Parent Moves to End Religious Observance in Edinburgh Schools

A petition has appeared on the Edinburgh City Council website raising the issue of religious observances in non-denominational schools in the city.

Currently, all schools in Edinburgh (be they non-religious state schools or otherwise) are required to provide religious education as well as opportunities to participate in religious observances. The legal mandate to do so dates all the way back to 1872. [Read more...]

Texas Rep. Proposes Cutting Funding From School Districts Offering Domestic Partner Benefits

Last year, Pflugerville school district in Texas became the first in the state to offer benefits to domestic partners of employees, whether gay or straight. But some legislators say that move goes against the values Texans apparently hold dear.

Rep. Drew Springer, a Republican state representative from the state’s Cooke County, proposed a bill this week that would slash healthcare funding by 7.5 percent for school districts that offer benefits to employees’ domestic partners — a major blow to those districts and their staffs: [Read more...]

Gay Senator to Opponents of Civil Unions: ‘Get Thee To a Nunnery’

Pat Steadman, a gay Colorado state senator, invoked Shakespeare’s Hamlet when debating a civil unions bill on the Senate floor recently. Watch the video below: [Read more...]

Violence in Bangladesh After ‘Atheist Bloggers’ Criticize Islam

There are headlines all over the place referring to a clash in Bangladesh over “atheist bloggers” resulting in the deaths of at least four people.

“Atheist bloggers” is in quotation marks, of course, because the unnamed bloggers never did anything wrong. They just criticized Islam and some extremists can’t handle that: [Read more...]

Non-theistic State Senator Says the Mafia Has Higher Standards Than the Catholic Church

Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers is one unique politician. After being the longest-serving senator in the state’s history (serving for 38 years, starting in 1970), he was term-limited out and left office in 2008. This past November, he was eligible to run for office again and took advantage of that opportunity, winning his race fairly comfortably.

Chambers is one of the few non-theistic, high-ranking politicians in the country. He’s also African-American and a powerhouse legislator.

He’s making headlines again for filibustering a bill that would “expand a prison work program.”

How is that news? Well, his filibuster included lots of unrelated remarks about religion: [Read more...]


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