An Atheist Explains the Importance of Speaking with Believers on Your College Campus

I’ve posted a number of videos by Anthony Magnabosco on this site, in which he speaks to strangers about their religious beliefs for just few minutes and then deconstructs the whole conversation afterwards.

He recently spoke to a Secular Student Alliance affiliate in Texas about how students could conduct effective street epistemology:

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73% of Americans Support Football Coaches Who Lead Their Teams in Christian Prayer

A new survey about football released by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service revealed that 73% of Americans believe coaches at public high schools should be allowed to pray to Jesus with their students.

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Elementary School Science Teacher Sends Kids Home with an Invitation to Christian Summer Camp

What would you do if your daughter came home from her public school and told you her 5th grade science teacher was preaching in the classroom? What if it wasn’t direct preaching but an invitation to join her at church over the weekend, when school wasn’t in session?

Either way, it’d be proselytizing and public school teachers are forbidden from doing it.

But one teacher apparently doesn’t see or understand the problem. She sent a flyer home with students yesterday — attached to their report cards — inviting them to a week-long Christian sports camp this summer. One parent, who understood the problem with this, posted the image on Reddit before explaining how he handled it. (Emphases hers.)

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Portland (OR) High School Ends Decades-Long Tradition of Singing Christian Song at Holiday Concert

Last November, the Portland Public Schools announced that choirs would no longer perform at The Grotto — a Catholic shrine — during its Festival of Lights because it was a religious venue. That changed took place due to pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Now, Cleveland High School (in the same District) has announced that the winter choir concert will no longer end with teachers and staff members singing Handel’s “Messiah” (the “Hallelujah” song) because it’s overtly religious.

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The American Bar Association Says It Is Investigating Discrimination at BYU’s Law School

As many of you are probably aware, Brigham Young University is a private school that, while known for being operated and attended by Mormons, also admits students who are outside the faith. That means even if you don’t agree with Mormon theology, you’re still playing by Mormon rules.

All students, for example, are required to abide by BYU’s “Honor Code” — that means no alcohol, coffee, or pre-marital sex. (Homosexual sex? Don’t even try.) You might recoil at all that, but again, this is a private school. They have every right to lay out the rules as they see fit.

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Here’s where it gets weird: If you are Mormon, and you decide to leave the church (because you stopped believing in God), your life is practically over. You’ll be expelled and possibly evicted. Your transcript won’t even be released in some cases, making it tougher to transfer. The pressure is there to keep you in the Mormon faith. Your options at that point are to lie to everybody… or be honest and suffer.

But if you’re not a Mormon and you change your mind, no big deal. They don’t care.

A group called FreeBYU made the case last year that all of this went far beyond what a private religious school ought to be doing. They made the perfectly reasonable case that Mormons who changed their mind about religion should simply have to pay a higher tuition (like all non-Mormon students) and that would be the end of the punishments.

While BYU hasn’t announced any changes to their policies, the American Bar Association is now saying they will investigate FreeBYU’s complaints.

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