Candidate in Nashville Mayoral Race Accused of Being an Atheist by Opponent’s Campaign

Earlier this month, no candidate won the majority of votes in an election to become the next mayor of Nashville, Tennessee. So on September 10, there will be a runoff election between the top two vote-getters, Megan Barry and David Fox.

What do you do to get a leg up over your opponent in a tight race? If you’re Fox, you apparently have volunteers at your call center suggest to voters that Barry is an atheist:

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Sen. Ted Cruz Whines About How “Atheist Taliban” is Assaulting Religious Liberty

Sen. Ted Cruz saying something overblown and idiotic is just par for the course by now, but when he compares church/state separation advocates to religious radicals who will kill those who think differently, it’s at least worth mentioning.

Cruz appeared on Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson‘s show a few days ago and echoed the host’s words about how the “atheist Taliban” is waging an all-out assault on Christians:

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Video Surfaces of ISIS-Inspired Toddler Joyfully Beheading a Teddy Bear

A terrifying video began circulating on Arab social media over the weekend of a preschooler dressed in Islamic State garb, confidently wielding a hunting knife as he beheads a white teddy bear.

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John Oliver Explains How LGBT Discrimination is Still a Major Problem at the State Level

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spent half the show talking about how, even with marriage equality, there is still a lot of legal discrimination against LGBT people happening at the state level:

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Despite Approving Ten Commandments Monument on Capitol Grounds, Arkansas Rejects Hindu Statue

Earlier this year, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill allowing a Ten Commandments monument to go up on the Capitol grounds. As we saw in Oklahoma, though, that may not pass legal muster.

One of the questions church/state separation activists are trying to figure out is whether other monuments will be allowed to go up as well. The Satanic Temple, for example, has already said they want their statue of Baphomet (below) alongside the Christian monument.

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