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Biblically Correct Tours

What do you do if you are homeschooling your children (or even, I suppose, if you're not) and want to take a field trip to the natural history museum, but don't want your kids indoctrinated by all that made-up fantasy nonsense they call science? Well...

Science in Oklahoma: God did it

The Oklahoma House of Representatives education committee is set to offer students a new way to pass science tests without actually having to go through the annoying process of learning anything. When they encounter a question to which they don't kno...

Is an anti-religion book dangerous?

Can a book really be dangerous? I'm not sure it really can be, to the reader anyway. To the powers that be, certainly, but that's not the reader's problem. On the other hand, are there subjects that children are not ready to or should not have to dea...

Teacher pushes religious views; students sue

James Corbett, a social science teacher in Mission Viejo, California, has been accused of pushing his religious views on students instead of teaching, according to a lawsuit filed in a federal court earlier this week. If the allegations are accurate,...

14-year old dies after refusing a blood transfusion

Fourteen-year old Jehovah's Witness Dennis Lindberg passed away this past Wednesday after refusing a blood transfusion. His decision to decline the transfusion was based on religious grounds and was supported by a judge. The judge in the case, Joh...

The Golden Compass points away from Narnia

When I was a pre-teen, I read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series. Afterwards, my brother asked me if I got the symbolism. Apparently, Aslan, the lion, is supposed to represent Jesus or something. I didn't get it, even after I knew it was there. C...

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...

Should teens be forced to attend religious education classes?

For the most part I am a fairly reasonable parent. I am willing to listen to an argument, weigh it over and, on numerous occasions, agree with my children's opinions rather than my own. However, there is one area in which I have dug in my heels and a...

Carrying your childhood religion

When I think of religion I think of sardined gray suits in a high-school gym, a makeshift pulpit with a red plush cross. I think of hands in the air and songs about Jesus being a rock, of little books urging the Lord into my heart. I hated Church whe...

Pagans get excused for holidays

I remember back in grade school when they finally stopped calling our academic holidays "Christmas" and "Easter" vacation, and instead starting referring to them with the more culturally neutral terms of "Spring" and "Winter" break. Still, most scho...

Boy scouts get the bill for discrimination

Remember the Cradle of Liberty Council of Boy Scouts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? The third largest group of scouts in the country, they have enjoyed the use of city-owned property as their headquarters for nearly 80 years. That, however, was befor...

Parents lie about religion to avoid vaccines

Sabrina Rahim feels that vaccinations are to blame for her 4-year-old son's autism. Therefore, rather than subject him to more shots, she has signed a letter claiming that because of her deeply held religious beliefs, her son should be exempt from th...

Long hair gets high schooler in hot water

We've seen students who want to bring a bible to class and are allowed to do so. There are muslim kids who wear head scarves during soccer games. One student in Texas, however, is not being allowed to follow the dictates of his religion. Eighteen-yea...

Baby preachers

ABC's 20/20 has an interesting article about a couple of young preachers -- Samuel Boutwell is seven years old and Terry Durham is nine. Despite their young ages, they each spend a fair bit of their days preaching. Samuel preaches at his Baptist chur...

High school students walk out on pledge

On the first day or school, Jared and I had a chat about the pledge of allegiance as it is currently recited in schools across the nation. If you know anything about me, you can probably guess the two-word phrase that was the focus of our discussion:...

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