Republican Whip Sends Bible to Every Member of Congress to Help Them with “Decision-Making”

Even though this is arguably the least productive Congress in U.S. history, maybe that’s for the best given how one legislator thinks they should guide themselves.

Assistant House Whip Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), a Tea Party member elected in 2010, sent a Bible to every member of Congress this week, and Talking Points Memo obtained a copy of the letter that came along with it:

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Want to Join the U.S. National Guard? First, Take This Bible…

If you want enlist in the National Guard at the U.S. General Services Administration in St. Louis, Missouri, be prepared for a dose of Jesus after you sign on.

According to the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, government officials there are giving away camouflage-covered copies of the New Testament to recruits, including one who thankfully blew the whistle on the practice:

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Help Us Out and Tell Us What You Do!

We’ve posted this in the past. If you’ve already responded, there’s no need to do it again. Thanks!

Every now and then, the writers on this site will be working on a post about, say, the difference between the geology of the Grand Canyon versus city streets… and we realize it would be great if we could talk to atheists who actually study that subject! Maybe we want to quote you in the post. Or (more likely) we just need to ask you a question about geology in general.

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Church/State Separation Under Fire in Ohio; Check Out These Bills Being Considered

This is a guest post written by Michael Gregory. Michael spent three years in the Ohio Army National Guard. He writes at Heretic’s Log.

In case you aren’t aware, the Ohio government website maintains a spreadsheet containing bills and resolutions of the Senate and House. The 104-page PDF file, while not as easy to update, is a lot easier to skim through for anything of interest. And when it comes to church/state separation, there are a number of items that are, not surprisingly, questionable.

House Bill No. 82, originally sponsored by the late Terry Blair (Republican and Catholic) and Bill Hayes (Republican), was introduced in order to exempt religious institutions from the Ohio Civil Rights Law. Not only does this include churches, but the bill, if approved, would amend the definition of “employer” to exclude religious entities by adding the following underlined portion to the current law:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 8: Peter Montgomery,

***Update***: We have better sound quality! And music!

Our latest podcast guest is Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow at People for the American Way, where he also contributes to their brilliant Right Wing Watch blog.

We spoke with Peter about how the team members at Right Wing Watch maintain their sanity while watching The 700 Club, who the most influential Christian Right leader is, and what Rick Santorum‘s new movie (yep) is like.

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