Alabama School District: We Totally Want to Keep Christian Prayers Before Football Games, but the Law Says We Can’t

It’s hard to believe that some public high schools still have explicitly Christian prayers before football games… and even harder to believe that no one has the knowledge or courage to report it.

But that’s what was happening in Alabama’s Piedmont City School District until the Freedom From Religion Foundation stepped in this past March:

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Ohio School District May “Sell” Abandoned Building Worth $1,200,000 to Local Church for $1

In 1912, a high school was built on 29 acres of land in Monroe, Ohio. That building is no longer used and now sits in complete disarray, but treating it for asbestos and demolishing it would require more than $1,000,000 that the Monroe Local School District Board of Education doesn’t want to spend.

The board has three options for what they can do with the building: They can sell it to the city (likely for an amount far less than its appraised value), demolish the building, or sell it to the Monroe First Church of God for (literally) a buck.

Oh, by the way, board member Tim Carpenter (below) happens to be a member of that church…



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I’ve Never Had Them Grilled…

They finally opened a restaurant for atheists in Boston!



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California School District Apologizes to Student Reprimanded for Sitting During the Pledge

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a seventh grader in the San Jacinto Unified School District in California. He was reprimanded by his teacher after remaining seated during the Pledge of Allegiance. As usual, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center was on it:



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After Atheists Blow the Whistle, Sioux Falls Officials Pull Back on Religious Snow Plow Messages

Two weeks ago, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the city held an event called “Paint the Plows.” It’s a cute idea. They get representatives from local schools (and youth groups) to paint the snow plows the city will use when the snow hits.

The problem is that two of the participating schools were Christian and painted religious messages on the plows… which could be a problem when the city begins driving them this winter:



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