In response to a Florida man kicking off a Pensacola city council meeting with a satanic invocation last Thursday night, hundreds of Christians gathered inside and outside city hall to stage a protest and recite the Lord's Prayer.
According to local news station WEAR, David Suhor, the co-founder of a local Satanic Temple, had his invocation disrupted when congregants from the United Methodist Church of Pace recited the Lord's Prayer until City Council President Charles Bare threatened to have everyone escorted out of the building.
"If you deviate away from what I feel is proper invocation speech, I will have you removed from the chamber," Bare was quoted as saying. more >>
Evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins has split from his wife, "Dr. Who" actress Lalla Ward, after 24 years of marriage, but has decided to keep the details of their divorce under wraps.
"Our marriage, like everyone's, is a private matter and we are not prepared to share any details. Suffice to say it is true that we recently separated entirely amicably," Dawkins and Ward announced in a joint statement shared with the Sunday Times.
"Obviously, this remains a difficult time, one which we simply will not discuss any further publicly. We would, however, like to stress that we shall always be friends and that we will, of course, continue to work together," they added. more >>
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" has reflected on his recent visit to Kentucky's Ark Encounter, the life-sized Noah's ark theme park built by Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham, by calling it "disturbing," arguing that on the Ark's third deck, every single one of the science exhibits is "absolutely wrong."
Nye, who has debated Ham on the topics of evolution and creationism in the past, visited the Ark Encounter on July 8, and was given a tour of the biblical attraction by the Answers in Genesis and Creation Museum president.
Nye told NBC News in a report on Saturday that he was very alarmed by what he saw. He said the Ark Encounter was an "eye-catching attraction" but then described the experience as "much more troubling or disturbing than I thought it would be." more >>
The patriotic song "God Bless America" has been a staple at countless baseball games across the nation. Now some are questioning whether or not Major League Baseball should bench the tried and true melody for good.
Talk of stopping the 1918 chorus from being performed during the seventh inning stretch because it might offend those who do not believe in God, was bandied about on "The View" this week and co-host Candace Cameron Bure, a devout Christian, defended the song and its celebration of faith in God.
Bure challenged panelist Raven Symone saying, "Why y'all have to take God out of everything. You know — a little tradition, a little patriotism. God blessing America. It's a pretty good thing, especially in times that we're having now." more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest atheist groups in the country, has been warning thousands of school districts in America against visiting Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, the newly opened life-size replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky.
In response, Ham announced that public school students coming to the Ark on a school field trip will only have to pay $1 per ticket during 2016.
The Lexington Herald Leader reported earlier this week that the FFRF has been sending letters to hundreds of public schools in Kentucky telling them that sending students to the Ark would be akin to religious proselytizing, and would violate the separation of church and state. more >>
A billboard company in Cleveland, where the Republican Party will hold its convention next week, has rejected a giant ad promoting the release of "God's Not Dead 2" for being "too incendiary," but a quote by former President Ronald Reagan used on a pro-atheist billboard has been approved.
The Hollywood Reporter said on Wednesday that the "God's Not Dead 2" ad was rejected by Orange Barrel Media for its text, which reads: "I'd rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God."
Orange Barrel reportedly told Pure Flix, the distributor, that it did not like the phrase "judged by God," claiming that it was "too political" and "way too incendiary." more >>