Winless Tennessee High School Football Team Also in Trouble for Christian Coach’s Proselytizing

It’s bad enough when public high school football coaches preach to the athletes. But it’s downright stupid when they publicize it, assuming everyone will just accept the practice as normal.

At Cannon County High School in Tennessee, head coach T. J. Daniels has been pushing Christianity on the students for years — and a local newspaper included a report all about it:

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Religious Education Classes in the UK Will Have to Include Humanism, Says Judge

Earlier this year, when the UK Department for Education issued its new curriculum for GCSE Religious Studies classes, the focus was on: Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism. Humanism, a belief system reflected by far more people than some of the religions on that list combined, wasn’t given the same treatment.

That’s why three parents eventually filed a lawsuit against the government (with the help of the British Humanist Association).

Yesterday, in a major decision from Britain’s High Court, a judge ruled that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (below) was wrong to exclude Humanism from the Religious Studies classes in the country.

From now on, the judge said, explicitly non-religious beliefs will have to be treated the same as religious ones:

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Maryland Elementary School Deflects All Responsibility After Pastor Delivers Prayer at Assembly

Sabillasville Elementary School in Maryland held a 50th anniversary celebration last week. For some reason, Bob Kells, pastor at Weller United Methodist Church, was invited to speak to the students.

Take a wild guess what happened!

If you said, “he invoked the name of God,” then you’re smarter than Principal Kate Krietz, who allegedly had no clue what Kells would say to the students. Officials for the Frederick County Public Schools are now trying to deflect any blame, claiming no one knew this would happen, and refusing to do anything to get to the bottom of the story.

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Northern Illinois University Will No Longer Keep Bibles in Campus Hotel Rooms by Default

This should be obvious by now: Public universities are not equivalent to private hotel chains. When you stay in a campus hotel room, there’s no reason a Bible should be in your nightstand by default. It may make sense to assume people want one from a business perspective, which is why most private hotels will have one in your room when you arrive, but public schools shouldn’t be making the same mistake. They should keep bibles available for customers who want them — and that’s it.

Northern Illinois University is the latest school to learn that the hard way. When the school’s Secular Student Alliance invited the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Annie Laurie Gaylor to speak, she stayed in the Holmes Student Center and noticed the problem immediately. And why wouldn’t she? FFRF has dealt with this problem several times before.

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After Approving Prayer at Meetings, NC School Board Wants to “Get Back to the Business of Education”

Last month, when more than a dozen candidates were in a battle for five spots on the Cleveland County Board of Education in North Carolina, we learned that all of them wanted prayer at school board meetings.

On Monday, they voted to include those prayers at meetings. The weird thing is that they now want to put this issue behind them and refocus on education, as if it was ever okay to put education on the back burner.

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