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Christian activists show their love by covering Chicago atheist display and berating onlookers

A Christian activist group placed a banner over an atheist display at Chicago’s Daley Plaza proclaiming that “A is for Angels.” The banner covers a sign set up earlier this month by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that explained that an 8.5-foot lighted “A” stood for “atheists” as part of…

Police seek pair who tried to set fire to New Jersey ‘Saturnalia’ atheism billboard

Two men tried to set fire to an atheist billboard in New Jersey. A off-duty police officer was at a restaurant with friends in Pitman shortly before noon Tuesday when he spotted the men underneath a billboard reminding onlookers to “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia.” The billboards were rented from Clear…

Atheist group sets up Chicago display protesting Christmas scene and celebrating Bill of Rights

A Chicago atheist group set up a display Tuesday celebrating the Bill of Rights alongside the traditional life-sized nativity display at Daley Plaza. The Freedom From Religion Foundation unveiled an 8.5-foot lighted “A,” which stands for “atheist,” in the public square in downtown Chicago to protest the annual Christmas display.…

Wisconsin’s Religious Freedom Amendment could undermine anti-discrimination laws

A constitutional amendment to protect religious liberty in Wisconsin could allow religious beliefs to trump civil rights protections, according to one secular advocacy group. “Supporters of this constitutional amendment claim that it only is restating current judicial opinions,” Patrick Elliott of the Freedom From Religion Foundation told the Wisconsin Senate…

IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

The Internal Revenue Service was unable to suppress a lawsuit over its failure to audit thousand of churches that allegedly violated federal tax law by engaging in partisan advocacy. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of the Western District of Wisconsin on Monday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought…

ACLU sues Ohio school district over Jesus portrait

The American Civil Liberties Union and Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Jackson City School District in Ohio on Thursday over a portrait of Jesus. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a student at Jackson Middle School and two parents, who objected to having the portrait…

Atheist group: ‘Jesus Christ is a myth’ banner theft is a felony hate crime

An anti-religious banner at a city park in Streator, Illinois was stolen on Saturday, and the atheist group that placed it there claims that the theft was a Class 4 felony under Illinois’ hate crime laws. The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Nobody died for our sins. Jesus Christ is a…

Pennsylvania lawmaker sued over ‘Year of the Bible’ resolution

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit over a Pennsylvania resolution declaring 2012 as “The Year of the Bible.” Rep. Rick Saccone (R), who sponsored the resolution and has been named as a defendant in FFRF’s lawsuit, said the resolution “serve[d] as a reminder that we must…

Texas official will remove nativity scene ‘when hell freezes over’

Henderson County Commissioner Joe Hall has vowed to protect a nativity scene on the lawn of the courthouse in downtown Athens, Texas. “I’m an old country boy, you come to my house looking for a fight, you’re going to get one,” he told WFAA. “That’s from the bottom of my…

Atheist group urges California’s Camp Pendleton to remove Christian cross

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Camp Pendleton, a major Marine Corps base near San Diego, to remove a Christian cross on top of a hill in the Camp Horno area. A small group of people, including a military chaplain, erected the 13-foot cross on the hill inside the…

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