A few days ago, I posted about how Pittsburg High School (Texas) baseball coach Tommy Stewart not only conducted Bible studies with his players after practice once a week, he also punished those who didn’t attend by making them run for 20 minutes. According to a letter to the school district from the Freedom From [Read More…]
When it comes to public perception of atheists in the U.S., we usually rank pretty low. In a 2008 survey, only Scientologists had a lower approval rating. And we know we’re at the bottom of the list when it comes to electability.
But that’s not the case in Canada.
A recent survey done by the Angus Reid Institute and Dr. Reginald Bibby of the University of Lethbridge found that atheists are not nearly as hated up north!
Arkansas Methodist Church Told It Can’t Participate in Easter Parade, Likely Due to Its LGBT-Affirming Stance
The city of Eureka Springs, Arkansas was home to a huge “Celebrate Jesus Easter Parade” this weekend with several local churches taking part in the annual festivities.
But representatives from the Eureka Springs First Methodist Church were told they couldn’t participate even after being accepted initially.
Take a wild guess why…
Church member Suzie Bell believes it’s because of their stance on the LGBT community.
“They wanted to know what our banner was going to say, and it said “Jesus loves all. They had decided that they did not want us in the parade, and that we weren’t welcome.” Bell said.
“It was based purely on our love and acceptance of the LGBT community.” Bell said.
Appeals Court Agrees That California School District’s Secular Yoga Classes Are Not Illegally Promoting Hinduism
Last Friday, the California Fourth District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier court ruling that teaching yoga in school does not violate the constitution.
The case in question stems from a suit that was filed after the Encinitas Union School District introduced yoga classes in 2012. Some local parents claimed that the class was indoctrinating students in Hinduism, thus violated their Christian beliefs and the students’ constitutional rights.
The district, however, was actually pretty conscientious about ensuring the secular nature of the program, and the parents in question were, let’s say, stretching the truth with their claims about indoctrination.
I’ve always heard how Catholic school nuns are pretty strict, but this seems over the top even for them:
Sister Ludovita, 30, had been giving [religious education] classes at a school in the town of Kysucke Nove Mesto in northern Slovakia when she told unsuspecting pupil Adam Celko, 7, to come to the front of the class.
She then took a needle out of her handbag and rammed it into the boy’s hand in front of the horrified class, telling him that this was how Jesus suffered — and he would too if he behaved badly.