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 …

School prayer dispute: Greenville board splits, nixes legal settlement with humanist group
Sep 9, 2020

By Anne B. Mitchell The agreement on prayer at school graduations had everything Greenville County’s school district wanted. Students could lead prayers. Employees could bow their heads out of respect and utter a discreet “Amen” at the prayer’s conclusion. But when faced with also paying the bills for a seven-year legal battle that the American …

How Jerry Falwell Jr. mixed his personal finances with his university’s
Sep 4, 2020

By Aram Roston and Joshua Schneyer After parting ways with President Jerry Falwell Jr in the wake of personal scandals, Liberty University has hired a firm to investigate “all facets” of Falwell’s tenure, including the school’s financial and real estate operations. There may be much to untangle. Falwell, who took over as president of Liberty …

Principal expels gay student because “Jesus would want me to”
Sep 2, 2020 · 4 

By Alex Bollinger A Christian school in Texas has expelled a student for coming out as gay, and the school principal is defending his decision saying that Jesus wanted him to expel the student. Devin Bryant, 17, has attended the Covenant Christian Academy in Dallas since he was in kindergarten, but last month his mother …

Research Shows How Public Schools Discriminate Against Atheist & Muslim Families
Sep 1, 2020

By Hemant Mehta A group of researchers say that public school principals in the U.S. discriminate against atheist and Muslim families, and the way they made this claim is fascinating. The new paper was published in the journal Public Administration Review, and it’s the work of Steven Pfaff (University of Washington), Charles Crabtree (Dartmouth College), Holger L. Kern (Florida State University), and John B. Holbein (University …

After Jerry Falwell Jr.’s departure, Liberty University faces questions about faith, power, accountability
Aug 31, 2020 · 2 

By Susan Svrluga, Michelle Boorstein, and Sarah Pulliam Bailey Liberty University students watched their first all-school convocation of the semester one day after their high-profile president, Jerry Falwell Jr., resigned amid personal scandals. Falwell has been “an inspiration,” said Jerry Prevo, a powerful, fundamentalist pastor from Alaska serving as acting president. He told students that Liberty’s …

‘She was the aggressor’: Former Liberty student alleges sexual encounter with Becki Falwell
Aug 28, 2020

By Brandon Ambrosino A former Liberty University student says Becki Falwell, the wife of the university’s then-President Jerry Falwell Jr., jumped into bed with him and performed oral sex on him while he stayed over at the Falwell home after a band practice with her eldest son in 2008. The student was 22 at the …

Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns as Liberty University president after accusations that he participated in a partner’s affair with his wife
Aug 25, 2020

By Erik Ortiz Liberty University’s board of trustees on Tuesday accepted the resignation of President Jerry Falwell Jr., following a daylong back-and-forth over the fate of the longtime evangelical Christian leader who spent 13 turbulent years at the school’s helm. Falwell, whom the board had placed on an indefinite leave of absence Aug. 7 after a series …