Nebraska Republican Says He’ll Reverse Support of Anti-Discrimination Bill Because an Atheist Hurt His Feelings

Ernie Chambers (below) is the highest-ranking openly-atheist politician in the country right now. The African-American Nebraska State Senator served for 38 years (beginning in 1970), making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history, until he was term-limited out in 2008. When he was eligible to run again in 2012, he did so and won easily.

Over the years, he’s had several public battles against religion. In 2007, he famously sued God just to make a statement. In 2013, during a filibuster, he remarked that the Mafia has higher standards than the Catholic Church hierarchy because if their members were “raping children, they’d off them.” That same year, he expertly took down an “ex-gay” man as well as a Christian psychologist making arguments against pro-LGBT legislation. And last year, he introduced a bill that would force churches to pay property taxes.

So when he’s in the news, you know something interesting is going down.

This week, Republican State Sen. Bob Krist was part of a 5-2 majority in the Judiciary Committee that voted to support a ban on employment discrimination. The bill would now go to the full Legislature. Excellent!

But Krist is now threatening to change his vote because of alleged anti-Catholic remarks made by Chambers:

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Atheist Politician, Among Others, Speaks Out Against Chapel Hill Murders During Press Conference

Yesterday, in response to the senseless killing of three innocent Muslims by an atheist, the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix in Arizona held a press conference to express condolences for the victims and denounce the actions of someone who (even though his motivation is still unknown) was clearly a vocal atheist.

Among the speakers were atheist State Rep. Juan Mendez (below) and Johnny Martin, a Muslim leader of an interfaith group at Arizona State University:



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Creationist Ken Ham Thinks #DarwinWasWrongDay Was a Hit… Even Though Everyone’s Using It To Mock Him

In Ken Ham‘s world, where up is down and right is left and evolution is a fairy tale, science advocates using #DarwinWasWrongDay — in mockery of his attempt to detract from Charles Darwin‘s birthday today — is just a sign that Creationism is winning:



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Tennessee Legislator Wants to Make the Holy Bible the Official State Book

Following the lead of Republicans in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, Tennessee State Rep. Jerry Sexton (below) has filed a bill to make the Holy Bible the official state book:



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David Harsanyi, Discussing the Chapel Hill Murders, Rejects the Equivalence Between Atheist and Muslim Violence

I’ve been following David Harsanyi‘s always thought-provoking writings for five or six years now. A former staff columnist at the Denver Post, Harsanyi is currently a senior editor at the Federalist. In his latest piece, he gives his take on the Chapel Hill shooting by an atheist gunman that left three young Muslims dead. His central point is that, as he says in the headline, “Atheists have nothing to apologize for.”

There is no excuse for any hate-motivated violence, but there is an enormous difference between the isolated murder of three people and the substantial theocratic movement within the Islamic world. The most obvious difference is that in the United States murders are condemned by nearly everyone without stipulation. Those murders are prosecuted by the state, they aren’t funded by it, and the murderers certainly aren’t celebrated as heroes.



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