OK GOP Bill Will Allow Ten Commandments on State Property

Ten Commandments Monument Oklahoma

In an attempt to circumvent a state Supreme Court decision stating that having a Ten Commandments monument on state property constitutes a breach of state and federal law surrounding establishment of religion, the Oklahoma GOP just pushed a bill through the Oklahoma legislature designating Ten Commandment monuments as historically significant and deserving of placement on public grounds. House Bill 2177 – proposed by state Representative John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) […]

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Oklahoma: SB 450 Would Force Religion on Students

religious proselytizing - prayer in schools

Legislation flying unchallenged through the Oklahoma legislature would allow unmitigated proselytization in public schools. SB 450 – also known as the ‘Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act’ for Schools – would protect “voluntary religious expression in the classroom.” While student prayer in public schools is already protected under the First Amendment, SB 450 takes this much, much further to the point of allowing students to […]

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Religious Wrong: The FHSAA Loudspeaker Controversy

FHSAA prayer

Imagine you and three friends rent a house together. You all pay your shares of the rent, maintenance, utilities and food costs. One of your roommates is vegan, and insists that no food can be purchased or brought into the house that does not meet strict vegan requirements. If you protest, saying that you are happy to keep your preferred […]

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Kentucky: GOP Pushing Bill to Force Bible Study into Schools

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Legislation just passed through the Kentucky state House today that would legalize forcing elective Bible study classes into public schools at taxpayers’ expense. Calling the Bible study courses “Bible literacy,” congressional conservatives argue such classes would focus on “biblical content, characters, poetry and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture.” The Lexington Herald-Leader reported on the vote today: The bill […]

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Atheist Family Threatened After Ten Commandments Decision

Valley High School Ten Commandments monument

Following a lengthy legal battle, the Ten Commandments monument outside Valley High School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania will be removed after the school district reached a settlement with Marie Schaub and her daughter with the help of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). Though they won in court, the Christian conservatives in their community who fought to keep the monument on school grounds have […]

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Florida: Bill Filed to Insert Religion into Public Schools

Religion in public schools may bcome law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley

Legislation filed by state lawmakers would allow the insertion of religious beliefs into public classrooms across the state of Florida.  House Bill 303 and it’s companion bill Senate Bill 436 – known collectively as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act” – would prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression.” As […]

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Draft of “Sweeping” Anti-LGBTQ Executive Order Leaked

Trump anti-LGBTQ executive order

After news leaked earlier this week the Trump administration was assembling an anti-LGBTQ executive order to bridge the gap until the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) was passed, the Trump administration denied they were targeting the LGBTQ community and went so far as to announce they would retain President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBTQ federal workers. Tonight a draft of […]

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WA: Bill Would Legalize Religious Proselytizing at Schools

Former Coach Joe Kennedy prayed with students and wants his job back to do it again - religious proselytizing

Republicans in the Washington state legislature proposed legislation this week that would allow sports coaches to proselytize their religious beliefs on public school grounds following games. HB 1602 – otherwise known as the act “Concerning the exercise of expressive rights following school sports activities” – has roots in the ongoing controversy over an assistant football coach losing his position over illegal religious proselytizing […]

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South Carolina: Bill Would Allow Teachers to Proselytize Religion

SC just proposed H3345 to allow religious proselytization in schools

A bill filed in the South Carolina legislature would allow teachers to proselytize religious beliefs to children in the classroom. H3345 – proposed by Republican Representatives Bill Chumley, Mike Burns, and Stephen Long – would “promote academic freedom for public school teachers by providing public school teachers may conduct or participate in any student-led prayer, student-organized prayer groups, religious clubs, and […]

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Secular Group Threatened For Fighting Christian Proselytization in Schools

Tri-State Freethinkers receive threats for fighting Christian promotion in schools

After sending a lengthy letter to Grant County Schools in Kentucky to oppose unconstitutional Christian proselytization, Tri-State Freethinkers began receiving threats for their constitutional activism. Trouble began when Tri-State Freethinkers – a social, academic, and activist group with over 1000 members in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio – decided to take a stand against the ongoing and blatant First Amendment violations […]

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