Why Does Wichita State University’s Basketball Team Employ a Chaplain?

It’s commonplace for professional sports teams to have chaplains. They’re private leagues; it’s not a constitutional violation. But the NCAA is a very different story. Many of the schools in this year’s men’s basketball tournament are public universities and, therefore, have no business having someone on the team whose job it is to promote Christianity.

But that’s what’s happening with Wichita State, the school that beat the higher-ranked Kansas Jayhawks over the weekend to get to the Sweet 16:

According to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the school’s President Dr. John W. Bardo, attorney Andrew Seidel and Legal Fellow Katherine Paige (a Wichita State alum herself) want to find out how much taxpayer money is being used to fund the promotion of Christianity on the team:

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Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas Is No Longer the Worst Movie in IMDb’s History

I think Kirk Cameron is having a party somewhere.

Last December, I noted that his movie Saving Christmas had the dubious distinction of having the worst film in IMDb history.



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American Atheists Will Air Its First National TV Commercial Tonight on CNN

Before and after tonight’s CNN special, “Atheists: Inside the World of Non-believers,” American Atheists will air its first-ever national TV commercial:



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Ohio Public School District Asks Students to Practice “Christian Values” in Handbook

Check out this page from the student handbook for Edon Northwest Local School District in Ohio:

Which “Christian values” do they want students to uphold? Being willing to kill someone if God tells them to? Stoning people who violate any of the Ten Commandments? Condemning gay and lesbian students in the district who decide to date someone of the same gender?

(And is it weird to anyone else that they separate “honesty” and “Christian values” as if they’re different things?)

In any case, there’s no reason for a public school district to promote “Christian values,” no matter how vague those values are, in the handbook. The ACLU of Ohio sent district officials a letter yesterday asking them to fix the handbook and alter their other Jesus-promoting activities:

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Ken Ham: Climate Change Would Be “Startling” if Earth Were Millions of Years Old, But It’s Not, So Don’t Worry!

It’s always unnerving to hear Ken Ham admit the reality of climate change. But then he keeps talking and everything goes back to normal.

In his latest brain dropping, he goes after his critics:

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