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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Using Tax Money to Rebuild Churches

On July 10, two senators introduced Senate Bill 1274, which would add religious buildings to the list of nonprofit facilities eligible to receive federal disaster relief aid after catastrophic events like hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes. The Senate bill and its House counterpart, H. R. 592, address aid to nonprofit facilities damaged in Hurricane Sandy in [Read More…]

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National Atheist Party Drops the Name “Atheist”

In a press release Thursday, the National Atheist Party announced that for the second time in two years, it is changing its name. Perhaps you haven’t heard of the party. It’s a political party, but it does not run candidates for office. It styles itself as a “Constitutional movement … dedicated to the preservation of [Read More…]

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Why We Should Not Believe in Evolution

Anne here. I’m telling you up front and in advance that it’s me, emphasizing that the “by” thingie up there doesn’t lie,  so you won’t get mad at JT for not believing in evolution. Maybe he’ll thank me for that. Maybe he won’t. Maybe he’ll come out of his evolution belief closet, too, after he [Read More…]

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To Arms! – Heavenly Pizza Promotes Massacre of Gay People

When it comes to picking cherries, Heavenly Pizza fills a whole pie. Heavenly Pizza posted a reference to Leviticus after the Supreme Court decisions last week. Looking it up was an exercise in excess caution. Leviticus 20:13 says exactly what we predicted it would say: If a man lies with a male as with a [Read More…]

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What the DOMA and Prop 8 Cases Mean

Anne here. It’s not over. Yes, we got a victory in the DOMA case. Mostly. We also – pretty much – got a victory in the Prop 8 case. But there remains much work to be done. For one thing, Same-sex marriage is not the law of the land. Each state can still discriminate. Some [Read More…]

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FFRF is Disgusted With Texas

The Freedom From Religion Foundation had a a little something to say earlier this week about the new Texas law that ensures that teachers can keep right on saying “Merry Christmas.” Grandstanding pols in Texas last week passed the “Merry Christmas” bill, supposedly to ensure that public school students and teachers can say “Merry Christmas” [Read More…]

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More Congressional Insensitivity to Atheists and More Ignorance

Anne here…. It just doesn’t stop. The stupidity rife through the ranks of our elected officials, I mean. Despite the fact that nonreligious make up as much as a third of our young people, and the fact that the numbers of the nonreligious are growing, Congress just can’t get its collective head out of its [Read More…]

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