Is North Carolina the Most Intolerant State?

It’s starting to look that way. North Carolina state legislators have recently made statements and proposed legislation that support such a claim.  By now, everyone has heard about the proposed bill to declare an official religion.  It was proposed on 4/2/13 by two Republican legislators, supported by 11 more, and finally shot down by the House Speaker [Read More…]

North Carolina’s Move to Declare a State Religion and Its Constitutional Ripple Effect

On Tuesday 4/2/13, two Republican North Carolina state representatives introduced a bill that would effectively allow them to declare an official state religion.  Since then, word of this bill spread like wildfire across social media outlets and blogs on both sides of the aisle.  The sponsors of the proposed legal change are Carl Ford (R-China Grove) [Read More…]

Prayer Discontinued from Town Council Meetings — Overreacting Christians Don’t Understand the Constitution or Inclusion

Recently in Longview, Washington, an atheist named Dan L. Smith threatened legal action against the local town council for their refusal to discontinue religious invocations at their meetings.  This threat came after years of emailing the council members and their refusal to take action.  As a result, Mayor Don Jensen has instructed the group that [Read More…]

Pushing Your Religion Onto Your Employees: Why would that ever be ok?

Yet another private company has sued for the right to push their religious dogma onto their employees — this time in President Obama’s home state of Illinois.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Triune Health Group, an employer of about 80 workers, has filed suit in an effort to exercise a fictitious “right” to withhold contraceptive health care to its [Read More…]

Iowa GOP Introducing Bill to Limit Divorce… Because of Teenagers’ Raging Hormones?

No, this is not from The Onion… This week, Republicans in the Iowa House used personal experiences to draft a bill preventing parents of minors from getting divorced under the ‘no fault’ clause.  Currently, the no fault clause is present in all 50 states and effectively says that couples can get divorced without having to [Read More…]

Texas House Resolution Calls for ‘God’ and Ten Commandments in Schools

Reposted from Texas House resolution calls for ‘God’ and Ten Commandments in schools (via Raw Story ) A Republican state lawmaker in Texas has filed a formal resolution calling for Christian religious dogma — including the word “God” and the Ten Commandments — to be used in the state’s public schools.The resolution filed by state Rep. Phil [Read More…]

Defending Darwin: Six states endangering US science education

Just over 200 years ago today, a man was born whose scientific findings would be the subject of fierce debates and turn creationism folklore on its head.  Charles Darwin’s theories on evolution and natural selection suggested that all organisms on earth descended from a common ancestor.  This contradicted schools of thought related to Lamarck’s transmutation [Read More…]

The Second Amendment Doesn’t Say You Can Own Any Gun You Want

As the funerals and memorial services take place in Newton, CT, the recent school shooting is still fresh in all of our minds.  Partly because the news media won’t report on anything else, but that’s a topic for another day.  There have been countless media reports, blog posts, Facebook discussions, and dinner table debates around [Read More…]

David Barton’s Book Pulled For Falsifying US History to Fit Evangelical Agenda

David Barton’s latest book, “The Jefferson Lies,” has been pulled by Christian publisher Thomas Nelson and disgraced by the academic community.  Barton overstepped the boundaries of respectable reporting by fabricating countless “facts” about Jefferson’s life, views, and goals for the Unites States.  This action was the direct result of a statement by readers of the [Read More…]

Christians and Muslims Join Forces on a Common Obsession: Hotel Porn

Once again, fundamentalist theologians are attempting to invade the right to individual privacy.  Two well-respected religious scholars have collaborated to attempt to end access to adult movie channels in hotel rooms.  Setting aside their theological differences, Dr. Robert George, The McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals Institutions at Princeton University, [Read More…]