Idaho Resident Gets Crosses Removed from Water Tower

If you saw the side of the water tower in Roberts, Idaho last week, you would’ve seen this cross (and two others):

But they’re not there anymore thanks to Joe Cohea, who lives in the small town. With the help of the ACLU, Joe got the city to replace the crosses with flags:

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Illinois Family Institute: If Gays Aren’t Jumping at Civil Unions, Why Bother with Gay Marriage?

The Illinois Family Institute’s David E. Smith and Andrew Willis have used their incredible wisdom and logic to poke a hole in the idea that gay and lesbian couples in Illinois really want to get married.

Here’s how their argument goes: According to the census, very few gay and lesbian couples in Illinois got “civil unionized” in 2012. Therefore, why would they fight so hard for marriage equality?!

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A California State Senator’s Luncheon to Honor Students Begins with Christian Prayer

Over the weekend, California State Senator Roderick D. Wright (a Democrat) hosted a luncheon for high school honors students in his district. The invitation letter, sent out last month, was pretty straightforward and it sounded like a really nice gesture from a local politician:

Bob Smith (a pseudonym) was one of the attendees — his niece was being honored — but when the luncheon started, things got very quiet and very religious.

Beginning at the 0:48 mark in Smith’s video below, you can hear the person introducing Wright — Carson City Councilmember Mike Gipson — leading the crowd in a Christian prayer:

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‘I’m Actually An Atheist’ Shirts Being Sold to Help Out Atheist Who Spoke to Wolf Blitzer

The organizers of the FreeOK Oklahoma Freethought Convention are doing a nifty fundraiser to help out Rebecca Vitsmun, the atheist who told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer “I’m actually an atheist” in response to his question about whether she thanked God in the wake of the recent tornado.

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Should We Care That Pope Francis Said That Atheists, Too, Can Be Redeemed?

During yesterday’s Mass in Rome, Pope Francis made some noteworthy remarks that go against the Protestant notion that only those who believe in Christ’s divinity can be saved. (Sure, he’s Catholic, and this belief is nothing new, but we’re still not used to hearing it from someone in his position.)

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