Georgia Town Debates Saying No to “So Help Me God”

A couple days ago, I heard about how city council members in Marietta, Georgia were debating whether or not to remove the phrase “so help me God” from the oath new police officers take. It’s a good move, of course, but it wasn’t a welcome one for city officials: Councilman Van Pearlberg floated changing the [Read More...]

The Christian Right Knows Why Will Phillips Doesn’t Stand for the Pledge

I now know why 10-year-old Will Phillips isn’t standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. I have Matt Barber of the Christian Right group Liberty Counsel to thank for explaining why Will’s explanation — that we don’t have “justice for all” when it comes to the LGBT community — doesn’t make any sense: [Barber] believes the [Read More...]

Iraq Rewards Interreligious Marriage

by Jesse Galef Cash reward up front: in all of America’s efforts to encourage and promote marriage, it’s something our government hasn’t tried.  You would think that in the land of both manic capitalism and manic religiosity we would have come up with the idea first, but we were beaten to it.  By whom, you [Read More...]

Islamic Nations Want to Pass Global Blasphemy Law

This doesn’t look like anything to worry about, but it is a disturbing proposal to the U.N. General Assembly and it needs to be stopped. Four years after cartoons of the prophet Muhammad set off violent protests across the Muslim world, Islamic nations are mounting a campaign for an international treaty to protect religious symbols [Read More...]

Wafer or Political Weapon?

by Jesse Galef When people simultaneously try to serve their country and serve God’s will, conflicts will arise.  Some politicians are worse than others at separating their faith from their policies *cough DeMint cough* but it’s pretty consistent for us to see them putting their personal convictions over sound, secular policy. But Representative Patrick Kennedy [Read More...]