Another Atheist Bench May Go Up in Florida in Response to a Ten Commandments Monument

This past June, in response to a Ten Commandments monument outside the Bradford County Courthouse in northern Florida, American Atheists installed a bench peppered with quotations about atheism and church/state separation:

Now, the Williston Atheists (also in Florida) are looking to do the exact same thing outside the Levy County Courthouse where there’s another Ten Commandments monument:

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Michigan State Senator Introduces Legislation to Make ‘Under God’ a Permanent Fixture in the Pledge of Allegiance

Michigan State Senator Rick Jones, a Republican in case you have any doubt, has introduced legislation to honor the words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. That may not seem all that weird, given that it’ll soon be the 60th anniversary of the day those words were shoved into the original Pledge, but Jones is going a step further.

His legislation, Senate Resolution No. 108, will make sure those two words remain permanently in the Pledge — no matter what atheists try to do:



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After Christian Politicians in Northern Ireland Force Cancellation of Satirical Bible Play, the Backlash is Fierce

Remember how the Mormon Church responded when The Book of Mormon musical came out? They embraced it (without quite endorsing it), placed ads in the Playbill, and even issued a well-crafted public statement:

The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.

Brilliant.

So when a theater company in Northern Ireland wanted to perform a comedy called “The Bible: The Complete Word Of God (abridged)” — a show that pastors have long-enjoyed as it’s a satirical look at a subject near and dear to their hearts — you would expect the reactions to be along the same lines.

Instead, politicians there demanded the cancellation of the show because they believed it was too blasphemous:

Newtownabbey councillor Billy Ball claims the play makes a mockery of the Bible and Christianity.

“This is supposed to be a Christian nation and we are allowing the Bible to be mocked and slated,” he said. “Our parliaments are sworn under it, the courts offer an oath on the Bible, if that’s your religious choice.

“Christians can be slagged for their beliefs and I can take that, I don’t mind that, but when it comes to the Bible that’s different, it’s sacred.”

And as we all know, nothing that is sacred to anyone can ever be mocked! Well, guess what? Freedom of speech is sacred to me, and Ball’s call for censorship is far more offensive to me than anything this acting troupe is doing to the Bible.

Unfortunately, his tactic worked. Evangelical Christians in the nation’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) pressured the theater into canceling the production:



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Nebraska’s Atheist State Senator Introduces Bill That Would Force Churches to Pay Property Taxes

Ernie Chambers is arguably the highest-ranking openly-atheist politician in the country right now. The African-American Nebraska State Senator served for 38 years (beginning in 1970), making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history, until he was term-limited out in 2008. When he was eligible to run again in 2012, he did so and won easily.

And now he has introduced a bill, LB675, that would eliminate a state property-tax exemption for religious organizations — essentially taxing churches.

The bill itself is a riot because all Chambers does is cross out the word “religious” from the current list of groups that are exempt from paying property taxes:

Chambers’ Statement of Intent for the legislation is also the best thing you’ll read all day:

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Conservative Christian Activist Dinesh D’Souza Charged with Breaking U.S. Election Law

It’s hard to characterize Dinesh D’Souza in just one way: He’s a conservative Christian, anti-gay marriage activist, guy who had an affair while still technically married, president of The King’s College until his resignation in 2012, and Mr. Bean doppelganger:

And now, D’Souza is the subject of a federal investigation for giving $20,000 to an unnamed Senate candidate when the legal limit is $5,000.

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