An atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to a city council in Michigan over the local government's usage of prayer at council meetings.
The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has threatened legal action against the Saginaw City Council.
A high school in North Carolina has decided to allow students to form a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance after initially refusing to do so. In the past few weeks, the school's district has received letters from the SSA, Freedom From Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union encouraging them to allow the club.
Pisgah High School in Canton, N.C., reportedly met with student Kalei Wilson this week, granting her permission to start a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance.
"We are thrilled to see this victory for Kalei and all of the students at Pisgah High School!" August E. Brunsman IV, executive director of the SSA, said in a statement. "We fight everyday to ensure students' rights aren't infringed upon, and are pleased with this response from Haywood County Schools." more >>
Iowa State University will be removing Bibles from its Hotel Memorial Union lodging after the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected to what it called "unwelcome religious propaganda in the bedside table."
"The concern you raised about the availability of Bibles in the guest rooms of the Memorial Union has been taken under advisement and, effective March 1, 2014, the Bibles will be removed from the Hotel rooms," Richard S. Reynolds, director of the union, told FFRF in an email last week.
WASHINGTON – A Christian panelist, David Kotter, argued that Ayn Rand's libertarian hero John Galt was unconsciously modeled on Jesus Christ. A follower of Rand, William R Thomas, agreed that Galt was modeled after Christ, but argued that Rand consciously intended to do so.
Kotter, visiting scholar at The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, insisted that Rand did base her character off of Jesus, although she likely did it unconsciously. "I would encourage you to read the gospel of Matthew and then read Atlas [Shrugged]," Rand's book featuring John Galt. "Ayn Rand imbibed ideas from the character of Jesus," Kotter declared. He described Galt as "the man who by perfect reason is the epitome of manhood, and is very similar to Jesus." more >>
A high school in North Carolina is under fire for allegedly not allowing students to form a secular club on campus, saying such a club would not "fit in" with the rest of the student population.
Kalei Wilson and her brother, Ben, have reportedly been trying for months to establish a chapter of the of Secular Student Alliance at Pisgah High School in Canton, but they claim they have been refused by the school's administrators, who allegedly told the siblings, "we don't need a group like that," and that a secular-themed student club was "not a good fit" for the school.
After the administration made no progress on approving of the club, Kalei Wilson contacted the Secular Student Alliance, which sent a letter to the school asking them to accept the group. The school ignored the letter, causing the SSA to get in touch with the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, which also sent a letter to the superintendent of Haywood County Schools. These groups are also awaiting a response. more >>
An atheist group has launched a secular-themed media outlet as their latest communications endeavor, describing the new website as the go-to place for all things "godless."
The American Humanist Association launched their new "TheHumanist.com" media outlet on Wednesday, the same day that celebrates the birth of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. A press release announcing "TheHumanist.com" says the media outlet "is giving humanists and other nontheists a fresh place to get daily original reporting and commentary on issues important to a growing godless worldview. The new media hub will also be seen as a vital resource for others who recognize the increasing cultural need for discourse free from the constraints of theology."
Headlines already gracing the atheist-themed webpage include "Do Creationist Textbook Writers Have Borderline Personality Disorder?" and "How to Teach Toddlers About Evolution," among many others. more >>