Nebraska’s Atheist State Senator Introduces Bill That Would Force Churches to Pay Property Taxes

Ernie Chambers is arguably the highest-ranking openly-atheist politician in the country right now. The African-American Nebraska State Senator served for 38 years (beginning in 1970), making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history, until he was term-limited out in 2008. When he was eligible to run again in 2012, he did so and won easily.

And now he has introduced a bill, LB675, that would eliminate a state property-tax exemption for religious organizations — essentially taxing churches.

The bill itself is a riot because all Chambers does is cross out the word “religious” from the current list of groups that are exempt from paying property taxes:

Chambers’ Statement of Intent for the legislation is also the best thing you’ll read all day:

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Humanist Community at Harvard Hires Coordinator to ‘Build Support for Multi-Generational Secular Communities’

I’m thrilled to announce that my friend Jesse Galef has accepted a new position as the National Community Coordinator for the Humanist Community at Harvard (after years working as the Communications Director for the Secular Student Alliance):

He’ll be working alongside a team headed up by Harvard’s Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein:

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Conservative Christian Activist Dinesh D’Souza Charged with Breaking U.S. Election Law

It’s hard to characterize Dinesh D’Souza in just one way: He’s a conservative Christian, anti-gay marriage activist, guy who had an affair while still technically married, president of The King’s College until his resignation in 2012, and Mr. Bean doppelganger:

And now, D’Souza is the subject of a federal investigation for giving $20,000 to an unnamed Senate candidate when the legal limit is $5,000.

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Church Official in Atlanta Found Guilty of Knowingly Giving Woman HIV; Faces Second Trial With Another Victim

Craig Lamar Davis worked in a Georgia church, but he was far from a saint. In fact, even though Davis knew he was HIV-positive, prosecutors say he had sex with others without disclosing his medical status, knowingly putting their lives in dangers for his own selfish pleasure.

On Tuesday, Davis was found guilty in what was only his first trial. He faces another one, with a different victim.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

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‘Growth and Change’ is Against My Religion, Says Jehovah’s Witness in Lawsuit Against Employer

Sharon L. Shepherd, a Jehovah’s Witness from Erie, Pennsylvania, is suing her former employer for the most unbelievable reason I’ve ever heard.

Gannondale is a residential home for young women who have committed a crime or suffered abuse and need help and mentorship, and Shepherd was their bookkeeper until last summer, when she was fired because she refused to violate her religious beliefs.

What did they make her do? Check it out:

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