Kansas Elementary School Held Bible Distribution for Students

Last week, at Seitz Elementary School in Kansas, students were told they could leave class early in order to pick up a copy of the Bible. The Gideons had left a bunch of copies on tables in the hallway.

Yesterday, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a long letter to District officials demanding they end this annual distribution:

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Florida Naturopath Who Practiced Medicine Without a License is Once Again Making False Health Claims

Earlier this year, we learned that Makayla Sault, an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, had died. Her disease was treatable with two years of tough chemotherapy and had 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.

Part of the problem was the Makayla was being treated by a “doctor” in Florida, Brian Clement, who was practicing without a license and using treatments with no chance of success.

Why bring him up now?

Because he’s back in Canada and up to his old tricks again:

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After Letting Their Daughter Die of Pneumonia, UK Faith-Healing Parents Are Going to Jail

Brian Kandare and his wife Precious Kandare will both be imprisoned for nearly a decade on manslaughter charges after letting their 8-month-old daughter Rebecca die of a curable disease.

Religion, as usual, looms large in this story:

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Christian Group Unveils 2015 “Naughty-or-Nice” List, Because Some Companies Hate Christmas

The American Family Association has released its annual “Naughty or Nice” list, sorting out which national chains celebrate Christmas and which ones don’t deserve your business because they ruin everything by acknowledging the existence of other human beings.

While most of it is just a holdover from last year, a few interesting things pop out:

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Nursing School Graduates at Colorado Mesa University Will Receive a Bible at Pinning Ceremony

When nursing students at Colorado Mesa University graduate this December, they will go through a ceremonial “pinning” ceremony where they are welcomed into the profession. And after they step off the stage, they will be handed a Gideons Bible.

This wasn’t something the students asked for (and it wouldn’t be legal even if they wanted it). It makes no sense for a public school to hand graduates the Christian holy book, just as it would make no sense to give them a copy of the Qur’an or The God Delusion.

That’s why the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers sent a letter to the school this week telling them how to move forward:

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