Knoxville (IA) City Council Finally Votes to Take Christian War Memorial Off Government Land

Remember that display of a kneeling soldier, gun in hand, next to a Christian cross, that sits in taxpayer-funded Young’s Park in Knoxville, Iowa?

In September, the City Council was thinking about privatizing the land on which the Christian memorial sits so it could remain in place.

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After Complaint, Texas Principal Will Stop Promoting Religion While on the Job

Back in September, I posted about a Texas principal who thought he was being paid to act as a priest. Prosper High School Principal Greg Wright preached at a See You at the Pole event and single-handedly formed a Christian club at the school. Neither was legal and both showed a complete disregard for students to handle their own religious activities. At the same time, teachers at the school were leading religious clubs and at least one staffer had religious iconography hanging in her office.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Prosper Independent School District listing Wright’s repeated constitutional violations:

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Texas Primary School Principal’s Office Includes Christian Symbols Everywhere

If you were to walk into Principal Julie Johnson‘s office at Monday Primary School in Kaufman, Texas, this is what you’d see along the way:



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U.S. Ambassador Tweets Support of Holding “No Religious Beliefs” Worldwide, “Free of Persecution & Fear”

Last week, Rabbi David Saperstein tweeted this on International Religious Freedom Day:

On Int’l #ReligiousFreedom Day, we affirm the right to hold no religious beliefs at all, and to do so free of persecution & fear. #humanism

Maybe you’re thinking “That’s nice, but so what?”

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Texas City Council Will Have Two Invocations at Meetings Just in Case an Atheist Delivers One

Last month, I posted about how the Keller City Council in Texas had invocation prayers at meetings. That alone isn’t a problem since the Supreme Court already ruled on its legality. That’s also why, last year, my friend Zach Moore of the Keller Humanists requested to deliver one of those invocations. Mayor Mark Matthews initially said no to him, but eventually relented at the request of the pastor who coordinated the speakers.

There was just one caveat: Moore could speak… but only if he was followed by a Christian speaker.

In other words, they weren’t going to have a meeting without a Christian prayer. It’s like they were saying, “You can┬ásay whatever you want… but we’re going to make sure a Christian has the last word.”



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