After Supreme Court Ruling, an Atheist Will Soon Deliver a Godless Invocation at a Sioux Falls City Council Meeting

After the Supreme Court’s awful decision to allow sectarian prayers at government meetings, there’s finally a bright spot that I hope will shine elsewhere, too: Amanda Novotny, President of the Siouxland Freethinkers in South Dakota, will be giving the invocation at a Sioux Falls City Council meeting this coming August:

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Bryan Fischer: “Evolution Cannot Possibly Be True” and the Bible Proves It!

It’s no surprise that a conservative Christian like Bryan Fischer doesn’t accept basic science, but his Bible-based explanation of why evolution is a hoax is downright hilarious because of how seriously he believes it.

It begins at the 5:04 mark below:

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Why It’s Insane That Much of the Left Rejects Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Sam Harris as Their Liberal Bedfellows

I found much to enjoy, even relish, in the friendly conversation between Ayaan Hirsi and Sam Harris that you can read in its entirety here.

Hemant quoted some great highlights from it earlier, but there are a couple of other passages that stood out for me, including those about liberalism.

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decides That the Pledge of Allegiance Does Not Violate the Constitution

This morning, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court finally issued its decision in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, the case that would decide the fate of the Pledge of Allegiance in the state. Unfortunately, they ruled against the American Humanist Association, saying “the recitation of the pledge, which is entirely voluntary, violates neither the Constitution nor the statute.”

So the Pledge will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

It might help to have some background about the case:

On September 4, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard a case regarding the daily ritual of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the state’s public schools.

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Cedar Rapids Fire Department Finally Decides to Paint Over Christian Imagery on Truck

You may remember that, back in March, a Cedar Rapids (Iowa) fire station was in the news after someone inquired about a fire truck featuring religious imagery and the words of Psalm 23:

At the time, the fire department was leaning towards allowing more religious imagery in order to avoid any possible lawsuits — opening the door to a fire truck with paintings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Shiva. (I’m sure no one would have had a problem with that…)

Thankfully, they’ve since decided to go in the other direction:

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