Atheist Banner and Giant Scarlet “A” Display Now Up in Downtown Chicago

If you’re in Chicago and walking through Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, make sure you take some pictures next to the atheist display that went up this week:

The whole thing was put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Metropolitan Chicago chapter. It includes that 8.5-foot-tall Scarlet A and this banner featuring a secular Nativity scene of sorts:

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Months After Ex-Hasidic Jew Commits Suicide, Her Sister Does the Same

Back in July, I posted about Faigy Mayer (below), a former Hasidic Jew who had left the faith about six years ago and had been cut off from her family as a result. Even thought she had moved on with her life, she suffered from depression. And then, one night, she jumped off the roof of a 20-story building, ending her own life.

Now, it appears her sister has killed herself as well.

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Johnson County (OK) Courthouse Will Finally Move Illegal Ten Commandments Monument

Just a day after the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building was taken down because it’s illegal government promotion of religion, the Johnston County Commissioners (in the same state) put up a similar monument outside the local courthouse:



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Child, 11, Was Raped and Stabbed in 1902; Her Remains Just Went on a Tour of 54 U.S. Churches

It’s too late. You missed your chance to gawp at what remains of an 11-year-old girl who was murdered over a century ago. Her wax-encased skeleton was flown in from Europe, taken on a religious-rockstar tour of 54 Catholic churches in the U.S. (by tractor-trailer, no less), and then returned to her crypt in Italy.

Pope Francis signed off on the whole thing personally.

“For the entire body of a saint to go on the road is something that only the Roman pontiff can authorize,” says the Rev. Carlos Martins, a noted curator of relics for the Catholic Church. “It’s very rare.”

So who was Maria Goretti?



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Maryland Elementary School Deflects All Responsibility After Pastor Delivers Prayer at Assembly

Sabillasville Elementary School in Maryland held a 50th anniversary celebration last week. For some reason, Bob Kells, pastor at Weller United Methodist Church, was invited to speak to the students.

Take a wild guess what happened!

If you said, “he invoked the name of God,” then you’re smarter than Principal Kate Krietz, who allegedly had no clue what Kells would say to the students. Officials for the Frederick County Public Schools are now trying to deflect any blame, claiming no one knew this would happen, and refusing to do anything to get to the bottom of the story.



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