Missouri Public School District Sued for Taking Students on a Field Trip to a Christian Ministry

In order to celebrate their hard work preparing for and taking the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests, the eighth-graders at North Middle School in Joplin were taken to a sports complex with a climbing wall and video games earlier this month.

Good times!

Here’s the form the parents had to sign:

That’s a little misleading, though, because the name of the place they went to isn’t “Victory Sports Complex.”

It’s Victory Ministry & Sports Complex. Which — wait for it — is a ministry.

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Christian Right Leader: If Gay Adults Are Allowed to Become Scout Leaders, They’ll Molest Your Children

Christian Right leader Matt Barber (below) is worried that the Boy Scouts of America may soon allow gay adult leaders, proving that he’s the only guy in America currently associating child molestation with someone other than Josh Duggar.

He references something he said two years ago when the BSA allowed openly gay scouts to join the organization:

“… It’s only a matter of time until the BSA is forced to capitulate to sexual extremists’ political demands and allow homosexual adults — men who define their identity based upon carnal appetites for other males — to take your boys on overnight camping trips.

Barber and conservative Christians like him are really the only people who hear “homosexual” and immediately think “sodomy.” I run into straight people all the time. I don’t immediately start considering which sexual positions are their favorites.

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Montana Parents Angry That Their Kids Won’t Be Going on Creationist Museum Field Trip Anymore

Taking third-graders to a museum to learn about dinosaurs seems like the most normal field trip ever.

But not when you’re taking them to the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum, a Creationist haven in Montana. That’s what 100 students in the Glendive School District were preparing to do on Thursday.



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Colorado Teacher Sues His District Over Constant, Administration-Supported Promotion of Christianity

There are plenty of legal ways Christian students can promote their views in public schools. They can start a club. They can gather around the flagpole. They can host voluntary Bible studies. They can talk to their friends about Jesus during lunch (at least until they run out of friends to annoy).

Basically, it’s all good as long as teachers and administrators don’t get involved in any substantive way in order to avoid coercion.

That’s why a lawsuit filed by Robert Basevitz against the Fremont RE-2 School District in Colorado is so important, because it documents all sorts of instances in which District officials crossed the line and treated the local high school as an extension of a local church.

Basevitz was actually an employee at Florence High School in the District. While he’s primarily a history teacher, he took a job as a special ed teacher last summer (which he’s also qualified to do) with the hopes he could eventually switch departments when a history vacancy came up.

Over the course of the past year, here’s what he saw, according to his lawsuit:

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What the Rush to Defend Josh Duggar Tells Us About Conservative Christian Morality

If you’ve been following the Josh Duggar child molestation scandal, and how quickly some Christians have dismissed the crime, one thing is abundantly clear: conservative Christian morality is more or less a contradiction in terms these days.

That community — from former governor, pastor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, to right-wing writers and bloggers like Matt Walsh (at The Blaze) and Krystal Heath (on LouderWithCrowder.com) — has rallied to the defense of Duggar, who, while in his teens, repeatedly touched young girls, including his own sisters, on their breasts and vaginas.

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