No, *This* is Why Southern Baptist Churches Are Losing Millennials

Southern Baptists are in trouble, they say, because they’re not baptizing enough young people.

But don’t worry! They had a task force look into the problem and the members of the team settled on five explanations for the “baptism drought”:

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There’s an Anti-Atheist Smear Campaign Going On Against a Candidate for Oak Hill (TN) Commissioner

With atheist candidates running for office in Texas and Arizona, I had no idea the first anti-atheist smear campaign would take place in Oak Hill, Tennessee.

That’s where Heidi Campbell (Pflaum) is running to become a city commissioner.

Campbell has been fighting against commercial development in the area because she says the tax revenue it would bring in wouldn’t balance out the amount in maintenance the city would have to pay for upkeep. And this is apparently a *very* controversial position.

Instead of criticizing her argument, though, anonymous opponents recently sent a mailer to residents in Oak Hill warning them that Campbell is (*gasp*) a Secular Humanist:

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After Crudely Dismissing Them Earlier in the Week, La Vista Mayor Finally Agrees to Meet with Atheists

I’ve been posting this week about how the city of La Vista, Nebraska hosted a “Faith & Freedom Day” recently. Omaha Atheists board member Robert Fuller wanted to know why the city was supporting a faith-based event, so he went up to Mayor Douglas Kindig (below), handed him a business card, a requested to meet at a later time to discuss possible church/state violations.

Kindig responded by telling Fuller, “Take me to fucking court because I don’t care,” and “Minorities are not going to run my city.”

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Canadian News Host Has No Idea Why a Government-Supported, Christian-Themed Park is a Bad Idea

I’ve posted before about Shepherd’s Garden, a Christian-themed park being built in Sioux City, Iowa, that may be receiving a $140,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded “Vision Iowa” program:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been pushing back against the government promotion of religion and attorney Andrew Seidel appeared on Canada’s conservative-leaning Sun News Network to discuss the matter with host (and I’m not making this up) Faith Goldy.

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Once Again, Judges Throw Out Atheists’ Lawsuit That Would Have Removed ‘In God We Trust’ from U.S. Currency

Last year, Michael Newdow, the atheist who took his case to remove “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Supreme Court nearly a decade ago, filed a complaint in a New York district court in order to remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency:

The plaintiffs included Newdow, his mother, the New York City Atheists, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, several families (with children), while the defendants included the U.S. Congress and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

At the time, I wrote that I didn’t think anyone would really take the complaint seriously, legal arguments notwithstanding, especially after seeing the list of “damages” incurred by the plaintiffs:

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