These Students Found a Perfect Loophole for South Dakota’s “In God We Trust” Law
May 14, 2019

By Hemant Mehta South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem recently signed into law Senate Bill 55, a bill that requiresall public schools to display “In God We Trust” signs in a prominent place beginning next school year. But the bill itself is fairly vague beyond those rules… and last night, during a meeting of the Rapid City School Board, members of …

A conservative Christian group is pushing Bible classes in public schools nationwide — and it’s working
May 9, 2019

By Julie Zauzmer GLASGOW, Ky. — Todd Steenbergen leads worship services in church sometimes, but today he was preaching in a different venue: the public-school classroom where he teaches. “A lot of people will look at the Beatitudes and glean some wisdom from them,” he told the roomful of students, pointing toward the famous blessings he …

Kids in Philly Islamic Center Video Say “We Will Chop Off Their Heads” for Allah
May 6, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A video from the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia, taken in mid-April, shows a bunch of kids reciting poems and singing songs… which is perfectly normal for any religious center. Except that the script here calls for the celebration of those who “crush the treacherous ones” before saying of their …

Atlah Church Is Classified As A Hate Group. It’s Able To Run A School Anyway.
May 1, 2019

By Rebecca Klein Ten years ago, “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones sat down to interview a pastor in the classic style of the program ― the correspondent played straight while talking to someone with ridiculous ideas. The interviewee, James Manning, had plenty. Manning, the pastor at Atlah World Missionary Church in Harlem, was famous for …

For Some Reason, an Ohio Middle School Displays a Plaque of the Ten Commandments
Apr 25, 2019 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta If you walk into the auditorium in Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio, you’ll see this Ten Commandments plaque… for some strange reason. There’s no explanation of it. There’s no context. It’s just a Christian display that says things like “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and other examples of religious …

Mike Pence’s Upcoming Commencement at a Christian Univ. is Already Causing Chaos
Apr 15, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A week after Mike Pence delivers a commencement address at Liberty University (where else?), he’ll be giving another one at Taylor University, a small Christian school in Upland, Indiana. That doesn’t sit well with everyone at the school, though. They have no problem with an evangelical Christian speaker, of course, but unlike Liberty, they have …

Memphis charter schools respond to legal threat over Catholic Church’s morality clause
Apr 9, 2019

By Jennifer Pignolet A national group that advocates for the separation of church and state in schools is threatening legal action over a morality clause in a lease agreement between a group of Memphis charter schools and the Catholic Church. The clause, agreed to by charter schools operating on Catholic Church property, would prohibit any …

Private school sues to get anti-discrimination ordinance overturned despite being exempt from law
Apr 5, 2019

By Alex Bollinger A Catholic school in Ohio is suing over a municipal law that bans discrimination against LGBTQ people. South Euclid, a suburb of Cleveland, passed an ordinance last year that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The ordinance has an exemption for any “religious …

WA Bill Would Require Colleges to Accommodate Absurd Religious Requests
Mar 22, 2019

By Hemant Mehta There’s a bill currently making its way through the Washington state legislature that seems sensible on the surface but could open the door to a lot of problems. SB 5166 is basically meant to give “religious accommodations” for postsecondary students. For example, they shouldn’t be punished for missing an exam that falls on a religious …

South Dakota Will Now Force All Public Schools to Put Up “In God We Trust” Signs
Mar 20, 2019

By Hemant Mehta South Dakota will require all public schools to display “In God We Trust” signs in a prominent place beginning next school year, after Republican Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 55 yesterday. Whether to require the display was a sticking point between the Senate and the House during the legislative session. The Senate Education Committee changed the bill’s …

Missouri Bill to Teach Bible Class in Public Schools Inches Closer to Law
Mar 18, 2019

By David G. McAfee A bill sponsored by a Missouri legislator would allow public school districts to offer elective Bible classes to students. HB 267 wouldn’t force districts to offer the classes like a similar bill in Florida, but it still opens the schools up to possible legal troubles if the classes aren’t taught objectively. The legislation — …

Anti-Vax Parents Lose Bid to Send Kids to School Amid Measles Outbreak
Mar 15, 2019 · 2 

By David G. McAfee A judge in New York has ruled against anti-vaxxer parents who want to send their unvaccinated kids to school during a measles outbreak. More than 40 unvaccinated students were banned from the private Green Meadow Waldorf School in Rockland County, where local residents are currently experiencing a measles outbreak. Several parents …