Kennesaw (GA) Officials Hypocritically Rejected Mosque’s New Location, but They’ve Finally Come to Their Senses

Earlier this month, the Kennesaw City Council (in Georgia) voted down a proposed Islamic center located in a strip mall… but even that was an obstacle in itself:

… when the time came, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews had trouble getting the council to take a vote at all. No member would second the motion to proceed.

After several very awkward pauses, the council finally voted. Four of the five members voted “no”.

Why would they say no when the Muslims fulfilled all the requirements of any group looking to acquire the space? Council member Debra Williams (below) made clear this had nothing to do with anti-Islamic prejudice:



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In Texas, Candidate Deemed Ineligible to Run by Opponent Due to His Alleged Atheism Easily Wins Runoff Election

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a runoff race for the Austin City Council in Texas. Normally, it’d be off my radar, but candidate Laura Pressley had posted a graphic on her website explaining the differences between her and her opponent Gregorio Casar. She implied that his atheism was a problem:



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Egyptian Officials Crack Down on “Satanic Café” Where Atheists Supposedly Gathered

On Sunday, Egyptian officials stormed the Passiles café in Cairo to crack down on what they perceived was a hub for atheists. Or Satanists. One of them (even though atheists don’t worship Satan). It didn’t seem to matter, actually…



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Once Again, Florida’s Capitol Building Will Be Home to a Festivus Pole

Once again, Florida’s Capitol Building (already home to a Nativity scene, an FFRF banner, and a display from The Satanic Temple) will be home to a Festivus Pole, courtesy of atheist activist Chaz Stevens:



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Why Progressives Must Oppose Anti-Intellectualism

A couple of years ago, David Niose, a past President of both the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America, wrote a wonderful book called Nonbeliever Nation. It was all about the growing demographic of “Nones” and what that meant for the country.

His latest book is all about how to harness those numbers to achieve political and social gains. It’s called Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

In the excerpt below, Niose talks about how the Religious Right powerfully blended together faith and politics, and why progressives must oppose anti-intellectualism:

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