David Barton: If There’s No Prayer at a Public School Graduation, That’s a Promotion of Atheism

Last month, when there was a strong push to allow Humanist chaplains in the military, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) responded by explaining the obvious consequences:

“This I think would make a mockery of the chaplaincy,” said Rep. John Fleming (R-La.). “The last thing in the world we would want to see was a young soldier who may be dying and they’re at a field hospital and the chaplain is standing over that person saying to them, ‘If you die here, there is no hope for you in the future.’”

We all know he has no idea what he’s talking about.

Which must be why Christian pseudo-historian David Barton wanted to speak with him on “WallBuilders Live.” You know, intellectual equals and all.

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That’s One Way to Escape from Oral Roberts University…

Last week, at a back-to-school rally at Oral Roberts University, a bald eagle made an appearance. A very brief appearance.

University officials hired World Bird Sanctuary, in Valley Park, Mo., [to] bring in a real bald eagle to raise the student’s excitement.

The eagle, named Lewis, was supposed to fly from the top of the chapel down to its trainer on stage, but got disoriented…

And this is what happened, amid chants of “U.S.A.”

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Blue Ridge Christian Academy, the School That Gave Fourth Graders a Creationism Quiz, Has Closed Down

Remember the infamous fourth grade “science” quiz that was circulating online?

Turns out God isn’t a big fan of their school. While they ended up raising about $15,000, it was a long way from the $200,000 or so that they needed to keep the place open.

This month, Blue Ridge Christian Academy announced that they would be closed for the school year.

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Introducing the Secular Safe Zone

In the past few years, even though surveys have shown that more young people are losing their religion, there are still many young atheists who choose to remain in the closet. Maybe it’s because they don’t want to lose their friends, or they want to hide the secret from their parents, or they’re worried about getting bullied and harassed by other students (it’s happened before).

In any case, it has a chilling effect.

Students are afraid to start secular groups where they can meet other atheists and explore their own (non-)religious identities.

Students stay silent even as they see illegal promotion of Christianity around them because they don’t want to rock the boat and draw any negative attention.

Students stop themselves from thinking too critically about religion out of fear that they may not like where the answers lead them.

Students are unable to help fix the untrue and unfair stereotypes about atheists — that we’re not trustworthy or electable. While things are getting better overall, there are still many pockets of America where it’s neither easy nor safe to publicly proclaim your atheism.

So taking a page from the LGBT playbook, the Secular Student Alliance has launched a project intended to help curb that problem. It’s called the Secular Safe Zone:

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Soon Decide the Fate of the Pledge of Allegiance

On September 4, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear a case that could change the daily ritual of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the state’s public schools.

Here’s the relevant backstory (with additional updates at the bottom):

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