After Depriving College of Funds for Reading Program with LGBT Themes, State Senators Vote Against Its Trustees, Too

South Carolina State Senator Mike Fair, whose district includes Bob Jones University, has already been in the news this year for trying to block the state from adopting new education standards regarding evolution because he wanted to “teach the controversy” and trying to block the adoption of the Wooly Mammoth as the state fossil. .

Now, the man who can’t seem to get more conservative has hit a new low, voting to defund the required reading program at the University of South Carolina Upstate because he thinks it’s promoting the “gay agenda”:

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Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill That Would’ve Allowed Proselytizing During Football Games and Graduation Speeches

Earlier this year, Virginia legislators attempted to pass Senate Bill No. 236. Among other things, the bill would legalize student-led, administration-supported proselytizing at football games, during morning announcements, graduation ceremonies, and anywhere else where students had a public forum. While the bill had stalled at one point, it eventually made it through both the state Senate (on a 20-18 vote) and House (64-34).

Proponents of the bill argued that it allowed students to organize religious clubs, plan “See you at the pole” gatherings, and wear religious symbols — but all of those things were already legal. The only thing this bill did was “permit a student speaker to express a religious viewpoint at any school event at which a student is permitted to publicly speak.” It was Christian code, letting students know they could (and should) proselytize at every available opportunity. It was a horrible idea, but the legislators didn’t have the backbone to stand up to the Christian Right.

Thankfully, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe had the guts to veto the bill on Friday, citing precisely that distinction:

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A Secular Invocation at the Pensacola City Council Meeting

Earlier this year, David Suhor gave an excellent non-religious invocation at a meeting of the Pensacola City Council:

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Idaho’s Largest School District Removes Award-Winning Book from Curriculum in Part Because It Mocks Jesus

Here’s what you need to know about Sherman Alexie‘s novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian:

It’s won a ridiculous number of prestigious awards since being published in 2007.

Every kid you know who’s read it has loved it.

A couple of parents in Idaho have convinced a local school board — representing the largest school district in the state — to remove the book from its curriculum because it’s too “obscene” for them.

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After Twitter User Says Prayer Won’t Stop Future Gun Tragedies, Congressman Responds, ‘Get the Heck Out of America’

In response to the Fort Hood shooting this week, Texas Republican Congressman Pete Olson took to Twitter to express his thoughts about what to do:

Well… whatever happened, prayer sure as hell won’t fix anything. And one of Olson’s followers replied back with that precise sentiment:

We don’t need prayers. We need cowardly Congressmen to stand up to the gun industry’s @NRA & pass sensible gun laws. @OlsonPressShop

That would certainly be more effective.

You’d think the story ends there. But it didn’t.

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