9th Grader in South Carolina Punished for Sitting During the Pledge of Allegiance

Another day, another student wrongly punished for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. In this case, it’s a 9th grader at Right Choices Alternative School in Beaufort, South Carolina.

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to district officials yesterday explaining the problem:

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Alabama Lawmakers Will Propose Bill to Allow Teachers to Pray with Students

Earlier this summer, legislators in North Carolina passed Senate Bill 370, which (unnecessarily) reiterated the rights of students to express their faith in school. These rights were already protected under the law, but you can never appease religious voters too much…

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Mizzou Offers Free Tickets for a Volleyball Game, but Christians Also Get a Special Discount… Somehow

The University of Missouri has a women’s volleyball game airing on ESPN’s SEC Network this weekend, so they want as many people in the crowd as possible to really sell that school pride to the viewing audience. The promotions team, as you might expect, is doing whatever it can to make sure those seats are filled.

That’s why they decided to offer free tickets to anyone who brought in a church bulletin.

We’ve seen restaurants pull that sort of thing before — the general rule is that you have to offer the discount to everyone who brings in any bulletin (including atheist ones).

You might also notice on that screenshot a link to a voucher for “Free Admission.” That was added only recently.

The Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists and Agnostics on campus (MU SASHA) noticed the original offer as well as the revised one and sent the promotions manager an email explaining the legal problems with the church bulletin discount:

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El Al Flight Becomes “11-Hour-Nightmare” When Haredi Demand To Be Shielded From Women

You’d think that El Al, the Israeli national airline, would know how to accommodate religious flyers, including the ultra-Orthodox. But the crazy (and the over-entitled) was strong on this flight:

An El-Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv was turned into an “11-hour nightmare” after hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to sit next to women. According to those on board the flight descended into chaos because of their demands.

The flight was full with Israelis, secular, orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews — known as Haredim — flying home to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Even though the passengers had been pre-assigned seats before boarding, the ultra-Orthodox Jews refused to accept the arrangements because their beliefs required that men and women were segregated.

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Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) Curriculum Teaches That Scientists Can Generate Electricity from Snow

Jonny Scaramanga, who’s written at this site about his fundamentalist education at an Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) school, has a new piece up at The Guardian with a stunning (yet not necessarily shocking) revelation from the ACE curriculum: It suggests that snow can generate electricity.

Scaramanga quotes a textbook called Science 1087 (aimed at 9th-graders):

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