The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Included Atheism in Its Definition of “Creed,” but It Was the Right Move

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled last year that protection from discrimination based on belief extends to atheists as well as religious people. It is no longer permissible to discriminate against someone who “rejects one, many, or all religions’ beliefs and practices or believes there is no deity.”

Moreover, in schools where Gideons International gives away free Bibles, atheists may also distribute literature to children.



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How Well Do You Know the Pledge of Allegiance’s History?

Atheist Alliance of America created a fun little quiz on the Pledge’s history and you can take it here.

I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t get a perfect score. But c’mon, who knew there were *that* many changes to the Pledge?!

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Florida School Board Member Tells Pagan He Can’t Deliver an Invocation Because It Might Offend the Audience

Last month, David Suhor (who calls himself an Agnostic Pagan Pantheist) spoke to the Escambia County School Board in Florida, saying that they were not very welcoming of non-religious viewpoints when it came to their opening invocations. He acknowledged that one board member invited him to deliver one (though he had a conflict on that date), but that was a rarity:



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Teacher Physically Lifts First-Grader Out of His Seat Because He Won’t Stand for the Pledge

If there are ever problems when a student doesn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, it’s usually involves a teacher making a snide comment about it or threatening punishment.

But until now, I’ve never heard of a teacher physically lifting a student out of his seat because he wouldn’t stand up. That’s what happened to a first-grader in the New Town Public School District in North Dakota, according to the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center:



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Victor Valley College (CA) Board of Trustees Votes for Prayer at Meetings so They Have a More “Serious Tone”

The Board of Trustees for Victor Valley Community College in California just voted on a new policy that they think will benefit everyone: Prayer at all future board meetings:



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