Canadian Secular Alliance Releases Video in Their Campaign to End Public Prayers at City Council Meetings

The Canadian Secular Alliance is getting ready to exercise its intervenor status in the Saguenay prayer case, in which Quebec Humanist Alain Simoneau is trying to have prayer and religious imagery in public meetings declared a violation of non-Christians’ rights to freedom of conscience.

At this juncture, the organization has decided to revisit the past experiences of three Canadian secularists who also sought to keep municipal politics inclusive by booting prayer out of public meetings.

They interviewed Veronica Abbass, Peter Ferguson, and the late Dagmar Gontard-Zelinkova, as well as Secular Ontario president Sheila Ayala, and pulled the interviews together to form this mini-documentary (followed by full-length raw-footage videos for context).



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The Black Mass in Oklahoma Featured 42 Attendees and *Hundreds* of Catholic Protesters

Over the weekend, there was a controversial Black Mass ceremony in Oklahoma. Even the Governor spoke out against it. More recently, Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley sued Adam Daniels and his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Satanic church because they supposedly stole consecrated communion wafers from the Church for their event, though Daniels returned the wafers to Coakley while saying they were sent to him legally by a priest in Turkey.

So how did the event go?

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An Atheist Will Deliver the Invocation in Huntsville, Alabama (!) Later This Week

Back in June, we learned that the City Council in Huntsville, Alabama had invited Blake Kirk to deliver an upcoming invocation, only to rescind that offer after learning that he was a Wiccan. They cited “community fears” as the reason for his rejection.

Some readers wrote emails to council members in response, and the general consensus among those members was that they had no idea why this happened. The selection of invocation speakers, they said, was done by Rev. Frank Broyles, a local interfaith leader who coordinated the invocation calendar.

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After Atheist’s (Second) Impassioned Plea Against “In God We Trust” Signs, Ballwin Officials Reject Them in 6-2 Vote

Remember how the Ballwin Board of Aldermen in Missouri were thinking about putting up “In God We Trust” displays on all city-owned buildings? The Holy Infant Knights of Columbus had pledged $750 to make that happen.

A couple of weeks ago, at a Board meeting, atheist Nikki Moungo urged the aldermen to reconsider the idea with an impassioned speech. At the end of it, she even offered to give the alderman $1,000 if they’d put up signs reading “E pluribus unum” instead.



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Americans Now Think Evangelical Christians Are More Discriminated Against Than Atheists

A new survey out today by the Pew Research Forum shows that more Americans than ever before (72%) think religion is losing its influence on society… and, for some reason, many of them think that’s a bad thing. Don’t get too excited. What that’s saying is that a lot of Americans *wish* religion had more [Read More…]


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