SMU sued as it moves to cut ties with United Methodist Church
Dec 9, 2019

By Emily McFarlan Miller Southern Methodist University is being sued over a recent move to sever control of the school from the United Methodist Church. The move is part of the latest fallout over the global denomination’s decision earlier this year to strengthen language in its rulebook barring LGBTQ members from marriage and ordination. Afterward, …

Jewish schools ‘pressurise parents to take children out of sex ed lessons’
Dec 5, 2019 · 1 

By Catrin Nye Two Orthodox Jewish secondary schools in London have been accused of pressurising parents into taking their children out of sex education lessons. The BBC has seen an email and heard a recording of the state-funded schools explaining how to withdraw pupils from mandatory relationships and sex education classes, which begin in 2020. …

Liberty University Launches “Think Tank” to Spread Right-Wing Misinformation
Dec 2, 2019 · 2 

By Hemant Mehta Liberty University just opened a “think tank” aimed at providing fodder for the Christian Nationalist side of the culture wars. The newly christened “Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty” — named after Liberty’s President Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk — was launched this morning to “equip courageous champions to proclaim the Truth of …

LISD ALG sex ed curriculum provided by crisis pregnancy center
Dec 2, 2019

By April S. Kelley Austin LifeGuard (ALG) provides the sex education curriculum for Leander ISD. ALG is an arm of Austin LifeCare, a self-described anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center, and sometimes offers incomplete information to scare students about sex. LISD has been teaching the same basic ALG program — an abstinence-plus curriculum that often promotes the dangers of …

States Could Soon Be Forced to Fund Religious Education
Nov 27, 2019

By Lisa Needham In January, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could result in states being required to use taxpayer money to fund religious education. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, asks whether Montana must provide tax credits for scholarships to private religious schools. With the addition of Justices …

Atheists Sue TN School District for Constantly Pushing Christianity on Kids
Nov 19, 2019

By Hemant Mehta The ACLU and its Tennessee chapter are suing the Smith County School System in Nashville, Tennessee over its longstanding illegal promotion of Christianity. According to Kelly Butler (an Army veteran) and his two kids, and Sharona and Jason Carr and their three kids, the district has a habit of pushing religion on kids. That’s a problem for all …

Principal who banned gay books charged with child pornography
Nov 15, 2019 · 1 

By Gwen Aviles A former Kentucky school principal has been indicted on child pornography charges, a decade after he first made headlines for banning books with LGBTQ storylines. Phillip Todd Wilson, the former principal of the Clark County Area Technology Center in Winchester, Kentucky, was charged with 17 child pornography and distribution charges in August, …

Ohio House passes bill allowing student answers to be scientifically wrong due to religion
Nov 15, 2019 · 5 

By WKRC Staff COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) – Ohio lawmakers are weighing in on how public schools can teach things like evolution. The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the “Student Religious Liberties Act.” Under the law, students can’t be penalized if their work is scientifically wrong as long as the reasoning is because of their religious …

Hundreds of Students Protested Their Christian High School for Threatening a Gay Classmate
Nov 14, 2019

By Wren Sanders On November 8th, roughly 200 students at Bishop Amat Memorial High School, the largest Catholic school in the Los Angeles area, walked out of their afternoon classes to stand in solidarity with a classmate who had reportedly been subjected to disciplinary action because of her sexuality. The Friday demonstration followed a Buzzfeed report published …

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 …