Summer Camp for Children of Atheist Parents is Now Led by Ousted Eagle Scouts

Several years ago, Neil Polzin was kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America — despite being an Eagle Scout — because he was an atheist.

Shawn Jeffers left the BSA in 2002 after coming out as both gay and atheist. He’s an Eagle Scout, too.

These are both guys who would love to give back to the Boy Scouts but are prohibited from doing so due to policies barring gay adults from leading troops and out atheists from having any association whatsoever with the scouts.

But both of them are now helping run Camp Quest, the summer camp for children of atheist parents. Jeffers is Chair of the Board, while Polzin serves as Vice Chair.

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A Teacher Told the Media About the Christian Crosses on Her Classroom Wall… So Now They Have to Come Down

Last week, the Herald Democrat newspaper in Texas published an article about how awesome Christian crosses are. (Because Texas.)

It included this passage:

A wall of crosses grace the wall of Kristen McCoy’s classroom at Dillingham Intermediate School in Sherman. McCoy has been collecting crosses on the wall next to her desk, receiving all but one cross from her students and colleagues over the past 10 years.

“I know the cross is a symbol of what Jesus did for us in dying and offering himself for us and our sins,” McCoy said. “It’s kind of this sad symbol but also this really joyful symbol.”

McCoy said the cross that holds a special place in her heart is a white cross with the word “grace” engraved on it. She said one of her students cried when she gave her the cross because it was her way of sharing her love for Christ and how she accepted him as her savior the year McCoy [taught] her.

The article included an image of the crosses on McCoy’s classroom wall.

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Science as the Ultimate Spoiler Alert

Have you ever been obsessed with a TV show but missed an episode? You go crazy trying to avoid spoilers, refusing to visit certain websites or talk to certain people. You’ll do anything to block out mentions of the show. You’re happy in your ignorance for the time being.

I imagine that’s what life is like for everyone at Answers in Genesis, all the time. Science is the ultimate spoiler alert and they don’t want their show to be ruined.

At least it would explain how this passage got through Creationist Ken Ham‘s latest article questioning how important evolution actually is:



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Bill O’Reilly: Christians Are Being Killed in America… Verbally

John Stossel appeared on TV with Bill O’Reilly last night to talk about the non-existent War on Christians…

In a pleasant twist, though, the lack of persecution is exactly the point Stossel made to a host who doesn’t often get challenged on this issue.



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Canadian Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Against Prayer at Government Meetings in Quebec Town

For a while now, we’ve been following the Saguenay prayer case.

To summarize, Alain Simoneau, who lives in Saguenay (Quebec), challenged the opening prayers at his city government’s meetings. The province’s human rights tribunal agreed that religious prayers violated the law, but the Court of Appeal reversed the ruling, putting the matter in the hands of the national Supreme Court.

But today, eight years after the initial challenge, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Simoneau (and non-religious Canadians everywhere), putting an end to religious invocations in Saguenay. (This is a big freakin’ deal.)

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