Court rules Ground Zero Cross is Secular, not Religious


Tortured logic: A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court has found that “the actual purpose in displaying the Cross at Ground Zero has always been secular.”That’s right, the court ruled the purpose of displaying a Christian symbol has always been secular.The appeals court ruled on Monday that the memorial cross at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York can remain at the newly-opened facility because the purpose of the cross is secular, not relig … [Read more...]

Atheist activists issue joint statement on bullying and harassment

Prominent atheist activists Ophelia Benson and Professor Richard Dawkins released a joint statement this weekend condemning bullying and harassment within the community of atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and other secular minded individuals.The statement was released simultaneously this weekend on Benson’s blog and Dawkins’ website. The following is the text of that statement in full: It’s not news that allies can’t always agree on everything. People who rely on reason rather than dogma to … [Read more...]

Michele Bachmann claims gays promote child rape, pedophilia

In an alarming outburst of homophobic extremism, potential Republican presidential candidate and Christian conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann accused the LGBT community of advocating for pedophilia and the legalization of child rape during a recent interview on the conservative radio show “Faith & Liberty.”Warning that “our culture” is embracing “deviance,” Bachmann said that the gay community wants to “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so t … [Read more...]

Michigan mayor compares atheists to KKK, Nazis

These racists don't look like atheists...

A Michigan mayor compared atheists to the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis in an attempt to justify his decision to prohibit secular groups from setting up a “reason station” alongside a “prayer station” on public property.Mayor Jim Fouts  of Warren, Mich., recently banned an atheist from setting up a “reason station” alongside a “prayer station” in the city hall atrium. In response, the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Freedom From Religion Found … [Read more...]

Secular victory: IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering

In a victory for secular Americans, the Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reached a settlement late last week concerning an ongoing federal lawsuit over non-enforcement of restrictions on political activity by tax-exempt religious organizations and churches. As part of their … [Read more...]

Theocracy watch: Iowa Governor asks citizens to pray, repent

Insulting the intelligence of many, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has issued an official proclamation calling on all Iowans to pray and repent on a daily basis. Earlier this year Branstad signed a proclamation calling for prayer around the country to begin on July 14, 2014, and was a featured speaker at an 11 hour Christian event launching the “pray and repent” campaign. The Governor’s proclamation reads:NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E Branstad, as Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby invit … [Read more...]

Pope Francis rejects modern science, approves revival of exorcism

Medieval superstition: Marching back into the dark ages, Pope Francis has given his formal approval to the barbaric and ignorant practice of exorcism. The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported Tuesday that the Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who supposedly liberate the faithful from demons. Under the Pope’s guidance, the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy approved the organization's statutes and r … [Read more...]

Religious conservatives celebrate ‘Faith and Freedom’ by urinating on Obama’s face

Christian values? Guests and speakers at the 2014 Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference currently underway in Washington, D.C. are urinating on President Barack Obama’s face. That’s right, there are Obama urinal cakes in the men’s restroom outside the conference hall where leading Republicans are demanding America's leaders do more to defend Christian values. The Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic shared the image with the world on Twitter. Conference organizers said more than 1,000 evangelical lea … [Read more...]