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Barbara Cargill might mess with Texas (education standards)

Barbara Cargill might mess with Texas (education standards)

Texas Governor Rick Perry has nominated Barbara Cargill as the Chair of the Texas State Board of Education. Cargill is an anti-separation activist who favors Christianizing public schools.

Promoting praying: Florida school board member wants ‘inspirational messages’

Back in July, a law went into effect in Florida that allows school boards to adopt policies that permit students to deliver so-called “inspirational messages” – including prayer – at “noncompulsory” school events, such as graduations and other assemblies. This law is a pretty poorly disguised attempt at injecting religion into schools. It doesn’t define what an “inspirational message” is, but legislators openly said they were angling to push prayers.

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Public school proselytizing prohibited: Federal appeals court rejects new prayer scheme

Some people who advocate coercive school prayer are relentless. They’re always coming up with a new scheme to impose their preferred form of worship onto impressionable public school students. Sometimes they even try to use children to spread religious messages in schools.

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Huntington Hero: West Virginia mom stands up for church-state separation

As a West Virginia woman proved recently, a big fight isn’t always needed to win church-state separation battles. Sometimes all it takes is persistence and the courage to speak up.

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Santorum: Colleges ‘Indoctrinating’ Students in ‘Sea of Antagonism Toward Christianity’

The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins welcomed former presidential contender Rick Santorum to his “Washington Watch” radio program on Tuesday, where the two discussed the moral decline of the nation. Santorum blamed colleges and universities for “indoctrinating in a sea of relativism and a sea of antagonism toward Christianity,” leading to the “symptoms” of abortion, marriage and pornography:

Santorum: The cultural indicators that I talked about earlier that are sort of going the wrong way, we’re, you know, in ever-increasing numbers, less and less people here in America, you know, and believe in God, and believe in Jesus Christ, and believe in truth and right and wrong. It’s understandable, I mean, if you certainly, if you look at popular culture and what comes out of Hollywood, if you go to our schools and particularly our colleges and universities, they are indoctrinating in a sea of relativism and a sea of antagonism toward Christianity — religion in general, but Christianity in particular. And so it’s understandable that that happens, but we, you’re right. Abortion is a symptom, marriage is a symptom, I mean pornography is, all of these are symptoms to the fundamental issue that we’ve gotten away from the truth and the Truth-Giver.

Earlier in the program, in a conversation with FOX News’s Todd Starnes, Perkins fondly reminisced about the days “before repressive government” when his elementary school teacher would discipline her students with a yardstick:

Perkins: I remember my third grade teacher had a big Bible, one of the biggest Bibles I ever saw, sitting on the corner of her desk, and on the other side of the desk was a yardstick, and I think she used the yardstick more. In classrooms today, you couldn’t have either one. But that was, we date things in terms of A.D., that was B.R.G., Before Repressive Government, back when God was still welcome in our schools.

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Constitution Shmonstitution: Indiana Senator wants Lord’s Prayer in public schools

The mantra of Indiana state Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) seems to be: “Darn the Constitution, full speed ahead!” When it comes to injecting public schools with official religion, he isn’t going to let the nation’s governing document stand in his way.

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Never Mind! Emily Litella joins N.C. church, learns about school prayer

Remember Emily Litella? Gilda Radner’s hilarious “Saturday Night Live” character was always launching into screeds based on a simple misunderstanding. When informed of her errors, Miss Litella would look into the camera and sheepishly mumble, “Never mind.” A church in North Carolina just had its own Emily Litella moment.

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Illinois lawmaker advocates for official worship, religious shrines in public schools

An Illinois state representative is urging ministers to fight to bring sectarian prayer back to public schools.

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Texas school officials think they can ignore Supreme Court prayer rulings

There are times when I think we should just round up every church-state attorney we can find, fly them down to Texas and start suing school districts until they behave.

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint Oct. 26 to Autauga County Schools Superintendent Spence Agee in Prattville, Ala., after being contacted by a concerned district alumnus about religious banners displayed by Marbury High School cheerleaders at football games for players to run through.

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