The Freedom From Religion Foundation has demanded that the University of Iowa reverse its decision to allocate spaces on campus for full-time prayer for Muslim faculty, staff and students.
"This goes beyond any claimed accommodation provided to students. The University may not establish worship and prayer spaces targeted to certain religious persons and practices," FFRF staff attorney Patrick Elliott wrote to UI President Bruce Harreld, according to Press-Citizen.
The university is using two former offices in the Iowa Memorial Union as the prayer areas. more >>
Distrust of atheists is "deeply and culturally ingrained" among people, and even many atheists are not able to trust each other, according to a new study carried out by the psychology department at Nottingham Trent University in England.
Published in the International Journal for The Psychology of Religion, the study, "The Robustness of Anti-Atheist Prejudice as Measured by Way of Cognitive Errors," was conducted with 100 participants from the U.K.
They completed an online experiment in which the participants were asked to read a vignette describing the actions of an untrustworthy individual. They were then asked to make a judgment with regards to the untrustworthy individual's identity. more >>
Colorado's Delta County School District says administration policies don't allow it to prevent atheist groups from carrying on with their plan to place secular and satanic literature in school libraries Friday.
The Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers and the Freedom From Religion Foundation will place their literature on a table in middle school and high school libraries, in response to the recent distribution of Gideon Bibles at the schools, according to local station WHSV3.
The Satanic Temple is involved in the planned literature placement program. more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has launched a new billboard campaign in Madison, Wisconsin, angled at appealing to young atheist voters.
The new campaign includes 12 billboards throughout the Madison area that show photos of young atheists with the message: "I'm an Atheist and I Vote!"
Calli Miller, who serves as a legal assistant for the Madison-based atheist group, said in a statement that the purpose of the billboards is to send the message to 2016 presidential candidates that nonbelieving voters have power. more >>
"God's Not Dead 2" actress Melissa Joan Hart said that one of the reasons American Christians are interested in the upcoming film is because they feel their faith is being trampled on.
Hart also reflected that in her early TV days she was criticized by some Christians for playing a teenage witch, but is now receiving criticism from the other end of the spectrum for playing a strong Christian woman who stands up for her faith.
"For the longest time, while I played a witch on television [on 'Sabrina, The Teenage Witch'], the Christian community attacked me for popularizing the magic aspects on that secular TV show," Hart said in an interview, according to Chicago Sun Times. more >>
A school district in Colorado will soon distribute a collection of satanic and atheist literature at their high schools and middle schools in response to complaints from atheist groups.
Delta County School District will place literature provided by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, and the Satanic Temple on April 1.
In a statement released Thursday, FFRF explained that their demands were made in response to the passive distribution of Gideon Bibles during the school day. more >>