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Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government

Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

In a highly significant move, ministers will fight a case at the European Court of Human Rights in which two British women will seek to establish their right to display the cross. It is the first time that the Government has been forced to state whether it backs the right of Christians to wear the symbol at work.

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True Religious Freedom Means No Government Involvement

The United States is the most religiously diverse country in the world. In no other nation can you find as many varied religious groups, beliefs and practices as there are here.
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Prayer during city time denied

Prayer during city time denied | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Mt. Pleasant’s city manager has asked the town’s chaplain to refrain from holding prayer services at City Hall while employees are on the clock, a move she attributes to the separation of church and state

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Barton: God Wants Us To Work Six Days A Week | Right Wing Watch

The more we listen to David Barton, the more clear it becomes that it is his goal to see the United States operate strictly in accordance with the Bible in literally every regard. As Barton says, "anything the Bible talks about cannot be considered secular," which means that every aspect of public life ought operate in accordance with Biblical teachings, including education, immigration, health care, taxes and economic policy, employment regulations, the role of government, and even our building codes.

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A Lack of Persecution

A Lack of Persecution | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The current meme among conservative Christians – both Catholic and protestant – is that their religious liberty is being threatened by the Obama administration. Russel Shaw, a Catholic columnist here at Patheos, recently posted a column with the title The Persecution of Religion Has Begun. Shaw writes:

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Ga. Bill Would Allow Ten Commandments in All Gov't Buildings

Ga. Bill Would Allow Ten Commandments in All Gov't Buildings | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
As displays of the Ten Commandments across the country garner controversy and legal action, one state legislature is considering expanding the range of public buildings that can display them.
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Pious Political Posturing Alert!: U.S. House Set To Vote On Bills Promoting Religion

Our nation has more than a few pressing problems.

The economy is in the tank, unemployment is unacceptably high and foreclosures are kicking many families into the street. The gap between the uber-wealthy and everybody else gets wider every day, and many people are worried about how we’ll pay for Social Security and Medicare as more baby boomers join the rolls.

So what’s on the agenda in the U.S. House of Representatives today?

You guessed it: two bills promoting religion on government property.

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How Christians Have Secularized Christmas

How Christians Have Secularized Christmas | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Once various Christian extremist groups realized that their made-up "war on Christmas" would be a massively successful fundraiser, it was obvious that we would be treated to hearing about battles in this war each and every year. While it is still not clear how (or if) atheists should participate in this "war," I do believe that Christians are largely managing to secularize Christmas all on their own with minimal involvement on our part.

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Motto Mania: Calif. Woman Promotes Government-Endorsed ‘In God We Trust’ Signs | Americans United

Motto Mania: Calif. Woman Promotes Government-Endorsed ‘In God We Trust’ Signs | Americans United | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Posting “In God We Trust” signs in city and county government buildings has become all the rage in California.

The drive is spearheaded by a Bakersfield woman named Jacquie Sullivan who persuaded officials in her town to adopt the motto and then took the crusade to other cities. The most recent town to approve the motto is Port Hueneme in Ventura County. The vote was 4-1.

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