A major atheist group is marking Bill of Rights Day on Tuesday with a two-page ad in The New York Times celebrating America's "godless and entirely secular Constitution."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation shared an image of the ad in a press release, which depicts a "nativity scene" of some of the founding fathers and the Statue of Liberty, who replace biblical figures, in a manger.
"The framers of our godless and entirely secular Constitution, revering freedom of conscience, wisely created a government free from religion. They understood there can be no religious liberty without the freedom to dissent," the ad reads. more >>
Evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins has argued that simply refusing to have sex is comparable to aborting an unborn baby.
"How dare you refuse to have sex? Don't you realise you might be depriving a baby of life? Murderer!" Dawkins wrote in a Twitter message, as part of an ongoing debate over the morality of abortion and when human life begins.
When asked by Twitter users to explain when he believes life actually begins, Dawkins replied, "It doesn't begin. That's the whole point," and directed people to read his 2011 article for New Statesman titled, "The Tyranny of the Discontinuous Mind." more >>
Satanists do not worship the devil as a person, and are more about "community activism and individual freedoms" than wearing black clothes, listening to death metal music or sacrificing animals, claims broadcast journalist Lisa Ling in her documentary series on CNN.
One of the most interesting things about the Satanic Temple is that they don't worship Satan, says Ling, who features the Detroit chapter of the controversial group on her CNN documentary-series, "This Is Life with Lisa Ling," which airs on Wednesdays.
"People need to realize that the Satanic Temple is a group that doesn't worship any kind of deity," Ling says, according to The Detroit News. "They just use the most controversial figure in the world to represent their religion and their political movement." more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist group has demanded that a Tennessee police department discontinue a program that encourages people to pray for specific law enforcement officers.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter last week asking the Johnson City Police Department to stop its "Adopt a Cop" program.
Written by FFRF staff attorney Andrew Seidel to Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois, the letter argued that "Adopt a Cop" violated the Establishment Clause. more >>
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is upset about Air Force Academy cadets praying on the field, declaring the action exclusionary to non-believing players.
"This end zone praying is just another territorial conquest of the religious Christian right," said Mikey Weinstein, president and founder of MRFF. "This stands in a long line of conservative Christian acts like this."
A Christian law group has said that it will be fighting "anti-Christian" and "Satanic expositions" during the Christmas season this year.
The Thomas More Society said that it will focus on defending the rights of Americans to display Nativity scenes at public forums, despite opposition from atheist groups, which tout separation of church and state.
"Anti-Christian, anti-Christmas rhetoric and Satanic expositions merely serve to provide sharp emphasis by means of their stark contrast with the positive, uplifting, hopeful and joyous message of Christmas," said Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society President and Chief Counsel. more >>