Secular victory: Madison, Wisconsin outlaws discrimination against atheists

This is what “religious freedom” looks like: It is now illegal to discriminate against atheists in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin.In a unanimous vote the city council amended the city's "Equal Opportunity Ordinance" to add atheism to a long list of classes protected from discrimination, making it the first city in the country to grant explicit legal protection to people who do not believe in a God.The city ordinance now prevents atheists from being denied equal opportunity in employment, ho … [Read more...]

Arkansas joins Indiana, passes anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ law


Arkansas joins Indiana by passing controversial and mean-spirited legislation giving Christian conservatives a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the state.The Republican-backed bill cleared the Arkansas Legislature today, and now heads to the governor's desk, where it is expected to be signed.Previously Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said he would sign the legislation into law despite strong criticism from human rights activists and other reasonable and fair minded … [Read more...]

Supreme Court preserves NYC’s ban on religious services in public schools

Secular victory: The U.S. Supreme Court leaves intact New York City's ban on religious worship services inside public school buildings.On Monday the Supreme Court declined to review a case involving New York City’s ban on religious groups’ holding worship services in public school buildings, leaving in place a decision by a lower court that found the longstanding policy constitutional.The New York Times reports the decision permits city officials  to immediately expel dozens of religious … [Read more...]

First Church of Cannabis takes advantage of Indiana’s new ‘religious freedom’ law

Indiana’s new anti-gay “religious freedom” law is already having unintended consequences: The First Church of Cannabis will soon be a sanctuary for pot smokers in Indiana who want to avoid the long arm of the law.Marijuana is currently illegal in Indiana for both medical and recreational use. However, the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act prevents state government from "substantially burdening" a person's exercise of religion, and The First Church of Cannabis has just been officially reco … [Read more...]

Another atheist blogger assassinated in Bangladesh

Washikur Rahman

Religion of peace strikes again: Muslim militants murder another atheist blogger in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka.Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death atheist blogger Washikur Rahman near his home on Monday morning.The brutal assassination is the second such attack in the mainly Muslim country of Bangladesh in less than two months. Last month American atheist blogger Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was also attacked and murdered by machete wielding Muslim … [Read more...]

Indiana Governor Mike Pence: No civil rights for LGBT people

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Anti-gay Indiana Governor Mike Pence says he will not support adding protections for LGBT people to the state’s civil rights laws in a contentious interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.Pence appeared on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" to defend the mean-spirited measure that gives Christian conservatives a license to discriminate against LGBT people and others they find undesirable based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.A defensive Pence complained about an Inte … [Read more...]

Come to Indiana: It’s a great place to be a bigot


If you love shaming and humiliating people who are different from you, come to Indiana, it’s a great place to be a bigot.A funny new comedy video is mocking the state’s new ‘religious freedom’ law. The video boasts: Whether you’re a family of bigots, a couple of bigots, or just an individual bigot, you can explore Indiana Dunes State Park, tour the covered bridges of Park County and shame and humiliate people who are different from you to your heart’s content. Earlier this week Indiana Gove … [Read more...]

Arkansas Senate passes anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ bill

More state-sponsored bigotry in the name of religious freedom: On Friday the Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved a Republican-backed bill giving Christian conservatives a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the state.Despite strong criticism from human rights activists and other reasonable and fair minded people, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson says he will sign the controversial and mean-spirited legislation into law. In a statement Governor Hutchinson said: I will … [Read more...]