Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) Says Students Should Be Allowed to Pray in School, Not Realizing That’s Already Legal

Over the past week, I’ve written a couple of posts about the overreaching faith of Principal Albert Hardison of Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School, part of the Caddo Parish Public Schools in Louisiana.

This is someone who openly praised God on the school’s website (he has revised it since the complaints began):



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Georgia Teacher Tells Students President Obama Isn’t a Christian and Neither Are Their Parents if They Voted for Him

According to NAACP chapter in Laurens County, Georgia, a middle school teacher was completely out of line with comments made to her class a couple of weeks ago. Dublin Middle School teacher Nancy Perry, who apparently teaches a class in Tea Party rhetoric, said of President Obama:

… that he is not a Christian as he claims to be. She said that any parent who supports him is not a Christian. She challenged her students to prove their Christianity.



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Christians Sue Michigan City Council for Removing Giant Cross from Hilltop, Calling It “Viewpoint Discrimination”

A few months ago, I posted about a giant hydraulic cross that goes up several times a year atop Dewey Hill in Grand Haven, Michigan:



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FFRF Launches Ad Campaign Targeting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Expanded School Voucher Program

Among Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker‘s litany of faults is his decision to support vouchers that would ultimately use taxpayer money to fund religious schools. Before his budget is approved by state legislators, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching an ad campaign warning people about the voucher problem specifically.

Walker’s proposal would lift the 1,000-student cap on statewide private school tuition vouchers, opening the floodgates for state funding of religious schools. In the recently expanded statewide voucher system, 100% of the state-funded schools are Christian, and 73% of students attend Roman Catholic schools. The state must end this pernicious experiment to siphon funds from our public schools to fund church-run, religiously-segregated schools.

There’s this billboard that will go up in downtown Madison later this month:

Then there are these commercials which will air during local (and national) news broadcasts beginning on Monday:

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Anti-RFRA Advertisement Will Appear in the New York Times This Sunday

While much of the discussion and debate surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) law has been about how it would allow Christian business owners to freely discriminate against LGBT customers, there’s a broader problem with RFRA (at both the state and federal levels) that’s been ignored.

The law essentially says everyone has to follow the law… but if you have a really good religious reason to not comply, that might be okay. Want to break the law because you think it’s unjust? You’re out of luck. But if God factors into your decision, you might be able to get away with it.

It’s one of the biggest complaints from opponents of RFRA: It privileges religious beliefs over strong personal convictions and the government shouldn’t be making that call. To that end, the Freedom From Religion Foundation will be taking out this quarter-page ad in Sunday’s New York Times calling for a repeal of RFRA:



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