Fox News Host Says Christian Plaques at Two Texas Schools Should Stay Up Because of the “Culture in the South”

In August, we learned that Mountain Peak Elementary School and Longbranch Elementary School in Midlothian, Texas both had religious plaques hanging near the entrances. They had been there for 17 years:



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This Texas School District Can’t Stop Promoting Christianity, Even at the Children’s Book Fair

I’ve been posting for weeks now about the numerous church/state violations taking place in Texas’ Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District.

Last we heard, district officials had finally taken some action by shutting down the China Elementary Facebook page. Which didn’t solve the underlying problems, but it was something, right?

Well, that page is back up and running and the violations in the district still haven’t stopped.

At a recent football game, both teams’ coaches joined the players in prayer:



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Arkansas High School Where Principal Asked Colleagues to Become “Prayer Warriors” with Her Now Has an Atheist Club

The City Wire‘s Ryan Saylor writes about the Secular Student Alliance group at Van Buren High School in Arkansas — the first of its kind in the state:



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There Are Still Christian Schools with This Awful Fire Safety Policy

Last year, I posted about the awful fire safety policy at one fundamentalist Christian college. If a fire alarm rang, even in the middle of the night, women were required to change into a skirt before they went outside. Not having the ability to just run out in pajamas could, of course, cost them valuable seconds in the case of an emergency.

I hear those policies have since changed at places like Pensacola Christian College and Bob Jones University, but Darrell at Stuff Fundies Like just posted a screenshot from Instagram of two young ladies at a similar school where a similar policy is still in place:



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Christian News Suggests That Teaching Bible Classes in Public Schools Might Be OK… Because It’s a Tradition

Earlier this month, Friendly Atheist featured a story about several public elementary schools in North Carolina that are teaching Bible classes — and about the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s insistence that the school district puts a stop to that.

I just read the remarkable take on that situation over at Christian News. The publication first lays out the facts fairly. But then, three-fourths of the way into the article, author Heather Clark veers into this:

The first textbook used in the American colonies even before the nation’s founding, “The New England Primer,” was largely focused on the Scriptures, and was stated to be popular in colonial schools for at least one hundred years. It used mostly the King James Bible as reference, and spoke much about sin, salvation and proper behavior.



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