The pirate party gets blasphemy decriminalized in Iceland.

Just in case the morning happiness post wasn’t enough to put a smile on your face today, here’s this: The Icelandic Parliament (‘Alþingi’) has voted today to decriminalise blasphemy in Iceland. As reported by Iceland Monitor in February this year, three Pirate Party MPs moved a bill before Alþingi to have the clause removed from the Icelandic [Read More...]

How the Baxter County nativity lawsuit is probably going to play out.

I was thinking about the Baxter County nativity case yesterday (if you’re unfamiliar with the case, I’ve covered it in great detail here and here) in which the county judge is, frankly, without a doubt discriminating against the atheists he’s charged with representing.  It occurred to me I need to write about how it’s going [Read More...]

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel has written a magnificent open letter to the Oklahoma Attorney General.

When the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the ten commandments monument was a violation of church and state (you think?), OK Attorney General Scott Pruitt was no very happy.  His ol’ buddy Andrew Seidel has reached out to him: Dear Mr. Pruitt: We’ve tangled several times before. Once regarding a Christian men’s club using Oklahoma [Read More...]

Oklahoma Republicans call for the impeachment of justices who ruled against the ten commandments monument.

Earlier today the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that a ten commandments monument on the state capitol might just be seen as an endorsement of a particular religion, thus violating the separation of church and state.  I haven’t read the ruling yet, but I can only imagine it can be summed up with, “no shit.” [Read More...]

BREAKING: Oklahoma Supreme Court rules the ten commandments monument must be removed from state capitol!

Man, this week just keeps getting better: The Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the grounds of the state Capitol, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 7-2 opinion the Supreme Court found the placement of the monument on the grounds of the state Capitol violate Article 2, Section 5, of the Oklahoma [Read More...]

Judge Roy Moore has ordered…something. Might be to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses for 25 days. Who knows?

I just got flooded by a bunch of conflicting reports that all started with this (believable) report that Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples: Same-sex couples cannot marry in Alabama today. Despite Friday’s historic landmark Supreme Court ruling that found states cannot ban marriage from [Read More...]

Texas attorney general: religious clerks can refuse gay couples.

Ken Paxton, the attorney general in Texas, has decided that Texas needs to get sued a bunch: County clerks in Texas who object to gay marriage can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring states to allow same-sex marriage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said [Read More...]

BREAKING: Supreme Courts rules 5-4 that gay marriage bans are illegal!

We won. The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex [Read More...]

Super conservative judge rules against employers who, for religious reasons, don’t want to provide contraception.

We won’t always agree with people in life.  One of the things I dislike about atheism is that in many circles a disagreement is taken to be an indictment of a person’s character, as if good people can’t be misinformed (this is not to say there aren’t just plain bad people in the world who [Read More...]

Judge allows plaintiffs in the Hall County School District lawsuit to remain anonymous.

The American Humanist Association is suing the Hall Count School District over violations of the separation of church and state: Three people in the Hall County School District filed suit against the school district, its Superintendent Will Schofield and Chestatee Principal Suzanne Jarrard on Dec. 1. The humanist association sent a letter on Aug. 12 [Read More...]