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  • Atheist who fought Illinois laws dies in small plane crash

    12/12/2016 11:40:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2016 11:14 PM EST
    An Illinois man who was one of the better-known atheists in the country and an activist for keeping religious and government affairs separate died in a plane crash last week, officials said Monday. The McHenry County coroner said an autopsy Monday revealed that Robert I. Sherman, 63, of Poplar Grove, died from multiple crash injuries. Authorities said Sherman was piloting a small plane that crashed into a cornfield either Friday night or Saturday morning. The crash is under investigation. Sherman was an outspoken atheist and critic of using state money for religious purposes and having religious displays in public spaces....
  • How the Atheists Rage That Donald Trump Triumphed in the President Election

    11/13/2016 8:08:47 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 18 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 13, 2016 | JP
    “Nov. 8 was a game changer – and not for our essential work.” So lamented husband and wife atheists Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-presidents of the so-called Freedom from Religion Foundation, which is based in Madison, Wisconsin and which claims 23,500 members nationwide. In fact, there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth within the nation’s anti-God community in the wake of Donald Trump’s seemingly improbable election this past week as America’s next president. “Mr. Trump has made a number of statements,” decried David Silverman, president of American Atheists, “that has given millions of Americans who value constitutional...
  • How to Respond to Prayer Shaming

    12/19/2015 9:18:14 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies
    Acculturated.com ^ | December 15 | R.J. Moeller
    So what are well-intentioned people of faith supposed to do? How does one respond to the incessant onslaught of negativity, criticism and legal action aimed at those who choose to make their religious convictions known in the public square? Perhaps a good place to start would be the example set by the young men of the Naperville Central High School football team in suburban Chicago. After representatives from The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a complaint against Coach Mike Stine’s voluntary practice of allowing players who want to to gather on the field and pray before games, senior player Daniel...
  • Texas Police Chief tells Freedom From Religion Foundation to 'fly a kite'

    09/30/2015 12:33:24 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    My East Texas ^ | 9/29/15 | Michael Wesp
    CHILDRESS, Texas (KETK) A Texas police chief is garnering national attention after responding to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia posted to his department's Facebook page, he received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, "demanding we remove the 'In God we trust' off our patrol units." He responded with the following letter: "After carefully reading your letter I must deny your request in the removal of our Nations motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite." He posted his response to the department's...
  • First They Came For The Christians

    09/06/2015 5:58:51 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/ ^ | September 6, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    We live in a fundamentally transformed America where Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis is thrown in jail for refusing to issue a lesbian couple a marriage license in violation of her religious beliefs but San Francisco officials who violated the law, created a sanctuary city, and harbored an illegal criminal alien charged with the murder of Kate Steinle, are not? Kim Davis, we are told, is obligated as a public official under the law, as determined by the Supreme Court, which was not established to write laws to issue such licenses. But then are we saying Christians can’t be...
  • LA Public School Teaching Kids “Allah is the One True God”

    03/12/2015 6:23:52 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    Act For America ^ | 11/14/2015 | Brigitte Gabriel
    Allah is the name of the moon god of Mohammed's Quraysh Tribe in Arabia. The religion that Mohammed dictated under the influence of Allah, Islam, is a perverse totalitarian homosexual death cult. The views espoused by Muslims are virtually identical to that of modern progressive liberals. Among those victimized by Islam, besides its enemies which are routinely sodomized prior to getting their heads cut off, are women and kids who are viewed as just a necessary nuisance to make more little sodomite death cult members. Islam merely takes every vial deed that depraved men commit and codifies it. Progressive liberals...
  • Watchdog Group Releases Anti-Christian-Bigotry Map

    03/04/2015 4:37:12 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 3 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 3/2/2015 | Matt Barber
    See Map Here: http://www.afa.net/bigotrymap In 2007, and with that same nauseating arrogance that has come to define him, then presidential candidate Barack Obama duplicitously quipped, “I am absolutely convinced that culture wars are just so ’90s. Their days are growing dark.” Dark, indeed. America’s soon-to-be cultural-Marxist-in-chief would then spend the greater part of a decade waging war against our nation’s Judeo-Christian culture and heritage at levels, and in ways, unseen in our storied history. Today, his anti-Christian crusade continues unabated. In fact, and with less than two years left to complete his baleful conspiracy, this neo-pagan extremist has begun to...
  • New Jersey Teen Heads to Court to Defend Her Right to Say 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

    09/24/2014 7:41:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/24/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    A New Jersey high school student and her family have entered the ongoing legal battle over a lawsuit by an atheist group seeking to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, and her family filed an official response to a lawsuit by the American Humanist Association. "If anyone wants to remain silent, that is their right. But it is not their right to silence me," said Jones in a statement. "When I stand up, put my hand over my heart and say the Pledge of Allegiance, I am...
  • Women ordered to stop praying inside mall

    08/06/2014 5:49:06 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 34 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 8/5/14 | Todd Starnes
    It’s not uncommon for shopping malls to have rules of conduct. Some places ban saggy pants. Others won’t let you ask people for money. But a mall in Georgia may have one of the most unusual rules -- they won’t let shoppers pray – not even over their meals. Meet Tammy Brantley of Dublin, Ga. She’s a wife, a mom and an avid power walker. She’s also a person of deep faith in God. Tammy is the co-founder of “Dublin Girls Run,” a group of local ladies that combines Southern fellowship with physical fitness.
  • IRS Agrees To Monitor Church Sermons

    07/25/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 49 replies
    The IRS recently settled a case against it brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). As part of the settlement, the IRS has agreed to monitor church sermons for political content. The suit was filed because FFRF apparently did not like an event called Pulpit Freedom Sunday. Apparently once a year a number of pastors preach on political topics, presumably to rebel against the never enforced Federal prohibition on 501(c)(3) political activities. Technically it is illegal for tax exempt non-profits to engage in political activities, presumably this includes commenting on politics from the pulpit. To date there isn’t a...
  • Atheist Group Sets Up 'Jesus Is a Myth' Banner in Response to Easter Display at Wisconsin Capitol

    04/17/2014 7:43:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | Katherine Webber
    An atheist group is combatting a Christian Easter display at Wisconsin's Capitol building in Madison by setting up a sign that reads "Nobody died for our 'sins,' Jesus Christ is a myth." The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it rushed to get a permit for their display after seeing that the Concerned Women for America group was able to set up their own display at Wisconsin's Capitol building. The CWA group's display reportedly included a Christian cross and pro-life literature. The conservative women's group says on its website that it's dedicated to bringing "biblical principles into all levels of public...
  • President Obama's proclamation for 'Religious Freedom Day' recognizes atheists and agnostics

    01/16/2014 1:56:14 PM PST · by ColdOne · 29 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 1/16/14 | Jennifer Harper
    “Today, America embraces people of all faiths and of no faith. We are Christians and Jews, Muslims and Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs, atheists and agnostics. Our religious diversity enriches our cultural fabric and reminds us that what binds us as one is not the tenets of our faiths, the colors of our skin, or the origins of our names. What makes us American is our adherence to shared ideals - freedom, equality, justice, and our right as a people to set our own course.”
  • Atheists Argue Gov't Is Forcing Them to Compromise Their 'Religious Scruples'

    11/07/2013 4:12:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/7/2013 | Susan Jones
    Atheists told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that the town of Greece, N.Y. has no business opening its public meetings with Christian or other sectarian prayers."We hope the Supreme Court will agree that civic participation should not be conditioned on compromising one's religious scruples," said Americans United Legal Director Ayesha Khan."It's important to understand that we are not asking the board to discontinue its practice of presenting prayers," she told reporters outside the court. "We are asking that citizens not be pressured to participate in those prayers and that the prayers be nondenominational and inclusive.""I do not support the...
  • Air Force Academy may drop God from school's loyalty pledge

    10/24/2013 7:11:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Denver Channel 7 ^ | 10-24-2013
    The U.S. Air Force Academy may drop a religious reference from an oath cadets take to swear allegiance to the school's honor code. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has protested the "so help me God" phrase that was added to the end of an oath that has cadets swearing they won't lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the religious freedom foundation says tying the honor code to a religious test violates the U.S. Constitution. The full oath reads: I, (name), having been appointed an Air Force cadet in the United States Air...
  • Nobel-Winning Physicist Rebukes Atheist Extremists

    10/13/2013 11:40:21 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 18 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 13, 2013 | JP
    The atheist community hailed last year’s scientific confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson, for which the British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs was co-recipient this past week of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Higgs had theorized, all the way back in 1964, that there must be something that gives subatomic particles their mass, which enables them to form atoms, which, in turn, form molecules, all of which is integral to creation as we know it. That something turned out to be the Higgs boson. And its discovery, declared Dan Barker, co-president of the so-called Freedom From Religion Foundation, an...
  • Atheism and the First Amendment

    07/28/2013 10:29:56 AM PDT · by Ira_Louvin · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/28/2013
    The First Amendment states the following: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech... To all Americans prior to the 1940's and to most Americans today the intent is clear: the Federal government shall not give preferential treatment to any one faith and the Federal government shall not stop people from practicing their religious beliefs. Liberals confuse the banning of preferential treatment for a particular faith tradition with the banning expression by any faith tradition. The intent of the First Amendment was to allow all faiths...
  • Boy Scouts' Woes Continue With Assault by Atheists

    05/27/2013 9:44:48 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 114 replies
    The New American ^ | 27 May 2013 | Dave Bohon
    The Boy Scouts’ woes continue as two atheist organizations have attacked their policy of requiring participants and leaders to acknowledge faith in God. Boy Scouts' Woes Continue With Assault by Atheists The New American 27 May 2013 On the heels of the news that they caved in to pressure from the homosexual lobby and will allow participation by boys who identify as “gay,” the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are facing a new assault, this time from the nation's organized atheists. On May 24 the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) fired a warning shot over the bow of the...
  • IRS Sued for Lax Response to Church Politicking

    11/17/2012 6:37:21 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 38 replies
    CBNNews.com ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | CBNNews.com
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service over its lax response to church politicking. The group argues that the tax agency is violating the Constitution by allowing tax-exempt churches and religious organizations to get involved in political campaigns. The suit points to several examples, including a full page newspaper ad by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The ad, which showed a photo of Rev. Billy Graham, urged Americans to vote along biblical principles. The 94-year-old evangelist also met with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in October and promised to do all he...
  • Jeff Davis Tax Commissioner mulls removing Christian Signs

    08/16/2012 6:18:12 PM PDT · by Vote 4 Nixon · 39 replies
    WTOC ^ | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 6:28 PM EDT | Dal Cannady
    HAZLEHURST, GA (WTOC) - Jeff Davis Tax Commissioner mulls removing Christian signs Posted: Aug 16, 2012 6:28 PM EDT Updated: Aug 16, 2012 8:02 PM EDT By Dal Cannady - bio | email Jeff Davis Tax Commissioner Susie Kersey said she's received nothing but compliments for the plaques of scripture and other inspirational messages displayed in her office lobby. But a national organization that monitors the separation of church and state notified her they had received a complaint. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent her two letters asking her to remove them.
  • Judge rules Wisconsin man can't hand out Bibles inside MN gay pride fest

    06/12/2012 8:12:26 AM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    WSAU (WI) ^ | June 12, 2012 | news
    MINNEAPOLIS (WTAQ) - A federal judge says a Wisconsin man cannot hand out Bibles inside a gay pride festival this month at a public park in Minneapolis. Brian Johnson of Hayward sought an injunction giving him unfettered access to the festival grounds.