President Ulysses S. Grant
(1869-1877) in a speech in 1875 to a veteran's meeting...
called for a Constitutional amendment that would mandate free public
schools and prohibit the use of public money for sectarian schools.
Grant laid out his agenda for "good common school education." He
attacked government support for… Continue
Added by SecularCortex13.x on June 30, 2010 at 5:44pm —
It's a popular topic, in my neck of the woods, the sort of thing people like to titter and gossip about: who's a good Christian, and who isn't. It seems, though, that the more 'Christian love' I'm subjected to, though, the harder time I have differentiating between just who is a bad Christian, or a really good one.
This post will probably ultimately turn out to be half stream-of-consciousness, half rant, rather than any sort of significant prose on the issue, but never… Continue
Added by Piper on June 3, 2010 at 7:50pm —
It is against both Tennessee and U.S. law to lead public school students in prayer. But some people just won't stop breaking the law and trying to find ways around it. Should students have to opt-out in order to be spared from teacher-led prayers?
According to WLBT news
, "A Franklin County High School teacher was fired on Tuesday for leading her students in prayer in the classroom," At first this sounds… Continue
Added by IAmTheBlog on May 31, 2010 at 12:30pm —
I live in Texas.
I’ve always been an atheist.
All my life I’ve had to put up with these bible pounding clowns who think their “Manure” does not stink.
Well it does.
I’ve seen these clown just ruin a college.
At first there were no preachers on the Board of Regents.
Then one day there was one.
The next thing you knew all the Regents were preachers.
That lead to the demise of the college.
It lost it’s… Continue
Added by Rick on May 25, 2010 at 12:00am —
Would you like to know the religious affiliations of my parents? Well, too bad. Because, get this: I don't know.
Isn't that great!
I DON'T KNOW!
I am 29 years old, almost 30, and I have no idea if either of my parents are religious. For all the grievances I might have towards them (which, since I am using my real name here, I would rather not divulge), the single fact that I have no idea if they are religious or, if so, what religion, is the single… Continue
Added by Darren Cubitt on May 14, 2010 at 6:59am —
There have been hundreds of thousands of reported cases of child sexual assault and child rape committed by leaders in the Catholic Church. In America, most towns and cities have ordinances which forbid “adult” themed stories and businesses from being within a certain distance from schools. Maybe there ought to be an ordinance restricting churches from being within a certain distance from schools.
Read the rest of this… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on March 30, 2010 at 10:08am —
I do not understand Why there is such a grand hullabaloo about being an atheist. Religion has never in my whole life been a part my personality. At times I can get disturbed about the crazies out there in the world that hold extremely unexplainable, contradictory believes but I can always just walk away and not need to deal with another such person for a few years.
During the early years of my life in school it was popular amongst the 1st and 2nd graders to ask each other if they… Continue
Added by lordmetroid on October 21, 2009 at 9:38pm —
There are few things that can get under my skin like the education system in America. We do not do enough to teach our kids about the real wonders in the world through logical inspection and we fail miserably to teach them to respect or understand history. Schools that respect the secular requirements of our government fail to impart the importance of these subjects. What education are we denying children when they are educated by a school district that makes “belief in god” a goal in their… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on August 29, 2009 at 4:30pm —
There was a recent news item on Danish T.V. where an opposition politician from the Social Democratic Party, Christine Antorini, said that the "Our Father" prayer should no longer be used in schools. "It belongs in church and not in schools. We have Christian, Muslim and Jewish children......"
I wrote to her expressing my support but pointing out that children do not get their religion via their D.N.A. but through their upbringing. Therefore it would be more correct to say children of a… Continue
Added by Ian Mason on August 14, 2009 at 2:10pm —
I've added a new weekly feature to Angie the Anti-Theis
t full of recommended reading from blogs I follow or stumble on.
To nominate a post, send me the permalink and one line description. Thanks and happy reading!
Added by Angie Jackson on July 26, 2009 at 11:47am —
I've also posted this at the ever-growing Good Reason News, please visit, if you feel like it.
A Wall Street Journal article says there's a big push to bring Christianity into the public classroom.
The Texas Board of Education, which recently approved new science standards that made room for… Continue
Added by Billy Deaton on July 16, 2009 at 5:23pm —
Well, in school I have recently attended a few Bible Study classes just out of pure interest. During most of I I could barely stop myself from laughing, but today however, I was fuming. The teacher was talking about how the Bible was the infallible word of God and that they were God's instruments, she also commented on how "secular-humanists" A.K.A. Atheists are close minded and seek simple Earthly pleasures to fill the void left by their lack of faith in God. I just wanted to yell, especially… Continue
Added by SayNoToTheism on June 5, 2009 at 12:35am —
Added by Rikka on March 14, 2009 at 4:30pm —
This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...
I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm —
The last day of freedom. Tomorrow I'll be back at health school, trying to get the bit of paper that says I'm qualified to do the job I've been doing for the past 12 years. Actually, it's long overdue but it was only in 2008 it became possible to get work experience credited and only take the theory part of the training. The other option has been to start again as a trainee on a trainee salary and spen 8 months in work experience as well as 6 months at school, so it's not so bad. I'll be… Continue
Added by Ian Mason on January 5, 2009 at 2:09pm —
When I was growing up, my father was extremely harsh and controlling. He was never physically abusive in any way, but he was an emotional nightmare, and that nightmare tended to spread to anyone who got close to him. I don't hold a grudge against him any more; we've spoken and made amends, so to speak. As a small child, however, many of the things about him were terrifying -he was tall, his voice was deep and loud, and every time he got mad, it was an explosion of rage that had built up because… Continue
Added by wisp on September 7, 2008 at 7:29pm —
A deck of cards is an amazing teaching tool. With it, I’ve taught students elementary concepts such as addition and subtraction as well as advanced concepts in Algebra and Geometry. As a teacher trainer and lead teacher for my district, I have built up my reputation with eleven years of dedicated teaching, yet a few seconds could demolish my reputation and possibly cost me my job if word got out that I am an atheist.
Although I teach in a public school, the vast majority of the… Continue
Added by Jess Freeborn on August 24, 2008 at 11:50am —