religious issues centering around church/state conflict and secular humanism.

Pensacola Man Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Pensacola Man Lou Cobb Harasses AHA Attorney Over Church-State Cross Case

Following a decision earlier this week that deemed a cross in Pensacola was an unconstitutional establishment of religion on taxpayer-funded public space, a man took to Facebook to harass one of the attorneys that argued for the cross’ removal. Lou Cobb – who identified himself as a Christian to local media – explained that after he learned of the decision he […]

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Mississippi Religious Liberty Bill HB1523 To Become Law

Mississippi HB1523

Despite at two lawsuits filed to stop it, Mississippi HB 1523 (also known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act”) may become law thanks to a federal appeals court ruling this week. The bill enables legal discrimination against same-sex couples, transgender men and women, and any unmarried couple who engages in sexual relations outside the boundaries of marriage. […]

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Atheist Doc ‘A Better Life’ Has Screened in 100 Cities: Lessons from the Road

A week ago Sunday in Pensacola, Florida, Chris Johnson presented his documentary, A Better Life, to Humanists of West Florida for his 100th screening and film discussion, about two years after debuting the film in London on May 2, 2015. The documentary is part of a larger project, composed of a “trinity” if you will, which started as a photography […]

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Hate, not Economic Despair: Trump’s Rural American Victory

Muslim xenophobia

As I noted yesterday, sociologists and historians tell us that economic insecurity and inequality provide fertile soil for racial and cultural resentments. Economic stresses don’t create those resentments, however. Like everything else, economic conditions are experienced through a cultural lens–that is, how we interpret economic circumstances and react to them depends upon the value structures and worldviews of the people doing the interpreting. When […]

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Illinois B&B Fined For LGBTQ Discrimination Loses Appeal

timbercreek bed and breakfast lawsuit

After refusing to accommodate a same-sex civil union ceremony in 2011, TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast in central Illinois lost a court battle waged by the state Human Rights Commission. The commission filed a complaint based on the business’ violation of state public accommodation law forbidding business owners from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. The initial court case came to a […]

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Anti-Atheist San Antonio Mayor Loses Run-Off Election

San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (the politician who blamed atheism for generational poverty claiming people without religion are “broken”) lost her mayor seat in a run-off election against opponent City Council member Ron Nirenberg. In the weekend election, Nirenberg took 55% of the total vote besting Taylor by a full ten points. Local ABC affiliate KSAT 12 reported, “Following a Saturday runoff […]

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Trump’s UK Terrorism Tweetstorm Will Backfire On Him

Donald Trump

After the terrorist events in the UK over the weekend, Donald Trump began one of his infamous tweet storms decrying political correctness and muddying the legal waters surrounding his ever-changing stance on banning Muslims from entering the country. Because his social media posts were previously cited in courts as official stances on his policy, these tweets may ultimately end all question […]

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GOP Congressman on Suspected Islamic Terrorists: “Kill Them All”

clay higgins

In a post to his campaign’s Facebook account on Sunday, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) argued all “radicalized Islamic suspect[s]” should be killed. The post followed terror attacks in the UK ISIS took credit for arranging. In the Facebook post Higgins said: The free world…all of Christendom…is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation […]

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Trial Begins For Church Leader Who Led Brutal Assault Of A Gay Man [UPDATED]

Covington of the Word of Faith Fellowship Church is on trial for assaulting Fenner

UPDATE [June 6, 2017 @ 4:30 PM ET] Local ABC Affiliate WLOS reported today a mistrial has been declared. They reported: A juror was arrested and a mistrial declared in an assault trial involving a minister of Word of Faith Fellowship church. Our reporter at the scene tell us the arrested juror is 71-year-old Perry Shade. The judge cited the jury […]

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Michigan Farmer’s Lawsuit Calls For Legal LGBTQ Discrimination

Michigan Farmer Country Mills Orchard Lawsuit Calls For Legal LGBTQ Discrimination in East Lansing

An apple farmer near East Lansing, Michigan is suing the city over its Human Rights ordinance that forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation. Because of the existing policy, he is not able to sell his produce at the local outdoor farmers market because it requires all vendors to adhere to the ordinance in order to participate. Just The Facts The AP reported: A Michigan […]

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