Indiana High School Puts Graduation Prayer Up for a Vote; Valedictorian Sues

Why is a high school putting graduation prayers up for a vote? It’s illegal, it’s unconstitutional, it’s… Indiana. That explains it. Greenwood High School in Indianapolis seems to think this is ok. Yet somehow, in the midst of an education system that can’t even understand the Constitution, they have produced at least one student who [Read More...]

What’s the Matter with Texas?

Here’s everything you need to now about the proposed history curriculum from the Texas Board of Education, courtesy of Houston Chronicle editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson: The new standards (PDF) would follow a conservative Christian, revisionist view of history. Jerry Coyne has a perfect (actual!) screenshot from the proposed standards (the blue words are the proposed [Read More...]

The End of the Irish Blasphemy Law?

Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern — the man responsible for introducing the ridiculous €25,000 fine for blasphemy — may now be suggesting the government get rid of it. Dermot Ahern, the justice minister, is proposing that a vote to remove the criminal offence of blasphemy be held as part of a planned series of referendums [Read More...]

The Secular Decade

Sean Faircloth, the executive director of Secular Coalition for America, has now announced publicly what his vision is for the future of our movement at least as it pertains to the SCA. The last bit (emphasis mine) is the part I’m most interested about: First, national reporters will instinctively seek quotes and analysis from SCA [Read More...]

Why do Federal Clergymen Get Paid More Than Private Ones?

Despite what we hear about the lavish lifestyles of some famous pastors, most church leaders live on relatively little cash. The health benefits aren’t that great, either. A recent article in USA Today points out salary differences between certain federal jobs that had “a private-sector equivalent.” I’m really curious why clergy working for the government [Read More...]