Atheist Activist Cleared of Wrongdoing After Putting Stickers on Ohio Courthouse’s Church Directory

Back in November, I posted about a message board encased in glass outside the Athens County Courthouse (in Ohio) that listed the addresses of all the houses of worship in the area.

Eliot Kalman, a resident who used to head up the local branch of the ACLU, believed the presence of that sign was unconstitutional… he complained about it to local officials but they responded by saying they were simply providing information to the public, not promoting any of the religious groups — and that he could request his own group be added to the list if he wanted. Unsatisfied with that answer, he fought back by putting a giant sticker on the board:

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God-Besotted Parents in Utah Killed Three Children and Selves For Fear of the Impending Apocalypse

Five corpses in Utah, including those of three children, were the result of a belief in Biblical end times, police said, discussing fresh autopsy reports that shed light on how the five family members died in September 2014.

Apparently concerned with the “evil in the world” and a pending apocalypse, Benjamin and Kristi Strack took the lives of three of their children and then killed themselves with lethal doses of drugs, Springville police believe.

The children — Benson, 14, Emery, 12, and Zion, 11 — all died of a lethal cocktail of diphenhydramine and methadone. Kristi Strack died of a combination of those drugs plus dextrophan and doxylamine. Benjamin Strack died from toxic levels of heroin, according to a report from the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office.



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Why Did About.com Invite an Anti-Vaxxer to Be One of Its Health Experts?

In general, I’m a fan of About.com, a site featuring experts in various areas writing about their fields. I have a lot of respect for Austin Cline, who has written a ton of helpful articles about atheism on that site over the years.

But it came to my attention the other day that their Health channel recently brought on Dr. Josh Axe (below) as the “Adrenal Health Expert.”

I’ll leave it to others to comment on whether certain herbs can really cure adrenal fatigue… or whether anyone really needed an adrenal health expert in the first place… but here’s the problem with Axe: He bills himself as “an physician” (his typo, not mine), author, and media personality. Maybe his appearances on Dr. Oz should’ve been a sign that his scientific credentials weren’t up to par, or maybe it’s all the “natural remedies” he sells, but there’s a bigger smoking gun on his personal website.

Turns out he has a whole page warning you against the supposed dangers of vaccines:

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Wooden Sign Featuring Old Testament Verse Returns to Michigan Park a Month After It Was Taken Down

For most of the past 50 years, if you walked into Hager Park in Jenison, Michigan, you might have seen this sign near the picnic shelter:

It’s an Old Testament verse, Psalm 19:1:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

That doesn’t belong in a public park…

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Biblical Banner Hangs in Iowa Elementary School Classroom Until Parent Notifies Local News Station

It’s amazing how, after all the church/state separation cases we’ve seen in public schools, there are still teachers who would put up a sign like this in an elementary school classroom and not think it’d be a big deal:



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