Despite Pressure, Allegheny County Council (PA) Votes Against “In God We Trust” Display in Courthouse

The Allegheny County Council in Pennsylvania was considering putting up an “In God We Trust” display in the County Courthouse this week.

Councilwoman Sue Means (below), the evangelical Christian who pushed for it, felt confident she had the eight votes she needed to pass the proposal, despite a local newspaper calling it a “misplaced motto” and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald saying he would veto the measure if it was passed.

With a 15-member council, Means needed 10 votes to override his veto.

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Canadian Family Faces Deportation Back to Cameroon, Which Could Result in Forced Female Circumcisions

When Hilary Fuh-Cham and his wife Yvette Fuh-Cham left Cameroon in 2007, they were hoping to find a permanent home in Canada. But despite two of their kids being born in the country, they still haven’t been granted refugee status — and they may be deported by next month.

The problem with that?

When [Hilary] Fuh-Cham had to take up the role of sub-chief after his father’s death, it meant the women in his family had to undergo circumcisions and other practices they staunchly opposed, he said.

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I’ll Be Speaking Near Baltimore This Saturday and in Boise Next Week

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be speaking at two public events about the experiences of young atheists. All the details are below. Both events are free (though donations to the organizations are always welcome)!

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It Shouldn’t Be Difficult to Find Words to Say at a Non-Religious Funeral

Before Baptist minister Steve Holmes‘ grandmother died, she made a simple request: She didn’t want a religious funeral. Holmes led the service with respect to her wishes, but he had a difficult time finding the right material:

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Thailand’s New Prime Minister Believes in Feng Shui, Holy Water, and Black Magic

Prayuth Chan-ocha (below), the Thai army officer who led a military coup against the government earlier this year, handpicked his legislature, and was (surprise!) unanimously chosen by them to be the country’s new Prime Minister last month, isn’t exactly a great role model.

Stepping away from how he obtained office, his belief in superstitious bullshit makes U.S. politicians seem almost secular in comparison:

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