Category Archives: freedom from religion

Iowa governor signs proclamation putting state’s trust in God

From PoliticusUSA, we hear of more insanity in the U.S. as politicians, against all reason—and the Constitution—try to mix religion and politics. On April 8, Terry Branstad, the governor of Iowa (and, of course, a Republican), signed an executive proclamation inviting Iowans to celebrate a verse from the Old Testament. First the video of Branstad […]

What Ayaan Hirsi Ali would have said

The Wall Street Journal’s “Opinion” section has an abridged versions of the remarks Ayaan Hirsi Ali would have delivered had her honorary degree at Brandeis University not been revoked out of the University’s fear of Islamic opprobrium. They are hardly inflammatory; indeed, they are stirring and inspirational. Their publication shows Brandeis up for the craven and cowardly […]

Louisiana proposes bill to designate the Bible as The Official State Book

What is it: silly season for the First Amendment? Apparently, for according to WWLTV in New Orleans, the Louisiana legislature is considering another totally unconstitutional bill: BATON ROUGE, La. — Lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana’s official state book, despite concerns the bill would land the Legislature in […]

Batesian mimicry of proselytizers

On his website Evolving Perspectives, Reader Pliny the In Between—perhaps inspired by yesterday’s posts on mimicry and Alabama’s banning of sex toys—has created this nice cartoon that he calls “Batesian mimicry”. A biological digression: Now if you don’t understand the title, Batesian mimicry is an evolutionary phenomenon whereby a conspicuously colored or patterned toxic individual, called a “model,” is […]

Wisconsin governor issues Christian tw**t

Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, has a Twi**er feed, and he’s unfortunate enough to be in the same state as the headquarters of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). Here’s a tw**t he made on March 16, note that a.) it’s an “official Twitter account”, meaning he’s speaking as governor, and b.) his […]

Rosenhouse: It’s okay to criticize Intelligent Design in science class, but not okay to teach it as science

Jason Rosenhouse’s new article at EvolutionBlog, about the Hedin affair, “Dubious legal analysis from the Discovery Institute” (DI), is really going to tick off the DIers and advocates of intelligent design (ID), but I think Jason has a good point. And that point is that although it’s illegal (as well as dereliction of duty) to […]

ACLU overturns blatant First Amendment violation in Louisiana

In January I recounted the story of how a Buddhist student at Negreet High School in Louisiana was subject not only to religious proselytizing, but blatant (and vicious) religious harassmentl I gave following excerpt from The Raw Story): Sixth-grade teacher Rita Roark has told her students that the universe was created by God about 6,000 […]

Indiana legislators embarrass their state

UPDATE: Over at the Discovery Institute’s “Evolution News and Views” website, where no commenting is allowed, David Klinghoffer thumps his chest and pretends that the threat of the Fatuous Four legislators carries real weight. Klinghoffer implies darkly that if Ball State doesn’t play ball and allow ID to be taught, the university will lose state funding: […]

Purdue wusses out on God plaque

I while back I put up a post about how an American donor, Michael McCracken, wanted to give $12,500 to Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering, with the donation to be marked by a plaque that read as follows (my emphasis): To those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God’s physical […]

Purdue University rejects “God” language on donor’s plaque

In a move reminiscent of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History’s removal of a donor’s plaque celebrating “God’s creatures”, Purdue University, in Lafayette, Indiana, is being sued because it refused to put up a donor’s plaque that referred to God. As the Indianapolis Star reports: When Michael McCracken and his wife made a […]

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