Brigham Young University Bookstore Accidentally Stocks Greeting Cards Celebrating Same-Sex Weddings

Officials at Brigham Young University sprang into action last week when a moral crisis rocked their campus: Hallmark greeting cards celebrating same-sex weddings showed up unannounced in the campus bookstore.

The Mormon-owned BYU operates under an “honor code” banning anyone from acting on feelings of same-sex attraction. According to BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins, the greeting cards — which read “Mr. and Mr.” or “Mrs. and Mrs.” — violated that code.

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“In God We Trust” Signs Will Go Up in Isle of Wight (VA) Schools

In 2001, shortly after 9/11, the Republican-controlled Virginia legislature passed a bill saying that all public schools had to put the statement “In God We Trust” somewhere where everyone could see it. They didn’t even refer to it as the “national motto” until later versions of the bill, which suggests this was all about pushing religion in the schools and had little to do with patriotism.

In Isle of Wight, school district officials say they were unaware of the legislation. (Like many bills that push religion in schools, the politicians don’t really care about enforcement; they just want to be able to say to voters that they were able to pass the legislation.) But they’re aware of it now. They received a donation of signs from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars and plan to put them up when the school year begins:



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Why Are Taxpayer-Funded Charter Schools in Texas Involved in a Christian Athletic League?

The Texas Christian Athletic League was formed in 1991 with a very specific purpose:

[It was formed] with a heart toward providing high school student athletes with a competitive sports arena within a Christian culture… It has been a road paved with ups and downs, and though our league is young we have learned a vast amount and improved a great deal. Our future is bright because we can accomplish all things through Christ and through your support.

The by-laws even state that schools can be terminated from the league for failing in the area of “Christian conduct.”

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Florida School Board Member Tells Pagan: If You Deliver an Invocation, I’ll Walk Out and Ask the Crowd to Join Me

Back in June, David Suhor (who calls himself an Agnostic Pagan Pantheist) spoke during an open forum for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners (in Pensacola, Florida) and argued against the use of religious invocations. Eventually, he was invited to give an invocation of his own — which he accepted — but Suhor points out that the Board still screws up in other ways. They lead the prayers, they ask the crowd to stand, they make you jump through hoops to get on the invocation roster. (The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the Board a letter on Suhor’s behalf.)

On Tuesday night, Suhor spoke to a different audience, the Escambia County School Board, saying that they were not very welcoming of non-religious viewpoints at all. He acknowledged that one board member invited him to deliver an invocation (though he had a conflict on that date), but that was a rarity:



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Obama Administration Bends Over Backwards (Again) to Accommodate Religious Opposition to Birth Control Coverage

Remember when we thought the Supreme Court had only allowed an exception to the contraception mandate to closely-held businesses?

They were just kidding about that.



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