Join the Maryland Chapter of Americans United and the Baltimore Coalition of Reason to hear a concert by singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman. At last year's Easter Sunday Concert, over 40 freethinkers, atheists, and Humanists came and had a great time! Come at 7:00 for a social hour before the concert, which starts at 8:00 pm. Read more
The Religious Right loves to twist history to suit its agenda, and the latest culprit to tell a tall tale of the past is former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.
DeMint, a Tea Party favorite who represented South Carolina from 2005-2013, is now head of the conservative Washington, D.C.-based think tank Heritage Foundation. Heritage is a sponsor of the Values Voter Summit, the Religious Right’s big annual strategy meeting in Washington. (Heritage used to focus on low taxes, low regulation and free markets. In recent years, it has adopted a far-right social agenda as well.) Read more
The Sarasota-Manatee chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State and The Peace Education & Action Center.
Co-Sponsored by American Civil Liberties, Center for Religious Tolerance, and Humanists of Sarasota Bay.
Louisiana is not exactly the poster child for the separation of church and state.
There have been persistent problems in the state, stretching back several decades. Louisiana, you will recall, passed the “balanced treatment” act mandating that public school teach creationism alongside evolution. It was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. Read more
Today is the 18th annual Day of Silence, an activist effort designed to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying in schools and colleges. Founded by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the project encourages students to take a vow of silence for the day to demonstrate the “silencing effect” that bullying and harassment has on LGBT youth.
The Religious Right is still trying to sell Americans on the idea that merging religion and government is just the thing to turn this country around in a hurry, and now they’re getting some assistance from two media personalities: Bill O’Reilly and Ben Stein.
In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” this morning, Fox News host O’Reilly said Americans are tired of secularism.
“I think people are fed up with secularism,” he said. “It gets just to be too much.” Read more
The Philippine Supreme Court has upheld a law providing free contraceptives to any woman who requests them, defying opposition by the country’s powerful Catholic bishops. The Reproductive Health Law was signed by President Benigno Aquino III in 2012, but it has languished in the courts ever since thanks to challenges from faith-based lobbies.
There are days when fundamentalist zealots do something so off the wall that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, so I do a little bit of both.
Today is one of those days. This emotional roller-coaster comes courtesy of a band of extremists who have fine-tuned creationism and have concluded – wait for it – that Copernicus and Galileo were wrong: The Earth really is the center of the universe. Read more