In Texas, Candidate Deemed Ineligible to Run by Opponent Due to His Alleged Atheism Easily Wins Runoff Election

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a runoff race for the Austin City Council in Texas. Normally, it’d be off my radar, but candidate Laura Pressley had posted a graphic on her website explaining the differences between her and her opponent Gregorio Casar. She implied that his atheism was a problem:



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Egyptian Officials Crack Down on “Satanic Café” Where Atheists Supposedly Gathered

On Sunday, Egyptian officials stormed the Passiles café in Cairo to crack down on what they perceived was a hub for atheists. Or Satanists. One of them (even though atheists don’t worship Satan). It didn’t seem to matter, actually…



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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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