New Mexico City’s Ten Commandments Monument Must Come Down, Says Judge

In 2007, Bloomfield (New Mexico) City Council member Kevin Mauzy proposed that citizens should be allowed to put a Ten Commandments monument in front of the city’s municipal building. The council accepted his proposal, even though nothing happened at the time.

In 2011, Mauzy was no longer on the council… and he suggested putting a Ten Commandments monument in front of the city’s municipal building. (Isn’t that convenient?) The five-foot-tall granite monument was privately paid for and erected by July 4 of that year.

But thanks to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of two local Wiccans, that monument won’t be there much longer.

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63 Texas Republicans Put It In Writing: Marriage Equality “Could Lead to the Recognition of” Pedophilia & Incest

Last Monday, Texas Republicans proved once again that they have little grasp of reality when it comes to the consequences of marriage equality.

Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage was struck down in February, but U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia┬ásuspended the decision pending an appeal from the state. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has pledged to reinstate┬áthe ban, and 63 Republican lawmakers who are part of the Texas Conservative Coalition want to show their support.

So they did — by signing an amicus brief asserting that marriage equality could lead to pedophilia, incest and polygamy.

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Despite Approving “In God We Trust” Plaque, Mobile County Commission Ignores Similar Requests by Atheists & Pagans

Yesterday, a group of Pagans, universalists, and atheists went to the Mobile County Commission (in Alabama) to request they put up displays reading things like “In Reason We Trust.” It was in response to a recent vote to put “In God We Trust” on a plaque in the city’s Administration Building.

So how did that go? Well, the people who spoke in support of the atheist display were perfectly reasonable:

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Christian-themed Park in Sioux City Now Getting $165,000 Boost from Iowan Taxpayers

Back in May, we learned that Shepherd’s Garden, a Christian-themed park being built in Sioux City, Iowa, was set to receive a $140,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded “Vision Iowa” program:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Vision Iowa group a letter detailing the constitutional violations that taxpayers would be on the hook for if the courts ruled against them:

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Secular Invocation Delivered in Largo, Florida: “Human Beings are the Solution to Human Problems”

Last night, Joe Reinhardt delivered a secular invocation at a meeting of the Largo City Commission (in Florida), making him the first atheist in the county to ever have that honor.

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