Angry parents protest LGBTQ books in Virginia classrooms
Nov 11, 2019

By Samantha Schmidt When students in Loudoun County started school this fall, they found their classroom shelves stocked with new collections of books. The “diverse classroom libraries” installed in elementary and high schools across the Northern Virginia school district were intended to expose students to stories about young people of different cultures, races and religions. …

A Teen Says Her Catholic High School Forced Her Into Counseling For Being Gay. Her Parents Had No Idea.
Nov 11, 2019 · 1 

By Claudia Koerner UPLAND, California — Magali Rodriguez said she didn’t kiss her girlfriend at school. At Bishop Amat Memorial High School, the biggest Catholic school in the Los Angeles area, it wasn’t against the rules to be gay — Rodriguez at one point checked the student handbook. But she knew not everyone on campus …

With STIs On the Rise, Advocates Want Evidence-Based Sex Education
Nov 1, 2019

By Sony Salzman Earlier this month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that cases of common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States had reached an all-time high, with cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis rising for the fifth consecutive year. This represents a total of more than 2.4 million infections in …

Third Indiana Catholic school employee fired in growing scandal over LGBTQ staff
Oct 28, 2019

By Tim Fitzsimons A former social worker at an Indianapolis Catholic high school says she was fired for making public statements in support of LGBTQ colleagues who were terminated. “If you publicly support, you know, (being) against discrimination … you too, can be a victim of losing your job,” Kelley Fisher told IndyStar. Fisher, who is …

‘You can be Christian & you can be gay.’ Theater teacher says she was forced out of school
Oct 23, 2019 · 5 

By Rick Neale On Oct. 2, a half-hour before her musical theater class began, Covenant Christian School teacher Monica Toro Lisciandro said administrators unexpectedly called her into a meeting. Somebody had apparently called the private Christian school and leveled allegations against her. Lisciandro said the assistant principal told her the school received word that Lisciandro was in a relationship …

Queer and conservative students are clashing at a religious Texas university
Oct 21, 2019

By Daniel Villarreal A group of LGBTQ students at Baylor University in Waco, Texas has begun clashing with Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), a conservative student organization at the Baptist university. The LGBTQ students, united under the Greek letters Gamma Alpha Upsilon (GAY), say that YAF has made baseless accusations that GAY is “is violent …

More than 60 men and boys freed from ‘inhumane’ Islamic school, police say
Oct 21, 2019

By Bukola Adebayo Police in Nigeria have rescued 67 men and boys who were subjected to “inhumane and degrading treatments” at an Islamic school in the northern state of Katsina, a police spokesman said Tuesday. The religious school, which also served as a rehabilitation center, was run by a 78-year-old Muslim cleric in Daura, the …

Bevin’s promotion of Christianity violates the Constitution, devalues people
Oct 18, 2019

By Monica L. Miller In the four years he has served as the governor of Kentucky, Matthew G. Bevin has flouted his state and federal constitutional obligations to keep church and state differentiated. As legal director at the American Humanist Association, I sent a letter to the governor, admonishing him for repeatedly running afoul of the …

Your Neighbor’s Christian Education, Courtesy of Your Tax Dollars
Oct 17, 2019

By Emma Green One of the persistent disappointments of media coverage in the Trump era is how the eye-popping daily headlines about the president obscure slower-moving, equally important developments at all levels of government. This term, the Supreme Court is set to consider cases that could have momentous implications for the future of abortion and LGBTQ rights. …

A Mississippi Teacher Told Students He Hoped They Would All “Find Jesus Someday”
Oct 14, 2019 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta The American Humanist Association says a Mississippi teacher and football coach at Bay High School has repeatedly violated the Constitution by pushing his Christian faith on students and athletes. In a letter sent to the school’s principal and district superintendent, the AHA documented instances of Eric Collins proselytizing to kids. He told kids in his class he hoped …

Christians urge California governor to veto bill for abortion pill access at colleges
Oct 9, 2019

By Alejandra Molina LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Christian organizations are urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a bill that would require the state’s public universities to offer abortion medication through campus health clinics. If signed into law, the “College Student Right to Access Act,” or SB 24, would take effect in January 2023. Newsom has until Sunday (Oct. …

Satanic Temple Considers Legal Action Against School Censorship
Oct 8, 2019

By Joseph P. Laycock The Satanic Temple (TST) has another legal challenge on the horizon, this time concerning which websites students can access from public schools. In February, Malcolm Jarry of TST’s executive ministry received two emails from students complaining that TST’s website is blocked on school computers, though they were able to access the websites for …