NFL Running Back Arian Foster: You Think God Made This Entire Universe Just for You?

We’ve seen a couple of stories lately involving sports personalities who happen to be Creationists.

So it’s nice to see an athlete promoting science.

Arian Foster, the Houston Texans running back who once wrote about how he plans to teach his daughter about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, posted this on Twitter last night:



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Evangelical Christians Are Strategically Working to Put a Church in Every Public School

In a disturbing piece written for The Nation, Katherine Stewart writes about how evangelical Christians are trying to “put a church in every school.”

In short, a lot of public schools rent out space on weekends — and church leaders have taken full advantage of that. While that may be fine on the surface, it’s part of a larger strategy of getting “in” with the schools, and pushing faith in other illegal ways. We’ve already seen how footballs teams are often infused with Christianity and team-sponsored prayers. We’ve seen Bible distributions at schools. Stewart has already written about Good News Clubs in elementary schools. These things are all connected.

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Makayla Sault, the Child Who Refused Chemotherapy in Favor of Faith-Based Alternatives, Has Died

By now, you’re familiar with Makayla Sault (below), an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The disease is treatable with two years of tough chemotherapy and has a nearly 90% survival rate… but Makayla wanted to stop with the chemo and her Ojibwe/First Nations parents were more than happy to oblige, seeking out useless faith-based treatments instead.

Makayla was allowed to quit receiving chemo, but we learned a couple of months ago that her condition had worsened.

At the time, the Ontario Court of Justice ruled that Makayla’s family had every right to decide her treatment and outsiders couldn’t override their wishes.

This was effectively a death sentence for Makayla. She had a strong chance of survival with chemotherapy, but with that option off the table, there was little hope of a recovery.

And now the inevitable has happened: Makayla has died.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 38: David Niose, Author of Fighting Back the Right

Our latest podcast guest is David Niose, author of the new book Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason.



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Despite Impassioned Warning from Board Member, Florida School District Votes to Allow Sectarian Prayers at Meetings

The school board for the School District of Indian River County in Vero Beach, Florida has been considering a resolution that would allow for an invocation at the beginning of its meetings. in the wake of Greece v. Galloway, keep in mind that school boards don’t have the flexibility that city councils have when it comes to sectarian prayers at meetings (since impressionable children may be present). The Freedom From Religion Foundation warned them against it for that reason.

At a meeting last week, when this proposal was voted on, board member Claudia Jiménez (below) gave a stirring speech against adopting the proposal. You can hear it in the video below, beginning at the 18:46:54 mark:



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