A New Jersey woman is claiming her First Amendment rights were recently violated when her local DMV refused her request to have an "8THEIST" license plate, even though they reportedly accepted a request for a "BAPTIST" vanity plate.
Shannon Morgan of Cumberland County filed a federal lawsuit against the state's Motor Vehicle Commission on Thursday, alleging that the government entity is discriminating against her vanity plate choice because she is an atheist.
The plaintiff, who is being represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says in her lawsuit that when she visited the Motor Vehicle Commission's website last November to request "8THEIST" as her vanity license plate, her application was denied because the commission cited the term as objectionable. As a test, Morgan then reportedly entered in the word "BAPTIST" as a potential request, and the option was not deemed controversial by the website. more >>
An atheist group is combatting a Christian Easter display at Wisconsin's Capitol building in Madison by setting up a sign that reads "Nobody died for our 'sins,' Jesus Christ is a myth."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it rushed to get a permit for their display after seeing that the Concerned Women for America group was able to set up their own display at Wisconsin's Capitol building. The CWA group's display reportedly included a Christian cross and pro-life literature. The conservative women's group says on its website that it's dedicated to bringing "biblical principles into all levels of public policy."
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism, may soon be recognized as an official religion in Poland after a court overturned a 2013 ruling against it.
"Judge Wlodzimierz Kowalczyk said that Tuesday's ruling was taken on formal grounds, as the ministry [of administration]had not given the applicants a two-month extension to submit outstanding documents," Polskie Radio reported.
Kowalczyk said the ministry "had not even indicated that there were such shortcomings" in the original application. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has essentially been cleared to apply to be registered as an official religion. more >>
Hank Hanegraaff recently commented on blasphemous remarks made by atheist talk show host Bill Maher regarding the story of Noah and the new film based on it.
On his show Real Time Maher called God a "psychopathic mass murderer who gets off by watching babies drown" while discussing the new film.
A caller phoned in to Hanegraaff's Bible Answer Man broadcast to ask his opinion on Maher's comments and the media's failure to report the offense committed by the pundit to religious people. more >>
A Florida atheist accused of attacking his roommate with a butter knife for resembling Jesus is requesting he be represented by an atheist attorney.
Gustav Potthoff, 51, reportedly requested on Tuesday that he be granted an atheist attorney to defend him as he faces aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. The accused told a judge in Orange County that he should be allowed to have an atheist attorney because "it's just my human rights and everything else." "I'm allowed to be with someone of my own kind," he added.
The judge told Potthoff that if he would like to request a specific attorney, he'll have to pay for the legal service with his own money. Otherwise, he'll be receiving a public defender. "It's a sacrilegious thing," Potthoff, who is reportedly indigent, replied to the judge, according to The Orlando Sentinel. more >>
A science and wildlife center in San Mateo, Calif., has reportedly removed a disclaimer regarding evolution from one of its exhibit signs after receiving backlash from the online atheist community.
The CuriOdyssey center at Coyote Point recently clarified to atheist blogger Hemant Mehta that it had removed a disclaimer regarding evolution from one of its exhibit signs. Mehta contacted the museum out of concern after seeing a picture of the science museum's sign on Twitter, posted by Adam Rogers, an editor and writer at The Wire.
The science museum sign was advertising an exhibit titled "Animal Connections," where children would have the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with that day's theme animal, "reptiles." The sign also read at the bottom: "This program may discuss the topic of evolution." more >>