Channeling the Future on the National Day of Reason

During the May 1 National Day of Reason celebration on the steps of the California Capitol Building in Sacramento, atheist author David Fitzgerald gave an entertaining speech (that just went up online) in which he explained to children of the future whatever happened to prayer:



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Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) Speaks at the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day Event

At the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day, Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) was one of the featured speakers and video of his talk is now online:



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Gallup Poll: 30% of Americans Say Religion is “Old Fashioned and Out of Date”

A just-released Gallup survey asked respondents, “Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today’s problems, or that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date?” 30% of Americans, to my delight, went with “old fashioned and out of date.”

It’s not the highest percentage on record, but it’s not an insignificant number either:



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Huntsville City Council Tells Wiccan He Can’t Give Invocation Prayer Because of “Community Fears”

A couple of years ago, before the Supreme Court ruled that sectarian invocation prayers were legal, the city of Huntsville, Alabama was threatened with a lawsuit for its overuse of Christian invocation-givers. In response, Huntsville City Council President Mark Russell (below) offered a possible solution and his colleague agreed:

A possible compromise, he said, is using a rotating roster of clergy from different faiths. Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Baha’i leaders have delivered a few council invocations through the years, but Russell estimated that 90-95 percent of the prayers are Christian.

“I think we’ll continue to want to open our meeting with a prayer of some sort,” he said.

Councilman Will Culver said he agrees with the idea of an opening prayer that rotates among different faiths.

“That’s the only way to do it, in my opinion,” Culver said Friday. “Everybody should have an opportunity.”

As we know, that’s essentially the solution the Supreme Court went with: People of all faiths must be allowed to give the invocations, but the invocations aren’t going away.

Blake Kirk gave one of those invocations in Huntsville earlier this year and he was set to do it again last night… but his invitation was rescinded for the worst possible reason:

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Congress Passes Bill to Install God-Honoring Plaque at National World War II Memorial

The National World War II Memorial opened in Washington, D.C. in 2004 and it’s a wonderful tribute to those who risked and gave their lives for our country.

But you know what it’s missing?

God.



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