It’s not every day when a group guilty of violating church/state separation fixes the problem immediately and thoroughly, and then goes out of its way to do even more than what was requested in the first place.
In order to promote a Creationist conference that was held at Boise State University last weekend, three organizations approached the student newspaper on campus, The Arbiter, in order to purchase advertising.
Creation Summit Inc., the Northwest Science Museum, and Engage Truth were willing to pay whatever the price was… but the students running the newspaper rejected the ads:
How many teachers and administrators still don’t understand how the Pledge of Allegiance works?
No student has to say it or stand up for it, and not participating in the ritual doesn’t make you unpatriotic or disrespectful. And yet the stories of schools where kids get punished by ignorant teachers are all over the place.
These cases are all in my inbox today:
Apostacon is happening this weekend in Dallas, Texas, and in addition to Penn & Teller and other atheist speakers, the organizers thought it would be interested to have a public conversation on stage between Neil Carter (my Patheos colleague from Mississippi who used to be a Southern Baptist before shedding his faith) and a local religious leader.
Remember: This is Dallas. You can’t walk across the street without bumping into a religious leader. And many of them are known far beyond their congregations.
Late last night, they sent an email to First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress, a man so conservative, American Atheists once quoted him in a billboard: