Ex-Students at Seventh-day Adventist School Settle Abuse Claims for $52 Million
Nov 19, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Miracle Meadows School, a Seventh-day Adventist-run alternative school in Salem, West Virginia, made headlines for all the wrong reasons back in 2014. The year-round school encouraged parents to send kids there if they were dishonest, defiant, or experiencing “spiritual disinterest.” And many parents did, in part because the staff members were said to …

High School Senior Kicked Out of Private Colleyville School for Being Gay
Nov 16, 2020

By Scott Gordon A high school senior who was expelled from a conservative Christian school in Colleyville for being gay says he wants to start a conversation to help other young people like himself. Devin Bryant, 18, a senior at Covenant Christian Academy, was kicked out in August after he came out as gay, Bryant …

‘They All Got Careless’: How Falwell Kept His Grip on Liberty Amid Sexual ‘Games,’ Self-Dealing
Nov 2, 2020

By Maggie Severns, Brandon Ambrosino, and Michael Stratford When Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki strolled around the Lynchburg, Va., campus of Liberty University, the evangelical school which Falwell led as president, they would play a secret game called “Would you rather.” The middle-aged couple would point to students, men and women, and imagine …

DeVos will let religious groups apply for charter grants, opening up new legal battlefront
Oct 30, 2020 · 5 

By Matt Barnum The law is clear: In order to be eligible for federal charter grants, charter schools must not be “affiliated with a sectarian school or religious institution.” But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said earlier this week that she will no longer enforce this prohibition. Religious organizations should feel free to apply for federal money to open charter …

Jerry Falwell Jr. is suing Liberty University after his forced resignation over sex scandal
Oct 29, 2020

By David K. Li Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. filed a state lawsuit Wednesday against the evangelical school founded by his father, claiming he was wrongly ousted from his leadership post. Falwell had led the school for 13 years before he resigned under pressure in late August amid a series of embarrassing scandals. In a complaint …

Lawsuit: An Oklahoma School Let Christian Missionaries Preach to Kids Each Month
Oct 28, 2020

By Hemant Mehta In one Oklahoma school district, administrators are not even subtle about forcing Christianity on children. The American Humanist Association just filed a federal lawsuit against the Maryetta Public Schools (and several administrators) over a constitutional violation, and the details are just mind-blowing. You won’t believe how long this district has been able to get …

How Amy Coney Barrett’s Religious Group Helped Shape a City
Sep 28, 2020

By Adam Wren In 2002, when Amy Coney Barrett moved here to begin her academic career, she joined the faculty at the law school where she’d been a student, attended Notre Dame football games and eventually joined a Primal Fitness gym where she’s currently known for her fierce pullup workout. She also connected with one …

Tennessee school district to stop Christian prayers, Bible distribution
Sep 16, 2020

By Nexstar Media Wire A Tennessee school district plans to stop promoting Christianity following a lawsuit by two atheist families, according to the Associated Press. The Smith County School District admitted it delivered Christian prayer over the school’s address system, posted Bible verses on posters in hallways and distributed Bibles to all fifth-grade students, according …

Ohio Parents Say Masks in School Infringe on Religious Beliefs, Sue Health Director
Sep 16, 2020 · 1 

By Jocelyn Grzeszczak A group of more than two dozen Ohio parents are suing the state’s health director over an imposed mask requirement at schools, arguing that the mandate infringes upon their religious beliefs and the ability to raise their children as they wish. The complaint, filed last week in Putnam County Common Pleas Court, …

DeVos drops controversial rule giving coronavirus aid to private schools after judge said it was illegal
Sep 15, 2020

By Valerie Strauss Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has quietly dropped a controversial rule directing states to give private schools a bigger share of federal coronavirus aid than Congress had intended after a federal judge ruled that it violated the law. The case involved the distribution of about $13.5 billion that Congress included in its $2 trillion …

The Pandemic Created a Surge in Homeschooling—and Concerns about the Movement’s Christian Culture
Sep 15, 2020

By Elena Trueba Millions of children and their families are navigating a world without in-person school this fall, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. A nationwide surge in homeschooling seemed far-fetched six months ago, but today, 60 percent of parents say they are likely to pursue at-home learning options this fall. These options extend far beyond remote learning …

U.S. school principals discriminate against Muslims and atheists, our study finds
Sep 11, 2020

By Steven Pfaff, Charles Crabtree, Holger L. Kern, and John B. Holbein On Sept. 11, 2001, the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda coordinated four attacks against targets in the United States, killing nearly 3,000 individuals and injuring tens of thousands more. After these attacks, Americans grew more suspicious of and outwardly hostile to Muslims. Research shows that these …