Why Didn’t This News Station Tell the Full Story of a Christian Politician’s Visit to a Local High School?

You may recall that Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone (a Republican, of course) has put into motion a plan to put the words “In God We Trust” in every public school — and possibly every classroom — in the state.

Last month, that bill made it through the education committee.

And earlier this week, Saccone visited Avonworth High School to speak to students in a “Problems in Democracy” honors-level class about politics and this bill in particular.

(What the hell was he thinking? He thrives on ignorance and revisionist history, and he’s stepping into the octagon with smart seniors?! Dear lord…)

If you read and listen to reporter Trina Orlando‘s story, though, it seemed like everything went without a hitch:

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Check Out How a Fox News Reporter Spins This Story About a Preaching Teacher

This is what really happened at Fayette High School in Missouri:

Gwen Pope, a math teacher at the school, led Christian devotional prayers in her classroom every Friday morning. These prayer sessions were announced over the loudspeaker for students, in effect, encouraging them to attend. Both of those things are illegal.

There’s more: The prayer sessions weren’t part of an extracurricular club. Pope’s husband Michael would attend the meetings. Furthermore, she told her math students that “God will punish them if they are not good” and had religious literature on her desk during the school day:



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Watauga School District Will Accept Non-Theist Posters, but Principals Don’t Have to Display Them

A Humanist group in North Carolina has offered a matching donation to the public schools in Watauga County: posters that remind the pupils of the historical Treaty of Tripoli, which states, courtesy of founding founder John Adams,

The United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.

The “matching” aspect is in the fact that the same schools recently accepted posters proclaiming “In God We Trust,” provided by a chapter of the American Legion.

Late last week, in a brief phone call, Marshall Ashcraft, the district’s Director of Public Information, told Cash Wilson, VP of the Western North Carolina Humanists, that the district will accept their Tripoli-poster offer.



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Students Victorious in Lawsuit Against Public High School’s Mandatory Come-to-Jesus Assembly

Last April, students at Northwest Rankin High School in Mississippi attended a mandatory assembly featuring representatives from nearby Pinelake Baptist Church who told the students that they needed to accept Jesus in their lives. They even showed a video:

In the video, two young men were interviewed who had once led “troubled” lives. To find hope, the men described various behaviors such as turning to drugs, sex, cutting, suicide, and the like. They then explained how turning to Jesus Christ solved their problems and recommended that other people turn to Jesus Christ as well.

The American Humanist Association said at the time that when students tried to leave the Performing Arts Building so they wouldn’t have to listen to the preaching, they “were harassed by a principal and told to sit down.”

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center of the AHA immediately sent the school a complaint letter (PDF). After not hearing back from the administration, they filed a lawsuit (PDF) against the school in which the extensive and jaw-dropping details about the assembly were listed in full.

But why read that when you can just watch a video of the assembly taken by students?

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Fox News Ripped School Board For Nixing the Pledge of Allegiance — Even Though the Board Did Just the Opposite

Sioux Falls school board member Kent Alberty has had quite the week, what with the death threats and all.

From across the country, he and the four other board members received messages from upset Fox News viewers. Some of the missives were respectful in their criticism, but many more were nasty, even threatening. One anonymous correspondent proposed that the board be lined up against a wall and shot.

In an effort to restore some normalcy,

The Sioux Falls School District has removed the board members’ personal information from its web site for now, to discourage any more misdirected feedback.

What did Alberty and his colleagues do to deserve all that bile? That’s the crazy part. They decided to honor the proposal of a local war veteran to make elementary and middle-school students recite the Pledge of Allegiance. In fact, the board then went further, voting to make the same requirement of students at high school assemblies.

A local news outlet published a clumsy or erroneous headline that implied the Pledge had been dropped. The Fox team got wind of it, and next thing the Sioux Falls board knew, Megyn Kelly was on the air, sneering at the godless school authorities, essentially leading the braying Fox Nation into the inevitable two minutes hate.



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