Day Care Workers File Complaint After Getting Fired For Not Using Trans Child’s Preferred Name

As the chatter about Houston’s failed Equal Rights Ordinance starts to quiet down, the greater conversation about how we treat transgender people in society is not going anywhere.

All too often, for example, we hear stories about transgender children being mistreated, misgendered, or harassed by adults who get away with it because of unsupportive school systems or broken policies. In Katy, Texas this week, the story is a little different: two day care workers were reprimanded because they refused to call a six-year-old transgender child by his preferred name, as his parents requested.

Now, the employees are taking legal action.

One of them, Madeline Kirksey, is filing a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The other, Akesha Wyatt, has chimed in to say she doesn’t think her termination was fair. Their attorney, Andy Taylor, who famously helped to repeal HERO, says they were fired for their beliefs.

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After Atheist’s Invocation, Lake Worth (Florida) Officials Will Illegally Offer Their Own Prayers

Last December, atheist activist Preston Smith delivered an invocation at a Lake Worth (Florida) City Commission meeting.

Not only did four of the five commissioners walk out before he had said a single word, Smith represented what could happen when the door for invocations is wide open thanks to Christians wanting to pray at government meetings.

His speech referenced a number of religions and gods:

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Pat Robertson Says Viewer Can Invite Atheists to Wedding, but She Should Beware Their Satanic Ways

On yesterday’s episode of The 700 Club, a viewer asked Pat Robertson whether she should invite certain atheist family members to her Christian wedding.

Robertson said she should invite them… but offered a strange caveat.



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Help Foundation Beyond Belief Continue Putting Humanism in Action

Regular readers of this site know that I work with a group called Foundation Beyond Belief which encourages atheists to give money to various charities, supports on-the-ground volunteering in the U.S. and overseas (we have a team currently in Ghana), and raises funds for resources in emergency disaster situations. It’s a lot to juggle and our staff won’t be able to do it much longer unless we have more support.

We’re holding our year-end fundraiser right now and would really appreciate your generosity. As an added incentive, the first $20,000 raised will be matched, and there are all sorts of prizes available for individuals who make a contribution or groups that encourage members to give!



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Comedians Chime in on Starbucks Red Cup Non-troversy

Now that the Starbucks Red Cup freakout has reached peak Culture War, several comedians have chimed in on the matter.

Like Stephen Colbert giving a shout-out to Joshua Feuerstein, a.k.a. “Paul Blart, Mall Bro”:



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