A local atheist group in Levy County, Fla. has again been denied its request to erect an atheist bench next to the local courthouse's Ten Commandments monument and veterans' memorial. The group vows to keep trying to have its bench recognized, even though this is the second time its request has been rejected.
Ray Sparrow, organizer of the local Williston Atheist group in Levy County, Fla., told a local media outlet that his group's application to erect a public monument next to the county's courthouse was denied because it did not meet certain requirements for having a public monument. The Williston Atheist group's monument was meant to reflect a similar atheist monument installed at the Bradford County Courthouse in Florida that consists of a 1,500-pound bench and quotations on the separation of church and state.
Sparrow told WCJB-TV that his group's application was denied for a second time for the same reasons, with the county commission saying parts of the application did not fall in line with county guidelines. One of the guidelines the monument fails to meet is the requirement that it contain complete text to accompanying references. more >>
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Through the marvels of modern technology anyone around the world can watch LIVE open air preaching as it happens, broadcast from Huntington Beach, Calif., says street evangelist Ray Comfort.
For more than 8 years, Comfort and his team have preached in the famous surf and party spot open air, including at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier.
Comfort said that the airing of the preaching wasn't for entertainment purposes, but rather to have people pray for those that are listening to the message. more >>
The wrestling team of a high school in West Virginia is fighting to keep a Bible verse on team t-shirts despite a complaint from local atheists and members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
A local atheist reportedly contacted FFRF regarding a Bible verse that adorned the walls in Parkersburg South High School's wrestling room, the wrestling team's website and t-shirts purchased by parents for team wrestlers. The verse is Philippians 4:13 and reads "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
The verse has reportedly served as the team's motto for the past 10 years. more >>
Hulk Hogan once said, "I fear no man, no beast or evil, brother."
And the wrestlers at South High School in Parkersburg, W.Va. fear no atheist.
The teenage grapplers are staring down the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist group outraged because the team wears t-shirts bearing a Bible verse. more >>
Two years ago, a tragedy struck a Southern California family. 19 year-old Anthony Vincent Devaney was hit by a vehicle and was killed as he crossed a street near a freeway exit ramp in Lake Elsinore.
Several months later, his mother, Ann Marie, stuck wooden crosses on the side of the road near the spot where he died, as way of honoring Anthony's memory. We've all seen similar memorials. They're as common-place as road signs, scattered alongside our streets and highways, reminding us of lives lost due to car accidents and of our duty to drive safely.
For Ann Marie Devaney, this memorial is a simple gesture of love. more >>
A Washington, D.C.-based secular organization has filed a lawsuit against the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The American Humanist Association announced Monday that a New Jersey school district will be the latest entity sued over the two words.
David Niose, attorney for the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a statement that he believes the pledge's words are religiously coercive. more >>