Atheist Who Convinced PA School Board to Stop Reciting the Lord’s Prayer in 2012 Returns to Apologize

Two years ago, Ernest Perce V (below, the Pennsylvania State Director of American Atheists at the time) and Carl Silverman (of the PA Nonbelievers) tried 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.

Last week, when the school board held its regular meeting, Ernest Perce was there once again… but for a very different and surprising reason.

He came to apologize:

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Todd Phelps, Mayoral Candidate in Austin, Texas, Supports Teacher-Led Prayers in School

Todd Phelps wants to become the next mayor of Austin, Texas. Austin, if you’re unfamiliar, is known as “an island of blue in a sea of red” — it’s very liberal and thankfully so.

So you have to wonder why Phelps thinks putting prayer back in public schools will lead him to victory.

In an interview with KXAN News, he said (at the 8:22 mark below) that he wants to put “voluntary faculty-led prayer” back in school, adding that he hopes it becomes a model for the nation:



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Even More Church/State Violations Uncovered in Texas School District; Is Anyone There Trying to Fix the Problems?

A few weeks ago, I posted about the numerous church/state violations taking place at China Elementary in Texas’ Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District.

Just to offer some quick examples, the school’s Facebook page was full of mentions of the teacher-led “Hawks for Christ” group, not to mention pictures of teachers wearing club shirts — both of which are illegal:



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This is Why You Shouldn’t Say the Pledge of Allegiance in School

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses why you shouldn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance in school:



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Tennessee School District Considers Prayers at Board Meetings, Despite Knowing They’re Illegal

The Williamson County Board of Education in Tennessee want to begin meetings with prayer, which they can’t do since a school board (which oversees students specifically) isn’t the same as a city council. A school board prayer is usually seen by the courts as no different from a teacher or principal leading prayer in a classroom — there’s a coercion factor that comes into play.

What’s more, the board members in Williamson County know prayers would be illegal, and yet they still want to have them:



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