Tennessee Dept. of Children’s Services Commissioner Says Religion is the Only Foolproof Form of Rehabilitation
You may have heard about how 32 teenagers escaped from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services’ Woodland Hills Youth Development Center last week. Most of them are back in custody, but the community wants answers. Why did it take so long for officials to contact the police about the escape? What are they going to do to prevent this in the future?
This week, DCS leaders held a community meeting to try and answer some of those questions.
But I want to draw special attention to comments made by DCS interim commissioner Jim Henry:
Oklahoma Officials May Revise Religious Headwear Rules for Driver’s License Photos After Pastafarian Dons a Colander
Enid, Oklahoma resident Shawna Hammond is an atheist and a Pastafarian. When it came time to renew her driver’s license earlier this month, she made the decision to wear a colander — her religious headwear — in her photo. The choice was met with giggles but not disputed at the time: a colander might be unorthodox, but it is the religious headwear of followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Hammond explained her decision to wear a colander as being an important expression of religious freedom:
Florida School Board Member Tells Pagan He Can’t Deliver an Invocation Because It Might Offend the Audience
Last month, David Suhor (who calls himself an Agnostic Pagan Pantheist) spoke to the Escambia County School Board in Florida, saying that they were not very welcoming of non-religious viewpoints when it came to their opening invocations. He acknowledged that one board member invited him to deliver one (though he had a conflict on that date), but that was a rarity:
You use the power of science… to talk about Jesus and “sin”: