Congress Will Likely Transfer the Mount Soledad Cross to Private Land

We are still talking about the Mount Soledad cross for some reason.

Here’s a quick recap in case you’re unfamiliar with the story: This 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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Seven States’ Constitutions Say Atheists Can’t Hold Public Office, but Why Not Toss Out Those Unenforceable Laws?

There are seven states which have laws banning atheists from holding public office.

None of them are enforceable, thanks to the Supreme Court case Torcaso v. Watkins, but that’s what their constitutions say.

Here’s a quick reminder:

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Atheist Group’s “Bill of Rights Nativity” Will Go Up in Florida Capitol Building

Joining The Satanic Temple in the Florida Capitol building this season will be the Freedom From Religion Foundation with this lovely sign featuring a “Bill of Rights Nativity” scene:



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Alabama Mayor, Forced to Rename “Keep Christ in Christmas” Parade, Wrongly Thinks FFRF’s Plan Backfired

A couple of weeks ago, we learned the city of Piedmont, Alabama was having a Christmas parade with the theme “Let’s Keep Christ in Christmas”:

Once the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter warning the city of the constitutional problems with that, the city changed the theme to the more innocuous “City of Piedmont Christmas Parade.”

The parade took place Thursday night and it seemed to go over well. But the narratives surrounding it are so far off…

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Michigan House Passes Bill That Will Allow Discrimination If It Conflicts With Your Religious Beliefs

Yesterday, the Michigan House passed a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that would essentially allow people to get away with discrimination if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. (A similar bill was vetoed earlier this year in Arizona by Governor Jan Brewer.)



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