Help Me Compile a List of All the Non-Theistic U.S. Politicians Currently in Office

Quick question I could use your help with.

Who are all the current politicians in the U.S. who are openly non-theistic?

Right now, I can count them on a single hand… but I’m sure I’m missing a bunch. (Okay, I *hope* I’m missing a bunch.) That includes members of Congress, state legislators, mayors, city council members, etc.

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Once Again, No One Is Upset When Carrie Underwood Sings About God

Only a month ago, right wing websites were running with a story about how atheists were up in arms over Carrie Underwood‘s new single “Something In The Water” because it had religious references in it.

The problem with that sentiment was that atheists didn’t give a damn. Hell, atheists didn’t even know she had a new song out. Double hell, atheists don’t even know who Carrie Underwood is.

And those articles never bothered to mention which groups or individuals they were talking about. They had a catchy headline — and that was enough!

Turns out it’s still happening.

A site calls “Hot Moms Club” posted an article yesterday with a headline suggesting that Underwood was told not to sing that song at the recent Country Music Awards… but did it anyway!

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Bear No False Witness? In His Latest Piece For Charisma News, Recidivist Truth-Twister Michael Brown Begs to Differ

More than 20 years ago, Nat Hentoff penned a book that was an eye-opener for me. It’s called Free Speech For Me But Not For Thee — How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other. My sympathies at the time were with progressive politics, in part because I had often read about instances of rightwing authorities — from actual dictators to school boards stacked with conservative Christians — trying to muzzle expressions on the left. Although I associated Hentoff with lefty bastions like The Village Voice, the weekly where he worked for half a century, in his book he was committed to documenting free-speech attacks from both sides of the political divide. That was courageous, I thought. Hentoff led me to become better at spotting — and fighting — efforts to muzzle dissent in all kinds of places, no matter the speaker’s ideology or political preference.

One of the goals of this blog is to give atheists a strong voice, and so we find ourselves in opposition to religious privilege on an almost daily basis. However, Hemant and I have also frequently defended religious people, coming out in favor of letting them say their piece when they have the constitutional right to do so, and condemning efforts to shut them up or shout them down. Some examples are here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

This is all by way of saying that it’s an odd sensation to be accused of wishing to forcibly shove people into the closet for the crime of expressing their views. Yet that’s precisely the allegation that Michael Brown makes. Brown is a columnist for Charisma News. I wrote about him last week, calling out his oversized Christian persecution complex. He didn’t like the piece, as I figured he wouldn’t, and as is certainly his right. But in rebutting it, he badly misrepresents what I wrote, starting with a mendacious headline: An Atheist Tells Me to Keep My Faith in the Closet.

Interesting, because this is what I wrote last week:

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Blessed Blasphemy: In a New Comic Book, Mankind’s Savior Is Relentlessly Nagged By His Petty Wife — On the Cross!

So this just came out: Dan O’Shannon‘s 160-page book with Jesus gags that form perhaps the most blasphemous body of work I’ve seen in years. Many of O’Shannon’s cut-and-paste comics made me literally laugh out loud.

Here are some of the sauciest ones:

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Already, Texas is Considering a Bill to Allow Ten Commandments Displays in Public School Classrooms

Yesterday, we got a look at what Texas’ new legislature plans to pursue as elected officials filed bills early for the upcoming session. And to no one’s surprise, there’s already a bill to put a copy of the Ten Commandments in every classroom.

It was sponsored by State Rep. Dan Flynn:

House Bill 138 would go into effect next school year if passed:

The board of trustees of an independent school district may not prohibit the posting of a copy of the Ten Commandments in a prominent location in a district classroom.

Because for some reason, it’s vital that teenagers know they can’t worship any God but the Christian God, take the Christian God’s name in vain, do work on the Sabbath, or fuck people they’re not married to.

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