A Group of Private Schools in Pakistan Observed “I Am Not Malala” Day Yesterday

Yesterday, in a slap in the face to common decency, leaders of a large group of Islamic private schools in Pakistan celebrated “I am not Malala” day, because they see Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai as a black mark on their faith:



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Australian Public School Officials Under Fire After Removing Prayer and Hymns from Remembrance Day Service

A school in Australia is getting a taste of what it’s like in the U.S. when leaders do the right thing instead of following Christian tradition. At the Carrington Public School, in New South Wales, students will no longer recite the Lord’s Prayer and religious hymns on Remembrance Day (today). They’ll instead take part in a more secular service:



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There’s Nothing Wrong with Teaching About Islam in Public Schools

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses why there’s nothing wrong with teaching about Islam in public schools.



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Apply for the 2015 American Atheists Scholarship!

If you’re a college student (or a high school senior about to enter college), American Atheists has some money for you!

If you’ve done any activism this past year individually or with a group, if you’ve written letters-to-the-editor which were published, if you were an outspoken atheist in some way or another, you should think about applying.



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High School Students Punished for Not Saying “Under God” When Leading Pledge of Allegiance Over Loudspeakers

I’ve written a lot of posts about young atheists who either don’t say the Pledge of Allegiance, or omit the words “Under God” when they do, or remain seated during its recitation.

Just about every story goes the same way: The student does one of those things and gets in trouble, an atheist group sends the school a letter reminding them the dissent is perfectly legal, and the school apologizes.

Not this time.

At Merrill F. West High School in Tracy, California, students in Shauna Baker’s speech and debate class are tasked to read announcements and say the Pledge over the loudspeaker in the morning.

Adrianna Teboe didn’t didn’t say “Under God” when it was her turn. She was marked down as a result.

Derek Giardina didn’t say “Under God” when it was his turn. He’s now failing the class.

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