House Resolution to Open School Board Meetings with Prayers

Anne here… (Just like JT, I’m making up for a dearth of postings over the last few weeks.) On Thursday, June 6, Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan introduced House Resolution 250. The resolution declares Congress’s support for opening local school board meetings with prayer. The proposed resolution states that the United States was founded on the [Read More…]

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Tennessee Hates Muslims. Who Knew?

Anne here, with another item from the Hatewatch Headlines of the Southern Poverty Law Center…. Tennessee has been a hotbed of anti-Muslim activism for years, especially after plans were laid to build an Islamic center in Murfreesboro. There have been bomb threats and numerous conferences centered on the unfounded but widely hyped fear that Shariah [Read More…]

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Study Debunks Claim that Kids of Same-Sex Parents Do Less Well

Anne here… The Southern Poverty Law Center alerts us to a new study out of Australia about children growing up in households led by same-sex parents: In the latest blow to anti-gay forces, a major study conducted at the University of Melbourne in Australia has found that children of same-sex parents do as well or [Read More…]

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‘The Devil’s After Our Children’

…or so says Pickens County, South Carolina. Anne here, with FFRF’s news release dated yesterday explaining just what it’s going to do with that particular devilish little problem. FFRF Calls Out Pickens County Schools’ Multiple Religious Offenses News Release: June 6, 2013 The Freedom From Religion Foundation is placing the blame for a string of [Read More…]

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Anne at the American Humanist Association Conference

Anne here … I’m at the American Humanist Association’s annual conference in San Diego today and through the weekend. Tomorrow is the United Coalition of Reason’s track on activism. I’ll be live-tweeting for anyone who is interested. Follow me @aramink or look for #ahacon13. [Read more…]

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US Supreme Court Deals Blow to Defunders of Planned Parenthood

Anne here… No, that headline does not contain a typo. Planned Parenthood and its defenders have been warding off legislative blows in lawsuits all over the country in the last several years, and things have been especially nasty in the last couple of years. In 2011 Indiana passed a law preventing any Medicaid funds from going [Read More…]

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Classroom Proselytising: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

Anne here… Ball State University is a publicly funded institution of higher learning in Muncie, Indiana. A possible violation of the separation of church and state has raised the eyebrows of students in a certain  science class, “The Boundaries of Science,” taught by physics and astronomy professor Eric Hedin.  The course fulfills a science requirement [Read More…]

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Pseudoscience, Eugenie Scott, NCSE, and the Journal Nature

Anne here … The eminent science journal Nature devoted its May 15, 2013, editorial to applauding the work of the National Center for Science Education and its retiring director, Eugenie Scott. Critics of mainstream science frequently dispute evolution or climate change. Whatever their target, a common tactic is to challenge how well mainstream scientists accept these [Read More…]

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Gage Pulliam: Oklahoma’s Defender of Separation of Church and State

Anne here … The Freedom From Religion Foundation does more than write letters and file lawsuits. Last Monday the Muldrow, Oklahoma public schools confirmed that it has permanently removed Ten Commandment plaques from all of its classrooms. Theocratic parents, of course, complain that after allowing the signs to stay up for twenty years, taking them [Read More…]

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It’s Not OK to Pray at Public School Graduations

Anne here… Graduation seems to be one of those times during the school year when religion rears its head and wants to elbow its way into the public square, disseminating itself messily all over unwilling captive audiences. This year is no exception. The Freedom from Religion Foundation got involved in an Arkansas case recently, writing [Read More…]

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