“In Reason We Trust” Sign Stolen from Wisconsin State Capitol in Broad Daylight

When it comes to putting up displays in the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, it’s pretty much a free-for-all, as long as you fill out the proper paperwork.

Since Easter is upon us, the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up a sign saying “In Reason We Trust” last month:

There was hardly any controversy over the sign… until this past Saturday. At 1:13p, three people stole the sign and the easel on which it was displayed:

[Read more…]

Who Else Do Christian Business Owners Have to Discriminate Against?

You know, if Christian bakers and florists really cared about what the Bible said, they would be discriminating against more than just gay people:

[Read more…]

Christian Florist Says She’d Deny Service to Gay People, but Not Adulterers, Because It’s a “Different Kind of Sin”

CNN’s Gary Tuchman visited several florists in rural Georgia and asked if they would provide certain services to gay people. Of course they all said no… because Jesus.

The most telling part of the exchange was this one with florist Melissa Jeffcoat in which she was confronted about the specifics of her bigotry:

[Read more…]

New Report Projects the Number of Religiously-Unaffiliated People in the U.S. to Double to 100 Million by 2050

A new report from the Pew Research Center says that, by 2050, the number of Muslims worldwide will be roughly equivalent to the number of Christians. That’s what most headlines about the report are saying.

But the report also has a lot to say about those of us who are “unaffiliated,” that is, atheists, Agnostics, and those who believe in a Higher Power but who want no part of organized religion.

The biggest highlights?

1) The number of Unaffiliated people worldwide is projected to rise from 1.13 billion to 1.23 billion between 2010 and 2050. However, the percentage of religiously-unaffiliated people in those years will drop from 16.4% to 13.2%.

[Read more…]

Republican Senator Urges Us to “Have a Sense of Perspective” Since Gay People in Other Countries Are Executed

In an interview on CNN on Wednesday, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton was asked to share his opinion of the controversy surrounding the Arkansas and Indiana so-called “religious freedom” bills. The Republican senator tried to sidestep the reason for the controversy — namely, that the bills in question essentially gave a free pass to discrimination for religious reasons — by remarking that in his state, “we believe in religious freedom.”

“Well everyone believes in religious freedom,” interviewer Wolf Blitzer responded. What, he pressed, was Cotton’s response to the “potential discrimination” that could stem from such laws?

[Read more…]