Back in August, Victoria (Australia) public schools finally scrapped their “special religious instruction” (SRI) classes after lots of criticism that it was really all about Christian indoctrination.
Following the Mormon Church’s decision to declare gays and lesbians in committed relationships “apostates” and refusing to bless/confirm/ordain kids unless they disavow their gay parents, there’s been a huge backlash from practicing Mormons.
Now, there are plans for a mass resignation this Saturday:
After Having Previous Invitation Rescinded, Atheist Ireland Leader Will Soon Speak at Catholic School
Last week, Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland was supposed to speak to students at an all-girls Catholic school as part of a program to expose the students to a different perspective. The school had invited a Muslim speaker earlier in the year, so this talk was going to be along those lines.
But Nugent’s invitation was rescinded at the last second. School officials said they did “not wish to cultivate non-religious belief.” As if a short lecture and Q&A session was enough to undo years of Catholic schooling.
On Egypt’s Al-Assema TV last week, host Rania Mahmoud Yassin was going to moderate a conversation about religion between human rights activist Ahmed Harqan and another guest… but after the introducing the segment by mentioning the “unfortunate” truth that there were atheists in the country, Harqan took her to task for her bias, leading to a shouting match between the two over whether or not the existence of atheists was a bad thing:
Pastor Kevin Swanson, friend of conservative Republicans and hater of feminism, Girl Scout Cookies, LGBT people, Disney movies and everything else that is good in the world, has added Harry Potter to his list of social evils.
Right Wing Watch grabbed a clip of Swanson speaking at the National Religious Liberties Conference (following Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal, for what it’s worth).
In a presentation that is nothing short of terrifying, he yells (yells!):