A Washington, D.C.-based atheist organization has sent a letter to a Mississippi school district expressing concern about a mandatory faculty event that featured a Christian pastor.
The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter Monday to the superintendent of Jackson Public School District.
Of specific concern for AHA was a mandatory teacher convocation held earlier this month that included a Christian pastor and several remarks the group dubbed "religious proselytization." more >>
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, issued a Facebook post inviting famed atheist activist Richard Dawkins to come meet her six-year-old son, Trig, who has Down syndrome after Dawkins tweeted last week that he felt it was "immoral" not to "abort and try again" when an unborn baby has been diagnosed with Down's.
While most people did not respond kindly through social media to Dawkins' initial tweet, which was a response to a woman who asked his advice about the moral dilemma of what to do when pregnant with a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome, Palin did not criticize Dawkins for what he tweeted. Instead, she seemed to acknowledged his point of view and extended an invitation for Dawkins to come meet her son in hopes that he would see the "beauty" that lies beneath the diagnosis.
Palin's Facebook post, which included 11 pictures of Trig, reads as follows: more >>
An atheist organization has sent letters to a group of public charter schools that are associated with the Texas Christian Athletics League, arguing that their involvement violates the separation of church and state.
The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent the letters out to various schools, mostly located in the Houston area.
FFRF argued that by affiliating with a Christian organization, the public schools are supporting a sectarian effort with taxpayer dollars. more >>
Mathematician, author and self-proclaimed Jewish-Atheist Herb Silverman recently appeared on the Bad Christian Podcast where he discussed his views on various topics such as the war on drugs and America's perception of Atheists.
Both Silverman and Christian host Matt Carter agreed that the war on drugs failed to do any good for America and that most substances should be legalized. However, they also confessed to not using them.
"I am pretty abstaining [with most drugs]," said Silverman. "I live probably what you would call a good Christian life, except that I don't believe in God." more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has claimed that an Arkansas pizzeria's church bulletin discount violates the Civil Rights Act.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison has sent a letter to Bailey's Pizza of Searcy urging the restaurant to stop giving 10 percent discounts to people who bring in a church bulletin.
Sent earlier this month, the letter alleges that Bailey's owner, Steven Rose, is discriminating against patrons who have not attended church. more >>
There are at least 24 members of Congress who do not believe in God but they are not willing to come out openly, claims Maggie Ardiente, the director of development and communications at the American Humanist Association.
"We already know of 24 members of Congress who have told us privately that they don't believe in God, but they won't come out, of course, and if we tried to out them they would deny it," Ardiente, who is also senior editor of TheHumanist.com, tells Religion News Service.
This is not the first time that such a claim is being made. In 2011, Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition of America, said at least 28 members of Congress do not believe in God, but only one of them has come out openly. more >>