It’s Hard to Teach Kids About Religion When Their Parents Can’t Handle Different Beliefs

When it comes to religion in public schools, there are serious questions we should be talking about: What should schools teach about the world’s major beliefs? At what age should children be exposed to that information? And what happens when parents complain about their kids learning information that contradicts their family’s beliefs?

Education journalist Linda K. Wertheimer explores these questions in her new book Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance (Beacon Press, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Wertheimer shares the story of parents who couldn’t handle their son being taught about the basic tenets of Islam:

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We Are Like Stones: The Beauty of Nihilism

We are mortal, yet we think we’re eternal. That often prevents us from making the most of our lives now.

Derek Muller takes that information and turns it into something surprisingly optimistic and beautiful:

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Christian Pastor (Who’s Bad at Math): Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Eliminate the National Debt

We know fundamentalist Christian pastors can’t do science. Turns out they can’t do math either.

The U.S. national debt is well over $18 trillion ($18,350,000,000,000 and counting).

Pastor Craig Conner of First Baptist Church in Panama City, Florida thinks we could wipe it out entirely if the government would just defund Planned Parenthood… which receives $540 million of taxpayer money each year (none of which goes toward abortions).

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Three More Men Arrested for Murdering Atheist Bloggers in Bangladesh

Nearly two weeks ago, 40-year-old Niloy Neel (below), an organizer of Science and Rationalists’ Association of India, was brutally murdered by assailants in Bangladesh — they decapitated him in his home and cut his hands off. He’s the fourth atheist blogger to be killed in the country this year.

Following the arrest of two men last week in connection with Neel’s murder, another three have now been taken into custody by Bangladeshi police. All of them have been associated with the militant Ansarullah Bangla Team and the latest arrests are in conjunction with the deaths of Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das:

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Art Project Shines Light on Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith’s 34 Wives

Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, has 34 wives. (That’s a fact even the Church now admits.)

And just in case anyone forgets, Leslie O. Peterson drew pictures of all of them for an art project:

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