Here’s an interesting situation in Lumpkin County, Georgia, where a high school coach and some 50 students decided to pray for two hours in the coach’s office rather than go to class. And the superintendent of the school system is engaging in some serious double talk on the issue. Here’s what happened:
Category Archive: Church and State
May 09 2013
May 08 2013
The religious right is still freaking out about an entirely fictional claim about the Pentagon supposedly getting ready to court martial Christians for talking to their fellow soldiers about Christianity. Sen. Roger Wicker says he’s going to get to the bottom of this:
May 08 2013
The passive distribution of atheist and secular pamphlets at a number of schools in Orange County, Florida took place last week but there was some apparent tampering. The table included an invitation to an event, as the Bibles that were distributed earlier, but those invitations were apparently taken out. The local Fox station had a …
May 06 2013
That’s the latest freakout from the usual suspects (Todd Starnes, Breitbart, etc), the claim that a new policy on proselytizing is going to lead to the military court martialing anyone who expresses their Christianity. Like every other freakout they have, it’s total nonsense. Here are the actual regulations from the Air Force:
May 06 2013
Thursday, May 2 was the annual National Day of Prayer, decreed by Congress to be so. As all presidents do, President Obama issued a declaration on the matter. But the Worldnutdaily is clutching their pearls because Obama, like the Muslim atheist commie terrorist that he is, “cleansed” the declaration of Christianity.
May 03 2013
Here’s a bit of good news. A collection of atheist, agnostic and humanist books will be made available to students at schools in Orange County, Florida on May 2. This resulted from a consent decree in a court case over the distribution of Bibles in those same schools.
May 02 2013
I’ve always found the phrase “Judeo-Christian” to be utterly nonsensical. The religious right loves it, of course, because they think it makes them sound diverse and makes it sound as though Jews were on their side. That is rarely the case, other than sometimes when it comes to support for Israel. Here’s a situation that …
May 01 2013
After the school board in St. John’s County, Florida decided not to adopt a policy allowing prayer at graduation ceremonies, our old pal Gordon Klingenschmitt, one of the truly bottom-feeding grifters on Planet Wingnuttia, is offering $1000 to any student there who will pray “in Jesus’ name” during their graduation ceremony. But first, he tells …
Apr 30 2013
The Rankin County School District in Mississippi has been sued by the American Humanist Association on behalf of a student after the school held several mandatory school assemblies for Christian proselytizing at Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood. You can read the full complaint here.
Apr 29 2013
The National Day of Prayer, an event chaired by James Dobson’s wife, Shirley, happens every year. And every year, President Obama has issued an official proclamation for the event. But the Dobsons are none too happy that he isn’t showing up in person:
Apr 25 2013
David Barton delivered a delightfully whacky explanation of his position that it would be unconstitutional to allow same-sex marriage. It’s the same argument Alan Keyes likes to make, that since the Declaration of Independence mention’s a creator, anything that their God allegedly disapproves of can’t be made legal. And he throws in some more specific …
Apr 24 2013
The ACLU is trying to get a Kansas school district to cancel a mandatory school assembly put on by the Creation Truth Foundation, an Oklahoma creationist group. The assembly is going to be about dinosaurs, which this group claims were in the Bible and lived alongside human beings.
Apr 23 2013
Remember a couple years ago when a South Carolina middle school held a mandatory assembly featuring evangelist Christian Chapman and horrible Christian rapper B-SHOC? A suit was filed and the school agreed to a consent decree forbidding a huge range of clearly unconstitutional actions by the school. A South Carolina newspaper now tells the story …
Apr 22 2013
The blog Scholars and Rogues has an amusing look at the problems inherent in the attempt in North Carolina to pass a bill allowing them to establish an official state religion (Christianity, of course). The obvious question: which version of Christianity should be made official?
Apr 17 2013
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has succeeded in forcing a school system in Jackson, Kentucky to remove Ten Commandments displays from classrooms throughout the district. The Kentucky State Board of Education sent out instructions saying they had to be taken down: