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frown July 25 — A new South Dakota law mandates displaying an “In God We Trust” logo in all public schools. The law — insultingly confusing patriotism with piety — is part of the nationwide legislative push by Project Blitz, which is a stealth campaign to inject religious bills into state legislatures across the country. [read more]
frown July 16 — The city of Mount Vernon, Ill., has issued a proclamation establishing a day to “recognize God in our City.” Further, Mount Vernon took the step of officially recognizing “the biblical five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, and evangelists.” By so doing, the city unilaterally decided to discard the Constitutionally mandated separation of church and state in favor of the mayor’s preferred vision of a Christian theocracy. [read more]
frown July 16 — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a change to its directive on “Religious Symbols in VA Facilities.”  Instead of protecting religious freedom, the new guidelines will embolden misguided government employees to promote religion with government-endorsed displays on VA property. [read more]
smileJuly 12 — The U.S. House of Representatives approved two amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would expand contraception and reproductive health care access for service members. Most service members receive health insurance coverage through TRICARE, which currently does not offer comprehensive contraception coverage and reproductive health care resources for service members and their families. [read more]
smile July 8 — The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today unanimously ruled that the Brevard County, Fla., Commissioners’ policy of using religious beliefs to determine who can offer invocations at public meetings is unconstitutional, discriminatory and a violation of religious freedom. Judge Stanley Marcus opined: “In selecting invocation speakers, the commissioners may not categorically exclude from consideration speakers from a religion simply because they do not like the nature of its beliefs.” [see details]
neutralJune 28 — A new study by European researchers has found one in 10 people have undergone a “near-death experience.” The findings were presented at the fifth European Academy of Neurology Congress. The study analyzed 1,034 people from 35 countries and found that 289 people reported a near-death experience with varying spiritual and physical symptoms. [see details]
frownJune 27 — Arkansas legislators have passed a law that bans abortion based on a person’s motivation for seeking one. This would turn patients into suspects, health providers into investigators, and clinics into interrogation rooms. [read more]
K June 21, 2019 — Oscar-winning director, Ron Howard, threatens to boycott Georgia and other states over abortion. [read details]
L June 21, 2019 — A Church's Police Force! The Governor of Alabama has signed a law allowing a Presbyterian church to form its own police squad. Pastor Harry Reeder III has publicly stated that God's decree is supreme and must be obeyed even if this means contravening secular law, [read details]
L June 19, 2019 — Tony Perkins, a notorious anti-LGBTQ hate monger,  has been announced as the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). “It is ironic that someone who is so widely known for intolerance outside of his brand of American Christianity would be authorized to defend religious freedom internationally,” states FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. [read details]
K June 18, 2019 — Startup that makes sex toys for women sues New York transit system for banning its ads [read details]
K June 5, 2019 — Town officials asked if they would display Satanic Temple relic in public square. [read details]
J June 3, 2019 — U.S. Court of Appeals rules that individuals often have a First Amendment right to utter profanity — even "Fuck You," directed at police officers. [see details]
J May, 2019 — A New Jersey condominium association cannot maintain gender-segregated hours at a community swimming pool, a federal appeals court has ruled. [read details]
J May 2, 2019 — The 2019 IANDS Conference, themed “Revolutionary Experiences,” will be held August 29 thru September 1 in King of Prussia Pennsylvania. Keynote Speakers are Suzanne Giesemann, Bruce Greyson, Rev. Bill McDonald, and Nancy Rynes. [see details]
J May 2, 2019 — Today, Congress moved to protect access to safe, legal abortion across the country, with the introduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) [see details]
J May 2, 2019 — N.C. governor vetos "needless legislation [that] would criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist." [read details]
K April 25, 2019 — The number of Americans who are bisexual has tripled in the past decade - and women are driving the increase, General Social Survey data shows [read details]
J April 23, 2019 — Religion is not a license to discriminate, says the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling that allows the city of Philadelphia to terminate a contract with Catholic Social Services. The appeals court also rejected assertions that the equal enforcement of civil rights laws is somehow a form of anti-religious hostility. [read details]
L April 22, 2019 — Secular invocations barred for U.S. House of Representatives, by ruling of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "Atheist not qualified" claims House chaplain, Patrick J. Conroy, whose salary is paid by American citizens. [read details]
L April 20, 2019 — New Ohio law blocks access to health care and education provided by Planned Parenthood. This law strips funding that helps Planned Parenthood provide Ohioans with 70,000 free STD and HIV tests, cancer screenings, domestic violence education, and Planned Parenthood’s Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program to reduce infant mortality. [read details]
J March 31, 2019 — A free online course on  “Survival of Death and Parapsychology” sponsored by Parapsychology Research and Education, Inc., is open for enrollment until May 31st. The faculty is both extensive and impressive. [read details]
J March 26, 2019 — 80% of hospice residents have reported visions of the deceased, according to a new report based on the work of Dr. Christopher Kerr and his team at Hospice Buffalo in New York. They have been recording death-bed visions for 10 years and compiled 1,400 cases. [see details]
L March 17, 2019 — Proposed bills seek to deny science, teach the Bible, and ban Shakespeare in public schools in Florida. [read details]