High School Students Punished for Not Saying “Under God” When Leading Pledge of Allegiance Over Loudspeakers

I’ve written a lot of posts about young atheists who either don’t say the Pledge of Allegiance, or omit the words “Under God” when they do, or remain seated during its recitation.

Just about every story goes the same way: The student does one of those things and gets in trouble, an atheist group sends the school a letter reminding them the dissent is perfectly legal, and the school apologizes.

Not this time.

At Merrill F. West High School in Tracy, California, students in Shauna Baker’s speech and debate class are tasked to read announcements and say the Pledge over the loudspeaker in the morning.

Adrianna Teboe didn’t didn’t say “Under God” when it was her turn. She was marked down as a result.

Derek Giardina didn’t say “Under God” when it was his turn. He’s now failing the class.

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Ohio House Bill Would Undermine the Teaching of Evolution

Ohio’s House Bill 597 would amend existing education law to include this bit about science:

The standards in science shall be based in core existing disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics; incorporate grade-level mathematics and be referenced to the mathematics standards; focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes; and encourage students to analyze, critique, and review, in an objective manner, the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the standards.

That’s all code for “teach kids that evolution is questioned by credible scientists”… which it’s not.

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Texas School District Challenged for Allowing Crosses and Bible Verses in Classrooms and Selling Religious Shirts

How many church/state violations does one public school district need to make before even other Christians start saying they’ve gone too far…?

Well, let’s see what’s happening in the Mt Vernon Independent School District in Texas.

There are religious messages on the walls, like this one from Ronald Reagan:



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High School Football Player Celebrates Touchdown with Brief Prayer… and Gets Penalized for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

On Friday night, when Sam Turner caught a touchdown pass for Fort Myers High School, he celebrated with an end zone prayer — and was quickly flagged with a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct:



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An Ohio School District Was Ready to “Sell” Property to a Local Church for $1… Until an Atheist Offered to Buy It

Last week, I posted about a high school that’s no longer in use in Monroe, Ohio. The building, which sits on 29 acres of land, is in complete disarray, but treating it for asbestos and demolishing it would require more than $1,000,000 that the Monroe Local School District Board of Education doesn’t want to spend.

The board had the options of selling the building to the city (for much less than it’s worth), demolishing the building, or selling it to the Monroe First Church of God for (literally) a buck.

And they were leaning toward that last option, possibly because board member Tim Carpenter (below) is a member of that church…



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