Pastor Says Florida School Board Should Say No to Atheist/Satanist Book Giveaways Since They’re Not “True Religions”
In a piece that’s light on facts and heavy on ignorance, Pastor Troy Schmidt writes that the Orange County School District should ban atheists and Satanists from distributing their books, but still allow Christians to give away Bibles.
He’s referring to the recent controversy where the district is considering banning all book distributions by outside groups because atheists want to participate and the Satanic Temple created coloring books for the occasion.
A couple of days ago, I posted about a Veterans Day assembly that took place at Morgan City High School in Louisiana. It began with a Christian prayer — and students were told to stand up and bow their heads. The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center wanted assurances it would never happen again:
It didn’t take long for the district to admit the prayer never should have happened. In a statement released by the superintendent and a district attorney, they said the blatant Christianity was “not consistent with district policy”:
Student Disrupts Classmates’ Education by Preaching and School Officials Asked Him to Stop… So He’s Suing Them
Church/state separation advocates have been saying for a long time that prayer is perfectly legal is public schools. Even though teachers and administrators can’t lead them, students are welcome to pray on their own time. They can form Christian clubs after school, too, just like everyone else.
What they can’t do is pretend their religion gives them special rights. Yet, that’s exactly what Michael Leal, a senior at Cascade High School in Washington, is claiming. Leal has been obnoxiously preaching his faith during school events, creating a disturbance everywhere he goes. School officials told him to knock it off — so, of course, he’s suing them claiming his free speech rights are under attack: