Humanists Will Appeal Ruling That Says Giant Cross Monument Does Not Promote Christianity

If you visit Bladensburg, Maryland, you’ll see a 40-foot-tall World War I memorial called “Peace Cross.” Not only is it clearly a Christian symbol, it’s on public property, maintained by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission:

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“Let Reason Prevail” Sign Goes Up in Maine Town to Counter Nativity Display

Seen in Sanford, Maine:

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: If God Exists, Where’s the Benevolence in the Universe?

Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t one who enjoys talking about religion or assigning a label to himself, but he discussed the concept of God for Tech Insider. I appreciate that he least made the case for why he doesn’t see much evidence for one:

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Secular Invocation in Grandville (MI) Addresses Discrimination Against LGBT Community

Last night’s city council meeting in Grandville, Michigan featured a secular invocation, courtesy of atheist Steven Belstra.

You may recall this is the same city where auto repair shop owner Brian Klawiter said earlier this year that he would not serve gay customers. (How he’d know they’re gay is anyone’s guess.)

That’s why Belstra, according to the advance text of his remarks, made sure to reference the important of civil rights and LGBT equality in particular:

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Bigoted Christian Bakers, After Raising More Than $500,000 Online, Finally Pay $135,000 Fine

Melissa Klein and her husband Aaron are the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in Portland, Oregon. They were in the news a lot earlier this year for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, then releasing the couple’s information to the public, decisions that eventually cost them $135,000 in fines. They didn’t take a personal hit, however, as like-minded Christians donated more than $350,000 in one online fundraiser for them and more than $515,000 altogether.

Despite the windfall, they hadn’t paid the fine. And they also weren’t taking the proper steps to file an appeal, either. It was a gross violation of the law.

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