Internal Vote Fraud Leads Secular Party to a Likely Collapse

It was mid-July 2013 and an internal push by members of the National Atheist Party had seemingly been victorious, resulting in a party name change to Secular Party of America.  An affirmative vote of 75% was needed to change the name.  The name change campaign was led by a small yet effective group inside the organization, resulting in the creation of a new logo, Facebook page, and video ad supporting the change to the more inclusive party title.  What was… Read more

Upcoming Book Aims to Narrow Divide Between Atheists and Believers

Most of the books available today regarding religion seem to be focused at how to live your life according to religious teachings, gaining inspiration through religion, or providing evidence that the Bible is true and atheism or science got it wrong. At the same time, most of the books regarding atheism are centered around proving Christianity and other religions wrong or how to live a full life without religion. After examining this, I immediately came to the the realization that… Read more

Man on Trial in Tennessee Asks for Dismissal After County Adds ‘In God We Trust’ to Courthouse

A man from Clinton, TN on trial for attempting to kill his wife has filed a motion to dismiss charges after the Anderson County courthouse he is being tried in erected a religious sign over the building’s entrance.  The black granite plaque with gold leaf lettering was placed on the building during a ceremony involving at least five Christian speakers and warning of eternal damnation for those not following the message.  Despite a heated debate over the winter, the county… Read more

Name Change for National Atheist Party Means New Focus and Appeal

For over two years, the National Atheist Party has been a small political party recruiting members from the atheist community through social media, namely Facebook and Twitter. Despite the name of the party and religious affiliation of most of its membership, the NAP’s focus was not aimed at promoting atheism or tearing down religious dogma, as groups like American Atheists and Freedom From Religion Foundation do from time to time. Rather, as a political party, the NAP was more interested… Read more

USCIS Retracts Request for Evidence of Religious Status; Margaret Doughty Awarded Citizenship

On Friday June 14th, we broke the story of Margaret Doughty, a 64-year old atheist from the UK who was told by the USCIS that in order to gain conscientious objector status, she would need to provide evidence of a religious reason for her objection “on official church stationery, attesting to the fact that [she is] a member in good standing and the church’s official position on the bearing of arms.”  This was a clear violation of the First Amendment’s… Read more

Woman Being Denied Citizenship Because Her Morality Doesn’t Come From Religion

Margaret Doughty, a 64-year old woman from the UK who has spent the past 30+ years in the U.S., is in the process of applying for United States Citizenship and happens to be an atheist. She is currently a permanent resident running non-profit adult literacy organizations, doing her part to enrich the lives of American citizens. In the process of applying for citizenship, all candidates are asked if they’d be willing to take up arms in defense of the United… Read more

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 two days later.  House resolution 494 would have allowed the state to ignore the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment as well as federal court… 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) and Harry Warren (R-Salisbury), and they’re joined by 11 co-sponsors.  Supposedly, this bill is in response to a recent lawsuit filed by the ACLU to stop… 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 meetings cannot begin with a prayer mentioning Jesus Christ, but rather, may make a mention to god in order to keep the prayer general enough… 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 employees.  The Catholic owners of the company claim that the Affordable Care Act is infringing on the free exercise of their religion.  Stories like this… Read more

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