Atheist parents and students wanted the Pledge of Allegiance banned in schools in Massachusetts because it contains the phrase "under God," but the state's highest court has ruled that reciting it does not violate the commonwealth's constitution or laws.
"We hold that the recitation of the pledge, which is entirely voluntary, violates neither the Constitution nor the statute [which prohibits discrimination in Massachusetts public school education] ...," the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said Friday in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District.
"Simply being offended by something does not make it a violation of the Massachusetts Constitution," said Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom. "As we argued in our brief and as the Supreme Judicial Court found, the recitation is completely voluntary, and listening to the words 'under God' does not violate anyone's constitutional freedoms." more >>
American Atheists announced that it will launch the world's first ever TV channel dedicated exclusively to atheism, offering content 24/7. The group is looking to partner with other organizations, including the Richard Dawkins Foundation.
"We're going to TV because it's part of our strategy of going to where we are not," said American Atheists President David Silverman during a speech at Stanford University earlier this week. "There is a lot of potential here. From televangelists to Christmas specials, there is a plethora of religious TV programming to choose from. With Atheist TV, we're filling a void: There are a lot of atheists and closeted atheists who are curious and want more. We have it, and the next step is bringing it to them."
The channel, set to launch sometime during the summer, will reportedly be called "Atheist TV," and will be shown through internet-streaming service Roku 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. more >>
NEW YORK — While some Christians might certainly agree to disagree on some issues, others believe that there are certain elements of their faith that are not up for debate. But instead of warring over those differences, Christians should find a way to "come back to Jesus," according to a philosophy professor and author of the new book, The Second Truth.
"It's amazing to me that 500 years ago, 400 years ago, Christians (were) killing Christians, burning them alive in the name of Jesus over really minor points," Dr. James P. Danaher, professor of Philosophy at Nyack College and chair of its Philosophy Department, shared in a recent discussion with The Christian Post.
Even today, Christians at odds over otherwise hot-button topics like marriage and abortion are still squabbling over minor stuff, as far as Danaher sees things. Instead of tearing at each other's throats over doctrinal differences, and divergent political and social opinions, Christians should just stick to Jesus. more >>
A secular group has filed a motion of contempt against a Mississippi school district for allegedly having Christian prayers at an awards ceremony for students in April.
The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center filed the motion Wednesday against the Rankin County School District in U.S. District Court.
Monica Miller, attorney with the legal center, told The Christian Post that the AHA became aware of the awards ceremony after being contacted by a student attendee. more >>
This Easter the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) posted another offensive, and historically inaccurate, sign touting Jesus as "a myth." However, did you know an organization exists to counter the FFRF and other intolerant atheists? If you or someone you know has been the victim of militant, confrontational atheism then the place to turn is the Freedom From Atheism Foundation (FFAF).
Created in 2012 as a response to intolerant atheists seeking the removal of a Veterans Memorial that displayed religious symbols, the FFAF has grown leaps and bounds and boasts over 120,000 followers on their Facebook page as of this writing. The Freedom From Atheism Foundation was created as a grassroots civil rights Facebook group to help protect the rights of religious believers, address the rising tide of intolerant atheism across the world, and be a beacon of hope and support for victims of atheist hate.
The group currently has eight administrators, two of which I recently corresponded with for an interview. As they receive daily hate filled messages from atheists who dislike the group, they chose to use pseudonyms for this interview. Full disclosure, I am a member of the group and this interview was completely my idea. more >>
A lawsuit seeking to remove a Jesus statue from a ski slope in Montana will be heard before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Known as the "Big Mountain Jesus" and located in Whitefish, briefs were filed by multiple parties to the Ninth Circuit, which will then schedule oral arguments for the case.
The lawsuit was brought by the Madison, Wisconsin-based group the Freedom From Religion Foundation. more >>