Mississippi’s New State Seal is a Slap in the Face to Atheists

See if you can spot the new addition to Mississippi’s state seal:

That’s the seal that Governor Phil Bryant pushed for during his State of the State address earlier this year:

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Florida Judge Who Ran Her Christian Ministry from the Courthouse May Soon Be Kicked Out of Office

Judith Hawkins (below) is a county judge in Tallahassee, Florida who doesn’t seem to care much about the law. That would explain why she used her government position to advance her religious ministry.

Hawkins is the founder of Gaza Road Ministries and she ran the company from the Leon County Courthouse. She also attempted to sell her ministry’s books to lawyers appearing in front of her. And it just gets worse from there:

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John Oliver Tackles Uganda’s Anti-Gay Laws

On last night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spent the bulk of the episode talking about Uganda’s anti-gay laws, Scott Lively, and the Christian influence on anti-gay attitudes:

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The Supreme Court Also Said Today It Would Not (Yet) Decide if the Mount Soledad Cross Is Unconstitutional

Lost in the shuffle of today’s Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court issued another decision today that should make church/state separation advocates smile. At least a little bit.

A quick recap: The Mount Soledad controversy, which began nearly 25 years ago, is the longest-running Establishment Clause case in American history.

It involves the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego — a huge cross on public land erected in 1954. After the now-deceased Philip Paulson challenged the cross’ constitutionality more than two decades ago and after atheist Steve Trunk took up the case a few years ago, atheists have generally prevailed in the court system. In 2012, the Supreme Court declined to hear any more challenges from Christian groups, putting the future of the cross back in the hands of lower courts.

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Supreme Court Rules on Hobby Lobby Case: Corporations (Somehow) Have Religion Beliefs

The Supreme Court just ruled 5-4 that Hobby Lobby and other closely-held (family-owned) corporations have the right to deny contraception in their insurance packages.

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