Atheist Activist is (Again) Charged with Putting Stickers on Ohio Courthouse’s Church Directory

A year ago, I posted about a message board encased in glass outside the Athens County Courthouse (in Ohio) that listed the addresses of all the houses of worship in the area.

Eliot Kalman, a resident who used to head up the local branch of the ACLU, believed the presence of that sign was unconstitutional… he complained about it to local officials but they responded by saying they were simply providing information to the public, not promoting any of the religious groups — and that he could request his own group be added to the list if he wanted. Unsatisfied with that answer, he fought back by putting a giant sticker on the board:

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After Appeal, Massachusetts Pastafarian Gets to Wear Colander in Drivers License Picture

You can argue that people who want to wear a colander on their heads for driver’s license pictures are just trolling the government, but followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster do raise some interesting questions: When should the government be allowed to say your religion doesn’t count? What separates a parody religion from a real religion? And if someone says she’s an adherent of a particular religion, why should government officials be allowed to say otherwise?

When Lindsay Miller, a Pastafarian, wanted to wear the colander for her driver’s license picture in Massachusetts, she was rejected at first. It wasn’t until the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center and other cooperating attorneys stepped in that the situation was resolved:



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Bryan Fischer, Who Regularly Says Absurd Things, Claims Atheists “Will Believe in Anything”

During Bryan Fischer‘s radio show today, a caller complained about higher education in the country because only “stupid” people go to college. Which is something you’d expect one of his listeners to say.

But that’s not what this post is about. In his response to the caller, Fischer made a side comment about atheists. The segments begins at the 4:55 mark:



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After Getting Called Out for Not Standing During the Pledge, Atheist Addresses City Council

A couple of weeks ago, at a Mission Viejo City Council meeting in California, atheist Al Holguin and his wife didn’t stand during the Pledge of Allegiance (because they don’t believe we’re “one nation under God”). They’re in the front row in the image below.

While that shouldn’t have been a big deal, council member Frank Ury indirectly called them out on it afterwards with a speech about how everyone needed to stand for the Pledge because it was the respectful thing to do. As if atheists who don’t stand aren’t patriotic.

Holguin didn’t have the chance to say anything that day, but he signed up to deliver a public comment at the next meeting. His opportunity came earlier this week; his rebuttal was powerful, paid homage to atheists in foxholes, and had all the respect that Ury wouldn’t give him.

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Wadena Nativity Scene in Local Park Will Come Down After Resident Points Out That It’s Illegal

A Nativity scene in a Wadena (Minnesota) park will be coming down after the city council was told it was violating the law:



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