Penn State Atheists Get “Stoned” with Water Balloons as a Fundraiser

Good news: The Penn State Atheist and Agnostic Association held a “Stone an Atheist” event in order to raise money to bring speakers to campus. If you’re unfamiliar with it, that’s where students can purchase water balloons to throw at group members a la Leviticus 24:14.

Bad news: It’s freakin’ October… *Brrr*

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New Zealand State School Offers Bible Classes Under the Guise of Values Education; Some Parents Protest

Who doesn’t like “values”? Values are what those of us with kids would probably most like to impart to them. But whose values?

That’s what Roy Warren, an Australian father, is asking a state school after his five-year-old son was subjected to a values curriculum. The teaching is, to say the least, a little one-sided.

The program is run by the Churches Education Commission, which acts on behalf of Christian churches to teach religious education in state schools. …

[Says Warren:] “I went through the 18 lessons and every one of them is about God. For 18 weeks these children are being told to believe in God. It’s evangelistic.”

Families can opt out of the program but Warren did not want to isolate his son. “I thought it was very unfair to take him away from his classmates and get him sitting by himself coloring in and making him feel ostracized,” he says. “And then have to explain to him he hasn’t been bad or naughty, but it’s just against what we believe in as a family.

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Middle School Survey on Character Strength Includes Questions About How Much Religious Faith Students Have

Officials at Bethlehem Central Middle School (in New York) want to promote positive values to their students so they have put together a variety of ways to reward students who display them:

The school hosts pizza parties for students who display good character traits like caring, respect and fairness. Teachers give out Eagle Awards throughout the school day to students who show acts of kindness, courtesy and cooperation. A lunch table is set aside each week to recognize students who behave positively during lunch.

Sounds great. But things got weird when they gave students the opportunity to take an optional survey to “assess their character strengths,” with the results made available to the teachers and principal. On the surface, that might be fine, but when you look at some of the 96 questions on the Via Institute on Character survey, you realize that you get punished for not having religious faith:

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Six Reasons the PhotoMath App Isn’t As Cool As You Think It Is

By now, you’ve probably seen the amazing video about an app called PhotoMath. Once you download it, you can take a picture of a math problem with your phone… and the app not only solves the problem, it shows you how to do it step-by-step. Everyone seems to be talking about it.

How cool is that?!

Not very, actually… and here’s why:

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Humanist Group Sues Colorado School District for Promoting Christianity Through Its Programs

This past June, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the Douglas County School District in Colorado detailing extensive evidence that officials at Highlands Ranch High School and Cougar Run Elementary School, in their capacities as district employees, were promoting Christianity and raising money for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ mission trip.

The FCA made it clear why they were going to Guatemala: “… our group’s primary goal is to share the love and hope of Jesus.” Which is fine. They’re allowed to do that. But make no mistake: This trip, by their own admission, was about proselytizing, first and foremost.

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