Todd Phelps, Mayoral Candidate in Austin, Texas, Supports Teacher-Led Prayers in School

Todd Phelps wants to become the next mayor of Austin, Texas. Austin, if you’re unfamiliar, is known as “an island of blue in a sea of red” — it’s very liberal and thankfully so.

So you have to wonder why Phelps thinks putting prayer back in public schools will lead him to victory.

In an interview with KXAN News, he said (at the 8:22 mark below) that he wants to put “voluntary faculty-led prayer” back in school, adding that he hopes it becomes a model for the nation:



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Nicholas Kristof Elaborates on the Diversity of Islam but Still Misses the Point

In his New York Times column today, Nicholas Kristof expands on the controversial panel discussion he was a part of on Real Time with Bill Maher last week. He and Ben Affleck (though mostly Affleck) argued that criticism of Islam was unfair, “gross,” and “racist,” while Maher and Sam Harris made the case that radical ideas were not confined to some small fringe of Muslims.



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Creationists May Have Given Up More Than $18,000,000 in Tax Rebates Because They Want to Discriminate in Hiring

Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham‘s ministry, is a religious non-profit. That’s why the Creation Museum can require you to sign a “statement of faith” if you want to work there.

Ark Encounter, the Noah’s Ark theme park that’s eligible for millions of dollars in tax rebates, is a for-profit business. They cannot discriminate in hiring.

Sounds simple enough.

But if you looked at the job listings at AiG’s website (since taken down), the requirements for some jobs made no sense at all:

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More Proof That U.S. Military Officials Are Illegally Preaching Christianity

Once again, we have evidence that U.S. military leaders are proselytizing to the soldiers who work under them.

Jason Torpy of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers points out two specific problems:



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Canadian Pastafarian Denied Driver’s License After Requesting to Wear Colander on Head in Picture

You know what I love about Pastafarians? The devoted ones stick to their beliefs no matter the circumstances.

This past August, British Columbia resident Obi Canuel wanted to renew his driver’s license with a colander on his head, as Pastafarians often do, but he was rejected:

“The truth is sometimes I have the spiritual inkling to wear the colander and I don’t think [the Insurance Corporation of B.C.] should be making decisions about what kind of religious headgear is appropriate or not,” Canuel told CTV Vancouver.

Canuel was able to wear it, however, when he got his B.C. Services card (not his license):



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