Santa Monica: Churches Go to Court for Religious Freedom Right to Display Nativity Scenes

“It’s a sad, sad commentary on the attitudes of the day that a nearly 60-year-old Christmas tradition is now having to hunt for a home, something like our savior had to hunt for a place to be born because the world was not interested.” – Hunter Jameson, head of the nonprofit Santa Monica Nativity Scene Committee. (AP)

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Mass. Couple Sues School District to Remove ‘Under God’ From Pledge of Allegiance

Lawsuit filed by an atheist couple who believe that their children are being discriminated against because the Pledge of Allegiance – which is said every day in Mass. public school classrooms under state law – contains the phrase “under God.” … Oral arguments were heard in a Massachusetts Superior Court on Monday.

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Fired Science Teacher: ‘I Teach All Aspects of Evolution’

“People forget it is a theory. So, our argument is that he should have the academic freedom to do that. If schools just want an official version they should just show a video or get a robot to do it. It would be easier,” said Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead, on defending John Freshwater

story link: http://www.christianpost.com/news/fired-christian-teacher-i-teach-all-aspects-of-evolution-57540/

Mass. Group Seeks a Ban on Pledge of Allegiance in Schools

A political action group in one Massachusetts town is calling for schools to stop the practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom. The group claims that reciting the Pledge has no educational value and that it puts unnecessary pressure on students who don’t want to say it.

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‘Jesus Glasses’ Case Not Over; 9th Circuit Fails to Rule on Classroom Hostility

“The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to make constitutional limits and define what would be considered hostile comments about religion in a classroom. They specifically did not want to address this issue because they did not want to rule in favor of Chad Farnan. Even more specifically, they did not want to set precedent as to defining what hostility toward religion is in the classroom.” – Robert Taylor, Advocates for Faith & Freedom

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HS football player penalized for taking a knee, pointing skyward

A Tumwater (Wash.) High running back was flagged for excessive celebration after he pointed to the heavens following a touchdown run on Monday night, according to several news reports.

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Running back Ronnie Hastie scored on a 23-yard run and celebrated as he has following each of his touchdowns this year: by pointing to the heavens, according to KOMO News. The field judge then tossed a penalty flag, telling the running back he was trying to draw attention to himself with the celebration.

“That wasn’t the point [of the gesture], so I guess I was a little confused,” Hastie told KOMO News. “I do that to give glory to my Heavenly Father, Jesus. He gives me the strength. He’s the one who gives me these abilities in the first place.”

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