After Teacher Preaches in the Classroom, Superintendent Reveals Himself to be a Creationist

What happens when a teacher preaches in the classroom, saying the Bible is the basis for the Constitution and evolution is evil?

Well, if you’re smart, you let the Freedom From Religion Foundation know about it. That’s exactly what one family did. Their child attends Wynnewood Middle School in Oklahoma and the Social Studies teacher, Betty Carter, was stepping far outside the bounds of what’s appropriate to say in the classroom.

Here’s FFRF’s Andrew Seidel (PDF), in a letter to the district’s superintendent, Raymond Cole: [Read more...]

Milwaukee’s Mexican Fiesta Festival Will No Longer Offer Discounts to Catholics

Last fall, I posted about an event in Milwaukee called Mexican Fiesta, a celebration that’s taken place for over 30 years and was occurring that weekend on public grounds.

The promoters of the event had said that the cost to enter was $13/person… unless you attend Mass, in which case it was only $5: [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins Speaks About the Problem with Metaphors

On October 12th, 2012, Richard Dawkins received the “Emperor Has No Clothes Award” at the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s annual convention. The award goes to someone who “make[s] known their dissent from religion.”

The video of his talk just went up online and it’s worth a view. Dawkins begins speaking at the 14:30 mark and the transcript is available. In the speech, Dawkins talks about the problem with bad metaphors (and those who end up believing they are actually true): [Read more...]

FFRF and ACLU of Ohio Sue School District Over Middle School’s Giant Portrait of Jesus

You may remember Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio and the giant portrait of Jesus hanging on its walls:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation had lodged a complaint with the school — but the school board decided last month to stand firm in their disregard for the Constitution. They voted to let the portrait stay. [Read more...]

Rapid City, South Dakota Wants to Keep Religious Invocations at City Council Meetings

In Rapid City, South Dakota, the City Council always begins meetings with an invocation delivered by a “local minister“:

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