Atheist Group’s “Bill of Rights Nativity” Will Go Up in Florida Capitol Building

Joining The Satanic Temple in the Florida Capitol building this season will be the Freedom From Religion Foundation with this lovely sign featuring a “Bill of Rights Nativity” scene:



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Alabama Mayor, Forced to Rename “Keep Christ in Christmas” Parade, Wrongly Thinks FFRF’s Plan Backfired

A couple of weeks ago, we learned the city of Piedmont, Alabama was having a Christmas parade with the theme “Let’s Keep Christ in Christmas”:

Once the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter warning the city of the constitutional problems with that, the city changed the theme to the more innocuous “City of Piedmont Christmas Parade.”

The parade took place Thursday night and it seemed to go over well. But the narratives surrounding it are so far off…

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Michigan House Passes Bill That Will Allow Discrimination If It Conflicts With Your Religious Beliefs

Yesterday, the Michigan House passed a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that would essentially allow people to get away with discrimination if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. (A similar bill was vetoed earlier this year in Arizona by Governor Jan Brewer.)



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Austin City Council Candidate Says Her Atheist Opponent is Ineligible to Hold Public Office

A couple of days 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:

Except he’s not an atheist. He’s a self-described Catholic.

More importantly, why would it make a difference even if he were an atheist?

Pressley never apologized for making that unnecessary distinction. Instead, she told the Austin American-Statesman his atheism disqualified him from hold public office:

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In Lake Worth (Florida), An Atheist’s Invocation Offered Thanks to Allah, Zeus, Satan, Buddha, Krishna, and Thor

Earlier this week, atheist activist Preston Smith delivered the invocation at the Lake Worth (Florida) City Commission meeting.

Not only did four of the five commissioners walk out before he had said a single word, Smith showed what happens when the door to giving invocations is wide open thanks to Christians wanting to pray at government meetings. (Blogger Lynn Anderson said that Commissioner Christopher McVoy remained in the room, as did the city manager and city attorney.)



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