A Controversial Ten Commandments Monument Will Go Up at a PA Catholic School
Aug 19, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A giant Ten Commandments monument will go up outside Mary Queen of Apostles School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. That wouldn’t normally be a story — if anything, the most noteworthy thing about it is that a religious monument is going up outside a religious school for once — …

Atheist Group Wants to Help Other KY Schools Sidestep the “In God We Trust” Law
Aug 16, 2019

By Hemant Mehta There are currently nine states that have implemented laws forcing public schools to put up “In God We Trust” signs (with more trying to pass that legislation). Many of those states are very specific about the size of the displays… but not Kentucky. That’s why, yesterday, I could post about how the …

Transgender student suspended from Christian college after top surgery
Aug 13, 2019 · 1 

By Gwen Aviles A transgender male student was suspended from a Christian college because of his gender identity on the same day he got surgery to remove breast tissue. Yanna Awtrey, 21, was staying with family friends for the summer before his junior year at Welch College, a Free Will Baptists Church institution, in Gallatin, …

Atheist parents take primary school to court as they say assembly prayers breach children’s human rights
Jul 30, 2019

By Camilla Turner Atheist parents are taking their children’s primary school to the High Court, claiming that biblical re-enactments and praying in assembly are a breach of their human rights. Lee Harris and his wife Lizanne have won permission to bring a judicial review against Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST) after arguing that Burford Primary …

Inside Liberty University’s ‘culture of fear’
Jul 26, 2019 · 2 

By Will E. Young In my first week as editor in chief of the Champion, Liberty University’s student-run weekly, our faculty adviser, Deborah Huff, ordered me to apologize. I’d noticed that our evangelical school’s police department didn’t publish its daily crime log online, as many other private university forces did, so I searched elsewhere for …

Another State Could Soon Insert Anti-Abortion Propaganda Into Public Schools
Jul 22, 2019

By Erin Heger As GOP-majority state legislatures pass laws aimed at drastically restricting access to abortion care, Republican lawmakers are seeking to control education and public messaging about abortion, pregnancy, and reproductive health. Ohio Republicans are pushing a measure that would create a public school curriculum infusing anti-abortion languageinto health and science education standards and restricting students’ access …

Ancestor’s Trail Hiking Event in the UK pays homage to The Ancestor’s Tale
Jul 15, 2019 · 2 

The Ancestor’s Trail is an annual event, based on Richard Dawkins’ book ‘The Ancestor’s Tale’. This year’s Ancestor’s Trail will take place on Saturday, July 27th in Epping Forest and the Lee Valley Country Park.  The five trails that make up the main Trail – human, gazelle, amphibian, plant and bacteria – will follow the paths of previous …

Indiana teacher fired for same-sex marriage sues archdiocese
Jul 11, 2019 · 1 

By Paul O’Donnell A Catholic high school teacher who was fired because he’s in a same-sex marriage sued the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Wednesday, accusing it of discrimination and interfering with his teaching contract. Joshua Payne-Elliott is suing the archdiocese in Marion County court and seeking unspecified compensatory, emotional distress and other damages. Payne-Elliott taught …

Ohio Middle School Removes Ten Commandments Plaque Fearing Lawsuit from Atheists
Jun 27, 2019

By Hemant Mehta A Ten Commandments plaque inside on Ohio middle school has finally been taken down. Before this week, you would’ve seen it as you walk into the auditorium at Welty Middle School in the city of New Philadelphia. It was apparently a gift from the Class of 1926 and had remained there ever since. But …

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 …