For Those Praying for Protection Against the Islamic State…

Cartoonist Michael Leunig points out the irony:

(Thanks to David for the link)

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How Well Do You Know the Pledge of Allegiance’s History?

Atheist Alliance of America created a fun little quiz on the Pledge’s history and you can take it here.

I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t get a perfect score. But c’mon, who knew there were *that* many changes to the Pledge?!

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Should You Wear Your Atheism on Your Sleeve?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Should you wear your atheism on your sleeve?:

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Tennessee Dept. of Children’s Services Commissioner Says Religion is the Only Foolproof Form of Rehabilitation

You may have heard about how 32 teenagers escaped from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services’ Woodland Hills Youth Development Center last week. Most of them are back in custody, but the community wants answers. Why did it take so long for officials to contact the police about the escape? What are they going to do to prevent this in the future?

This week, DCS leaders held a community meeting to try and answer some of those questions.

But I want to draw special attention to comments made by DCS interim commissioner Jim Henry:

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Oklahoma Officials May Revise Religious Headwear Rules for Driver’s License Photos After Pastafarian Dons a Colander

Enid, Oklahoma resident Shawna Hammond is an atheist and a Pastafarian. When it came time to renew her driver’s license earlier this month, she made the decision to wear a colander — her religious headwear — in her photo. The choice was met with giggles but not disputed at the time: a colander might be unorthodox, but it is the religious headwear of followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Hammond explained her decision to wear a colander as being an important expression of religious freedom:

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