Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 39: Katherine Stewart, Author of The Good News Club

Our latest podcast guest is Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, about an organization bringing religious fundamentalism to elementary schools across the country.



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Why I Don’t Believe an Indiana Teacher Was Fired for Being an Atheist

Note: There have been a lot of articles this week about an Indiana teacher who filed a lawsuit against his former district saying he was fired because he was an atheist.

Last June, this story surfaced after he filed an initial complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Since the details have not changed, I’m reprinting my post about his case below, with a few updates.

In 2013, Kevin Pack was hired to teach German classes at Northridge High School in Middlebury, Indiana. As of last March, he was no longer working there.



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Jehovah’s Witness Leader Rants Against Higher Education, Saying It’ll Lead to “Spiritual Disaster”

Jehovah’s Witnesses Governing Body member Tony Morris is the host of the January video on the new JW online television network and what he says is a terrifying tirade against higher education.

You can see the full episode here since it’s not embeddable, but in short, they show us that what JWs fear the most is being challenged on their beliefs — and places where your beliefs are scrutinized are to be avoided at all costs.

Here are some of the highlights:



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Pagan, Despite Not Being Asked to Give Invocation, Recites Prayer to Satan During School Board Meeting

Last September, David Suhor (who calls himself an Agnostic Pagan Pantheist) delivered an invocation for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners (in Florida) and it was Satan-tastic.

His main goal, though, has always been to deliver an invocation to the Escambia County School Board in Florida. They have a policy that allows for invocations, and Suhor wanted to give one. He was invited at one point but there was a conflict on the date, so it didn’t happen… so he persisted. But another invite never came. One board member, Jeff Bergosh, even said he wouldn’t let it happen because it would offend the audience, leading Suhor to say on this site:

… the longer I am delayed, the more obscure I’ll make my prayer when they finally allow it. Right now they are Pagan-level cooperation. More rejection and delays and I’ll go to FSM. If they keep obstructing, I go Satanic.

Well, guess what happened?

On Tuesday night, at a school board meeting, Suhor was not invited to deliver the invocation. That honor went to a local Jewish rabbi — invited by Bergosh for the sake of “diversity” (which, we can admit, is hardly the case).

According to one account, Suhor didn’t take the invocation very well:



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Bible Schools in Illinois Sue to Bypass Accreditation Regulations

A number of Illinois Bible schools are suing the state’s education regulators in federal court for the right to award degrees without meeting the state’s accreditation standards. They don’t deny that their programs fail to meet the standards for awarding degrees; they just feel that they should be exempt regardless because, they argue, it’s an infringement of their religion to do otherwise.



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