130 Organizations Are Asking President Obama To End Taxpayer-Funded Religious Discrimination

Last week, I posted about the problems with President Obama‘s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Besides the issue of existing at all (which I know a lot of people have a problem with), there are two serious concerns we should all have: The office gives grants to religious groups doing charity work (1) even if they proselytize along the way and (2) even if they discriminate against LGBT people in their hiring.

To address the proselytizing, the Office announced a proposed rule change that would ban the use of taxpayer money on any work that involves preaching. It’s a good move and I hope that rule goes into effect.

But what about allowing those faith-based groups to discriminate against LGBT people during their hiring process? Right now that’s still legal.

Today, a coalition of 130 national organizations sent a letter to President Obama asking him to fix that problem before he leaves office.



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Victoria (Australia) Finally Scraps Religious Indoctrination Classes from State School Curriculums

Australian public schools have been offering “special religious instruction” (SRI) which is something of a joke when you realize how bad these classes are. In theory, it’s great because kids can learn about the beliefs of all different faiths. But in many schools, the religious education is primarily Christian and the education veers into heavy indoctrination. Volunteers — and they’re always Christian, it seems — often use the time with students to make converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.

In an effort to expose the program for what it is, groups like Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) put up a billboard featuring Jesus petting a dinosaur as a way to inform parents about the Creationist views their kids were being taught:



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Kentucky School District Approves Student-Led Prayers at Football Games

The Bell County Board of Education in Kentucky used to allow ministers to deliver pre-game prayers over the loudspeaker at football games. But in 2011, faced with the threat of a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (and the fact that the Supreme Court declared those types of prayers illegal), they got rid of them.

Looks like they still haven’t learned their lesson.

At their meeting on Tuesday night, board members decided to approve student-led prayers over the loudspeakers at football games:



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Kansas Woman Says in Lawsuit She Was Fired by State Official for Not Going to Church

According to a lawsuit filed earlier this month, Courtney Canfield, a former staffer at the office of the Kansas Secretary of State, says she was illegally fired by Assistant Secretary Eric K. Rucker (below) because she didn’t attend church enough.



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Christian Liar David Barton Claims Pedophilia and Bestiality Are Government-Protected Gender Identities

David Barton, the Christian pseudo-historian who lies for a living, told another whopper on his “WallBuilders Live” radio show yesterday.

Claiming, with no citation, that the government now protects 82 gender identities (even more options than Facebook!), Barton explained to his guest Tony Perkins that the list includes pedophiles and people who have sex with animals:



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