Louisiana May Soon Require Schoolchildren to Say Their Rights Come From a “Creator”

It’s bad enough that many Louisiana students are told to recite the Pledge of Allegiance — with the phrase “Under God” — at the beginning of the school day. But a new bill could have elementary school students declaring that they’re “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”

House Bill 1035 would require students in grades 4-6 to recite that opening portion of the Declaration of Independence every day:

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School Board Trustee Won’t Run for Re-Election Because Trans Students Want Respect

Chad Vegas won’t be running for re-election to the Kern High School District board of trustees (in Bakersfield, California) because he can’t bring himself to show any respect for transgender students.

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Tennessee School District’s Bus Drivers Treated to Appreciation Lunch (Sponsored By Jesus)

See if you can handle this sentence:

A group of public school bus drivers in Tennessee were honored at a reception in a local Christian church, where they recited a pre-meal Christian prayer, and everything was organized by Hawkins County Board of Education Chairman Chris Christian.

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Ken Starr, After Demotion, Abandons Reins at Baylor U. in the Wake of Campus Rape Scandal

A week ago we learned of rumors that Ken Starr, then the president of Baylor University, the biggest Baptist school in the world, was going to lose his job over campus rapes that he had looked into with little enthusiasm, in an effort to protect Baylor’s popular football program. Two days later, Baylor’s board of regents announced that Starr would merely be demoted, from president to chancellor.

Now it’s time for act three. The embattled Starr will be leaving Baylor’s executive offices altogether, he told ESPN.

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Head of German Protestant Church Wants to See Islam Taught in Nation’s Schools. Should It Be?

I don’t have the answers, but I sure have a lot of questions.

Should all pupils in Germany’s state schools get educated in the tenets of Islam? If so, what version of Islam is the correct one that schoolchildren must internalize? Sunni Islam? Shiite Islam? Salafi Islam? Wahhabi Islam? Ahmadiyya Islam? Sunni Islam alone has five main sub-sects (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbalites, and Ẓāhirī), and all those f(r)actions have splinters. Who will decide, for the purposes of German schools, what the proper theology is?

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