Who Knew You Could Have Too Much Religion at Texas High School Football Games?

The Lubbock Independent School District in Texas is home to Lowrey Field, where the four high schools in the area play their home football games. The 8,500-seat stadium also houses a digital billboard where companies like Whataburger, Fuddruckers, and United Supermarkets pay for ads to run during the big games.

So, naturally, the man behind JesusTattoo.org wanted to place an ad there, too:

(The website has nothing to do with tattoos, by the way. It’s just one guy’s failed idea of a “hip” way to convert teens to Christianity.)

Believe it or not — and to their credit — the district said no. It was religious, they said, and they didn’t want to violate the Constitution.

So, naturally, the man behind JesusTattoo.org has filed a lawsuit claiming his rights are being violated.

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Now Virginia is Attempting to Legalize Prayer During Morning Announcements, Football Games, and Graduation

Just a couple of days ago, I wrote about how Georgia Republican State Rep. Dustin Hightower (below) was introducing legislation that would legalize student-led, administration-supported proselytizing at football games, during morning announcements, graduation ceremonies, and anywhere else where students had a public forum.

The same law was passed last year in Mississippi, as well as Texas and Tennessee.

And the same kind of bill is currently going through the state legislature in Virginia.

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Who Gave Tonight’s State of the Union Rebuttal, Attended a Fundamentalist Christian College

If you saw the official Republican response to President Obama‘s State of the Union speech tonight, then you heard the pleasant-sounding Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) talk about her vision of America, her son with Down Syndrome, and her uplifting personal story. I thought the speech was pretty well done — heavy on emotion, light on substance, free of gaffes. It was kind of like what Republicans expected, but never got, out of Sarah Palin.

But the most interesting thing you may not know about Rodgers is that she attended Pensacola Christian College.

Why is that a big deal?

PCC may be the most fundamentalist Christian schools in the country, rivaling places like Patrick Henry College and Liberty University.

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This Teacher Never Told a First Grader ‘You’re Not Allowed to Talk About the Bible in School’

I have a hard time believing Christians are under attack in America. Mostly because they’re so totally not. Usually, when Christian groups are upset, it’s not because their rights are being violated, but because they’re no longer getting the privileged treatment they’re used to receiving. So you should always take their complaints with a grain of salt and search for whatever they’re not telling you.

When I heard about first-grader Brynn Williams‘ story, in the back of my mind, I was wondering what really happened because I knew Advocates for Faith & Freedom (a Christian version of the Freedom From Religion Foundation) couldn’t be trusted to share the entire story.

Here’s how AFF explained what happened:

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A Georgia Republican Legislator Wants To Legalize Prayer During Morning Announcements, Football Games, and Graduation

Last year, Mississippi’s Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that made student-led, administration-supported proselytizing perfectly legal in the state’s public schools.

On the surface, the bill appeared to be useless — as one Americans United lawyer said of similar legislation, “This bill is a solution in search of a problem.” It said students could “express their beliefs about religion in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination”… even though they could always do that. It said students could form religious clubs that met before or after school… which was also never in doubt.

Here’s where things got really weird. The bill said:

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