Being a Religious Minority (in Public Schools)

Hint: The "Fifth Quarter" is about Jesus.

What's it like to be a religious minority in a Christian-dominated culture? Jews on First has published a must-read in-depth exploration of what it's like for Jewish students going to public schools in the South, consistently exposed to peer pressure and conversion attempts by their Christian classmates, behavior often (directly and indirectly) supported by faculty."It can be the little stuff, like my classmates wishing me to have a 'blessed day'. I know that really means that Jesus … [Read more...]

Updates: Teaching Paganism, Passive Distribution, Library Filtering, and Project Conversion

Andrew Bowen as a Wiccan.

Here are some updates on stories The Wild Hunt has reported on previously.Teaching Paganism in British Schools: On Sunday I deconstructed the sensationalist Daily Mail's assertions regarding the teaching of Paganism in British religious education courses, specifically in Cornwall. I pointed out that there is no hard-and-fast mandate requiring schools to insert Pagan religions into their curriculum, and that the RE advisory council is exactly that, advisory. Still, why let facts and reason … [Read more...]

Teaching Paganism in British Schools?

The Daily Mail: Your source for sensationalism on Paganism.

Muck-raking (and hugely successful) British tabloid The Daily Mail reports on the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education's (SACRE) syllabus for schools in Cornwall, saying that it encourages the teaching of modern Paganism alongside other religions (sorry, I still don't link directly to them)."Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam … [Read more...]

Buncombe County Schools Passes New Religion Policy

Ginger and Sybilsue Strivelli (Photo courtesy of Fox News).

Last night the Buncombe County School Board in North Carolina unanimously passed a policy regarding prayer, religious activities, and the distribution of religious materials by students in their schools. It was the culmination of months of activism that began when North Carolina Pagan Ginger Strivelli challenged her child’s school’s policy regarding the distribution of religious materials. Strivelli felt that the manner in which Gideon Bibles were made available violated the Establishment Clause … [Read more...]


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