After Football Coach Leads Team in Prayer, School Employee Laments Proselytizing in District

Washington State’s Bremerton High School has been in the news over the past week because assistant football coach Joe Kennedy was leading his team in prayer after games until he finally got called out on it:

This sort of religious promotion tends to go unchecked in districts where Christianity is already rampant. Usually, a football coach who thinks he can lead kids in prayer is just the tip of the iceberg. If you look more closely, you’ll find more church/state violations.

Jennifer Chamberlain is an employee of that high school and has a son in the District. In an essay that must have taken a lot of courage to write, she documents her own upbringing in the local schools and makes a plea to the people in the community:

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“Predatory” Illegal Christian Recruiting Program Uncovered at Many Virginia Public Schools

On a sweltering August afternoon at a Virginia public high school’s football practice, the coach calls his hot, thirsty players to attention.  A guest, he announces, has brought them ice-cold watermelon — and a message. As the grateful young teens in uniform drop to the grass to savor their treat, the coach steps back and nods to his guest. The visitor is a preacher, and he’s there to bring the boys around to Coach’s particular brand of faith.

Coach figures all his boys and assistant coaches are Christian, because that’s what good Virginians are. And if they aren’t, they should be. He tells himself it’s part of his job because it’s good for the team. A boy without Jesus isn’t as respectful, strong or reliable — you know, Christian traits.

The preacher reads “The Competitor’s Creed” from the back of the book he holds, God’s Game Plan: The Athlete’s Bible:

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Pastor Urges Kids to Fail History Class on Purpose if They Have to Learn About Islam

There’s been an education crisis in Tennessee lately because the state’s Board of Education says that the seventh grade curriculum must include lessons on what Islam teaches, how it spread throughout world history, and how Muslims have contributed to mathematics, art, literature, etc.

I’m not sure why it’s a crisis, but that’s what conservatives are telling me.

The latest person to whine about kids learning about other major world religions is Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church who offers a solution to the non-existent problem.

He says parents should tell their kids to fail the class on purpose:

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Aaron Rodgers Credits God with Green Bay’s Victory, Mocking Christian Rival Russell Wilson

After beating Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship last year despite a really horrible performance, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson told reporters after the game, “That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special.”

Rodgers responded by saying God had nothing to do with it: “I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome. He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.” (Wilson later threw an interception that cost his team the Super Bowl, a mistake that he later said was just God testing him.)

So last night, after the Packers beat the Seahawks, Rodgers threw a bit of shade right back at his Christian nemesis:

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Should Richard Dawkins Be Criticized for What He Said About Ahmed Mohamed on Twitter?

By now, you probably know the broad strokes of Ahmed Mohamed‘s story. The 14-year-old brought the insides of a digital clock to MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas last week. His teacher assumed it was something worse and called school officials. It wasn’t long before law enforcement swooped in and arrested Mohamed for building what they called a “hoax bomb.”

Since his story went viral last week, Mohamed has been praised by everyone from scientists to President Obama.

That’s where Richard Dawkins comes into this story.

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