A Mississippi school district has agreed to stop having prayers and sermons at mandatory faculty convocations after an atheist group threatened to sue them.
The Washington, D.C.-based American Humanist Association announced that the Jackson Public School District had agreed to stop the religious practices.
JoAnne N. Shepherd, district counsel for the Jackson Public School District, responded to AHA via email that the convocation was meant to be "an inspirational and motivational event for employees returning to start the new school year." more >>
A Washington, D.C.-based atheist organization has sent a letter to a Mississippi school district expressing concern about a mandatory faculty event that featured a Christian pastor.
The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter Monday to the superintendent of Jackson Public School District.
Of specific concern for AHA was a mandatory teacher convocation held earlier this month that included a Christian pastor and several remarks the group dubbed "religious proselytization." more >>
An Arizona shooting range instructor was killed after a nine-year-old girl lost control of a sub-machine gun and struck him at least once in the head on Monday.
Charles Vacca was teaching the young girl how to shoot an Uzi at the Bullets and Burgers outdoor shooting range in Kingman, AZ on Monday, Aug. 26. The death of the 39-year-old instructor occurred after the girl pulled the trigger, causing a powerful kickback that sent the gun over her head, according to investigators.
While the girl was able to safely fire the Uzi when it was on a single-shot setting, she lost control of the weapon when the instructor turned it to fully-automatic, according to Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. After being hit by a stray bullet, Vacca was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, but he was pronounced dead late Monday. more >>
A large Catholic pro-life organization is demanding that the PBS cancel its airing of the controversial pro-abortion documentary "After Tiller."
The American Life League released a statement Wednesday calling upon the taxpayer funded PBS to cancel the "After Tiller" showing, scheduled for Labor Day.
Judie Brown, president of American Life League, said in a statement that the documentary "has no business airing on a publicly funded network." more >>
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, issued a Facebook post inviting famed atheist activist Richard Dawkins to come meet her six-year-old son, Trig, who has Down syndrome after Dawkins tweeted last week that he felt it was "immoral" not to "abort and try again" when an unborn baby has been diagnosed with Down's.
While most people did not respond kindly through social media to Dawkins' initial tweet, which was a response to a woman who asked his advice about the moral dilemma of what to do when pregnant with a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome, Palin did not criticize Dawkins for what he tweeted. Instead, she seemed to acknowledged his point of view and extended an invitation for Dawkins to come meet her son in hopes that he would see the "beauty" that lies beneath the diagnosis.
Palin's Facebook post, which included 11 pictures of Trig, reads as follows: more >>
A pastor who oversees a Messianic Jewish congregation has filed a complaint with a Texas public library over books in the young adult section which he dubs "demonic."
Phillip Missick, pastor at King of Saints Tabernacle of Cleveland, has asked the Austin memorial Library to remove book series including "Twilight" and "Vampire Knight."
In an interview with local media, Missick explained that these books should not be in the young adult section due to their tone. more >>