New Jersey School Will Stop Saying “God Bless America” After Pledge Due to ACLU Intervention

You’d think having kids say the Pledge of Allegiance would get the God fix out of the way for administrators who want religion in school.

At Glenview Elementary School in New Jersey, however, students are told to say “God bless America” after the Pledge — because I guess if the kids don’t say it, Jesus won’t get his wings. It’s a tradition that’s been going on since 9/11. Now, the ACLU is telling the District to put a stop to it, arguing that there’s no way invoking God like that is merely ceremonial.

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Principal Sam Sassano says the school will back down from making it a formal part of the day, though it’s clear that students will still be encouraged to say it on their own.

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“Let Reason Prevail” Banner in Indiana Slashed Into Pieces

The Freedom From Religion Foundation can’t seem to catch a break in Indiana. A banner they placed on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse, in response to a Nativity scene there, was slashed into pieces:

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Now Available: A Book Written by Charlie Hebdo‘s Editor-in-Chief, Completed Just Before His Death

St├ęphane Charbonnier was the editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo before he was gunned down in the shooting last year along with several of his colleagues.

Two days before his murder, “Charb” completed the manuscript for a book focusing on the very issues that provoked Islamic terrorists to kill him: Free speech, hypocrisy, and satire. That book is finally being published in English today.

It’s called Open Letter: On Blasphemy, Islamophobia, and the True Enemies of Free Expression:

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New Poll Shows Millennials Are Losing Faith in Religious Institutions

We know Millennials are less likely to be religious than any other generation. But a new report from the Pew Research Center shows that their faith in religious institutions has dropped significantly over the past five years.

In 2010, 73% of Millennials said churches and religious organizations had a “positive effect on the way things are going in this country.” At the time, it was the highest percentage among all the generations polled.

That number has fallen to 55% today, the lowest of all generations:

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Another Christian YouTuber Says God Forgave Him for His Online Affair

Last summer was the season of Christian marital hypocrisy.

After Josh Duggar was caught up in scandal after scandal, YouTuber Sam Rader, who made videos featuring his wife and kids and frequently referred to his strong faith, was also caught with a profile on Ashley Madison. He later made a video in which he rationalized what he did and said God forgave him. Which was mighty convenient, don’t you think?

Now something similar is happening with Christian vlogger Austin Null.

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A YouTuber with more than 350,000 subscribers, Null makes videos with his wife and kids in which he also speaks about his faith. When Rader was going through his troubles, Null was among those piling on:

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