Florida House Speaker Wants to Change the Law to Allow Football Coaches to Lead Athletes in Prayers to Jesus

This is the Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford:

He’s a Republican. Which is going to become painfully obvious after you hear what he wrote to a public school superintendent the other day:

If a football coach wants to lead a prayer with his players on the field after a game they should be able to do that. I believe that our law we passed (last) year would allow you to set guidelines for it. If not, I will work on a bill for it next year.”

Weatherford doesn’t get how the law works. Including, apparently, the law he passed last year. That legislation — the “Inspirational Message” law, which is really the “Christians are in the majority so we’re gonna pray harder than you” law — gave students the chance to deliver religious messages at public school events provided that they alone got to choose the speaker. It added that school officials — including football coaches — could not participate in or influence the decision of whether a prayer would take place or who would deliver it, a fact that Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning reiterated to his principals last week.

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Author of Erotic Book of Genesis Comes Home to ‘Blasphmy’ Graffiti

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an excerpt from Matthew Stillman‘s new book “Genesis Deflowered,” which eroticizes the Book of Genesis.

Last week, on the doorsteps in front of Matthew’s home in Harlem, he was greeted with misspelled graffiti reading “Blasphmy.”

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A Blog Carnival for Atheist Parenting

If you do any sort of writing about secular parenting, Karen Loethen would love to hear from you for a new Blog Carnival she’s starting up (hey, remember those?!)

If you are blogging on secular parenting, this carnival is the place to share your work with like-minded bloggers. If you are a secular parent, this carnival is to bring good writing to you from others who are DOING IT!

That’s precisely the benefit to participating. This is the sort of thing that can introduce you to a new readership and expose you to other writers in the same boat. If you’d like to submit a recent post, all the information you need is on Karen’s site. [Read more...]

Five Atheism-Related Stories from the Past Week That Left Me Shaking My Head…

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses five stories from the past week that left me shaking my head:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next! [Read more...]

Christians Know How to Twerk It

As one person on Twitter joked, faith without twerks is dead.

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