Indiana Family Sues School District Over Prayers at Athletic Events, School Board Meetings, and Graduation

How many church/state separation violations can one school district be guilty of? The River Forest Community School Corporation in Indiana must be trying to break a record.

J.B. is a student completing his sophomore year there and he and his parents have noticed several problems with the way the District handles religion.

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Outgoing Nigerian President Bans Female Genital Mutilation in One of His Last Acts in Office

In March, Nigeria decided not to re-elect Goodluck Jonathan to another term as President. But he’s making the most of his final days in office, getting the government to pass a ban on female genital mutilation in the country:

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Pittsylvania County Officials Lose Long-Running Fight to Pray to Jesus at Meetings

In 2012, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors in Virginia began each meeting with a prayer to Jesus Christ.

An anonymous woman had sued the city in response — but a judge ruled that the only way for the lawsuit to proceed was if she revealed her identity.

In a country where atheists can get harassed for simply suggesting, “If people want to pray, they should do it privately, not on the taxpayers’ dime,” it’s no surprise the person wanted to keep her identity hidden.

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If My Daughter Learns Evolution, She’ll Get Rejected from Vet School, Says West Virginia Dad in Lawsuit

Earlier this month, West Virginian Kenneth Smith filed a lawsuit against everyone he could think of involved in teaching evolution to his daughter.

That list included the Jefferson County Board of Education, the State Superintendent, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the Director of the National Institutes of Health. (If he were alive, I’m sure Charles Darwin would have made the list.)

What did they all do wrong?

Smith says that by promoting evolution, they’re ruining his daughter’s ability to get into veterinarian school, thereby stopping her from earning a good living.

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Missouri Public School District Sued for Taking Students on a Field Trip to a Christian Ministry

In order to celebrate their hard work preparing for and taking the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests, the eighth-graders at North Middle School in Joplin were taken to a sports complex with a climbing wall and video games earlier this month.

Good times!

Here’s the form the parents had to sign:

That’s a little misleading, though, because the name of the place they went to isn’t “Victory Sports Complex.”

It’s Victory Ministry & Sports Complex. Which — wait for it — is a ministry.

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