Grandstanding county commissioner defies court order with Christian prayer

In an obnoxious display of Christian arrogance, a grandstanding county commissioner in Maryland violated a court order and the spirit of the U.S. Constitution by opening a budget meeting with a Christian prayer. According to a report issued by the Carroll County Times, Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier opened up Thursday morning's board of commissioners budget meeting with references to Jesus Christ, despite a federal judge's preliminary injunction ordering the board to stop … [Read more...]

Secular victory: Federal judge bars Christian prayers at county meetings

In a significant victory for the separation of church and state, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Carroll County Board of Commissioners in Maryland must refrain from opening their meetings with Christian prayers. Judge William D. Quarels, Jr. of the U.S. District Court of Maryland issued a preliminary injunction to stop sectarian prayers held before meetings of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, after plaintiffs alleged the practice of permitting Commissioners to deliver prayers … [Read more...]

Bank discriminates against American Atheists, refuses to notarize documents

A bank in New Jersey refused notary service to the managing director of American Atheists because of the groups atheist affiliation. Amanda Knief, managing director of American Atheists, Inc., was refused notary service at a TD bank in Cranford, New Jersey, on Tuesday. In a Facebook  post Knief reports: “I was just refused service — because I am an atheist. It was embarrassing, humiliating, and it pissed me off.” According to her statement, Knief and American Atheists President Dave Silverman … [Read more...]

KKK Imperial Wizard denies hate group label: ‘We’re a Christian organization’

The KKK - a "Christian organization"

Arguing that the KKK is a non-violent Christian organization, the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan says “We don’t hate people because of their race. I mean, we’re a Christian organization.” Frank Ancona, leader of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, said he is tired of “a few rogue Klansmen” ruining the group’s reputation:"Because of the acts of a few rogue Klansmen, all Klansmen are supposed to be murderers, and wanting to lynch black people, and we're supposed to … [Read more...]

Court rejects religious freedom defense for ‘spare rod, spoil child’ Biblical parenting

A Wisconsin pastor who told parishioners to discipline fussy infants as young as 2 months by forcefully striking their bare bottoms with wooden spoons and dowels lost an appeal on his conviction for conspiracy to commit child abuse. In 2012, a jury found Philip Caminiti, pastor of Aleitheia Bible Church, guilty of eight counts of conspiracy to commit child abuse for instructing church members to hit children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years with wooden rods to discipline them. During … [Read more...]

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps is dead

Fred Phelps, dead at 84

Symbol of anti-gay Christian hate and bigotry, Fred Phelps, founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, is dead. He was 84 years old. His children, Tim Phelps and Shirley Phelps-Roper, confirmed to Kansas news outlets that Phelps died before midnight Wednesday, according to a report issued by TPM. Phelps, founder of the notorious anti-gay (“God Hates Fags”) Westboro Baptist Church, made a name for himself preaching an obnoxious, hate filled gospel. Phelps blamed gays and lesbians for eve … [Read more...]

GOP nominates candidate that claims autism and dementia are God’s punishment

A candidate that claims autism and dementia are God’s punishment for abortion and LGBT rights has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois. In a close race, Susanne Atanus, a 55-year-old Christian conservative, won the Republican nomination for the 9th Congressional District in Illinois, defeating her  primary opponent, Republican David Earl Williams III. According to a report published by the Chicago Daily Herald, Atanus claims that God is “angry” with th … [Read more...]

Christian love: Franklin Graham praises Putin’s brutal crackdown on LGBT

Leading U.S. evangelical Franklin Graham is praising Russian President Vladimir Putin for his brutal crackdown on homosexuality, tacitly endorsing the current wave of violent homophobic attacks plaguing Russia. Ever since the virulently homophobic Vladimir Putin pushed through a law effectively outlawing openly gay people, the country’s LGBT community has been plagued by violence. Slate reports a study published in Harvard University’s Health and Human Rights journal confirms what myriad hor … [Read more...]