In Defense of the Student Who Wanted to Hand Out Candy Canes with Biblical Messages on Them

Here’s the setup: Just before the holidays, 6-year-old Isaiah Martinez (below) went to Merced Elementary School in West Covina, California with a pack of candy canes in hand to give to his classmates. Each candy cane had attached to it a religious message that told the “legend of the candy cane” which, believe it or not, has everything to do with Jesus dying on a cross.

His teacher, not wanting to get in trouble, removed the messages from the candy canes, then handed them back to Isaiah to give to his friends, apparently telling him “Jesus is not allowed in school.”

So, of course, a Christian group is threatening to file a lawsuit against the district:

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How Come No One with a Near-Death Experience Ever Writes About This?

Daniel Midgley sets us up with a Colton-Burpo-like book…



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The Secular Pathfinders Are Trying to Build Latrines in Haiti

Atheists spend a lot of time talking about how to improve the world, but the four students who are part of the Pathfinders Project are actually doing that overseas right now.

One of the projects they’re working on (with Children of the Border) is building latrines for people in La Fond-Jeannette, Haiti, a community still dealing with the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

If you can help them out, every $300 raised is enough for one more latrine.



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Satanic Temple Reveals the Monument They Want to Install Outside the Oklahoma Capitol Building

About a month ago, the Satanic Temple made nationwide headlines when they said they wanted to donate a monument to be placed in outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building, where a Ten Commandments monument already stood: That was soon followed by a request from a Hindu group that wanted to erect a monument of Lord [Read More...]

Spokesperson for Irish President: It’s ‘Inappropriate’ To Ask Him About His Religious Beliefs

When Michael Higgins was running to become the President of Ireland in 2011, he told Atheist Ireland of his desire for a country more inclusive of the non-religious perspective, including the re-examination of the presidential oath with its godly language (“May God direct and sustain me”):

Do you personally agree that, as a President elected by the people, many of whom do not believe in a god, you should be required to publicly ask a god to “direct” you in your work as our President?

Clearly, if I am elected President I will take the oath: I embarked upon this campaign in the knowledge that this would be expected of me if elected. There is to be a constitutional convention in the new year — which I fully support — and it is at this forum that matters such as the oath ought to be examined. It is of great importance that the Presidency and all surrounding it ought to be fit for purpose for a modern state with a population comprising a large number of different religious beliefs as well as none.

In the time since his election, he appears to have lived up to his words. Even his last three Christmas addresses have included no mention of Christ or Christianity.

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