UK Government Clarifies That Creationism Cannot be Taught as Valid Science in Publicly-Funded Schools
Ron Williams (below) wanted his children to attend a secular school in Australia, so you can imagine his surprise when his children told him they were attending “assemblies where the chaplain presided and a rap song was played extolling the virtues of chaplains over teachers as adults kids could trust.”
As it turned out, it was all part of a program funded by the country’s government. In fact, since 2007, schools could be eligible for up to $20,000 if they began or extended chaplaincy services.
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.”
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:
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.