Secular Coalition Launches Petition to Shed Light on Dark Money in Churches | Secular Coalition for America

Washington, D.C. — The Secular Coalition for America issued an online petition calling for the IRS to hold religious nonprofits accountable to the same standards as secular nonprofits. The petition urges the IRS to lobby Congress in support of amending the tax code to require that churches file the 990 form, which makes financial information available for the public record.
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Can atheists swear in the name of Constitution: PIL filed in Bombay HC | india | Hindustan Times


The question came to the discussion table in Bombay high court on Thursday when two petitions were filed seeking liberty to people who are “atheists”to take oath in the name of Constitution in the courts, instead of swearing in the name of God.
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Growing beyond religion – timesofmalta.com


A survey published by MaltaToday over the Easter weekend took a look at the evolving social landscape in Malta by examining the role that religion plays in people’s lives. Some very interesting details emerged.
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Tennessee governor vetoes law christening Bible as official book | Reuters


The governor of Tennessee vetoed legislation on Thursday that would have made the Christian Bible the state’s official book, saying it would violate the U.S. Constitution, but lawmakers vowed to hold a vote to overrule his decision.
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Can Science and Religion Get Along? | Big Think


New research verifies that each addresses a separate cognitive domain.
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Letting them die: parents refuse medical help for children in the name of Christ | US news | The Guardian


The Followers of Christ is a religious sect that preaches faith healing in states such as Idaho, which offers a faith-based shield for felony crimes – despite alarming child mortality rates among these groups
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Pastafarianism is Not a Real Religion, Judge Tells Prisoner in Completely Serious Decision


Stephen Cavanaugh is a prisoner currently being held in the Nebraska State Penitentiary. As a prisoner, he has the right to practice his religion and get special perks associated with being part of an organized belief system — as he says, “the ability to order and wear religious clothing and pendants, the right to meet for weekly worship services and classes and the right to receive communion.”

But Cavanaugh filed a lawsuit recently saying the prison was denying him these opportunities… all because he was a Pastafarian. (Seriously.)
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Once Again, Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) Introduces Resolution Celebrating “National Day of Reason”


Take that, Jesus!
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Religious day cares get freedom from oversight, with tragic results | Reveal


The God Loophole: Thousands of religious day cares across America legally are allowed to run their facilities with little government oversight. But freedom from regulation can come at a high price for children. And when things go wrong, parents have little recourse.
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Atheists Sue California School District for Not Sharing Their Scholarship Offers with Students


The only people this discriminatory policy hurts are the kids.
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