Christian Minister Offers $1,000 to First Student Who Prays to Jesus at High School Graduation in Florida District

Last month, the St. Johns County School Board (Florida) considered adopting a policy that would let high school seniors deliver “inspirational” messages during graduation ceremonies. Inspirational, of course, is just a code word for prayer.

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former U.S. Navy chaplain, has taken a unique approach: He’ll give money to the first student who prays to Jesus during the district’s graduation ceremony:

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A Project to Help Homeschooling Humanists

Guess what?

(Are you sitting for this?)

Not all parents who homeschool their children are Christian.

(I’ll give you a minute to digest that.)

It’s true! There are a lot of atheist parents who homeschool their children (for any number of reasons) but there’s a major problem with that: A lot of the material made for homeschooled kids is written from a Young Earth Creationist, the-Bible-must-be-true perspective, such as books from A Beka or BJU Press.

KellyAnne Kitchin and Jenn Gauthier have both dealt with that situation in their own lives and they want to make things easier for other parents like them. It’s true that secular textbook writers are out there, but their books can be expensive and, to quote KellyAnne, “used copies often command a much higher price” than used Christian textbooks.

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More Background on That Fourth-Grader’s Creationist Science Quiz

On Reddit and the atheist blogosphere, this image was circulating last week:

It’s supposedly a fourth grade science test from a private school a South Carolina. But we don’t exactly know which school because the submitter wouldn’t say. He said he got the quiz from his friend whose daughter attends the school and they’d like to keep that information under wraps (for the sake of the daughter) until the year ends.

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Transgender Student Told He Cannot Run for Prom King

Sierra Stambaugh came to an important realization a few years ago: She identified as a male:

Sierra cut her hair short, and her mom bought her men’s pants. She changed her name to Issak Wolfe and has used it ever since, with full parental support.

As you might expect, that change hasn’t been easy for him, but it could’ve been far worse. For the most part, his classmates and teachers have been pretty respectful.

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Did a Teacher Caught Up in a Student Sex Scandal Get a Lighter Sentence Because She Brought Up God?

A little more than two years ago, a teacher in a district very close to mine was charged with “aggravated criminal sexual abuse” when she was caught with a 16-year-old male student inside a car at night behind a department store.

Take the fact that she’s attractive, throw in society’s double standards, and you can guess the kind of attention this scandal received.

I bring this up now because the teacher just got sentenced — “two years of probation and 30 days in jail.” There’s a separate discussion to be had about the (lack of) weight of that sentence, but articles mentioned a letter she wrote to everyone involved in her fiasco — I’m not sure if it was voluntary or not — in which she apologized for everything she did.

Part of the letter, written in January before her sentencing, included an update on her life and how she’s changed for the better:

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