A School District Bans ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ After Parents Complain… but the Fight’s Not Over Yet

If you’re a middle school student — or any student, really — you probably prefer reading a book that you chose instead of one your teacher chose for you. So, at Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (not far from where I live), the English teachers include in their curriculum the opportunity for students to choose their own books to read, discuss, and analyze.

This past December, one group of students chose to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, a book (and popular movie) about a teenager named Charlie who has to deal with issues that are pretty heavy (and all too relatable) for any adolescent. It covers sex, suicide, drugs, crushes, and so much more — which is a large part of why so many students are drawn to it:

The district has a policy when it comes to books chosen by students, and the teachers let the parents know about it early in the school year. In essence, it says that parents have final say when it comes to their child’s independent reading: If parents feel a book is inappropriate, their child doesn’t have to read it. The teacher will then help the child find a different book. There’s no penalty for that, of course.

Sounds simple enough.

Because this particular book has some mature themes, the teacher told the students that they should get permission from their parents before tackling it, reinforcing the policy already in place.

That’s when one of the student’s parents flipped out.

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America is Intolerant of Christians, Says Christian Leader at Meeting with the Vice President

The juxtaposition here is incredible.

Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham (and tarnisher of his legacy), wrote an article asking “Is Our Nation Intolerant of Christianity?”

The very first line in the piece goes like this:

Recently I was at a White House meeting with Vice President Joe Biden

Stop. Just stop. You’ve already disproven your thesis in the first sentence.

If you get to have a meeting with the Vice President of the United States, I think it’s safe to say you’re doing just fine.

When those meetings are closed off to you because it might be political suicide to be seen in public with a Christian leader, then we’ll talk, okay Franklin? [Read more...]

Jesus is the Real Man of Steel

Of all the ways to market a major movie, this has to be at the bottom of the list:

Warner Bros. and MinistryResources.org have partnered to create a website which contains “Man of Steel” resources for Christian priests, pastors and ministers.

Yep: They’ve pre-written a sermon (PDF) for pastors to use in church, comparing Superman to Jesus. The superhero created by the sons of Jewish immigrants is being used to market Jesus.

Seriously.

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‘Nowhere to Run’: A Rap Song with a Pro-Atheist Message

Last year, hip-hop singer Toby Ganger released an EP full of pro-atheist themes called “Evolutionary.”

More recently, Ganger released a sequel, aptly titled “Evolutionary 2,” and since I didn’t share it when it came out, I wanted to share one of the tracks with you now. The song “Nowhere to Run” is all about breaking the bonds religion and challenging religious ideas openly:

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Catholic Priest Freaks Out Because Someone Didn’t Capitalize the Word ‘God’

Someone seriously pissed off Alexander Lucie-Smith, a Catholic priest, because this is the last paragraph of an article he wrote for the Catholic Herald:

Heresy, and atheism, produce nothing beautiful. They can’t. They are stony barren fields. And the examples above are some of the ugly fruit of these intellectually incoherent movements.

Wow. What did we do?! Did atheists desecrate a Renaissance painting depicting a scene from the Bible? Did we burn down an ancient church? Did we kill off an entire group of religious people?

Nope.

Someone didn’t capitalize the word “God”:

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