A Mississippi Teacher Told Students He Hoped They Would All “Find Jesus Someday”
Oct 14, 2019

By Hemant Mehta The American Humanist Association says a Mississippi teacher and football coach at Bay High School has repeatedly violated the Constitution by pushing his Christian faith on students and athletes. In a letter sent to the school’s principal and district superintendent, the AHA documented instances of Eric Collins proselytizing to kids. He told kids in his class he hoped …

Christians urge California governor to veto bill for abortion pill access at colleges
Oct 9, 2019

By Alejandra Molina LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Christian organizations are urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a bill that would require the state’s public universities to offer abortion medication through campus health clinics. If signed into law, the “College Student Right to Access Act,” or SB 24, would take effect in January 2023. Newsom has until Sunday (Oct. …

Satanic Temple Considers Legal Action Against School Censorship
Oct 8, 2019

By Joseph P. Laycock The Satanic Temple (TST) has another legal challenge on the horizon, this time concerning which websites students can access from public schools. In February, Malcolm Jarry of TST’s executive ministry received two emails from students complaining that TST’s website is blocked on school computers, though they were able to access the websites for …

Virginia teacher sues school after being fired for not using transgender student’s pronouns
Oct 3, 2019

By Minyvonne Burke A Virginia high school teacher who was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronouns has filed a lawsuit against school officials and the board. Peter Vlaming, who was a French teacher at West Point High School, said he was fired because he would not use pronouns such as “him” and “his” …

I Was Never Taught Where Humans Came From
Oct 1, 2019 · 2 

By Olga Khazan Here’s what I remember from biology class at my public high school in Texas: We learned everything there is to know about the Krebs cycle. We collected bugs in the heat and suffocated them in jars of nail-polish remover. We did not, to my recollection, learn much of anything about how the …

Academics criticize Department of Education probe of Middle East study program
Sep 27, 2019

By Yonat Shimron Nineteen academic organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, have signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Education objecting to its investigation into a Middle East studies program run jointly by the University of North Carolina and Duke University. Last month, the department ordered the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies …

An Iowa School Tried to Cover Up How Staffers Were Organizing a Christian Event
Sep 26, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Later tonight, there will be a “Faith on the Field” event at the Community Dreams Football Field in Colesburg, Iowa, part of the Edgewood-Colesburg Community School District. While the Facebook event page said the event is “sponsored by area churches,” the reality is that the school is very heavily involved in this Christian program. …

Unvaccinated Children Are Now Barred From Going To School In New York — And Their Anti-Vax Parents Are Really Mad
Sep 23, 2019

By Ellie Hall Furious anti-vax parents in New York this week are posting memes and images of sad children — and have shown up in person to protest the governor — because a new law prohibiting unvaccinated children from attending school went into effect. The mandate, enacted in June, “prohibits a school from permitting any …

Lowndes County Schools to allow prayer at Friday football games
Sep 19, 2019

By Emma Wheeler The Lowndes County Schools Board of Education announced a new policy for student-led prayers before Friday football games. On Monday, the Board of Education had its first reading of a new policy allowing students to lead a prayer before the football games. The new policy comes after administration did not allow the prayer …

Atheists Demand Georgia School Stop Promoting Christianity in Sports and Online
Sep 18, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Let us all appreciate the public schools that openly brag about how they’re violating the Establishment Clause. They make everything so much easier for First Amendment attorneys. The American Humanist Association says that the Griffin First United Methodist Church was allowed to host “a breakfast and sermon for football players” at Spalding High School …

MN School Board Leader: Why Do We Teach Evolution If “It’s Never Been Proven”?
Sep 12, 2019 · 4 

By Hemant Mehta On Monday night, during a meeting of the Brainerd School Board in Minnesota, a science teacher and an administrator overseeing teachers were asked why the district even bothers including evolution in the curriculum. That question came from the president of the school board. (Good luck, children. You’re going to need it.) Board President …

Secular Student Alliance has seen growth at religiously affiliated colleges
Sep 9, 2019

By Heather Adams LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Sophie Cote, a math and economics major who hopes to be on Wall Street one day, and Charlotta Lebedenko, a chemistry and philosophy major on her way to medical school, sat together during their medieval theology class at Fordham University, a Jesuit university in New York. Freshmen at …