Anti-RFRA Advertisement Will Appear in the New York Times This Sunday

While much of the discussion and debate surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) law has been about how it would allow Christian business owners to freely discriminate against LGBT customers, there’s a broader problem with RFRA (at both the state and federal levels) that’s been ignored.

The law essentially says everyone has to follow the law… but if you have a really good religious reason to not comply, that might be okay. Want to break the law because you think it’s unjust? You’re out of luck. But if God factors into your decision, you might be able to get away with it.

It’s one of the biggest complaints from opponents of RFRA: It privileges religious beliefs over strong personal convictions and the government shouldn’t be making that call. To that end, the Freedom From Religion Foundation will be taking out this quarter-page ad in Sunday’s New York Times calling for a repeal of RFRA:



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Texas High School Baseball Coach Allegedly Makes Players Attend Bible Study or Run an Extra 20 Minutes

We’re so used to hearing about high school football coaches illegally leading their teams in prayer, completely overstepping their bounds and putting students in the awkward position of joining in to avoid any consequences. But this story coming out of Texas is unique in just how far the district is going to push faith on the students.

Pittsburg High School baseball coach Tommy Stewart not only conducts a Bible study with his players after practice once a week, he punishes those who don’t attend with 20 minutes of running. There’s literally a consequence for not being Christian on his team.

According to a letter to the school district from the Freedom From Religion Foundation:

We further understand that Coach Stewart shows religious videos to his players, including the movie God’s Not Dead and videos from the Kingdom Man ministry series. Additionally, we understand that the team’s official practice uniforms have the bible quote “With GOD all things are possible” printed on them, from Matthew 19:26…

According to the person who informed FFRF of the problem, this is an issue for Christians, too:

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“In Reason We Trust” Sign Stolen from Wisconsin State Capitol in Broad Daylight

When it comes to putting up displays in the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, it’s pretty much a free-for-all, as long as you fill out the proper paperwork.

Since Easter is upon us, the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up a sign saying “In Reason We Trust” last month:

There was hardly any controversy over the sign… until this past Saturday. At 1:13p, three people stole the sign and the easel on which it was displayed:

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Christian Rapper Visits Two Public Schools to Talk About Jesus

The other day, I posted about a Louisiana school district (Caddo Parish Public Schools) that was constantly promoting religion. One example was this newsletter handed out to students at Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School:

Curvine Brewington is a proselytizing rapper who apparently doesn’t want to wait for kids to come to him after school. He posted this on his Instagram page yesterday:

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Discrimination Against Atheists is Now Officially Illegal in Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin just became the first city in the nation to add atheists to the list of protected groups in an expanded anti-discrimination bill. The city council voted unanimously for the addition last night.

While “religion” was already on that list, as you might expect, it wasn’t obvious to everyone whether that category included atheists, so the law now explicitly says so. (***Edit***: The final wording of the law uses the word “nonreligion,” not “atheist” as I suggested earlier. Same result, though. My apologies for referring to an older version of the bill.)



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