School District Will Allow Giant Picture of Jesus to Remain Hanging in Middle School

The administrators at Jackson Middle School (in Jackson, Ohio) have decided to keep the giant picture of Jesus hanging on a wall in their school:

After receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation asking them to remove the painting, the school officials had to weigh whether it was worth defending a sign that had been hanging for 75 years (“Tradition!”)… or avoid a costly lawsuit and do what’s right for the students by taking it down.

Last night, the school board announced that they would throw away money that could be spent on their kids’ education by leaving the picture up there and eventually losing a lawsuit. (Though they probably didn’t use those exact words…) [Read more...]

Apply for the 2013 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.

The winner receives a $2,000 scholarship. The runner-up receives $1,000. And there is also an LGBT-specific scholarship worth $1,000: [Read more...]

The Portrait of Jesus at Jackson Middle School Must Come Down

At the high school I work at, there are a lot of pictures of students on the walls, ones who excel in Science, Art, English, Music, Athletics, etc.

At Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio, they have this picture on the wall:

Believe it or not, that’s not a student. (I know! I couldn’t believe it either!) [Read more...]

Kansas Pastor Makes a Surprising Statement About Putting God in Public Schools

If I told you a pastor from Kansas said something about prayer in public schools, you’d probably cringe.

So it was a pleasant surprise to read what Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, had to say about the call for putting God back in school in the aftermath of Sandy Hook. [Read more...]

Indiana State Senator Files Bill Requiring Public Schools to Recite the Lord’s Prayer

Last year, Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse (R-Obviously) proposed a bill (PDF) to recite the Lord’s Prayer in public schools:

The Lord’s Prayer, by the way, is written in Matthew 6:9-13.

If Kruse actually read that part of the Bible, he might have seen Matthew 6:5:

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others…

Mhmmm… [Read more...]


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