Trying to Get God Off the Money… in Brazil

Since 1986, Brazilian paper money has included the phrase “Deus Seja Louvado” (roughly “God be praised”):

Now, Jefferson Aparecido Dias is trying to get the phrase off the currency: [Read more...]

FFRF Sues the IRS for Not Going After Politically-Active Churches

We’ve known for a while now that when churches make political statements from the pulpit — like on “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” — the IRS hasn’t been pursuing them for violations of their tax-exempt status as they should be.

The reason? Because no one at the IRS is in charge of the issue.

Now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the IRS (PDF) for not doing their job. (How’s that for payback?) [Read more...]

A Thank-You Letter from Pete Stark

Now that Congressman Pete Stark has lost his re-election bid and Congresswoman-elect Kyrsten Sinema is running away from the A-word like it’s some kind of disease, there are no members of Congress who openly deny the existence of a higher power.

When Pete Stark’s campaign was in trouble, a lot of readers of this site pitched in to help out. It didn’t ultimately protect his seat — and one could argue it’s a good thing that money didn’t sway this election — but Stark wants you to know how much he appreciated our support. [Read more...]

Christianist Bobby Jindal’s Weak Prescription for GOP Success

Louisiana’s governor Bobby Jindal has been in the mix of probable GOP presidential contenders for what seems like ages now. A lot of that talk was muted after his bizarre and creepy response to the president’s first address to a joint session of Congress. You remember. The walk. The voice. The eyes. Anyway, he passed 2012 by without so much as a blip on most people’s radar. [Read more...]

Pat Robertson Excuses The Weak-Willed CIA Director

I don’t mean to shock anyone, but Pat Robertson, televangelist and 700 Club host, is being a bit misogynistic.

Here’s the background:

On November 9th, CIA director David Petraeus resigned from his position after his extra-marital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell surfaced.  There’s obviously much more to the story, but for our intents and purposes here, suffice it to say that the relationship has been going on for about a year.  Here’s a full timeline of events if you’re interested. [Read more...]