Because Margaret Doughty, 65, objected to the pledge to bear arms in defense of the U.S. on her application--she explained that she's morally opposed to war and killing--she must be granted an exception as a conscientious objector. And in order to do that, the immigration office in Houston says the atheist must show proof by Friday that she belongs to a church that holds such views.
Florida members of national advocacy group American Atheists are planning at the end of the month to unveil a large public monument outside the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, across from a controversial display of the Ten Commandments.
A look at the day's political happenings, including Rep. Darrell Issa decides to withdraw a subpoena related to the Benghazi hearings and a top IRS official pleads the Fifth.
A federal judge Monday ruled that Santa Monica, Calif., may ban seasonal displays in parks and other public places, including the prominent Nativity scenes that are put up every holiday season in the city's Palisades Park.
An Indonesian civil servant was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on charges of blaspheming and violating Indonesian Internet laws when he professed his atheism on Facebook.
"God Is Not Great" author Christopher Hitchens got a feel for the evangelical climate at the Air Force Academy in May and came away with some troubling questions. In a column headlined "In Defense of Foxhole Atheists," he asks: "Is there a clique within the United States military that is seeking to use the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as an opportunity to mount a new crusade and to Christianize the 'heathen'?"
It's hard to pick just one nutty attack ad from this election season's overflowing cornucopia o' nonsense, but CNN's Campbell Brown thinks she's found the worst in Sen. Elizabeth Dole's truth-challenged spot insinuating that her Democratic rival, Kay Hagan, is a secret atheist. Updated
So what was with all of the invocations of the deity at last week's Democratic National Convention? Stephen Colbert talks about the Dems' public displays of piety with Lori Lippman Brown, director of the Secular Coalition for America, producing another kind of sacred text to take the Bible's place as he swears Brown in for her "Colbert Report" testimonial.