New York Teacher Tells Atheist Student She’s Unpatriotic and Disrespectful for Refusing to Stand for the Pledge

You would think public schools would have figured out by now how to handle saying the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s simple, really: Students don’t have to stand for the Pledge. They don’t have to give a reason. And they certainly cannot get punished for sitting it out. That’s true whether we’re talking about atheists who don’t want to pledge that we’re a nation “Under God” or Jehovah’s Witnesses who consider it idolatry.

But officials at Southside High School in the Elmira City School District in New York never got the memo. There, an atheist student has been made to feel like shit by her teacher for not standing up during the daily recitation.

According to a letter to the district’s superintendent and principal from the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the problem has been going on for a while:

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North Carolina High School’s Band Booster Event Takes an Illegal Christian Turn

Over the weekend, North Carolina’s North Buncombe High School held a Band Boosters event to honor veterans and fundraise for the band’s upcoming trip to Hawaii. All of that was perfectly fine. But then the event took an illegal Christian turn:



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Massachusetts State Rep Complains About Family That Sued Over the Pledge of Allegiance

Massachusetts State Representative Alan Silvia (below) wrote an opinion piece for a local paper in which he derides a local family for filing a lawsuit over the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance (a case they lost earlier this month).

In the piece, which shows how ignorant of the law Silvia is, he makes all sort of claims that have no basis in reality:

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After Decades of Giving a Religious Commencement Address, An Educator is Told He Can’t Participate at Graduation

Apparently, there’s some rule that says if you’re a nice guy, you don’t have to follow the law.

For decades, Coach Leon McCoy has been giving a speech at Winfield High School’s graduation ceremony (in West Virginia). The problem is that those speeches have been very religious, with references to his faith throughout. (One article cited him giving an “If I were allowed to pray” speech.)

After receiving enough complaints, the Putnam County Board of Education told him he won’t be giving a speech this year, and people who think tradition trumps the Constitution are freaking out:

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How I Made Ken Ham Angry

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses why Creationist Ken Ham is angry with me:



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