Tallahassee Atheist Calls on City Commission To Do Away with Invocation Prayers

Wednesday night, during a meeting of the Tallahassee (Florida) City Commission, atheist Peter Wood called on the elected officials to do away with their invocation prayers:



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Hobby Lobby Fined More Than $220,000 for Deceptive Advertising in New York

The Christian-owned Hobby Lobby is in the news for something not related to screwing employees out of comprehensive health insurance.

Turns out they advertised several items as being on sale… but when those items are never *not* on sale, it’s not really a sale at all. It’s false advertising. And New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman finally clamped down on them:



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An Atheist Visits the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Sees the Cross, and Goes “Meh”

John Rafferty, the president of the Secular Humanist Society of New York, visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum and wrote about his experiences for The Humanist. The most interesting part may be where he comes across the controversial 9/11 Cross that American Atheists filed a(n unsuccessful) lawsuit over:



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Australian News Program Looks Into Christian Indoctrination Taking Place in Public Schools

Australian public schools offer “special religious instruction” (SRI) which is something of a joke when you realize how badly that privilege is abused. In theory, it’s great because kids can learn about the beliefs of all different faiths. But in many schools, the religious education is primarily Christian and the education veers into heavy indoctrination. Volunteers — and they’re always Christian, it seems — often use the time with students to make converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.

The last time I mentioned this problem, the group called Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) was raising awareness of the abuses within the SRI program in part because they said parents don’t really know what’s going on in their kids’ schools. To that end, they put up a billboard in Melbourne to show parents what their kids may be learning:

Beautiful.

The leader of ACCESS Ministries — a Christian group that provides about 96% of SRI in the state, in 850 of the 1300 primary schools — was quick to denounce the billboard, not because it wrongly depicted humans and dinosaurs living at the same time, but because it was mocking Jesus. Which it wasn’t.

Yesterday, an Australian show called A Current Affair looked into ACCESS Ministries and exposed how the organization works:

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Faced with Threat of Atheists Speaking at Meetings, Troutman (NC) City Council Caps Invocations at Two Minutes

The Supreme Court decision to allow religious invocations has also opened the door to openly atheistic invocations at government meetings across the country.

In Troutman, North Carolina, Town Attorney Gary Thomas was explaining to the city council what the law now meant for them… and faced with the prospect of an atheist invocation, one alderwoman made a unique suggestion:



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