A Mauritanian Blogger is Facing the Death Penalty for an Unintentional Slight Against Allah

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of punished Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, has a heartbreaking story in The Independent about Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir (below), a writer who’s facing the death penalty for apostasy:



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Jackson (Mississippi) Mayor Tony Yarber Has a Solution to the City’s Pothole Problem: Prayer

Usually, when someone in Mississippi says prayer will fix a problem, it’s easy for me (an atheist who doesn’t live there) to shrug it off. It’s the South, after all. Hardly a surprise. That was my first reaction when I saw this tweet:

Everyone take a moment to facepalm at Tony Yarber, who thinks prayer can fix potholes.

Now be afraid. Be very afraid. Because Tony Yarber is the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.

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Colorado Pastor, Defying a Court Order, is Still Leading Prayers Outside a Public High School

This past May, teacher Robert Basevitz filed a lawsuit against the Fremont RE-2 School District in Colorado — his own District — documenting all sorts of instances in which District officials crossed the line and treated the local high school as an extension of a local church. Let me point out a couple of the violations in particular:



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A Compilation of James Randi’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s a nice compilation of James Randi‘s best arguments and comebacks:



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Under Threat of $10,000 Fine, MS District Halts Marching Band Halftime Show Featuring Christian Hymn

I’ve posted multiple times about the Rankin County School District (in Mississippi). This is a District where a school held a religious assembly during the school day, only to be exposed by one of the students, then held another one a year later. This is a place where another school in the District held a Gideon Bible giveaway. And this is a place where the Superintendent blocked the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance. Because of all this, a judge ruled that any future violations of church/state separation would result in an automatic $10,000 fine.

You’d think officials there would finally get the hint: The School District is not a church. They cannot be in the business of promoting religion.

I guess it still hasn’t sunk in.

Last night, the Brandon High School marching band members were told — just before the first football game of the season — that they could not perform because part of their show involved the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art.”



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