Good Riddance to a Public School Teacher Who Couldn’t Keep His Religious Beliefs to Himself

John Osborne (below) has finally decided to quit teaching, and it’s about damn time.

The history teacher had worked at Sequoyah High School in Canton, Georgia for 13 years, but he decided to leave when he realized that his classroom was not a substitute for church and that he wouldn’t be allowed to talk about Jesus:



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Remembering the Brave Young Woman Who Refused to Say the Pledge of Allegiance Nearly 80 Years Ago

Usually, when I mention Jehovah’s Witnesses on this site, it’s not for a good reason. But we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.

In 1935, fifth-grader William Gobitas refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance because treating the flag like an idol went against his family’s JW faith. His 12-year-old sister Lillian did the same thing the next day.



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American Humanist Association Launches Campaign Urging Students to Stay Seated During the Pledge of Allegiance

Last week, the American Humanist Association released the results of a poll they conducted about the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge. The poll showed that when people are told about the history of the phrase — how it was added to the Pledge in 1954 during the Cold War — more than a third of respondents supported removing the phrase.

The AHA is following up those results today with what’s sure to be a controversial national campaign. They’re urging students to remain seated during daily recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance to show solidarity with the non-religious people who are being discriminated against — and that means educating everyone about the history of “Under God.” The campaign includes bus ads in Washington, D.C. and New York City as well as 15-second ads on YouTube:



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I Thought About It. It Still Doesn’t Make Sense

Answers in Genesis published this cartoon a couple of days ago and Ken Ham sent it out in his latest newsletter:

It took me a while, but I think I figured it out.

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A Debate on School Prayer Between an Expert and an Idiot

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in Texas published a debate on the topic of school prayer in today’s paper. On one side, they have Arnold Loewy, the Chair of Criminal Law at Texas Tech School of Law.

On the other side, they have Donald May who wouldn’t know the law if it were spelled out right in front of him. Which it is.

Let’s start with the sensible Loewy:

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