A national atheist organization has filed a lawsuit against a Tennessee sheriff for posting a message celebrating Easter on his department's Facebook page last month.
American Atheists brought the suit last Friday on behalf of an anonymous woman against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
The message Watson posted on the Bradley County Sheriff's Office Facebook page shows a depiction of an empty tomb with the caption "He is Risen" and says: "Today is one of the most historic days; not only did Jesus die on the cross for our sins, but he rose on this day. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice, and offered himself for our sins. This day represents the best gift any of us could receive, which is "Eternal Life" with our Heavenly Father!!!"" more >>
On National Geographic's last episode of "The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman, the Hollywood actor saves the best for last with his sentimental endeavor to discover the prospect of miracles.
Freeman kicks off the final installment of "The Story of God," titled "Miracles," just as he began every episode, by sharing from his own experience. The Mississippi native speaks of a time during his teenage years when he found himself in the hospital with pneumonia and suffered a hemorrhage because of overexertion. His recovery is his own personal experience with miracles, and he says many people told him that it was God who saved him.
"Believers say that miracles are proof of the divine," Freeman says, as his journey begins. more >>
A Wisconsin school district will no longer have a lease on a public park where students gather for a weekly Bible study event known as the "Jesus Lunch."
Middleton City Council voted Tuesday evening to rescind the lease that Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District had on Fireman's Park, the location of the popular yet controversial events.
City Council's decision came at the request of Superintendent Don Johnson, who sent out a mass email Monday stating that he hoped the end of the lease equaled an end to the controversy. more >>
New Zealand-born evangelist and creationist Ray Comfort, co-host of the "The Way of the Master" TV show, has said he will give the thousands of atheists attending the Reason Rally 2016 in Washington D.C. on June 4 $25,000 worth of Subway gift cards, alongside a copy of his book.
"Most atheists don't know that there's never been an atheist president, that no member of Congress is an atheist, that in some states it's illegal for atheists to run for office, and that recent surveys show atheists in America are about as popular as rapists. It's a fascinating read," Comfort said of the book, titled Why Pigs Will Fly Before America Has an Atheist President.
As for the gift cards that his Living Waters ministry will also be giving out, Comfort added: "The $25,000 worth of gift cards are a little something for them to chew on (we are hoping to feed 5,000 — it's been done before). "This is a small token of our love for atheists, and when we run out of books and gift cards we will give them millions of dollars," he quipped, referring to the joke million-dollar bill, based on the book. more >>
The nation's largest atheist group is demanding that a Pennsylvania school cancel its planned field trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, claiming that such a trip is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Big Beaver Falls Area School District denouncing the field trip, scheduled for May 20. Addressed to District Superintendent Donna Nugent and authored by Madeline Ziegler, the letter labeled the planned trip "unconstitutional" since the Museum "promotes the religious doctrine of creationism."
"Scheduling a trip to this type of sectarian establishment excludes non-Christian and non-religious students," wrote Ziegler to Nugent. "The fact that participation or attendance on this field trip is voluntary is not a valid safeguard, Courts have summarily rejected arguments that voluntariness excuses a constitutional violation." more >>
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Harry Kroto, who died on Saturday at the age of 76, has been praised for his "passionate hatred of religion" by famous atheist professor and author Richard Dawkins.
Dawkins explained in an article on his website that although he didn't know Kroto all that well, he spent time together with the 1996 Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry during the 2014 STARMUS Festival in Tenerife.
"We were thrown together by his confiding in me, on the first day of the conference, that he had just been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. I think I was one of few people there who knew, and we had many conversations, touching on this shadow hanging over him but mostly about science and his passionate hatred of religion, as we walked the grounds and had meals together during the course of the conference," Dawkins wrote. more >>