The highly anticipated atheist Reason Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. reportedly drew a much smaller crowd on Saturday than expected, with a variety of different reasons offered for the low attendance.
CNN Wire said "thousands" came out for what organizers said was a political event, bringing together secular people from across America. Several reports have noted that the attendance was well below the over 30,000 mark that organizers had hoped for.
Official figures of how many attended have not been provided yet, with even the "15,000 to 20,000" estimate by rally organizers disputed by sources such as Hemant Mehta of The Friendly Atheist blog on Patheos.com. more >>
A California public school called a Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff in Palmdale to reprimand a 7-year-old student for handing out Bible verses, warning that such actions are "offensive."
Santa Monica Observer reported that the student, who attends Desert Rose Elementary, had been handing out Bible verses given to him in the form of short notes from his mother, Christina Zavala, alongside his lunch.
The young boy distributed the Bible verses while standing on a public sidewalks outside the school. more >>
A billboard erected in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by a group claiming the United States Air Force favors Christianity over all other religions is sparking controversy.
News Channel 13 reported that that the sign, which reads "Welcome Mr. President to Our AF Academy. Why is Jesus Commander in Chief Here?" is provoking mixed feelings among drivers on the I-25 near Garden of the Gods, with some stating that it goes too far.
"Comedy and sarcasm is always a good way to get attention, but this is a little much. I think it raises a lot more questions than answers," said Kate Harris, who works close to the new billboard. more >>
An atheist group has filed a complaint against a Wisconsin-based Christian school for its decision to punish students who openly express transgender or homosexual behaviors.
St. John's Lutheran School of Baraboo, which receives federal funding for certain student aid programs, informed parents earlier this year that they reserve the right to punish homosexuality and transgender activity.
Patrick Elliot of the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the largest atheist organization in the United States, filed a complaint earlier this month against the school before the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. more >>
East Liverpool High School was forced by an atheist group to turn away from its 70-year-old tradition of singing the Lord's Prayer at graduation, but the valedictorian chose to lead the class in a recitation of the Christian prayer during the ceremony.
This year's graduating class was told by the school that the recital of the Lord's Prayer had been removed from the program due to a complaint from the nation's largest atheist organization, the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, to East Liverpool's school administrators who didn't want to fight a legal battle.
In a letter sent to schools last week, President Obama explained that longtime bans on Creationism in public schools violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Title VII specifically prohibits among other things employer discrimination on the basis of religion and demands that employers give proper accommodation for religious beliefs.
"While until five minutes ago no one considered Title VII applicable to teaching Creationism, we realize that laws are not set in stone and in fact need to develop — but definitely not evolve — with the times," read the letter. more >>