Indiana State Senator Wants to Pass Useless Bill to Protect Christmas from… Well… No One

While we’re having a discussion about Nativity scenes on government property in Indiana, it seems like a good time to talk about State Senator Jim Smith (R):

Last year, Smith tried passing a “Merry Christmas” bill that would allow people to celebrate Christmas. Because, you know, we’re in the middle of a war:

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A Rare Sight: Puerto Rican Atheists Hold Protest Over Nativity Scenes on Government Property

We often hear about Nativity scenes on government property in the U.S. and the battles that take place over them. But we don’t always hear about similar problems that take place in Puerto Rico.

They follow the same rules of church/state separation and, a couple of days ago, atheists there held a public protest against the Christian-only displays on government property. The Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico (HuSe) stood outside the San Juan Judicial Center and said that either all displays must be allowed or none of them can be:

HuSe Board Member Dr. Victor Rivera explained the motivation for the protest in an email (modified for clarity):

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Atheist Sues Arkansas County and Judge After Courthouse Creche Approved (Again) but Humanist Banner Rejected

This was the scene in front of the Baxter County Courthouse in Mountain Home, Arkansas last year:

It’s a giant Nativity display, with what appears to be Santa Claus and a Christmas tree thrown in for good measure.

By now, we all know the rules for how this works: You can’t *just* promote Christianity with your holiday displays on government property. Either other groups can put up displays or no one gets to. And that’s exactly what the Appignani Humanist Legal Center said to County Judge Mickey Pendergrass in a letter sent last year:

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There’s Now Footage of the “Catholic Warrior” Walking Off With The Satanic Temple’s Display in the Florida Capitol

The other day, we learned that The Satanic Temple’s display in the Florida State Capitol Building had been vandalized.

We now know it was Susan Hemeryck, a 54-year-old Tea Party activist who wore a shirt with the phrase “Catholic Warrior” on it.

[Hemeryck] had only one regret about Tuesday’s incident.

‘I just yanked that little devil off the fishing line,’ she said. ‘I should have just done a better job and finished it off for good.’

Security camera footage of Hemeryck destroying the display is available online:

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Atheist Banner in Front of Georgia Courthouse Gets Torn Down

Yesterday, I posted about the Nativity scene in front of the Bulloch County Courthouse in Statesboro, Georgia. The Freedom From Religion Foundation had successfully put up a non-religious banner next to it a few days ago:

It didn’t take long for that banner to be torn down:

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