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Yes, we are still talking about the Mount Soledad cross.Here's a quick recap in case you're unfamiliar with the story: The controversy, which began more than 25 years ago, is the longest-running Establishment Clause case in American history.It involves the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego -- a huge cross on public land erected in 1954. Show More Summary
A decade ago, Catherine Dunphy was on her way to becoming a religious leader, having already been a Roman Catholic student chaplain... but that changed when she began to have doubts about God. Her journey out of religion led her to start...Show More Summary
Last night, during a meeting of the DeLand City Commission in Florida, Jake Lee Smith delivered that city's first-ever secular invocation:
You'll be happy to know that President Sheikh Khalifa of Abu Dhabi just enacted a new law making it a crime to discriminate on the basis of "religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin." Just one problem with that. They're not kidding about protecting people on the basis of religion:
I mentioned back in April that the group Black Skeptics Los Angeles was giving out "First in the Family" scholarships, aimed at helping students who were the first in their family to go to college. This year, the Freedom From Religion...Show More Summary
On Friday, writers Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro and Zulma Oliveras Vega joined together in the first-ever gay wedding in Puerto Rico.And Luis R. Ramos (below), a Humanist celebrant, officiated the historic event.
Our latest podcast guest is Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine expert. Dr. Offit is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of Vaccinology and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Show More Summary
After all those pictures of Pluto came back last week, plenty of people oohed and aahed over the details in the images. It's really incredible that we landed on the moon 46 years ago and we're already exploring the edge of our solarShow More Summary
Ta-Nehisi Coates is undeniably one of the strongest and most influential voices on racial inequality today. He also is one of the most polarizing. For those who have followed the career of The Atlantic's Coates -- or, indeed, this blog -- it's far from a revelation that he is an atheist. Show More Summary
It's said that desperate times call for desperate measures. In California, where farmlands have been ravaged by an ongoing drought, the desperation is certainly palpable. With government irrigation assistance cut off or strictly limited, farmers are looking for anything that will help their plants to grow. Even, as it turns out, magic:
This is what Islamophobia actually looks like.In Farmersville, Texas, just outside of Dallas, there's a proposal by the Islamic Association of Collin County to build a cemetery in the town. That shouldn't be a concern. After all, there are Catholic cemeteries all over the place and you'll never hear a single complaint about them.But, you know, Muslims are brown. So. Um... logic.
Last year, we learned about a public high school football team that was just overwhelmingly infused with religion. And there was proof.Like a picture of a team prayer (that included coaches):
We're used to the Catholic Church covering up sex scandals. So when an archdiocese says it's "considering" the release of affidavits about a former archbishop's sexual behavior, you have to wonder what's going on beneath the surface.John Nienstedt (below) resigned his position as Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Show More Summary
Every few years, a new series of books will take off in popularity. Be it Harry Potter or Twilight, these novels tend to lean to the fantastical side. And each time this happens, you'll find members of the Religious Right up in arms over the grave threat such fiction presents to their children's souls. Show More Summary
A couple of years ago, Bryan College in Tennessee (a Christian school) altered its Statement of Faith to say that the Earth was created a few thousand years ago. If professors couldn't admit they were Young Earth Creationists, then they...Show More Summary
Here's a compilation of Christopher Hitchens' best jokes. And you know there's plenty of material...
Planned Parenthood, which is constantly under fire from conservatives who treat it like a giant abortionplex, provides an incredible number of services that are not-at-all controversial. If anti-abortion advocates ever got their wish...Show More Summary
The panic stricken Religious Right is at it again. Ever since the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage, they've been scrambling to find ways to protect their discriminatory ways. Now, on Capitol Hill, Republicans are advancing a bill that would do just that... and more. As the Huffington Post explained:
Donald Trump is a horrible Presidential candidate for a lot of obvious reasons, but I haven't heard many people discussing just how bad he is at pandering to the religious GOP base. Yesterday, during the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, he tried reaching out to the evangelical crowd. It was obvious, though, that he has no idea what he's doing:
Given the tactics of the GOP in the past, it should probably come as no surprise that they're once more seeking to restrict access to women's healthcare based on rabble-rousing that has little connection to reality, but that doesn't make it any less stomach turning. As Politico reports: