Pastor Wins Right to Say Jesus at Memorial Day Invocation

Pastor Scott Rainey was invited to deliver a Memorial Day invocation at Houston National Cemetery. Cemetery director Arleen Ocasio told him: The tone of all messages must be inclusive of all beliefs, need to be general and its fundamental purpose should be specific to those we are honoring, and non-denominational in nature.” Sounds like the [Read More…]

Will Bastrop High School Stop Violating the Constitution?

Instead of taking on Bastrop High School in Louisiana separately, several organizations have banded together to send the Bastrop Independent School District a letter of disapproval (PDF). It’s a nice gesture, but it won’t ultimately make any difference. Notice how the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, ACLU Program [Read More…]

Louisiana Votes to Screw Over Science Education

After everything 17-year-old Zack Kopplin did to get the wrongly-named “Louisiana Science Education Act” repealed, lawmakers sided against him. Temporarily, anyway. Currently, the law allows public school science teachers in the state to “supplement” state-approved textbooks with their own materials — including unscientific texts that support Creationism/Intelligent Design. Zack and others were trying to put [Read More…]

Skepticism and Entertainment in Chicago

For anyone in Chicago, here’s a local event you won’t want to miss. On Saturday night, Liz Gaston will be giving a talk about science and the media — how is science used by the entertainment industry? What are good and bad examples of it? What can we do about it? After her talk, the [Read More…]

Rob Sherman Reacts to a Car Crash

Rob Sherman, an atheist who’s always ready to file a lawsuit if there’s a church/state violation in Illinois and who loves to sing his own praises, was in a car crash over the weekend. His wife and daughter were in the car with him. He’s ok. His family is ok. The car’s not ok, but [Read More…]