Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s Speech at the Secular Summit & Lobby Day

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) spoke at the Secular Summit & Lobby Day sponsored by the Secular Coalition for America, and video of his speech is now online (as is Sen. Tom Harkin‘s address from last week).

Nadler has been a longtime critic of the government’s faith-based program. In 2010, he held hearings about taxpayer money going to “pervasively sectarian organizations” in the US House of Representatives Constitution Subcommittee, of which he’s a ranking member.

The video’s grainy, but the audio is just fine:

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North Miami Mayoral Candidate Says She is Endorsed by Jesus Christ

Tomorrow, the city of North Miami, Florida will hold its election for Mayor, and candidate Anna L. Pierre wants you to know something about her:

A mayoral candidate in North Miami claims she has received an endorsement from a higher power.

Campaign posters for Anna L. Pierre tout that she was endorsed by Jesus Christ.

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We Need Hamilton County (Tennessee) Parents to Start Distributing Non-Christian Books

At least one Hamilton County (Tennessee) public elementary school is giving away Bibles to students. But it’s okay, you know, because their parents have to sign a permission slip first:

It all started with a permission slip.

The one Mitzi Yates found among the papers in her fifth-grader’s backpack. If she signed it, it would allow him to bring home a copy of the Gideon New Testament from McConnell Elementary.

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Yes, the Virgin Mary Statue on Public Property is Still a Huge Problem

Much like groups can adopt-a-highway in different states, promising to clean it every few months in exchange for a sign with their name on it, some cities allow you to adopt pieces of land.

That’s what Antonio Liquori, the owner of Liquori’s Pizza, did when he took control of a local traffic island in West Springfield, Massachusetts:

But instead of just keeping it clean, Liquori decided to stick a giant statue of the Virgin Mary on the island:

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Family Radio, the Christian Group That Wrongly Predicted the Rapture in 2011, is Slowly Going Under

You remember Harold Camping.

He’s the preacher who said the world was going to end on May 21, 2011 — and promoted the hell out of his prediction:

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