We Need Hamilton County (Tennessee) Parents to Start Distributing Non-Christian Books

At least one Hamilton County (Tennessee) public elementary school is giving away Bibles to students. But it’s okay, you know, because their parents have to sign a permission slip first:

It all started with a permission slip.

The one Mitzi Yates found among the papers in her fifth-grader’s backpack. If she signed it, it would allow him to bring home a copy of the Gideon New Testament from McConnell Elementary.

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This is the Student Who Blew the Whistle on Muldrow High School’s Ten Commandments Plaques

Earlier today, I posted about the Ten Commandments plaques that hang in every classroom in Muldrow High School (Oklahoma). As the story went, after an anonymous atheist student contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the FFRF contacted the school and the plaques will now almost certainly be taken down after the school board discusses the incident at Monday’s meeting.

During this whole debacle, which really picked up steam on Wednesday, the student who alerted the FFRF to the constitutional violation has been under the radar. Some commenters online have even insinuated that there was no student — that FFRF is just picking on them because they’re Christians.

Well, let’s put that rumor to rest right now.

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Oklahoma High School Has Ten Commandments Displays in Every Classroom… and One Atheist Student is Fighting Back

The classrooms in Muldrow High School in Oklahoma (right near the border by Arkansas) all have plaques of the Ten Commandments hanging on the walls. For some reason that probably have everything to do with Tradition and our Christian Heritage and “We Live In Merkuh.”

Recently, a junior at the school contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation and they contacted the school without exposing the student.

Somehow this has turned into a fight between Christians and the Constitution:

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Today Show Anchors Applaud Elementary School Students Pledging Allegiance to God

This morning on NBC’s Today, weatherman Al Roker visited Silver Spring, Maryland’s Forest Knolls Elementary School as part of his “Wake Up With Al” tour.

It starts off all well and good and cute. Roker even helps with the morning announcements. Then, at the 1:37 mark, they all say the Pledge of Allegiance together — even the Today show anchors join in via satellite:

That by itself wouldn’t bother me. Most schools say the Pledge and that’s really not the point of the segment.

But then they discussed what just happened and things got weird:

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North Carolina State Senate Unanimously Approves ‘It’s Okay to Pray’ Bill

You know how praying in schools is perfectly legal? Because it is. And no atheist group would even think about taking that right away from students who pray privately or in a non-disruptive way.

But that didn’t stop the North Carolina General Assembly from unanimously passing Senate Bill 370 yesterday. SB 370 is a Republican-sponsored bill that “clarif[ies] student rights to engage in prayer and religious activity in school.” As if people were trying to put a stop to that

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