‘Let Reason Prevail’ Banner Stolen in Virginia

This is the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Let Reason Prevail” banner nearby a public Nativity scene in Manassas, Virginia a week before Christmas:

This is the same banner a few days ago: [Read more…]

Inoffensive Atheist Sign Gets Vandalized in Virginia; It Was Spraypainted and Burned

For seven years now, the Shenandoah Area Secular Humanists in Virginia have put up a display alongside a Nativity scene on the Warren County courthouse lawn.

Their sign reads:

With reason and compassion as our guide, let us work together to produce a world in which peace, prosperity, freedom, and happiness are shared by all.

That’s not only completely inoffensive; it’s something a religious group could have put up and no one would have batted an eye. There’s also a quotation from John F. Kennedy regarding church/state separation and a declaration of the principles of Secular Humanism underneath it.

So guess what happened to it? [Read more…]

A Mobile Nativity Scene is Illegally Parked Outside City Property and Officials Are Letting It Slide

The Ellwood City Municipal Building in Pennsylvania has played host to a couple big church/state controversies since last year. In 2010, officials allowed a Nativity Scene — and nothing else — to be displayed inside the building. The Freedom From Religion Foundation rightfully argued that was illegal and were allowed to put up their own display in 2011. That led to this banner going up alongside displays from other religious faiths:

They weren’t expecting that. [Read more…]

Choose the 2012 Atheist Billboard of the Year!

What were the best atheist billboards/signs of 2012?

I selected 18 nominees using the following criteria:

  1. It had to go up in 2012.
  2. I wouldn’t use any particular definition of “best” (meaning the billboard could be the best designed, most controversial, most effective, etc).
  3. I selected the final list. (Otherwise, there were just too many billboards from which to choose.)

The finalists are below (after the jump) and the poll to vote is immediately after that!

The group that ultimately put up the 2012 Atheist Billboard of the Year will receive a $100 donation. Good luck! [Read more…]

Heathen Holiday Card of the Day! (12/25)

A bit of a back story:

Hemant and I have been discussing a way to cap off the last couple weeks’ worth of cards and coming up empty-handed.

Then, last night at a family Christmas Eve party, I discreetly checked my email, and then burst out laughing at the tweet Hemant sent to me from M. Anton Mikicic.

Not only is this card magical, I am reasonably certain that it is going to be my personal holiday card next year: [Read more…]