Supreme Court Rules on Hobby Lobby Case: Corporations (Somehow) Have Religion Beliefs

The Supreme Court just ruled 5-4 that Hobby Lobby and other closely-held (family-owned) corporations have the right to deny contraception in their insurance packages.



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Why Are These Wilkes-Barre (PA) City Officials Placing Banners About Religion Where Few People Can See Them?

Earlier this year, in anticipation of both the National Day of Prayer and National Day of Reason, atheist Justin Vacula of the NEPA Freethought Society went to the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) City Hall, gave them a check for $50, and handed them a banner reading “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” to put up in the public square. That banner was supposed to go up on April 28. For whatever reason, city officials didn’t put it up until three days later… but at least it went up, right?

There’s the banner for Mental Health Month, and the banner for the National Day of Prayer, and… hey, wait, where did Justin’s banner go?

Well, to see it, you’d have to walk around the other side. The side that no one in the Square could see.

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Speaks at the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day Event

At the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) was one of the featured speakers and video of his talk is now online:



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Australian Shock Jock Fired After Bringing Up Muhammad’s Pedophilia

This coming August, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas will take place in Sydney Australia. Speakers include Pussy Riot, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein talking about why philosophers are more important than scientists, Salman Rushdie talking about how television has replaced the novel, and — until a few days ago — Uthman Badar talking about how “Honour Killings Are Morally Justified.” There was so much backlash against that title that Badar was disinvited from speaking.

Normally, the controversy would’ve been limited to that. But then a local Howard-Stern-like radio host jumped into the fray.

Shock jock Michael Smith (above) said that inviting Badar was like inviting a KKK leader. But then things took an awkward turn when he began complaining about Islam in general:

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Speaks at the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day Event

At the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) was one of the featured speakers and video of her talk is now online:



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