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Category Archive: church-state separation

Jan 12 2009

More confusion about that darn church-and-state thing

Here’s an AP article talking about the existence of some of the new Washington dollar coins that managed to go into circulation without the “In God We Trust” motto stamped into the edge. These godless coins, legal tender all the way, are reportedly fetching around $50 apiece from collectors. In a display of the kind …

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Sep 30 2008

So why wait? Tax them.

I’m still waiting to hear of any potential fallout from the little stunt called Pulpit Freedom Sunday, in which 33 Christian Right churches decided to send an unambiguous message to the government — to wit, “We’re Christians! Rules don’t apply to us!” — by openly politicking from the pulpit. The whole charade was done in …

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Jun 30 2008

Religious Liberty Trumps Sanity in Texas

The Texas State Supreme Court last week ruled that a church member had no right to sue a church for damages inflicted to her in the course of “church activities for which members adhere.” The case involved a 17-year-old girl who happed to be a victim of a “spiritually charged” garage sale preparation in which …

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Mar 05 2008

You don’t take me seriously, but I’m disrespecting YOU?

I found an odd irony in an exchange recently. On another blog someone asked if atheists can expect fair treatment from presidential candidates who state their religious beliefs are very important to them in their own lives. While I do think it’s possible for a person to value X, but still understand and respect others …

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Feb 22 2008

One Nation Under God

“It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase ‘under God.’ I didn’t.” –Barak Obama, “Call to Renewal” Keynote Address, June 28, 2006. This quote was featured this morning on another atheist blog I frequent, Austin Cline’s atheism.about.com section. Austin makes some good …

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Dec 30 2007

Huckabee’s fundamentalist pandering: a rant

There’s a rumor going around that America is the most advanced nation on Earth, in terms of human rights and scientific prowess at the very least. But in reality, the majority of this nation has greeted the prospect of returning to the dark ages with open arms. Atheists only ever usually see this in the …

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Sep 06 2007

Big ol’ godless rally this weekend in Austin

And it’s typical that I won’t be in town to partake. Ah well. For the rest of you, American Atheists is sponsoring a Church-State Separation Rally to be held on the south steps of the state capitol building in downtown Austin, this Saturday, September 8, from noon till 3. Here’s the salient info from the …

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Aug 17 2007

Episode #512: Intolerance

I have gotten some requests for show notes on occasion. In response, I’m going to begin posting summary notes to the blog, so that when requests for notes come in, I can just point them here. Thanks, Martin. The word “tolerance” has two very distinct meanings that can, but do not always, overlap. One is …

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May 05 2007

National Day of Prayer never had a prayer

Several more prominent blogs have already reported on this, arguably making its coverage here superfluous. But it’s just so hilarious that I couldn’t not remark upon it. In Washington D.C., no one bothered to turn up to the National Day of Prayer event on the Capitol lawn. They set up 600 folding chairs, and a …

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May 04 2007

To Christians, it’s “common sense” to shove religion down our throats

The latest blow against religious freedom and diversity and in favor of theocracy was struck here in Texas, when the House voted by an overwhelming margin (of course — they want to get re-elected, after all) to add “under God” to the Texas pledge. First off, it’s news to me that there was a “Texas …

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