A Fundamentalist Mormon Was Allowed to Keep Silent About Child Labor Violations Due to (Wait For It…) Hobby Lobby

You might remember that a number of atheists, religious progressives, and women’s health advocates had some concerns about allowing an employer’s beliefs about women’s healthcare to determine what kind of coverage they offered, and what that might portend for religious freedom and the law in general.

You might also remember that the Supreme Court did it anyway, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

And don’t forget people insisting that it was not really problematic (and certainly not a blow to women’s rights!) because it was so “limited in scope.” Or the Supreme Court’s decision the very next day that expanded the ruling.

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Denied the Chance to Deliver an Invocation, Atheists in Rowlett (TX) Protested Outside City Hall Last Night

For a while now, atheists in Rowlett, Texas have been wanting to deliver an invocation at a city council meeting. After Greece v. Galloway, that should be a given. However, local leaders refused to change their policy. Mayor Todd Gottel said last week, “As long as I’m mayor, we are going to pray,” meaning to hell with any secular invocations.

Last night, the Metroplex Atheists Rowlett held a protest outside city hall to draw attention to the discrimination they’re facing:

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An Open Letter to the Yale Muslims and Humanists Who Opposed Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Speech

Last night, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the author of Infidel and Nomad and a critic of Islam, spoke at Yale University. While the event itself went relatively smoothly, her presence wasn’t without conflict. More than 35 groups — including, to my disappointment, the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics — signed an open letter last week expressing their disappointment in the invitation.

Below is an open letter to the Yale Humanists and Muslim Students Association written by Muhammad Syed, the co-founder and Executive Director of Ex-Muslims of North America, a community-building organization for ex-Muslims across the non-theist spectrum.

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The Same People Who Say Their Religious Freedom is Under Attack Held a Rally to Put God Back in Public Schools

Over the weekend, hundreds of Christians gathered in Hartsville, South Carolina as part of a rally to put God back in public schools.

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A Creationist May Become Florida State University’s Next President

I went to school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For a school whose name didn’t command much attention in the state much less outside of it, one thing you heard constantly on campus was that we were a “Research I” university. Among other things, that meant research was a big priority for us, and we got a lot of funding for it, and we prided ourselves on the designation. (Take that, Northwestern.)

The Carnegie Foundation doesn’t use that classification system anymore, but Florida State University was also a Research I university.

That’s just one of the reasons it’s appalling that the next President of FSU might be someone who doesn’t have much faith in the scientific process.

Republican State Senator John Thrasher (above) is one of the four candidates to take over the school’s top position. In an open forum with students and faculty members yesterday, Thrasher was asked softball questions about evolution and climate change — and he botched them both:

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