Once Again, Florida’s Capitol Building Will Be Home to a Festivus Pole

Once again, Florida’s Capitol Building (already home to a Nativity scene, an FFRF banner, and a display from The Satanic Temple) will be home to a Festivus Pole, courtesy of atheist activist Chaz Stevens:



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Why Progressives Must Oppose Anti-Intellectualism

A couple of years ago, David Niose, a past President of both the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America, wrote a wonderful book called Nonbeliever Nation. It was all about the growing demographic of “Nones” and what that meant for the country.

His latest book is all about how to harness those numbers to achieve political and social gains. It’s called Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

In the excerpt below, Niose talks about how the Religious Right powerfully blended together faith and politics, and why progressives must oppose anti-intellectualism:

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Michigan Officials Wanted to Keep a Satanist Display Out of the Capitol, but Their Rules Backfired on Christians

Looks like we’ll have to make a visit to the Michigan State Capitol building this year since officials there just gave the green light to a display from the Satanic Temple:

It comes just a couple of weeks after they received an okay to show their display in the Florida Capitol Building as well.

The display, which depicts a snake wrapped around the Satanic cross presenting a book as a holiday gift, will be featured on the northeast lawn at the Capitol Dec. 21 to 23, said Jex Blackmore, a member of the Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple. The cross reads, “The greatest gift is knowledge.”

“Encouraging families to have important discussions and to learn from each other and to spend the holidays promoting knowledge … is just something we think is important,” Blackmore, whose phone number begins with the digits 666, said today.

There are three really incredible things about this story.

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Montgomery, Louisiana Reminds Us That They Are “PROUD to Keep CHRIST in Our Christmas Celebrations”

Earlier this month, the city of Piedmont, Alabama changed the theme of its annual Christmas parade from “Let’s Keep Christ in Christmas” to the more generic “Piedmont Christmas Parade” after a warning letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Looks like Montgomery, Louisiana never received that message. They’re advertising their annual Christmas celebration on Facebook with a peculiar description line:



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Wooden Sign Featuring Old Testament Verse Comes Down from Michigan Park After Atheists Point Out That It’s Illegal

If you were to walk into Hager Park in Jenison, Michigan sometime in the past 50 years, you might have seen this sign near the picnic shelter:

The sign [was] erected in the late 1960s by the Ottawa County Road Commission… The wording on the sign was a verse from the Bible, Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

That’s… not right. Why is a government park promoting Christianity?

The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists, which is also fighting a hydraulic cross in the city of Grand Haven, wrote a letter to Ottawa County officials demanding that the sign come down:

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