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AZ Atheist Lawmaker Gives Invocation, Then Gets Mocked by Christian Colleague

In 2017, Arizona State Rep. Athena Salman, an openly atheist legislator, delivered an invocation to open up the day’s session. It was a perfectly respectful speech, referring to “the humanity that resides within each and every person here.” Yet it offended Republicans who insisted all invocations needed to invoke a “Higher Power.” One Republican was …

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Justices Let Alabama Execute Death Row Inmate Who Wanted Imam By His Side

Death Row inmate Domineque Ray hoped that when he took his final breath, he could find comfort in the presence of his Muslim spiritual adviser. But the Alabama prison where Ray was awaiting execution wouldn’t allow it. Prison officials would only allow their own Christian chaplain to offer the prisoner solace from inside the execution …

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Proposed Bill in New Mexico Would Grant Medical Licenses to Fake Doctors

A proposed bill in New Mexico would grant medical licenses to fake doctors.  SB 135, sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, would license naturopathic “doctors” to provide primary care to patients who may not realize they’re not seeing professionals who actually know what they’re doing. Unlike real doctors, who accept science, naturopaths promote …

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Idahoans pray ‘change will come’ with faith-healing exemptions

Last year, opponents of Idaho’s faith-healing exemptions marched to the Idaho Statehouse carrying 183 child-sized coffins, meant to represent the children who have reportedly died from medical neglect. This year, it was a smaller and more somber affair. Instead of marching en masse through downtown Boise, a few dozen people gathered in the rotunda of …

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Here’s Why the Supreme Court Must Say the Bladensburg Cross Is Unconstitutional

Next month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association. The case involves the 40-foot-tall “Peace Cross” (a.k.a. the Bladensburg Cross), a World War I memorial in Prince George’s County, Maryland. While supporters of the cross say it’s a perfectly legal war memorial, the AHA argues that it’s …

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Sarah Sanders: God ‘wanted Donald Trump to become president’

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she believes God wanted President Donald Trump to win the 2016 election, the Christian Broadcasting Network reported on Wednesday.   “I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why …

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Democrats Propose Nixing “So Help Me God” from Default Oath in House Committee

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, now run by Democrats under the leadership of Ranking Member Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, will strike the words “So help me God” from the default oath it gives to witnesses who appear before it. The current oath reads like this: “Do you solemnly swear or affirm that the …

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