Why Is This Colorado School District Promoting a Christian Mission Trip?

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center just sent a letter to the Douglas County School District in Colorado detailing extensive evidence that district officials at Highlands Ranch High School and Cougar Run Elementary School, in their capacities as district employees, were promoting Christianity and raising money for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ mission trip.

The FCA made it clear why they were going to Guatemala: “… our group’s primary goal is to share the love and hope of Jesus.” Which is fine. They’re allowed to do that. But make no mistake: This trip, by their own admission, was about proselytizing, first and foremost.

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UK Government Clarifies That Creationism Cannot be Taught as Valid Science in Publicly-Funded Schools

Tucked away in new UK government regulations guiding all publicly-funded schools is a welcome reminder that Creationism isn’t science — and legally cannot be taught as such.

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High Court of Australia Invalidates Federally-Funded School Chaplaincy Program

Ron Williams (below) wanted his children to attend a secular school in Australia, so you can imagine his surprise when his children told him they were attending “assemblies where the chaplain presided and a rap song was played extolling the virtues of chaplains over teachers as adults kids could trust.”

As it turned out, it was all part of a program funded by the country’s government. In fact, since 2007, schools could be eligible for up to $20,000 if they began or extended chaplaincy services.

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Pagan Forbidden from Opening Temple in Beebe, Arkansas Because His God Isn’t the Christian God

When Bertram Dahl told Beebe, Arkansas Mayor Mike Robertson that he wanted to build a church and goods shop in the garage in his backyard, Robertson was very supportive:

The mayor was very nice to us and welcomed us and even gave us useful information, such as the local utilities we would need to contact. He even sold us three couches from his furniture store to put in the new home.

When Robertson found out Dahl (below) was, in fact, a Pagan High Priest, his support faded quickly:

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After Censoring “Blasphemous” Tweets in Pakistan Last Month, Twitter Reverses Course… For Now

Last month, a member of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority asked Twitter to block specific URLS, individual Twitter users, and entire search threads because he felt they were “Un-ethical” and “Blasphemous.” Those tweets included drawings of Muhammad or suggested that people burn the koran.

To the surprise of many, Twitter complied with those requests. It led to hashtag advocacy urging the company to reconsider the censorship with supporters using the phrase #TwitterTheocracy, though there’s no way to gauge how much of an effect that had.

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