Fox News Analyst Repeatedly Sides with Atheist During Church/State Separation Discussion

Last night, when Sean Hannity‘s guest host Eric Bolling wanted to talk about Clemson University’s preaching football coach and crosses on an Ohio municipal building, maybe he thought he’d have an ally in Fox News analyst and evangelical Christian Kirsten Powers. They would gang up on American Atheists’ Nick Fish, right?

That’s not at all what happened.

Powers repeatedly sided with Fish, maintaining the idea that there needed to be a separation between church and state.



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Why Are These South Carolina Politicians Arguing on Facebook Over an Appointee’s Rumored Atheism?

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and State Senator Katrina Shealy are both Republicans, which may explain a Facebook spat they’ve been having over Haley’s 2011 pick to lead the Department of Social Services, Lillian Koller.

Koller has been in the spotlight lately because lawmakers are investigating the DSS in light of stories of child abuse and neglect. Koller told a Senate committee yesterday that the DSS was doing everything in its power to fix the problem, though many of the politicians weren’t satisfied with her answers.

That’s what we should be focusing on, anyway, but the spat between Haley and Shealy began yesterday when Haley took to Facebook to show her support of Koller:



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Pismo Beach City Council Settles Lawsuit by Stopping Sectarian Prayers at Meetings & Abolishing Chaplain Position

Since 2008, Pismo Beach City Council in California has had explicitly Christian invocation prayers at meetings. In fact, when the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against them last year, sectarian prayers had been a part of 125 of the previous 126 meetings. The only exception involved the city’s Chaplain Paul Jones reciting the religious Pledge of Allegiance.

This wasn’t just a frivolous matter. Remember: The Supreme Court will soon weigh in on the issue of sectarian prayers at city council meetings — that’s how serious it is. The Pismo council members may have gotten away with it if they stuck to a generic “God,” but their goal was to promote Jesus at all costs. (It didn’t help that some of the prayers included David Barton-esque historical revisionism.)

Well, there’s now a happy ending to the story.

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Mayor Tells Atheist He Can’t Have a ‘Reason Station’ in City Hall, but the Christian ‘Prayer Station’ Can Stay

IF you were to walk into the Warren, Michigan city hall, you would see a Prayer Center, a kiosk of sorts with pamphlets about God, manned by Christians eager to proselytize.

So when resident Douglas Marshall filled out an application to set up a personal “Reason Station” to promote freethought and logic, you’d think he’d get a green light, too…

Just one problem: Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is a Christian who has made a habit of opposing atheist groups that want the same treatment as religious groups.



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“Nobody Died for Our ‘Sins'” Sign Vandalized at Wisconsin State Capitol Building

The War on Christmas has transformed into the War on Easter. And just in time, too.

The conservative group Concerned Women for America (always furrowing a brow for Jesus) had placed a display in the Wisconsin State Capitol building this week that included a cross and anti-abortion literature.

So the Freedom From Religion Foundation decided to make the most of the Capitol’s apparent free speech party by getting a permit for and installing a sign of their own (albeit with different dimensions than the one below) that read “Nobody died for our ‘sins’; Jesus Christ is a myth”:

As you can imagine, some people couldn’t handle that:

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