The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Almost Allowed Discrimination Against Atheists

On a day when we honor a great civil rights leader, it’s important to remember that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 nearly included an amendment that would have allowed discrimination against atheists.

Ohio Congressman John Ashbrook (R) wanted to include the following in the bill:

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On “Hoodie Sunday,” Tulsa Ministers Took a Stand for Free Speech and Against Racism

Several church leaders (and many congregants) in Tulsa, Oklahoma showed up to church yesterday sporting hoodies, all as part of a statement that would make even atheists smile.

It was in response to Oklahoma Senate Bill 13 — a bill proposed by Republican State Senator Don Barrington that would impose a fine of up to $500 for wearing a hoodie in public. More broadly, the bill would make it a crime for anyone to “intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place.”

Noting that there are free-speech implications as well as racial undertones to the bill, several Tulsa churches joined in a concerted protest against this proposal. “Hoodie Sunday,” as it was dubbed, took place on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Beautifully Explains How He Finds Meaning in Life

Brandon Fibbs took a recent speech in which Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how he finds meaning in life, added some nice images to it, and created this video:



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How to Spot a Fake Psychic

I think this is my new favorite kind of article: “real” psychics telling you how to spot the “fake” psychics. We covered one example back in November, but another one has come to my attention.

So let’s see what advice “psychic medium” Khi Armand has to offer:



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School Board Member in Chino Valley (California) Invokes Terrorist Attacks to Defend Prayers During Meetings

A couple of months ago, I posted about the Chino Valley Unified School District (in California), where Board of Education meetings resembled church services.

That’s not an exaggeration at all. Here’s just a snippet of what a meeting looked like:

… CVUSD Board of Education President James Na said [at a meeting] “our lives begin in the hospital and end in the church, and urged everyone who does not know Jesus Christ to go and find Him.” Mr. [Andrew] Cruz “closed by reading Psalm 143.”

In fact, there’s a Bible verse read at most meetings:



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