A School District Bans ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ After Parents Complain… but the Fight’s Not Over Yet

If you’re a middle school student — or any student, really — you probably prefer reading a book that you chose instead of one your teacher chose for you. So, at Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (not far from where I live), the English teachers include in their curriculum the opportunity for students to choose their own books to read, discuss, and analyze.

This past December, one group of students chose to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, a book (and popular movie) about a teenager named Charlie who has to deal with issues that are pretty heavy (and all too relatable) for any adolescent. It covers sex, suicide, drugs, crushes, and so much more — which is a large part of why so many students are drawn to it:

The district has a policy when it comes to books chosen by students, and the teachers let the parents know about it early in the school year. In essence, it says that parents have final say when it comes to their child’s independent reading: If parents feel a book is inappropriate, their child doesn’t have to read it. The teacher will then help the child find a different book. There’s no penalty for that, of course.

Sounds simple enough.

Because this particular book has some mature themes, the teacher told the students that they should get permission from their parents before tackling it, reinforcing the policy already in place.

That’s when one of the student’s parents flipped out.

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America is Intolerant of Christians, Says Christian Leader at Meeting with the Vice President

The juxtaposition here is incredible.

Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham (and tarnisher of his legacy), wrote an article asking “Is Our Nation Intolerant of Christianity?”

The very first line in the piece goes like this:

Recently I was at a White House meeting with Vice President Joe Biden

Stop. Just stop. You’ve already disproven your thesis in the first sentence.

If you get to have a meeting with the Vice President of the United States, I think it’s safe to say you’re doing just fine.

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Jesus is the Real Man of Steel

Of all the ways to market a major movie, this has to be at the bottom of the list:

Warner Bros. and MinistryResources.org have partnered to create a website which contains “Man of Steel” resources for Christian priests, pastors and ministers.

Yep: They’ve pre-written a sermon (PDF) for pastors to use in church, comparing Superman to Jesus. The superhero created by the sons of Jewish immigrants is being used to market Jesus.

Seriously.

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‘Nowhere to Run’: A Rap Song with a Pro-Atheist Message

Last year, hip-hop singer Toby Ganger released an EP full of pro-atheist themes called “Evolutionary.”

More recently, Ganger released a sequel, aptly titled “Evolutionary 2,” and since I didn’t share it when it came out, I wanted to share one of the tracks with you now. The song “Nowhere to Run” is all about breaking the bonds religion and challenging religious ideas openly:

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Inspired By Ohio’s Religious Study Bill for Pupils, I Made an Education Plan For My Daughters

I’m going to keep both my daughters, 8 and 10, home from school two mornings each week. On those mornings, I’m going to educate them on core ideas and values that my wife and I share, and then we’ll demand that the school provide the children full academic credit for the things they learned while they weren’t at school with the rest of the students. It’s our right, you see? Here’s what we’ll do:

On Tuesday mornings, I’ll be teaching my girls all about alternative medicine, because I want them to become well-versed in the art of magnet-healing and aromatherapy.

On Thursday mornings, my wife will teach the kids cleromancy (the casting of bones) — and her favorite, dowsing.

That’s our plan. Do you like it?

I ask because members of the Ohio House of Representatives are considering a bipartisan bill that would let public high schools give students time off for religious instruction. These students, despite missing as much as a fifth of the regular curriculum, would receive credit toward graduation for religious lessons taken during school hours but outside of school.

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