More Problems with the Hobby Lobby Public School Bible Curriculum as FFRF Exposes District Emails

Last month, we learned that Hobby Lobby President Steve Green had developed a Bible curriculum for public schools and that Oklahoma’s Mustang Public Schools board had voted to approve it and become the first district to implement it. The course would focus on the “narrative, history and impact of the Good Book.”

In Green’s ideal world, this course would be mandatory, though it was only an elective for now.

We already know the problems with curriculums like these: They’re not always taught objectively, with many teachers saying that the Bible is true instead of simply analyzing the text and themes. They preach the Bible when they should be teaching it.

A few weeks ago, when we finally got a peek at Green’s curriculum, it was clear that the evangelism spirit was in full display. The textbook was far from objective. As the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote in a letter to Superintendent Sean McDaniel, “… The materials show a clear Christian bias, treat the bible as historically accurate and true in all respects, and make theological claims, to name but a few problems. Again, these criticisms are not exhaustive, they were apparent at a glance. MPS should refuse to implement this program.”

You can see a rundown of some of the major problems here.

But FFRF wasn’t done yet. Attorney Andrew Seidel has been looking into this curriculum for months and the open records requests he made have finally come through, shedding light on how cozy the relationship is between Hobby Lobby’s Green and the school district. More importantly, we learn that this is really a project initiated and pushed through by Green. It’s not about the school district wanting to develop a curriculum for the students based on a subject need — it’s about Green wanting to proselytize to students with the support of the school district.

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Florida Republican: Common Core Will Turn Your Children Gay

As I’ve said repeatedly on this site, the set of educational standards known as Common Core is great on the surface. The problems come with the implementation of the program and how students will be tested on their knowledge.

But whatever the reasons are to oppose its implementation, I’m pretty sure Florida State Representative (and Republican) Charles Van Zant is just talking out of his ass.

In a speech at the “Operation Education Conference” in March (that’s just coming to light now), Van Zant explained the real problem with Common Core: It’s turning your children gay:



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Why More Graduate Schools Need Secular Student Groups

When I first become involved with the atheist movement, it was during college — the age when a lot of people I know first became activists. When I joined the board of the Secular Student Alliance, one of our main goals was to establish more groups on college campuses. We had fewer than 50 affiliated groups at the time.

While the organization’s mission has since changed (it’s now more focused on the quality of groups rather than merely quantity), that initial goal has been realized many times over. There are now more than 300 groups across the country:

It made perfect sense to want to create groups on college campuses. That was the age when students were more likely to want to meet/date/hang out with other atheists, they had the opportunity to get money from their school for their events, and they were really able to think critically about their own beliefs (without parental interference).

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Ken Ham Is Furious That My Book Will Be Handed Out to High School Students in Kentucky

Uh-oh. Either Creationist Ken Ham reads my site regularly, or his Google Alerts found me. Either way, he’s not happy that the Tri-State Freethinkers are giving away copies of my book The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide on the last day of classes in the Boone County school system in Kentucky.

Since Ham hasn’t read my book — it’s not anti-Christian at all and simply explains to all audiences how they can help young atheists — he has to resort to quoting excerpts from my blog that criticize his beliefs (without linking to them because FSM-forbid his readers make up their own minds about what I write). Still, thanks, Ken, for giving my critiques a new audience!

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Humanist Group Will Get Another Chance to Challenge Elementary School’s Religious Graduation Ceremony

Last year, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center found out that administrators at Mountain View Elementary School in Taylors, South Carolina held their “graduation” ceremony inside of a church.

To make matters worse, the program for the event very clearly listed two separate prayers — both of which were led by students. Furthermore, both were Christian prayers that referred to “Jesus” and both were approved by a school official before the ceremony:



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