FFRF Sues CA School for Refusing to Promote Scholarship

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal suit against the Antelope Valley Union High School District in California for unequal treatment after the school refused to include a scholarship contest for atheist students in the list of scholarships they sent out to parents. … [Read more...]

The Consequences of Refusing to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Hemant flags this story that I'd somehow missed about a high school student in Louisiana who refused to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, a right that has been guaranteed for nearly 75 years by the Supreme Court, and the appalling response of the teacher and the entire administration. From a letter the AHA sent to the school: … [Read more...]

Another Follow Up on the Pastafarian Court Ruling

I continue to see an enormous number of people missing the point when it comes to the recent court ruling that says Pastafarianism is not a religion for the purposes of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, along with others who raise interesting and valid concerns about it. So, another post on the topic. … [Read more...]

Federal Court Rules Pastafarianism Is Not a Religion

Here's an interesting item. A prison inmate in Nebraska filed a lawsuit demanding accommodation for his religious beliefs. Those beliefs? "FSMism," or Pastafarianism, based on the now-tired invention of a parody religion. The court ruled that FSMism is not, in fact, a religion under purposes of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. … [Read more...]

Does Historical Action Automatically Determine Constitutional Meaning?

I've been reading the book Inventing a Christian America by Steven Green, Director of the Center for Religion, Law, and Democracy at Willamette University.There's an interesting discussion of originalism and the idea that the actions of the first congress are dispositive of the meaning of a given constitutional provision. … [Read more...]

Fired Preaching Cop Proves That Decision Correct

So you've probably read by now about the Indiana State Trooper who was fired after being sued for the second time for abusing his position to preach to people he pulls over for traffic violations. His reaction to that firing proves definitively that they were absolutely right to can him. … [Read more...]

Apparently, Ridicule Violates Religious Freedom

A guy named Richard Nelson, head of a group called the Commonwealth Policy Center, has a staggeringly dumb op-ed in a Kentucky newspaper entitled "Atheist group’s plan to ridicule the Ark Park reinforces need for religious liberty laws." The arguments in it are so bad that he really ought to be embarrassed, but I'm sure he isn't. … [Read more...]

Idaho Governor Vetoes Bible-in-School Bill

Remember that bill in Idaho that said teachers could use the Bible as a reference in a whole range of classes in public schools? Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican, has vetoed the bill, calling it unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

Judge Jesus Orders School Board to Pay $200K in Legal Fees to FFRF

A federal judge by the perfect name of Jesus Bernal ruled last week that the Chino Valley School District must pay more than $200,000 in legal fees to the Freedom From Religion Foundation after losing a lawsuit over the board's constant Christian proselytization during official meetings. … [Read more...]

Neil Carter on God’s Not Dead 2: Electric Boogaloo

Neil Carter went to see God's Not Dead 2: Electric Boogaloo and has a long, detailed review of the movie. It's everything we could have expected after watching the first one, loaded with ridiculous caricatures and wildly unlikely elements to form a giant lie about the faux persecution Christians allegedly suffer. … [Read more...]

The Arkansas Teacher Story Gets Even Worse

Man, the story of that Arkansas teacher who shows The Passion of the Christ to his students was even worse than I thought. He accompanied that with a right-wing political rant and a quiz about the movie that was pure proselytization. It could have come from a Sunday school class. And that teacher has a history: … [Read more...]

Ark. Teacher Shows ‘Passion of the Christ’ to Class

A totally clueless history teacher in Arkansas, who was teaching history after 1890, decided that it was a good idea to show the gruesome movie The Passion of the Christ, which has nothing remotely to do with that topic, to his class. He got suspended for it, as he should. … [Read more...]