Former Congressman Barney Frank: Atheist Politicians Shouldn’t Use the Word “Atheist”

Last month, when former Congressman Barney Frank was promoting his new memoir, we found out that he didn’t consider himself an atheist (contrary to what he had suggested in the past).

Today, in a video for Big Think, Frank offered this advice to atheists interested in winning political office: Stop using the A word..



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For Easter, a Flying Spaghetti Monster Display Went Up in the Wisconsin State Capitol Building

Late last year, the Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered that anybody could put up a display in the State Capitol Building as long as they filled out the proper paperwork.

So to counter the Nativity Scenes around Christmas, they put up signs honoring gods from Game of Thrones.

The same thing happened last week. The Freedom From Religion Foundation put up signs saying “In Reason We Trust” (which were then stolen) to counter some Easter-related displays.

And the college students, not to be outdone, received permission to put up this poster:



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Ted Cruz Wrongly Believes Preventing Anti-Gay Discrimination is Like Forcing Rabbis to Eat Pork

In an interview last week with conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch, Republican Presidential hopeful and Texas Senator Ted Cruz expressed support for the Indiana religious freedom law in its original state. There is, he lamented, “a concerted effort targeting people of faith.” And unless someone can refuse to provide a service (that they otherwise provide) based on a customer’s sexual orientation, we’re basically at the point of forcing rabbis to eat pork.



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Many German States Still Ban Dancing and Loud Music Over Easter Weekend

Even in secular Europe, some states in Germany have a ban on loud music and dancing over Easter Weekend. It’s part of a centuries-old religious tradition known as Tanzverbot:



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Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) Says Students Should Be Allowed to Pray in School, Not Realizing That’s Already Legal

Over the past week, I’ve written a couple of posts about the overreaching faith of Principal Albert Hardison of Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School, part of the Caddo Parish Public Schools in Louisiana.

This is someone who openly praised God on the school’s website (he has revised it since the complaints began):



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