‘In God We Trust’ Returns to Elementary School Sign Because It’s ‘Part of the Artist’s Trademark’

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the new sign in front of Pine River Elementary School in Leroy, Michigan:

It was created by LeRoy High School Class of 1943 graduate Carl Gustafson and initially included the phrase “In God We Trust” on the spine of the book. However, Superintendent Jim Ganger and the board of education decided to remove it after hearing concern from some community members.

Earlier this week, the school board decided the concerns were unwarranted so they voted unanimously to bring God back onto the sign:

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Stephen Colbert Mocks Fox News’ Coverage of the ‘War on Christmas’

Last night, Stephen Colbert mocked Fox News’ coverage of the “War on Christmas” (apparently, a Festivus pole is ruining it) and even threw in a little support for a claim made by Dave Silverman that “Christianity stole the season from the solstice”:



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Can Atheists Celebrate Religious Holidays?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Can atheists celebrate religious holidays?:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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The Subtitle of This Song Must Be ‘A Cry for Help’

I don’t know what’s worse: That this guy is pretending to be someone (I sincerely hope) he’s not, or that he’s doing it on behalf of Jesus:



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Catholic Church in Australia Paid $43,000,000 in Hush Money; Tone-Deaf Church Lawyer Quotes Scripture At Hearing

During Monday’s hearing of the Australian commission that investigates child sex abuse, it emerged that Australia’s Catholic Church has paid at least $43,000,000 in hush money to victims of pedophile clergy members.

It’s easy to miss the significance. This money wasn’t a settlement. The Church paid it on the express condition that priests’ misdeeds would be kept secret. And not just secret as in “out of the public eye”:

In some cases, victims were not even allowed to tell their husbands, wives or children about the secret settlements negotiated through the church’s controversial Towards Healing process.

Which doesn’t sound much like “healing” at all.



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