Praise for the NFL Stars Who Don’t Invoke God to Explain Their Skills

Dave Zirin is thrilled that NFL stars like Aaron Rodgers and Arian Foster (below) are calling out a sport that’s a hotbed for Christianity in their own distinct ways.

He writes in The Nation:

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Lawsuit Dismissed Against Teacher Who Punished Second-Grader for Being an Atheist

Earlier this year at Forest Park Elementary School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a second-grader known only as A.B. was asked by his classmate where he went to church. He said he didn’t go, adding that he didn’t believe in God, either. His friend began crying at that point, and that’s when teacher Michelle Meyer stepped in.

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Secular Invocation Mentioning Charles Darwin Delivered in Osceola County, Florida

On Monday night in Osceola County, Florida, Jason Grooms delivered a secular invocation during a Commission meeting. Grooms didn’t hide who he was representing and even invoked Charles Darwin.

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Arizona City Council Rescinds Christian-Only Invocation Policy

Last week, the Coolidge City Council in Arizona (below) passed a resolution saying it would have invocation prayers at all future meetings. An amendment to that resolution stipulated that all the invocations would be Christian.

Councilmember Rob Hudelson explained the theocratic move this way:

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Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Loses Two Pro-LGBT Members

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and Goshen College, both Christian schools, do not discriminate against faculty or staff on the basis of sexual orientation. That means they allow employees to enter into same-sex marriages.

That also means they are no longer part of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) — voluntarily.

When EMU and Goshen first announced the changes to their nondiscrimination policies earlier this year, two other schools (Union University and Oklahoma Wesleyan University) quit the CCCU, certain the organization could no longer “defend the rights of Christian colleges if its members were no longer united on what biblical sexuality entails.”

But after they left, there remained the question of what to do about EMU and Goshen:

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