Supreme Court Disaster: In a 5-4 Ruling, Justices Approve of Christian Prayers in Greece, New York

In a disappointing 5-4 ruling this morning, the Supreme Court ruled that sectarian prayers could be used at government meetings, at least in the town of Greece.

(If you need more background on the case, please read this.)

The conservatives on the court, along with Justice Anthony Kennedy voted to keep the prayers while the reliably liberal justices offered a dissent.

One silver lining in all of this is that the conservatives did not say that this means Christian prayers are okay everywhere. Their ruling appears to be limited in scope only to the town of Greece:

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The Problem with Being #Blessed

You know how some Christians love to say God “guided” them to do something when the truth is more like they just made a decision and are now looking for justification (for themselves as well as everyone else)?

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Why is Kentucky Spending Millions of Taxpayer Dollars to Bus Children to Private Religious Schools?

Public education has taken a beating in a lot of states over the past few years, but what’s happening in Kentucky makes no sense at all:

Over the last six years, as the state of Kentucky shrank public education funding, it spent nearly $18 million to pay for student busing at private, mostly religious schools in two dozen counties, according to state financial records.

The religious schools have come to rely on government aid for their transportation — but the whole point of private schools is that they are funded by parents who want to opt out of the government system. If you don’t want to enroll your kids in public school, you have that choice, but why should tax dollars support transportation costs for schools that serve to indoctrinate?

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A Visual Open Letter to Theists: Why Do You Believe in God?

Brandon Fibbs made a video a while back — an open letter to religious believers, in a sense — that was taken down due to copyright violation claims. With the segment in question now removed, Fibbs has put his video back online and it’s a wonderful piece to watch:

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Help Us Out and Tell Us What You Do!

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.

It’s not just science — there are many times when we have questions about business or law or medicine or music, or need someone to help us translate an article, but we don’t know anyone off the top of our heads who can help us.

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