(RNS) U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that the Freedom from Religion Foundation “has standing to seek an order requiring the IRS to treat religious organizations no more favorably than it treats the Foundation.”
(RNS) "We are not a church," atheists say. Government lawyers disagree, saying atheist leaders can be considered ministers.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) A resolution aiming to give North Carolina the freedom to defy the Constitution and establish its own religion won’t get a vote in the N.C. General Assembly, but religious minorities say it's a dangerous sign for a majority-Christian state with a growing minority population.
AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) The annual Easter weekend convention of American Atheists is a delicate balancing act between the group’s image as the angry bulldog of secular organizations and its need to attract younger and less strident nonbelievers.
(RNS) A billboard bearing a positive message about atheism has been vandalized -- again. A billboard posted in Chico, Calif., that originally read “Don’t believe in God? Join the club” ...
(RNS) A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for not challenging the tax-exempt status of churches whose pastors engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) A public watchdog group is charging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with openly politicking on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and wants the Internal Revenue Service to explore revoking the hierarchy’s tax-exempt status. By David Gibson.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by an atheist group that challenged a "Year of the Bible" resolution passed early this year by state lawmakers, but also questioned whether the resolution should have been adopted at all. By Matt Miller.
(RNS) Texas cheerleaders can continue to use banners with Bible verses after a court granted a temporary restraining order against their school district. By Adelle M. Banks.
LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) For more than a year, Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen in Lancaster County, Pa., has offered a Sunday special: Diners who bring in a current church bulletin receive 10 percent off the purchase of their dinners. But the promotion rubs atheists the wrong way. By Sue Gleiter.
(RNS) The city council of Santa Monica, Calif., has voted to halt unattended, private displays in a public park after a fight last year between atheists and Christians who had erected Nativity scenes for decades. By Adelle M. Banks.
BETHESDA, Md. (RNS) The goal of the Clergy Project is not to pull pastors from the pulpit, but to provide those who have already lost their faith with a safe place to anonymously discuss what what’s next. By Kimberly Winston.