The Freedom From Religion Foundation posted a "Winter Solstice" sign at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield over the weekend, arguing that there are no gods, angels, heaven or hell, and that religion "hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
The sign, which has been featured before in counter Christian displays, reads:
"At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." more >>
Should a clergy's prayers be subject to censorship if given to solemnize a public meeting? A powerful atheist group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), thinks so, and has convinced a federal appellate court to enforce this sort of oversight. But the question is now squarely before the U.S. Supreme Court, having heard oral arguments earlier this month.
For years, the Council for the small town of Greece in upstate New York has started meetings with public prayer, just like many other towns, most of the state legislatures, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. These prayers were not uttered by council members, but by local clergy, and anyone from any faith was invited to participate.
Being open to all, no religion is favored in the process, but because most of the houses of worship in Greece happen to be Christian, most of the public prayers happen to be Christian. more >>
Ron Reagan, an outspoken atheist and the son of former U.S. president Ronald Reagan, has recorded a radio advertisement for a major atheist organization, saying in the commercial that he is "not afraid of burning in hell."
The advertisement is for the Freedom From Religion Foundation [FFRF], a nonprofit atheist activist group that promotes the separation of church and state. "I'm Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I'm alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular government," Reagan said in the radio advertisement that has been airing on "The Randi Rhodes Show" radio program for the past month.
"That's why I'm asking you to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation -- the nation's largest and most effective organization of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate. Phone 1-800-335-4021 or visit the Freedom From Religion Foundation at FFRF.ORG. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell." more >>
A Virginia-based businessman has withdrawn his sponsorship for a pro golfer due to the athlete's support for conservative television host Glenn Beck and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, as well as his Christian beliefs. The sponsor said in an email regarding the termination that he believes the golfer's political and religious views are "childish and uneducated."
Virginia-based businessman Brian McMahon, head of Nebraska Golf Card (NGC), a local promotional business, notified David Reynolds, agent to golfer Jeff Cochran a few weeks ago that his business would be dropping its sponsorship of Cochran. Cochran is currently an aspiring golfer who used the sponsorship of NGC as his primary income for he and his family.
McMahon told Reynolds, in emails obtained by The Blaze, that he was deciding to drop the athlete's sponsorship after Cochran told the two men at a previous dinner that he admired Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx), a self-proclaimed member of the Tea Party, and his father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, referencing the elder Cruz's recent appearance on conservative radio host Glenn Beck's show, "The Glenn Beck Program." more >>
A local atheist chapter in New Jersey is bashing the Pope and other religious leaders for suggesting Christians pray for victims of natural disasters. The group has launched a series of digital billboards that read "Disaster victims need prayer [...] real help."
New Jersey's American Atheists chapter will be posting digital billboards with that phrase and others throughout the center of the state, the organization announced this week. The six billboards will include the same phrase with the words "bible" and "religion" crossed out instead of "prayer," and they will be erected on three major highways with the help of the advertising company Clear Channel Outdoors.
In a press release by American Atheists, the organization argues that following the massive destruction of Typhoon Haiyan earlier this month in the Philippines, Catholic leaders, including the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines and Pope Francis, have responded to the disaster in "non-helpful ways" that include sending bibles and rosaries to disaster victims and tweeting for Christians to pray for those affected by the Typhoon. more >>
A national organization that promotes nontheism erected an "A," which stands for "atheist" and "agnostic," in Chicago's Daley Plaza on Tuesday near the place where a life-sized Nativity scene will be set up later this week.
The light-up "A" is more than eight feet tall and was placed there by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the group's Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, according to an FFRF press release.
The symbol stands next to a banner that depicts the Bill of Rights in a manger and shows Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and the Statue of Liberty looking at the document with adoration. The image also shows an emblem shining on the Bill of Rights that says, "Freethought: Secular Government." more >>