High School Atheist to Be Honored

Dawn Sherman (daughter of Rob Sherman) is about to receive a fantastic honor: In the spirit of courageous advocacy of freedom of speech, the John Peter Altgeld Award will be presented to Dawn Sherman, a student who challenged her high school’s implementation of the Illinois Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act. Her initial lawsuit resulted [Read More...]

Christian Right (For Kids!)

You’ve seen those studies which show how Generation Next (ages 18-25) is becoming less religious, more tolerant, and less Republican? Some students in Connecticut are disturbed by that. They want to buck the trend. They are the next generation of the Christian Right: Like its parent organization, the youth group — known as iFIC [Family [Read More...]

Violations of Church and School

Microbiologychick went to a public school but remembers a number of church/state violations from her childhood: In Jr. High, a few teachers gave extra credit for attending talks at churches or other large-scale religious activities that had no educational component … On a Jr. High school-sponsored Spring Break trip, prayer happened before meals on several [Read More...]

Thoughts for Atheists at Graduation

The following piece was written by Edwin Kagin for American Atheists Magazine (May/June 2008). Edwin serves as both the National Legal Director for American Atheists as well as the Kentucky State Director for AA. (I broke the piece up into several paragraphs for slightly easier reading — the original consisted of two long ones.) Good [Read More...]

Moment of Silence Irony in Action

Illinois schools used to allow teachers to observe a moment of silence if they chose. Not many teachers did this. Probably because it’s just a waste of time. State Senator Kimberly Lightford didn’t like the idea of teachers deciding what’s best for their classrooms, so she sponsored a bill to make the moment of silence [Read More...]