Despite Impassioned Warning from Board Member, Florida School District Votes to Allow Sectarian Prayers at Meetings

The school board for the School District of Indian River County in Vero Beach, Florida has been considering a resolution that would allow for an invocation at the beginning of its meetings. in the wake of Greece v. Galloway, keep in mind that school boards don’t have the flexibility that city councils have when it comes to sectarian prayers at meetings (since impressionable children may be present). The Freedom From Religion Foundation warned them against it for that reason.

At a meeting last week, when this proposal was voted on, board member Claudia Jiménez (below) gave a stirring speech against adopting the proposal. You can hear it in the video below, beginning at the 18:46:54 mark:



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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Almost Allowed Discrimination Against Atheists

On a day when we honor a great civil rights leader, it’s important to remember that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 nearly included an amendment that would have allowed discrimination against atheists.

Ohio Congressman John Ashbrook (R) wanted to include the following in the bill:

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Beautifully Explains How He Finds Meaning in Life

Brandon Fibbs took a recent speech in which Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how he finds meaning in life, added some nice images to it, and created this video:



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How to Spot a Fake Psychic

I think this is my new favorite kind of article: “real” psychics telling you how to spot the “fake” psychics. We covered one example back in November, but another one has come to my attention.

So let’s see what advice “psychic medium” Khi Armand has to offer:



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School Board Member in Chino Valley (California) Invokes Terrorist Attacks to Defend Prayers During Meetings

A couple of months ago, I posted about the Chino Valley Unified School District (in California), where Board of Education meetings resembled church services.

That’s not an exaggeration at all. Here’s just a snippet of what a meeting looked like:

… CVUSD Board of Education President James Na said [at a meeting] “our lives begin in the hospital and end in the church, and urged everyone who does not know Jesus Christ to go and find Him.” Mr. [Andrew] Cruz “closed by reading Psalm 143.”

In fact, there’s a Bible verse read at most meetings:



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