...except for the glamorization of Islam, of course.
Beginning in the mid-1960's, God was squeezed out of the public schools, and the impact on the schools — and on American culture — has
been obvious. Now it is practically illegal to discuss Christianity in a public school, just as it is in communist countries. But
apparently it's okay to spend all day studying Islam, witchcraft or humanism.
The people who have driven the Bible out of the public schools are hoping you don't know much about U.S. history. And that assumption is
probably right. Public schools started out in this country with only one standard textbook, and guess what book that was.
The Bible. In 1830, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, published a letter in support of using the
Bible as a school textbook.* In 1980 U.S. schools reported the
lowest S.A.T. scores ever, after 18 straight years of decline following the 1962 ban on school prayer. That same year,
the Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments can not be posted in classrooms, "for a child might read them, reflect upon them
and then obey them" (Stone vs.
You Are Too Triggered by Lessons About the Crucifixion, You Cannot Be a Religious Scholar. Students in a Bible course at the University of Glasgow
are being given trigger warnings before being shown images of the crucifixion — and permission to skip those lessons altogether if they are worried they'll feel
too uncomfortable. Predictably, much of the conversation surrounding this has been focused on the cultural implications of the policy, and how it contributes
to creating a generation of weak little snowflakes. Of course, that discussion is relevant. [...] But the problems with this policy go far beyond the abstract
cultural implications. It's also objectively, indisputably wrong on a logical level — because receiving credits for a class signifies that you have learned
enough about the subject matter to earn those credits, and no student in an introductory Bible course could meet that qualification without having learned about
the crucifixion. The crucifixion may be a traumatic Biblical event, but it is also arguably the most monumental one.
Won't Fix Their Religion Problem Any Time Soon. "If we let those Christian groups stay on campus, how can we
keep out the Klan?" Defend religious liberty in higher education, and that is the question you'll be forced to
answer. I've heard it every year at least once for the last 16 years, since I first defended a Christian student group,
at Tufts University in 2000. The problem, you see, is that Christian groups stubbornly wish to be led by Christians, and at
hundreds of universities they have refused to sign pledges or conform to policies that mandate that they not even consider a
candidate's religious faith when that person seeks to run a campus Christian fellowship. In radical eyes, imposing
faith-based litmus tests is mere subterfuge, the benign-sounding pretext that masks homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny.
University Accommodates Muslim Prayer, but not Christian prayer. The University of Oklahoma has opened a new
reflection room to host Muslim students wishing to pray during the day, giving them a sense of belonging and welcome.
"Prayer is very important to me. It's my priority to pray on time every day," Maeen Alqohaif, a mechanical engineering
junior, told The Oklahoma Daily on Monday, December 5. "This room is very convenient because I come (to the library) to
study, and at the same time I don't have to go all the way home and pray. I can just pray here." Alqohaif used to
pray between the narrow bookshelves in a corner of the Bizzell Memorial Library. He later discovered a room on the
second floor of the library, which was implemented at the request of the Muslim Student Association.
censors "Charlie Brown Christmas" poster. One of the most poignant scenes in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is when Linus
stands on a stage and recites a passage from the Holy Bible describing the Christmas story. "For unto you is born this day in
the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown," Linus said. [...] The
principal went on to explain that the poster violated the U.S. Constitution. "She said my poster is an issue of separation of
church and state," Ms. Shannon told me. "She said the poster had to come down because it might offend kids from other
religions or those who do not have a religion."
The Editor says...
[#1] The display of a poster in a public school does not constitute the establishment of a state religion. [#2] The Constitution says nothing about the
separation of church and state. [#3] The Constitution makes no guarantee that you'll never be offended.
Meets High School Coach Who Lost [His] Job for Praying. A former Washington state high school football coach
who was fired for his post-game prayers attended a Donald Trump event today [10/3/2016]. Trump was discussing religious
freedom when he brought up the case of Joe Kennedy and was notified that the former coach was actually in the audience.
The GOP candidate, speaking in Virginia at the Retired American Warriors PAC, asked Kennedy to stand up and explain what
happened. Kennedy explained that for eight years, he always kneeled at the 50-yard line after each Bremerton High
School game and said a prayer. But a year ago, he was told to stop the prayers and when he refused, he was suspended.
'Hate Response Team' Called To Investigate 'Offensive' Christian Cross. Students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse called on
the 'hate response team' to investigate two cases in which they were offended by something they saw on campus. The 'hate response team'
received reports of a student offended by flyers depicting a Christian cross, the La Crosse Tribune reported. The student said the image
represented "oppression and hate" against the LGBT community, Brit Hume said on On the Record.
After School Satan Club must be allowed to proceed. A so-called "After School Satan Club" proposed by the
Satanic Temple of Seattle to be held at Centennial Elementary School should be allowed to proceed, an attorney hired to
represent the Mount Vernon School District said. "I think that if the school district denied that application, you
would face costly litigation that would be distracting from your mission," said Duncan Fobes of the Seattle-based law firm
Patterson, Buchanan, Fobes and Leitch during a Wednesday [9/21/2016] meeting of the Mount Vernon School Board. "And
would ultimately be unsuccessful." Fobes was hired by the district's risk-pool insurance group to assess whether the
district had legal standing to deny the temple's application.
U.S. Military Academy Investigating West Point Football Team for Postgame Prayer. Officials at President
Obama's federally-controlled U.S. Military Academy has launched an investigation after a video showing the West Point
football team engaged in a postgame prayer caused separation-of-church-and-state complaints. West Point officials
removed the video showing the team prayer, reporting that several outside groups complained when a video showing the
celebration in the locker room after a recent 28-13 upset over Temple University depicted the players kneeling and
ending a prayer with an "Amen" in unison.
Clubs for Elementary Schools. [Satanists are] plotting to bring their wisdom to the nation's public elementary
school children. They point out that Christian evangelical groups already have infiltrated the lives of America's
children through after-school religious programming in public schools, and they appear determined to give young students a
choice: Jesus or Satan. "It's critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all
issues, and that they have a choice in how they think," said Doug Mesner, the Satanic Temple's co-founder.
After School Satan Club could be coming to your kid's elementary school. "It's critical that children
understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think," said Doug
Mesner, the Satanic Temple's co-founder. On Monday [8/1/2016], the group plans to introduce its After School Satan Club
to public elementary schools, including one in Prince George's County, petitioning school officials to allow them to open
immediately as the academic year starts.
Washington Post Hypes After School Satan Clubs. On Sunday (the Sabbath, of course), The Washington Post
took time out from prostrating itself before Hillary Clinton to give a boost to the Fallen Angel. In a long. front page
middle finger to Christians, the Post hyped the efforts of the Satanic Temple to introduce After School Satan Clubs to
America's elementary schools. Oh, don't worry. The worldly secularists at the Post aren't suddenly practicing the
occult. "The Satanic Temple doesn't espouse a belief in the existence of a supernatural being that other religions
identify solemnly as Satan, or Lucifer, or Beelzebub," author Katherine Stewart assures readers. Goodness no!
They're far too postmodern and ironic for that. "The Temple rejects all forms of supernaturalism and is committed to
the view that scientific rationality provides the best measure of reality."
Faith-based schools in CA could be sued for their
beliefs, college prez warns. The president of William Jessup University claims that a bill pending in the
California legislature would have a "devastating" impact on religious colleges by violating their religious liberty.
Dr. John Jackson points out that the bill would allow students to sue schools for imposing faith-related requirements,
such as attending chapel or taking religion courses.
LGBT activists' sinister plan to crack down on Christian schools. If California Democrats have their way,
Christian colleges and universities will no longer be allowed to require students attend chapel services or require them to
profess a relationship with Jesus Christ. Senate Bill 1146 would close a loophole that lawmakers say allows Christian
universities to discriminate against students based on their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.
"All students deserve to feel safe in institutions of higher education, regardless of whether they are public or private,"
said Senator Ricardo Lara, the author of the legislation. "California has established strong protections for the LGBTQ
community and private universities should not be able to use faith as an excuse to discriminate and avoid complying with
sends sheriff to order child to stop sharing Bible verses. A public school in California ordered a 7-year-old
boy to stop handing out Bible verses during lunch — and they dispatched a deputy sheriff to the child's home to
enforce the directive. "This is a clear, gross violation of the rights of a child," said Horatio Mihet, a Liberty
Counsel attorney representing the first-grader who attends Desert Rose Elementary School in Palmdale. They are also
representing his parents, Christina and Jaime Zavala.
School drops musical version of 'Lord's Prayer' from graduation. A musical rendition of "The Lord's Prayer" has
been performed at East Liverpool High School's commencement for nearly 70 years. Lisa Ensinger performed the sacred
song when she was a senior at the Ohio school in 1986. "It's a tradition," she told me — a tradition that she
continued when she became the high school's choir director. But "The Lord's Prayer" will no longer be performed at
graduation thanks to a meddling bunch of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers from Wisconsin.
My Country Was of
Thee. We are a Christian culture. Or we were. Now all things Christian are fair game for ridicule, lawsuits,
physical attack. Not only are our school children being robbed of their opportunity to learn our Christian heritage, they are
being assaulted on one hand with anti-Christian teaching in many of their classes, followed by Islamic propaganda. The phrase
separation of church and state masquerades as a constitutional statement applicable only to Christian concepts. A student
entering public school from an un-churched family could complete his entire education and never hear the name of Christ, never know His
story, let alone His message. He'll know who Mohammed was, but not Jesus. This student, like our president, will have
no idea what made this country the greatest nation the world has ever seen.
professor: Start treating Christian conservatives like Nazis. A Harvard law professor has called for
liberals to begin treating like Nazis those who subscribe to Christian or conservative beliefs. In a Friday [5/6/2016]
blog post at Balkinization, Mark Tushnet said conservatives and Christians have lost the culture wars, and now the question
is "how to deal with the losers." "My own judgment is that taking a hard line ('You lost, live with it') is better than
trying to accommodate the losers," he wrote.
Blasphemy is still permitted; in fact, it is now an art. Alleged Jesus dartboard art stirs outrage at Rutgers.
An alleged "art display" at Rutgers University featuring a figure of Jesus Christ on a dartboard, with darts inserted where
He was wounded on the Cross, is being held up as a contradiction of the school's professed commitment to diversity.
Natalie Caruso, who describes herself as a former Rutgers student, posted a photo to a Facebook group for the Class of 2016
showing the display, which she claimed is currently hanging in the Art Library on College Ave.
or sacrilege? Rutgers removes controversial dartboard Jesus art exhibit. Rutgers University officials
removed a controversial art piece depicting a Jesus on a dartboard from a campus library Thursday after receiving complaints
that the exhibit was offensive, school officials said. The piece, which shows a figure of a crucified Jesus stabbed
with four darts, was part of an exhibit in the Art Library on Voorhees Mall in the heart of the New Brunswick campus.
Some Rutgers students and alumni turned to Facebook to post photos of the art piece, called "Vitruvian Man," and demand it be
school wants to shut down off-campus 'Jesus Lunch'. There's a religious liberty standoff underway in Middleton,
Wisconsin. On one side is a group of Christian moms armed with Chick-fil-A sandwiches and 400 homemade brownies.
On the other side are public school administrators who believe that Jesus and plump juicy chicken breasts are "divisive.
The controversy surrounds an off-campus lunch event involving students at Middleton High School known as "Jesus Lunch. The
high school allows students to eat lunch off-campus. In 2014 a small group of parents began meeting with their children in
a nearby park — providing home cooked meals along with a Christian-themed, inspirational message.
school, parents at odds over 'Jesus lunches'. School administrators are asking parents to stop hosting free
lunches accompanied by discussions about Christianity outside a high school in Middleton, citing legal concerns. A
handful of parents have been organizing the noontime meetings, which students call "Jesus Lunches," outside Middleton High
since 2014. As the meetings grew, organizers moved them to Fireman's Park across from the school. Superintendent Donald
Johnson and Principal Stephen Plank emailed the parents this week asking them to end the lunches. They say the district
leases the park during school hours, so its rules apply. That includes rules about food safety and food preparation,
food allergy procedures and visitor policies.
superintendent, principal confront moms over 'Jesus Lunch'. School administrators in Middleton, Wisconsin have
intensified their threats and intimidation of a group of mothers who host a weekly "Jesus Lunch" for students at a park
adjacent to Middleton High School. New video shows school officials physically confronting one of the moms in the
park — as one woman's stunned husband observes from a distance. The moms were undeterred and told school
officials they were going to serve lunch regardless of their objections. "These ongoing attempts to suppress free
speech by school officials are disgraceful," said Phillip Stamman, an attorney representing the moms. "These mothers
devote hours each week to serving the students with free meals and a brief message about Jesus. They should not be
bullied or harassed ... but praised."
Video: School administrators try to physically block parents from hosting 'Jesus Lunch'. Middleton-Cross
Plains school district officials are doing more than urging parents to stop serving "Jesus Lunches" to high school students
at a public park every Tuesday. They have been physically trying to block the parents from using the park. School
officials set up cones to block parents from using the parking lot at Fireman's Park, near Middleton High School, on Tuesday,
according to Phil Stamman, an attorney who is representing the mothers involved with the Jesus Lunch program. [Video clip]
The Editor says...
Does the school have exclusive rights to a public park? Not likely. What's more likely is the school administration
is determined to suppress any discussion of Christianity.
School District to Begin Distribution of Satanic Materials to Children. After coming under fire from atheist
groups for the distribution of free Bibles, the Delta County School District (DCSD) has approved the circulation of atheistic,
secular and Satanic literature to middle and high school students. Several atheist organizations, including The Freedom
from Religion Foundation (FFRF), Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers (WCAF) and the Satanic Temple, applied to distribute
their literature as a challenge to the school district's "open forum" policy that allows any group to distribute non-curricular
literature to students, as long as it conforms to policy guidelines.
school kisses Valentine's Day goodbye. The Baby Jesus, Tom Turkey and Cupid are about to be given the heave-ho
at a Minnesota elementary school to be more inclusive of their ethnically diverse student population. Bruce Vento
Elementary School, in St. Paul, has decided to stop celebrating Valentine's Day along with other "dominant holidays"
including Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Supreme Court rules cheerleaders can display Bible verses on banners. The Texas Supreme Court on Friday [1/29/2016] ruled
in favor of high school cheerleaders who claimed that their free speech was being violated by their school district when it told them
they couldn't display banners with Bible verses at football games. The justices determined their ruling was still necessary even
though the Kountze school district later allowed the banners. The court said the decision will protect the future display of
religious-themed signs because the district has argued it retains the right to restrict them. The banners featured some Biblical
verses such as, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." The ruling now goes to the appeals court that ruled in
2014 the cheerleaders' lawsuit was moot because the district changed its policy.
Reminded Of Constitution, Reverses Private Prayer Ban. A Wyoming school that told students they couldn't pray
in the cafeteria has lifted the ban after a Christian legal group gave threatened legal action on constitutional grounds.
[...] "School cafeterias are not religion-free zones, and they certainly do not involve captive audiences," ADF [Alliance
Defending Freedom] said in a letter letter [sic] to the district. [...] [After the lawyers got involved,] The district sent
a letter to ADF Thursday [12/17/2015] admitting their error and notifying the group that the students could resume praying.
coach suspended for midfield prayer files discrimination complaint. One coach prayed to God. Another coach chanted to Buddha. But only
one got punished — the Christian coach. Joe Kennedy, a beloved assistant football coach in Bremerton, Washington, was suspended on Oct. 28
after he refused to stop his post-game prayers at the 50-yard line. On Tuesday [12/15/2015], he filed a discrimination complaint against the school district,
claiming the district did not punish the team's offensive coordinator for conducting Buddhist chants in a similar manner.
principal bans Santa, Thanksgiving and Pledge of Allegiance. Santa Claus is banned. The Pledge of Allegiance is
no longer recited. "Harvest festival" has replaced Thanksgiving, and "winter celebrations" substitute for Christmas parties.
New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has given PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a politically correct scrub-down, to the dismay of
teachers and parents. "We definitely can't say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa," PTA president
Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her. "No angels. We can't even have a star because it can represent a religious
system, like the Star of David."
dismay as principal bans all use of 'Christmas' and 'Santa Claus' — and Thanksgiving will be replaced by 'harvest
festival'. A New York City primary school principal has been accused of banning the mention of Christmas by
parents. Principal Eujin Jaela Kim reportedly scrubbed out any mention of the word 'Christmas', 'Santa Claus' and forbade
explicit Christmas decorations. 'We definitely can't say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa,'
PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her. 'No angels. We can't even have a star because it can
represent a religious system, like the Star of David,' she told the New York Post.
district censors Charlie Brown Christmas. The latest yuletide lunacy comes from Johnson County, Kentucky where
the school district has censored an elementary school presentation of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The district also
ordered other schools to remove all religious references from their upcoming Christmas productions.
Grade School Scrubs All References To Christianity In 'Charlie Brown Christmas'. Thursday's [12/17/2015]
theatrical performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at W.R. Castle Elementary School in rural Johnson County, Kentucky will
be bereft of its heart and soul because a single whiner has scared school district officials into censoring all references to
religion. The main scene which will be deleted involves Linus van Pelt reciting a handful of verses from the New
Testament's Gospel of Luke to explain to Charlie Brown "what Christmas is all about."
members recite Bible passage deleted from 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'. The scene at W.R. Castle Elementary
School followed a firestorm of controversy in Johnson County this week. Superintendent Thomas Salyer has said that,
following a complaint, he consulted with legal counsel and determined that biblical references should be removed from the
play and other Christmas programs in the Eastern Kentucky school district. He said he was trying to meet the letter
of the law. That decision resulted in people protesting outside the school district offices in Paintsville since Monday
[12/14/2015] and a request from a national legal organization to not remove the biblical lines.
school district censors religious lines from 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'. A Kentucky school district is being
urged to reconsider after censoring "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and other programs by removing all references to religion.
The Alliance Defending Freedom weighed in Tuesday [12/15/2015] after Johnson County Schools officials agreed to modify its holiday
programming in order to avoid a potential lawsuit, a move prompted by a complaint from a parent about the classic Peanuts play.
Excerpts That Show How Radical, Weird And Out of Touch College Campuses Have Become. [Example #5:] "A Professor
at Polk State College has allegedly failed a humanities student after she refused to concede that Jesus is a 'myth' or that Christianity
oppresses women during a series of mandatory assignments at the Florida college. According to a press release from the Liberty
Counsel, a non-profit public interest law firm, Humanities Professor Lance 'Lj' Russum gave a student a 'zero' on four separate papers
because the 16-year-old did not 'conform to his personal worldviews of Marxism, Atheism, Feminism, and homosexuality.' The law
firm has called for a full, private investigation of the professor and the course curriculum."
Christianity Are Fundamentally the Same, Prof Writes. Yale theology professor Miroslav Volf argues that all
religions are basically the same — equally prone to fanatical violence and to peaceful love of neighbor —
and thus should be treated in exactly the same way. In the wake of the extraordinarily brutal jihadist attacks perpetrated
on innocent civilians in Paris Friday, Volf suggests in an article in the Washington Post that we look at religion as a single
reality rather than making distinctions between different religions.
The Editor says...
It's hard to imagine that a man can make a living as a theology professor who believes all religions are the same.
runner disqualified from state meet — Was it the Bible verse? Was a high school cross country runner
disqualified from a state championship meet because there was a Bible verse embroidered on his headband? Georgia Congressman
Douglas Collins seems to think so. "Religious expression being squashed right here in the Ninth District," the Republican
lawmaker tweeted. "This is outrageous."
defends runner in Bible verse flap. John Green, a senior at Georgia's West Forsyth High School, was stripped of
his third place victory just moments after crossing the finish line on Nov. 7th. He was wearing a white headband adorned
with the words "Isaiah 40:30-31" — a most appropriate verse for a cross country runner.
school football player ejected from game for praising God after scoring touchdown. Sticking you hand up and
pointing towards the sky in football almost always means that you are praising God, not committing 'excessive celebration.'
What a moronic term that is. This is just way over the bounds on being politically correct. I hope the Arizona
Interscholastic Association rules in favor of Pedro Banda, who is the high school student from Dysart High School that was
ejected over this.
Praying Coach and Freedom of
Speech. According to the dailysignal.com, Coach Kennedy is working with a legal team from Liberty Institute
to defend himself against the Bremerton School District. Litigation between the two parties will be ongoing unless
the school district withdraws their suspension of the coach. Liberty Institute lawyers have called the Bremerton
School District a hostile work environment, and they are filing a discrimination suit against the district.
school district: Assignment teaching God is a myth was 'ill-conceived'. A Texas school district is apologizing after complaints
that a seventh-grade teacher gave students an assignment teaching that God is a myth. Jordan Wooley, a Methodist student at West
Memorial Junior High School in Katy, said the assignment was to identify "factual claims, commonplace assertions and opinions."
She said she originally answered the statement "there is no God" in two ways, a local CBS News affiliate reported.
threatens to fire praying football coach. A school district in Washington State has decided to play hardball
with a football coach who refused to stop his mid-field, post-game prayers. I received an exclusive copy of a three-page
letter sent to Bremerton High School Coach Joe Kennedy from Superintendent Aaron Leavell. [...] "Any further violations will
be grounds for discipline, up to and including discharge from District employment," Leavell wrote in an Oct. 23 letter.
Coach Defies School District Warning, Prays for Team at Homecoming Game. The power of prayer in sports is
beautifully portrayed in the new film "Woodlawn." The film, just released this Friday, is based off a true story of how faith
helped a high school football team overcome racial prejudice and hatred. Despite threats from school administrators, Woodlawn
High School Coach Tandy Geralds and his team continued to praise God for their success both on and off the field. A similar
scenario is being played out at Bremerton High School in the state of Washington. Coach Joe Kennedy has prayed with his
junior varsity football team after each game for seven years. Yet, he now faces pressure from his local school district to
put an end to the spiritual display.
coach says he will defy school's prayer ban. There's a scene in the great football film "Facing the Giants"
when the coach decides to implement a new coaching philosophy — to praise God no matter what the result.
Joe Kennedy, a football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington, was so inspired by the film he decided to embrace that
philosophy — knowing that to do so could cost him his job.
School district fights ACLU, vows to keep
saying 'God bless you'. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has launched a full-scale assault on Airline High
School after the principal wrote the words, "May God Bless You All" in a message posted on the school's website. "The Future Starts
Today — May God Bless You All," wrote Principal Jason Rowland in September. The ACLU also complained about plans by the
school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes to place prayer request boxes around the campus.
from Religion Atheists tackle Football Players. According to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a group of
permanently offended atheists that are also in a league of their own, there is no praying in football, not to mention "Hail Mary"
passes to win the big game. [...] The FFRF has now gone ballistic over the baptism of an on-the-field high school football
coach in Villa, Ricca, Georgia. Attendance was voluntary and the students who attended did so on their own time and of their
own free will. When the FFRF saw a video of the ceremony, it fired off a letter of righteous indignation to the Carroll County
Can Federal Judges Run Public
Schools? Judicial tyranny, specifically in our American court system, has usurped legislative jurisdiction,
and I am so bold as to add Divine jurisdiction, in our Constitutional Republic. We saw its egregious head again this
past weekend after a Mississippi school district canceled Brandon High School's marching band playing of the Christian hymn
"How Great Thou Art" during halftime at Friday night's [8/21/2015] football season opener. The reason? It was decided
that singing a hymn was too similar to a recent ban by U.S. District Judge, Carlton Reeves, given to Rankin County School
District on July 10, saying it promoted Christianity during school hours after it agreed to stop. So Reeves
fined the district $7,500 and again ordered it to stop sponsoring prayers at graduations, assemblies, athletic competitions
and other cschool events, WLBT-TV reported.
Warn Football Coaches and Chaplains Not to 'Instill Christianity in Vulnerable Young Men'. An atheist group is
demanding that publicly funded universities take immediate steps to bar Christian coaches and chaplains from "converting
football fields into mission fields." "The words of coaches and chaplains make clear that their purpose is to instill
Christianity in vulnerable young men," the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says in a new report, titled "Pray to Play."
"Public universities and their employees cannot endorse, promote, or favor religion," the report states.
under fire for football prayer, marching band's religious song. In the South, faith and football go together
like biscuits and gravy. [...] Those traditions were especially evident at West Laurens High School where the marching band
performed great songs of the faith and folks bowed their heads to pray before Friday night football games. But those
traditions are a problem, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based group
that loves to put its nose in other people's business — especially when it comes to public displays of the
band told to stop performing 'How Great Thou Art'. There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at
Mississippi's Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered off the field
because the Christian hymn "How Great Thou Art" was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal
public school removes Jesus picture after group complains. A Kansas public school has removed a picture of
Jesus that hung in a hallway for decades after a complaint from a national church-state separation group, The Wichita Eagle
reported. Royster Middle School removed the print of Warner Sallman's "Head of Christ" last Thursday [8/20/2015],
following a complaint from the national Freedom From Religion Foundation, Richard Profitt, the school superintendent, said
Friday [8/21/2015]. Proffitt, who is in his first year as Chanute superintendent, said the picture was taken down
after the district's lawyer advised that the school could not legally display it.
challenging Hall County school prayer dismissed. A federal lawsuit challenging coach
and teacher-led prayer at Hall County high schools has been dismissed, and the atheist group that
filed it is calling the resolution "a victory for the separation of church and state." The
American Humanist Association, which filed the suit in December on behalf of three anonymous parties,
said the dismissal reflected in court documents filed Monday [7/20/2015] was the result of an
out-of-court agreement reached with the Hall County School District. "We are pleased that the
district is taking productive steps forward to ensure compliance with the Constitution, and we expect
that it will stop the student-staff prayer activities and other problematic conduct," David Niose,
legal director for the American Humanist Association, said in a statement.
for the last 60 years? Wake up — and brace yourself. In 1960 when I started
kindergarten, we prayed every day in school. Not just silently, or in secret, but aloud the way
Daniel prayed to Jehovah when prayer was banned by the advisers to King Darius. We prayed proudly
and we learned about the Christian heritage of our nation — how the Pilgrims had fled
oppression to seek a land where they could worship God freely, how the Founding Fathers had
enshrined that freedom in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, how we gave
Thanksgiving to our Creator God for the blessings of liberty. Today, in 2015, we have not only
taken away prayer in schools — thanks to the 1962 Supreme Court ruling condemning the
very prayer I recited in my New York state elementary school — but also suspend or expel
individual students who exercise their constitutional rights to free speech and religious liberty by
praying publicly. Even students who simply acknowledge God as the source of their strength, success
and wisdom are vilified and persecuted, just as those Pilgrims were so many years before.
'God' is a bad word at graduation. In 2011, a federal judge threatened high school
valedictorian Angela Hildenbrand with jail time if she dared pray at her graduation. Then, in 2013,
public school officials turned off valedictorian Remington Reimer's microphone mid-sentence when he
started talking about his faith during his graduation address. And, just last year, public school
officials censored salutatorian Brooks Hamby's graduation speech three different times and threatened to
cut off his microphone for humbly thanking his parents and God for the gift of learning. [...] Censoring,
silencing, threatening with jail — are these the lessons of free speech and religious liberty
that school officials want to teach graduating high school seniors? Is this how our schools should
reward our most academically successful high school graduates?
Bans Pastor's Daughter From Mentioning God In 'All About Me' Assignment. A Nevada
public charter school is facing the wrath of a local pastor and possibly a lawsuit because a teacher
refused to allow his sixth-grade daughter to include her religious beliefs for a project called "All
About Me." The site of the First Amendment kerfuffle is Somerset Academy in North Las Vegas,
reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
apologizes for banning Jesus. Somerset Academy issued a formal written apology to 12-year-old Mackenzie
Fraiser late Friday [5/22/2015] for denying her the right to use a Bible verse in a class assignment. School
officials have now agreed to allow the sixth-grader to resubmit her original project, this time with her favorite
Bible verse — John 3:16 — included.
Four Horsemen of the Education Apocalypse. The first Horseman is called Neutrality. He
isn't neutral; educators just use that term because the schools are supposed to be impartial in regard to
both politics and religion. This so-called "fairness" is closely associated with and bolstered by the
misunderstood and mythological "separation of church and state." True, we don't want the public schools
teaching church doctrine, but what happens to a child's view of the world if he attends a school (where he's
supposed to be learning really important things) that never mentions God and even actively teaches against
His existence? Look at science or health curricula today to see what I mean. Those classes are
Professor At Polk State College Allegedly Failed A Student For Refusing To Say Jesus Is A
"Myth". The hatred and persecution of Christians in America is growing at an
exponential rate. Because this student would not submit to this Marxist professor's view of
Christianity, she received four zeroes on four papers, which is unheard of, unless of course the
professor is making a political statement — which he was. The Dean of Academic Affairs
Donald Painter sees nothing wrong with the materials or the course and condescendingly told the parents
of this 16 year-old, 'too bad you got offended, but you knew what the course was like,' or something
to that effect.
Professor fails student for refusing to condemn her
Christian faith. A professor at Polk State College has allegedly failed a humanities
student after she refused to concede that Jesus is a "myth" or that Christianity oppresses women
during a series of mandatory assignments at the Florida college. According to a press release
from the Liberty Counsel, a non-profit public interest law firm, Humanities Professor Lance "Lj"
Russum gave a student a "zero" on four separate papers because the 16-year-old did not "conform to
his personal worldviews of Marxism, Atheism, Feminism, and homosexuality." The law firm has
called for a full, private investigation of the professor and the course curriculum.
girl given zeroes for her beliefs. You know it's not going to be good when a 10-page
letter of complaint breaks off in the middle and says, "But wait, there's more." That's the case
of a letter from officials with Liberty Counsel that was sent to Polk State College in Florida about
the "pervasive anti-Christian bias" a teacher, Lance Russum, imposes on students. The letter
demands a "full and independent review of Mr. Russum's behavior and course content," an appropriate
grading of a 16-year-old student's assignments, which earlier were given "zero" grades because of
her beliefs, "a written apology" and assurances that future courses "will be free from such unlawful
Group Bullies Oklahoma Schools into Halting Free Bible Distribution. The Duncan Public
School district in Oklahoma has promised to prohibit the distribution of Bibles to students, after
an atheist organization threatened legal action over what it calls "unconstitutional Bible distribution."
The atheist group called the "American Humanist Association" sent an email to the Duncan Public school district
after finding out that a teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary was handing out free Gideon Bibles during class time.
Spend $149,890 on 'Mindful Eating Intervention' for Third Graders. The U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) is spending nearly $150,000 to test a "mindful eating intervention" on third
graders in California. A grant awarded earlier this month outlined the project that will use the
methods of a Zen teacher to try to fight childhood obesity and turn kids into "change agents" to
teach others how to eat healthily. [...] Mindfulness is a New Age meditation technique that traces
its origins from Buddhism. People engaging in mindfulness are encouraged to focus on the present
group threatens suit over 'angels' on memorial to beloved teacher. A West Virginia
middle school took down the crosses from a memorial to a beloved teacher, but is standing firm on
the angels etched into the stone, despite an atheist group's threat to sue on constitutional
grounds. Joann Christy's 26-year career educating children at Ravenswood Middle School came to a
tragic end in 2004, when she died in a car accident. But her loved ones and the community she had
served sought to remember her with an engraved, stone memorial near the school's entrance.
reprimanded for saying "God Bless America. A Florida high school student was disciplined after
a national atheist organization took offense when he concluded the morning announcements by saying "God Bless
America." A spokesperson for the Nassau County School District told me the student at Yulee High School
deviated from the approved script on the morning of Feb. 9th and uttered the words "God Bless
America" — apparently causing angst among two atheist students. "It wasn't part of the
scripted morning announcements," district spokesperson Sharyl Wood said. "The principal took the
appropriate steps in speaking with the student and disciplining the student."
Schools Ban Bible After Pressure from Atheists. Amid mounting pressure from both
atheist groups and concerned parents, Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools have banned Bible
distribution in several area high schools after Satanists and an anti-religion group announced plans
to pass out their own literature. One of the largest school systems in the country with more than
180,000 students, OCPS had allowed World Changers of Florida, a Christian group, in conjunction with
the Florida Family Policy Council to passively distribute Bibles to high school students on
Jan. 16 — which is National Freedom of Religion Day — for the past
three years. Under the school system's policy at the time, Bibles could be placed on a
table in a common area for students to pick up if they chose to do so.
None dare call it prayer. San
Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation. Silence isn't something
people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School
in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen
minutes. And school administrators tell NBC News that the violence outside of the school, which
is situated in one of San Francisco's poorest neighborhoods, was spilling into the school and
affecting the students' demeanor.
district's decision on religious holidays outrages community. Maryland's largest
public school district is facing heavy criticism for changing next year's calendar. It includes no
mention of religious holidays, even when schools are closed on those days and critics say the
decision disrespects Christians, Jews and Muslims, reports CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman.
Muslim families pressed the school district for a day off to celebrate a religious holiday.
Instead they voted to wipe away all religious holidays from the 2015-2016 school calendar.
Religious Holidays. We haven't even hit Thanksgiving, and already the war on Christmas
is underway. This time, one of the largest public school systems in the U.S. is eliminating every
mention of religious holidays on its official calendar. The Montgomery County Board of Education
in Maryland has cut Christmas and Easter, as well as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, from next year's
school calendar. No religious holiday will be mentioned by name.
The Editor asks...
Whatever happened to the celebration of diverse viewpoints?
Sues Colorado High School for Banning Student Prayer Group. Assistant Principal James Lucas reportedly told [a student] on
September 29 that he and the other students could continue their meetings, but must stop any religious speech during them, because
of the "separation of church and state." In a statement on the ADF website, senior legal counsel Jeremy Tedesco said, "Public
schools should encourage the free exchange of ideas. Instead, this school implemented an ill-conceived ban that singles out
religious speech for censorship during free time."
County, Md., School Board Votes to Eliminate All Religious References to School Holidays. By a
vote of 7-1, the Montgomery County School Board voted on Tuesday [11/11/2014] to strip the public school calendar
of all references to religion after Muslim groups mounted more than a year-long campaign to get Eid al-adha and
Eid ul-Fitr added as a days off for students. The majority of board members voted to remove all references
to religion, resulting in the 2015 school calendar referencing Dec. 24, 25, 28, 29 and 31 as "Winter
Break" without noting that school is closed on Dec. 25 for Christmas. Next year March 25,
28, 29, 30 and 31 will be "Spring Break," without any reference to Easter.
Group to Distribute Pamphlets in Schools of Cartoon Bible Sexually Assaulting Woman.
[Scroll down] The memo, dated April 22, 2013, and referencing "passive distribution of atheist materials,"
provided the following list of "approved materials" that FFRF and Central Florida Freethought
Community (CFFC), FFRF's local chapter, may "passively distribute" on May 2, 2013, in schools:
1. The Age of Reason 2. What They Said About Religion 3. Ten Common
Myths About Atheists 4. What is Wrong with the Ten Commandments? 5. What is
an Atheist? 6. Nontheistic Students in Your School 7. Humanist of the Year
Award The memo also stated, "NO OTHER MATERIALS MAY BE DISTRIBUTED." High school principals
are instructed in the memo, "You must have a member of your staff ensure that only the materials
identified above are on the tables to be passively distributed."
to be Handed Out at Public Schools: Human Bible Sexually Assaulting Woman. The Freedom
From Religion Foundation, an atheist group, is planning to hand out in several Florida public high
schools a pamphlet that features an illustration on its cover depicting a humanized Bible sexually
assaulting a young woman. The pamphlet is entitled: "An X-Rated Book: Sex and Obscenity in the Bible."
The front cover of the small purple booklet is illustrated with a cartoon Bible — which has arms, legs,
face and drooling mouth — sexually assaulting a screaming woman as she tries to escape its grasp.
Georgia high school's statue
ignites ire of atheist groups. A Georgia high school football team's tradition of touching a stone statue on their way out
of the fieldhouse is drawing the ire of two groups that are demanding the statue be removed. According to MyFoxAtlanta.com, the
granite statue at the center of the controversy at Madison County High School in Danielsville has ignited the furor of atheist and
humanist groups who say the monument's biblical inscriptions violate the Constitution.
The Editor says...
There was a time when the lunatic fringe was routinely ignored and life went on as if they didn't exist. In this case, the
troublemakers seem unaware that the students are entitled to their religion and that "the free exercise thereof" is guaranteed
by the First Amendment.
accused of 'purging' Christian books. It's hard to imagine that any school would have
a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust. But Springs
Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with "The Hiding Place," they also took
issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message.
for injured teen sparks atheist outrage. The injured player was on the ground being
tended to by trainers and coaches. So the Seminole High School football team did what many
football teams do. The teenage boys took a knee, bowed their heads and prayed for their injured
teammate. But that simple act of compassion and humanity in Sanford, Florida sparked outrage from
the Freedom From Religion Foundation — a group of perpetually offended atheists from Wisconsin.
removes plaques honoring God. The plaques were posted at Mt. Peak Elementary School
and Longbranch Elementary School [in Midlothian, Texas]. They both read: "Dedicated in The
Year Of Our Lord 1997 To The Education of God's Children And To Their Faithful Teachers In The Name Of The
Holy Christian Church — Soli Deo Gloria." Stewart said both plaques have been covered
up and will eventually be replaced. The superintendent said they had to eradicate the Christian
words and symbols following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a sue-happy bunch
of atheists from Wisconsin.
school district replaces football chaplains with "life coaches". Troy Schmidt's jaw
dropped. A few minutes before, he had been preparing to start his seventh year as chaplain for the
Olympia High School football team in Florida. But now, those plans had been changed —
radically changed. "I received a call from the coach," Schmidt told me. "He said Orange County
Public Schools is no longer allowed to have chaplains as a part of the football program." Schmidt,
who is a campus pastor of the First Baptist Church of Windermere, Florida, listened as the football
coach explained the district's decision to cleanse Christianity from its ranks. "I could no
longer open the Bible, talk about the Bible, talk about God or pray with the team in any capacity,"
he told me. "It was heartbreaking."
town to atheists: Stop bullying our kids. The American Humanist Association (AHA) is
about to learn a very important lesson — folks around Gainesville, Georgia don't take kindly to
out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children. More than 200 people turned out in defiance
of the self-described atheist group early Wednesday morning [8/13/2014] for an impromptu prayer rally in the middle
of the Chestatee High School football field. The previous day, the atheists (acting on behalf of a single,
unnamed citizen) sent a letter to school officials demanding that the football coaching staff stop participating
in team prayers and that they remove all biblical references and religious messages from team documents.
university quiz implies atheists are naturally smarter than Christians. A psychology class at Ohio State
University implied in an online survey that atheists are just naturally more intelligent than Christians — and
at least one student said it's an outrage. The quiz from a Psychology 1100 class at the college poses the question,
Campus Reform first reported: "Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125 — which statement can you
expect to be true?" Students are then directed to choose from the following answers: Option one is "Aine earns
less money than Theo." Option two reads "Theo is more liberal than Aine." Option three: "Theo is an
atheist, while Aine is a Christian." Option four: "Theo is a Christian, while Aine is an atheist."
The correct answer, Campus Reform reported, was option four: "Theo is a Christian, while Aine is an atheist."
One student who requested anonymity said the question was part of a class quiz posted online.
School: We have
a right to ban God. A California school district says it will not apologize to a
teenager who defied its orders and mentioned God in his graduation speech. Attorneys representing
the Brawley Union High School District have written a 10-page letter defending the school's right
not only to censor graduation speeches, but also to ban any speech that references God or Jesus.
Carolina Enacts Law Protecting Student Prayer in Public Schools. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory
signed a bill into law last week that protects the religious liberty of public school students, including their
right to pray, share religious viewpoints, and distribute religious literature at school without harassment
from school officials. S.B. 370 was introduced in March 2013. It passed 106-9 in the North
Carolina House and 48-1 in the state Senate before Gov. McCrory signed it on June 19th. The new
law's stated goal is "to clarify student rights to engage in prayer and religious activity in school, to
create an administrative process for remedying complaints regarding exercise of those student rights,
and to clarify religious activity for school personnel."
Redacted from High School Graduation Speech. School officials rejected three versions
of the young man's graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every
religious reference with a black marker — as if it were some sort of top secret
government document. "The first and second draft speeches proposed oppose government case law and
are a violation of the Constitution," read a warning letter sent to the young man. "The district is
advising you that reference to religious content is inappropriate and that the two drafts provided
will not be allowed." So the 18-year-old Christian did what any red-blooded, Constitution-loving
American would do — he defied school officials and thanked God anyway.
After two weeks of negative publicity... Bible
ban lifted in FL's Broward County schools. Following Breitbart News's May 5 story
that Broward County Public Schools had banned students from reading the Bible and that lawyers from
Liberty Institute were threatening to sue, and our May 14 update when the school changed its story
but still maintained the ban, the school system has now capitulated and will allow Bibles into the
classroom. In a letter dated Sunday, May 18, first obtained by Breitbart News, the school system
has completely reversed course.
County Schools Caught Lying About Bible Ban, Faces Lawsuit. Updating our previous
story about a fifth grader told by his teacher he could not read his Bible during free time, school
lawyers for Broward County Public Schools have now gotten involved and changed their story.
They now say that the time in question is not free reading time, but instead Accelerated Reader Program
time. During this period, students can only read certain approved books, and the Bible is not among
them. Hence, Broward County Public Schools will continue banning the Bible.
Smacked Down For Trying To Ban Thanking God At Graduation. An analytic chemistry professor at public,
taxpayer-funded East Carolina University (ECU) has failed miserably in his bizarre effort to prevent students from
thanking God in personal statements, which will be read during a departmental graduation ceremony on Friday [5/9/2014]. The
professor, Eli Hvastkovs, explicitly banned students from giving any credit to God in an email obtained by Campus Reform.
Teacher Banned Bible from 'Free Reading' Time in Classroom. Officials at Broward County Public
Schools banned a fifth grader from reading the Bible during "free reading" time, according to lawyers from
the Liberty Institute who are threatening to sue the school for violating the First Amendment. Giovanni
Rubeo is a fifth-grade student at the school, who had been given a Bible at church as a Christmas gift.
It's his favorite book, so he decided he'd like to read it during the time in class where students are allowed
to read anything they choose. Swornia Thomas is Giovanni's teacher. On April 8, Thomas told
Giovanni he's not allowed to read the Bible in her class and ordered him to put it away.
Appalling Ignorance of Christianity. Stephen Prothero notes in his book, Religious Literacy, America
is a "nation of religious illiterates." Because this ignorance is a "major civic problem," Prothero advocates
returning to teaching religion in the public schools. In addition to "reading, writing and arithmetic," religion,
he says, "ought to become the 'Fourth R' of American education." Given what he sees as a widespread "lack
of basic knowledge," Prothero questions how politicians and pundits continue to "root public policy arguments in
religious rhetoric" not understanding that most of the public either misses or misinterprets those Biblical references.
second-grader says teacher took away Bible during reading time. The family of a second-grade student
at a Texas elementary school says their daughter's teacher took her Bible away during a "read to myself" session.
The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group specializing in religious liberty cases, says the family reached out
for assistance after a teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress allegedly told the girl not to bring the Bible back
to school again. The teacher reportedly said the Bible is inappropriate reading material.
5-Year-Old Told 'It's Not Good' To Pray By School Employee. A 5-year-old bows her head at
lunch to say Grace before she eats may be considered cute and heartwarming by some. That was not
the case for a student in Florida. The young girl was told by a school lunchroom supervisor that
her actions were wrong. The girl's father, Marcos Perez, is outraged to the point where he is
considering homeschooling his child. Today, the Liberty Institute sent a letter to the school
administrators demanding they stop allowing religious discrimination, which is in violation of not
only state, but federal law. The school denies the incident.
Bibles decried as 'religious
propaganda,' banned from Iowa State University hotel. Administrators at a hotel run by Iowa State University have given the boot
to Bibles in their guest rooms after protest from a religious separatist group. The push to remove the books began when a guest at the Hotel
Memorial Union complained to Freedom From Religion Foundation about the "unwelcome religious propaganda in the bedside table," according to a local
NBC News affiliate. The foundation, a nonprofit which advocates the separation of church and state, said the hotel is part of the Iowa public
university system and, as such, cannot legally place the Bibles in the room. Doing so, the group argued, would constitute a support of one
religion over another.
Mom claims school banned son's
Bible, used inappropriate worksheets. A Detroit-area woman is accusing her children's school of hypocrisy after her son was told not to
bring his Bible to class and her daughter's teacher distributed worksheets referencing alcohol. Jessica Cross, of Dearborn Heights, her 8-year-old
son, Jason, would take his Bible to school to read during a free period. He was eventually told that book is "only for church, not school,"
MyFoxDetroit.com reported. Cross said her son, who is autistic, has been treated poorly by school staff and subjected to unnecessary punishments.
UConn rebukes coach,
says Jesus doesn't belong in football. The president of the University of Connecticut publicly rebuked an assistant football
coach for telling The Hartford Courant that "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle." "Our employees cannot appear to
endorse or advocate for a particular religion or spiritual philosophy as part of their work at the university, or in their interactions
with our students" President Susan Herbst wrote in a letter to the newspaper. "This applies to work-related activity anywhere on or
off campus, including on the football field."
Bibles Removed After Atheist Group Pressures U of Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-Extension has agreed to remove all
Gideon Bibles from 137 guest rooms at its conference center after an atheist group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), complained,
arguing that the Bibles in the bedrooms constituted state endorsement of Christianity.
First-grader told to stop talking
about Bible. The parents of a 6-year-old girl said their daughter was humiliated when a teacher interrupted the child's one-minute
speech and told her to sit down because she's "not allowed to talk about the Bible in school," attorneys for the California family allege.
The incident occurred Dec. 19 inside a first grade classroom at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. The
previous day the teacher instructed boys and girls to find something at home that represented a family Christmas tradition.
Tells 6-year-old: Jesus Not Allowed in School. A California elementary school is facing a possible lawsuit after a teacher
allegedly confiscated a six-year-old child's Christmas candy canes and told him "Jesus is not allowed in school." Last December,
Isaiah Martinez brought his first grade classmates at Merced Elementary School candy canes. Attached to each treat was a message
explaining the religious legend surround the candies. The legend references a candy maker who created the candy cane to symbolize
the life of Christ.
Some Parents Upset
After L.I. School Removes Religious References From 'Silent Night'. The song "Silent Night" is at the heart of a concert controversy on Long
Island. Officials at Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School removed several religious references, including "holy infant" and "Christ the savior,"
from the popular Christmas carol before a concert featuring fifth-graders last week, WCBS 880's Mike Xirinachs reported. The intent was to avoid
offending non-Christians, but the change left others upset.
Schools slams door on Santa. Christmas in Connecticut feels
a little less Christmas-y in one high school after a teacher told students they could not decorate the classroom door with Santa Claus or Christmas trees.
"This is political correctness run amuck," an outraged mom told me. [...] The parent who contacted me said it's pretty clear what the school is doing.
"Christmas seems targeted for persecution," she said. "If Hanukkah or Kwanzaa were targeted like that there would be such outrage. We're not allowed
to be outraged that Christmas is being taken out of the classroom."
Seventh grader files lawsuit
after school staff destroys prayer flyers. A middle school student is fighting back after she was banned from posting flyers promoting
"See You at the Pole," a prayer event that's held every year at public schools across the nation. According to court documents, a school
counselor 'forcefully' told the student, identified only as K.R., her flyers were "illegal," citing separation of church and state.
School Board Posts
17 Legal Talking Points for Limiting Religious Liberty. Last week, CNSNews reported that a Georgia school in Bulloch County decided
to confiscate the Christmas cards that were posted along the hallways over the Thanksgiving break. Traditionally, the school always had
Christmas cards posted, but school administrators decided to un-deck the halls.
Church-state battle envelops
school choirs. As Christmas nears, two local school districts find themselves being drawn unwillingly into the battle against religion
in the public square — but both districts maintain that allowing students to participate in traditional Christmas concerts does not violate
anyone's rights. Choirs from Glacier, Flathead and Whitefish high schools will perform as planned today and Friday during the "Peace on Earth
Community Christmas Celebration" despite receiving requests from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Montana
Ago Today: Supreme Court Stops School-Sponsored Religious Activities. Fifty years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled
that school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional. Prior to that decision, it was relatively common for
children to begin the school day with a reading of Bible verses, though eleven states already had laws supporting Bible reading or prayer
in schools overturned at the state level. Abington School District v. Schempp resulted in an 8-1 decision that overturned
a Pennsylvania law that required the reading of "[a]t least ten verses from the Holy Bible" and a recitation of the Lord's Prayer at
the opening of each school day.
Violated U.S. Constitution, Texas Law by Censoring Christian Valedictorian. Joshua High School officials didn't just act
like a school bully when they turned off a valedictorian's speech after the speaker mentioned Jesus. They also violated Texas law
and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Fox News' Todd Starnes reported that when a Christian valedictorian at Joshua
High School referenced his faith in his graduation speech, school officials literally turned the microphone off. The valedictorian
has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy to become an officer, and Principal Mick Cochran threatened to write a letter to the Navy
saying that this young man is of poor character, attempting to persuade the Navy to refuse allowing this talented student to attend.
Atheist group, angry mom go ballistic over prayer at pretend preschool commencement.
The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation has sent a two-page letter to a school district in southeast Texas
complaining about a preschool graduation ceremony begun with an unconstitutional prayer. The controversial supplication
occurred on May 31 in a classroom at Amelia Elementary School in Beaumont, reports local ABC affiliate KBMT. A
preschool student led the brief prayer, which ended with the words "In Jesus' name, Amen." The student seems to have been
following the instruction of a preschool teacher.
stunned after valedictorian rips up speech, recites Lord's prayer. A South Carolina valedictorian garnered
wild applause after he ripped up his pre-approved speech and delivered the Lord's prayer at his high school graduation on Saturday.
The act was apparently in protest of the Pickens County School District's decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies,
Christian News reported. Officials said the decision was made after the district was barraged with complaints by atheist groups.
Religion Is Not Welcome: How a Prayer Wrecked a Graduation. School prayer and
religion in public schools remains a hot button issue that has resulting in numerous court cases. Many schools throughout the
country are trying to delicately deal with religion during upcoming graduation activities.
Teens Decide to Fight
Back Against Anti-Christian Bullies. Late last year, a public school teacher in northern Idaho told students to write an essay titled, "I Believe."
But there was one caveat — the students were not allowed to write anything about God in their papers. That act of religious censorship prompted a
group of Christian students to start asking questions — and those questions led to the creation of a video that addresses Christian bullying in public
High School Track Team
Disqualified When Runner Gestures Thanks to God. The Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals had won the 4x100-meter
relay — by seven yards, no less — and had a shot at the state championship. That was until Junior sprinter
Derrick Hayes pointed to the sky. Hayes's father, K.C., said that his son made a gesture of thanks to God, but raising a hand to
the sky is considered excessive celebration according to the state scholastic rules. And with that, the team was disqualified.
Teacher fired for showing his Bible. A substitute teacher who lost his job for showing his Bible to a student
has filed a complaint against the Phillipsburg School District. Walt Tutka claims religious discrimination and retaliation as the reasons for his dismissal from
the district in January, according to his complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Gay and Godless on the Public-School
Stage. Liberals who demand church-state separation would pitch a fit if a public school decided to perform a play that
reverently told stories of the Old Testament, whether it was the story of creation, the story of Noah, or Moses or Joseph and his
brothers. But somehow, if a public school decides to put on a play mocking God and the Old Testament, that is not a church-state
violation. The separation police don't want religious (or atheist) minorities to face religious indoctrination in a public
school. But anti-religious indoctrination mocking the Judeo-Christian majority is a glorious festival of free speech.
The sanctioned abuse of the
faith. The mockery of Christianity, and not just the ridicule of individual Christians, has even won the sanction of the
courts. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will sanction everything weird and contentious, ruled in 2011 that "hostility
to religion" is OK, after a 16-year-old Mormon boy sued his teacher for ridiculing him for his beliefs, saying there was no more evidence
of the works of God than "there is a giant spaghetti monster living behind the moon." The class was expected to reward him with a
School Bans the Word 'Easter'.
Boys and girls at an Alabama elementary school will still get to hunt for eggs — but they can't call them 'Easter Eggs' have
the principal banished the word for the sake of religious diversity. "We had in the past a parent to question us about some of the
things we do here at school," said Heritage Elementary School principal Lydia Davenport. "So we're just trying to make sure we respect
and honor everybody's differences."
Schooling Without 'Religious Values' Can 'Lead to Cases Like Nazism'. In a 2011 book, Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio,
the new Pope Francis, stated that parents have a right to raise their children in accordance with their religious beliefs and that
sometimes when the government intervenes to deprive young people of that religious element, it can produce terrible consequences,
including "cases like Nazism" whereby many students were indoctrinated with views alien to those espoused their parents.
Professor Makes Students
"Stomp on Jesus". A Florida Atlantic University student said he was punished after he refused a professor's directive
to stomp on a piece of paper with the word "Jesus" written on it. The university, meanwhile, is defending the assignment as a lesson
in debate. "I'm not going to be sitting in a class having my religious rights desecrated," student Ryan Rotela told television station
WPEC. "I truly see this as I'm being punished."
Stomping' Professor is Democrat Party Vice-Chairman in Palm Beach County, FL. Just in time for Holy Week are many reports
about this controversial incident involving a local college professor at Florida Atlantic University in Davie, Florida making his students
literally stomp on paper after they were instructed to write the name Jesus on it. However national media, while reporting on this
incident, neglected to include the fact that the professor is also vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party as reported
today by a popular and influential local business/political web site called Biz Pac Review.
Media fail: Stomp
Jesus FAU professor is a Dem. Party official. Florida Atlantic University professor Deandre Poole instructed his intercultural
communications class earlier this month to write the name "Jesus" on a piece of paper, then drop it on the floor and stomp on it.
One student, a devout Mormon, was so so disturbed by the exercise that he complained to school officials, saying Poole had offended his
religious convictions. The school responded by suspending the student from the class.
University Apologizes for "Stomping on
Jesus" Assignment. Florida Atlantic University has issued an apology for a classroom assignment that involving students
writing the name "Jesus" on a sheet of paper and then stomping on the paper. The university also said the lesson will never again
The Editor says...
Let's try the same assignment with "Mohammed" or "Martin Luther King" or even "Obama" on the paper and see what happens.
Scott to FAU:
Explain this Jesus-stomping incident to me, please. It started with a professor of intercultural communications (no,
seriously) at state-run Florida Atlantic University requiring students to write the name Jesus in large block letters on a piece of
paper, and then stomp on it. One student — one? — refused to comply and told the professor that he
would file a complaint over the assignment, which offended his religious beliefs. The school promptly punished the student,
who might still have been suspended had the case not attracted a large amount of media and legal attention, and hopefully a large number
of jaws hitting the pavement.
Atlantic issues new groveling apology over Jesus-stomping. The Florida Atlantic University student who allegedly ran
afoul of school administrators when he expressed discomfort with a professor's assignment to stomp on a piece of paper bearing the
word "Jesus," has won in an absolute rout. As late as Monday [3/25/2013], Fox News Radio was reporting that the student, devout
Mormon Ryan Rotela, faced a litany of academic charges involving "acts of verbal, written or physical abuse" and could no longer attend
Update: University Reinstates 'Stomp
Jesus' Professor. A Florida Atlantic University professor who ordered his class to write the name 'Jesus' on pieces of paper and
then stomp on it — will return to the classroom. Deandre Poole had been placed on leave in March — not because of
the assignment — but because of his personal safety. The university said he will only teach online courses for the time being
due to security concerns. And the controversial course will no longer be taught.
The Editor says...
From this we can surmise that the school's administrators don't have a problem with Professor
Poole's actions — they just have security concerns and a public relations mess on their hands.
Why Public Schools Should Teach the
Bible: [Scroll down] The Bible has affected the world for centuries in innumerable ways, including art, literature,
philosophy, government, philanthropy, education, social justice and humanitarianism. One would think that a text of such
significance would be taught regularly in schools. Not so. That is because of the "stumbling block" (the Bible
again) that is posed by the powers that be in America. It's time to change that, for the sake of the nation's children. It's
time to encourage, perhaps even mandate, the teaching of the Bible in public schools as a primary document of Western civilization.
Teacher Fired for Giving Student Bible.
A longtime substitute teacher in Phillipsburg, NJ, has been fired after he shared a Bible verse with a student — and upon request
gave the child a Bible.
exams on Wiccan, Pagan holidays at University of Missouri?. The university's latest "Guide to Religions: Major
Holidays and Suggested Accommodations" — designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule exams and other student
activities — lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It's all part of
the school's effort to include everyone's beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief
systems is a bit much.
Teacher Forced to Remove Reagan Quote, Bible Verses.
A New York public school teacher who advised a school Bible Study club has filed a civil rights lawsuit against her school district after she was
forced to remove all religious content from her classroom — including a quote from former President Ronald Reagan. Joelle
Silver, a veteran teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District in western New York, said she received a "counseling letter" signed by her
superintendent that ordered her to remove all religious-themed items from her classroom or else she could be fired.
for Giving Bible to Student. Walter Tutka is in big trouble. The substitute teacher, who has served for years in the Phillipsburg,
New Jersey, school district, is facing suspension after school officials learned that he gave a Bible to a student during a lunch hour on October 12.
Huckabee To Fox: 'Should We
Be Surprised' About School Carnage When We've 'Removed God From Schools'? "It's an interesting thing," [Mike] Huckabee said. "We ask why there's
violence in our schools but we've systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?
Because we've made it a place where we do not want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability. That we're not just going to have
to be accountable to the police, if they catch us, but we stand one day before a holy God in judgment."
School Orders 6-year-old to
Remove 'God' From Poem. A North Carolina community is embroiled in controversy after a school ordered a six-year-old girl
to remove the word "God" from a poem that she was supposed to read during a Veteran's Day ceremony. The girl is a first-grader at
West Marion Elementary School. She was supposed to read a poem written to honor her two grandfathers who had served during the
School Removes God From
First-Grader's Poem. When the word "God" becomes inappropriate in public schools, America really has ceased to exist.
Consider the story of a first-grade girl in West Marion, North Carolina, who had the word "God" stripped from a poem she wrote and was
going to read at her school's Veterans Day assembly earlier this month. The poem honored her two grandfathers who served during
the Vietnam War.
Atheists cry foul over 'A Charlie
Brown Christmas'. Charlie Brown's Christmas is on the outs at an elementary school in Little Rock, Ark. — at least
among atheists who are calling foul over a planned student trip to see a stage production of the beloved Peanuts story. The trouble
began when students at Terry Elementary School brought home letters detailing the trip to see "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at a local church,
according to a report from Arkansas' KARK. A parent who had a problem with the play's content notified the local atheist group of the
The Bible as a Textbook.
Every licensed and certified teacher in this country knows that America's first textbook was the Bible; yes, years before McGuffey's Reader was
even a thought, children in this country learned to read and write using the Bible. Yet there is far more to this story than the founders
declaring America as a Christian nation or even the Bible being the first textbook for students. We suggest what is between the covers
is so valuable to our youth particularly those who are in elementary school.
When God Left the Classroom. When we baby-boomers
were kids, we started each and every day of our elementary-school education with a nondenominational prayer. It felt so safe, so familiar, so
secure. It was simply a statement that Something in this world was bigger than we were and that Someone up there was watching over us.
Being nondenominational, no mention was made of what each child called a Father in heaven. To a little kid in elementary school, it didn't
matter. Each child knew what the Deity was called in his or her life, and this prayer was simply an extension of what kids were taught at
home. Then came a new wave in America. God became taboo; every group in this country not represented by a religious organization rebelled
and fought to keep God out of the public schools.
Is the Bible a Textbook? The Bible was the textbook of early
America, as it has been for Christians throughout the centuries. Today, however, it is fashionable and sophisticated to assert that the Bible
is not a textbook of biology, or of politics, or of economics, or of whatever discipline the sophisticate happens to be considering.
History of America's Education Part 3. It may surprise many to
know that the Bible was truly the first textbook. The New Haven Code of 1655 required that children be made "able duly to read the Scriptures...
and in some competent measure to understand the main grounds and principles of Christian Religion necessary to salvation."
The Bible in Schools. In a day and age when our society embraces
moral relativism and religious relativism, in a day and age when these demented philosophies have produced more major problems than we seem to be
able to grapple with, and in a day and age that refuses to turn to God in the midst of escalating licentiousness and decadence, the words of our
wise forefathers need so much to be considered and applied.
The Editor says...
I doubt if one public school student out of a hundred could define licentiousness, even though they see it every day.
expected to rule in Bible verse banner suit. A judge stopped an East Texas school district on Thursday [10/18/2012]
from barring cheerleaders from quoting Bible verses on banners at high school football games, saying the policy appears to violate
their free speech rights.
Bah, humbug! No Christmas play here.
Yes, in another one of those "only in Davis" moments, officials of the Davis Joint Unified School District have stepped in to cancel Emerson Junior High
School's production of a stage version of Charles Dickens' 1843 classic, "A Christmas Carol." The reason: that ugly word "Christmas."
Students in the play were informed of the decision at Monday's [10/8/2012] rehearsal.
The irreconcilable conflict.
[Scroll down] Consider first American values, as seen from an ACLU point of view. Our establishment holds that not only is
there to be a wall of separation between church and state, all symbols of religious belief are to be expunged from public institutions
and the public square. [...] From America's schools, religion has been relentlessly purged. No prayers, no Bibles, no Christian symbols,
no Ten Commandments. And into these godless madrassas of modernity has come compulsory sex education starting in the early grades,
with condoms handed out to the sexually active.
Group Attacks Schools in Tennessee, Mississippi Over Prayer at Athletic Events. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which
has gained its reputation (and a tidy living for its employees) by suing school districts and municipalities over public prayer, has chosen schools
in Mississippi and Tennessee as its latest targets. According to the Mississippi Press website, the Wisconsin-based atheist group has threatened
all 151 Mississippi school superintendents with lawsuits if they allow prayer over public address systems during school football games.
Group Aims to Silence Prayer at Football
Games. Weekends in the Deep South are anchored by two long-cherished traditions — church on Sunday and football on Friday. And it's
no surprise that in many Southern cities and towns football and faith go hand-in-hand. That is certainly the case in Southaven, Miss. where football
season generates a revival-like fervor — where traditions are treasured. For decades, before the first pigskin was passed, before the glee
club sang of the "rocket's red glare," the crowd would be summoned to their feet. Hats were removed. Heads were bowed. And for just a
moment — a hush fell over the stadium as a student delivered an invocation.
Humanism: America's Establishment of Religion. Although the U.S. Constitution forbids the creation of a national
establishment of religion, the closest we have come to the creation of such an establishment is that of Secular Humanism, the
worldview philosophy that now governs the curriculum of our tax-funded public schools. Some humanists claim that secular
humanism is a religion; other humanists claim that it isn't. However, In March 1987, U.S. District Judge W. Brevard
Hand ruled that Secular Humanism was a religion. Indeed, Phyllis Schlafly, a graduate of Harvard Law School, wrote in 1980,
"Secular Humanism has become the established religion in the U.S. public school system."
Public schools: teaching reading,
writing, and... the Koran? You can't have a moment of silence in public school anymore because someone is offended. People
are pushing to have the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance stopped because it has "God" in it. Christmas trees are removed, Christmas
pageants are renamed "holiday pageants", and every shred of Christianity is being removed, bit by bit, by those who scream "separation of church
and state!" Yet in Minneapolis at Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school, children are being taught Islam and the Koran on
the public taxpayers dime, and no one questions it or says a word.
Removes 'God' From "We Are The World". A Virginia school district is facing a mountain of criticism
after a grade school music teacher edited references to God in an upcoming performance of the song "We Are The
World" so that non-Christians would not be offended.
American separation of church and state is a myth — just ask Barack Obama. In Massachusetts, an
elementary school found itself in trouble this week when it cut the word "God" out of a rendition of "God Bless the USA."
Singer Lee Greenwood, who first released the tune in 1984, was furious. He said, that "God" was "The most important word
in the whole piece of music," and pointed out that that it's regularly played at naturalization ceremonies. Yet officials
at the Stall Brook Elementary School obviously thought that there was no place even for the word "God" in a public (for Brits
read "state funded") school.
Greenwood: We can't take God out of the song. Lee Greenwood, the singer of "God Bless the U.S.A.,"
responded to the Massachusetts elementary school that removed the word "God" from his popular patriotic song, and
then amid controversy pulled the song altogether from the children's concert.
Elementary School Changes "God Bless the USA" to "We Love the USA". It's a popular song spanning several
decades, lined with patriotism. However, one Massachusetts school wanted to change the words to Lee Greenwood's
"God Bless the U.S.A." to remove the religious reference. Our FOX affiliate in Boston, WFXT-TV, is reporting that
officials at the Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham wanted to change some of the lyrics to Greenwood's song
during an upcoming school production.
Threatens to Remove Student From Honors Society Over Church Work. A Virginia high school is
threatening to remove a student from the National Honor Society because she completed her community service
work at a local church. The 17-year-old senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
filed a federal lawsuit claiming that she is a victim of religious discrimination.
Church: Fairfax Backs Down. Religious freedom and an about face for Fairfax County schools.
A high school honor student sued the school district after an advisor refused to credit her for volunteer hours
she served at her church. But now the schools have decided to give the unnamed girl the credits — and
reinstate her to the honor society.
Declares Christianity Not a Religion. A 2010 Supreme Court case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, is
beginning to wreak havoc with the accepted standard (and the First Amendment right to free assembly) that student
organizations can restrict membership and leadership roles to those who accept their basic beliefs. Just
a few weeks after the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill convened a task force to explore eliminating
the right to exclude non-believers, a second UNC school has started down that path.
University Ordered Christian Club to Allow Non-Christian Leaders. The University of North Carolina-Greensboro
has ordered a Christian club to allow non-Christians as leaders and members, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday
[2/29/2012]. "The university has given itself the authority to determine whether a group is religious or not," said
Jeremy Tedesco, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund.
Commandments in school? Georgia House unanimously votes yes. The Associated Press reports that the bill,
sponsored by Republican state Rep. Tommy Benton, passed the state House unanimously Tuesday [2/28/2012] on a 161-0 vote, and
is well-positioned to pass the state Senate. Benton, a retired middle-school teacher, argues that the commandments are
of great educational and historical value, and a key influence on the American legal system. His bill notes that a "basic
knowledge of American constitutional history is important to the formation of civic virtue in our society."
school prayer only allowed during tragedies? Liberals have successfully banished God from the
classroom, replacing Him with the manmade god of secularism. Yet in times of great tragedy, school
leaders inevitably seek guidance and solace from the same God they've expelled.
Is Obama's America God's Country?
An early triumph of secularism came with the Scopes trial in 1923 in Dayton, Tenn. Clarence Darrow, defending a
teacher who had violated state law by introducing Darwin's theory of evolution into the classroom, mocked the Old
Testament teachings of the Evangelical Christians, to the merriment of the establishment. From that day on,
Darwinism was taught in our schools, first as theory, then as fact, then as higher truth. With the Darwinian
tenet — we evolved, we were not created — established truth in the public schools, secularism
set about driving its enemy, Christianity, out completely. Under the Warren Court in the 1950s and 1960s, it
succeeded. All Christian commandments, holidays, prayers, pageants and plays were gone.
atheist teen cheer decision to remove school prayer banner. The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties
Union and an atheist teen, who was offended by the display of a 49-year-old prayer banner at her high school, are
claiming victory after a school committee decided not to continue defending the banner. In a 5-2 vote, the
Cranston School Committee decided Thursday evening [2/16/2012] not to appeal last month's federal ruling on a Rhode
Island ACLU lawsuit filed on behalf of atheist Cranston High School West junior Jessica Ahlquist. The lawsuit
demanded the removal of that banner.
One more reason to resort to home schooling: Sheboygan
elementary school bars student from giving religious valentines. In preparation for Valentine's Day, second-grader
Dexter Thielhelm worked with his mom and siblings to create valentines of candy and a special message of love for his friends at
James Madison Elementary School. He filled empty water bottles with candy and included a rolled-up verse from the Bible with
the message, "Jesus loves you." The valentines never reached the hands of his friends, however, because school officials
collected them before they could be distributed.
guidance. The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill that allows school boards to allow
students to give inspirational messages, which is to say pray, at student functions held in public schools.
The House is taking up a similar measure. The bill is carefully worded, and we believe it will be
Judge orders removal of
school prayer mural. A federal judge has ordered the immediate removal of a Christian prayer mural
displayed in the auditorium of a Rhode Island high school, saying it violated a U.S. constitutional ban on
state-sponsored prayer in public schools. U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux rejected the school's claims
that the message in the mural — which opens with "Our Heavenly Father" and closes with "Amen" — was
More About Jesus's Birth Than Obama's. At least since Darwin, cynics like [Paul] Mirecki have
been working to subvert Christianity under the guise of religious studies. The notorious, 150-scholar
strong "Jesus Seminar" would seem to have no higher calling. As the record will show, however, the
subversives have not succeeded. The story of Jesus's birth, as well as his death, remains as rooted in
the historical record as it was before these researchers began their unholy labors.
Suing School District for Ten Commandments Display. The ACLU is targeting a Virginia
school district for displaying the Ten Commandments in one of its high schools. "The American
Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed the lawsuit [September 13th] against Giles County School
Board in U.S. District Court in Roanoke on behalf of an unidentified Narrows High School student and
the student's parent," reported the Washington Post. "The lawsuit says the display
unconstitutionally promotes a specific religious faith and serves no secular purpose."
The Editor asks...
Which "specific religious faith" is promoted by the display of the Ten Commandments? It is common to both
Judaism and Christianity. The ACLU is painting with a very broad brush.
Telling the Time without Jesus.
"Australia's new school curriculum will swap all "BC" and "AD" textbook references with the more politically
correct "BCE" (Before Common Era) and "CE" (Common Era) terms, a decision that is prompting anger from many
Christians. ... The removal of the Christian Saviour from the classroom isn't just underway in Australia.
It has been in the works, worldwide, for decades.
Filed Against Texas School District to Stop Prayer During Graduation. A federal lawsuit was
filed Friday [5/27/2011] by the Americans United for Separation of Church and State to prevent a Texas school
district from allowing prayer during graduation, according to FoxSanAntonio.com. ... The group wants the school
district to remove a student-led invocation and benediction, but the school district says that the remarks do
not violate any laws or school policy, according to the Express.
Update: Another Vote On School
Prayer. For the fourth year in a row, Missouri lawmakers will make another attempt to pass
legislation to allow prayer in public schools and government buildings. The bill was passed in Senate
Committee unanimously. The House has already passed the legislation and some lawmakers are optimistic
the full Senate will follow suit.
service at city school called improper. A Baltimore principal's decision to use prayer in
preparation for recent statewide tests is drawing criticism as improperly mixing religion and public
education. ... An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, meanwhile, called the event a clear
violation of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits organized prayer in public school settings.
The Editor says...
Show me the section of the U.S. Constitution that "prohibits organized prayer in public school
settings." There is nothing in the Constitution that says any such thing; in fact, the
First Amendment guarantees "the free exercise thereof."
e-mails detail concern over scientist's faith. University of Kentucky scientists wondered to
each other in internal e-mails if an astronomer's Christian faith would interfere with a prestigious job as
the director of a new student observatory, according to court records in the man's discrimination case set
for trial in February.
'slams' Christianity, lauds Islam. State testmakers played favorites when quizzing high-schoolers
on world religions — giving Islam and Buddhism the kid-gloves treatment while socking it to Christianity,
critics say. Teachers complain that the reading selections from the Regents exam in global history and
geography given last week featured glowing passages pertaining to Muslim society but much more critical essay
excerpts on the subject of Christianity.
MCLU v. TiZA, cont'd. We've
written a lot about the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy K-8 public charter school in suburban St. Paul. It
appears to be is an Islamic school operating illegally at taxpayer expense. Among other things, the school's
principal is an imam and almost all of its students are Muslim. It is housed in a building that was owned
originally by the Muslim American Society of Minnesota. The study of Arabic is required at the school.
The Arabic comes in handy for the Koranic studies that follow the regular school day. The ACLU Minnesota has
brought a lawsuit challenging the legality of the school's operation on public funds; the lawsuit is pending in
federal court in Minnesota.
outraged over finance class reading. The parents of a Bedford teen are calling for the ouster of school
officials who assigned their son a book that refers to Jesus Christ as a "wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist."
"We had almost PhD people letting this fumble through their fingers, and they all said it was grand," said Dennis Taylor, a
conservative Christian. "I think there should be a review of these individuals and perhaps some firing done."
Perversity: NY Schools Teaching Whitewashed Islamic History. The egregious bias in this
exam, and its structured, requisite evaluation by teachers, is transparent and disturbing. Two examples
of complementary "Official Historical Documents" which students are required to read and discuss —
one pertaining to Islamic Spain, the other Reconquista Christian Spain — along with very specific
teacher evaluation guidelines they must satisfy for the best grade, epitomize the naked indoctrination being
in the K-12 Classrom. A highly disturbing phenomenon is rising in our public school system today
with hardly a peep of protest from parents and from our society at large: students are being force-fed a
curious and bizarre narrative that presents Islam in a glowing — and historically mangled —
light, while Western civilization and the Judeo-Christian tradition are demonized and smeared.
student sues ASU. An Augusta State University graduate student is facing dismissal from
the university's counseling program unless she silences her convictions on homosexuality and gender
identity, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Jennifer Keeton, 24, plans to press forward
with her lawsuit against the university if she is not allowed to retain her biblical viewpoints and remain
a graduate student at ASU, according to the complaint filed by the Alliance Defense Fund.
Choose: Christ or your Masters
Degree. I recently read a thought provoking article about the issue of growing religious
persecution of Christians on an American University Campus that likely happens on other campuses.
Should this graduate student at Augusta State University have to believe a prescribed political ideology
disguised as a code of ethics in order to receive a counseling degree? Or should that student have
the right to her freedom of speech and religion, and an equal opportunity in society?
Christians at the University of Florida. Fraternities that host beer bashes are more than
welcome at the University of Florida. A Christian fraternity is not welcome. But that's about to
change. The U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the university to recognize Beta Upsilon Chi. The
Christian fraternity had been banned from the Greek system because they require members to be Christians.
That's religious discrimination, according to the University of Florida.
Illinois University Professor Fired for Being
Catholic. [Scroll down] And so it is that a Catholic professor at the University of Illinois
has recently had his employment terminated. What for? The university hired him to teach two
courses, Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought, during the course of which he had the
effrontery to educate his students in the natural law philosophy which informs the Catholic Church's teaching
that homosexual acts are sinful. That's philosophy, not theology.
Kenneth Howell was booted from his job at the University of Illinois for teaching Catholicism. His job at
the University of Illinois, as it happens, was teaching Catholicism. After more than two months of controversy
over a firing that should have never have happened, he has been offered his job back. The turnaround
underscores the scandal that continues at core institutions of our Western culture. The incident exposes,
once again, the lie that is the popular conception of "tolerance," so conventionally in vogue and by no
coincidence a tenet of left-wing ideology.
District Sued for Banning Bibles on Religious Freedom Day. For years, the Collier County School
district allowed a local Christian organization, World Changers of Florida, to distribute free Bibles to interested
students during off-school hours on January 16 for Religious Freedom Day. Now the group is filing suit
after being told by the school board that it can no longer distribute the Bibles on campus because they do not
provide any educational benefit to the students.
School Removes Lord Reference in High School Diplomas. Seniors at a New Haven, Conn., high
school will not be graduating "in the year of our Lord" this year — or any future years, according
to the superintendent of schools. The school district has removed the traditional phrase from high
school diplomas after someone complained.
Michigan school practices 11 p.m.
to 4 a.m. A Michigan high school football team is holding preseason practices in the middle of
the night to help its Muslim players practice both faith and football. The predominantly Muslim squad from
Dearborn says the nocturnal regimen is a way for players to eat and drink while observing the holy month of
daytime fasting known as Ramadan that started last week.
The Editor says...
Keep in mind this is going on at a public school. Imagine the outcry if the schedule were
rearranged to accomodate a Christian (or Jewish) holiday season. The "theocracy" alarmists would be
out in full force, and within days, the Christians would be told that they simply can't be accomodated.
In Texas, football trumps almost everything, and the wishes of the minorities trump everything else.
In Michigan, apparently, Islam trumps almost everything, and football trumps the remainder.
God in Our
Classrooms. James Madison acknowledged God's favor in our founding in Federalist 37
referring to "a finger of that almighty hand, which has been so frequently and signally extended to our
relief in the critical stages of the revolution." I dare say that men like Madison and Cushing would not
recognize the America of today, filled with politicians afraid to confess their faith or educators fearful of
offending the sensibilities of their students with any mention of God.
prayer in schools hurts public morality. My first memory of the 23rd Psalm is not from hearing
it in a church, but in school. I distinctly remember hearing a Miss Pemberton in my kindergarten class.
The year must have been 1956, maybe 1957. ... What harm did the reading of all those passages of the 23rd Psalm
do to me? The answer is none at all.
Church Graduations are Unconstitutional. It's unclear what was more offensive — the
cross or the stained glass. Regardless, a federal judge ruled two Connecticut high school cannot hold
their graduation ceremonies inside a church — because it would be an unconstitutional endorsement
Court OKs barring
religious music at graduation. The justices denied a 12th-grade musician's appeal of a ruling
in September by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The appeals court said school
officials' decision to keep the graduation program secular was a reasonable effort to avoid a constitutional
controversy and did not violate students' rights.
Islamic Indoctrination vs.
Education: Under their curriculum on the Ancient World, the New York State public schools as well
as many other states around the country, require students to be taught about Islam, the spread of Islam, the
Golden Age of Islam and the conflict between Muslims and Christians as part of the Crusades. That topic
almost always turns political and accusatory when Muslims get very emotional about their history, jihad and
religion. Islam by nature is extremely political and promotes a very elaborate legal system that Muslims
must live under. To accommodate Islamic education with Western principals of freedom and the Bill of Rights
is an impossible task. The two ideologies are at opposite poles in terms of the role of government, human
rights, as well as women and minority rights.
Imagine No God in Our
Nation's Classrooms. All high school math teacher Bradley Johnson wanted to do was honor our nation's
history and religious heritage the same way he always had. For twenty five years, a red, white and blue-striped
banner adorned his classroom walls with national maxims such as "In God We Trust," "One Nation Under God," "God Bless
America," and "God Shed his Grace On Thee." A second banner accompanied it, containing an excerpt from the
Declaration of Independence, "All Men are Created Equal and They Are Endowed by Their Creator." But displaying
a portion of the Declaration of Independence and other national mottos was just too offensive to the Poway Unified
School District in San Diego.
Indiana School Removes 'Allah' From
Holiday Show After Protests. An elementary school in Indiana reportedly removed a mention of
Allah in its holiday show after protests from a national conservative Christian group. Lantern Road
Elementary Principal Danielle Thompson told IndyStar.com that school officials in Fishers, Ind., attempted
to teach inclusiveness through the second-grade program that included portions on Christmas, Hanukkah,
Ramadan, Las Posadas and Kwanzaa.
The Editor says...
One thing is certain: The kids will grow up without any religious foundation if they
are taught that all religions are equally valid and interchangeable.
School boss should apologize to boy who drew cross. Taunton Mayor Charles Crowley called School
Superintendent Julie Hackett from his vacation today [12/15/2009] and asked her to apologize both privately and
publicly to the family of an 8-year-old special needs student sent home from school and ordered to undergo
psychological testing after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ nailed to the cross.
Kid Draws Jesus; Required To Undergo A Psychological Evaluation.
Shortly after attending the lovely Christmas display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro,
Massachusetts, an eight year old boy with special needs drew a picture of Jesus in class. The teacher
had asked students to draw something that reminded them of Christmas, so the boy drew a stick figure Jesus.
Because of that picture, the boy was sent home from school for drawing a "violent" picture and he was required
to undergo a psychological evaluation.
Court OKs barring religious
tunes at graduation. A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday [9/8/2009] upheld a school district's refusal
to let a band play a religious piece at a high school graduation, saying the superintendent had reasonably decided to avoid
a constitutional controversy by ordering a secular program.
What Johnny Needs to Learn
about Islam. In the past, American textbooks were prone to two great pitfalls: Either they dealt
with Islam superficially or they presented it in the manner preferred and promoted by well-funded defenders of Islamic
extremism. A hallmark of that latter view is an emphasis on the unity of Islam, which is portrayed as simple,
monolithic, and benign. The wide range of belief and practice between Sunni, Shia, and Sufi Islam, to name
only the best-known variations, is downplayed, and the problems of Islam, especially violent jihad, are simply
Court: School district can ban Christmas carols. The federal appeals court in
Philadelphia has upheld a New Jersey school district's ban on religious songs during the Christman
holiday season. In their ruling, three judges of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals noted that
such songs were once common in public schools, but that times have changed.
The Editor says...
Perhaps the times have changed, but the First Amendment has not changed.
religious signs draw fire. Community members are rallying around Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High
School cheerleaders after they were banned from displaying signs with Bible verses urging fans and players to
"commit to the Lord" and "take courage and do it." The banners — the paper ones that
football players crash through at the beginning of games — have been common sights in the
school's football stadium since 2003, local officials say.
Schoolhouse Shariah. California's
educrats have put out new rules for teaching Islamic studies to seventh-graders in public schools, and they are as biased as
ever. They'll also likely spread eastward. The lesson guidelines adopted by the bellwether state whitewash the
violence and oppression of women codified in Islamic law, or Shariah. And they're loaded with revisionist history
about the faith.
Liberty Stops at the Schoolhouse Door. In public school classrooms across the country, religious
liberty is under assault. Last month in Florida, two Christian student leaders at Pace High School were
barred from speaking at their graduation ceremony due to fears they might mention their faith in violation of a
court order stemming from an anti-religious lawsuit filed by the ACLU. ... In Pennsylvania, the 3rd U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals has upheld an order banning Donna Kay Busch from reading passages from her son Wesley's favorite
book — the Bible — as part of his show-and-tell presentation. And in Texas, the
Chairman of the State School Board was recently ousted when the Senate decided that his kooky creationist
beliefs constituted a tangible threat to young minds everywhere.
Illinois Moment of Silence Ruled
Unconstitutional. A federal judge has ruled that a state law requiring a moment of silence in
public schools across Illinois is unconstitutional, saying it crosses the line separating church and state.
"The statute is a subtle effort to force students at impressionable ages to contemplate religion," U.S. District
Judge Robert W. Gettleman said in his ruling Wednesday. ... Adam Schwartz, senior staff counsel of the
American Civil Liberties Union, said the organization was pleased with the decision "to strike down a statewide
law that coerced children to pray as part of an organized activity in our public schools."
The Editor says...
Since when is silence considered a religion?
atheist indoctrination project: It seems atheists have developed a comprehensive strategy to win
the minds of the next generation. The strategy can be described simply: let the religious people
breed them, and we will educate them to despise their parents' beliefs. Many people think that the secularization
of the minds of our young people is the inevitable consequence of learning and maturing. In fact, it is
to a large degree orchestrated by teachers and professors to promote anti-religious agendas.
Censorship and Its Roots: [Scroll down slowly] I believe this arrogant attitude can
largely be traced to the top-down indoctrination in our schools, cultural institutions and media that
liberalism is morally superior because it is tolerant, diverse, intellectual and enlightened. This
view holds that conservative expression doesn't deserve constitutional protection because it is inherently
evil. As one liberal academic administrator said in justifying his Draconian action in suppressing a
Christian viewpoint, "We cannot tolerate the intolerable."
to be illiterate: The Song of Solomon and the Sermon on the Mount, which
have inspired creative genius for centuries, are denied to students in public high
schools because the faiths from which they spring continue to thrive.
Rutherford Institute Issues
Guidelines for Graduation Commencements. The Rutherford Institute has issued guidelines for
constitutionally permissible ways to incorporate prayer and religious expression into graduation ceremonies
without violating the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, as well as certain practices that
should be avoided.
ACLU Cannot Force School Districts to
Censor Graduations. The graduating seniors at the six high schools in the Ouachita Parish School
District voted to have a fellow student give a message during this week's graduation ceremonies. Up in
arms over the possibility the students will include religious themes or prayer at graduation, the ACLU issued
a letter accusing the district of "trying to do an end-run around the Constitution with the so-called
student-led prayers." The ACLU wants the district to censor prayer and religious messages from
graduation, even if presented by students.
this Column or Get Stuck on Stupid. If your kid comes home from college one day and tells you that
your Christian faith is stupid, welcome to the world in which I live. The college environment does that
to our kids. It makes good Christian students stupid. By that I mean it turns them into liberals,
atheists, or both.
Coach loses job amid Muslim-Christian
concerns. A high school principal in Dearborn, Mich., has dismissed a longtime wrestling coach after
complaints from Muslim parents that the coach's former assistant — an evangelical Christian pastor —
was trying to convert Muslim students into Christians. Imad Fadlallah, head of Fordson High School, decided this
month not to renew the contract of Marszalek, who has coached wrestling at Fordson for 35 years.
Under Attack by Government School Bureaucrats. Oak Lawn, Illinois, school kids are going to have
to do without Halloween, Christmas and Easter activities thanks to the sensitive bureaucrats who fear offending
Muslims. The schools' administrators claim they've received a number complaints that the activities are
offensive, particularly to Muslim students. Observers say they expect that this latest announcement is
going to increase the tension that has been building since school officials agreed at the start of the school
year to adjust the students' lunch menu to exclude items containing pork to accommodate the Muslim students.
Mention God? Don't
you dare. Brittany McComb, valedictorian of Foothill High School in Clark County, Nevada,
stood up at her graduation and began to speak. A few paragraphs into her speech, school administrators
cut off McComb's microphone. She didn't tell a dirty joke. She didn't curse. She didn't
insult her classmates or her teachers. Brittany McComb committed the egregious sin of attempting to
thank God and Jesus.
Commencement. The most active force in suppressing speech at high school
graduation ceremonies is the ACLU.
Virginia High School
Forbids Pictures of People Praying. A Yorktown, Virginia, public high school is facing
a federal lawsuit after stripping Christian-themed posters off a teacher's wall. The school plans
to argue that the posters are inappropriate because they portray presidents George Washington and
George W. Bush in prayer.
flap over 'prayer', PA system leads to lawsuit. The Alliance Defense Fund is
suing the Deer Valley Unified School District for not allowing a Christian student group to
use the school's PA system. Mountain Ridge High School's Common Cause Club wanted to
invited students to a prayer meeting after school.
Veteran teacher sues employer
over prohibition of 'Judeo-Christian' banners. A Christian teacher is suing a San Diego school
district he has taught in for three decades, accusing it of purging classrooms of the country's religious
heritage and history. The district ordered the teacher to remove banners from his classroom walls that
included mottos and slogans promoting what school officials consider a "Judeo-Christian" viewpoint.
Child's 'Jesus' drawing crux
of federal lawsuit. All Antonio Peck wanted to do was to show that his faith in Jesus played a
part in his concern for the environment. But the poster he drew caught the attention of school officials,
who decided that the "Jesus" half of the poster needed to be folded under before it went on display.
The Rights of Religious
Student Groups in Public Schools. As students across the country return to the classroom, they
will encounter a social climate that continues to become more tolerant toward various "alternative
lifestyles." At times, however, it seems that mainstream America has become more tolerant toward every
social group except Christians who are vocal about their faith. In a wide array of contexts, including
the public school system, the rights of Christians to verbalize their faith in the public arena have been
The Legality of using the Bible in school
curriculum: When some people are trying to completely remove the Bible from schools, students'
rights are being violated. Textbook publishers are censoring history when they give us misrepresented
versions, empty of religion. Chief Justice Warren Berger said that the Constitution does not require
complete separation of church and state. It mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance of all
religions and forbids hostility toward any.
5-year old censored by NY school will get
his day in court. 5-year old Antonio Peck had no idea when he turned in his homework
assignment — a poster about protecting the environment — that it would land
him in federal court. … It featured, among other things, a cut out picture of
Jesus — something he reportedly thought applicable to the environment,
and the assignment.
Teacher Censors Child. A kindergartener was rebuffed in front of the class as
the girl read from a Christian book. It was the child's turn to be "star of the
week." … About half way through this sharing time, the instructor interrupted
the child and told the girl she needed to read her other book because pupils weren't
allowed to read books about God in class.
wants Jesus off school wall. An American Civil Liberties Union lawyer has asked a West
Virginia high school to remove a picture of Jesus Christ that has hung at the school for
distorting Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday,
a time to reflect on the many blessings bestowed on this great nation while enjoying the
company of family and friends. It's hard to imagine that anyone could consider the
celebration controversial or feel the need to censor Thanksgiving discussions among
schoolchildren. But when it comes to political correctness, no holiday is safe.
chant: No one at the public university objected to the class ending
with incense, candles, and prayers. After all, these weren't Christian prayers.
Black History: Deleting God from the black experience in
America is cutting the heart out of a people's story.
sued over "Day of the Dead": The United States
Justice Foundation argues in a lawsuit that McNear Elementary
and the Petaluma City School District are violating the Establishment
Clause of the First Amendment by promoting religion.
Lawsuit Challenges NJ Schools' Christmas Music
Ban. A New Jersey school system has been sued over its ban on traditional Christmas music. The
Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a parent and his two
children, challenging the Maplewood Public School District's prohibition of all religious music. The lawsuit
contends that the district's policy was implemented to prevent students and student groups from playing traditional
Christmas music at school events during the 2004 holiday season.
Liberals' efforts to purge "Christmas"
have backfired. This is nothing to do with Christianity. "A Christmas Carol" is a secular
work — there's no more God or Jesus in it than there is in "White Christmas." And, if works
of music that reference God are banned from schools, that cuts out a big chunk of the aural glories of this
world, including the best of Bach and Mozart. Forbidding children from being exposed to Handel and
Dickens is an act of vandalism and, in the end, will eliminate any rationale for a public education system.
ACLJ's Position on
Education: Perhaps more than in any other arena, Christians find that their
values and beliefs are under continual attack in the nation's public schools. Although
there are exceptions throughout the country, as a rule, the public educational establishment
increasingly embraces liberal ideology and secularism, sometimes to the point of hostility
against religion, particularly Christianity.
School Rebuked for Barring Anti-Sodomy
Clergy from Event. A Michigan high school is paying a high price for censoring a Catholic
student's views against homosexuality during the school's annual "Diversity Week" program. Last
December, Judge Gerald Rosen ruled that Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor violated the United States
Constitution's establishment clause by holding a one-sided forum on "Homosexuality and Religion" that only
included pro-homosexual clergy members. The school rejected student Betsy Hansen's request to
include a panel member who would express her Roman Catholic views against homosexuality.
School District Contends
State Law Requires It To Discriminate Against Religious Groups. California
state law requires that public school facilities be open to the public for
after-school use. Although the District complies with this law, it established a
discriminatory usage fee in which religious groups are charged but secular groups
are not. The District Policy forbids free use of school facilities for "services
and events conducted by religious groups."
District censures worker for
"prayer e-mail": An e-mail that passed along President Bush's proclamation of the National
Day of Prayer got a Dallas public school employee in trouble with her supervisors, according to a federal
lawsuit filed yesterday by the public interest firm American Center for Law and Justice.
"Easter" dropped from food
drive: A high school volunteer food drive that was forced to change its name wrapped up yesterday
[3/18/2002] before one student succeeded in his goal of resurrecting its proposed title:
"Easter Canned Drive."
After Bible Reading Barred at Her Child's School. Last October,
Donna Busch was invited to visit her son Wesley's kindergarten class in Philadelphia
and to take part in "Me Week." As the featured student of the week, Wesley
was allowed to choose his favorite book and have his mother read an excerpt from it aloud
to the class at Culbertson Elementary. But when Wesley chose the Bible as his
preferred book, his mother was barred from reading a passage from Psalm 118
because of its religious content.
not time for Bible study, schools attorney says. Students may not read
their Bibles during recess, according to an attorney for the Knox County public school
system in Tennessee. So why then did this only become an issue when several students
asked to hold a recess-time Bible study?
to student: "Leave your faith in the car". A federal civil rights lawsuit
charges that the Poway Unified School District violated the constitutional rights of a student
and censored his free speech. The school district threatened further punishment and
suspended the student for expressing his religious faith on a T-shirt during a school day
designated to promote homosexual behavior. A school administrator told the student
to "leave his faith in the car" when his faith might offend others.
Schools Scrap Religious
Holidays. After weeks of delay and debate, the Hillsborough County [Florida] School Board
approved a 2006-07 calendar minus holidays for Yom Kippur, Good Friday or the Muslim holiday
Eid Al-Fitr. … Only board member Jennifer Faliero voted against the new calendar, saying she
checked with other lawyers and believes Good Friday is a secular holiday: "It is now about the
Easter Bunny. … They have taken religion out of it completely."
Faces Suit After Trying to Have Christian Student Committed. Back
in 1999 Temple University sponsored the controversial and blasphemous play
Corpus Christi, in which Christ is portrayed as a homosexual. Michael Marcavage,
then a Christian student at the Philadelphia school, complained to administrators. Temple
officials eventually tried to have Marcavage committed to a mental institution because of
his opposition to the play.
BC is not PC for
students. In what's perceived as a case of political
correctness trumping history and everyday usage, students in Australia are now
seeing the calendar term B.C. — which stands for "Before Christ" — being
replaced with BCE, meaning "Before Common Era." "This is political correctness gone
mad," Shadow Education Minister Jillian Skinner told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Editor's Note: Recently
my wife had the opportunity to serve as a math tutor for a high school student who
had never heard of the terms BC and AD. In his suburban public school
they use the terms BC and BCE instead.
commencement speakers of 2004: Graduation ceremonies themselves are being
used to pound home some final liberal body blows. At the 50 highest-ranked
undergraduate universities (according to U.S. News & World Report), liberals overwhelmingly
dominate the list of graduation speakers.
Brother? Of Course!! We could debate whether or not the actual purpose
of public education is to produce a populace of virtual idiots, but regardless, that has been
the effect. The elimination of any reference to traditional standards of morality from
the curriculum is also sadly evident from the behavior of these wretches.
Supreme Court Rules Against State Money for
Theology Students: The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to Christian students who major
in theology at public universities. The justices say states may withhold scholarships from students who
are studying theology — even if they make that same money available to students who are studying
Student broadcaster suspended for
saying "God bless". A high school student dismissed from his school broadcast program for signing
off with "God bless" is rallying community members to his side. James Lord, a senior at Dupo High School
in Dupo, Ill., was suspended for one month from his daily news broadcast on the school's closed circuit television
after signing off his Dec. 17 broadcast, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.
Public Schools Have a Prayer? Supreme Court rulings have sought to stifle
prayer at school-related activities, but students, parents, and school officials have
found ways to continue to pray.
planned for British schools: Children should learn about atheism in religious
education lessons as part of moves to make the subject more relevant to the modern world,
according to a report from a think-tank with close ties to New Labour.
Teacher told to drop Star of
David. A municipally employed teacher in Kristiansand [Norway] has been prevented from wearing a
Star of David around his neck. Kristiansand Adult Education Center, where the man works, ruled that the
Jewish symbol could be deemed a provocation towards the many Muslim students at the school, Norwegian
Broadcasting (NRK) reports.
Christians Fight California's
Muslim Indoctrination of Schoolchildren: Such schoolroom activities as praying to Allah and
simulating Islamic worship are not "devotional activities," District Judge Phyllis Hamilton decreed in a highly
publicized lawsuit brought by Christian pupils and parents at Excelsior Elementary School in Byron, California.
or Indoctrination: Inquiring Minds Want to Know. Two thoughts come to mind as I reflect on
this story. The first deals with the notion of the "double standard"; the second, with "duplicity."
Our current climate of political correctness in this country has produced a dizzying double standard as it
relates to Christianity and its competing world views -- including Islam.
[Then you have to wonder what other laws don't apply there. And why not?]
Celebrations Information Letter: Although court decisions permit holiday observances,
it is my concern that certain national public interest groups have been pressuring local school
districts to censor religious expression during Christmas. This letter will attempt to
provide answers for those questions which are most commonly asked regarding the rights of
students and teachers to participate in these observances.
Endangered! Every year there will be episodes of the political
correctors trying their best to stop student led prayers at high school football
games. No matter that these prayers are long in history and heritage, no matter
that the students and players wish to pray. The political correctors oppose
traditions like prayer at games because they oppose America and any tradition,
which honors our roots and culture.
sue school over Bible club: Two students who wanted to start a Bible
club sued Kentridge High School, contending that the school violated their freedom of
speech and equal-access rights. Attorney Kyle Netterfield of Ellis, Li & McKinstry in
Seattle filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle yesterday [4/3/2003].
Constitutionality of Teaching Alternative Forms of Spiritual Practices in Public
Schools: The teaching of religion in public schools remains a controversy
which evolves in response to the ever-changing spiritual interests of society. As
these interests broaden, they continue to challenge traditional religious thought. In
recent years, heightened interests in spirituality have expanded the belief spectrum,
introducing modern doctrines such as the New Age movement. [PDF]
the Christmas Holiday in Public Schools: Unfortunately, Christmas has
also become a time of controversy in public schools as teachers, school administrators,
parents and students struggle to determine their legal rights and responsibilities concerning
the celebration of the holiday in the schools. [PDF]
Decry Schools' Anti-Christmas Bigotry: Every year the attacks on Christmas
by intolerant leftists seem to be more ludicrous and start earlier. But at least some
teachers are denouncing the anti-Christian bias of New York City's failed government
bans saying "Christmas": At a time when Americans of many faiths — and
even no faith — gear up to celebrate Christmas this year, a first-grade teacher in
Sacramento Co., Calif., says she's been ordered by her principal not to utter the
word "Christmas" at school.
Christmas Becomes Illegal: Imagine that. Christmas banned
in a public school classroom. This interdiction is
actually quite predictable, because the word Christmas and the concept of a holiday
bearing the name of Christ contradict the situational ethics that pervade many public
school classrooms. If there is no true right and wrong, there must not be a notion of
a Savior or the need of a Savior.
policy threatens 1st Amendment: In September, Rutgers banned a Christian group
from using campus facilities and stripped the group of university funding because it selects
leaders on the basis of religious belief. "Political and religious affiliation" is not
really the sticking point at Rutgers—. The real intention is to break or banish
religious groups with biblically based opposition to homosexuality.
Claims NYC Schools Discriminate Against Christians: The
nation's largest public school system, New York City, is being
sued for religious discrimination, for allegedly allowing the
display of Jewish and Islamic religious symbols in their buildings
while prohibiting Christian symbols.
Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court in Religious Candy Cane Case! In challenging
a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that upholds a discriminatory
elementary school policy, Institute attorneys argue that school officials violated
a student's First Amendment rights when they prohibited him from handing out pencils and
candy canes bearing Christian messages to his classmates during holiday parties,
while allowing his classmates to distribute non-religious items.
of Christian "Candy Cane" Kid Comes Up in Court: Attorneys for the
Rutherford Institute have asked a circuit court to preserve the constitutional rights
of an elementary school student in New Jersey who wanted to give religious gifts to
ancient roots of Thanksgiving: I'm appalled at the way
Americans have forgotten the meaning of Thanksgiving. Have
you checked out what your children are learning about this
holiday in both government and too many private schools?
Report Card on Students Shows Definite Downward Trend: Michael
Josephson, president of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, says
evidence from the survey indicates a willingness to cheat has become the
norm, and that the typical authority figures in students' lives — parents,
teachers, coaches, even religious educators — have been unable to stem the
tide. "The scary thing," he says, "is that so many kids are entering the
workforce to become corporate executives, politicians, airplane mechanics,
and nuclear inspectors with the dispositions and skills of cheaters and thieves."
Why Christians don't belong in government
schools – Part 1: "If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the
mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war." The
rantings of a right-wing fanatic? No, it's the conclusion of the National Commission on Excellence in
Education, convened 21 years ago by U.S. Education Secretary Terrence Bell.
Why Christians don't belong in
government schools – Part 2: These are not people who are deliberately trying to
destroy youth. They are, rather, people who fervently believe, with a religious zeal, in a radically
different worldview than the one in which you believe, in which most Americans believe.
Why Christians don't belong in
government schools – Part 3: Some Christians, aware that the modern public school has
become a God-free zone, comfort themselves with the notion that their Christian children are bearing witness to
their unsaved peers. This, increasingly, is being seen for what it is – a convenient excuse.
Is Liberty Hanging by a Thread?
Contrary to the intent of our founders, Bible reading, prayer, and the advocation of Christian values in our schools, have been
replaced by an anti-God religion known as Secular Humanism (promoted both by government-funded education, and
by federal court rulings).
are Christians losing America? [Quoting John W. Chalfant] Once God
was shown the door, America went into chaos. Scholastic Aptitude Test scores
plummeted. Violent crime rocketed upward. The abortion mills did an unprecedented
business as they devised ever-more-sadistic ways to kill children before and
even during birth.
sues school board over censorship: A church has filed suit against a
North Carolina school board and principal after a middle school refused to approve
a church-sponsored sign for its athletic field that included a Bible verse.
District bars gospel choir from 9-11
event: A school district barred a high school gospel choir from singing at a 9-11 memorial service
because the event was held at a church. Allowing the public school students to sing at Central Baptist
Church in Sanford, Fla., or any religious service, would have violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause,
according to the Seminole County School District.
The Campus Crusade Against Christ:
Over the years, I have heard students complain about professors calling Christianity a "violent religion" or telling
their students who believe the Bible that they have a "problem" because evolution is a "proven theory." Others
baldly label Biblical objections to homosexuality as a form of "bigotry" or a "phobia" implying a need for either
sensitivity training or psychotherapy.
Pledge furor is evidence of hostility
to religion: In schools the anti-religion campaign is often hysterical. When schoolchildren
are invited to write about any historical figure, this usually means they can pick Stalin or Jeffrey Dahmer, but
not Jesus or Luther, because religion is reflexively considered dangerous in schools and loathsome historical
villains aren't. Similarly a moment of silence in the schools is wildly controversial because some
children might use it to pray silently on public property. The overall message is that religion is
backward, dangerous and toxic.
Group Laments School Prayer Ruling: It was forty years ago that the
U.S. Supreme Court banned voluntary school prayer, in what was billed as a "landmark" First Amendment case.
The Texas Justice Foundation says the 1962 Supreme Court ruling was "an exercise of raw judicial
tyranny without precedent, one that produced a 40-year decline in the quality and safety of American schools."
Temptation averted: no "Lord's
Prayer" at Woodbine. Woodbine [Iowa] High School was the center of attention Sunday [5/19/2002]
over whether "The Lord's Prayer" would find its way into its graduation ceremony. In the end, the song
didn't. School officials, graduates and the community abided by a federal judge's decision to ban the song
following a lawsuit by two sophomore choir members from an atheist family.
Religion It's Not: Education Reform and its
Enemies: Attorneys and their clients competed for victory in the high-stakes education reform
fight by pretending that the issue is religion. Just outside the courtroom, the real issue in the case
was clear. Zelman v. Simmons epitomizes the passionate tooth-and-nail struggle between parents
of children in failing schools and the education establishment.
Board allows religious Valentine's Day
cards: The board's actions are in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this year after school
officials refused to allow a Cushing Elementary School second-grader to distribute valentines with Christian
messages and made her take back religious tracts she passed out for Halloween. The school district and
its attorney defended the district's actions at the time, saying that allowing Morgan to distribute Halloween
tracts and valentines with such messages as "Jesus loves you" and "Freely rely on God" would violate the
separation of church and state.
With Picture of Jesus Lands Kindergartner in Court:
Antonio Peck was a kindergartener at Baldwinsville Elementary School in Syracuse, where
he was assigned to draw a poster relating to his class' study of environmental issues.
Antonio drew people picking up litter, children holding hands around the globe and a picture
of a white-robed man kneeling in one corner. According to Antonio's attorney,
Erick Stanley, Antonio meant the picture to be Jesus, but never wrote it anywhere on
the poster. When the poster was hung on a wall with posters from almost 80 other
students, teachers folded the poster to hide the figure of Jesus and covered part of
Antonio's name at the bottom.
the cult of liberalism: This week the Supreme Court upheld the right of
religious groups to participate in the beautiful mosaic of after-school activities. No
new territory was broken: The case was almost identical to another case in which the
Supreme Court reversed the exact same court years ago. This was massive
resistance. Justice Clarence Thomas remarked on the oddity of having to
reverse the same court twice, noting that while the appellate courts aren't required to cite
all the Supreme Court's precedents, they might want to cite the last time they were reversed
on the same facts.
a Prayer: Judge Nixes School's Graduation Tradition. The
program says prayer. A judge says no. And so, when Washington
Community High School hosts graduation Sunday, superintendent Lee Edwards will have
to explain how a 24-hour legal lightning bolt struck this Peoria, Ill., suburb, ending
the school's 80-year tradition of offering invocation and benediction prayers at graduation.
Christianity and Public Education: Do They Go
Together? Many educators assume that because our society has become so diverse in recent years,
it's inappropriate to give Christianity any greater attention than other religions in today's public school
curriculum. In their minds, it's insensitive to give more emphasis to Christianity than to, say, Islam
or Buddhism. It's like being a cultural bully.
All Extracurriculars Are Extraneous at This High
School. At the Mission Viejo High School in Southern California, you won't
see any clubs that aren't related to the school curriculum. The reason: The Saddle Valley
Unified School District doesn't want to have to let in a Christian club.
Fearful of Offending Wiccans,
School District Invokes Vanishing Act. A school district in the state of Washington has
banned all forms of Halloween activities, arguing they are a waste of time and disrespectful to
witches. The decision by Puyallup School District to ditch its annual Halloween celebration
has outraged scores of parents and students. District spokeswoman Karen Hansen says students
dressed up Halloween costumes might be "offensive" to members of the Wiccan religion.
Attorney Argues NY Schools
Discriminate Against Christian Students. A school district that limits the religious
expression of Christian students is allowing Muslim students to skip class to observe the month of
Ramadan. The New York City Department of Education has given Muslim students at Brooklyn
International High School permission to miss class four consecutive Fridays to observe the
Christian Group Fights
Familiar Free Speech Battle With Maryland Schools. Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)
is once again fighting the literature distribution policy in Montgomery County, Maryland,
schools. The Christian group has filed a second appeal with the Fourth U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals, challenging a district court ruling that bars the group from distributing
its flyers in the county's schools.
High School cancels Christian rock band. School officials were considering
letting a Christian rock band play during an anti-drug assembly next week, but decided
yesterday [12/14/2004] to cancel the performance because of concerns over having religious
music played in a public school.
High School Nixes Plan to Censor Christian
Grad's Speech. A Pennsylvania high school has changed its decision to censor a graduating senior's
valedictory speech by insisting that he take out any references to God or Jesus. The law firm that intervened
on the Christian student's behalf is applauding the school for choosing to rethink its position.
Bases of Mathematics are Intelligently Designed. The bases of mathematics with which this article
is concerned are the natural things that mathematics is used to determine, such as power, acceleration, speed,
and distance traveled. Also is explained is how even the simplest mathematics such as in arithmetic,
like 2 + 2 = 4, and simple multiplication and division, merely reflect actual things in nature.
They are facts of nature. The article lists a number of the greatest mathematical geniuses in history,
including some modern ones, who have recognized intelligent design in nature and attributed it to God, although I
consider it merely evidence of intelligent design in nature. Mathematics and intelligent design is a combined
field of importance today.
The case of John Freshwater
This subsection is about an Ohio Middle School science teacher who is in trouble because he has a Bible on his
desk. The school wants him to remove it. The school's motivation is unknown, but it is probably
based on fear a lawsuit. I encourage you to read the Constitution, as amended, which clearly states
that we all have a right to freely exercise our religion.
Mt. Vernon teacher
could face penalties. A Mount Vernon City Schools teacher could be found guilty of insubordination if a Bible
is not removed from his desktop. John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher, called the recent request by the
district an "infringement on my deeply held religious beliefs." Superintendent Steve Short said, to his knowledge,
the Bible still sits atop Freshwater's desk.
Ohio Students Bring Bibles to Class to Support
Teacher. A school superintendent says some students at the district's middle school brought Bibles to classes
to show support for a teacher who refuses to remove his Bible from the view of students. Mount Vernon Superintendent
Stephen Short says Friday's [4/18/2008] action hasn't caused any major disruption.
Teacher Must Remove Bible from Desk? Mount
Vernon Ohio Middle School science teacher John Freshwater will not remove the Bible from atop his desk. He'll take
opposing school superintendent and principal to court first.
Students rally in support of science
teacher. Hundreds of students, joined by some parents and community members, gathered at the Spirit Rock
outside of Mount Vernon High School in a show of support for middle school teacher John Freshwater. Freshwater
complied with requests from the school administration to take down a display of the Ten Commandments, but refuses to
remove a Bible from his desk at school.
ACLU supports MV school board decision.
Mount Vernon Middle School science teacher John Freshwater refused to move his Bible from his classroom desk after school
officials requested that he do so. At a rally on Public Square on Wednesday, he defended his right to display his
personal Bible as a constitutional right. If he's looking for the American Civil Liberties Union to defend him, he
could be disappointed.
Ohio teacher in trouble for keeping Bible
on desk. According to some, just keeping the Bible on the desk is itself enough to violate the Establishment
clause of the U.S. Constitution. The argument goes something like this: (1) If someone has a Bible on his desk,
then he is endorsing Christianity. (2) In his capacity as a teacher, Freshwater is a representative of the
state. (3) Therefore, if Freshwater has a Bible on his desk, that is the same as the state endorsing
Teacher Refuses to Remove Bible From Classroom. An Ohio school teacher of over 20 years has come under
attack recently by school administrators because of a Bible that he has kept on his desk for his entire career. Although
Freshwater agreed to remove the 10 Commandments, he stood firm on keeping his Bible which he said governed his entire set
of values and beliefs — values and beliefs that were protected by the constitution, he said.
The case of Marcus Borden
A high school coach has been forbidden to passively participate in student-led prayers, and has even been
told not to kneel or bow his head during those prayers. Keep your chin up, coach, or you'll
establish a national religion! This is just absurd.
School coach violated religion ban in prayer
ritual: US court. A football coach violated a ban on teaching religion in public schools when he joined
his players in kneeling and head-bowing rituals before games, a US appeals court ruled Tuesday. The decision could
have national implications and may ultimately affect thousands of schools throughout the United States, many of which are
believed to employ coaches who engage in prayer with their teams.
The Editor says...
Hey, this is news: According to the writer of the article above, there is now "a ban on teaching
religion in public schools." When was that law enacted?
Pray — But Don't You Dare Bow Your Head. The absurdities of liberals will never cease to amaze me.
To their credit, they keep us on our toes, but I would much prefer they actually read a Constitution before wasting so
much time and resources on harebrained lawsuits like this one .
Whose First Amendment Is It, Anyway? [Scroll down] Respecting
the fact that they were praying, then, is somehow a disrespect of their religious rights? And what of the rights of
the coach? Does he have to check them at the locker room door? Note that we're not talking about him bringing a
Bible or leading the prayers; he's just in the room when the students pray and takes the same position as they do. The
judges opinions in this case are just as tortured as the logic used to misread the First Amendment.
Coach's Prayer with Students Ruled Unconstitutional. The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia
ruled unanimously Tuesday [4/15/2008] against coach Marcus Borden on the grounds that it was unconstitutional for him to
pray and "bow his head and take a knee" alongside his students, in what, the court argued, would be an endorsement of
religion by a school staff member.
The Editor says...
The judges are "interpreting" a law that doesn't even exist, when they say the coach does not have the
right to freely exercise his religion. The only long-term solution to the problem of activist judges
is impeachment. Federal judges do not serve for life, except on the Supreme Court. They
can be removed.
Football coach may take prayer
fight higher. East Brunswick High School football coach Marcus Borden, who said he is fighting for his peers
nationwide, is expected to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a review of Tuesday's federal appeals court ruling that
prohibits him from participating in team prayer.
E.B. schools wins appeal in Borden case.
The appeal came after a July 2006 ruling in U.S. District Court that said it is not an endorsement of religion for Borden to
bow his head or take a knee while his players pray before games or at team meals. The Board of Education, however,
argued that Bordens' actions ignore students' rights to be free from religious coercion.