A Texas Middle School Teacher Did Not Force the Class to Admit God is a Myth

“The United States is the greatest country in the world.”

Is that true, false, or just something that a lot of people believe even though they can’t prove it?

Or, to put it in the language of a middle school reading class, is it fact, opinion, or a “commonplace assertion”?

The answer is obvious: It’s a commonplace assertion. People can give you their reasons for why the U.S. is or isn’t the best, but it’s not something either side can prove.

What if I gave you the statement “God exists”? Fact, opinion, or a commonplace assertion?

Once again, it’s a commonplace assertion. You can’t prove it either way, but a lot of people sure as hell believe it. (For what it’s worth, saying God doesn’t exist would be in the same category.)

There’s a controversy currently brewing in Katy, Texas, because that question about God’s existence is being used as evidence for Christian persecution.

That accusation is being made by seventh-grader Jordan Wooley, who said the statement about God was a fact. Her teacher correctly told her that was the wrong answer. Now, Wooley claims she is being forced to choose between her grades and her faith.

If that sounds like the plot of the next God’s Not Dead movie, that’s because it’s just as ridiculous. But that’s the narrative conservative websites are pushing.

Wooley told the Katy Independent School District board about her dilemma on Monday night:



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At Student’s Request, Satanists Plan Invocation at Bremerton High School Alongside Christian Coach

The other day, I posted about how the Satanic Temple chapter in Seattle had offered to deliver a post-game invocation at Bremerton High School, where assistant football coach Joe Kennedy has said he won’t stop praying on the field.

The Satanists weren’t going to show up out of nowhere, though. They were only going to come if someone wanted them there.

Well, guess what? A student made that request.



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Mormon Leader Tells Single Women to Put on Lipstick and Stop Looking Like Men

Remember last week, when a Mormon leader talked about how Kim Davis was wrong to use her faith as an excuse not to do her job?

If you thought the Mormon Church had changed, this next video should disabuse you of those notions.

In a recent speech, Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, told a group of Mormon singles what they ought to do in order to get married.

He had some very specific advice for the women…



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A Former Jehovah’s Witness Shares His Journey from Abuse to Escape

Bo Juel left the Jehovah’s Witnesses¬†when he was 23, after the elder who molested him as a child was invited back to the church for the third time. For his decision, Juel was Disfellowshipped by his family, including his physically abusive stepfather. He was also forbidden from ever seeing his own daughter (and, since that time, his two grandsons).

He eventually become one of the founders of Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses, a group that sheds light on human rights violations within the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

He just released a memoir called The Least of God’s Priorities (Exodus Publishing, 2015), and it’s a moving look at his journey both in and out of the Witnesses.



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Even More Atheist Adopt-A-Highway Signs Vandalized for Jesus

What would Jesus do if an atheist group adopted a stretch of highway on his turf?

I bet I know what he wouldn’t do:

The Orange County Atheists of Texas received approval last month to adopt a 20 mile stretch of Highway 1135 in Vidor, Texas. Two weeks ago, the signs were erected. These photos were taken this morning.

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