Florida Sheriff Called Out for Delivering Sermon in Uniform

In 2010, I wrote about Polk County (Florida) Sheriff Grady Judd. At the time, he was removing basketball hoops from the local prison and giving them away to local churches. When Judd was asked why he wouldn’t give the hoops to a secular organization, his response (referencing an atheist group) was, “Why should I kowtow?”… as if giving them to a public school meant bolstering the “atheist agenda.”

In April of this year, I posted about how Judd delivered a guest sermon at First Baptist Church on the Mall — it was called “Wouldn’t the World be Better if Everyone Behaved Like a Christian” — and he didn’t do it as a private citizen. He delivered it while wearing his sheriff uniform, suggesting that he was speaking as a government official:



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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Wants to Know if Ben Affleck Would Play Muhammad in a Movie

In a new video for Big Think, Ayaan Hirsi Ali reflects on the “debate” between Ben Affleck and Sam Harris over what constitutes Islamophobia.



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Religious Leader Says Animals Escaping Tbilisi Zoo After Flooding Was Part of God’s Revenge

Over the weekend, the city of Tbilisi (in the nation of Georgia) faced deadly flooding that left at least a dozen people dead and several more unaccounted for. The city’s zoo was also severely damaged to the point where many animals escaped and were seen roaming the streets.



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Notable Atheists and Scientists Are Disassociating from the Secular Policy Institute

It was just over a year ago when Edwina Rogers (below) was fired as Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America.

It’s important to know exactly what the SCA is so you can make sense of what’s happening in this story:

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Anne Nicol Gaylor, Abortion Rights Activist and Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-Founder, Has Died

Anne Nicol Gaylor, the main founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and a long-time abortion rights activist, died last night at the age of 88.

While most of you reading this site are familiar with FFRF, you may not be aware of the enormous (and incredible controversial) service Gaylor provided for women, even in the last several years of her life.

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