Why Are These South Carolina Politicians Arguing on Facebook Over an Appointee’s Rumored Atheism?

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and State Senator Katrina Shealy are both Republicans, which may explain a Facebook spat they’ve been having over Haley’s 2011 pick to lead the Department of Social Services, Lillian Koller.

Koller has been in the spotlight lately because lawmakers are investigating the DSS in light of stories of child abuse and neglect. Koller told a Senate committee yesterday that the DSS was doing everything in its power to fix the problem, though many of the politicians weren’t satisfied with her answers.

That’s what we should be focusing on, anyway, but the spat between Haley and Shealy began yesterday when Haley took to Facebook to show her support of Koller:



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Woman Sought Religious Help After Sex Assault…and Priest Sexually Assaulted Her, She Says (During Exorcism, No Less)

A 40-year-old French priest identified only as Father Christopher got in a spot of trouble with the gendarmerie last week — for allegedly having raped and tortured several women under the guise of performing exorcisms.



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Pismo Beach City Council Settles Lawsuit by Stopping Sectarian Prayers at Meetings & Abolishing Chaplain Position

Since 2008, Pismo Beach City Council in California has had explicitly Christian invocation prayers at meetings. In fact, when the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against them last year, sectarian prayers had been a part of 125 of the previous 126 meetings. The only exception involved the city’s Chaplain Paul Jones reciting the religious Pledge of Allegiance.

This wasn’t just a frivolous matter. Remember: The Supreme Court will soon weigh in on the issue of sectarian prayers at city council meetings — that’s how serious it is. The Pismo council members may have gotten away with it if they stuck to a generic “God,” but their goal was to promote Jesus at all costs. (It didn’t help that some of the prayers included David Barton-esque historical revisionism.)

Well, there’s now a happy ending to the story.

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Mayor Tells Atheist He Can’t Have a ‘Reason Station’ in City Hall, but the Christian ‘Prayer Station’ Can Stay

IF you were to walk into the Warren, Michigan city hall, you would see a Prayer Center, a kiosk of sorts with pamphlets about God, manned by Christians eager to proselytize.

So when resident Douglas Marshall filled out an application to set up a personal “Reason Station” to promote freethought and logic, you’d think he’d get a green light, too…

Just one problem: Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is a Christian who has made a habit of opposing atheist groups that want the same treatment as religious groups.



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No, Richard Dawkins Is Not Really Leading People to Jesus

In what appears to be a serious piece in The Telegraph, columnist Damian Thompson thinks Richard Dawkins is “leading people to Jesus” because this one friend of his (who clearly isn’t a Dawkins fan) started going to the Catholic Church after opening up a copy of The God Delusion… and some other writer began researching Catholicism after reading his book.

(So now we know that the “people” in the headline really refers to just two individuals.)



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