This Winter, the Yale Humanist Community Wants to Erect a Sculpture Honoring Universal Human Values

In Shelton, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the city for its refusal to allow a member of the community to erect a sign in the city’s Constitution Park countering a display of heralding angels (a reference to the Bible’s account of angels heralding the birth of Jesus). The rejected sign reads “Let Reason Prevail” and goes on to assert, “There are no gods, no devils, no angels.”

Ten miles away in New Haven, the Yale Humanist Community (YHC) is undertaking a parallel but strikingly different effort. YHC, a nonprofit dedicated to building an inclusive nonreligious community at Yale and beyond, is working to add a secular holiday display to the traditional symbols that adorn the New Haven Green each December: a menorah, manger, and holiday tree. (We are both involved in YHC as the executive director and a member of the board, respectively.)

Through our recently launched “Green Light Project,” YHC has commissioned a local artist to create a large-scale interactive sculpture. The piece is intended to celebrate community and warmth during the coldest, darkest time of year, and it will shine light that changes as people gather around it, encouraging members of the community to gather together during a time of year when many feel isolated. It will also house a time capsule with messages of hope and wisdom for the future, to be opened on New Haven’s 500th anniversary, connecting community across time.


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Jesus Tells ISIS All About the Joy of Christmas in This Strange Music Video

I don’t know what I just watched, but it involves Jesus, ISIS, Santa, and the Almighty Amoeba. Everything about it is politically incorrect.

(NSFW. Obviously. You’ve been warned.)


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School Board Member Apologizes for Saying Atheists Can “Crawl Back Into Their Hellhole”

A couple of nights ago, at a meeting of the Millard School Board in Omaha, Nebraska, there was a push to rename winter break “Christmas break” by Board member Paul Meyer.


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School Board Member: Atheists Can “Crawl Back Into Their Hellhole” If They Oppose “Christmas Break”

At last night’s meeting of the Millard School Board in Omaha, Nebraska, there was a push to rename winter break “Christmas break.”

I take that back. It was more than a nudge from just one guy: Board member Paul Meyer. But damn, was he angry about it.


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Ohio Firefighters Reprimanded for Posing for Christmas Billboard in Their Uniforms While on Duty

Pop quiz for all you church/state separation advocates out there. What’s wrong with this billboard?


If you said, “They’re wearing their government uniforms to promote a religious holiday, for a billboard image they took while on duty,” you’d be right. (And eerily specific.)

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