Last week, when the Cannon County Board of Education (Woodbury, Tennessee) held its monthly board meeting, nothing very eventful happened until the board members discussed next year’s school calendar.
This is normally a quick, breezy process. Just approve it and move on.
But one of the board members was offended by what he saw on the proposed schedule:
“What is the possibility of calling Winter Break Christmas Break instead?” [Chris] Blackburn asked.
“I am frankly tired of being pushed around by people that want to take Christ and God and Christmas and everything out of the school system,” Blackburn said. “They want to take prayer out of school and they want to take it out before ballgames. I am in favor of this calendar as long as we call it Christmas break.”
What the hell…?
The saga of Pope Francis attempting to win over the gays continues, and once again, it’s quiet, underwhelming, and almost certainly a PR stunt.
The Italian Catholic LGBT group Kairos of Florence wrote a letter to the Pope in June, undoubtedly addressing many of the well-known issues that put the Catholic Church at odds with the LGBT community. They reportedly asked for “openness and dialogue” in talking about this rift and stated that a lack of openness “always feeds homophobia.” Hear, hear.
Now, months later, the Pope has written them back, according to enthusiastic reports out of the Catholic news world. Unfortunately, though, it’s hard to tell if this is anything significant (spoiler: it probably isn’t) because Kairos has chosen to keep the contents of both letters private.
Here’s what they did reveal:
How Should We Respond to the Argument That ‘Just Because Christians Do Wrong Doesn’t Mean Christianity Is Wrong’?
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the idea that, yes, Christians do wrong, but that doesn’t invalidate Christianity! Or does it?…:
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next! [Read more...]
This weekend, I’ll be joining a large group of heathens in Chicago for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk. We have a number of Secular Student Alliance teams that will be there, but I’m running the Friendly Atheist Virtual Team!
If you’re not already walking and would like to chip in for the occasion, your donations would go a long way toward my personal goal of raising $2,500 (and your gift will be matched by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation!), so please consider giving something.
Otherwise, if you’re in Chicago, hope to see you Saturday night! [Read more...]