Julian Bond, the Civil Rights Activist Who Died Over the Weekend, Wasn’t Religious

Over the weekend, we lost Julian Bond at age 75. He was a former chairman of the NAACP, elected many times over to the Georgia legislature, and a founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was an icon of the civil rights movement.

I only realized after he died that he was an atheist, too:



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New Report Highlights Troubling Blend of Christianity and College Football at Public Universities

According to a blistering new report from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, “Christian coaches and chaplains are converting football fields into mission fields.”



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Carly Fiorina Tells Iowa Crowd That People of Faith Make Better Leaders

We can now add atheism to the ever-growing list of things Carly Fiorina knows little about.

Yesterday at the Caucus Candidate Forum Series in Iowa, the Republican Presidential hopeful explained how atheists would be ill-suited for public office:



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Pat Robertson: I’m Not Psychic. God Just Tells Me Who I Need to Heal

Yesterday, Pat Robertson explained that he doesn’t have any psychic powers.

He just has the ability to talk to God and figure out what’s ailing all those people on the other side of the television.

So get your story straight.



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It’s Hard to Teach Kids About Religion When Their Parents Can’t Handle Different Beliefs

When it comes to religion in public schools, there are serious questions we should be talking about: What should schools teach about the world’s major beliefs? At what age should children be exposed to that information? And what happens when parents complain about their kids learning information that contradicts their family’s beliefs?

Education journalist Linda K. Wertheimer explores these questions in her new book Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance (Beacon Press, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Wertheimer shares the story of parents who couldn’t handle their son being taught about the basic tenets of Islam:

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