Close to 100 people reportedly showed up at a forum Tuesday night in Staunton, Virginia, to discuss growing concerns regarding high school students being assigned practice calligraphy in a class by writing Islamic statements of faith.
News Leader reported on Tuesday that parents at Riverheads High School are angry after world geography students were assigned to practice calligraphy by writing in Arabic "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah," which is the Islamic conversion creed.
While the students were not apparently asked to translate or recite the statement, a few of them refused to complete the assignment, and told their parents. more >>
Secular organizations will place a group of displays at the Nebraska capitol that will remain up on Christmas day, effectively muscling out a nativity scene.
Dubbed the "Reason This Season", the displays come courtesy a coalition of groups that include Lincoln Atheists, Omaha Atheists, Omaha Coalition of Reason, and UNO Council for Humanist Thought.
"Reason This Season" will be at the rotunda from Dec. 19-26, taking over all the spaces reserved for displays by any group that applies. As a result, the nativity scene currently on display at the capitol rotunda will be taken down on Dec. 18. more >>
A major atheist group is marking Bill of Rights Day on Tuesday with a two-page ad in The New York Times celebrating America's "godless and entirely secular Constitution."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation shared an image of the ad in a press release, which depicts a "nativity scene" of some of the founding fathers and the Statue of Liberty, who replace biblical figures, in a manger.
"The framers of our godless and entirely secular Constitution, revering freedom of conscience, wisely created a government free from religion. They understood there can be no religious liberty without the freedom to dissent," the ad reads. more >>
Satanists do not worship the devil as a person, and are more about "community activism and individual freedoms" than wearing black clothes, listening to death metal music or sacrificing animals, claims broadcast journalist Lisa Ling in her documentary series on CNN.
One of the most interesting things about the Satanic Temple is that they don't worship Satan, says Ling, who features the Detroit chapter of the controversial group on her CNN documentary-series, "This Is Life with Lisa Ling," which airs on Wednesdays.
"People need to realize that the Satanic Temple is a group that doesn't worship any kind of deity," Ling says, according to The Detroit News. "They just use the most controversial figure in the world to represent their religion and their political movement." more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist group has demanded that a Tennessee police department discontinue a program that encourages people to pray for specific law enforcement officers.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter last week asking the Johnson City Police Department to stop its "Adopt a Cop" program.
Written by FFRF staff attorney Andrew Seidel to Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois, the letter argued that "Adopt a Cop" violated the Establishment Clause. more >>
The University of Mississippi has denied that it's censoring an annual campus Christmas celebration because of it being "too Christian."
Various publications, including Breitbart, have reported that Ole Miss had changed the name of its annual "A Grand Ole Christmas" to "Hotty Toddy Holidays" because the former was "too Christian."
In a statement released Wednesday, university officials denounced the claim of anti-Christian sentiment, claiming that initial reports on the reasons for the changes were taken out of context. more >>