School Board Member Resigns in Protest After Colleagues Decide to Vote on Prayers at Meetings

The Rockingham County Board of Education (North Carolina) has decided to vote on whether or not they should pray at meetings at the request of board member Ron Price. They currently have a moment of silence but that could change after the May 13 meeting. And we all know prayer doesn’t count unless everyone else can hear it.

Board member Leonard Pryor won’t be around for that vote, though, because he resigned in protest this week:

In a letter he sent to Chairwoman Nell Rose on May 1, Pryor wrote:

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Countering Street Preachers with the Gospel of Bill and Ted

For the past year, street preachers in Penn Square (Pennsylvania) have made lunch a little less pleasant. They have a right to be there, but it doesn’t mean they’re not annoying.

So Jim Patterson, Ryan Meehan, and Brendan Krick decided to preach alongside them… from the gospel of Bill and Ted:

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Is a High School Athlete’s Gesture to God Worth a Disqualification?

Columbus High School athlete Derrick Hayes ran the anchor leg for his track team’s 4 x 100-meter relay. Last week, he helped win the race that would have qualified his team for the state tournament… but tournament officials said he broke the rules and wouldn’t be allowed to move on.

His violation?

As Hayes crossed the finish line in first, he “put his hand by his ear and just pointed to the heavens,” Hayes’ father said.

Officials ruled that the gesture violated a state scholastic rule against excessive celebration, which includes raising one’s hands. The team was disqualified, and barred from competing at the state championships.

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Watch This Fundamentalist Muslim Cleric Flip Out When an Egyptian TV Host Takes off Her Hijab During an Interview

Riham Said is the host of an Egyptian television show called “Sabaya el-Kheir” and she recently interviewed fundamentalist Muslim cleric Sheikh Youssef el-Badri.

If this interview is real — and it’s hard to find much information on it at the moment — it’s just incredible. Not only did Said take off her hijab during the interview (shocking her guest) she asks him on air why he had no problem when she wasn’t wearing one before the interview. She also asks him why he accepted money to appear on the show if he wasn’t going to answer her questions.

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Columnist: We Must Save Our Schools from Creationism

Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy was raised as a Creationist but eventually discovered science. In a recent column she talked about why it’s so important that we not let Christian myth make its way into our public schools and she does it with the sort of rhetoric you rarely see from people who don’t have a personal stake in the matter:

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