Humanism

Atheists Have an Answer to Prayer Day

December 14, 2008

Author: DeeDee Correll

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-atheists15-2008dec15,0,4460066.story

Bill Ritter Jr. was not the first governor of Colorado to declare the first Thursday in May as a day of prayer.

But he was the first to attend a celebration of the National Day of Prayer at the state Capitol, joining a crowd of several hundred Christians in 2007. His...

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Atheist May Sue If Law On Las Vegas Officiants Won't Change

December 14, 2008

Author: Ashley Powers

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-weddings14-2008dec14,0,5458048.story

In a city launched by shotgun weddings and quickie divorces, and which offers the chance to be wed by faux Liberaces, King Tuts and Grim Reapers, there remains at least one nuptial taboo: You can't be married by an atheist.

Michael Jacobson, a 64-year-old...

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Religion In Schools to Go God-Free

December 14, 2008

Author: Michael Bachelard

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/national/religion-in-schools-to-go-godfree-20081213-6xxs.html

Victorian state primary school students will soon have an alternative — religious education lessons taught by people who do not believe in God and say there is "no evidence of any supernatural power".

The Humanist Society of Victoria has developed a curriculum, which the...

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The 'Godless Holiday Tree' Goes Up

December 10, 2008

Author: David O'Reilly

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20081210_The__Godless_Holiday_Tree__goes_up.html

From a distance, the scene on the lawn of the old Chester County Courthouse in West Chester seemed a Christmas classic.

Ornaments in hand, a red-clad woman stood high on a stepladder, smiling merrily at a 12-foot evergreen. "A little forward," Margaret Downey...

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'Winter Solstice' Sign Brings Hundreds of Protesters to Capitol

December 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Wire Service: AP

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/391032_capitol08.html

Several hundred people rallied Sunday at the state Capitol to protest a holiday display inside that provoked a national outcry by disparaging religion and declaring there is no God.

The "winter solstice" sign sponsored by the atheistic Freedom from Religion Foundation calls...

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Missing Atheist Sign Found in Washington State

December 5, 2008

Author: Mallory Simon

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/12/05/atheists.christmas/index.html

An atheist sign criticizing Christianity that was erected alongside a Nativity scene was taken from the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, on Friday and later found in a ditch.

An employee from country radio station KMPS-FM in Seattle told CNN the sign was dropped off at the station by someone who found it in a ditch...

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Atheists Sue Over Ky. Law Tying Homeland Security to God

December 3, 2008

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17067

The American Atheists have sued the commonwealth of Kentucky after learning that a law requires the state's Office of Homeland Security to declare its reliance on God for safety.

The New Jersey-based atheist group filed suit Tuesday (Dec. 2) in a Kentucky court seeking a ruling that a 2002 law stating that "the safety and security of the...

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Nonbelievers' Sign At Capitol Counters Nativity

December 2, 2008

Author: Janet I. Tu

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008458044_noreligion02m.html

In the latest round of what's become almost a winter tradition — conflicts over religious symbols in public places — a group of atheists and agnostics have put up a sign in the state Capitol that says, in part: "Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."...

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Atheists Reach Out -- Just Don't Call It Proselytizing

November 18, 2008

Author: Stephanie Simon

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122696699813835335.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Late next month, atheists, humanists, freethinkers, secularists -- in short, nonbelievers of every description -- will gather in dozens of cities to mark the holiday they call HumanLight.

Whether by singing from a Humanist Hymnal, decorating a winter wreath or lighting candles dedicated to...

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Atheist Billboards Now Up In Denver

November 17, 2008

Author: Russell Haythorn

Source: The Denver Channel

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/18003483/detail.html

Eleven billboards [...] have gone up in metro Denver and Colorado Springs that question the existence of God.

The first one went up at E. Colfax Avenue and Quebec Street in Denver. It says, "Don't believe in God? You are not alone." The two lines sit against a blue sky backdrop.

The billboards cost $5,000 total and...

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Capitol to Display Nativity Scene, Atheist Sign

October 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The News Tribune

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/religion/story/520714.html

State officials have authorized permits for two holiday-season displays this year.

One is a Nativity scene from Olympia-area realty agent Ron Wesselius, who sued last year over the issue and then won a legal settlement allowing his display.

The other is a 30-by-30 inch placard from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From...

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