Politico: A Major Push to Expand Voucher Programs Will Mean More Creationism in the Classroom

It’s not enough for private Christian schools to teach Creationism in the classroom; many states are now supporting voucher programs that use taxpayer funds to help students attend these schools. We’ve posted about the problem before, and now Politico has issued a “special report” on the issue:

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate in California Has an Extensive Rap Sheet, But It’s OK ‘Cause He Found God

If you’re in California and you’d like your next governor to be a sex offender and a convicted felon with a history of violence, look no further than Glenn Champ, one of the current crop of six gubernatorial GOP candidates.

Glenn Champ, 48, addressed hundreds of GOP delegates and supporters Sunday at the site of the state party’s semi-annual convention. Introduced by party chairman Jim Brulte and allotted 10 minutes, Champ spoke in between the main GOP candidates, former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari and state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County.

Champ, a little-known political neophyte from the Fresno County community of Tollhouse, did not directly mention his criminal past during his speech but said, “In my life, I’ve been held accountable because of my stupidity. I do not want anyone else to be enslaved because of their lack of knowledge.”

There’s a record of Champ’s “stupidity.” It’s called a rap sheet.

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Humanist Group Wants to Make Sure Atheists with Conscientious Objections Can Become U.S. Citizens

After dealing with two separate cases of non-religious people having their U.S. citizenship denied because of their secular ethics, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center is asking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for clarification on the issue:

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Australian Group Protesting Public School Religious Indoctrination Puts Up a Billboard of Jesus Petting a Dinosaur

The whole idea of “special religious instruction” is public schools is a joke to begin with, especially when you consider how much room there is for abuse. In theory, it’d be great because kids could learn about the beliefs of all different faiths. But in Victoria, Australia, for example, the religious education is primarily Christian and the education is verring into heavy indoctrination. Story after story suggests that volunteer groups — and it’s always Christian volunteers — are using the time with students to seek converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.

There’s a fantastic group called Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) trying to raise awareness of the abuses within the program in part because they say parents don’t really know what’s going on in their kids’ schools.

To that end, they put up a billboard in Melbourne on Tuesday morning that shows parents what their kids may be learning in school:

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What Did PolitiFact Have to Say About Oregon Public School Students Missing Class to Learn About the Bible?

Last week, in a post titled “In Oregon, Students Are Skipping Math Class to Learn About the Bible,” I wrote about how there was a law in Oregon allowing students to ditch their public school classes for up to five hours a week in order to attend religious indoctrination classes.

In one case, a program called PREP4Kids even provided a shuttle to take kids from Banks Elementary School to Banks Community United Methodist Church.

For whatever reason, PolitiFact Oregon decided that what I wrote was a claim worth checking out — something to be dubbed anywhere from “True” to “Pants on Fire.”

How did it go?

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