Tag Archives: education

School Prayer May Return To Mississippi

Since the courts always take a dim view of public schools officially sanctioning prayers and other religious activities, Christianists around the nation have been working to crowbar their way in via student-led prayers. And it looks like they’ve succeeded in Mississippi, the state that only officially outlawed slavery last week. Supporters say bills to guarantee religious freedom in Mississippi public ...

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Virginia Senate Rejects “Tebow Bill”

The Virginia Senate Education Committee has narrowly rejected a bill that would allow home-schooled students to play sports at public schools.  The proposed change was dubbed the “Tim Tebow Bill” because he was allowed to play football at a Florida public school while being taught at home. The perennial proposal from Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle County, would achieve that by ...

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This Month In The Name Of God

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TEXAS: State GOP Rep Proposes Training High School Students To Use Guns

Texas GOP state Rep. James White has introduced a bill that would allow public schools to offer an elective course on the use of firearms. HB 1142 would include training in the use of firearms including rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolvers. “Education, foremost, as stated in our Constitution, is about teaching our people their rights and responsibilities as a free ...

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Indiana Bigot Meets Billy Madison

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OHIO: Catholic Church Fires Principal Over Blog Post Supporting Gay Marriage

“On Monday, February 4, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati gave me an ultimatum after I expressed my personal opinion in support of freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. I was asked to resign as assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School, or keep my job until June by signing documents recanting my statements. I was given this ultimatum after ...

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INDIANA: Christians Plan Separate Senior Prom That Bans Gay Students

“I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal. Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them. It’s the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason. So the same ...

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FL School Board: Ban All Clubs To Keep Out Gay-Straight Alliance

Several members of the Lake County, Florida school board have proposed banning all extracurricular clubs in order to prevent students from forming a Gay-Straight Alliance. School Board members Bill Mathias, Debbie Stivender and Chairwoman Kyleen Fischer spoke in favor of a rule that would ban extra-curricular clubs in secondary schools while fellow board members Tod Howard and Rosanne Brandeburg favored ...

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IDAHO: State GOP Rep Intro’s Bill Requiring Atlas Shrugged In High Schools

Idaho GOP state Sen. John Goedde has introduced a bill that requires high school students to read Ayn Rand’s libertarian opus, Atlas Shrugs.  You don’t graduate if you can’t pass a test on the book. The 1957 novel has been embraced by libertarians and the tea party movement, in part for its opposition to “statism” and embrace of capitalism, as ...

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ALABAMA: Teacher Suspended Over Anti-Gay Slurs & Attack On First Lady

The Alabama teacher who was recorded telling students that “queers are an abomination against God” has been suspended.  He was also taped making nasty comments about the appearance of Michelle Obama. Bob Grisham, who is also a psychology and driver’s education teacher, was suspended for 10 days without pay. The Lauderdale County School Board met at 4 p.m. Monday to ...

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Today in Apostrophe Abuse

(Via JMG reader Todd)

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ALABAMA: Teacher Tells Students “Queers Are An Abomination Against God”

A teacher is being investigated in northern Alabama after a student recorded him making slurs against gay people and Michelle Obama. School district officials are investigating allegations that a Lauderdale County High School teacher made slurs in the presence of students regarding first lady Michelle Obama and gays. Superintendent Jennifer Gray confirmed the investigation concerns the school’s head football coach, ...

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TENNESSEE: New Version Of “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Includes Outing Students

You may recall GOP Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield’s continuing attempt to ban any mention of homosexuality or LGBT people in public schools.  Campfield has reintroduced his bill in the new legislative session, this time with the command that schools notify parents if their child is deemed to be “at risk” of having the gay.  Think Progress has some excerpts ...

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TRAILER: The Revisionaries

Tomorrow night PBS will air The Revisionaries, which examines the Texas Board Of Education and its campaign to insert Christianist dogma into public school textbooks. RELATED: Visit the PBS blog Independent Lens for “ten interesting lessons from creationist textbooks.“ They link the below clip as an “in a nutshell” recounting of what’s already being taught in some schools.

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ARIZONA: Republicans Introduce Bill Demanding “So Help Me God” Loyalty Oath For High School Graduation

The above Arizona Republican representatives have introduced a bill requiring that public high school seniors swear loyalty to the Constitution and to God in order to graduate. The wording of the oath is familiar: I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear ...

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History Lessons In Texas

The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has issued a new report on the continuing expansion of Christianist dogma into Texas public school lessons. A sampling of what they found: –Instructional material in two school districts teach that racial diversity today can be traced back to Noah’s sons, a long-discredited claim that has been a foundational component of some forms of ...

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Satanists Love FL Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is defending a “religious liberty” bill that now allows public schools to grant students permission to read prayers at school assemblies.  Local Satanists are cheering him, because this means them too. Members of the Satanic Temple are gearing up to rally on behalf of the Republican leader to commend “his defense of religious liberty,” the group ...

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ALABAMA: Teen White Supremacist Charged With Plot To Kill Blacks & Gays

An Alabama teenaged white supremacist was arrested yesterday after a teacher found his journal in which he outlined a plan to murder black and gay fellow students. Derek Shrout, 17, was released Monday afternoon from Russell County Jail on a $75,000 bond after he was arrested for allegedly planning to use homemade explosives in a terrorist attack on fellow students ...

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ARIZONA: Sheriff Joe Apaio Sends “Armed Posses” To Public Schools

What could possibly go wrong? Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s armed volunteer posses are set to begin patrolling areas around Phoenix, Ariz. schools on Monday, more than a week after the plan drew national attention in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Arizona’s 3TV reports that Arpaio’s volunteer force is comprised of ...

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Christians Against Yoga in Schools

I mentioned this issue last year and now it appears that Christian parents may take the case to court.

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