Americans United And Allies Urge Federal Court To Continue To Block Trump Administration’s Birth Control Rules

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined by 12 religious and civil-rights organizations, late yesterday urged a federal appeals court to affirm a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration’s new rules that would allow employers and universities to cite religious or moral objections as justification to deny employees and students insurance coverage for contraceptives.

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FFRF raises concern over Illinois superintendent’s Christianity promotions

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on an Illinois school district superintendent to end his religious promotion.

A concerned district staff member reported to FFRF that Effingham Unit #40 District Schools Superintendent Mark Doan has been promoting his personal religious beliefs in emails to staff. Typically this promotion has been in attached email “notes” and involving holidays. For example, in November of 2016 Doan emailed his staff a Thanksgiving note titled “Remembering the Goodness of God,” in which he wrote:

“...It is my belief that I am grateful to have the opportunity to try and live my life as God has intended. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Texas School District Pledge Harassment and Bullying Lawsuit Moves Forward

In an order yesterday, Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that American Atheists’ lawsuit against Klein Independent School District (ISD) and a number of school employees could move forward, denying the defendants’ motions to dismiss.

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Five challenges for atheists and secularists in 2016

From Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland.

These are my five challenges for atheists and secularists in 2016.

1. Oppose the silencing word ‘Islamophobia’
2. Promote robust civil dialogue not Internet rage
3. Normalise the use of the word atheism
4. Promote fundamental human rights
5. Promote ethical secular democracy

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Mid-Ohio Atheists event July 21

Mid-Ohio Atheists will host a regional atheist picnic at noon Sunday at the North Park Shelter in Mohican State Park.

The picnic is a family event for atheists, freethinkers and nonbelievers. It is a chance for local religious leaders and believers to take part in a social event and see that nonbelievers are not much different than themselves. It is not a setting for arguments or debates.

The picnic will include a contest to benefit Harmony House, a homeless shelter. The contest will be judged on who brings the most toilet paper, trash bags and paper towels for donation. Prizes will be awarded.

Five speakers are scheduled, and there will be activities for children and adults, including cornhole and Frisbee. Speakers include Frank Zindler, director of American Atheists Press, on “Why only atheists can save the world;” Rachel Johnson, student and podcaster, on “Atheist Activism;” Dan DeMurra, atheist activist and organizer, on “Life Beyond Faith;” Douglas Whaley, OSU professor emeritus, lawyer, LGBT activist and author, on “What atheism can learn from the LGBT movement;” and Shauna Strand Sowga, sociology professor at Columbus State Community College, on “How secularism has affected my life.”

Mid Ohio Atheists is actively building an atheist community in the Mansfield area by having social and educational activities for members. Pub nights and movie nights are regularly scheduled events. A Mohican River canoe adventure is being planned for August and a trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is planned for fall.

For details, email at Mid-Ohio Atheists or go to