A student at Dyer County High School in Tennessee claims that she was suspended after saying, "bless you" to a student who sneezed.
On Monday, 17-year-old Kendra Turner said "bless you" to another student who sneezed during class. The phrase is reportedly banned from the teacher's classroom, as each teacher is allowed to set rules and limits for his/her classroom. One student took a photo of the alleged board in the room, which states the rules for the room, which does list the phrase "bless you" along with others such as "my bad," "stuff," and "I don't know."
"A girl sitting right next [to] me sneezed in class," Kendra told blogger Trisha Haas. "I said, 'Bless You!' My teacher, (Name redacted by Editor) asked, 'Who said that?' I said, 'me.' She said, 'Why did you say that?' I said, 'Because it is courtesy.' She said, 'Says who?' I said 'Says my pastor.' She said 'Well we don't say that in class.'" more >>
A coalition of mostly right wing groups will soon host a "National Impeach Obama Week," which will include numerous protests across the United States.
Scheduled from Saturday until the last day of August, the "National Impeach Obama Week" boasts of having events scheduled in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
The website, http://impeachobamaweek.net/, does not credit a specific group as being behind their efforts, but rather boasts a diverse group of endorsements, including Tea Party and Occupy groups, Republicans, libertarians, anarchists, independents, and some Democrats. more >>
Michael Brown's funeral has been set for Monday, Aug. 25 in St. Louis, Missouri, his family's attorney announced; it will be a public funeral with national figures taking part in order to remind people why there are protests being held in Ferguson.
"Everybody needs to take a break [from the protests]," Brown family attorney Anthony Gray told the Los Angeles Times. "We've got a big memorial service that needs to be planned. [The violent protests] divert all of the attention from [the family] honoring their child and allowing him to begin to process to rest in peace. That's not how they want him to be remembered. They do not want that to be their son's legacy."
The memorial service will be held at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist church in St. Louis. The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy and Rev. Michael Jones will officiate, KMOV reported. more >>
Notable atheist author and intellectual Richard Dawkins has recently claimed that nonviolent religious believers enable acts of violent extremism by being "nice."
While speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Dawkins blamed "nice Muslims, nice Christians" for acts of religious terrorism.
"It's very important that we should not demonise ordinary, law-abiding, very decent Muslims, which of course is the vast majority in this country," Dawkins said Wednesday, according to the UK Telegraph. more >>
An atheist activist who attempted to have an Alabama county commission not display a plaque bearing the national motto, "In God We Trust," has stated that a strict separation of church and state protects Christians from Islamic rule.
Amanda Scott, an atheist college student who testified against the Mobile County Commission's plan to place a plaque featuring the national motto in the government plaza, made the statement about Islam during a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" segment.
Earlier this week during the "Ask Me Anything" online forum, one poster asked Scott why secularism was important to her. more >>
A pastor peacefully protesting in Ferguson, Missouri was struck by a rubber bullet fired by police while chanting, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus."
Renita Lamkin, an African Methodist Episcopal pastor was with a crowd protesting the death of Michael Brown, who was shot by police. Lamkin told the Huffington Post that she was "standing in the middle of the street, with people behind me, and the police were in front of me."
As tensions grew, she says that she was trying to mediate a peaceful separation of police and protestors. more >>