I am a Catholic school teacher. I am an atheist.
I value honesty as one of the most important moral virtues in life. Yet, I live and breathe dishonesty for 7+ hours a day 5 days a week. I cringe when I walk past the kindergarten classroom and hear, “The reason animals aren’t special and you are is because YOU are made in the image of God.” I bite my tongue when a high school girl says she’s writing a paper on how cohabitation prior to marriage decreases marriage’s “sanctity.” I mumble…Continue
I was a Sophomore in high school when I met Richard. He was quiet, introverted, and incredibly intriguing. A year my senior, we only had a few classes together. About five months after our introduction, he confessed to me he was homosexual. We weren't fast friends exactly, but we did feel a bond that kept us challenging each other and opening our hearts.
Richard and I…Continue
A Jesus portrait that has hung in a southern Ohio school district since 1947 was taken down Wednesday, because of concerns about the potential costs of a federal lawsuit against its display.
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A member of the Louisiana House of Representatives who eagerly supported Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to fund private schools…Continue
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Hiya. My name is Ash...
I go to a high school in the state of Georgia, and I am currently taking AP US History.
I do not say the pledge, and I do not stand.
I do not say it because I know America is not "under God" and I know there is not "liberty and justice for all."
I choose not to stand because I don't want to stand for a country, that I believe, does not stand for me.
I have not stood for the pledge since 8th grade, and I'm currently in 11th. I have never had any…
In my public speaking class, we were assigned to write a speech. The speech needed to use either facts or emotional appeal to persuade the audience. I wrote this in a very short amount of time. Haha... I got one slow clap by a nice girl in my class. A boy in the front row said he lost all respect for me. What do you guys think of it?
God is Imaginary
I used to…
I want to be an English teacher. It's been my dream for quite a while, ever since I tutored 9th graders in 12th grade. I want to give kids a love of…
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The Huffington Post | By Gregory Kristof Posted: 07/12/2012 3:31 pm Updated: 07/12/2012 3:36 pm
Religion watchdogs are warning of an amply-funded…Continue
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I just wanted to share this with everyone. The student involved in this incident is an old friend of mine, from elementary school. I haven't seen him in 3 years, but he is still very dear to me. I have personal experience with the vice principal who is the anti-gay bigot in this, Mr. Abell. He is not a good person or vice principal, I truly dislike him. You should also take the time to read some of the comments, it amazes me that some people are defending the VP for disqualifying him because…Continue
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In a political correctness crackdown, the New York City Department of Education is knocking terms like 'dinosaur' back to the Stone Age.
The prehistoric creatures are among 50 terms banned from use on tests administered to students by the city.
Others include birthdays (because Jehovah's Witnesses don’t observe them),…Continue
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They have tried letter-writing, petitions and a lawsuit, all to no avail. So now the Christian congregations that are weeks away from…Continue
I recently found out my daughter's High School "science teacher" is unwilling to teach 'conventional evolution' based on her reservations about teaching a theory she doesn't believe in. I guess this is one of those things you say you saw coming but never thought would happen to you (your family). I am wondering about how best to pursue this issue. My first inclination is a scorched earth take no prisoners assault on the principals office…Continue
When I saw my friend's new uniform card, made especially for sixth-formers, I was posed with the question of "Why not?" as I looked down upon it.
In our sixth-form there is a handful of Chinese students who have come from overseas in order to be educated at our school in England. There was no problem with them as far as I could see. And yet, the staff at our school seem to think otherwise.
The card my friend was given was green, with a 5 x 5 box, all titled appropriately. If…Continue
I have been trying to submit a complaint to the FL ACLU and need "witness (people who have heard the complaint)" which includes their full contact information. I'd also like your input, information from anyone who has dealt with the ACLU before, and contact information from anyone who…Continue
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Damon Fowler, a high school senior at Bastrop High School in Louisiana, is being called an Atheist Hero in many forums and blogs this morning. Damon called for his school not to use a Christian prayer during their graduation ceremony, citing Louisiana law. Due to a threat of the ACLU, the school district decided to remove the prayer from their graduation program...but things only got worse for Damon. He has received death threats from other students, been slandered by his teacher, and has…Continue
I guess theists find these two questions "brilliant":
-Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed outside?
-Why is it our children can't read the Bible in school, but they can in prison?
(note: the capitalization is not mine. I copy/pasted.)
I think these are supposed to provoke thought or something. I came up with this:
First of all, no one has to swear on a bible in court. You take…Continue
So here's my little story.
The other day my buddy wants to take me to lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. So I show up a little early, sit down, and order a Corona. As I'm munching on some chips and salsa, I overhear the daughter of a couple at the next table say "I don't understand why the kids at school hate Mormons so much."
After that they were talking fairly hushed so I couldn't hear much after that. I wanted to say, "Well they probably hate atheists more and why do…Continue
American education has a reputation for being abysmal for a developed country. There are many factors that go into this... but one that is not addressed enough is the problem of "parrot learning." In recent years american citizens, parents, and educators have started to learn about this deep problem [at least they have found the tip of the iceberg] - standardized tests. The SAT has come under fire - which it deserves - because it promotes parrot learning. It encourages children to memorize…Continue