Category Archives: freedom from religion

Sikh student allowed to bring dagger to public school as a gesture toward religious tolerance

According to custom, members of the Sikh religion wear the “five Ks,” which, according to Wikipedia, are the following: Kesh: Uncut hair, usually tied and wrapped in a Dastar [JAC: A form of turban]. Kanga: A wooden comb, usually worn under a Dastar Katchera: Cotton undergarments, historically appropriate in battle due to increased mobility when compared to a […]

The first secular invocation at a public meeting in Alabama

According to North Country Public Radio (a subsidiary of NPR), an atheist delivered the opening “invocation” at a city council meeting last month in Huntsville, Alabama. It was the first time in the history of the state (as far as we know) that a secular invocation opened a public meeting in that state. If you […]

Update on the Lebanon, Missouri case

The Lebanon, Missouri case, in which Principal Kevin Lowery of Lebanon High School said a Christian prayer at the school graduation, has now drawn to a close. After stonewalling the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s (FFRF’s) complaints twice, the school board finally produced a bunch of emails about the issue in response to a request under […]

Florida decision to distribute Bibles in schools backfires: Satanists can hand out their stuff, too!

Ah, there’s a big kerfuffle in Orange County, Florida, and it’s all the fault of those troublemakers at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF).  You can see the story at many places, like here, here, and here). The trouble began when the Orange County School District allowed evangelical Christians (“The World Changers of Florida”) to distribute […]

Penn State deep-sixes Bibles in its hotel rooms

A hotel run by a public university should not have Bibles in its hotel rooms. (Yes, Universities do run “hotels,” or paid lodging; I’ve stayed in such places many times.) Yet according to the Centre Daily Times, a Central Pennsylvania newspaper, until just recently the two hotels at Penn State University had a Gideon Bible in […]

Pennsylvania teenager faces jail time for “desecrating a venerated object”

Blasphemy in the U.S.??? Reader jsp called my attention to what seems a gross inequity in punishment, something that shouldn’t be happening in America. A teenager photographed himself in a compromising position with the statue of Jesus on a church lawn.  I’ve seen dozens of such pictures, and not just with Jesus, but it was […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ missionizing

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip was apparently inspired by a Torygraph piece reporting how Dominic Grieve, MP and “former Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland”, was kvetching because “aggressive secularism” was pushing religion in Britain “out of the public space” (my emphasis in excerpt below): Britain is at risk of being […]

A professor gives his students an object lesson in religious bigotry

UPDATE: I didn’t check the date carefully on this story, which I read as August 2014. My error: it’s August, 2012, so the story is two years old. My apologies. I’ll leave it up, however, as I think it’s still of value to discuss this, but be aware that the fracas is dead by now. And […]

A shot across Lebanon, Missouri’s bow

Twice the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has written to the Superintendent of Schools of the Lebanon, Missouri school district, and twice they have been met with silence. The FFRF’s complaint, you’ll recall, is about Lebanon High School Principal Kevin Lowery’s prayer at the last graduation—a prayer that clearly violated the First Amendment.  Principal Lowery […]

Guitar-string company gives discount for using “Jesus Christ” coupon

Reader John Danley, a guitarist, informed me that a company called “Strings and Beyond,” which specializes in selling guitar strings, will give you a 5% discount on your order if you use a coupon labeled “Jesus Christ.”  It’s just another case of promulgating Christianity, though, to be sure, the company says that the discount (offered through […]

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