Christianity-Promoting School District Says It Will Look Into Teacher-Led Prayers and Nativity Re-Enactments

The other day, I posted about the Eastern Howard School Corporation, a school district that was frequently violating the Constitution with its promotion of Christianity.

Even when confronted with the problem, district officials didn’t seem to care. Superintendent Tracy Caddell said of any potential complaints: “I mean really, what is a parent going to say — that we want you to love my child less or show them less compassion?” He wrongly equated Christianity with compassion, and that mindset permeated throughout the district.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation very quickly sent a letter to Caddell. They sidestepped the more ambiguous endorsements of Christianity and zeroed in on the most obvious ones mentioned in Lauren Slagter‘s story about the district:



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Controversy Erupts at Maine High School After Students Are Told They Don’t Have to Stand for the Pledge

At South Portland High School in Maine, the students who read the morning announcements and lead the Pledge of Allegiance have created a controversy by letting their classmates know they don’t have to participate:



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Freedom From Religion Foundation Will Receive $82,765.95 from Reddit

Reddit recently announced a program in which it will give away 10% of its advertising revenue to various charities. It amounts to more than $82,000 per group.

There was a mad scramble for organizations to get votes — including a number of atheist-friendly groups — and Reddit just announced the winners. Coming in 9th place and winning $82,765.95?

The Freedom From Religion Foundation!



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Michigan City’s Mission Statement Includes Phrase “Strive to Serve God”

Remember the controversy at Hager Park in Jenison, Michigan? For most of the past 50 years, you would’ve seen this sign near the picnic shelter:

It’s an Old Testament verse, Psalm 19:1:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

After an atheist group pointed out the illegality of it to Ottawa County officials, they took down the sign… only to reconsider that decision after their legal counsel told them it would be fine. (The final status of the sign is still in flux.)

Now, a neighboring community has done their own part to push God into government:

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American Family Association Creates “Bigotry Map” Featuring Dozens of Atheist, Humanist, and Pro-LGBT-Rights Groups

The Southern Poverty Law Center is famous for their listing of “hate groups,” ones that “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”

So if you say nasty, untrue things about black people (like the KKK) or LGBT individuals (like the Illinois Family Institute), you’re on the list.

Evangelical churches aren’t on the list just because they think, for example, that homosexuality is a sin. “Loving the sinner while hating the sin,” even if you don’t buy it, isn’t the same as saying there’s something psychologically wrong with gay people.

The American Family Association has long argued that the list is unfair to certain Christian groups, so they’ve now created their own version of a hate group list.

The AFA Bigotry Map identifies “groups and organizations that openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith.”

Who’s on the list?

Basically every atheist and pro-LGBT-rights group out there, including local and college groups.

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