Another ‘faith’ Free School gets the green light July 6, 2011, British Humanist Association: Updated statistics from the Department for Education released today reveal that a ninth proposed Free School, another ‘faith’ school, has now signed a funding agreement with the Department, clearing it for opening in September. Krishna-Avanti Primary School, a Hindu school in Leicester, brings the number of ‘faith’ Free Schools up to four out of nine. The number of schools converting to Academies last month has also been announced. 97 schools converted, taking the total number to do so to 527.
Why U.S. is not a Christian nation – CNN.com As America celebrates its birthday on July 4, the timeless words of Thomas Jefferson will surely be invoked to remind us of our founding ideals — that “All men are created equal” and are “endowed by their Creator” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These phrases, a cherished part of our history, have rightly been called “American Scripture.” But Jefferson penned another phrase, arguably his most famous after those from the Declaration of Independence. These far more contentious words — “a wall of separation between church and state” — lie at the heart of the ongoing debate between those who see America as a “Christian Nation” and those who see it as a secular republic, a debate that is hotter than a Washington Fourth of July.
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FL Abstinence Program Has Ties to Ssempa: “We’ve got a very interesting article at the Florida Independent about an abstinence-only sex ed program that has received millions of dollars in federal funding and has close ties to maniacally anti-gay pastor Martin Ssempa, one of the advocates of the Ugandan “kill the gays” bill.”
Evangelical Christians are not our friends: “The Pew Foundation has surveyed evangelical Christians on a variety of topics, and here’s an interesting result: only 3% accept evolution. And it’s worse than that, since that 3% seems to be just in the bounds of noise and the frequency of individuals who essentially reject the basics of Christianity.”
They are Most Dangerous When We Aren’t Listening…: “For those of you who are asked, as I am, to provide examples of religious extremism melding into American politics here are some irrefutable examples of what we need to pay attention to. When we hear these people talking like this, we must not ignore them as merely harmless Christians. They are set on fulfilling the “Dominion Mandate” from the Old Testament Book of Genesis 1: 26-28. Those who have followed my posts over the years have become familiar with this, but it bears repeating for the benefit of those who are new to this bible-based cult. Yet, even those of us now familiar with this cult’s existence must be updated with examples from their own lips to our ears. I thank the ongoing work of Kyle over at Right Wing Watch who has a collection of damning videos where these Dominionists state, without shame, their absolute intent to gain political leadership and force biblical law across the land.”
What IS Dominionism?: “What is it?” I speak of Christian Dominionism everyday and its takeover of conservative politics in America and the most oft asked question is, “What is it?” Followed by, “I’ve never heard of it before, why?”