Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren’t invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin’s capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on April 1, giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race, sexual orientation and religion, among other reasons. It’s hardly surprising that such a statute would originate in Madison, an island of liberalism in a conservative-leaning state and the home of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. But the ordinance’s author, Anita Weier, said it didn’t arise from an actual complaint about alleged discrimination based on a lack of religious faith.

Texas approves textbooks with Moses as Founding Father

Christian conservatives win, children lose: Texas textbooks will teach public school students that the Founding Fathers based the Constitution on the Bible, and the American system of democracy was inspired by Moses.

Missouri Satanist: 72-hour waiting period for abortions violates my ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’

Missouri Satanist: 72-hour waiting period for abortions violates my ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’

Religion, Race and Same-Sex Marriage

Support for legal same-sex marriage is strongly related to religion and partisanship. Black Americans, who tend to be Democratic and highly religious, are particularly cross-pressured on this issue.

Republican Religious Fanatics Pose A Much Bigger Threat To Our Country Than ISIS

Republican religious fanatics are peeling our freedom of religion back layer after layer. In fact, there’s been a plan for this in place for many years…

Why the Future of Religion Is Bleak

Source: The Wall Street Journal. Religion has been waning in influence for several centuries, especially in Europe and North America. There have been a few brief and local revivals, but in recent years the pace of decline has accelerated. Today one of the largest categories of religious affiliation in the world – with more than a billion people – is no religion at all, the “Nones.”

Invisible Atheists: The Spread of Disbelief in the Arab World | The New Republic

The spread of disbelief in the Arab world.

Take That, Christian Right — Americans Go to Church About As Much As Godless Europeans | Alternet

America is not a Christian nation. We’re a secular nation that suffers a small but vocal minority of theocrats.

Church Of Bacon Offers Weddings, Baptisms And Funerals To Thousands Of Meat Lovers – (CREDIT: Getty/United Church of Bacon) | Guff

– (CREDIT: Getty/United Church of Bacon) #church, #church of bacon, #bacon, #meat lover

4 Ways Lawmakers Still Grovel to the Christian Right, Even As Right-Wing Religion Declines in America | Alternet

From Bibles to school prayer, legislatures are signaling their religious stripes.