Ohio Public School District Asks Students to Practice “Christian Values” in Handbook

Check out this page from the student handbook for Edon Northwest Local School District in Ohio:

Which “Christian values” do they want students to uphold? Being willing to kill someone if God tells them to? Stoning people who violate any of the Ten Commandments? Condemning gay and lesbian students in the district who decide to date someone of the same gender?

(And is it weird to anyone else that they separate “honesty” and “Christian values” as if they’re different things?)

In any case, there’s no reason for a public school district to promote “Christian values,” no matter how vague those values are, in the handbook. The ACLU of Ohio sent district officials a letter yesterday asking them to fix the handbook and alter their other Jesus-promoting activities:

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Pickens County School Board Will Vote Tonight to Bring Prayer Back to Their Meetings

***Update***: The vote was 3 for, 3 against, and 1 abstention… so the prayer policy will *not* change. That is to say meetings will not open with sectarian invocations. Hallelujah! … I thought this issue had been put to rest already… but I guess not. Last September, the Pickens County Board of Trustees in South [Read More…]

35 Years After Saying Gay People Should Die, Bob Jones III Apologizes… While At Event Opposing LGBT Rights

35 years ago, Bob Jones University president Bob Jones III (below) made this statement about LGBT individuals:

“It would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel’s day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands.”

It wasn’t until this week that Jones, now the chancellor of the school, finally apologized for those remarks:

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Kansas Senate Passes Bill That Would Allow Campus Christian Groups to Discriminate Against LGBT Students

It’s tough to be a Christian group on college campuses these days. I mean, everyone expects you to play by the rules, even though we all know Christians deserve special rights that allow them to discriminate against LGBT students and their allies.

We saw this at Bowdoin College in Maine last year, when leaders of the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship were about to lose their designation as an official campus group (with all the privileges that come with it) because they really really really wanted to make sure nobody who supported LGBT-rights had the opportunity to become a leader of their group. School administrators, on the other hand, refused to allow official campus groups to discriminate for any reason.

Yesterday, the Kansas Senate passed a bill (SB 175) that would force public universities to allow religious groups to discriminate in their leadership. So if the Fred Phelps Fan Club says God told them LGBT students aren’t worthy of holding office, fine. If a Southern Baptist club believes women are subservient to men and can’t run for any leadership positions, that’s okay. If your religion makes you racist, there’s nothing the school can do about a faith-based club promoting that view.

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Public Library Pays Conservative Christian Activists $55,000 in Settlement Over Internet Censorship

Back in November, we heard about a Creationist mother who laughably “audited” an evolution exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and posted the video on YouTube.



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