Catholic Schools Show Decline in Math Scores

True story: I spent a year in medical school. To make a long story short, at some point during the year, I felt that I wasn’t as passionate about becoming a doctor as I thought I would be. So I took a year off (the school was fine with this). In that time, I got [Read More...]

Iraq War Means Loss of Faith for Youth

The article is by Sabrina Tavernise of the International Herald Tribune. After almost five years of war, many young Iraqis, exhausted by constant firsthand exposure to the violence of religious extremism, say they have grown disillusioned with religious leaders and skeptical of the faith that they preach. The quotations are startling. You rarely hear Muslim [Read More...]

Bible Belt Assemblies at a Public School

Letters-to-the-editor aren’t just displays of opinions. Sometimes, they can be a story in and of themselves. Case in point: This letter written by high school freshman Wesley Crawford of Neely, Mississippi in the Hattiesburg American: I am a freshman at Greene County High School, and I am writing to express my concerns on several assemblies [Read More...]

National Simulcast For Church-State Separation

First Freedom First, a joint project of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation, is sponsoring a national simulcast advocating church-state separation: Actors, musicians and comedians will join church-state activists from across the country March 26 to put church-state separation on the national agenda during the 2008 election season. [Read More...]

Girl Can’t Ref a Boys’ Game… Because Jesus Said So

This is bigotry on account of ignorance on account of religion: The Kansas State High School Activities Association said referees reported that Michelle Campbell was preparing to officiate at St. Mary’s Academy near Topeka on Feb. 2 when a school official insisted that Campbell could not call the game. The reason given, according to the [Read More...]