Memo to Cameron Franks: Wearing a Christian T-Shirt in Texas Doesn’t Make You Brave

Here’s something I’ve learned from years in the classroom: there’s nothing more entertaining than a high schooler who thinks he has a brilliant idea… when you know damn well it’s an awful one. It never gets old.

That’s what been happening at Rusk High School in Cherokee County, Texas, where one of the teachers had this poster hanging in the classroom:

Totally not okay. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the school (on behalf of a student) requesting they take it down, and the school complied.

And that’s when senior Cameron Franks decided to “take a stand” by making and selling t-shirts with a pro-Christian message on them:



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New Gallup Poll Finds That the Number of Nonreligious Americans Dropped 1.7% in One Year

If you’ve often wondered how I retain my high level of sanity as well as my lovely complexion, puzzle no more: I live in the third least religious state in the country. Plus, I’d have to drive a day or two to get to an area where a majority of people consider themselves “very religious.” (Admittedly, this cheers me like beer cheers a barfly.)

How do I know? By looking at the latest Gallup numbers, released yesterday.



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Christian Group Warns Prom-Goers Not to Have Sex Because… Chlamydia

My prom night involved being around close friends, sharing nice food, enjoying a night of dancing, and spending the next day together at an amusement park.

The folks at Liberty Counsel, who are promoting abstinence-until-marriage with their “Day of Purity” (on Valentine’s Day), think that Prom must be synonymous with venereal diseases.

I think we went to different proms.

But that would at least explain their promotional ads:



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A Riff on Atheism During a Beatboxing and Live Looping Concert

Darren Foreman, a.k.a. Beardyman, is a beatboxer who uses live looping technology in his shows. At a 2013 concert just uploaded to YouTube, Foreman riffs on atheism (beginning at the 59:24 mark):



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After Pastor Jim Mulholland Left His Faith, Concerned Christians Wondered ‘But What About Your Young Daughter?’

When Jim Mulholland was a still a pastor, long before he drifted towards atheism, he relished the chance to teach young children morality. Now that he’s no longer a believer, but still very much a dad, this is what Christians sometimes ask him: “But what about your daughter, Ella?”

Mulholland has the always-interesting perspective of someone who was on the inside, but whose analytical powers are in fact greater on the outside. He wrote a great article about being a non-believer father:

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