When a Child Dies, Is it Right for His Public School to Invoke Religion?

Earlier this week, a football player at Gladewater High School in Texas was in a horrible car accident and lost his life. (His brother, the driver, was hospitalized but later released.) It’s just a devastating loss for that school and the boys’ family, as you might imagine.

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I’ve been at a school when a student dies. It’s awful getting that phone call from an administrator. No teacher wants to think about lesson plans and no student can concentrate in class. At our school, counselors and social workers were made available to any students and faculty members who needed them, and we held a moment of silence over the intercom out of respect to the student and those who were close to her.

At Gladewater, the principal and football coach gathered the students together in the gym to announce the loss

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Here’s Video of the Atheist Invocation in Huntsville, Alabama

Yesterday, Kelly McCauley, an atheist and member of the North Alabama Freethought Association, delivered the first-ever secular invocation in front of the Huntsville City Council in Alabama. You can read more about the lead-up to the event here, but for now, here’s the video and transcript! Dearly Beloved, When the ancients considered the values that [Read More…]

9th Grader in South Carolina Punished for Sitting During the Pledge of Allegiance

Another day, another student wrongly punished for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. In this case, it’s a 9th grader at Right Choices Alternative School in Beaufort, South Carolina.

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to district officials yesterday explaining the problem:



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Alabama Lawmakers Will Propose Bill to Allow Teachers to Pray with Students

Earlier this summer, legislators in North Carolina passed Senate Bill 370, which (unnecessarily) reiterated the rights of students to express their faith in school. These rights were already protected under the law, but you can never appease religious voters too much…



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Mizzou Offers Free Tickets for a Volleyball Game, but Christians Also Get a Special Discount… Somehow

The University of Missouri has a women’s volleyball game airing on ESPN’s SEC Network this weekend, so they want as many people in the crowd as possible to really sell that school pride to the viewing audience. The promotions team, as you might expect, is doing whatever it can to make sure those seats are filled.

That’s why they decided to offer free tickets to anyone who brought in a church bulletin.

We’ve seen restaurants pull that sort of thing before — the general rule is that you have to offer the discount to everyone who brings in any bulletin (including atheist ones).

You might also notice on that screenshot a link to a voucher for “Free Admission.” That was added only recently.

The Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists and Agnostics on campus (MU SASHA) noticed the original offer as well as the revised one and sent the promotions manager an email explaining the legal problems with the church bulletin discount:

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