GOP House Whip instructs Congress to use Bible for ‘decision making’

Creeping theocracy: Today a member of the House leadership sent a Bible to every Member of Congress along with a letter instructing the representatives to use the Bible as a “guide” in their “decision-making."Talking Points Memo reports: Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) enclosed the Bible in his letter dated July 29 and sent to all House and Senate offices. The letter, written on an official letterhead in his capacity as assistant majority whip, was confirmed by Capitol Hill aides whose offices re … [Read more...]

Bishop conceals names of pedophile priests despite pleas of concerned parents

Louisiana Bishop protects pedophile priests: This week Bishop Michael Jarrell refused to release the names of known pedophile priests despite the pleas of local parents and media.Why is the Diocese of Lafayette refusing to release the names of known pedophile priests despite the calls for transparency from the media and victims’ rights advocates?Monsignor Richard Greene, media liaison for the Diocese, wrote the following in response to The Daily Advertiser's request for the priests' n … [Read more...]

Diner gives discount for prayers in public, discriminates against atheists

A North Carolina Diner is giving a 15 percent discount to customers for praying in public, effectively discriminating against atheists and other reasonable people who do not pray.NPR reports: When Jordan Smith got her tab after breakfast at Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., she was pleasantly surprised to find a 15 percent discount — for "praying in public."Smith, on a business trip, tells HLN that she and her colleagues "prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the … [Read more...]

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...]