Religion in the Iowa State Government

How can Iowa be so good on gay rights and so bad on religious freedom? Mount Auburn Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R) is trying to get a law passed that would force new congresspersons to say “so help me God” when being sworn into office. Pettengill dismisses concerns her proposal would offend lawmakers who may not [Read More...]

A Fatwa Against Muslim Extremists

Finally, a fatwa I can actually get behind! The 20 imams associated with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada said this marked the first fatwa by the Muslim clergy declaring attacks on Canada and the U.S. to be attacks on Muslims. “In our view, these attacks are evil, and Islam requires Muslims to stand up [Read More...]

Gubernatorial Candidate Bradley Byrne Believes in the Bible: Really!

Bradley Byrne, a Republican candidate for governor in Alabama, made a mistake in November. He said this in a Mobile Press-Register interview: “I believe there are parts of the Bible that are meant to be literally true and parts that are not.” That made the whole world mad, apparently. How *dare* he not take the [Read More...]

Violence Erupts Over Use of word “Allah”

by Jesse Galef – Image from (afp) via TimesOnline Even though I recognize some thorny issues with secularism, it’s good to remember what can happen without it. Last week, the Malaysian High Court ruled that a Catholic newspaper was allowed to use the word “Allah” to refer to God in their local-language publications. The church [Read More...]

NYC Atheists Invited to Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast

After seven years of not being invited to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast, the New York City Atheists were finally invited this year. “I also want to welcome, for the first time, those who don’t profess a faith but who do love our city,” the mayor said. Jane Everhart, director of communications for New [Read More...]