South Dakota Bill That Would Have Allowed Teachers to Promote Intelligent Design in School is Killed by Its Sponsor

Last week, South Dakota legislators proposed Senate Bill 112, a bill that would allow teachers to preach Intelligent Design despite the fact that it’s essentially synonymous with pushing religion in the classroom:

In short, the law — sponsored by over a dozen Republicans — would make it legal for teachers to push ID without punishment.

However, today, the bill’s main sponsor, Jeff Monroe, said he was scrapping the legislation because, as one reporter put it, “it was badly written”:

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Bob Jones University Breaks with GRACE, Prematurely Ending Investigation into the School’s Culture of Sexual Abuse

How do you deal with your school’s reputation for astronomical levels of unchecked sexual abuse? Probably the first step is to try to find out what’s causing the situation so you know what needs fixing — right?

Nah, that’s just silly. We’ll pray instead.

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In an article I’m not even going to try to top, and will really recommend you check out for yourself, journalist John Shore‘s report on the situation at Bob Jones University. In a nutshell:

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Virginia Legislators Make the Right Call and Abandon Bill to Legalize Prayer During School Events

It was just over a week ago when we were talking about a Virginia bill, Senate Bill No. 236, that would legalize student-led, administration-supported proselytizing at football games, during morning announcements, graduation ceremonies, and anywhere else where students had a public forum.

The Senate passed the bill on a 20-18 vote, and it passed through a House Committee on Education earlier this week.

To my shock — especially since Republicans have a sizable majority in the House — the bill hit a wall when it got to the House Courts of Justice subcommittee on constitutional law. Turns out letting students use every public forum provided by the school as an opportunity to proselytize isn’t such a great idea after all…

The highlight of the debate may have been when delegates were listening to the warnings of ACLU of Virginia director Claire Guthrie Gastanaga (below):



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Todd Starnes of Fox News Lies Again: A School Did Not Cancel ‘Merica Monday’ Because It Would Offend Non-Americans

Fox News’ Todd Starnes has a nasty habit of parroting every story of Christian persecution he hears… even if there’s no truth to them.

He was on a roll in December, writing about a Georgia school that confiscated Christian cards (even though they didn’t) and a Texas school that banned Christmas trees (even though they didn’t).

Starnes is back in top form now, writing about Fort Collins High School in Colorado because administrators supposedly decided to cancel a spirit day honoring America because they didn’t want to offend non-Americans:

The student council at Fort Collins High School had proposed having a day to celebrate the United States during next week’s Winter Spirit Week. The young people pitched “’Merica Monday” and invited their classmates to dress in patriotic colors. Their proposal was promptly shot down by administrators.

“They said they didn’t want to be exclusive to any other country,” a 17-year-old member of the student council told me.

The irony, said the students, is that they are required to participate in Cinco de Mayo celebrations. One member of the student council pointed out the hypocrisy — and noted that students were not being forced to dress in red, white and blue for “’Merica Day.”

“We were confused why we couldn’t do one day that was for America,” the student told me.

Of course, the reality of the situation is that Starnes chose to ignore the school’s side of the story because it didn’t fit into his jingoistic narrative.

Here’s what really happened.



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Why Is This Minnesota Public School Sending Students on a Field Trip to Church?

The School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley, Minnesota opened up in the fall of 2012. It took them less than 18 months to violate the Constitution.

According to a letter from the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the public school sent children on a field to a local Christian church (Calvary Lutheran Church) in order to package food for the hungry for a separate Christian non-profit group (Feed My Starving Children). Both the church and the non-profit are interested in spreading the Gospel.

Even after a parent pointed out the problems with this field trip last year, the school just ignored the complaint, a fact the AHLC points out before explaining the legal issues once again:

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