Iowa State’s New Basketball Coach Plans to Push Christianity Onto His Players

Iowa State University’s new head men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm (below) looks like a legal problem waiting to happen.

The season hasn’t started yet, and one of the only things we know about him is that he’ll be pushing his Christian faith onto his players, says Dick Haws a former journalism professor at the school:

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Mississippi School District Forced to Pay Up After Violating Court Order and Repeatedly Promoting Christianity

I swear I’ve written more articles about the Rankin County School District in Mississippi than anywhere other school district in the country — never for good reasons.

The most pressing story is the one that started in April of 2013, when students at Northwest Rankin High School attended a mandatory assembly featuring representatives from nearby Pinelake Baptist Church who told the students that they needed to accept Jesus in their lives. They even showed a video:

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Proposed Irish Law Would Extend Anti-Discrimination Protections to LGBT Teachers, but Not Atheist Ones

Ireland’s Employment Equality Act basically says employers cannot discriminate on the basis of things like gender, marital status, age, race, etc. All good ideas. But as with all laws, there are exemptions. And those are covered in Section 37.

That part says that religious institutions (like churches, schools, and hospitals) — even though most are state-funded — are allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion if it’s reasonable to do so for that tradition. So if your faith says priests have to be male, it’s not legal discrimination if Church leaders don’t hire any women for that position.

But when does it become unreasonable?

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Forget God’s Not Dead. This is What It’s Like to Be an Atheist Teacher in the South

We finally know that the plot of God’s Not Dead 2 involves a religious high school teacher who gets accused of promoting religion in the classroom by a presumably-atheist student… even though what she said was hardly crossing the line. (At least that’s the story I gathered from the brief plot points that have been released so far.)

But unless it’s over-the-top proselytizing, this isn’t a very common scenario. Atheist students are used to having Christian teachers. Mentioning church or bringing up a Bible-verse isn’t the end of the world for us. Only in this work of fiction do innocuous religious comments blow up to this degree.

My colleague Neil Carter, however, has experienced something similar in the other direction. He’s an atheist public school teacher in Mississippi, and he’s gotten into trouble before for the crime of… being an atheist public school teacher in Mississippi.

He didn’t even say he was an atheist. When a student asked him if he was, he simply declined to answer the question. Then all hell broke loose:

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The Problem with Brigham Young University’s Honor Code

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the problem with Brigham Young University’s Honor Code. (We’ve also posted about it here.)

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