42,000 Schools in India Will Soon Teach That Stem Cell Research, Cars, and TVs Were Inspired by Ancient Texts

There’s a new case of religion making its way into public schools, where fiction is taught as fact and mythical beliefs override what academic scholars say.

Except this case has nothing to do with Christianity or Creationism. It takes place in India, where 42,000 schools across the western state of Gujarat have some new compulsory reading material.

The 125-page book, Tejomay Bharat,… was recently mandated as supplementary reading by the Gujarat government for all government primary and secondary schools.

Published by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB), the book seeks to teach children “facts” about history, science, geography, religion and other “basics”.

What are some of these “facts”?

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Microscope Technician Claims in Lawsuit That He Was Fired for Being a Creationist

In 2009, Mark Armitage (below) was offered a part-time position as an Electron Microscopy Technician at California State University Northridge. It wasn’t a teaching position or anything, so the fact that he was a Creationist (and said as much during his interview) seemed irrelevant.



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Teacher-Led Prayer Halted in Indiana Middle School After a Parent Speaks Up

On May 27, the top ten students in every grade at Sarah Scott Middle School (in Indiana) gathered for an awards banquet. One of the teachers at the school, Jeffrey Burress, began the celebration by doing what he did the previous year: He said a prayer. All the award recipients along with the student council members who were there were expected to bow their heads.

Thankfully, a parent of one of those students alerted the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the problem. The FFRF’s Sam Grover send district Superintendent Daniel Tanoos (below) a letter reminding them of the law and demanding they put a stop to the constitutional violations:



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No, an Ohio State Class Did Not Teach That Christians Are Dumber Than Atheists

According to an article on the conservative site Campus Reform, a recent online quiz for a Psychology 1100 class at The Ohio State University asked students:

Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125. Which of the following statements [would] you expect to be true?

- Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.
- Aine earns less money than Theo.
- Theo is more liberal than Aine.
- Theo is an atheist, while Aine is a Christian.

Correct answer? Aine (with a higher IQ) is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.

Assuming nothing here is doctored, it just strikes me as a horribly written, too-simplified-to-be-useful question.

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Group That Evangelizes to Young Children Comes Under Scrutiny From Activists and Media

A couple of weeks ago, Hemant blogged about a international organization called the Child Evangelism Fellowship that thinks it’s cool to indoctrinate kids as young as four with talk of hell and damnation. CEF had picked relatively godless Portland, Oregon as its next battle ground, and the plan was to send more than a hundred missionaries into the city to form “Good News Clubs,” whose goal is to “harvest” children for Jesus.

A protest group, Protect Portland Children, rose to the challenge and took out an ad in the local alt-weekly to explain:



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