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Republican Who Said Autism Was Result of God’s Anger Over Gay Marriage Will Run for Congress Again

Susanne Atanus (below), the Illinois Republican who told a newspaper in 2014 that God put autism and dementia on Earth as punishment for marriage equality and abortion, lost her bid for Congress that year.But she's going to try again, anyway, even if the Republican Party wants nothing to do with her.

10 Things You May Not Know About Mormonism

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 10 things you may not know about Mormonism.

After Lawsuit Over Nativity Scene at Indiana Courthouse, Atheists Will Put Up Bill of Rights Display

Last December, I wrote about a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana that had been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.The display, which was owned by the Town of Brookville, sat on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse.

After Arkansas County Takes Down Nativity Scene Outside Courthouse, Ignorant Christians Protest

Last month, I posted about the Nativity scene that had been in front of the Baxter County Courthouse in Mountain Home, Arkansas in 2013: That Christian display was essentially an homage to Christianity, making it unconstitutional as far as the government was concerned. Show More Summary

Atheist Banner and Giant Scarlet “A” Display Now Up in Downtown Chicago

If you're in Chicago and walking through Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, make sure you take some pictures next to the atheist display that went up this week: The whole thing was put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Metropolitan Chicago chapter. It includes that 8.5-foot-tall Scarlet A and this banner featuring a secular Nativity scene of sorts:

Months After Ex-Hasidic Jew Commits Suicide, Her Sister Does the Same

Back in July, I posted about Faigy Mayer (below), a former Hasidic Jew who had left the faith about six years ago and had been cut off from her family as a result. Even thought she had moved on with her life, she suffered from depression. Show More Summary

Johnson County (OK) Courthouse Will Finally Move Illegal Ten Commandments Monument

Just a day after the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building was taken down because it's illegal government promotion of religion, the Johnston County Commissioners (in the same state) put up a similar monument outside the local courthouse:

Child, 11, Was Raped and Stabbed in 1902; Her Remains Just Went on a Tour of 54 U.S. Churches

It's too late. You missed your chance to gawp at what remains of an 11-year-old girl who was murdered over a century ago. Her wax-encased skeleton was flown in from Europe, taken on a religious-rockstar tour of 54 Catholic churches in the U.S. Show More Summary

Maryland Elementary School Deflects All Responsibility After Pastor Delivers Prayer at Assembly

Sabillasville Elementary School in Maryland held a 50th anniversary celebration last week. For some reason, Bob Kells, pastor at Weller United Methodist Church, was invited to speak to the students.Take a wild guess what happened!IfShow More Summary

Northern Illinois University Will No Longer Keep Bibles in Campus Hotel Rooms by Default

This should be obvious by now: Public universities are not equivalent to private hotel chains. When you stay in a campus hotel room, there's no reason a Bible should be in your nightstand by default. It may make sense to assume people...Show More Summary

Sign Outside Harris County (GA) Sheriff’s Dept. Tells Those Offended by Christmas and God to “LEAVE!”

Harris County, Georgia Sheriff Mike Jolley would like to remind you that non-Christians aren't welcome in his community:

After Approving Prayer at Meetings, NC School Board Wants to “Get Back to the Business of Education”

Last month, when more than a dozen candidates were in a battle for five spots on the Cleveland County Board of Education in North Carolina, we learned that all of them wanted prayer at school board meetings. On Monday, they voted to include those prayers at meetings. Show More Summary

Georgia’s Lt. Governor Trashes “Extreme Atheists” in Fundraising Letter for Gubernatorial Campaign

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is making a pitch for why he should be Governor in 2018 by throwing atheists under the bus. A fundraising letter sent by Cagle and obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution is stamped with the line, “Don’t Let Atheists Ban Georgia’s Football Chaplains.” It’s a reference to the Freedom From [Read More...]

After Islamic Center Labeled “Radical,” Local Humanists Reach Out in a Gesture of Friendship

After the Daily Caller News Foundation posted a map of supposed "radical mosques" in the U.S., it wasn't long before threats were made against them.For example, the Pullman Islamic Center in Washington ended up on the list...

Cristin Padgett is Running for Texas State House and She’s Not Hiding Her Atheism

Over the summer, Texas State Rep. Scott Turner, a Republican, announced that he would not be running for re-election next year, leaving a vacancy in House District 33 (which includes the cities of Frisco and Rockwall).Cristin Padgett, a Democrat, wants that seat. And before anyone can "out" her, she's coming right out and letting everyone know she's an atheist:

Australian Prime Minister Irresponsibly Blames Paris Attacks on “Godless” Terrorists

Following the terror attacks in Paris, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was quick to describe who the real enemies were.Unfortunately, he's so afraid of linking these terrorists to Islam that he's instead heading in the complete opposite direction.

Here’s the Religious Test for Syrian Refugees Who Want to Prove They’re Christians

Now that Republicans like Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz have said they would only allow Christian refugees from Syria to enter the country, Dru Johnston at Funny or Die gives us a glimpse of the new religious test that the GOP will put in place:

Omniscience Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

We're told that God is "all-knowing"... but how does that play out in real life?Mr. Deity shows us why that trait would be annoying as hell.

Virginian Asks Politician to Expand Medicaid with the Same Language He’s Using to Ban Syrian Refugees

Virginia is one of a handful of states that hasn't refused Syrian refugees and we can thank Governor Terry McAuliffe for that. But his decision hasn't been without pushback.State Senator Bill Carrico (below) is one of the Republicans in the state asking McAuliffe to reconsider his decision. Show More Summary

Christian Cross Structure in La Crescent (MN) Will Finally Move to Private Property

The city of La Crescent, Minnesota has this dual cross/star structure sitting on government property. On Christmas, they light up the star. On Easter, they light up the cross. How do they get away with that promotion of Christianity?Simple. No one ever called them out on it... until this past summer.

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