After Teacher Preaches in the Classroom, Superintendent Reveals Himself to be a Creationist

What happens when a teacher preaches in the classroom, saying the Bible is the basis for the Constitution and evolution is evil?

Well, if you’re smart, you let the Freedom From Religion Foundation know about it. That’s exactly what one family did. Their child attends Wynnewood Middle School in Oklahoma and the Social Studies teacher, Betty Carter, was stepping far outside the bounds of what’s appropriate to say in the classroom.

Here’s FFRF’s Andrew Seidel (PDF), in a letter to the district’s superintendent, Raymond Cole: [Read more...]

Scholarships for College Students to Attend Northwest Free-thought Alliance Conference in Portland

Two different scholarships offer college students the opportunity to see our very own Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, at the Northwest Free-thought Alliance Conference in Portland, OR the weekend of April 5-7th.

The conference also features Darrel Ray (author of The God Virus: How Religion Affects Our Lives and Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality), Valerie Tarico (author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light), and Australian folk singer-songwriter Shelley Segal.

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Young Atheist and Science Advocate Zack Kopplin Interviewed by Bill Moyers

Zack Kopplin is having one hell of a run of great publicity. Between getting the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award last summer to a wonderful profile at io9, he’s been speaking out against Creationism in Louisiana public schools and for good science in general — and people are paying attention. [Read more...]

Pennsylvania School Board Blocks Formation of Gay-Straight Alliance

Members of the Chambersburg School Board (in Pennsylvania) this week voted against allowing a gay-straight alliance club (GSA) to form at a local high school.

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Conservative Christian: I’m All for Stopping Bullying, but Teaching LGBT Tolerance to Children Goes Too Far!

In Emily Bazelon‘s new book Sticks and Stones, she writes about the issue of bullying, why it’s a big deal now more than ever before, what bullying is and isn’t, etc. [Read more...]