Maybe a high school teacher who promoted an after-school Bible Club that he sponsored wouldn’t be the subject of much controversy. He shouldn’t do it, but it’s nothing a quick email reprimand from an administrator couldn’t take care of.
Complaint Filed Against High School Teacher Who Offered Students Extra Credit for Copying Bible Verses
Missouri Republican Introduces Bill Allowing College Christian Groups to Ban LGBT Students Without Punishment
Their schools said registered student organizations — who had the benefits of free meeting space, access to funding, tables at activity fairs, and more — could not discriminate when it came to membership. Which meant they couldn’t exclude gay people from joining, and possibly becoming a leader of, their groups.
That was their complaint. They wanted the ability to kick openly gay people out of their groups because it ran afoul of their beliefs regarding homosexuality.
The schools said they were welcome to do that, but they wouldn’t be considered a registered group anymore and, therefore, wouldn’t have access to the perks that came with that.
Now, Missouri State Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Obviously), above, is pushing a bill that would allow Christian groups to discriminate and receive the perks of being a registered student organization.
Relaxed Educational Standards for Homeschooled Children in Pennsylvania and Beyond Should Frighten All of Us
The New York Times published an article about recent changes to Pennsylvania’s laws governing homeschooling, and it highlights a number of concerning points — both in relation to Pennsylvania and homeschooling in general.
Full disclosure: I was homeschooled for my entire K-12 education and learned a lot of really silly religious stuff (like Creationism) in the process. My mom taught us what she and my father believed to be true; but, at the same time, she was a great teacher (when religion didn’t conflict with reality) who fostered a keen love of learning and the natural world. My problem with homeschooling, then, isn’t that I imagine a lack of sincerity on the part of the parents or that I think there are no potential benefits or scenarios where it could work well.
Troy Chancellor Jack Hawkins Has No Clue How to Apologize for the Inappropriate Religious Video He Sent Students
Chancellor Jack Hawkins of Alabama’s Troy University, who sent a completely inappropriate anti-atheist video to the entire student body and faculty last week, has finally issued a lengthier explanation of what he was trying to do. It’s not a better explanation. Just a longer one.
This was his original email:
In Response to Christian Club at Elementary School, Some Atheists Are Launching a Skeptics Group for Kids
The Good News Club is a weekly program targeting elementary school children, because Christians love to indoctrinate kids before they start asking critical questions. (If you haven’t read it yet, check out Katherine Stewart‘s fantastic book about the organization.)
When a GNC began at Fairbanks Road Elementary School in New York, Monroe County residents Dan Courtney, Bill Courtney, and Kevin Davis weren’t sure how to respond. It wasn’t illegal for the group to be there, but they wanted an alternative for parents like them who preferred more skeptical fare for their kids.
So they began a group of their own and it’s launching next week.