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  • Court Ruling Could Banish Memorial Crosses from Arlington Cemetery

    03/05/2018 10:45:28 PM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Todd ^ | March 4, 2018 | Todd Starnes
    There is a very real possibility that war memorial crosses at Arlington National Cemetery could be in jeopardy, a federal judge warned in a chilling dissent to a court case involving the fate of a 90-year-old monument honoring soldiers in Bladensburg, Maryland. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to revisit an October decision that declared the 90-year-old "Peace Cross" was unconstitutional because it rests on public property. The monument is a memorial to the 49 men from Prince George's County, Maryland who died fighting for liberty in World War I. The memorial, paid for by the...
  • Atheist group files lawsuit over ‘unconstitutional’ pet blessings at animal shelter

    11/23/2017 4:57:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/23/17 | Douglas Ernst
    A New Jersey animal shelter’s annual pet blessings has prompted a federal lawsuit by a group called American Atheists Inc. of Cranford. The Bergen County Animal Shelter is accused of violating the First and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution over two events held in 2016 and 2017. Each event featured a member of the Franciscan Order of the Divine Mercy in North Arlington. Plaintiffs say that animal blessings at the facility are tantamount to an endorsement of religion. They seek an injunction to stop the annual event, and legal fees.
  • Peace Cross of Bladensburg ruled unconstitutional by appeals court

    10/18/2017 4:18:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/18/17 | Bradford Richardson
    A three-judge court panel ruled Wednesday that a World War I memorial in the shape of a cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, is unconstitutional, a decision that a legal scholar says could imperil other similar memorials. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the 40-foot cross erected 92 years ago violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. “The monument here has the primary effect of endorsing religion and excessively entangles the government in religion,” Judge Stephanie Thacker wrote for the majority. “The Latin cross is the core symbol of Christianity. And here, it is 40...
  • Humanist Weddings Outstrip Church of Scotland Ceremonies for First Time

    08/19/2016 8:26:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 18, 2016 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    The number of weddings being performed by the Church of Scotland slipped below the number of humanist ceremonies taking place for the first time last year, latest figures have shown. The decline in church weddings is yet another indication of declining support for the increasingly liberal Kirk. According to figures from the National Records of Scotland 4,290 Humanist wedding ceremonies took place in Scotland in 2015, of which approximately 80 percent (3,378) were conducted by the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS).
  • VANITY: Is Communism Part of the Common Core Curriculum?

    07/28/2016 8:01:20 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 26 replies
    7/28/2016 | Stars & Stripes Forever
    Why so many young people following Bernie?
  • New Jersey student wins court case to keep 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

    02/06/2015 1:51:31 PM PST · by blueyon · 9 replies ^ | 2/06/15 |
    A New Jersey high school senior has won her case to keep "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, defeating atheist attacks that sought to strike the language from the pledge. Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School, declared victory Friday in protecting what she has described as the right of her fellow students to continue reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety. After hearing the teen and her family's case, a state judge dismiss the latest efforts by the American Humanist Association to remove "under God" from the Pledge. The legal battle first began...
  • Humanist group sues NJ school district over 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

    04/22/2014 7:49:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies ^ | 4-22-2014 |
    <p>David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said public schools should not permit an exercise that "teaches students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God."</p> <p>“Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices,” Niose said in a statement.</p>
  • Home schooling without God? Humanists find a way

    07/04/2013 5:47:17 PM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    RNS - Religious News Service ^ | Jul 1, 2013 | Kimberly Winston
    (RNS) When KellyAnne Kitchin began home schooling her three sons three years ago, she had difficulty finding curriculum programs that fit her atheist and humanist beliefs. So Kitchin, 33, cobbled together what she could. She left out one geography textbook’s description of the earth as God’s creation and another’s disdain for Darwin, and substituted her own point of view — that no supernatural powers guide human beings, who alone have the power to improve the world. She also found many online forums for home-schoolers were unwelcoming. Some had statements faith members needed to agree to. On others she was made...
  • Babies left screaming in terror as they are swung round head of 'baby yoga' guru

    02/27/2012 11:06:23 AM PST · by Altariel · 37 replies · 2+ views
    DailyMail ^ | February 27, 2012 | David Baker
    Frightening images of babies as young as two weeks old being flung around a therapist's head have shocked millions around the world. And now the Russian woman filmed spinning the babies by their wrists and ankles has confirmed she hopes to bring the practice to the UK. Lena Fokina can be seen flipping a baby over her head in her bizarre 'baby yoga' routine which has been banned from a number of websites for fear that it glorifies child abuse. Many viewers believed the moves must have been performed on dolls but the 51-year-old says they are definitely real babies...
  • Pennsylvania Court: Guardians Can't Pull the Plug on Mentally Disabled People

    08/30/2010 4:19:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 315 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/30/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Harrisburg, PA ( -- In a ruling involving a mentally disabled man whose legal guardians sought the power to end his medical care, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has determined that state law requires life-preserving treatment for people who are not near death and have not refused treatment. The Alliance Defense Fund and allied pro-life attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 53-year-old David Hockenberry, who has had acute mental disabilities since birth, arguing that his legal guardians should not be allowed to deny him life-preserving treatment while he is not terminal or unconscious.Hockenberry’s guardians unsuccessfully attempted to deny him...
  • In response to Mississippi schoolboard, Humanists pledge $20,000 for LGBT friendly prom.

    03/14/2010 5:45:27 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 22 replies · 1,214+ views ^ | March 13, 2010 | Tucker Phelps
    As most people have already heard, a Mississippi school has canceled its Senior Prom in response to a lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf Constance McMillen, a young girl who was barred from attending the school dance because her choice of date is also female. The chain of events are pretty simple. Back in December Constance inquired about the possibility of bringing her girlfriend to the upcoming event and was told it was against school policy. According to her the rule is meant to prevent non-coupled students from purchasing tickets at a discount price; guest tickets are only $10....
  • Atheist Group Takes "Godless Holiday" Campaign Nationwide

    12/02/2009 12:37:38 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 27 replies · 891+ views
    CNS News ^ | December 01, 2009 | Matt Cover
    The American Humanist Association is expanding its “Godless Holiday” advertising campaign to five major American cities this Christmas -- taking its message of a holiday season without religion nationwide for the first time. The ads read: “No God -- no problem! Be good for goodness’ sake. Humanism is the idea that you can be good without a belief in God” and feature several people in red and white Santa hats. The new ads come on the heels of an AHA campaign last year which asked “Why believe in a God?” and featured ads on public transit in Washington, D.C. Previously,...
  • Humanists Push for Godless Holidays (first nationwide "godless holiday campaign." launched)

    11/23/2009 3:57:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 745+ views
    Sphere ^ | 11/23/2009 | Dana Chivvis
    As Americans gear up for the holiday season, they're fine-tuning wish lists, digging out unfortunate Christmas sweaters and bracing for the onslaught of holiday advertising campaigns. This year adds a new contender to the long list of groups vying for attention, and it comes with a twist. The American Humanist Association today launched its first nationwide "godless holiday campaign." Its slogan: "No God? ... No Problem!" The ads, which show smiling people in Santa hats, will appear first on Washington, D.C., buses and subway trains over Thanksgiving weekend. In early December the campaign will expand to Los Angeles, San Francisco,...
  • Children on atheist billboards 'are actually Evangelical Christians' (UK)

    11/22/2009 7:01:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies · 936+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/21/2009 | Matthew More
    Two smiling child models featured on an atheist billboard are actually Evangelical Christians, it has been claimed. The boy and girl can currently be seen next to the slogan "Don't Label Me" on adverts funded by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and endorsed by Prof Richard Dawkins, the scientist and prominent atheist. The posters form part of a campaign urging parents not to define their children by their own faith, which some secularists claim amounts to an abuse of their human rights. But the campaign appears to have backfired after a Christian community leader said that the models pictured in...
  • Churches celebrating the ‘Year of Darwin’: Compromising churchians in self-destruct mode

    02/18/2009 5:20:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    CMI ^ | February 19, 2009 | Gary Bates
    For example, Dr Eugenie Scott of the staunchly anticreationist National Center for Science Education (NCSE) revealed their agenda when she said: “ … I would describe myself as a humanist or a nontheist. I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day! … What we [such clergy and atheists] have in common is that we want to see evolution taught in the public schools … .”4
  • (Christmas & Holiday) Decoration debate: Vague laws put municipalities in awkward position

    01/12/2009 6:56:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 848+ views
    northjersey ^ | 12.25.08 | ASHLEY KINDERGAN
    Nativity scenes made of real straw. Wise Men 2 feet tall. Menorahs bigger than a human being.   Holiday display in Teaneck. In many North Jersey municipalities, those sacred symbols can be found at the same place people get dog licenses, pay taxes and apply for building permits — town hall.  The display of religious items on public property has long been a charged discussion in American communities, and the case law governing holiday displays is still murky enough to confound local governments trying to create a festive atmosphere for residents.* Fair Lawn for years just lit a holiday tree....

    08/01/2007 9:16:42 PM PDT · by unspun · 84 replies · 1,530+ views
    vanity | 08/01/2007 | unspun
    I hate grays.
  • How Do We Think About What Is Human? (C S Lewis views on humanist future)

    07/06/2007 1:19:54 AM PDT · by restornu · 2 replies · 440+ views
    BYU Forum ^ | (10/24/2006) | Jean Bethke Elshtain
    How Do We Think About What Is Human? A talk on C S Lewis view on the humanist future Tonight on O Riley was this video and the indifference this father had towards his Baby daughter I thought this observation of C S Lewis was chilling and we know in the News we are hearing more deprave interference taking place in the world in which we are living! To think these people get to vote and this is why it is important the Real America wakes up and votes in 2008! Landlord and teaching a baby to about stress and...
  • Atheists Split Over Message

    03/30/2007 6:20:58 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 190 replies · 1,127+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 30,2007 | JAY LINDSAY
    Atheists Split Over Message By JAY LINDSAY BOSTON - Atheists are under attack these days for being too militant, for not just disbelieving in religious faith but for trying to eradicate it. And who's leveling these accusations? Other atheists, it turns out. Among the millions of Americans who don't believe God exists, there's a split between people such as Greg Epstein, who holds the partially endowed post of humanist chaplain at Harvard University, and so-called "New Atheists." Epstein and other humanists feel their movement is on the verge of explosive growth, but are concerned it will be dragged down by...
  • CA: Group:(Fortney 'Pete') Stark is highest-ranking official to declare atheism

    03/13/2007 6:32:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 958+ views
    Secular groups applauded Rep. Pete Stark for publicly acknowledging he does not believe in a supreme being. The declaration, they said, makes the California Democrat the highest-ranking elected official - and first congressman - to publicly claim to be an atheist. The American Humanist Association took out an ad in the Washington Post on Tuesday, congratulating Stark's stance. "With Stark's courageous public announcement of his nontheism, it is our hope that he will become an inspiration for others who have hidden their conclusions for far too long," the group's executive director, Roy Speckhardt, said in a statement. Stark's beliefs garnered...