Half of the New Canadian Cabinet Members Chose to Skip “So Help Me God” in Their Oaths of Office

Yesterday, as new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was sworn in, a lot of attention went to the makeup of his 31-member cabinet. When asked why he felt it was so important to have a gender-balanced cabinet, Trudeau answered very bluntly, “Because it’s 2015.”

That’s a great answer. Also worth noting, though, is that half of his cabinet did not swear in with a religious oath. Instead, they opted to take a Solemn Affirmation that didn’t include any mention of God:



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Dr. Ben Carson: “Joseph Built the Pyramids to Store Grain”

Yesterday, Dr. Ben Carson proved once again that you can be brilliant in one field and batshit crazy in all the other ones.

Speaking in 1998 at a graduation ceremony for Andrews University (a school affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist church), Carson told the students his personal theory of why the pyramids were built (around the 3:45 mark):



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Seth Meyers Takes a Closer Look at the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Vote

Last night, Seth Meyers broke down the despicable scare tactics that were used on voters to get them to overturn the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance:



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Knoxville (IA) City Council Finally Votes to Take Christian War Memorial Off Government Land

Remember that display of a kneeling soldier, gun in hand, next to a Christian cross, that sits in taxpayer-funded Young’s Park in Knoxville, Iowa?

In September, the City Council was thinking about privatizing the land on which the Christian memorial sits so it could remain in place.

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After Complaint, Texas Principal Will Stop Promoting Religion While on the Job

Back in September, I posted about a Texas principal who thought he was being paid to act as a priest. Prosper High School Principal Greg Wright preached at a See You at the Pole event and single-handedly formed a Christian club at the school. Neither was legal and both showed a complete disregard for students to handle their own religious activities. At the same time, teachers at the school were leading religious clubs and at least one staffer had religious iconography hanging in her office.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Prosper Independent School District listing Wright’s repeated constitutional violations:

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