Raising Awareness That Atheists Can’t Hold Public Office in All States

People are still talking about Asheville, North Carolina city councilperson Cecil Bothwell and the recent consciousness-raising of the fact that several states technically forbid atheists from holding public office. In Bothwell’s case, the state constitution says his atheism prevents him from holding his seat, but the U.S. Constitution says otherwise. (The U.S. Constitution trumps the [Read More...]

FFRF Co-Presidents Profiled in Paper

There’s a wonderful feature-length article by Ann Grauvogl in The Daily Page about Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, the co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation: For Gaylor, being at the helm of an advocacy group for nonbelievers is hard work, and she often feels marginalized and demoralized. She cites a Minnesota poll showing [Read More...]

Cecil Bothwell to Get Award from American Atheists

Cecil Bothwell is the atheist who recently won an election to become a city councilperson in Asheville, North Carolina. His story has been covered on FOX News and The Rachel Maddow Show. American Atheists has decided to honor him as a result of his handling of the situation: American Atheists Inc., a national nonprofit educational [Read More...]

Secular Coalition for America’s Capitol Hill Scholars Program

This is a repost from 10/26/09. There is still time to apply but the deadline is approaching and picks will be made soon. If you haven’t applied yet, please consider doing so! … This is a program I’ve been eagerly looking forward to ever since we began discussing it. Last year, the Secular Student Alliance [Read More...]

Arizona is Now Christmas-Safe

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer knows her priorities: In a formal executive order, Brewer said any executive branch agency that reports to her cannot stop employees from “personally celebrating” either holiday [Christmas or Hannukah]. That includes putting items “traditionally associated” with the holidays on their desks. She similarly barred those agencies from stopping state employees from [Read More...]