Indianapolis Catholic school fires openly gay teacher
Jun 25, 2019

By Tim Stelloh A Catholic high school in Indiana said Sunday that it is firing an openly gay teacher to avoid “forfeiting our Catholic identity” — the second school in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to publicly reckon with the issue of homosexuality in a week. In an open letter, officials with Cathedral High School in Indianapolis …

Archbishop revokes school’s Catholic designation over refusal to fire gay teacher
Jun 21, 2019

By Jack Jenkins The archbishop of Indianapolis has revoked the Catholic designation of a Jesuit high school in the city after administrators refused to fire a teacher who is married to a same-sex partner. According to a statement released by the archdiocese on Thursday (June 20), Archbishop Charles C. Thompson has sent a canonical decree …

Alabama’s Bible-in-School Bill Would Break the Law Before Classes Even Begin
Jun 6, 2019 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta Like several other Republican-dominated states using the Project Blitz playbook, Alabama is on the verge of passing a “Bible literacy” bill. In theory, these classes would be fine since they’re intended to teach the Bible in an objective way — it’s hard to understand literary allusions, for example, without a basic understanding …

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 …