Religious Education Classes in the UK Will Have to Include Humanism, Says Judge

Earlier this year, when the UK Department for Education issued its new curriculum for GCSE Religious Studies classes, the focus was on: Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism. Humanism, a belief system reflected by far more people than some of the religions on that list combined, wasn’t given the same treatment.

That’s why three parents eventually filed a lawsuit against the government (with the help of the British Humanist Association).

Yesterday, in a major decision from Britain’s High Court, a judge ruled that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (below) was wrong to exclude Humanism from the Religious Studies classes in the country.

From now on, the judge said, explicitly non-religious beliefs will have to be treated the same as religious ones:

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Republican Who Said Autism Was Result of God’s Anger Over Gay Marriage Will Run for Congress Again

Susanne Atanus (below), the Illinois Republican who told a newspaper in 2014 that God put autism and dementia on Earth as punishment for marriage equality and abortion, lost her bid for Congress that year.

But she’s going to try again anyway, even if the Republican Party wants nothing to do with her.



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After Lawsuit Over Nativity Scene at Indiana Courthouse, Atheists Will Put Up Bill of Rights Display

Last December, I wrote about a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana that had been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.

The display, which was owned by the Town of Brookville, sat on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse.



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After Arkansas County Takes Down Nativity Scene Outside Courthouse, Ignorant Christians Protest

Last month, I posted about the Nativity scene that had been in front of the Baxter County Courthouse in Mountain Home, Arkansas in 2013:

That Christian display was essentially an homage to Christianity, making it unconstitutional as far as the government was concerned. That point was made even more clear after blogger JT Eberhard‘s father requested to place a “Happy Winter Solstice” banner in the same space only to have it rejected.

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Johnson County (OK) Courthouse Will Finally Move Illegal Ten Commandments Monument

Just a day after the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building was taken down because it’s illegal government promotion of religion, the Johnston County Commissioners (in the same state) put up a similar monument outside the local courthouse:



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