City Council Member in Washington D.C. Proposes Bill to Allow Atheists to Officiate Weddings

If you and your atheist partner want to get married in Washington, D.C. your wedding would have to be officiated by either a religious figure or a government official.

The application requires the parties to identify the name of the officiant who will perform the marriage ceremony. The officiant is any District of Columbia Judge or anyone who is authorized by a religious organization to officiate marriages, such as a minister, priest, rabbi or imam, so long as he or she is registered with the Marriage Bureau to officiate marriages.

What about a Humanist or Secular Celebrant? It wouldn’t count. They’re not on The List. [Read more...]

President Obama Mentioned Secular Americans at the National Prayer Breakfast… but Did It Matter?

Earlier this morning, President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. He made two separate references to Secular Americans, but they were no more than lip service to me: [Read more...]

Christian City Council Member to Young Atheist Speaker: ‘You’re Too Young to Have Wisdom’

Last week, I posted about how the City Council in Rapid City, South Dakota always begins meetings with an invocation delivered by a “local minister.”

At Monday’s meeting, over 100 people showed up to voice their support for the prayer. [Read more...]

Chair of Texas Board of Education Wants Science Textbooks to Teach ‘Another Side’ to Evolution

Barbara Cargill, the chair of the State Board of Education in Texas, recently spoke in front of the state’s Senate Committee on Education to complain about CSCOPE, an online curriculum management system.

Her main gripe?

It only teaches one side of the evolution “debate”: [Read more...]

Congressman Who Said Evolution and the Big Bang Were ‘Lies Straight from the Pit of Hell’ to Run for Senate

Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) is making a big announcement today:

Georgia GOP Rep. Paul Broun is expected to announce his candidacy for Senate Wednesday in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Broun has an awful reputation with those of us in the reality-based community. [Read more...]


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