Local Columnist in Georgia Blasts Proselytizing Public High School Football Coach

Mark Mariakis is the Ridgeland High School (Georgia) football coach who thinks its his job to convert his players to Christianity. It’s not only atheist groups like FFRF trying to put a stop to his illegal actions — leading his team in Christian prayer, putting Bible verses on team shirts, urging players to attend Christian [Read More...]

Atheists Obtain Evidence of School Board Prayer and Respectfully Fight Back

I’ve been pretty harsh (with good reason) to Ernest Perce V, the Pennsylvania State Director of American Atheists, on this site. But he’s done something really awesome and it’s worth highlighting. The Greencastle-Antrim School District (Pennsylvania) school board begins its meetings with The Lord’s Prayer. Totally illegal. So Ernest and Carl Silverman (of the PA [Read More...]

When a Public High School Football Coach Takes His Team to Church for Food and Sermons, Why Is Anyone Defending Him?

Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia has a problem. The football team is led by someone who thinks it’s his duty to preach to students instead of just coaching them. According to a letter (PDF) the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Walker County Schools superintendent: … on game day, [coach Mark] Mariakis takes the [Read More...]

A Ballot Measure in Florida Could Give Taxpayer Money to Religious Schools

The Broward County School Board in Florida, like many other districts in the state, has laid off a lot of teachers over the past few years. Things have gotten a little better, but they still rely on taxpayer money to function properly. This November, there’s a ballot measure that could make it even harder for [Read More...]

South Carolina Education Head Opposes ACLU’s Religious Freedom Campaign

The ACLU of South Carolina has launched a “Religious Freedom Goes to School” campaign in the state by sending this letter (PDF) to every district: … the campaign seeks to ensure that schools do not impose or promote religion. Unfortunately, based on complaints received by the ACLU, many school districts are failing to honor this [Read More...]


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