Sean Faircloth, Former Head of the Secular Coalition for America, Wins Seat on Bangor (Maine) City Council

At one point, before he became the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America in 2009 (a position he held for two years), Sean Faircloth (below) was a state legislator from Maine, serving five terms in the House (1992-1994; 2002-2008) and Senate (1994-1996).

In the years after leaving the SCA, he worked as Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, where he was frequently the “opening act” for Dawkins’ lectures, and wrote a book called Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All — and What We Can Do about It.

Last week, he stepped back into the political world, earning a seat on the nine-member Bangor City Council.

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Fox News Guest: Jason Heap, the Humanist Suing the Military, Just Wants to Bring Down the Chaplaincy

A few days ago, Jason Heap filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense for rejecting his application despite his stellar credentials.

Fox News chatted about the lawsuit yesterday morning — and who better to bring in to discuss it than Jason Heap Father Jonathan Morris, the conservative Catholic who opposes church/state separation?



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Brevard County (FL) Commissioners Once Again Vote to Block Atheists from Giving Invocations at Meetings

Back in August, we learned that the Brevard County Commissioners in Florida (below) had limit their invocations to “faith-based” groups — and the Central Florida Freethought Community could only speak during the “Public Comments” portion of the evening.

The Commissioners sent a rejection letter to CFFC and everything. While the atheists are still working out their legal options, the Anti-Defamation League sent its own letter urging the Commissioners to reconsider:

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Vladimir Putin is The Advocate‘s 2014 Person of the Year

The Advocate, the oldest LGBT magazine in the country, has announced that its 2014 Person of the Year is Vladimir Putin, the horrifically homophobic president of Russia and a committed opponent of all things pro-LGBT.

The yearly recognition is not necessarily meant to highlight someone who has made great strides for LGBT rights (an obvious fact, based on this year’s choice), but rather the person who has had the most profound influence on LGBT people in the previous year. Much like TIME magazine’s Person of the Year has, in the past, gone to anti-justice leaders (including Putin), sometimes the Person of the Year is a really, really influential bad guy. And Putin’s toxic, even deadly influence on LGBT people needs no explanation.

The magazine cover breaking the news even illustrates the Russian president as a new-age Adolf Hitler, with the help of some strategic headline placement:



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Alabama County Commission Rescinds $3,000 Grant for Baptist Ministry After Atheist Group Threatens Legal Action

Last week, I posted about the Covington Baptist Association in Alabama, which wanted to draw men — manly men — to their church. They were even offered steak to men who attended their gatherings.

While the group is welcome to do all that, the problem was that the Covington County Commission (below) was giving the group $3,000 in taxpayer money to support the ministry.



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