Mississippi’s Jackson Public School District Began the Year with Jesus at a Mandatory Event for Faculty Members

In the district I taught in, we used to hold a massive beginning-of-the-year event for faculty members at a nearby Christian church. It was the only local space that could accommodate that many people. But it wasn’t a problem because, other than the building itself, you wouldn’t have known you were in a church. The speakers focused on the upcoming school year and there were no prayers or anything of the sort.

The Jackson Public School District in Mississippi held a similar event a couple of weeks ago at the Mississippi Coliseum… but infused Christianity throughout the mandatory, three-hour-long, district-sponsored event.

It must have been a surprise for any faculty member who looked at the event description on the district’s website:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 11: Billy Hallowell, TheBlaze.com

Our latest podcast guest is Billy Hallowell, faith and culture editor at TheBlaze.com (the site founded by Glenn Beck):



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Who Owns the ATHEIST License Plate in Your State?

Just out of sheer curiosity, I’m trying to compile a list of all the people in the U.S. who own the “ATHEIST” license plate in their state. Not a variant of it, not another synonym for atheist, but the actual seven-letter plate.

You can help me compile that information by going to this spreadsheet and filling out whatever you know or find out (or passing it along to anyone who might have that information). I’ve filled out a few of the rows already.

Even if you could document vanity plate information from your state, that’d be helpful! Thanks.

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Brigham Young University Bookstore Accidentally Stocks Greeting Cards Celebrating Same-Sex Weddings

Officials at Brigham Young University sprang into action last week when a moral crisis rocked their campus: Hallmark greeting cards celebrating same-sex weddings showed up unannounced in the campus bookstore.

The Mormon-owned BYU operates under an “honor code” banning anyone¬†from acting on feelings of same-sex attraction. According to BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins, the greeting cards — which read “Mr. and Mr.” or “Mrs. and Mrs.” — violated that code.

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Hindu Group Leader Urges Town of Greece (NY) to Not Exclude Atheists from Giving Invocations

In response to the Town of Greece (New York) changing their invocation policy to exclude non-religious speakers, Rajan Zed (below), President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, issued a press release Saturday condemning the Town Board and urging them to be more inclusive:



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