An Atheist Paid for a Banner to be Placed in This City’s Public Square… So How Come Most People Can’t See It?

Two weeks ago, in anticipation of both the National Day of Prayer and National Day of Reason, atheist Justin Vacula of the NEPA Freethought Society went to the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) City Hall, gave them a check for $50, and handed them a banner reading “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” to put up in the public square. That banner was supposed to go up on April 28. For whatever reason, city officials didn’t put it up until three days later… but it’s finally up!

There’s the banner about Mental Health Month, and the banner for the National Day of Prayer, and… hey, wait, where’s Justin’s banner?

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Today’s New York Times Features the Story of Alexander Aan, Who Spent 19 Months in Jail for Promoting Atheism

It’s good to see an article about Alexander Aan in today’s New York Times. Aan,. you may recall, is the atheist from Indonesia who was thrown in jail for 19 months for “inciting religious hatred” (which is really code for: he was promoting atheism online).

Joe Cochrane writes:

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Christians Will “Fast” For 40 Days to Protest Gay Marriage

Not since the awful Trestin Meacham unsuccessfully attempted to outlaw gay marriage by starving himself have American Christians felt such hunger pangs.



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Two Years Ago, a Republican Became Director of the Country’s Largest Atheist Lobbying Group. How Is She Doing?

Two years ago today, the Secular Coalition for America — the largest lobbying group in Washington, D.C. representing non-religious Americans — announced that its new Executive Director would be a Republican who had worked under President George W. Bush and conservative senators Trent Lott and Jeff Sessions.

While Edwina Rogers focused on health and economic issues with those politicians, her GOP background rubbed a lot of atheist activists the wrong way. They wondered if someone who had worked for social conservatives could really be a reliable voice for Secular Americans. Rogers was optimistic that her background wouldn’t hinder her new position — in fact, she believed she could get her foot in the door in places where liberal lobbyists might have been shut out. Still, my initial interview with her provoked a lot of skeptical (and harsh) feedback from readers and other bloggers.

But that was two years ago. Has Rogers changed her mind about the Republican Party’s ability to appeal to atheists and agnostics? Has the backlash died down?

I emailed her a list of questions earlier this week and her responses are posted below.

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This Presidential Candidate is Only Slightly Worse Than the Current Republican Slate

Darrell Trigg wants to become the next president.

And just wait till you hear his platform for the Christian Party:



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