Ontario Catholic Teachers’ Union Faces Criticism for Pride Parade Participation Plans

This June, on top of the usual Pride Week festivities that culminate in downtown Toronto’s Pride Parade, the city of Toronto hosts World Pride 2014, an annual international festival celebrated in a different city each year to highlight the culture, achievements, and activism of the world’s LGBTQ people as they strive for full legal and social equality.

Only three cities have been World Pride hosts thus far — Rome, Jerusalem, and London — and Toronto expects World Pride to bring more than $130,000,000 of tourism dollars into the city. So it’s kind of a big deal.

Specifically because of World Pride, teachers in the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) voted to “have a presence in the parade in support of students, teachers, and others in the LGBT community,” according to OECTA president James Ryan. Explaining the group’s convictions, he spoke of “trying to stand in solidarity with a group that is quite marginalized” and “their right to be free from bullying and harassment.”

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Christian Student Gives Jesus-Lovin’ Graduation Speech After Claiming School Officials Tried to Censor Him

The law is pretty straightforward when it comes to prayers at public school graduations: You can’t have them. That means school officials can’t lead them (even if they’re sneaky about it). And student speakers can’t lead them, either. At least not with the knowledge of the administrators.

We’ve seen schools try to work around those guidelines by letting students vote to have a prayer (still illegal) or not screening students’ speeches beforehand (which is just asking for trouble).

At Brawley Union High School in California, the administrators screen the speeches — as they should. So when salutatorian Brooks Hamby (below) submitted a speech with the following line, the administrators correctly said no:



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This is How You Can Help the Atheist Who Uncovered Multiple Constitutional Violations at His High School

A lot of you have contacted me asking how you could donate something to help out Isaiah Smith, the atheist who uncovered — and put a stop to — a whole slew of church/state violations at his high school.

Your desire to help was compounded by the fact that Isaiah was kicked out of his house due to his sexual orientation, forcing him to work full-time while he attends community college this fall.

Isaiah has now started a GoFundMe page (yes, it’s really him) and you’re welcome to chip in there. If you appreciate what he did, it’s one way to thank him.

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But Four-Year-Olds Will Never Comprehend That!

You know where this cartoon is going… but it’s still funny:

See the punchline here.

(via Far Left Side)

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Sally Atwater (R), Running for Superintendent of Education in SC, Can’t Answer Basic Education-Related Questions

Sally Atwater is a Republican running to become the Superintendent of South Carolina Schools.

And she just gave the most awful, incomprehensible, it-should-force-her-to-drop-out-of-the-race interview to 106.3 WORD-FM radio:



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