Idaho Legislators Will Revise Bill Allowing Teachers to Refer to the Bible in Science Classes

Idaho legislators may have finally come to their senses.

Last week, I posted about Senate Bill 1321, which would allow teachers to use the Bible in the classroom whenever they think it would enhance the lesson. That’s already allowed in, say, English class, where you might discuss biblical allusions in literature and where you might want to analyze the Bible’s more poetic passages… but this bill would permit teachers to use the Bible anywhere and everywhere. Even in their science classes.

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Oklahoma Legislator Says Public Schools Are “Atheist-Based” in Letter to Constituent

Oklahoma State Rep. Travis Dunlap recently received an email from a constituent who urged him to vote against a bill that would allow taxpayer money to fund religious schools.

Dunlap’s response was to remind the woman that some Christians have a problem with taxpayer money supporting public schools which, he bizarrely added, were “atheist-based.”

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Maryland Legislator Wants to Force Kids to Listen to Christian Prayers at Mandatory School Events

New legislation in Maryland sponsored by Delegate Ric Metzgar would force students to listen to Christian prayers at school-sponsored events.

HB0955 and SB0267 would both “allow nonsectarian student-initiated voluntary prayer during mandatory and voluntary school-sponsored student events” — which sounds fine since it’s “voluntary” and “student-initiated” — but it really amounts to the Christian majority forcing everyone else to listen to their prayers at graduation, a pep assembly, and every other gathering.

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Edwina Rogers Dismisses Claims in Her Lawsuit Against Richard Dawkins and Atheist Lobbying Group

There’s finally resolution in a lawsuit involving some of the leaders of multiple atheist organizations.

Last May, Edwina Rogers (below) sued the Secular Coalition for America, her former employer, alleging that SCA leaders wrongfully terminated her and then made defamatory statements about her to the press. They were motivated, the document said, by “petty jealousies and naked ambition.”



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Saudi Arabia Sentences Man to 2,000 Lashes and 10 Years in Prison for His Atheist Tweets

In November, I thought there was finally hope for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi.

After being sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam,” Badawi received the first 50 lashes at the beginning of 2015, with the expectation that he would receive 50 more every Friday for a total of 20 weeks. Those additional lashes never came for reasons that were unclear, but his sentence was still upheld last summer. Still, the November rumor was that his sentence had been officially suspended.

We soon learned that things hadn’t gotten better. In fact, they had turned much worse. Badawi’s wife reported in December that he had been transferred to an isolated prison and he was now on a hunger strike.

It’s a horrible situation no matter how you look at it.

And now, Badawi may have some company.

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An unnamed man has been sentenced to 2,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for expressing his atheism and criticizing Islam on Twitter:

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