Were Any of our Presidents Closeted Atheists?

Melanie Cornell at the Illini Secular Student Alliance offers her take on which of our presidents might have been closeted atheists: Considered Lincoln’s closest acquaintance, William Herndon attempted to describe the sheer complexity of Lincoln’s religious views, stating Lincoln was “at times, an atheist.” He also claimed Lincoln was a follower of Darwin (before it [Read More...]

Atheist Student Asks Joe Biden About Tax Exemptions for Religious Clergy

Remember when President Obama gave an awful response when he was asked a question about taxpayer-funded faith-based religious discrimination? Now, Vice President Joe Biden is joining the Crappy Answer Club. He did a Q&A at the University of Pittsburgh yesterday and Cate Laskovics, president of the Secular Alliance group on campus, was there to ask [Read More...]

Michigan Senate Says It’s OK To Bully If It’s In the Name of Jesus

Democrats in Michigan wanted to pass anti-bullying legislation but Republicans — much like they do in Congress — acted as obstructionists. Instead of stopping the bill outright, though, they made the bill completely useless: This year, Republicans only agreed to consider an anti-bullying measure that did not require school districts to report bullying incidents, did [Read More...]

A Voice of Reason on the ‘In God We Trust’ Bill Coming from an Unlikely Place…

On Monday, the House voted 396 – 9 in favor of “Reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States.” (Two Reps, Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Melvin Watt (D-NC), voted “Present.”) Who were those 9 No votes? Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Gary Ackerman (D-NY) Judy Chu (D-CA) Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) Mike Honda [Read More...]

Will Religion Make Justice Scalia Resign?

by Jesse Galef – It’s not every day you see USA Today call out a sitting Supreme Court Justice.  Apparently Justice Antonin Scalia isn’t quite as accomplished a theologian as he is a judge. Speaking at Duquesne University about the death penalty, he said some pretty revealing things.  In a great article by Lisa Miller, [Read More...]