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Supreme Court ruling on prayer ignored by Texas School Officials

Supreme Court ruling on prayer ignored by Texas School Officials

In a report by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the the Birdville, Texas School District students are reciting prayers over loudspeakers prior to football games. The Supreme Court ruled this as unconstitutional in Santa Fe Independent School ...

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Teacher petitions Ohio Supreme Court to allow creationism in classroom under claim of academic freedom

Teacher petitions Ohio Supreme Court to allow creationism in classroom under claim of academic freedom

Americans United reports that Mount Vernon, Ohio teacher John Freshwater, the educator who was fired in 2008 for burning a cross on the arm of the son of Jenifer and Steve Dennis in 2007, has filed a petition with the ...

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Supreme Court in Massachusetts set to hear a case against the pledge of allegiance

Supreme Court in Massachusetts set to hear a case against the pledge of allegiance

The Huffington Post reports that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will be hearing an appeal case made by a family of non-believers that challenges their childrens school's mandatory recitement of the Pledge of Allegiance. The family claims that the inclusion ...

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Religious exemption allows some Florida homes to abuse and torture children

Religious exemption allows some Florida homes to abuse and torture children

The Tampa Bay Times reports that some unlicensed religious homes can abuse children and continue operating for years. This is due to a thirty-year-old law that effectively eliminates state oversight on residents who can avoid investigation due to claims that ...

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Indiana school ordered to cease and desist allowing illegal religious activity

Indiana school ordered to cease and desist allowing illegal religious activity

Summit Middle School in Ft. Wayne, IN, has cancelled a youth pastor's visits in response to a decision by a Federal court. The suit was filed against the school by John and Linda Buchanan after learning the pastor was acting ...

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More Afghan girls attend school

More Afghan girls attend school

Some are calling it "a revolution" in education.  With the Taliban no longer in control, many more girls have been allowed to attend school in Afghanistan. In some areas, tents have had to be erected to keep up with the ...

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Child evangelism group and sponsor of 'Good News Clubs' reaches milestone with 100,000 'Boxes of Books'

Child evangelism group and sponsor of 'Good News Clubs' reaches milestone with 100,000 'Boxes of Books'

Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF) describes itself as "a Bible-centered, worldwide organization that is dedicated to seeing every child reached with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, discipled and established in a local church."  CEF believes that the Christian bible ...

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Biblical instruction teaches school children about murdering donkeys and atheists

Biblical instruction teaches school children about murdering donkeys and atheists

Katherine Stewart, journalist and author of The Good News Club, has been warning that there is an effort to include extreme, fundamentalist Christian indoctrination in American schools.  In the May 30, 2012, issue of The Guardian, she noted that one of ...

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Federal district judge wants to make the 10 commandments Establishment Clause compliant–by cutting out the four that mention God

Federal district judge wants to make the 10 commandments Establishment Clause compliant–by cutting out the four that mention God

We reported last September about the ACLU lawsuit against the Giles County, VA school board, who challenged a display of historical documents, including the 10 Commandments that were on the wall of one of the county's high schools.   While ...

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TN lawmaker: "Everybody in this room knows what gateway sexual activity is."

TN lawmaker:  "Everybody in this room knows what gateway sexual activity is."

With the close of the first legislative session of 2012, Tennessee has passed an interesting assortment of conservative legislation, summarized by the Associated Press.  It's now a felony in the state to sell synthetic salts as bath salts and it's ...

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Liberty University students appalled over choice of Romney as commencement speaker; students say Liberty should have gotten a "real Christian"–one student withdraws from the school

Liberty University students appalled over choice of Romney as commencement speaker; students say Liberty should have gotten a "real Christian"–one student withdraws from the school

Liberty University is getting a bit of a reputation for being a hotbed of controversy–first over Liberty's decision to allow controversial conservative pastor Mark Driscoll to speak there earlier in the month, and now for Liberty's choice to have GOP ...

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Missouri’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill advances

Missouri’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill advances

Apparently copying Tennessee, a Missouri committee in the House passed its own “Don’t Say Gay” bill last Thursday.  Rep. Steve Cookson (R-153) sponsors the House bill 2051 and referred to the Elementary and Secondary Education committee on April 19.  The ...

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Federal judge allows gay Ohio teen to wear "Jesus is not a homophobe" T-shirt in school–for now

Federal judge allows gay Ohio teen to wear "Jesus is not a homophobe" T-shirt in school–for now

Aptly named high school junior Maverick Couch celebrated the National Day of Silence in April of 2011 by wearing a T-shirt to school to draw attention to the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. The shirt has a ...

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