The Virginia Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections recently voted 8-6 to endorse Senate Joint Resolution No. 287 (SJ 287) — which would amend the state’s constitution to allow for prayer at graduation and let students get out of doing an assignment if it violates their faith: [Read more...]
A Proposed Religious Freedom Bill Would Exempt Religious Students from Work Conflicting with Their Beliefs
If you’re a student who really wants to proselytize to your classmates, there are plenty of opportunities to do it: On weekends, outside of school, during lunch, etc. But a lot of Christians aren’t satisfied with that — they want to talk about Jesus in a way so that students are forced to listen. The courts have said they can’t do that over the loudspeakers during morning announcements or over the loudspeakers at athletic events. So many student speakers have tried to use their platform at graduation ceremonies to invoke the name of God.
That’s what happened in one particular case in 2009. [Read more...]
There doesn’t have to be a lawsuit over this. Money that should be spent on the children can still be spent on the children.
Instead of thinking about them, though, the board members are selfishly putting up a fight about something that has nothing to do with education just so they can show everyone they’re True ChristiansTM. [Read more...]
Queen of Peace High School, a Catholic school in New Jersey, just instituted a “no cursing” pledge in an effort to curb foul language used by the students.
I have no doubt in my mind that a lot of atheists would be qualified to teach a course about Christianity. Many know the Bible well; many were raised in the faith; many could teach the objective facts about the religion without a problem.
But what about the other way around? Can Christian schools adequately teach students about atheism? Regis College (the theological school of the University of Toronto) is giving it a shot: [Read more...]