A major veterans' organization in Illinois has halted funding to a local park district after one of the park's atheist commissioners refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance during board meetings, because the pledge includes the verse "One Nation, Under God."
Members of the Morton Grove Post 134 chapter of the American Legion, a nationwide veterans' association, recently announced that it would halt funding to the Morton Grove Park District because one of the park district's commissioners, Dan Ashta, refused to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings because he was an atheist. The Legion's chapter said that although it supports Ashta's right to not stand for the pledge, it ultimately does not accept it.
"On behalf of our post, it is with some regret that we fully respect the right of individuals to not stand during the pledge of allegiance," Joseph Lampert, Commander of Post 134, told Ashta at a board meeting two weeks ago. "All veterans have been willing to lose their lives for that right, and many have. With that being said, while we support that right, we do not accept it." more >>
Well-known atheist Richard Dawkins is receiving criticism on social media networks after publically expressing his outrage at an international airport security checkpoint for confiscating his jar of honey.
Dawkins took to his Twitter account on Sunday to express his dismay that a tiny jar of honey he had been traveling with through an international airport security checkpoint had been confiscated due to current TSA [Transportation Security Administration] regulations regarding the amount of liquid one can carry on a plane. "Bin Laden has won, in airports of the world every day. I had a little jar of honey, now thrown away by rule-bound dundridges [sic]. STUPID [sic] waste," Dawkins tweeted.
Dawkins then received a rash of public backlash, both on the user sharing websites Reddit and Twitter, for his complaint about the honey. Some said he was wrong to write that "Bin Laden had won" over such a petty item as a small jar of honey, while others argued Dawkins should have understood the TSA rules before putting a large-sized liquid in his carry-on luggage. more >>
A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that "healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian" men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called "White Male Club."
"Simply put, a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege, whereas a black, homosexual, atheist female in poor health receives many unearned disadvantages of social privilege," reads a statement in the manual created by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).
The manual, which was obtained by Fox News, also instructs troops to "support the leadership of people of color. Do this consistently, but not uncritically," the manual states. more >>
A Wisconsin man who is sponsoring a billboard that denies there is life after death said in a statement that the message is "a legacy for my grandchildren."
The message, which says "Enjoy Life Now" and "There Is No Afterlife," is posted on a 10-by-30 foot billboard in Janesville, Wis., according to a news release from the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The group's name and website are also promoted on the sign, which features a stained-glass pattern around its edges.
Wayne Hensler, who is a lifetime member of FFRF, is sponsoring the billboard for one month. He hopes other members of the organization will be "inspired" to put up similar messages where they live on behalf of FFRF. more >>
An atheist shoe company from Germany has targeted a new audience by promoting a line of atheist-themed shoes for babies and toddlers. The company, known simply as ATHEIST, made national headlines earlier this year when it accused the U.S. Postal Service of discriminating against its company for being godless.
The company, based in Berlin, created a Kickstarter page to raise money for its new line of atheist-themed baby shoes, hoping to raise £7,000, or roughly $9,636, so it can incorporate the new line into its business model. The company has already raised over half the amount needed to reach its goal.
The Kickstarter page for the baby shoes offers a brief description as to why the small company chose to make a shoe line for infants in the first place: "We're pretty sure all babies are born atheists and, rather than commit them to some religion before they're old enough to have a say [let alone control their pooping functions] we'd rather celebrate their undoubted belief in Mummy, Daddy and breasts." more >>
A South Carolina-based atheist group decided to hand out care packages to the homeless on Saturday, directly across the street from the Christian-based soup kitchen that rejected their volunteering services because of their differences in beliefs.
Upstate Atheists approached Spartanburg Soup Kitchen in Spartanburg, SC to help them give out food to the needy while ensuring that they would not wear shirts with labels to promote their organization. However, the kitchen's director, Lou Landrum, told them they were not allowed to because they had "ulterior motives," says Eve Brannon, president of Upstate Atheists.
"I was upset with the hateful remarks. It certainly wasn't necessary," said Brannon. "However, it turned out well. Because we were turned away, we ended up being able to give the homeless care packages that they needed. The people in need are the ones who truly matter." more >>