Secular Coalition for America Fails Nearly 60% of Congress (Including Many, Many Republicans) in 2013 Scorecard

The Secular Coalition for America has released its 2013 Congressional Report Cards and things aren’t looking all that great. (Though it’s slightly better in the Senate than in the House.)

First, the U.S. House of Representatives:

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The Debate Over Gay Marriage is Precisely What Christians Will Be Known For

Blogger Kristen Howerton, writing for On Faith, asks Christians what she perceives to be a vital question:

Christians will likely continue to be divided over the issue of same-sex marriage and relationships. But unfortunately, these debates seem to be taking center stage as we interact with the world. Is this what we want to be known for? My hope is that we can begin to make peace with each other over this issue and move forward despite our differences, and put the focus back where it’s supposed to be: sharing God’s love.

“Is this what we want to be known for?”

That’s a great question… 10 years ago.

Now, it makes about as much sense as asking people if they still prefer their CD players over their iPods. The majority of us answered and moved past the gay marriage question a long time ago. The better question is: “What’s taking Protestants so damn long to do the same?”

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In Response to Public Elementary Schools’ Bible Giveaway, Atheists Offer Their Own Books… and Parents Keep Kids Home

Remember how, earlier this year, Gideons International was allowed to leave Bibles at a Kentucky public elementary school for children to pick up? And remember how atheist groups wanted to take advantage of the same rules and leave books promoting Humanism at the school?

Well guess how that went?

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After Blocking Child’s Attempt to Make the Wooly Mammoth South Carolina’s State Fossil, Senator Withdraws Objection

Last week, I told you about how third grader Olivia McConnell wrote to her state representatives earlier this year with a request: South Carolina didn’t have an official state fossil, so could the Wooly Mammoth claim that title? … Olivia gave her reasons: 1. One of the first discoveries of a vertebrae fossil in North [Read More…]

After Religious Schools Censor Questions About Evolution on Standardized Tests, UK Regulatory Group Bans the Practice

About a month ago, we learned that at least one religious school in England gave students a required standardized science exam… with some of the questions redacted:

Those students were, therefore, unable to answer those questions. Turns out the reason for the blackouts was that the questions delved into the topic of evolution, something that one school advisor said flew in the face of their “ethos and culture.”

In the U.S., private religious schools don’t have to give these exams, but the schools we’re talking about here are “voluntary aided” schools, meaning they are funded mostly by the state and required to follow certain state protocols, despite being religious in nature.

The National Secular Society rightly felt that faith wasn’t a good excuse to shortchange these students’ education. They filed a freedom of information request and discovered that, not only were school officials blocking questions about evolution, but also that government officials were complicit in the process!

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