This is How Everyone Should React When a Politician Admits He Doesn’t Accept Evolution

In the United States, when a politician refuses to admit he accepts evolution, he’s still considered a plausible candidate for President.

In Canada, when a politician doubts evolution, he’s laughed off the public stage:



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Why Are Christian Right Groups Suddenly Creating Enemies Lists?

In 2012, a couple of years after the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the (anti-gay) Family Research Council a “hate group,” a shooter walked into FRC’s building and injured a security guard before being subdued (by the same guard) and later apprehended. The shooter even said he knew about FRC through the hate-group list.

Obviously, this was a tragedy and SPLC said as much, though they never removed the “hate group” designation. They felt it was warranted:

Contrary to what the FRC has repeatedly claimed, we do not list the FRC as a hate group because of its opposition to gay marriage or because of its religious beliefs. Instead, we list the FRC because it engages in baseless, incendiary name-calling and spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community.

FRC disagrees, of course, but here’s the line that I want to point out:

[FRC President Tony] Perkins said. “I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology.”

If they think the designation is the problem — one that led to a shooting — then you have to wonder what Christian Right groups are now trying to accomplish by turning the tables on everyone else.

A couple of days ago, the American Family Association released a “Bigotry Map” listing atheist groups, Humanist groups, and (for some reason) AARP.



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American Atheists Will (Once Again) Have a Booth at CPAC, the Conference for Fringe Conservatives

Last year, to the frustration of many, American Atheists decided to purchase booth space at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Why bother reaching out to the most conservative Republicans out there? This is what AA said at the time:

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Michigan City’s Mission Statement Includes Phrase “Strive to Serve God”

Remember the controversy at Hager Park in Jenison, Michigan? For most of the past 50 years, you would’ve seen this sign near the picnic shelter:

It’s an Old Testament verse, Psalm 19:1:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

After an atheist group pointed out the illegality of it to Ottawa County officials, they took down the sign… only to reconsider that decision after their legal counsel told them it would be fine. (The final status of the sign is still in flux.)

Now, a neighboring community has done their own part to push God into government:

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After Going Back and Forth, Clark County (Washington) Officials Approve “In God We Trust” Display

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how Clark County (Washington) officials had tabled a discussion to put up an “In God We Trust” sign after the proposal saw a lot of resistance: After hearing about two hours of public testimony — during which about two-thirds of the speakers opposed the controversial proposal — [Councilor [Read More…]