Arkansas State Officials Now Say Football Players Can Wear Crosses on Their Helmets If They Want To

Two weeks ago, Arkansas State’s football players were seen on TV with Christian crosses on their helmets:

The crosses were there, we learned later, to honor a former player and manager, both of whom died earlier this year. But sentiment doesn’t mean you’re allowed to break the law. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to athletic department officials warning them against using school-sponsored religious symbols on helmets, and Arkansas State quickly issued a press release saying those crosses would soon disappear:

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At Least Someone in This Ohio School District Had the Good Sense to Put a Stop to a Staff Email Prayer Chain

At the school I worked at, like many other schools, we would occasionally hear via email about faculty members going through difficult times, especially when it meant they were out of the building for a while. Some staff members might hit Reply All say something consoling, but it was almost always professional. You knew in the back of your head that your emails could theoretically go public at anytime. You were a government employee — that’s how it worked.

At A.I. Root Middle School in Medina, Ohio, to deal with similar issues, the faculty members started an email prayer chain instead. Even the principal participated.

You can see the problem with that. Lots of religion going through a public school, an implicit promotion of Christianity by staff members and administrators, pressure on faculty members to continue the chain before they were seen in a bad light by their superiors…

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I Think This Public Elementary School in Texas Just Set the Record for Most Church/State Violations

The staff members at China Elementary in Texas’ Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District love children, and Jesus, and not necessarily in that order.

If you look at their website and social media, it seems like they promote Jesus every chance they get, mostly with the school’s illegally-teacher-led “Hawks for Christ” group which they promote nonstop on their Facebook page (some of which have since been deleted). There’s also the Duck Dynasty dress-up day they had last year and the school song which includes the words “God bless.”



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Oklahoma Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Ten Commandments Monument

You knew there would be problems when Oklahoma state officials approved a Ten Commandments monument outside the building in 2009 and built it in 2012:

The ACLU of Oklahoma sued the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission last year saying that it was unconstitutional to have a Christian monument like this on state property:

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Mikey Weinstein Responds to Pat Robertson Calling Him “One Little Jewish Radical” who is “Terrorizing” the Air Force

I know Pat Robertson saying something crazy isn’t news to anybody, but now that the Air Force is allowing atheists to omit the words “So Help Me God” from the oath, he is flipping out over how quickly they changed this policy.

He’s especially angry with Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for writing a letter to the Secretary of Defense defending atheists. (For what it’s worth, there’s no evidence that Weinstein’s letter was the one that caused the Air Force to change its policy, but it undoubtedly helped.)



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