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7 Reasons We Should Teach More Religion in Public Schools

Instruction about world religions needs to start earlier and go deeper.

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When Your Blond-Haired Daughter Asks to Be Rosa Parks in the School Play

I’m grateful that my eight-year-old daughter is teaching me what it means to love beyond reason.

“Under God” Is Not All that Needs to Change About the Pledge

The dubious phrase does have something going for it — namely, controversy that could lead to conversation.

Is yoga religious? An Indian court mulls mandatory school exercises

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court of India is weighing whether yoga has a religious element, as it decides if … Continued

Christian conservatives divided over Common Core education standards

RNS () — Even though the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez had a 3.9 GPA in high school, his teachers kept pushing … Continued

Is it time to dial back Halloween in schools?

Principal Orlando Taylor believed he was doing the right thing last week when he sent a letter home announcing to … Continued

Are atheists taking over? Signs abound, from Francis interview to Virginia’s governor race

Are atheists taking over the debate?   In the past weeks, Pope Francis gave an interview to an atheist journalist in … Continued

Survey: Hispanics like Pope Francis and the Democratic Party

AUSTIN, Texas — A new survey of Hispanic political and religious values finds they’re overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely … Continued

American idol: God does belong in public schools, if a student wants him there

(istockphoto) If you ask a class of 5th graders to write about someone they “look up to,” don’t be shocked … Continued

Atheists and humanists launch Freethought Equality Fund PAC

WASHINGTON — Atheists and humanists hope to increase their influence in politics with the launch of the Freethought Equality Fund, … Continued

‘Hug an Atheist’ film tries to put a human face on unbelief

SAN FRANCISCO — Few outside the atheist community — and even many inside it — would argue that atheism has … Continued

Bullying of Asian-Americans spikes in New York City schools

RNS () — A report released Thursday (Sept. 5) by two civil rights groups found a dramatic spike in bullying … Continued

Do Christian conservatives believe in the First Amendment?

While our support for religious freedom abroad might have limited resultants, we must remain vigilant at home.

Is King’s dream still alive?

Martin Luther King Jr. seen during his “I Have a Dream” speech.AP The lead up to the 50 th anniversary … Continued

Quebec moves to ban religious headgear for public employees

TORONTO — Quebec’s separatist, secular-minded government plans to move forward with a controversial bill that would ban religious headgear for … Continued

Kansas school surrenders to ignorance, removes Islam display

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque during the annual hajj or pilgrimage in the holy … Continued

Transgender in California: All are welcome in pluralistic America

March 26, 2013: A gay rights supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court.Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty … Continued

Can a Hebrew charter school teach the language but not the faith?

WASHINGTON — What’s one way to ensure that a new Hebrew-immersion public charter school isn’t a Jewish school? Hire a … Continued

COMMENTARY: Moving backward on racial progress

SEWANEE, Tenn. — After passing through the Gothic campus of Sewanee: The University of the South, we came to an … Continued

COMMENTARY: The reckless right-wing war on America

It is tragic to watch contemptuous right-wingers declaring war on America. With little heed for consequences on either actual people … Continued