Fox News Channel’s Faith Panel Debates Satanic Monument in Oklahoma

After a mistaken introduction in which Fox News Channel host Gretchen Carlson said it was atheists who wanted to put up a Satanic monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building — she apologized for that on Twitter — her “faith panel” shared their thoughts on the recently-revealed Satanic monument design:



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Satanic Temple Reveals the Monument They Want to Install Outside the Oklahoma Capitol Building

About a month ago, the Satanic Temple made nationwide headlines when they said they wanted to donate a monument to be placed in outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building, where a Ten Commandments monument already stood: That was soon followed by a request from a Hindu group that wanted to erect a monument of Lord [Read More...]


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Spokesperson for Irish President: It’s ‘Inappropriate’ To Ask Him About His Religious Beliefs

When Michael Higgins was running to become the President of Ireland in 2011, he told Atheist Ireland of his desire for a country more inclusive of the non-religious perspective, including the re-examination of the presidential oath with its godly language (“May God direct and sustain me”):

Do you personally agree that, as a President elected by the people, many of whom do not believe in a god, you should be required to publicly ask a god to “direct” you in your work as our President?

Clearly, if I am elected President I will take the oath: I embarked upon this campaign in the knowledge that this would be expected of me if elected. There is to be a constitutional convention in the new year — which I fully support — and it is at this forum that matters such as the oath ought to be examined. It is of great importance that the Presidency and all surrounding it ought to be fit for purpose for a modern state with a population comprising a large number of different religious beliefs as well as none.

In the time since his election, he appears to have lived up to his words. Even his last three Christmas addresses have included no mention of Christ or Christianity.

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The Pastafarian Politician Explains Why He Wore a Colander at His Swearing-In Ceremony

Christopher Schaeffer was recently elected to the Pomfret Town Board in New York. The image of his swearing-in went viral after pictures of him wearing a colander on his head (he’s a Pastafarian, after all) were published online in The Observer:

I had a chance to speak with Schaeffer last night to get more insight into what he was hoping to accomplish, what message he hoped to convey, and what the response has been like for him.

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At Yesterday’s Interfaith Prayer Service for Boston’s Mayor-Elect, a Humanist Delivered the Final Remarks

Later today, Marty Walsh (below) will be inaugurated as the new mayor of Boston and he was also the guest of honor for an interfaith prayer service yesterday hosted by Rev. Jeffrey Brown:

“I think what you’ll see in the celebration tomorrow will be the width and depth of support within the city for the new mayor,” Brown said. “It’s not just the communities of color — it’s also part of that — but it is the big tent of supporters. People may have different ideas for the city but coming together we can find ways we can be one in the city.”

We’ve seen these sorts of events before, with atheists pushed to the background as people of faith come together and offer words of encouragement to the new leaders. Even in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings this year, atheists were excluded from the city’s major interfaith service.

But this ceremony was different.

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