A national atheist group petitioned President Barack Obama to give nonbelievers the same attention and protections as other religious minorities after he recently visited a Baltimore mosque.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) letter, composed by co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, references the president's recent visits to a U.S. mosque and the Israeli embassy, where Obama called on Americans to stop religious-fueled bigotry.
"It is laudable for the President to embrace citizens of all colors and religious viewpoints as being part of 'one American family' and to caution citizens not to be 'bystanders to bigotry,'" FFRF acknowledged. "But there is one U.S. minority that has been consistently excluded from such notice: nonreligious Americans." more >>
Well known atheist organization, Freedom from Religion Foundation targeted a small midwestern post office in Pittsburg, Kansas, but it couldn't imagine that the removal of one "God Bless America" poster would incite the posting of some 1,500 similar signs.
Local newspaper The Morning Sun first reported the incident in late January and just days later Jake's Fireworks, a retail store located in the area, responded by printing 1,200 "God Bless America" yard signs and 300 similar banners, 1,500 in total. Within 45 minutes, residents snatched up all 1,500 signs.
"Obviously, we're among the majority that didn't agree with the decision to take the sign down (at the post office)," Jason Marietta, the store director, told the Sun. more >>
A small county in Mississippi has been forced to remove its Ten Commandments display from the local courthouse after receiving legal threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Itawamba County officials released a statement this week saying they have decided to remove the framed Ten Commandments after being told it was a violation of the separation of church and state.
"The supervisors of Itawamba County have been notified that the present display of the Ten Commandments by itself is a violation of U.S. Supreme Court ruling," the statement reads, in part. "After consulting with legal counsel, the present display of the Ten Commandments will be replaced with the national motto the United States of America, 'In God We Trust,' adopted by Congress July 30, 1956. The county is considering adding additional educational displays in the future." more >>
An atheist group is claiming discrimination after the Kenyan government refused to officially recognize the nonbelievers over concerns of maintaining "peace [and] good order" in the country.
The small atheist group had been denied official government recognition multiple times since it began applying last year, the group's leader Harrison Mumia told the BBC.
A press release announcing the denial reported that government officials explained that "'the interests of peace and welfare or good order in Kenya would be likely to suffer prejudice' by reason of our (atheist's) registration as a society." more >>
Residents in Pittsburg, Kansas have placed over 1,000 "God Bless America" signs throughout their town after a national atheist organization ordered the local post office to remove a banner with the same phrase.
The Pittsburg Post Office had installed a large "God Bless America" banner hanging outside of its building after the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Recently, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation demanded the small town government building remove the banner, arguing that it violated a separation of church and state. more >>
Well-known atheist Richard Dawkins faced criticism this week after he accidentally tweeted pro neo-Nazi propaganda.
The controversy began when Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist, tweeted the cover of a fake book that mocked social justice politics.