocation at a Lake Worth (Florida) City Commission meeting.

Not only did four of the five commissioners walk out before he had said a single word, Smith represented what could happen when the door for invocations is wide open thanks to Christians wanting to pray at government meetings.

His speech referenced a number of religions and gods:

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What Ken Ham Isn’t Telling You About Ark Encounter Funding

To say the funding on Ken Ham‘s biblically themed Ark Encounter amusement park has been vague would be an understatement. After losing $18.25 million in sales tax incentives for discriminatory hiring, it seems clear why Answers in Genesis wouldn’t want Kentucky taxpayers to know what we dug up.



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Newt Gingrich Says Congress Should Block Transgender Students’ Rights

This week on Conservatives Say The Darndest Things:

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on a Houston radio show recently to promote his new book, and he took the opportunity to laud Houston voters for taking away basic human rights via repealing the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).

But then he went a step further, calling trans rights a “strange” cultural phenomenon and suggesting Congress take away the rights of trans students altogether.



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Man Who Represented Kim Davis Says Elected Officials Should Embrace the Law or Resign

Last week, after voters chose to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), an anti-discrimination bill, Mayor Annise Parker was very blunt about the possible consequences. She said she feared “a direct economic backlash as a result of this ordinance going into defeat and that’s sad for Houston.”

She wasn’t kidding. There was at least discussion about whether the 2016 Super Bowl and NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament would still be held there.

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel — one of the Christian groups pushing for discrimination — heard Parker’s comments and compared her to a traitor who roots against her own team. Then, on his “Faith and Freedom” radio show, he told co-host Matt Barber the most stunning and hypocritical thing I’ve heard in a while:



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