Minnesota Public School Finally Agrees to Stop Sending Students on a Field Trip to Church

Earlier this year, we learned that the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley, Minnesota had sent children on a field to a local Christian church (Calvary Lutheran Church) in order to package food for the hungry for a separate Christian non-profit group (Feed My Starving Children). Both the church and the non-profit were interested in spreading the Gospel.

According to a letter from the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center:

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Once Again, a Public School is Told Not to Bring in a Catholic Chastity Speaker Who Can’t Help but Proselytize

If you were to visit the website of the Catholic-based Chastity Project website (and I’m not sure why anyone would), here’s the explanation you would find for why gay marriage isn’t really marriage:



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Atheist Students Just Got Their Own Holiday in Berlin, Germany

That headline’s not a joke. From now on, students will get a day off of school on World Humanist Day, which takes place on June 21. It’s now considered a holiday similar to Yom Kippur and Eid al-Fitr… at least for school children. (Humanist adults will still be expected to go to work.)



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Why Was This Teacher Pressured to Resign Over What Her Student Turned in for a Creative Writing Assignment?

There’s a story going around online about what happened in Katrina Guarascio‘s creative writing class at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. What’s especially striking about it is how little we know about what happened.

Here’s the story:

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A Bible-Thumping High School Football Coach Allegedly Threw a Student Off the Team for Not Praying With Everyone

Back in April, we found out that Middletown High School football coach Chris Wells didn’t know how to separate his preaching from his job. The Freedom From Religion Foundation ended up sending a letter to administrators at the Ohio school district:

In the letter from [Freedom From Religion Foundation] staff attorney Rebecca S. Markert, that was obtained by the Journal-News, she wrote the group with 20,000 members, including 550 in Ohio, was contacted by a concerned parent of a football player. She said the group was told Wells tells his players to bow their heads and “leads” them in prayer before team meals. She wrote that Wells also has encouraged his players to attend his church, invited them to church events and offered them rides.

Markert said the group was informed Wells told his players they would be “saved” if they attended the church events.

At the time, it seemed like that was enough.

Superintendent Sam Ison said the district took the letter “seriously and acted upon it promptly” Wednesday afternoon by having MHS Principal Carmela Cotter and Athletic Director Gary Lebo discuss the situation with Wells. Ison said while the district wants its players to maintain “high morale values,” Wells needs to respect others’ religious beliefs.

Wells, 41, was told to quit talking to his players about religion and he agreed to follow the district’s rules, Ison said on Thursday morning.

Turns out it wasn’t enough. This September, Wells was right back to his old ways:

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