Humanism

Ban On Angels, Stars On County Christmas Trees

December 21, 2009

Author: Derek Moore

Source: The Press Democrat

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20091221/NEWS/912219968?Title=Ban-on-angels-stars-on-county-Christmas-trees

Sonoma County's top official on Monday ordered the removal of stars, angels and other religious symbols from Christmas trees in county buildings after a complaint that the decorations violate constitutional protections.

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Courthouse Display Debate Continues; Requests Both Religious, Controversial

December 10, 2009

Author: Erika Jacobson Moore

Source: Leesburg Today

http://www.leesburg2day.com/articles/2009/12/10/news/9956displays121009.txt

As many predicted during the debate about whether holiday displays should be allowed on the grounds of the courthouse, the controversy did not end with the vote of the Board of Supervisors last Tuesday and what started as a request to place a Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn has branched out in...

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Atheists At Christmas: Eat, Drink And Be Wary

December 9, 2009

Author: Patrick Condon

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091209/ap_on_re/us_rel_religion_today

Angie O'Neill recently moved into a new apartment complex for seniors and she's trying to make new friends. But Christmas is a tough time of year for an atheist.

"All the planned activities at this time of year revolve around the church," said O'Neill, a retiree and...

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Humanists Launch a Godless Holiday Campaign

December 7, 2009

Author: Duke Helfand

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs7-2009dec07,0,1767112.story

As the calendar goes, December tends to be a winning month for God.

Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. Jews mark the story of Hanukkah. Muslims this year will observe the start of Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year.

And the American Humanist Assn. has decided to join the...

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Atheists, Jews Apply for Capitol Holiday Displays

December 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Seattle Times

Wire Service: AP

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010432491_apwacapitolholidaydisplays.html

A Seattle atheist group and a Jewish group are applying to put up holiday displays on the Capitol campus in Olympia again this year.

A spokesman from Seattle Atheists says the sign they want to post is less provocative...

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Chambersburg Borough Council Decides Nativity Scene Must Be Removed From Memorial Square Fountain Area

December 3, 2009

Author: Rob Luff

Source: Public Opinion

http://www.publicopiniononline.com/ci_13854798?source=most_viewed

An atheistic and agnostic group plans to seek legal action against the Borough of Chambersburg following a decision Monday night that bans anything other than flags and flowers from adorning the Memorial Square fountain war memorial.

The unanimous decision from Chambersburg Borough Council came after Carl Silverman,...

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Approaching Holidays Prompt Atheist Campaign

December 1, 2009

Author: Ian Urbina

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/02/us/02atheist.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

An unusual holiday message began appearing this week in the nation’s capital on the sides of buses and trains.

“No god? ... No problem!” reads the advertisement featuring the smiling faces of people wearing Santa Claus hats. “Be good for goodness’ sake.”

Over the...

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'No God? No Problem!' Say Humanist Group's New Holiday Ads

November 23, 2009

Author: Leslie Miller

Source: USA TODAY

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2009/11/no-god-no-problem-say-humanist-groups-new-holiday-ads/1

This just in: the American Humanist Association is launching a new "national" ad campaign similar to its controversial ads in Washington, D.C., last year, where the group is based. The ads will appear in transit...

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Atheist Student Groups Flower On College Campuses

November 21, 2009

Author: Eric Gorski

Source: ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=9145342

The sign sits propped on a wooden chair, inviting all comers: "Ask an Atheist."

Whenever a student gets within a few feet, Anastasia Bodnar waves and smiles, trying to make a good first impression before eyes drift down to a word many Americans rank down there with "socialist."

Bodnar is the happy face of atheism at Iowa State University. Once a week at this...

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Atheists Turn to Billboard Sites

November 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8366225.stm

The group behind a controversial atheist bus-poster campaign is urging parents not to label their children with their own religious faith.

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has launched a series of billboard advertisements in capital cities.

The posters are part of a campaign to challenge state-funded faith schools.

But a representative of the...

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