North Carolina Charter School Suspends All Clubs So That LGBT Students Can’t Meet

A charter school in North Carolina has temporarily suspended all clubs just to prevent an LGBT student group from meeting.

It’s happening at Lake Lure Classical Academy (a charter school that receives taxpayer funding), where students formed a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Club, something they have every right to do.

They have that right because of the Equal Access Act, which has been in effect for decades now. The EAA says that if a public high school allows any extra-curricular clubs, then administrators must allow all of them (within reason). While it was initially a way to get Christian clubs in schools, it has been used to defend Gay-Straight Alliances and Secular Student Alliance groups as well.

In this case, though, the mere existence of LGBT people has offended some Christians.

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Aziz Ansari Tells Conan O’Brien What It’s Like to Eat Pork Around His Muslim Parents

Comedian Aziz Ansari, who’s not religious, recently spent a lot of time around his Muslim parents as they filmed his new Netflix show Master of None. While the filming went fine, there was a lot of tension during dinners with them since he and his girlfriend eat pork and they (obviously) don’t.

Ansari told Conan O’Brien how all of that played out and it’s hilarious:



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Check Out These Scientific Alternatives to Traditional Christmas Carols

A group called Scientific Songs of Praise will soon release an album offering alternatives to traditional Christmas music.

Like “Solar Night” (instead of “Silent Night”).



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An Ex-Muslim Explains Why She Left the Faith

Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist recently interviewed Sarah Haider, a former Shia Muslim who works with the Ex-Muslims of North America. She talks about what caused her to step away from the faith:



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The FBI’s 2014 Hate Crimes Report Shows That Atheists Were Almost Never Victims

The FBI just released its 2014 Hate Crime Statistics report, and I think it’s always valuable to realize how relatively good we have it compared to other kinds of minorities.



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