South Portland Mayor Asks Secular Humanist to Deliver Invocation

The new mayor of South Portland, Maine is Tom Coward, and one of his first duties was to decide who would deliver the invocation at the ceremony in which other new city officials would be inaugurated. He made a surprising (and welcome) pick: Andrew Lovley, a college senior who founded the Southern Maine Association of [Read More...]

Rachel Maddow Speaks About the Cecil Bothwell Case

The other night, Rachel Maddow did a segment about the Cecil Bothwell case — it’s worth watching just to hear him not take an oath to God when swearing in to office. Maddow interviewed Katy Parker, the legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina. So to summarize: The NC state constitution says atheists cannot [Read More...]

Which States Ban Atheists from Holding Public Office?

Looks like the Cecil Bothwell case is getting quite a bit of national attention. Bothwell is the newly-elected Asheville, North Carolina city councilperson… who also happens to be an atheist. Some of the attention has been good… One man from Brooklyn, N.Y., sent him a $50 campaign donation. And he’s just sold 19 copies online [Read More...]

FOXNews Asks Whether Atheist Councilperson Should Step Down

Cecil Bothwell is the newly-elected city councilperson from Asheville, North Carolina. Because of an archaic law in the NC books, atheists aren’t allowed to hold public office in the state, even though this is completely illegal and wouldn’t hold up in court. FOXNews Channel wants to know what you think: At the moment, the “No” [Read More...]

Pete Stark Mentions the Lord to Ron Paul

Pete Stark (D-CA) is the only openly non-theistic congressperson. I sometimes wonder how much his colleagues know about his non-theism. Is it something they ever talk about? Joke about? As far as I can tell, Stark barely mentions it… The congressional newspaper The Hill recently published an exchange Stark had with Ron Paul (R-TX). They [Read More...]