Today, a Judge Heard Arguments That Could Put an End to Saying the Pledge of Allegiance in New Jersey Schools

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center announced earlier this year that it had filed a lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in Monmouth County, New Jersey. If successful, the lawsuit would put an end to saying the Pledge of Allegiance in the state’s public schools.

Much like their (failed) lawsuit in Massachusetts, the plaintiffs are anonymous for the time being (presumably to avoid harassment from Christians) and the argument is all about discrimination. They’re not trying to take “Under God” out of the Pledge — instead, they’re arguing that reciting the Pledge itself goes against the state’s constitution and that ritual should stop immediately.

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Atheist-Turned-Christian Files Complaint Against School District Because Teacher Wore a Star of David Necklace

I don’t understand this guy.

Two years ago, Ernest Perce V (below, the Pennsylvania State Director of American Atheists at the time) was one of the people trying to convince the Greencastle-Antrim School District board members to drop the Lord’s Prayer, a 50-year-old tradition.

And it worked! The board members realized they weren’t going to win this battle, so they stopped fighting it.



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There’s No Reason to Deny This High School Student Her Christian Club

At Wantagh High School in New York, a student says the principal is denying her attempt to form a Christian club:



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 29: Jeff Lewis, Illinois Christian Home Educators

Our latest podcast guest is Jeff Lewis, a board member of the Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE), a group that promotes faith-based home-schooling and provides a variety of resources to Christian parents who want to do just that.

Why chat with him? Because we wanted to have a conversation with someone whose beliefs directly conflict with our own. Jeff, knowing where we stood on topics like Creationism, was still kind enough to say yes to our invitation.

By day, he’s an attorney who specializes in topics including estate planning and guardianship issues. He and his wife have five children, all of whom have been home-schooled.

We asked him on the show to give us insight into a world we know little about, not necessarily to debate him on various aspects of home-schooling. So you’ve been warned. There were parts of the conversation that will likely infuriate you and parts that turned a bit combative. There were also things Jeff said that we strongly disagreed with (and vice versa), but we made a conscious decision not to turn everything into a debate. You may disagree with that decision, but there you go. I still feel there’s value in listening and learning what his motivations and concerns are, instead of just having a debate about his beliefs.

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FFRF Files Federal Lawsuit Against Praying School Board in Chino Valley, California

If you attend a meeting of the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (in California), you’d think you were at a church service.

School boards, unlike city councils, are not supposed to have prayer of any sort because children are often present. But these board members never got the memo:

… CVUSD Board of Education President James Na said [at a meeting] “our lives begin in the hospital and end in the church, and urged everyone who does not know Jesus Christ to go and find Him.” Mr. [Andrew] Cruz “closed by reading Psalm 143.”

In fact, there’s a Bible verse read at most meetings:



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