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Woman Who Vandalized Satanic Display in Florida Capitol Says Being Punished Would Be an Attack on Her Faith

Last month, we learned that The Satanic Temple's display in the Florida State Capitol Building had been vandalized.It turned out that the vandal was Susan Hemeryck, a 54-year-old Tea Party activist who wore a shirt with the phrase "Catholic Warrior" on it. At the time, she said this about her crime:

Christian Columnist: If Delaware’s Governor Can Issue a Darwin Proclamation, Bobby Jindal Can Have a Prayer Rally

The other day, I posted about how Delaware Governor Jack Markell issued a proclamation in honor of Charles Darwin's birthday recognizing his accomplishments. Charisma's Jennifer LeClaire points out that Christians haven't flipped out about it, so atheists should let prayer rallies slide, too:

This is What a Protest Looks Like Outside a Psychic Demonstration

The other day, I posted about a protest some skeptics held outside an event featuring television "psychic" John Edward -- better known as the Crossing Over guy.

Canadian City Council Replaces Lord’s Prayer with Generic Invocation and Christians Freak Out

The city of Brampton (near Toronto, Ontario) opens its meetings with this invocation:We gather today to reaffirm our commitment of service to our City and the people who live here. Give to each member of this council a strong and abiding sense of the great responsibilities laid upon us. Show More Summary

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Says Christian Law Students Can’t Be Punished for Attending Anti-Gay School

For more than a year now, I've been writing about a proposed new law school in British Columbia affiliated with (Christian) Trinity Western University where gay students who acted on their sexual orientation would not be allowed through...Show More Summary

This Christian Radio Station Airs Public School Children Saying the Pledge and No One’s Complained… Until Now

We know it's hard for students, especially young ones, to remain seated during the Pledge of Allegiance. They're pressured to stand up and say it. And that's an ethical problem even if it's not a legal one.But surely this is undeniably...Show More Summary

A Christian Right Group Wants to Undo a Bedrock of Church/State Separation

For more than 40 years, courts have decided whether a certain action violates the principle of church/state separation by applying the Lemon Test. There are three parts to it: 1) The statute must not result in an "excessive government...Show More Summary

Suspected Serial Killer of 20 Victims, Now in Custody, Says God Instructed Him To “Cut Off Children’s Heads”

A suspected serial killer of children, apprehended in Ivory Coast, said he killed on God's instructions. Drissa Coulibaly is thought to have been responsible for the hacking deaths of possibly dozens of children over a span of just months. Show More Summary

“The Belief Book” Teaches Children About Religion from an Atheist Perspective

Any atheist parents out there may want to check out this new children's book about religion written by David G McAfee and illustrated by Chuck Harrison. It's called The Belief Book (with the emphasis on "lie") and it walks children through what religion is and why people believe in it:

South Carolina Legislator Asks Potential Judges for Their Views on Gays, Guns, and God Before He Can Vote for Them

Newly-elected South Carolina state Rep. Jonathon Hill (below) has a few questions he’d like potential judges to answer before he can vote to confirm them. Simple questions, really. He just wants to make sure they’re conservative and Christian. Otherwise, I’m not sure what he’s doing asking them any of these things: 2. What religious or [Read More...]

Super Bowl: An Exercise in Reaffirming One's Faith

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday in the U.S., one of our most popular and most ridiculous national celebrations. Don't get me wrong - I certainly understand why someone who likes football and whose favorite team is playing would enjoy the game. Show More Summary

Atheist Groups Around the World Have Formed a Coalition To Eliminate Blasphemy Laws Everywhere

It is always heartening to see secular groups working together and this is a perfect cause. A new coalition announced yesterday, called the End Blasphemy Laws Campaign, will aim to (you guessed it) eliminate blasphemy laws everywhere. And, as you can see in the map below, those laws are in effect in much of the world:

That Explains Why People Get More Religious Over Time…

See the rest of the cartoon here :)(via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

Choose Joy for Harper

This is a guest post by Amanda Metskas. She is the Executive Director of Camp Quest....Death is hard.A few weeks ago, I accompanied my friend Neil Wehneman, the Secular Student Alliance’s Development Director, to the memorial service for his niece Harper.

Friday Night Music: First Aid Kit

Johanna and Klara Söderberg, two sisters from Stockholm with amazing voices, make up the indie-folk duo First Aid Kit. I’ve been listening to them around the clock since coming across them late last year. Here’s a track from their lush, orchestral, country-influenced 2014 album, Stay Gold:

Indio Mayor Eliminates Invocations at City Council Meetings: “We Need to Respect All Beliefs and Absence of Beliefs”

Indio, California Mayor Lupe Ramos Watson (below) has made the unusual (but welcome) decision to eliminate invocation prayers from city council meetings:

Sparing Us 18 Months of References to His Mormon Faith, Mitt Romney Nixes a Third White House Run

Barely two weeks ago, Mitt Romney, threatening to run for President again, indicated that his road to the White House would be paved with expressions of his faith.False alarm: He's not running.Mitt Romney told supporters Friday thatShow More Summary

Reverend Roy Harriger Guilty of Sexually Assaulting His Own Grandchildren… But Luckily, God Has Forgiven Him

This news article tells us only half of what's relevant.Jurors in Orleans County [New York] have found a pastor guilty of molesting two of his own grandchildren.Roy Harriger, 71, most recently the pastor of a Niagara county church, is...Show More Summary

New Survey Shows Huge Gaps Between General Public and Scientists Over Evolution, Climate Change, GMOs, and More

A new survey released yesterday by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science shows that there's a huge disconnect between professional scientists and the general public.YouShow More Summary

Atheist Billboard in Alabama Gets Taken Down Two Weeks Early Following Complaints from Local Residents

Earlier this month, the following billboard went up in Mobile, Alabama (along with other billboards in two other cities) to mark the launch of the Gulf Coast Coalition of Reason: While the contract said the billboard would be up for a month beginning around Christmas, the placement of that ad was actually delayed by two weeks.Delays happen. Show More Summary

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