Ken Ham, president of the fundamentalist ministry Answers in Genesis, has sold Kentucky lawmakers on the idea that a religious theme park featuring a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark deserves taxpayer dollars because it will create jobs. Read more
If there were a prize for unmitigated gall, it would be awarded today to Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
Moore, speaking during a recent panel discussion at the Evangelical Leadership Summit, an event sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., told the crowd that they need to “reclaim” the phrase separation of church and state, a term he admitted that “we long ago tossed overboard.” Read more
Rob Boston, communications director at Americans United, hits the road this week for events hosted by Oklahoma City AU and the Greater Seattle Area AU.
Rob is speaking about his new book, "Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do.” The book covers issues like same-sex marriage, access to contraceptives, religion in public education and censorship. Taking Liberties is a much-needed broadside against the Religious Right's reckless attempt to meddle in our personal lives.
On Wednesday evening (Sept. 17) the Atheist Community of San Jose is hosting Barry. The event begins at 7 PM and takes place at Harry's Hofbrau, on Saratoga Ave., in San Jose.
If for some reason you can't make the San Jose gathering, there's a second chance to see Barry. On Thursday the Humanist Connection in Mountain View is hosting an event. Join them at 7:30 PM for dinner and conversation at Pacific Catch, on San Antonio Road.
In Modesto, Calif., public school students are learning about religion in class – but it’s probably not what you think. The geography and world religion course, which is required for all high school students, is described as an objective overview of the world’s belief systems, and according to a recent article in the Modesto Bee, it succeeds in doing just that. Read more
A story has been making the rounds on social media concerning a 14-year-old boy in Everett, Pa., who posted on Facebook a photo of himself simulating a sex act with a statue of Jesus.
The teen, whose name has not been publicly released, stands accused of “desecration of a venerated object.” He is facing criminal charges and the possibility of two years in a juvenile facility. Read more
A city councilman in Washington state has a stance on pre-meeting prayers that is too extreme for even some staunch Religious Right allies to accept.
John Trumbo of the Kennewick City Council recently suggested that council meetings ought to open with an invocation “directed in name and reference to the same God addressed in the Founding Fathers’ signatory documents that established this nation,” the Tri-City (Wash.) Herald reported. Read more