Thanks to Atheist’s Sit-Down Protest, Winter Garden City Commissioners (FL) Vote to Eliminate Invocations Altogether

You may recall that Mayor John Rees, the leader of the Winter Garden City Commissioners (in Florida), kicked atheist Joseph Richardson out of last week’s meeting after he refused to stand for the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance:



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One Atheist’s Year-Long Attempt to Deliver a Secular Invocation in Los Angeles

It shouldn’t be hard for atheists to deliver secular invocations.

Yet, in places like Greece, New York, town officials have worked to deny atheists that opportunity — even after the Supreme Court decision.

Indra Zuno (below), an activist from Los Angeles (who spoke at the 2012 Reason Rally), didn’t think it would be very difficult at all.

For more than a year now, she’s been trying to deliver an invocation at the weekly meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. And for most of that time, they’ve ignored her.

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Saudi Court Upholds Ruling Against Blogger. He Faces 10 Years in Jail and 1,000 Lashes for “Insulting Islam”

Last year, 30-year-old Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was punished for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. That was insulting to Islam, said his critics. He was sentenced at the time to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.

His sentence was overturned… but that respite was brief. In May, Badawi was given an even harsher punishment:

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The Problem with Tradition

Earlier today, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. The reason really hinged on the idea of tradition:

… There are, the court noted, good and bad traditions.

“Bad traditions that are historical realities such as cannibalism, foot-binding, and suttee, and traditions that from a public-policy standpoint are neither good nor bad — such as trick-or-treating on Halloween,” it said. “Tradition per se therefore cannot be a lawful ground for discrimination — regardless of the age of the tradition.”

Limiting marriage to one man and one woman? The judges agreed that was a bad tradition and it’s time had passed.

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Outlaw TV Belly Dancing Show, Demands Egypt’s Top Religious Council

It took them 700 years to decide, but the die is cast. Praise Allah:

Egypt’s top religious body is demanding that a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for “corrupting morals” and serving “extremists” who could use it as a pretext to depict Egyptian society as anti-Islamic.



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