Australian Group Protesting Public School Religious Indoctrination Puts Up a Billboard of Jesus Petting a Dinosaur

The whole idea of “special religious instruction” is public schools is a joke to begin with, especially when you consider how much room there is for abuse. In theory, it’d be great because kids could learn about the beliefs of all different faiths. But in Victoria, Australia, for example, the religious education is primarily Christian and the education is verring into heavy indoctrination. Story after story suggests that volunteer groups — and it’s always Christian volunteers — are using the time with students to seek converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.

There’s a fantastic group called Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) trying to raise awareness of the abuses within the program in part because they say parents don’t really know what’s going on in their kids’ schools.

To that end, they put up a billboard in Melbourne on Tuesday morning that shows parents what their kids may be learning in school:



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What Did PolitiFact Have to Say About Oregon Public School Students Missing Class to Learn About the Bible?

Last week, in a post titled “In Oregon, Students Are Skipping Math Class to Learn About the Bible,” I wrote about how there was a law in Oregon allowing students to ditch their public school classes for up to five hours a week in order to attend religious indoctrination classes.

In one case, a program called PREP4Kids even provided a shuttle to take kids from Banks Elementary School to Banks Community United Methodist Church.

For whatever reason, PolitiFact Oregon decided that what I wrote was a claim worth checking out — something to be dubbed anywhere from “True” to “Pants on Fire.”

How did it go?

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Sarah Palin Doesn’t See the Humor in Her Complaint About Women Who Wear a ‘Symbol of Death’ Around Their Necks

Responding to a story about how some pro-choice women are wearing necklaces with hangers on them, Sarah Palin took to Facebook to voice her concerns:

Palin’s upset because some women are wearing a “symbol of death” around their necks?

Maybe someone should remind her to look down…

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Republican Files Bill to Make the Bible Louisiana’s Official State Book

Louisiana has a state motto, state bird, and state flower.

Now, Rep. Thomas Carmody (above) wants to suggest a state book.

Guess what it is.

Guess!

I’ll give you a hint: Carmody is a Republican.

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Ralph Reed Thinks Bigotry Against Evangelical Christians is “the Last Acceptable Form of Bigotry”

I couldn’t make this stuff up.

In response to ex-congressman J. D. Hayworth’s angry rant (on his NewsMax television “America’s Forum”) show about how Muslims are striving to impose sharia law on Minnesota’s good ol’ Christian boys, Ralph Reed observed that “bigotry against evangelical Christians is the last acceptable form of bigotry.”

Seriously. He responded to a litany of bigoted stereotypes about Muslim Americans by bemoaning how awful it is when people hold bigoted views about Christian fundamentalists.



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