An Indian State Just Found a Way to Make Blasphemy Laws Look Lenient

You thought blasphemy laws were bad? According to a new law in the Indian state of Karnataka, officials can arrest you before you’ve even done anything that might be considered blasphemous.



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“In God We Trust” Signs Will Go Up in Isle of Wight (VA) Schools

In 2001, shortly after 9/11, the Republican-controlled Virginia legislature passed a bill saying that all public schools had to put the statement “In God We Trust” somewhere where everyone could see it. They didn’t even refer to it as the “national motto” until later versions of the bill, which suggests this was all about pushing religion in the schools and had little to do with patriotism.

In Isle of Wight, school district officials say they were unaware of the legislation. (Like many bills that push religion in schools, the politicians don’t really care about enforcement; they just want to be able to say to voters that they were able to pass the legislation.) But they’re aware of it now. They received a donation of signs from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars and plan to put them up when the school year begins:



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Flint, Michigan Officials May Spread Scientology to Save the City

In Flint, Michigan, city council members will take any help they can get. So when Scientologist Monika Biddle showed up at their meeting earlier this week with a solution to their problems, they were eager to hear it. Her plan involves the distribution of a book called The Way to Happiness:



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Bricks Have Been Knitted; It’s Time to Show Congress

Remember how the Secular Coalition for America was encouraging people to #KnitABrick in response to the awful Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling?

Turns out they got a few submissions:



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New Orleans Police Department Plans to Recruit Members at Church

After recent retirements and resignations on top of an already thinning force, New Orleans currently has room in their budget to hire 150 new police officers. It’s imperative they fill those positions, too, so they’ll be hard at work looking for new recruits this weekend… at church:



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