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Pilot Diverts Plane Over Teen's In-Flight Prayer

The teen was using tefillin, a set of small black boxes attached to leather straps and containing biblical passages. Credit: chaim zvi, Flickr
A devout teen caused a scare in the air Jan. 17 when, while trying to pray, he pulled out a set of sma...

The conservative bias in textbooks

Remember the case of the high school history teacher and part-time Baptist youth pastor who used his classtime to preach to his students? Remember the high schooler who taped him doing so and ended up getting a death threat for his trouble? Well, Mat...

Parents choose faith over science

In what is perhaps the most heated of debates about our children, our beliefs and our medicine, a girl has died after her parents chose prayer over doctors. The girl suffered from a rare form of diabetes. Madeline Kara Neumann, 11, of Wisconsin, s...

Illinois school board ignores moment of silence

The Illinois state legislature overruled the wisdom of their governor and has changed the law to require teachers to "observe a brief period of silence with the participation of all the pupils therein assembled at the opening of every school day." Ba...

Saying grace, even toddlers can do it

We are Catholic in our home. Part of that means that we offer a small prayer of thanks before our evening meals. At least that is what it used to mean before my nearly 2 1/2 year old, Devon, caught on to the concept of gratitude. Now whenever he sits...

Is it hypocritical to allow Muslim students to pray in schools?

Most of the important Supreme Court decisions that have established the jurisprudence of "separation of church and state" in the U.S. involved school prayer, namely daily teacher-led group prayers in public classrooms. Since those important mid-20th ...

New Catholic prayer book for teens

Boy, I sure could have used something like this when I was younger. Dominican monk Wojciech Jedrzejewski (gesundheit!) of Poland has created a new prayer book aimed at teenagers. The book has upset the Polish Catholic community, but father Jedrzejews...

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