Australian Group Protesting Public School Religious Indoctrination Puts Up a Billboard of Jesus Petting a Dinosaur

The whole idea of “special religious instruction” is public schools is a joke to begin with, especially when you consider how much room there is for abuse. In theory, it’d be great because kids could learn about the beliefs of all different faiths. But in Victoria, Australia, for example, the religious education is primarily Christian and the education is verring into heavy indoctrination. Story after story suggests that volunteer groups — and it’s always Christian volunteers — are using the time with students to seek converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.

There’s a fantastic group called Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) trying to raise awareness of the abuses within the program in part because they say parents don’t really know what’s going on in their kids’ schools.

To that end, they put up a billboard in Melbourne on Tuesday morning that shows parents what their kids may be learning in school:



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World Vision U.S., a Major Evangelical Christian Charity, Will Now Allow Married Gay Employees

After a long history of anti-LGBT activism, World Vision, one of the largest Christian charities in the world, announced a change to its employment policy Monday that has some fellow Christians up in arms. World Vision’s American branch will now permit Christians who are in legal same-sex marriages to be employed with the organization, a decision they say aligns with the charity’s mission.

World Vision U.S. president Richard Stearns told Christianity Today that while the policy change wasn’t unanimous among board members, the group was “overwhelmingly in favor” of the change. (The decision applies only to World Vision U.S., not its international branches.)

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After Radio Host Implies That Activist Should Be Beaten Up, Fox News’ Todd Starnes Does the Right Thing

Normally, when we talk about Fox News’ Todd Starnes (below), it’s because he’s making up a story of Christian persecution.

But Starnes actually did something decent yesterday. Appearing on Christian fanatic Rick Wiles‘ radio show to discuss a story about Bible verses appearing on Air Force Academy dorm room white boards (and an atheist who complained about it), Starnes and Wiles had this exchange:

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In Case You Were In Need of a New Shirt…

The cool folks at Compass 120 Apparel created a shirt with a quotation of mine and they’re marketing it to men and women. I’ve asked that any money I would’ve made from the shirts be given instead to the Secular Student Alliance:

There’s a promotional video and everything! Check it out — and consider their other goods while you’re at it.

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Creationist Complains That His Side Isn’t Getting Equal Time on Cosmos

Creationist Danny Faulkner (below) of Answers In Genesis appeared on the “Janet Mefferd Show” late last week to complain about how Cosmos is being totally unfair. You see, it’s just promoting science. It’s not giving equal time to bullshit.



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