High School Teacher Forces Student to Stand for the Pledge: “I Don’t Care About the Law!”

Last week, at East Syracuse Minoa Central High School in New York, a student remained seated during the Pledge of Allegiance, only to have her teacher flip out as if she did something wrong.

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center explained the situation in a letter to the District:

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Creationist: If You Don’t Interpret the Bible Literally, There’s No Reason to Wear Clothes

It’s nothing new for Creationist Ken Ham to appear on Christian radio and proclaim that a literal interpretation of the Bible is the way to go. If Christians don’t take Genesis as fact, the rest of the Bible may as well go down with the ship.

It’s also not new for a Creationist to say gay marriage is an abomination because God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, and if you don’t believe Adam and Eve existed, how can you get away defending marriage as between one man and one woman?

But I’ve never heard the argument Ham made recently, which is that if you don’t take Genesis literally, then we might as well all be naked.

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A Texas Middle School Teacher Did Not Force the Class to Admit God is a Myth

“The United States is the greatest country in the world.”

Is that true, false, or just something that a lot of people believe even though they can’t prove it?

Or, to put it in the language of a middle school reading class, is it fact, opinion, or a “commonplace assertion”?

The answer is obvious: It’s a commonplace assertion. People can give you their reasons for why the U.S. is or isn’t the best, but it’s not something either side can prove.

What if I gave you the statement “God exists”? Fact, opinion, or a commonplace assertion?

Once again, it’s a commonplace assertion. You can’t prove it either way, but a lot of people sure as hell believe it. (For what it’s worth, saying God doesn’t exist would be in the same category.)

There’s a controversy currently brewing in Katy, Texas, because that question about God’s existence is being used as evidence for Christian persecution.

That accusation is being made by seventh-grader Jordan Wooley, who said the statement about God was a fact. Her teacher correctly told her that was the wrong answer. Now, Wooley claims she is being forced to choose between her grades and her faith.

If that sounds like the plot of the next God’s Not Dead movie, that’s because it’s just as ridiculous. But that’s the narrative conservative websites are pushing.

Wooley told the Katy Independent School District board about her dilemma on Monday night:

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At Student’s Request, Satanists Plan Invocation at Bremerton High School Alongside Christian Coach

The other day, I posted about how the Satanic Temple chapter in Seattle had offered to deliver a post-game invocation at Bremerton High School, where assistant football coach Joe Kennedy has said he won’t stop praying on the field.

The Satanists weren’t going to show up out of nowhere, though. They were only going to come if someone wanted them there.

Well, guess what? A student made that request.

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Mormon Leader Tells Single Women to Put on Lipstick and Stop Looking Like Men

Remember last week, when a Mormon leader talked about how Kim Davis was wrong to use her faith as an excuse not to do her job?

If you thought the Mormon Church had changed, this next video should disabuse you of those notions.

In a recent speech, Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, told a group of Mormon singles what they ought to do in order to get married.

He had some very specific advice for the women…

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