Kenyan Atheist Files Lawsuit After Government Declares Pope’s Visit a “National Holiday”

Harrison Mumia, President of Atheists in Kenya, wasn’t surprised by all the attention Pope Francis received yesterday when he visited the country. But he couldn’t believe that his government, one that also has the separation of church and state built into its Constitution, declared it a “public holiday.” That was a step too far, he writes at CNN, causing him to file a lawsuit in court to have the holiday nullified:

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Got Questions? Ask Away and I’ll Answer. (Maybe)

For the next Friendly Atheist Podcast coming out this Sunday, I’d like to try something different.

Consider it an Ask Me (Almost) Anything. What would you like to know? What would you like me to comment on?

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Catholic Writer Thinks “We’d All Be Catholic if We Really Thought About It”

Writing for the Catholic World Report, Thomas M. Doran argues that “we’d all be Catholic if we really thought about it.”

As someone who’s thought about it… no thank you. I can do much, much better than that.

But what evidence does Doran offer for why Catholicism totally makes sense?

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Winless Tennessee High School Football Team Also in Trouble for Christian Coach’s Proselytizing

It’s bad enough when public high school football coaches preach to the athletes. But it’s downright stupid when they publicize it, assuming everyone will just accept the practice as normal.

At Cannon County High School in Tennessee, head coach T. J. Daniels has been pushing Christianity on the students for years — and a local newspaper included a report all about it:

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Religious Education Classes in the UK Will Have to Include Humanism, Says Judge

Earlier this year, when the UK Department for Education issued its new curriculum for GCSE Religious Studies classes, the focus was on: Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism. Humanism, a belief system reflected by far more people than some of the religions on that list combined, wasn’t given the same treatment.

That’s why three parents eventually filed a lawsuit against the government (with the help of the British Humanist Association).

Yesterday, in a major decision from Britain’s High Court, a judge ruled that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (below) was wrong to exclude Humanism from the Religious Studies classes in the country.

From now on, the judge said, explicitly non-religious beliefs will have to be treated the same as religious ones:

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