Atheist author Richard Dawkins has claimed that people on the political left are ignoring Islam's "misogyny and homophobia," and defended GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's free speech rights.
While Dawkins said he does not support Trump's views that all Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S., he spoke out against a growing U.K. petition calling for the Republican to be banned from entering the country due to his controversial views.
"I mistakenly RTd the petition to ban Trump from UK, & I swiftly corrected it. Horrible though his views are, free speech is more important," Dawkins said on his popular Twitter page earlier this week. more >>
The Freedom from Religion Foundation, America's largest association of atheists and agnostics, began a campaign Monday to rid all hotel rooms of Bibles distributed by The Gideons International and replaced with copies of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species."
The Gideons International is well known worldwide for their work with hotels but according to their website, they predominantly share Scriptures in schools and colleges, prisons and jails, hospitals, and medical offices. The group is also an association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through sharing personally and by providing Bibles and New Testaments.
In a release Monday, however, the FFRF charged that Gideons International was "exploiting hotels and motels to proselytize a captive audience," and informed the American Hotel and Motel Association that they wanted the Bibles removed. more >>
A Florida-based Christian ministry has announced that they will not be placing a nativity scene at the capitol rotunda this Christmas season.
Florida Prayer Network posted an open letter on Facebook Saturday explaining that, unlike past years, they will not put the manger scene at the capitol rotunda in Tallahassee.
In previous years, the group's display has led to counter-displays from atheist groups who oppose the presence of the nativity on government property. more >>
The American Atheists group is posting billboards in two cities ahead of Christmas, calling on believers to be naughty and "skip church."
"We want people to know that going to church has absolutely nothing to do with being a good person," American Atheists President David Silverman said in a statement Monday about the billboards, which are located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
"The things that are most important during the holiday season — spending time with loved ones, charity, and being merry — have nothing to do with religion." more >>
A Rainbow City community in Alabama says it will host a Nativity scene at City Hall despite objections raised by the Wisconsin-based atheist group Freedom for Religion Foundation, which claims the Christmas event will amount to an endorsement of one religion.
Alabama Rep. Mack Butler has announced that Rainbow City community leaders will host a "Night at the Nativity" on Dec. 23 at Rainbow City Hall.
An atheist group based in Wisconsin has erected a nativity scene that involves a copy of the U.S. Constitution in place of the baby Jesus on public property in Indiana.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation placed the display earlier this week at the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville following a failed effort to remove a manger scene.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement released last week that she and her organization preferred no displays at the courthouse. more >>