“Under God” Under Fire

Oral arguments from yesterday’s hearing in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court have been posted on the the Suffolk University Law School website. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center is representing anonymous parents and students in Massachusetts public schools in an attempt to stop the pledge from being recited daily. I have not read the briefs in [Read More...]

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Then They Came for the Pastafarians…

In Russia, they have finally come for the Pastafarians. Seems that some Pastafarians neglected to get a parade permit before parading in Moscow over the weekend, and were ordered to walk the plank as a result. As if pirates believe in “permits.” Pfffft! Now, if the Moscow officials would call their parade permits “letters of [Read More...]

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Gender Identity Rights

Sexual reassignment surgery is all too often the fate of a child who is born with ambiguous genitalia. Recently, a couple in South Carolina, who adopted a foster child whose gender had been arbitrarily assigned when he was a toddler, sued the state on behalf of their child. They claim the sexual reassignment surgery was [Read More...]

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Ohio Still Hates Pregnant Women

Despite the fact that federal judges in Arkansas and North Dakota have struck down similar laws because of their blatant unconstitutionality, certain Ohio legislators, with the public support of the Duggar family (19 Kids and Counting), want to give their under-worked federal judges something to do, too. They’ve resurrected a fetal heartbeat bill that died [Read More...]

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Dawkins Foundation and Secular Coalition Join Forces

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) have joined forces to promote science, reason, and a secular government. According to a SCA press release, the two organizations each bring something very important to the table: “the Secular Coalition’s strong nonprofit and strategic planning experience, and the Dawkins [Read More...]

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New Dinosaur Exhibit at the Creationist Museum Explains Everything

This week, Ken Ham released a couple of new ads for his Creationist Museum that explain all about dinosaurs and his new “Dragon Legends” exhibit. They’re kind of painful to hear, but if you’re in the right mood, they could make you snicker. This one actually starts out okay: But, yeah, that ending was excruciating. [Read More...]

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Reason in the Rock

Little Rock’s annual conference on science and secularism needs your help. A couple of years ago, after a great experience at Skepticon 4, several of us were talking. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, we asked ourselves, if we could do what Skepticon did? Wouldn’t it be great to pull hundreds of people in for a conference [Read More...]

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Breaking News: Corporations Are Not Always People

You may remember that a month ago, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a laboriously-reasoned opinion saying that Hobby Lobby’s owners could forcibly impose their religion on employees and opt out of certain contraceptive-providing provisions of a mandated government health benefits program, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Today, the Third Circuit [Read More...]

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Montgomery Co., PA’s Novel Approach to Same-Sex Marriage

After the Doma and Prop 8 cases were handed down last month, lawyers all over the country and civil rights organizations like the ACLU got busy. Challenges to state constitutional amendments, and to laws denying recognition of same sex marriages performed elsewhere, have already been filed in many places, and petitions are circling to get measures [Read More...]

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Creationism Loses Public Popularity

Just when we start to think the regressive policies of red states mean the battle is becoming harder, the secular movement gets more proof that what we’re doing really does matter. A poll of 1,000 people conducted by the Internet-based market research firm YouGov earlier this month indicates that since 2004, the level of public acceptance of creationism [Read More...]

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