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Atheists sue Washington County over denial to perform marriages

Posted by doctore0 on October 24, 2014

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A Washington County manager’s refusal to register an atheist seeking to solemnize marriages has led to a lawsuit contesting Minnesota law as unconstitutional.

Atheists for Human Rights (AFHR) and Rodney Michael Rogers allege that state law and county policy deprived the organization and Rogers of “equal protection of laws” guaranteed in the 14th Amendment. Their suit also said that “content-based discrimination” violated the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

“When the statute clearly permits recognition of a marriage celebrant whose religious credentials consist of nothing more than a $20 ‘ordination’ obtained from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster … the requirement is absolutely meaningless in terms of ensuring the qualifications of a marriage celebrant,” Golden Valley attorney Randall Tigue wrote on behalf of AFHR.

Attorneys for the county responded by saying that employees had to follow state law and said the atheist organization had acknowledged that online: “We have to wait until the November elections are over before we proceed with legislation to amend the Minnesota marriage statutes to include celebrants other than court personnel and clergy.”

Rick Hodsdon, an assistant county attorney, said he didn’t see any allegations in the complaint that the county had misinterpreted the law. The state isn’t named as a defendant.

“This is an orchestrated effort to use Washington County as a test case,” Hodsdon said Thursday.
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But, but FSM is real.. see

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Sam Harris: Islam is “mother lode” of bad ideas

Posted by doctore0 on October 15, 2014

Guest Sam Harris joins “CNN Tonight” to defend his claim that Islam is the “mother lode of bad ideas”

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$2 million settlement for Shasta County atheist

Posted by doctore0 on October 15, 2014


A Shasta County man has agreed to a nearly $2 million settlement with the State of California and a not-for-profit drug treatment group after he was sent to prison for refusing to comply with the religious-based program.

Barry Hazle, Jr., of Oak Run, will receive a $1,925,000 settlement from the State of California and Westcare California Inc., the group that contracts services from Empire Recovery Center.

In 2007, Hazel was sentenced to a 12-step treatment program at Empire Recovery Center on California Street in Redding.

An atheist, Hazle objected when he learned the program included religious components.

According to a press release from Hazel’s lawyer, John G. Heller, the program required him to “acknowledge and release responsibility for his fate to a ‘higher power.'”

Due to Hazle’s objections, Heller says parole officials revoked his probation and sent him to prison, where he served roughly 100 days.
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Satanic books handed to US kids after religious freedom ruling

Posted by doctore0 on October 5, 2014

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Sam Harris: Mindfulness is Powerful, But Keep Religion Out of It

Posted by doctore0 on October 2, 2014

Sam Harris says that stress-reductive benefits of meditation are rather trivial compared to the insights one can discover about the nature of the self. And though such mindfulness practices can and should be approached secularly, the business of religion is all too often a forced and unnecessary part of the parcel. Harris is the author of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

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Memphis TV Reporter Shocked Over Atheist Convention

Posted by doctore0 on October 1, 2014

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(WMC) – An atheist convention at the Peabody Hotel Easter weekend is raising eyebrows and stirring up emotions for some people in the Mid-South.

The American Atheist National Convention will be held at the hotel April 2 – 5, 2015. Thousands of people are expected to attend.

“I don’t think it’s right,” says Dax Poparwski.

The conference will feature a variety of speakers, along with a speaker from The Satanic Temple.

American Atheist say they fight for the civil liberties of atheists, and conventions like this one help to build community among those who do not believe
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100 Renowned Academics Speaking About God

Posted by doctore0 on September 17, 2014

The more scientifically literate, intellectually honest and objectively skeptical a person is, the more likely they are to disbelieve in anything supernatural, including god. This film is a compilation of some of the best examples of such individuals, and their thoughts on the divine. All the speakers featured are elite academics and professors at top institutions, some of whom are also Nobel Laureates

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Atheists hold protest at Rowlett City Council meeting

Posted by doctore0 on September 17, 2014

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‘Don’t Say the Pledge’ campaign takes aim at ‘under god’

Posted by doctore0 on September 10, 2014


The American Humanist Association on Monday launched a national campaign encouraging Americans to “sit out” the Pledge of Allegiance until the words “under God” are removed from it.

Dubbed “Don’t Say the Pledge,” the campaign encourages people, regardless of their beliefs, to sit down during the Pledge and “make a statement for true inclusiveness.”

“We want everyone to know that the current wording of the Pledge discriminates against atheists and others who are good without a god, and we want them to stand up for fairness by sitting down until the Pledge is restored to its original, unifying form,” said association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt.

The campaign comes after a survey conducted by the organization found that 34 percent of Americans said they would like “under God” removed after being told it wasn’t part of the original text.

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Atheist US Air Force sergeant to take military to court over requirement to take oath with ‘so help me God’

Posted by doctore0 on September 10, 2014


undergawdThe US Air Force has told a sergeant he will have to leave the military unless he agrees to take an oath with the phrase “so help me God”.

The atheist airman was last month denied his request to re-enlist because of his refusal to swear to God.

His lawyer, Monica Miller from the American Humanist Association, said he was now poised to take the military to court.

“We have not received word from the Air Force regarding our letter,” she said.

“It has not indicated a willingness to settle out of court.”

With the deadline for re-enlisting expiring in November, the technical sergeant at Creech Air Force base in Nevada, whose name has not been released, will be forced to sue the government in a federal court, Ms Miller said.

In the past, an airman could opt for an alternative phrase and omit the words “so help me God,” but the US Air Force changed its policy in October 2013.

The other branches of the American military do not require the reference to God and make the phrase optional.

“This is the only branch to my knowledge that’s actually requiring everyone in all instances to use the religious language,” Ms Miller said.

She said the requirement violated the US Constitution, which bars religious tests to hold office or other positions.
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