Month: February 2017

Government Is Better Off Without Religious Influence

This is a guest post written by New Hampshire State Rep. Brandon Phinney. Patheos Atheism in politics is a polarizing and even taboo subject. We know atheists exist in state and federal legislatures, but we never really talk about it and neither do they. Why is that? Are people somehow afraid if they find out their elected official is an atheist, somehow that person cannot be trusted to govern? Or is the politician more concerned about voter bases and pandering to everyone than their own personal integrity? Last week, I penned a letter detailing the rise of secularism in...

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PIZZAGATE, SATANIC PANIC, AND THE NEW POLITICAL CAPITAL OF CRAZY

  Alse Young Satanic San Francisco I used to think the Satanic Panic was ancient history and conspiracy theories were funny. Then came 2016, Pizzagate, and Trump, and now nothing’s funny anymore. When I talk about religious zealots, fundamentalists, fascists, outspokenly crazy people, and everyone else I categorize as anti-Satanists, I’ll often reference conspiracy theories. These are a dime a dozen on the Internet: Beyonce is pregnant with the antichrist! Siri predicts the Apocalypse! Denver International Airport is a Satanic cathedral! I follow these conspiracy nuts because they’re hilarious and because they sometimes come up with cool ideas no...

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Is a Trump Presidency the Satanic Temple’s Chance to Go Mainstream?

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. By Jennifer Swann LA Weekly It’s become increasingly apparent that Donald Trump’s administration wants to make religion inescapable, even for secularists. Education secretary Betsy DeVos has donated millions of dollars to private religious schools and once described her education reform as a mission to “advance God’s kingdom.” Vice President Mike Pence, a born-again evangelical Christian who cast the tie-breaking vote in DeVos’ Senate confirmation, also has a history of using politics to advance his religious agenda; last month he became the first vice president to speak at the annual anti-abortion March for...

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Veteran’s Memorial in Belle Plaine, MN

Last month, following a legal letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the City of Belle Plaine, MN, removed a large concrete cross from their park. Christian citizens were outraged and, thinking themselves clever, the City Council moved to re-erect the cross as a private donation, thus opening the grounds as a “limited public forum”, meaning that other private donors are allowed to offer displays of their own and the Government neither endorses nor censors based upon viewpoint. The cross, it was said, stood as a memorial to veterans, and the park is meant to harbor private displays that...

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Monuments War in Arkansas

Monuments War in Arkansas The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday in favor a House-backed Bill to revise the procedural protocols for requesting to erect monuments on the State Capitol Grounds. Although the Bill makes no mention of the Baphomet monument request, it’s reasonable to believe that the Bill’s insistence that any monument request must have legislative approval before being considered by the Arts & Grounds Commission is an attempt to block The Satanic Temple’s monuments subcommittee hearing scheduled to take place May 11, 2017, especially as the Bill was penned by Senator Jason Rapert, whose own crusade to erect a...

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