University of Florida’s New Building Includes Bible Verse Urging Students to “Walk Humbly with Your God”

In Gainesville, the University of Florida’s new building for business education greets students with a Bible verse.

Heavener Hall, which is named after a local business leader who made a generous contribution toward its construction, features this inscription on one of the archways leading into the building:

He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your god. Micah 6:8

Why anyone thinks that belongs on the property of a public university, I don’t know. Walking humbly with God certainly won’t improve your prospects in the business world.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the school a letter yesterday pointing out the Establishment Clause violation:

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Why Are Stained-Glass Windows with Religious References Up in This Public University’s Library?

Southern Connecticut State University just did a bit of redecorating for the Hilton C. Buley Library on campus… and they installed some stained-glass windows with religious phrases and figures on them:



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Atheists Won’t Challenge New Jersey Judge’s Ruling in Favor of Keeping the Pledge of Allegiance in Schools

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center announced last year that it had filed a lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in Monmouth County, New Jersey. If successful, the lawsuit would put an end to saying the Pledge of Allegiance in the state’s public schools.

Much like their (failed) lawsuit in Massachusetts, the plaintiffs were anonymous (presumably to avoid harassment from Christians) and the argument was all about discrimination. It wasn’t about removing “Under God.” Rather, they were arguing that reciting the Pledge itself went against the state’s constitution and that ritual should stop immediately.

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After Oklahoma Teacher Handed Out Bibles to Her Third-Graders, District Promises It Won’t Happen Again

A couple of weeks ago, in Duncan, Oklahoma, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School teacher Erica Mackey announced she had a surprise for her third-grade students:

The student reports that Mrs. Mackey announced that she had “the holy Bible” and asked if anyone would like one. Nearly all the students walked up to her desk and she handed them out. After seeing his classmates take Bibles from the teacher, the child felt peer-pressured and coerced to do the same.


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Arkansas Science Teacher Awarded for “Green School” Initiative Says the Light of the Moon Affects How Plants Grow

A charmingly enthusiastic science teacher from Arkansas just received an award for helping her students learn about nature and environmental sustainability:



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