Nebraska Republican Says He’ll Reverse Support of Anti-Discrimination Bill Because an Atheist Hurt His Feelings

Ernie Chambers (below) is the highest-ranking openly-atheist politician in the country right now. The African-American Nebraska State Senator served for 38 years (beginning in 1970), making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history, until he was term-limited out in 2008. When he was eligible to run again in 2012, he did so and won easily.

Over the years, he’s had several public battles against religion. In 2007, he famously sued God just to make a statement. In 2013, during a filibuster, he remarked that the Mafia has higher standards than the Catholic Church hierarchy because if their members were “raping children, they’d off them.” That same year, he expertly took down an “ex-gay” man as well as a Christian psychologist making arguments against pro-LGBT legislation. And last year, he introduced a bill that would force churches to pay property taxes.

So when he’s in the news, you know something interesting is going down.

This week, Republican State Sen. Bob Krist was part of a 5-2 majority in the Judiciary Committee that voted to support a ban on employment discrimination. The bill would now go to the full Legislature. Excellent!

But Krist is now threatening to change his vote because of alleged anti-Catholic remarks made by Chambers:

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Atheist Politician, Among Others, Speaks Out Against Chapel Hill Murders During Press Conference

Yesterday, in response to the senseless killing of three innocent Muslims by an atheist, the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix in Arizona held a press conference to express condolences for the victims and denounce the actions of someone who (even though his motivation is still unknown) was clearly a vocal atheist.

Among the speakers were atheist State Rep. Juan Mendez (below) and Johnny Martin, a Muslim leader of an interfaith group at Arizona State University:



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Tennessee Legislator Wants to Make the Holy Bible the Official State Book

Following the lead of Republicans in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, Tennessee State Rep. Jerry Sexton (below) has filed a bill to make the Holy Bible the official state book:



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Todd Starnes Flips Out After Student Told Not to Say “God Bless America” During Morning Announcements

For several weeks, the student-led morning announcements at Yulee High School in Florida ended with the words “God Bless America.” (As if the Pledge wasn’t enough?)

So the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center wrote a letter to school officials explaining the problem:



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Gov. Scott Walker on Evolution: “That’s a Question a Politician Shouldn’t Be Involved In”

There are plenty of reasons to criticize Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (below, left), a possible Republican presidential candidate, but he gave us a new one during an interview at London’s Chatham House today.

Moderator Justin Webb asked him a question he said he often poses to Republican politicians from the United States: Did Walker accept evolution?

And Walker did what Republicans so often do on science-related questions: He embarrassed himself:



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