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Holiday Hooligans Are Targeting Atheist Billboards, Secular Group Claims

Reuters | MARY WISNIEWSKI | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Holiday hooliganism is no longer limited to thieves running off with baby Jesus from a nativity scene or vandals throwing eggs at mangers....

Appeals Court Dismisses Clergy Housing Lawsuit

AP | Scott Bauer | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday dismissed a challenge to the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, saying the le...

Shadee Ashtari

Watchdog Group Hits Government Officials Donating Taxpayer Money To Church

HuffingtonPost.com | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is challenging an Alabama county commission’s decision to allocate $3,000 in public funds to a local evangelica...

Players Banned From Wearing Cross Decal On Helmets

Religion News Service | Dan Wolken | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church...

Tax-Free Housing For Clergy Struck Down By Court

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A federal judge has ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that allows clergy to shield a portion of their salary from federal income ...

Atheist Grandfather Wants Grandchildren To 'Enjoy Life Now,' Because 'There Is No Afterlife'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

Wayne Hensler, an atheist farmer in his mid-80s, has purchased an atheist-themed billboard in Janesville, Wis. as a “legacy for [his] grandchildren....

Atheists Celebrate 'Godless Constitution' Day

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

Atheists commemorated the 226th anniversary of ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday by purchasing ads in various newspapers, calling atten...

Yet Another Call to Ban the Teaching of Evolution: Bad for Science, Worse for Religion and Legally Embarrassing

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Not only is there nothing controversial about evolutionary processes, they are regularly observed and measured in the laboratory and the field. No scientific manuscript discussing evolution, no biology textbook explaining evolution, argues that evolutionary theory makes any claims about the existence of any deity.

National Atheist Group To Expand After Huge Membership Growth

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

After seeing their paid membership ranks increase 130 percent in six years, organizers of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a national grou...

Atheists Suing IRS Over Churches That Talk Politics

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

The Freedom From Religion Foundation took home an important victory on Monday, when a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that the group could proceed wi...

These Atheists Rejected Their Government Tax Break

USA Today | Bob Smietana | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The federal government wants to give Annie Laurie Gaylor a tax break for leading the Freedom from Religion Foundation. But Gaylor, an outspok...

Public University Under Fire For 'Christian Dorm'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.06.2013 | College

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pushing a public university in Alabama to abandon its plans to open a residence hall for religious students. ...

College President: No More Intelligent Design In Science Classes

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.01.2013 | College

Ball State University president Jo Ann Gora announced that the school would no longer teach intelligent design in science classes following a complain...

Ten Commandments Plaques Pulled From School Walls In Tiny Town

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion

Hoping to avoid a costly legal drama, a public high school in Muldrow, Okla., late last week pulled down all the Ten Commandments plaques that had bee...

School Outraged Over Request To Remove Ten Commandments Plaques From Classroom Walls

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion

The little town of Muldrow, Okla., is in turmoil after a national nonprofit organization reportedly threatened a lawsuit if postings of the Ten Comman...

Jesus Portrait Taken Down In Ohio School

AP | DAN SEWELL | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion

CINCINNATI -- A Jesus portrait that has hung in a southern Ohio school district since 1947 was taken down Wednesday, because of concerns about the pot...

Jesus Portrait Moved From Middle School Following Controversy

AP | LISA CORNWELL | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts

CINCINNATI — A Jesus portrait that has embroiled a southern Ohio school district in a federal lawsuit has been moved from the middle school to a...

Nonbelievers Sue Treasury To Remove 'God' From Currency

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and 19 other plaintiffs mounted a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and other government officials thi...

Jesus Portrait In Public Ohio Middle School To Stay

Posted 01.10.2013 | Education

The American Civil Liberties Union stepped in Thursday as school officials in Jackson City, Ohio are ignoring the demands of an atheist group, decidin...

Holding God Accountable

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

I am not suggesting that the IRS necessarily wipe out all current distinctions between various kinds of not-for-profit organizations, but it does seem reasonable to suggest that we would all benefit from a greater degree of transparency from religious organizations.

Nate C. Hindman

Restaurant Must Offer Church-Goer Discount To Atheists

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 12.08.2012 | Small Business

A Pennsylvania restaurant owner must offer her church-goer discount to diners of all denominations, even atheists, according to a recent ruling from s...

Atheists Sue, Demand IRS Act On Political Activity By Tax-Exempt Churches

AP | SCOTT BAUER | Posted 11.15.2012 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- A federal lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin-based group representing atheists and agnostics argues that the Internal Revenue Service is vi...

Judge: Texas Cheerleaders Can Display Religious-Themed Banners

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON | Posted 12.18.2012 | Education

AUSTIN, Texas — A judge ruled Thursday that cheerleaders at an East Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at footba...

Texas Teens Fight To Display Banned Christian-Themed Football Banners

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

HOUSTON — For three straight weeks, high school football players in a small southeast Texas town took the field by bolting through large red-and...

Atheist Group Demands N.Y. School District Remove Two Songs That Mention God In Lyrics From Curriculum

Posted 08.14.2012 | Education

A national atheist organization is threatening to sue Shenendehowa Central Schools of Clifton Park, N.Y., if the district does not remove two songs th...