Maryland City Council Member Won’t Take Oath on Bible Because That’s Not What She Was Elected to Uphold

Jessica Fitzwater (below) just won a seat on the Frederick County Council in Maryland, and I already have reason to like her. On December 1, when she takes the oath of office, she won’t be swearing in on a Bible:

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Louisiana School District Apologizes for Veterans Day Assembly That Included Christian Prayer

A couple of days ago, I posted about a Veterans Day assembly that took place at Morgan City High School in Louisiana. It began with a Christian prayer — and students were told to stand up and bow their heads. The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center wanted assurances it would never happen again:

It didn’t take long for the district to admit the prayer never should have happened. In a statement released by the superintendent and a district attorney, they said the blatant Christianity was “not consistent with district policy”:

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Student Disrupts Classmates’ Education by Preaching and School Officials Asked Him to Stop… So He’s Suing Them

Church/state separation advocates have been saying for a long time that prayer is perfectly legal is public schools. Even though teachers and administrators can’t lead them, students are welcome to pray on their own time. They can form Christian clubs after school, too, just like everyone else.

What they can’t do is pretend their religion gives them special rights. Yet, that’s exactly what Michael Leal, a senior at Cascade High School in Washington, is claiming. Leal has been obnoxiously preaching his faith during school events, creating a disturbance everywhere he goes. School officials told him to knock it off — so, of course, he’s suing them claiming his free speech rights are under attack:

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Military Suicide Prevention Training Includes This Solution: “Invite Jesus Into Whatever You’re Feeling”

Just a day after Congress held a hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the military, during which four Christians talked about how rough they had it, there was a perfect example of how Christians take things too far.

During a suicide prevention training for the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, the battalion chaplain offered everyone explicitly biblical solutions with this handout which states that those who are suicidal should just “Invite Jesus into whatever you’re feeling.”

Jason Torpy, President of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, explained the problem:

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New Survey Shows That Partisanship, More Than Religion, Affects Your Views on Climate Change

The results of a new survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute and the American Academy of Religion show that partisanship matters more than religion when it comes to the acceptance of climate change.

Case in point: It’s not the Unaffiliated (atheists, Agnostics, and those who believe in God but don’t use a religious label) who are most concerned about it. That distinction belongs to Hispanic Catholics (who also tend to vote Democrat), with Black Protestants not too far behind.

White Catholics, however, rank lowest on the list:

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