Despite Challenge from Atheists, Judge Rules in Favor of Keeping the Pledge of Allegiance in New Jersey Schools

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center announced last year that it had filed a lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in Monmouth County, New Jersey. If successful, the lawsuit would put an end to saying the Pledge of Allegiance in the state’s public schools.



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West Virginia Legislator Defends Abortion Restrictions Since Children Born of Rape Are “Beautiful”

When you have to defend your stance against legal abortion, it inevitably forces you to say really stupid things, because there’s just no decent way to explain why a woman who’s been raped should be forced to give birth to the child.

That didn’t stop West Virginia Delegate Brian Kurcaba (below) from giving it a shot, though.

Yesterday, while debating a bill that would ban legal abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Kurcaba (a Republican, of course) waded in with this stunning line, according to Charleston Gazette reporter David Gutman:



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No, Ken Ham, Atheists Are Not Spreading Misinformation About Your Noah’s Ark Theme Park

We know Creationist Ken Ham is suing Kentucky officials because he claims they’re discriminating against his faith by revoking a tax subsidy worth up to $18,000,000.

He doesn’t seem to be aware of how he’s the one in the wrong because his for-profit business (the Ark Encounter theme park) was recruiting employees who were required to sign a statement of faith. You can receive tax rebates from the state or you can discriminate in hiring. Not both.



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Alcoholics Anonymous in Des Moines Won’t List Non-Religious Group’s Meeting Times in Its Master Schedule

Alcoholics Anonymous is a religious organization — several of its famous Twelve Steps reference God (though a Higher Power is an acceptable alternative).

One of the rules about forming AA groups is that you just need two people who have a desire to stop drinking and *boom*… you have a group!

In Des Moines, Iowa, the AA central office has a list of all the groups’ meetings in the area, but they left off the meetings of one group: The Broad Highway.

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Can You Guess In Which States Fifty Shades of Grey Is Already a Box Office Success?

From Time, proof that smut and Christian fundamentalism get along just fine:

Excitement over the highly-anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey is heating up in places few could have guessed. According to online box office Fandango, ticket pre-sales in Mississippi, where until recently it was actually illegal to sell sex toys, are four-times higher than the site expected.

And the Magnolia State isn’t the only Southern locale where pre-sale tickets are selling rapidly. In Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Alabama — where the sale of sex toys is still banned — pre-sales are double what sellers expected.



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