Liberty Counsel’s Annual Push for Christian Students to Pray at Public School Graduations

Public school graduation ceremonies are supposed to be celebrations for everyone involved, which is why it’s so frustrating when Christians try to use the venues as an opportunity to proselytize to a captive audience.

This year, like they’ve done many times before, Liberty Counsel is encouraging Christian students who get a chance to speak onstage to pray to Jesus and they’re making sure students know all the legal loopholes (PDF) to make it happen:

“The key to expressing any religious viewpoint in public school, including graduation prayer, is that the school should remain neutral — neither commanding nor prohibiting it,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

“Students do not lose their constitutional right to free speech when they step to the podium at graduation,” Staver said. “To allow a variety of viewpoints except religious viewpoints at graduation is religious hostility and unconstitutional. While schools should not force people to pray, neither should they prohibit them from praying.”

This is part of their “Friend or Foe” campaign, a title they also use when pointing out retail stores that use the word “Christmas” (or don’t) in their holiday advertising.

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Senator Tom Harkin: I Do Not Agree With Calling Secular People ‘Nonbelievers’

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) spoke at last week’s Secular Summit & Lobby Day sponsored by the Secular Coalition for America, and audio of his speech is now online with video stills (his speech begins at the 2:20 mark below):

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Dunedin City Council in Florida Issues ‘Day of Reason’ Proclamation

Mayor Anthony Foxx isn’t the only person declaring tomorrow a “Day of Reason” — the Dunedin City Council in Florida is doing the same. In the video below, Commissioner Ron Barnette read the text as requested by Mark Brandt of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater:

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Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina Issues ‘Day of Reason’ Proclamation

The National Day of Prayer is tomorrow, but Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx (also President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Transportation) issued a proclamation declaring tomorrow the National Day of Reason:

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Why Are Christian Homeschooling Parents Pushing to Expose Their Children to Evolution?

The world of Christian homeschooling is undergoing a shift.

More and more, parents are seeking material that will “teach the controversy” on evolution. Although we tend to see that as a method to discredit evolution when used in public schools, you might think this is actually a step up in the world of Creationism-or-bust homeschooling textbooks — they’re finally teaching evolution, too — but there’s a little more to the story than that:

Christian homeschool science textbooks have long taught young earth creationism (YEC) almost exclusively. But observers say a growing number of parents want texts that also teach evolution.

“The YEC position is strong and ingrained in the homeschool movement,” said Sonlight president Sarita Holzmann, who homeschools her children and believes in a young earth. “That might be to our detriment.” She says students need to be able to evaluate different positions.

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