FAITH, HIGH SCHOOL, & LAW: Bible distribution is a widespread problem in Oklahoma schools. The FFRF is putting a stop to it.

I recently wrote about an Oklahoma third grade teacher who handed out bibles to her students.  Would you believe this problem is more widespread in Oklahoma than this single teacher?  I know, get ready. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter today to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who is offering support to Oklahoma schools to “defend religious freedom”—which [Read More...]

FAITH, LAW, & POLITICS: Canada’s Supreme Court rules no prayers before government meetings.

Back in 2011 a man sued  the town of Simoneau in Quebec over the town reciting explicitly Catholic prayers before city council meetings.  He was victorious in his efforts: In 2011, Quebec’s human rights tribunal ordered an end to prayers, demanded that a crucifix in the city council chamber be removed and awarded damages to Simoneau. [Read More...]

BREAKING: Federal judge denies Alabama probate judge’s request for a stay on gay rights decision.

Judge Don Davis is a probate judge in Mobile County, Alabama.  He was the only judge in a high-population portion of the state that initially defied Federal Judge Granade’s order to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the state’s gay marriage ban was ruled to be unconstitutional. A lawsuit was filed and the judge who heard [Read More...]

FAITH, HIGH SCHOOL, & LAW: Texas superintendent has a change of heart after receiving a letter from the FFRF.

Just last week I wrote about how Michael Gilbert, the Superintendent of the White Oak School District in Texas, said he wouldn’t be stopping a high school principal from reading scripture over the loudspeaker every day (to read my rebuttals to all this, follow the previous link): He argued that the FFRF should be ignored [Read More...]

FAITH, GAY RIGHTS, POLITICS, & LAW: Alabama House passes bill that would allow clerks/judges to refuse to perform ceremonies for gay couples.

Jesus Christ, Alabama is backwards.  The Republican-dominated House just passed a bill that would allow judges and government clerks to refuse to give marriage licenses to LGBT people: After nearly four hours of debate, the Alabama House on Thursday passed a bill that gives judges, ministers and other officiants the right to refuse to perform [Read More...]

FAITH & LAW: Liberty Institute brags of winning a lawsuit with American Atheists in which a ruling wasn’t made.

I saw this in my special twitter feed and couldn’t believe my eyes: Ok, slow down guys.  This is just flat out bullshit. They didn’t defeat American Atheists because the judge didn’t reach a conclusion.  The judge’s opinion said the court lacked jurisdiction to rule on this. Specifically it said, “In the absence of standing, [Read More...]

FAITH, HIGH SCHOOL, & LAW: Texas superintendent won’t stop bible verses over loudspeaker.

Want to see what it looks like to fail at your job?  Superintendent Michael Gilbert is defiant: he won’t stop the principal of White Oak High School from reading bible verses over the school’s loudspeaker: The superintendent of a Texas school district recently criticized by “Friendly Atheist” Hemant Mehta and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) for allowing a principal [Read More...]

FAITH & LAW: Federal judge dismisses American Atheists’ Oklahoma ten commandments case.

And today was going so well. The Oklahoma legislature made national news when they erected a ten commandments monument on the capitol lawn.  This prompted other religious groups to want to get in on that sweet, sweet, government-endorsing-religion action.  The Satanic Temple wanted in first, followed by Hindus.  (Not really) amazingly, those groups were denied, [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS & LAW: Alabama Supreme Court order a halt to same-sex marriages.

Last night the Alabama Supreme Court, in a 6-1 vote, handed out a special ruling forbidding probate judges in Alabama from issuing same-sex marriage licenses: The Alabama Supreme Court handed down a special ruling Tuesday, ordering a stop to the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses by probate judges. The order addresses the confusion over same-sex [Read More...]

BREAKING: Nebraska’s gay marriage ban is history.

Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon (federal judge, so Roy Moore is unimpressed) has ruled that Nebraska’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.  I’m reading his ruling now and boy, does it have some lovely bits.  Like this: Nebraska’s “Defense of Marriage” Constitutional Amendment, Section 29, is an unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of [Read More...]