Ask Richard: Should I “Come Out” as an Atheist in my College Application Essay?

Dear Richard, I am a senior in high school and I am preparing to start the college admissions process. A few of the colleges that I am planning on applying to use the Common Application. The essay for the Common App is open-ended and can be written on any topic of choice. I am contemplating [Read More...]

Smith-Cotton High School’s Evolution Band Shirts Now on Sale

You remember this shirt? That was the shirt worn by some high school band members in Sedalia, Missouri… that is, until religious parents called to complain they were offended by evolution: [Assistant Superintendent Brad] Pollitt said the district is required by law to remain neutral where religion is concerned. “If the shirts had said ‘Brass [Read More...]

Cheerleaders’ Bible Banners Banned from Football Games

For over five years, the cheerleaders at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in Georgia have been rooting for their football team by using pro-Christian banners: Apparently, ripping through the word Christ helps you win games? But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that’s illegal. You can’t endorse religion like that at a public school [Read More...]

Florida Principal Gets Off the Hook for Luncheon Prayer

A month ago, there was a news story about a Florida high school principal (Frank Lay) who asked another administrator to “offer a prayer of blessing during a school-day luncheon for the dedication of a new fieldhouse at Pace High School.” It wasn’t the first time Lay ignored the church/state wall. He was facing jail [Read More...]

What If I Took My Students on a Field Trip to Get Debaptized?

I help coach my school’s Speech Team. I think I’m going to plan a pre-season party to get everyone pumped up about the tournaments ahead — We’re going to listen to a motivations speaker and get dinner together. I won’t ask the administrators for money, but I am borrowing a school bus. Another coach will [Read More...]