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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Kentucky: GOP Pushing Bill to Force Bible Study into Schools


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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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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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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O’Fallon (IL) School Staff Participates in SYATP Prayer Event

O'Fallon School District 90 schools Amelia V. Carriel Junior High and Edward Fulton Junior High School participated in SYATP event with teacher participation

Staff at two junior high schools illegally participated in the student-run “See You At The Pole” (SYATP) event held nationally around the country last week. The event – which is legally restricted to students as school teachers, staff and administrators are barred by law from leading in or participating in prayer with students on school grounds – is one of […]

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Good News Club Flyer Shockingly Doesn’t Mention Threats of Hell

Good News Club (GNC) infiltrating schools

Noticing a trend here?  Thanks to a tweet from Jodie Westin of Crofton, MD (@semperscarlet), I came across this Good News Club introductory flyer… Good News Club starts on Monday….hope to see you there @CroftonWoodsES pic.twitter.com/BqsbDX3IbI — Jodie Westin (@semperscarlet) September 30, 2016 What a great looking club!  Free games, music, snacks and prizes for our kids. Sounds awesome! And on […]

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My Conversation With an Evangelical Pastor and Good News Club Leader About Damning Kids to Hell

Good News CLub (GNC) & Justin Likens

Justin Likens is the senior pastor for Westlake Baptist Church in Moneta, VA. Aside from his work at the church, he is also the teacher at the Word of Truth Bible Institute (which doesn’t seem to be an actual school, but rather a weekly class at the church’s fellowship hall), described on the church’s website as a “three year intensive […]

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Humble, TX School Under Fire For Teacher-Led SYATP Prayer

Humble Independent School District in Humble, Texas is under fire for allowing teachers to participate in and lead prayer during the “See You At The Pole” (SYATP) event held at Eagle Springs Elementary School on September 28, 2016. SYATP is meant to be a student-organized, student-led (in order to keep the activity legal) Christian prayer event held across the nation. Public school staff, administration and […]

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