Florida Legislators Want to Make it Harder for Students to Remain Seated During the Pledge

A couple of months ago, the superintendent of Florida’s Santa Rosa County District Schools was upset after students were reminded — through signs on classroom walls — that they didn’t have to stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance. In his mind, forced recitation of the Pledge was both patriotic and a requirement in state law.

He was wrong on both counts.

Saying the Pledge is optional and no student can be punished for refusing to participate. As I said before, the students who choose to remain seated may even be more patriotic because they know it’s wrong to force people to say we’re a nation “Under God” or that we have “justice for all” when that’s just not true in practice.

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Wheaton College Suspends Professor for Saying Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God

A Christian professor at Wheaton College has been suspended, and now faces review, for one of the most ridiculous offenses imaginable: saying that Christians and Muslims worship the same god.

Larycia Hawkins, a political science professor at the private religious school, decided to don a hijab in order to show solidarity with Muslim Americans.



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A Run-Down Church in Spain Just Became a Beautiful Indoor Skate Park

What do you do with a hundred-year-old Spanish church that’s no longer in use?

You do some fundraising, get Red Bull involved, and turn it into a large, beautiful skate park:



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A Christmas Song for Atheists About Keeping the Merry and Dumping the Myth

Peter D’Angelo, a composer who normally creates music for TV and film, put together a Christmas song for atheists. It’s called “Keep the Merry, Dump the Myth



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Humanists Plan to Sue Mississippi County That Won’t Remove Nativity Scene from Courthouse

The Harrison County Courthouse in Mississippi has this Nativity scene in the building… which is odd for a place that’s supposed to respect the law:



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