When it Comes to Religious Accommodations in the Classroom, How Far is Too Far?

There’s an interesting debate taking place at York University in Toronto. Here’s the scenario: A student emails his professor saying he can’t do a particular group project because his religion doesn’t allow him to interact with women. If you’re the professor, what do you do? Sociology Professor J. Paul Grayson did what I think I [Read More…]

South Carolina Lawmakers, Seeking to Introduce Daily Prayer in Schools, Have Kindly Thought of Atheists, Too

I thought I’d share a warm and fuzzy update in the renewed legislative fight of seven Democratic and three Republican lawmakers to have kids “enjoy” a daily prayer — sorry, I mean “a moment of silence” — in South Carolina public schools.

As I noted in my previous post about the initiative, there can be no mistake about what this forced daily silence is intended to do. One of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Wendell Gilliardstated that

The essential part of the bill, the important part, is putting prayer back in school.”


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Catholic School Leader Fired Gay Administrator After He Got Married, but Said He Could Keep Job if He Got a Divorce

Last month, a student-led revolution began at Eastside Catholic High School in Seattle, Washington.

It started when Assistant Principal Mark Zmuda was forced to resign from his position after school officials confronted him about his sexual orientation and summer wedding:

Before his final day at the school, hundreds of students staged a protest online, on Twitter, in the cafeteria, and outside the school:

The students, like Zmuda, are all aware that the Catholic Church is an anti-gay organization and school officials are well within their right to fire Zmuda.

But that doesn’t mean the students have to stand by and just watch it happen.

In fact, they’re planning an even bigger protest at the end of the month:

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In Defense of the Student Who Wanted to Hand Out Candy Canes with Biblical Messages on Them

Here’s the setup: Just before the holidays, 6-year-old Isaiah Martinez (below) went to Merced Elementary School in West Covina, California with a pack of candy canes in hand to give to his classmates. Each candy cane had attached to it a religious message that told the “legend of the candy cane” which, believe it or not, has everything to do with Jesus dying on a cross.

His teacher, not wanting to get in trouble, removed the messages from the candy canes, then handed them back to Isaiah to give to his friends, apparently telling him “Jesus is not allowed in school.”

So, of course, a Christian group is threatening to file a lawsuit against the district:

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2013 Was a Terrible Year for Evolution… but Only if You Tried to Teach It At a Christian School

Karl Giberson (below) has a PhD in Physics from Rice University and once held the title of Vice-President of The BioLogos Foundation, a group that attempts to reconcile faith and science. That blemish aside, you can imagine the trouble he got in when he attempted to teach evolution at a Christian institution. Even though the science he taught was sound, the administration, along with parents and donors, wanted him to lie to the students and teach Creationism instead. He refused to do that and had to leave as a result.

In an article for The Daily Beast, he says 2013 was a “terrible year for evolution”, but his story indicates that it was only terrible if you were a professor at a Christian school trying to convince a bunch of people living inside a bubble that they were misinterpreting the Bible at the expense of reality:

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