Last year, the Michigan State Capitol building gave the green light to a display from the Satanic Temple of Detroit. They had no choice, since religious groups had already put up Nativity scenes:
When a child at a Wisconsin elementary school quietly came out to administrators as transgender, the school did everything right. Sadly, it’s all for naught, as Liberty Counsel intervened and ruined a valuable learning opportunity for kids.
After a student came out as trans, Mount Horeb Primary Center scheduled a reading of I Am Jazz, a children’s book written by trans teenager Jazz Jennings.
The principal sent a note home informing parents about the reading, explaining that a student at school was transitioning, and allowing parents to opt their child out of the reading if they so desired:
When you’re an atheist parent whose extended family is religious, things get tricky. My parents are quite mortified that my daughter has not been (and will not be) baptized, that she has not been indoctrinated with the most familiar of Biblical tales, and that I keep our holiday celebrations secular regardless of whether or not they have religious roots.
My daughter is 7 years old, and when she’s ready, I’ll teach her about a wide variety of faiths and their cultural and political histories. I’ll explain why I don’t hold any religious beliefs, and then leave it up to her to decide what she thinks is true. In the meantime, I have made myself clear on the fact that my parents are not to proselytize.
There is one exception to this rule: prayer at their dinner table.
Following last Friday’s deadly shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood by a pro-life Christian worried about “baby parts,” conservatives have been desperate to shift focus away from their dangerous anti-abortion rhetoric, and how it might help create these terrorists. Desperate enough to suggest the shooting was the work of a transgender liberal killer. Desperate enough to suggest that being called on lying about organ harvesting from live babies is just “demonizing the messenger”.
One of the more grotesque efforts, however, comes compliments of Colorado State Representative JoAnn Windholz, who took to Facebook to explain how such violence really is, ultimately, Planned Parenthood’s fault.