July 31, 2013

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

July 14, 2013

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

June 20, 2013

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

June 14, 2013

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

April 10, 2013

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

April 4, 2013

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

March 13, 2013

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

March 11, 2013

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

March 5, 2013

No, this is not from The Onion… This week, Republicans in the Iowa House used personal experiences to draft a bill preventing parents of minors from getting divorced under the ‘no fault’ clause.  Currently, the no fault clause is present in all 50 states and effectively says that couples can get divorced without having to provide a reason for it other than irreconcilable differences.  The proposed Iowa law would remove the no fault clause, only for parents of minors, and… Read more

February 28, 2013

Reposted from Texas House resolution calls for ‘God’ and Ten Commandments in schools (via Raw Story ) A Republican state lawmaker in Texas has filed a formal resolution calling for Christian religious dogma — including the word “God” and the Ten Commandments — to be used in the state’s public schools.The resolution filed by state Rep. Phil Stephenson (R) on Monday asserts that all schools should display the Ten Commandments because the Republican Party Platform says that “public acknowledgement of God is undeniable in… Read more

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