Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Deemed to Be an ‘Exercise in Silliness’

Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all… Read more

No One Is Shocked: Greece v. Galloway Decided 5-4 For Jesus

Back in October, we published a post entitled Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile.  That assumption was based on SCOTUS focusing narrowly on the case at hand, rather than on state-sponsored prayer altogether.  We argued that SCOTUS may decide that the specific town’s opening prayers need to be spread out among religions more equally, rather than allowing them to be overwhelmingly Christian.  We were right about one thing — that SCOTUS would focus only on the case… Read more

AHA Forces Removal of Memorial Cross — Atheist Community Divided

On March 6th, AnnMarie Devaney of Riverside, CA was forced to remove a 5-foot tall cross from a Lake Elsinore roadside — a memorial to her son that had been in place for almost two years.  The cross was on government property and had been ordered to be removed in January but, as of early March, was still in the place where Devaney’s son, Anthony, was hit by a car and killed while crossing the street in 2012. After receiving complaints… Read more

FoxNews’ Todd Starnes Attacks Atheists with Misleading and Irresponsible Article Title

He’s at it again. Todd Starnes, the Fox contributor who has been known to champion made-up claims of anti-Christian persecution, has desperately gone the way of sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed by using a ridiculous article title in order to lure readers in and pump up his hit count.  The difference is that his article is not a mindless distraction for procrastinators like you’d see in a typical Buzzfeed article such as You Need To See This Photo Of Queen Elizabeth… Read more

UConn President Calls Audible on Jesus in the Huddle

It appears that new Connecticut running backs coach Ernest T. Jones is having a difficult time adjusting in his transition from Notre Dame to a public institution at UConn.  Also assigned to be the director of player engagement, Jones has taken a spiritual approach, offering to assist players of any religion to pursue their faith and reach out to like-minded people in the community.  Sounds impartial and inclusive, right?  Then he kept talking: We’re going to make sure they understand… Read more

Highly Anticipated Photo Book of 100 Atheists Released… and It’s Gorgeous

Over the past couple of weeks, early supporters of a Kickstarter project aiming to document the meaningful lives of 100 atheists have begun to receive their copies of the beautiful 254-page hardcover photo book by New York photographer Chris Johnson.  The book is entitled, A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God.  It features stunningly beautiful images of many of the prominent freethinkers within the atheist movement such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett,… Read more

The First Amendment Only Applies to Christians?

Oh this is rich. This week on Focal Point (an American Family Association radio show), host Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) showed his lack of Constitutional understanding by conveying to his audience that the First Amendment’s freedom of religion provision only applies to Christians.  In his explanation, he asserted that the Founding Fathers meant “Christianity” when referring to religion, just like the kids in his schoolyard did when he was little, because apparently the framers of the US Constitution were no wiser than… Read more

The ‘Friendly Atheist’ Is Not Allowed to Donate Money to Local Park Program

In a story released on the Chicago Tribune website, popular atheist blogger Hemant Mehta’s recent donation to the Morton Grove Park District has been refused and returned.  The donation collected from readers of his Friendly Atheist blog was sent as a replacement for the $2,600 of funding that was pulled back by the American Legion Post 134 in a political move.  According to the article, the American Legion donation was rescinded when a park board member refused to stand for the Pledge… Read more

Another Lawsuit Over the ACA “Contraceptive Mandate” = More Insanity from the Religious Right

According to the CBN News website, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the Obama administration over the so-called “contraceptive mandate” or “birth control mandate,” a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that directs employers to offer insurance packages that cover the cost of contraceptive drugs.  The suit has been filed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty on behalf of several Christian-based organizations that want to be classified as “religious employers” so they can take advantage of… Read more

Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile

On November 6, the US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Town of Greece, NY v. Galloway, a case that is centered around prayer at government meetings.  Two of the town’s residents, one atheist and one Jewish, initiated the case, citing that Greece town meetings have been opened with a prayer, overwhelmingly biased toward Christianity.  After the practice was declared unconstitutional by the Second U.S. Circuit Court, the town residents and the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Religious… Read more

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