In Ireland, Non-Catholics Are Demanding Equal Access to Public Schools

There’s a serious problem in Ireland right now where the law permits freedom of religion, as you’d expect, but it also says schools can give preferential treatment to students of particular religions.

The dilemma comes into focus when you realize that 97% of state-sponsored primary schools are Catholic in nature.


The New York TimesDouglas Dalby reports on the growing backlash against state-sponsored schools that reject students who haven’t been baptized:

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Stephen Colbert Mocks Donald Trump’s Bible Verse Bungle

Stephen Colbert went after Donald Trump and his faux-faith last night, mocking his Bible verse bungle at Liberty University (and plenty of other things, too):


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Asking Marco Rubio How He’d Protect the Rights of Atheists Is Not a “Gotcha” Question

I recently posted about how atheist Justin Scott asked Sen. Marco Rubio a question during a campaign stop in Iowa. It was essentially the same question he’s asked all the candidates he’s met. Justin wanted to know how Rubio would defend the rights of atheists — and protect the separation of church and state — if he were to be elected.


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Sarah Palin Blames President Obama for Her Son’s Domestic Violence Arrest

Maybe the most infuriating thing about Sarah Palin is her inability to accept personal responsibility for anything. Her “team” can never do anything wrong. The fault always rests with the “liberal media” or the “Washington elite.” But that’s not all.

When she got a speeding ticket, she blamed Sammy Hagar.

When there was an oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, she blamed “extreme” environmentalists.

When “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended from his show for saying homosexuality led to bestiality, Palin blamed “intolerants.”

And yesterday, when talking about how her son Track was arrested for allegedly “[punching] his girlfriend in the eye, [kicking] her in the knee and then [holding] an AR-15 assault rifle near his head,” Palin knew exactly who to blame: President Obama.


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Tennessee Legislator’s Bill to Stop Islamic Indoctrination in Classrooms Is Still Being Debated

The last time we talked about Tennessee State Rep. Sheila Butt on this site, it was because she had introduced legislation to prevent religious indoctrination in public schools.


But before you get excited, she’s not talking about a bill that would stop Christians from crossing the line. Her bill aimed to end Islamic proselytizing in high school World History classes, where students were taught (*gasp*) that Muslims worship Allah and Muhammad is His prophet.

That bill is still being considered. Last week, HB1418 was assigned to the Education Instruction & Programs Subcommittee. Meanwhile, SB1439, the same bill in the other chamber, was sent to the Senate Education Committee.

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