Senator Cory Booker Gives a Shout-Out to HumanLight, a Humanist Holiday

It’s not every day a sitting U.S. Senator honors a Humanist holiday (one I’m guessing most Humanists don’t even celebrate… or have heard of), but kudos to Cory Booker (D-NJ) for not being afraid to mention it:



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Montgomery (Louisiana) Officials Receive Warning Not to Promote Christianity in Future Holiday Celebrations

Last week, I posted about a peculiar posting on the Facebook page for the town of Montgomery, Louisiana. It was for their annual Christmas celebration and featured a possibly-illegal tagline:

As I asked then: Why is the city not-so-subtly talking about how it’ll make sure this is a Christian celebration? Are non-Christians not allowed to participate in the event? What kind of “Fellowship” are they talking about? And why is the banner image for the celebration a great big Nativity scene?

This was an event better suited for a church, not city hall.

Yesterday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a warning letter to the mayor and city council members.

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The Satanic Temple’s Display Has Been Vandalized Just One Day After Going Up in the Florida State Capitol Building

As we know by now, the Florida State Capitol Building is home to a Nativity scene, a Festivus Pole, an atheist banner, and a display from The Satanic Temple:

But just like that, a day after it went up, The Satanic Temple’s display has already been vandalized:

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Georgia Officials Must’ve Thought No One Would Put Up a Display Next to a Courthouse Nativity Scene. They Were Wrong

Back in February, the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote to officials in Statesboro, Georgia to remind them that the Nativity scene that was in front of the Bulloch County Courthouse last winter was illegal. Either it had to go or non-Christian groups had to have the option of putting up a display next to it.

It took until a couple of weeks ago for them to respond, but they went with the latter option, probably thinking no one else would bother to request a display.

Silly Georgians.

This is what the front of the Courthouse looks like now:



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New York Fire Department is Now Selling “Happy Birthday Jesus” T-Shirts

Earlier this week, we saw New York’s Utica Fire Department Station 4 promoting Christianity with a sign outside the firehouse reading “Happy Birthday Jesus.”

Besides the sign just looking and sounding childish, you could make the argument that it’s an illegal promotion of a single faith. That’s what the Freedom From Religion Foundation said in a letter.

The sign at Fire Station 4 explicitly invokes the name Jesus, an exclusively Christian god, and makes a direct statement in support of that deity… This is precisely the sort of religious endorsement prohibited by the Establishment Clause.

The department could, in theory, put up displays of other groups to remain neutral, but they were better off just removing the sign or handing it off to a church.

So what did the department choose to do?

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