Can Catholic School Students in Ontario Skip Religious Classes? Yes, but This Teacher Was Punished for Saying So

It’s back-to-school time, and this year Catholic school teacher Paul Blake goes back to the classroom in England rather than in Canada, where he and his family moved after an Ontario school board marred his record as an educator with a disciplinary note. They say his behavior was “inappropriate,” that he “undermined the vision and mission of the board.”

His infraction? Last year, he informed a group of Grade 12 students of their right to be exempted from any explicitly religious content within their education.



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Non-Religious Students Make Up More Than a Third of Harvard’s New Freshman Class

It’s not a scientific survey by any means, but Harvard’s newspaper, The Crimson, asked incoming freshman to fill out a survey in order to assess various demographic trends. More than 70% of students responded. The section about religious beliefs, in particular, is unbelievable:



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Penn State Issues a Clarification for Ignorant People About Bibles in Campus Hotels

I posted yesterday about how, at the urging of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Penn State officials had removed Bibles from campus-owned hotel rooms.

I wrote about that because that’s what FFRF was told:

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For the Third Time, a University-Run Hotel Removes Bibles from Rooms

This shouldn’t be complicated. Public universities shouldn’t be in the business of promoting one religion over another and that also applies to their hotel rooms.

Last year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation requested that Bibles be removed from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus inn, the Lowell Center.

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Tufts Just Hired the First University-Funded Humanist Leader in the Nation

The six universities in the U.S. that have Humanist Chaplains all have something in common (besides being pretty damn good schools): Those positions are all paid for by the respective Humanist communities. The schools themselves don’t offer any financial help.

That’s about to change now that Tufts University has ponied up the cash to sponsor the first Humanist staff position on campus — the first of its kind anywhere in the country. Walker Bristol, a former leader of the campus’ freethought group, will serve as “Humanist in Residence.” He will assist University Chaplain Greg McGonigle by offering “religious and philosophical leadership for the University… by providing primary leadership, organization, advising, and support for the Humanist community.”

Keep in mind this is a school that already lends a lot of support to non-religious students on campus:



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