AHA sues Denver schools over church/state violations after schools continue violations.

The American Humanist Association has issued a lawsuit against two Denver area schools for intermingling church and state with their fundraisers: Many details were left out of this story.  For the fundraisers such as Operation Christmas Child the teachers distributed empty boxes to the students to create and fill for the program. They also helped collect [Read More...]

FOX News: Texas public school should keep explicitly Christian plaques because of “culture in the South.”

First, let’s set the stage: Earlier this year, the Midlothian Independent School District covered Christian plaques at two schools after the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) threatened to sue. But parents and students protested, and the Midlothian ISD board voted to uncover the plaques. That’s no good.  Let’s hear why: Tiffany Davlin, who organized protests to [Read More...]

Legal win: Texas school district agrees to stop announcing local church events.

This one comes from the American Humanist Association’s legal team: The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center received a notice from school district officials at Lake Dallas Independent School District in Corinth, Texas, that the Lake Dallas High School’s football stadium public announcement system will no longer be used to advertise church gatherings held [Read More...]

Most vouchers in the D.C. voucher program funnel government money to religious schools.

I know this is going to come as a shock to you, but in the Washington D.C. voucher program most of the vouchers are going to religious schools. The U.S. Department of Education released a report last week (pdf) evaluating the current state of the D.C. school voucher program (called “Opportunity Scholarships”). Their findings indicate what many [Read More...]

Student who was forced to stand for the pledge receives apology from school.

Last month a student at a Ventura County, CA high school was intimidated by his teacher into standing for the pledge of allegiance after the student initially refused.  The American Humanist Association went to this students defense and won a victory for first amendment rights everywhere: The American Humanist Association was contacted by the student [Read More...]

Guest post from Licking, OH resident: school system awash in church/state violations.

Something I’ve learned in my time as an activist is that sometimes letting school officials who are violating the separation of church and state know that their behavior is becoming a national issue is a powerful deterrent.  Which brings me to an email I received last night from a resident of Licking County, OH.  It [Read More...]

Lord’s Prayer forced on students in Texas high school marching band

This story was brought to my attention by a friend and neighbor who is the mother of a student who will soon be attending Lewisville High School, part of the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) that my daughter also goes to, and she was worried that her student might feel left out of the high school [Read More...]

Student prayer bill coming to Alabama.

Ah, Alabama, my old nemesis.  We meet again. A pair of Alabama lawmakers plan to sponsor legislation guaranteeing public school students – and their teachers – the right to pray in school. The sponsors, state Rep. Steve McMillan, R-Gulf Shores, and Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, contend the bill would clarify a right Americans already have. [Read More...]

Arizona high school suspends football coach who prayed with students.

So many kudos to Principal Baum: As for the guy who compares the coach praying to Ray Rice beating his fiancee, it’s irrelevant.  Perhaps Rice’s punishment was too light (I believe it was), but your high school coach not only broke the school’s laws, he broke the nation’s laws.  Government officials must remain neutral on [Read More...]

Male students wear skirt to support reprimanded trans student.

Here’s a happy story.  A couple weeks ago at a federal school in Brazil (Colégio Pedro II) a trans student was suspended and fined for wearing a skirt.  In response, in a gesture that reminds me why I love the youngest generation, the male students picked a day to all wear skirts to the school: [Read More...]