How to lose a lawsuit.

There is a Good News Club that meets at the local 4th and 5th grade building here in Mountain Home.  My father called me when he was made aware of it to ask what should be done.  I told him the same thing I tell everybody else in those situations: contact the school and tell them you want to do the exact same thing only for atheism.  Usually  the school shuts down everything, including the Good News Club, and the world wins.

But sometimes the school says “ok”, but gives the atheist group fewer privileges, which makes for a lawsuit they absolutely cannot win.  Obviously, this is not what I prefer.  School is for learning, not for preaching.  However, it’s not like we started the war and leaving it to be controlled by intrusive Christians is not a better alternative.  That’s what happened in Mountain Home, and now the local Freethinker group will be teaching classes on critical thinking at the school after hours (with pizza).

It’s also what happened in Orange County, Florida where a Christian group was distributing bibles to students at a number of public high schools – with the county’s permission.  So the Central Florida Freethought Community applied to distribute atheist literature.  The school conceded but then censored much of what the CFFC planned to distribute:

The reasoning?  Well, Hemant has the full break down on that.  I won’t reinvent the wheel by re-posting all of that.

Orange County is going to lose the lawsuit.  I’m never happy to see these things and I’m sure the FFRF isn’t either.  However, there’s always a small amount of satisfaction playing any game on easy mode, and lawsuits don’t get a whole lot easier than this.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.