42,000 Schools in India Will Soon Teach That Stem Cell Research, Cars, and TVs Were Inspired by Ancient Texts

There’s a new case of religion making its way into public schools, where fiction is taught as fact and mythical beliefs override what academic scholars say.

Except this case has nothing to do with Christianity or Creationism. It takes place in India, where 42,000 schools across the western state of Gujarat have some new compulsory reading material.

The 125-page book, Tejomay Bharat,… was recently mandated as supplementary reading by the Gujarat government for all government primary and secondary schools.

Published by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB), the book seeks to teach children “facts” about history, science, geography, religion and other “basics”.

What are some of these “facts”?

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Conservative Christian Rep. John Fleming (R-LA): Stop Believing Anecdotes Because “That’s How Myths Come About”

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) is the legislator who, when discussing the possibility of Humanist chaplains in the military, responded by explaining the obvious consequences:



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House Candidate Jody Hice: Electing Atheists to Congress Would Be “a Frightening Thing”

Jody Hice is the GOP nominee for an open U.S. House seat in Georgia and while his past comments are coming back to haunt him, this 2003 interview with the Trinity Broadcasting Network is a perfect reminder of what’s at stake in these elections.



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Humanist Groups Band Together to Provide Legal Assistance to Refugee Children

Over the past several months, tens of thousands of children from Central America countries have crossed the border into the U.S. in order to escape instability, poverty, and even sexual violence. Many of them are coming alone. While government organizations like FEMA are providing them basic necessities, most of these children have no legal representation during mandatory immigration hearings.

Many large religious organizations are already supporting various efforts to help these children. Now, Foundation Beyond Belief and the American Humanist Association are giving atheists a chance to do the same. They know God isn’t going to help these children, but we can.



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Whoa! National Catholic Reporter Praises Obama’s LGBT Nondiscrimination Order

President Obama took a huge step earlier this month when he signed an executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination in workplaces that receive federal contracts. In response, the National Catholic Reporter took a surprising stance:

Obama’s exemption was especially contentious among faith groups because it did not expand religious exemptions (though he did respect a Bush-era executive order allowing religious groups “some leeway” in hiring and firing on religious grounds). That’s why it’s so refreshing that in a staff editorial, NCR praised the executive order loudly and proudly, a far cry from the expected (and observed) Catholic response.

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