Attack Ad Against Atheist School Board Candidate: She’s “Not Right” for Kids

By Hemant Mehta

Last February, I posted about a dedication ceremony for a new fitness trail outside Cooper Elementary School in Rogers, Arkansas.

The event included the participation of a school board member, the assistant superintendent, the principal, the vice principal, all four of the school’s gym teachers, a State Representative, and third grade students.

And a nun who blessed the trail with holy water. And a formal prayer.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation said those last two things violated the First Amendment because this was clearly a school event, whether or not it was voluntary, and it was promoting religion. They sent a letter to the Bentonville Public Schools asking them to promise never to do it again.

My post about that event was shared by many people online, including a group called the Bentonville Public Schools Citizens for Equality, run by a woman named Amy Gillespie.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Dirty negative campaigning is nothing new in politics.

    Of course it is not Tttrrroooly dirty negative campaigning, when it has been sanitised and sanctified by a god-delusion! 🙂

  2. @OP – Atheist School Board Candidate: She’s “Not Right” for Kids

    I mean – some of those nice goody-goody religious representatives, with their “superior morality”, could assure parents, and take her place working with schools and children!!! !

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-41552564

    Concerns about a former Church of England priest who tortured and sexually abused two boys in Sussex were first raised two decades ago, a BBC investigation has revealed.

    Jonathan Graves, of Eastbourne, was jailed last month for sex offences in the 1980s and 1990s. He was arrested in 2013 and charged in 2015.

    One mother said she raised concerns in 1997 but the church did nothing.

    The church said bishops would meet to examine the issues raised by the BBC.

    The woman who reported Graves, said: “They let me, my children, and countless other families down.”

    Graves, a former priest at St Luke’s Church in Stone Cross, restrained children with belts and chains and beat them, Hove Crown Court heard.

    Judge David Rennie said he had an “overwhelming need to seek punishment and humiliation” and had used the children as “play things” to satisfy “perverted sexual desires”.

    The Diocese of Chichester said the woman’s complaint was made anonymously, which made it difficult to follow up.

    But the woman – who said she went on to complain to police in 2002 and again to the church in 2003 – said she did provide her name each time.

    The diocese also admitted another complaint of unspecified inappropriate behaviour was made in 1999.

    In 2001, further complaints were made that Graves had allowed Robert Coles, who was jailed for child sex abuse in 2013, to officiate at St Luke’s.

    Graves was arrested in 2005, but not suspended until 2008 when the diocese carried out a Criminal Records Bureau check.

    In 2008, “substantial information sharing” occurred between the church, police and the local authority, and Graves was immediately suspended, the diocese said.

    The BBC also found bishops gave Graves references in 2002, allowing him to move to Devon and to move back to Eastbourne, while still working with children.

    Concerns were twice raised about Graves’s behaviour with the Diocese of Exeter.

  3. @OP – Atheist School Board Candidate: She’s “Not Right” for Kids

    I see India is placing SOME restrictions on those goody religious people who ARE “right” for kids! (allegedly)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-41578800

    India Supreme Court rules sex with child bride is rape

    India’s Supreme Court has struck down a legal clause that permits men to have sex with their underage wives.

    The clause, which was part of India’s law on rape, said intercourse between a man and his wife was permissible as long as she was over 15 years of age.

    The legal age of consent and marriage in India is 18 but marital rape is not considered an offence.

    The verdict has been hailed by women’s rights activists but correspondents say the order will be difficult to enforce.

    The judgement said that girls under 18 would be able to charge their husbands with rape, as long as they complained within one year of being forced to have sexual relations.

    However, the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi says that while welcome, the order will be difficult to implement in a country where child marriage is still rampant.

    “Courts and police cannot monitor people’s bedrooms and a minor girl who is already married, almost always with the consent of her parents, will not usually have the courage to go to the police or court and file a case against her husband,” our correspondent says.

    India’s government says the practice of child marriage is “an obstacle to nearly every developmental goal: eradicating poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education; promoting gender equality; protecting children’s lives; and improving women’s health”.

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