Ten Commandments Go Up in Giles County (Virginia) Schools

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation heard that a display including the Ten Commandments was going up in Macy McClaugherty Elementary/Middle School in Giles County, Virginia, they sent the district Superintendent Terry E. Arbogast a letter explaining why this was illegal (PDF). The Ten Commandments are in a frame along with the U.S. Constitution… The [Read More...]

Atheists Not Welcome in Alabama Governor’s Family

***Update***: Bentley, under a lot of pressure, has apologized for his comments: “It was never my intension to disenfranchise anyone”, Bentley said. “If I did make anyone of any faith feel disenfranchised, let me say I am sorry.” … “I did not mean to offend anyone with my comments there,” Bentley said to a group [Read More...]

The Moment of Silence and Prayer Has Begun

When the now-mandatory “moment of silence and prayer” happened in my classroom yesterday, I heard a lot of different responses from students: Why are we doing this…? [Because most Illinois politicians are idiots.] I thought forced prayer was illegal in public schools. [Yes. Yes it is...] Mehta, can we just ignore this like we do [Read More...]

When Religious Pandering Goes Too Far?

I’m used to politicians pandering to religious Americans. There’s more of them, so there are more votes to be gained by speaking their “language.” That coupled with the fact that President Obama is a Christian just meant we could expect a lot of religious references in his speech in Tucson, Arizona yesterday. I wasn’t disappointed: [Read More...]

Christian Right Group Complains because Client Would Have to Care for Women Who Have Abortions

***Update***: Vanderbilt will be changing their application. It now reads: “While Vanderbilt expects all health care providers, including nurses who participate in the Nurse Residency Program’s Women’s Health Track, to provide compassionate care to all patients… no health care provider is required to participate in a procedure terminating a pregnancy if such participation would be [Read More...]