Lowndes County Schools to allow prayer at Friday football games
Sep 19, 2019

By Emma Wheeler The Lowndes County Schools Board of Education announced a new policy for student-led prayers before Friday football games. On Monday, the Board of Education had its first reading of a new policy allowing students to lead a prayer before the football games. The new policy comes after administration did not allow the prayer …

Atheists Demand Georgia School Stop Promoting Christianity in Sports and Online
Sep 18, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Let us all appreciate the public schools that openly brag about how they’re violating the Establishment Clause. They make everything so much easier for First Amendment attorneys. The American Humanist Association says that the Griffin First United Methodist Church was allowed to host “a breakfast and sermon for football players” at Spalding High School …

MN School Board Leader: Why Do We Teach Evolution If “It’s Never Been Proven”?
Sep 12, 2019 · 4 

By Hemant Mehta On Monday night, during a meeting of the Brainerd School Board in Minnesota, a science teacher and an administrator overseeing teachers were asked why the district even bothers including evolution in the curriculum. That question came from the president of the school board. (Good luck, children. You’re going to need it.) Board President …

Secular Student Alliance has seen growth at religiously affiliated colleges
Sep 9, 2019

By Heather Adams LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Sophie Cote, a math and economics major who hopes to be on Wall Street one day, and Charlotta Lebedenko, a chemistry and philosophy major on her way to medical school, sat together during their medieval theology class at Fordham University, a Jesuit university in New York. Freshmen at …

50,000 Unvaccinated Wisconsin Students Head to School Amid Measles Outbreak
Sep 5, 2019

By David G. McAfee As the United States grapples with the worst measles outbreak it has seen in nearly three decades, nearly 50,000 unvaccinated Wisconsin students will reportedly be heading to school. That’s the number of kids in Wisconsin who have waivers exempting them from vaccines that save lives and parents who don’t care enough about what …

The Latest Attempts to Get ‘In God We Trust’ Into Schools is a Coordinated Christian Nationalist Push [Part 3]
Sep 4, 2019

By Andrew L. Seidel Christian nationalism will greet schoolchildren returning to classrooms in 16 states this fall. New laws in Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida, and South Dakota encourage or require public schools to display the divisive national motto: In God We Trust. Piecemeal reporting on the laws gives the impression that state legislators around the country are spontaneously discovering the value of …

Transcendental Meditation in public schools: still a violation of the first amendment
Aug 27, 2019

By the RNS Press Release Distribution Service A recent article in the New York Post mentions that the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Quiet Time Program will soon be taught in New York schools. A highly critical article on TM’s Quiet Time program in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recently appeared in the Chicago Tribune. The story reports …

A Controversial Ten Commandments Monument Will Go Up at a PA Catholic School
Aug 19, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A giant Ten Commandments monument will go up outside Mary Queen of Apostles School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. That wouldn’t normally be a story — if anything, the most noteworthy thing about it is that a religious monument is going up outside a religious school for once — …

Atheist Group Wants to Help Other KY Schools Sidestep the “In God We Trust” Law
Aug 16, 2019

By Hemant Mehta There are currently nine states that have implemented laws forcing public schools to put up “In God We Trust” signs (with more trying to pass that legislation). Many of those states are very specific about the size of the displays… but not Kentucky. That’s why, yesterday, I could post about how the …

Transgender student suspended from Christian college after top surgery
Aug 13, 2019 · 1 

By Gwen Aviles A transgender male student was suspended from a Christian college because of his gender identity on the same day he got surgery to remove breast tissue. Yanna Awtrey, 21, was staying with family friends for the summer before his junior year at Welch College, a Free Will Baptists Church institution, in Gallatin, …

Atheist parents take primary school to court as they say assembly prayers breach children’s human rights
Jul 30, 2019

By Camilla Turner Atheist parents are taking their children’s primary school to the High Court, claiming that biblical re-enactments and praying in assembly are a breach of their human rights. Lee Harris and his wife Lizanne have won permission to bring a judicial review against Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST) after arguing that Burford Primary …

Inside Liberty University’s ‘culture of fear’
Jul 26, 2019 · 2 

By Will E. Young In my first week as editor in chief of the Champion, Liberty University’s student-run weekly, our faculty adviser, Deborah Huff, ordered me to apologize. I’d noticed that our evangelical school’s police department didn’t publish its daily crime log online, as many other private university forces did, so I searched elsewhere for …