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...]

Air Force Academy Now Kinder to Non-Christians

For a while now, there’s been a climate of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. For example, non-Christians have been subject to proselytization from their commanding officers. The AP reports that things have gotten much better over the past five years. “This is the first time we feel positive about things there,” [Read More...]

South Portland Mayor Asks Secular Humanist to Deliver Invocation

The new mayor of South Portland, Maine is Tom Coward, and one of his first duties was to decide who would deliver the invocation at the ceremony in which other new city officials would be inaugurated. He made a surprising (and welcome) pick: Andrew Lovley, a college senior who founded the Southern Maine Association of [Read More...]

Rachel Maddow Speaks About the Cecil Bothwell Case

The other night, Rachel Maddow did a segment about the Cecil Bothwell case — it’s worth watching just to hear him not take an oath to God when swearing in to office. Maddow interviewed Katy Parker, the legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina. So to summarize: The NC state constitution says atheists cannot [Read More...]

Which States Ban Atheists from Holding Public Office?

Looks like the Cecil Bothwell case is getting quite a bit of national attention. Bothwell is the newly-elected Asheville, North Carolina city councilperson… who also happens to be an atheist. Some of the attention has been good… One man from Brooklyn, N.Y., sent him a $50 campaign donation. And he’s just sold 19 copies online [Read More...]