Arkansas Judge Defends Courthouse Creche But Forbids Atheist Sign Since It’d Open the Door to ‘Hundreds’ of Displays

This is the scene in front of the Baxter County Courthouse in Mountain Home, Arkansas:

As you can see, it’s a giant Nativity scene (with what appears to be Santa Claus and a Christmas tree thrown in for good measure).

Well, we know how the rules for this work: You can’t *just* promote Christianity with your holiday displays on government property. And that’s exactly what the Appignani Humanist Legal Center said to County Judge Mickey Pendergrass in a letter sent on Wednesday:

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Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist Apologizes for Supporting Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment, but Does He Mean It?

Last week, the Florida LGBT publication Watermark published an interview with former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, marking the governor’s first-ever interview with the LGBT press. While this could have been a prime opportunity for the Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democratic politician to atone for his past sins against LGBT folks in his state, he did little more than admit how wrong he was.

Crist says he left the Republican Party not because he changed, but because “the Republican Party went nuts.” But Crist adhered to the party’s anti-gay policies — which haven’t changed — without protest a few years back. In 2008, Florida voters just barely approved of Amendment 2, which added a provision to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage. Crist had initially expressed apathy toward the measure, but then had an apparent change of heart and told Floridians to vote for it.

Watermark interviewer (and publisher) Tom Dyer called him out on it — and didn’t accept his apology:

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South Carolina Lawmakers Renew Effort to Introduce Prayer in Public Schools, Selling It as a Long Moment of Silence

I wanted to put together a list of all the places where Americans are allowed to pray unhindered, but it occurred to me that I should just present a picture for slower readers. Here it is. I hope this is clear enough:

Prayer is one hundred percent permissible everywhere. In every home. In every office and factory and shopping mall. In every church, mosque, and synagogue. Also, in every car, bus, or train; in every park and every forest; and (get this) in every school and every government building.

If you’re a believer, you may pray quietly any time, any place – plus, if you’re not in a well-frequented library, a classroom, or a theater, you may even talk to your God out loud.

But that’s not enough for millions of Christians. They support what 10 god-bothering South Carolina lawmakers propose to do with House Bill 3526: push communal prayer onto the daily program of every public school:

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Hey, Bill Nye, Why the Hell Would You Agree to Debate a Creationist?

For reasons that I can’t understand right now, Bill Nye the Science Guy has agreed to debate Creationist Ken Ham at the Creation Museum on February 4. The topic: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”

There’s no debate to be had here. The answer is already an unqualified “Not a snowball’s chance in hell.”

So why bother with the charade? No matter what Nye says, this will only end in victory for Answers in Genesis. Here’s why:

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Former NFL Punter Chris Kluwe Explains How His LGBT Rights Activism May Have Led to His Firing

Chris Kluwe (pronounced CLUE-wee) is the NFL punter and LGBT activist who made headlines in 2012 after a letter he wrote to bigot Democratic Maryland delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. went viral. He didn’t stop being outspoken after that, either, a fact that’s quite courageous considering the NFL ranks only slightly above the Catholic Church when it comes to acceptance of gay people.

He’s also speaking at the upcoming American Atheists convention this April and authored a book titled Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies:

Today, in a post for Deadspin, Kluwe explains that his support for LGBT rights, done as a private citizen and not as an NFL representative, may have cost him his job:

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