College Atheist Asks Hillary Clinton About Church/State Separation

If you had a chance to ask Hillary Clinton any question at a political rally, what would you ask? (Okay, okay, we both know you’re not allowed to ask the first 12 questions that come to your mind. But after that.)

Daniel Little attended a town hall meeting for Clinton in Las Vegas last week and decided to get her thoughts on church/state separation.

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Why is This Principal Praying with Her Students Around a Flagpole Before School?

Late last week, at South Bakersfield High School in California, students gathered around the flagpole to pray before the day began. That’s perfectly fine. The problem is that Principal Connie Grumling joined them in the circle, offering her personal endorsement of Christianity while wearing her administrative hat.

And then someone uploaded the picture to Facebook. (That’s the principal in the white top.)

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How Do You Know Your Atheism Isn’t Just a “Phase”?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how you know you’re not just going through a “phase” when it comes to your religious doubts.

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A Closer Look at Christian Pseudo-Historian David Barton

Long-term readers of this site are undoubtedly aware of Christian pseudo-historian David Barton. He makes up his own version of history, full of Jesus and light on facts, and markets it to Christian home-schoolers and the Fox News crowd.

In Julie Ingersoll‘s new book Building God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction, she gives a history of his influence.

Salon has the excerpt:

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Springfield (IL) Catholic School Policy Targets Parents Who Don’t Strictly Follow Church Teachings

Given all the talk about how Catholic schools are closing left and right due to low enrollment, you’d think they’d do anything they can to bring in more students. When they’re in the news, however, it’s often because administrators are firing gay teachers who commit the sin of getting married, even when the kids love them and they have the support of the parents.

In Springfield (Illinois), the Catholic Diocese plans to get even stricter. A new policy has created even more obstacles for students by punishing them if their parents aren’t meeting Catholic expectations:

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