A School Prayer Bill in Mississippi Will Allow for More Student-Led, Administration-Supported Proselytization

Let’s get this straight right now: Students are allowed to pray in school. No one has ever taken that right away from them. What public schools can’t do is force everyone to say a prayer over the loudspeaker, at a football game, at an assembly, etc.

So you have to wonder why Senate Bill 2633 (PDF) in Mississippi is even necessary. The bill, called the “Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013,” would take those rights and then tack on a whole bunch of illegal methods of pushing religion in school.

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City Council Member Who Wants Prayer at Meetings: ‘This is a Government Institution, Not a Secular Institution’

In nearby Meade County, the Commissioners want to “show their solidarity” with their Rapid City counterparts by praying at their next meeting.

At least one person (not on the council) had the good sense to speak out against it: [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins Appears in Ned Flanders’ Nightmare on The Simpsons

In Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons (titled “Black-Eyed, Please”), Richard Dawkins made an appearance in Ned Flanders‘ nightmare.

The setup: In a rare showing of rage, Ned Flanders lost his patience with Homer Simpson and punched him in the face. Wracked with guilt over his actions, Flanders has a nightmare about how he’ll end up in Hell… alongside partially nude statues, people who have non-Jesus-y beards, and giant demon Richard Dawkins:

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Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day Approaching

The Secular Coalition for America is sponsoring a Lobby Day this April. With the schedule the way it is, it almost seems like a full-fledged conference. The event takes place April 24th-26th, they’re expecting to be addressed by two sitting members of Congress as well as a White House official, and the panels are focused on issues we can actually change through legislation (e.g. Science education, religion and taxes, etc).

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Help These Secular Grad Students Do Volunteer Work in the Appalachians

The Humanist Graduate Community at Harvard is heading on a trip to Kentucky during Spring Break to do some volunteer work and make the world a better place: [Read more...]


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