School Official Upset That Students are Informed of Their Rights


In Florida, state law requires schools to lead students in reciting the pledge of allegiance every day but also requires them to inform students that they have a right not to do so. The superintendent of the Santa Rosa County school district doesn't like that posting requirement and is publicly making it clear that if he had his way, he would keep students ignorant of their First Amendment rights. … [Read more...]

Virginia County GOP Creates ‘Christian Heritage’ Flier

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The Republican Party of Augusta County, Virginia recently distributed a flier calling on voters to "preserve our Christian heritage" by voting Republican in a Nov. 3rd election. The official who created the ad seems more than just a bit confused about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers, unsurprisingly. He thinks the founders only wanted Christians to be in office. … [Read more...]

Another Teacher Doesn’t Understand the Law


The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center has sent a letter to the East Syracuse Minoa School District in New York after a teacher there berated and bullied a student for not standing and reciting the pledge of allegiance. The teacher reportedly told the student "I don’t care about the law" when she told him she had a legal right not to say the pledge. … [Read more...]

ACLU Suing OK County Over Ten Commandments Monument

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A couple weeks ago, when the Oklahoma state government finally complied with an order from the state supreme court and removed a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds, the geniuses in charge of Johnston County, OK, decided to take a stand for Jesus and put up their own monument at the court house. I said then that they'd get sued and lose and, voila, the ACLU has announced it will sue the county. … [Read more...]

Land Suddenly Loves Separation of Church and State


Richard Land, former chair of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and now president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, has suddenly discovered that he loves the First Amendment's separation of church and state. Well, he loves it as long as it applies to Muslims, that is. Separation of mosque and state is very important to him. … [Read more...]

Jefferson’s Views on Liberty


The Worldnetdaily is promoting a book by Joshua Charles that gives us the familiar Christian right conception of liberty while pretending that this is what "the founders" believed as well. He argues that the notion of liberty was much narrower for the founding fathers than we consider it today, and he very oddly tries to make Thomas Jefferson appear to back up his point: … [Read more...]

Atheist Wins Big Award Over Forced Religious Rehab

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This is awesome news. An atheist in California who was sent to prison for violating his parole after complaining about being forced to attend a faith-based rehabilitation program as a condition of that parole has been awarded almost $2 million. A jury initially agreed that his rights were violated, but refused to grant him compensation for it, but the appeals court has overturned that verdict. … [Read more...]

These Commenters Don’t Seem to Like Mikey


The Patriot Post has an article about Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation fighting to have a "God bless the troops" sign removed from a Marine base in Hawaii (general rule of thumb: if it has the word "patriot" in the title, it's quite likely to be incredibly simpleminded and dumb). The article itself is bad enough, but the comments on it are even worse. … [Read more...]

Steven Hewett is Causing Trouble Again

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Steven Hewett, the decorated veteran of the war in Afghanistan who successfully fought his hometown of King, North Carolina to make them stop flying the Christian flag over a public veterans memorial, is causing trouble again. Now he's challenging the exclusively Christian prayers before every county board of commissioners meeting. The county commission seems to think they've found a clever way around the law. … [Read more...]

Football Coach Prepares to Get Fired or Sued

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An assistant football coach from Bremerton, Washington who was told by the school superintendent that he cannot pray with and preach at the players on the football field after a game ends is taking a stand for Jesus and preparing to get fired or get the school sued. Joe Kennedy says he's going to defy those instructions from the school administration after this week's game. … [Read more...]

Christians Take Over School Board Meeting

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The Okaloosa County School District in Florida is already in some legal trouble after a 2nd grade teacher allegedly led her students in prayer during class time, but they seem intent on doubling down and making it worse. The school board there just voted to hold Christian prayers before school board meetings, something that the courts have uniformly said is illegal (yes, even after Greece v Galloway, which involved city council meetings, not school board meetings). And they're being spurred on … [Read more...]

George and Gallagher, Together Again

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Robert George, legal scholar at Princeton and a furious opponent of marriage equality, and Maggie Gallagher, former head of the National Organization for Marriage, are working together once again on George's new organization, the Campaign for American Principles. By "principles," of course, they mean bigotry and inequality, the only two things they value. Gallagher shows her characteristic dishonesty in discussing the Oklahoma Ten Commandments monument. … [Read more...]