Christian Student Gives Jesus-Lovin’ Graduation Speech After Claiming School Officials Tried to Censor Him

The law is pretty straightforward when it comes to prayers at public school graduations: You can’t have them. That means school officials can’t lead them (even if they’re sneaky about it). And student speakers can’t lead them, either. At least not with the knowledge of the administrators.

We’ve seen schools try to work around those guidelines by letting students vote to have a prayer (still illegal) or not screening students’ speeches beforehand (which is just asking for trouble).

At Brawley Union High School in California, the administrators screen the speeches — as they should. So when salutatorian Brooks Hamby (below) submitted a speech with the following line, the administrators correctly said no:



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This is How You Can Help the Atheist Who Uncovered Multiple Constitutional Violations at His High School

A lot of you have contacted me asking how you could donate something to help out Isaiah Smith, the atheist who uncovered — and put a stop to — a whole slew of church/state violations at his high school.

Your desire to help was compounded by the fact that Isaiah was kicked out of his house due to his sexual orientation, forcing him to work full-time while he attends community college this fall.

Isaiah has now started a GoFundMe page (yes, it’s really him) and you’re welcome to chip in there. If you appreciate what he did, it’s one way to thank him.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster, Meet Onionhead

This is Onionhead:



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Justice Prevails: Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case of School District That Held Graduation at a Christian Church

In July of 2012, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Elmbrook School District in Brookfield, Wisconsin violated the First Amendment when it held its graduation ceremonies in Elmbrook Church (an evangelical, non-denominational Christian church) from 2000 to 2009.

That’s not necessarily a Constitutional violation. Sometimes, it’s the only available space in a community large enough to fit a lot of people. It’s okay as long as there’s no overt proselytizing and all efforts are made to minimize the pro-Christian symbols and literature. But, in Brookfield, other venues were available, and this turned out to be a Jesus-pushing, giant-cross-right-on-stage graduation venue.

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Did a Teacher Get Fired Because He Was an Atheist?

Last fall, Kevin Pack was hired to teach German classes at Northridge High School in Middlebury, Indiana. As of March, he was no longer working there.

The school didn’t explain why, but the district released a statement the following month:

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