Humanist group: Rankin Co. teacher ridiculed atheism

Oct 23, 2015

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By Anna Wolfe

A new complaint suggests the Rankin County School District has again muddied the line that separates church and state.

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center says an unconstitutional promotion of Christianity has continued in the district.

On Oct. 13, the association sent a letter to district officials and attorneys describing an alleged incident involving a teacher at Northwest Rankin High School mocking atheism in the classroom.

Sent on behalf of an atheist student, the letter says her teacher, who is also a pastor of a church, told the classroom on Oct. 8, “Atheists are throwing a fit because they don’t have their own day. They do have their own day; it’s called April Fools’ Day, because you are a fool if you don’t believe in God.”


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22 comments on “Humanist group: Rankin Co. teacher ridiculed atheism

  • Atheists are throwing a fit because they don’t have their own day.

    Of course, the church’s main day is genuine. No one knows whether the Jesus character existed or not but it was quite handy to celebrate the birth of this character on the day of a Pagan festival.



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  • It’s all a bit precious, isn’t it? The time to complain is when someone throws back a Christian joke at the teacher, and disciplinary action is taken. A bit of lame banter never hurt anyone. Did you hear the one about the apostles who went back to fishing after the crucifiction….?



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  • Stephen Mynett
    Oct 23, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Of course, the church’s main day is genuine. No one knows whether the Jesus character existed or not but it was quite handy to celebrate the birth of this character on the day of a Pagan festival.

    Yep! Saturnalia AND Yule!



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  • @OP – They do have their own day; it’s called April Fools’ Day, because you are a fool if you don’t believe in God.”

    Of course a dummy like this is too ignorant to know about the atheists’ day or what is celebrated! ! – But what can you expect from a woo-monger pastor?

    http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/world-science-day-for-peace-and-development/
    World Science Day for Peace and Development

    Established by UNESCO in 2001, World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated worldwide on 10 November each year. It offers an opportunity to demonstrate to the wider public why science is relevant to their daily lives and to engage them in debate on related issues.

    By throwing bridges between science and society, the aim is to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science, while underscoring the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable. Recent themes have included ‘towards green societies’ (2011), science for the rapprochement of peoples and cultures (2010) and astronomy (2009).

    Every year, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, scientific research institutions, professional associations, universities, municipalities, the media, science teachers, schools and others are encouraged to organize their own celebration of World Science Day.



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  • Clearly that district wants to be parochial. How about this: cut off all government funding; have the parents who want their kids in that type of education pay for it themselves. I’m sure they won’t mind.



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    Cairsley says:

    It is, after all, written:
    The fool hath said in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)

    Whoever wrote this verse was entitled to his opinion, but how odd, indeed (if one stops to think about it) how astonishing it is that the verse, along with the rest of what is now called the Bible, was later taken by others to have actually been authored by the supposed entity referred to therein!



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  • John, Ch 21

    After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.

    2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.

    3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

    4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

    5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

    6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

    7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he saith, Walk thee here over the water to this ship, for thou art the Lord and well able to walk thereon, and we are sore pressed to land this catch.

    8 And He walked upon the water a short way, and sank therein and was like to drown. Whereupon Peter girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea and brought the Lord safely unto the ship.

    9 Why for sinketh Thou Lord, for thou art the living God, and have power over all things. And the Lord saith, Behold, it is these holes in my feet, which letteth the water through in a great flood, such that they sustain nor man nor God.

    Here endeth the Lesson



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  • Ha!

    I had a good ex-Catholic friend who explained how after his mother had caught him masturbating put a large crucifix in his room presumably to keep a discouraging eye on him. He rather misunderstood the intention and thought it represented a graphic punishment for him misusing his hands. Keep doing that and you’ll get your hands nailed out of harms way.

    These things, explained my friend, can have a lasting effect on a chap, not least developing the unshakeable belief that Jesus was clearly a chronic masturbator.



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  • Jesus was clearly a chronic masturbator

    Those holes in his hands could have been as much of a hindrance to him as in eejits’ joke or…. come to think of it……………;-)



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  • “Every day except April fools day is atheists day” would have been my response. If we do get a special day to call our own it should be called Christopher Hitchens Day, on the 25 day of December ofcoarse.



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