Mount Rubidoux Cross Controversy Finally Settled After Private Christian Group Buys Land at Auction

A bit of history about the Mount Rubidoux Cross: It’s been there since 1907. In 1963, the wooden cross was replaced with a concrete/steel one. So the current incarnation of the cross was up on the hill for nearly 50 years. The city of Riverside has owned the land since 1955.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State threatened to file a lawsuit if the city didn’t take it down — their argument was that the cross violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Christian groups were flipping out over this because they saw the case as an anti-Christian group trying to take down their Cross.

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Christian Right Leader on Immigrants: If They Accept the Koran as a Holy Book, They Can’t Enter Our Country

Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, announced on his radio show today his proposed change to our country’s immigration policy. It’s very brief: Ask the question, “Do you believe that the Koran is the holy book of God?” If they say “Yes,” don’t allow them in:

Regarding those who accept the Koran, Fischer added: “We can’t invite that kind of cancer into our culture because Boston is what you get when you do that.”

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Senate Candidate Mike Sullivan: I Said the Bombings Were ‘Gutless,’ Not ‘Godless’

This is what Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Mike Sullivan said a few days ago:

“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that they are going to identify the person or people responsible for this horrific, cowardly and godless act. I think there is going to be so much evidence available to the investigators that they will be able to put the pieces together.”

This afternoon, after many complaints from this site’s readers, his campaign issued this statement:

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Massachusetts Senate Candidate Calls Boston Bombings a ‘Godless Act’

Michael Sullivan, a former U.S. attorney and current Republican candidate for Senate from Massachusetts, used a throwaway line the other day to describe the Boston bombers… but in the process, he slandered all of us who are law-abiding, patriotic atheists:

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New Statesman: Criticism of Islam is Not Islamophobia

After seeing article after article claiming Sam Harris and the New Atheists who criticized Islam were guilty of “Islamophobia,” Andrew Zak Williams at New Stateman argues that the atheists have a point. It’s possible that criticism of Islam could be perceived as criticism of Muslims, it’s possible that the statements they make are wrong, but none of that should deter anyone from pointing out that the beliefs of religious people, whatever they are, may be (a) wrong and (b) harmful:

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