Thanks to Atheist’s Sit-Down Protest, Winter Garden City Commissioners (FL) Vote to Eliminate Invocations Altogether

You may recall that Mayor John Rees, the leader of the Winter Garden City Commissioners (in Florida), kicked atheist Joseph Richardson out of last week’s meeting after he refused to stand for the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance:



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One Atheist’s Year-Long Attempt to Deliver a Secular Invocation in Los Angeles

It shouldn’t be hard for atheists to deliver secular invocations.

Yet, in places like Greece, New York, town officials have worked to deny atheists that opportunity — even after the Supreme Court decision.

Indra Zuno (below), an activist from Los Angeles (who spoke at the 2012 Reason Rally), didn’t think it would be very difficult at all.

For more than a year now, she’s been trying to deliver an invocation at the weekly meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. And for most of that time, they’ve ignored her.

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The 12 Best Things About Hell

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the 12 best things about Hell:



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Saudi Court Upholds Ruling Against Blogger. He Faces 10 Years in Jail and 1,000 Lashes for “Insulting Islam”

Last year, 30-year-old Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was punished for starting a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. That was insulting to Islam, said his critics. He was sentenced at the time to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.

His sentence was overturned… but that respite was brief. In May, Badawi was given an even harsher punishment:

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For the Third Time, a University-Run Hotel Removes Bibles from Rooms

This shouldn’t be complicated. Public universities shouldn’t be in the business of promoting one religion over another and that also applies to their hotel rooms.

Last year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation requested that Bibles be removed from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus inn, the Lowell Center.

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