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Sex And Common Sense: Texas Public School Reconsiders ‘Chastity’ Speaker

A self-appointed expert on sex and relationships won’t speak at an El Paso, Texas, high school – for now.

Jason Evert runs an outfit called Chastity Project. He is yet another in a seemingly endless parade of speakers who somehow manage to get themselves invited to public schools even though what they have to offer is thin at best and sometimes offensive. Read more

Pandora’s Prayer?: North Carolina School Board Mulls New Invocation Policy

Even though a North Carolina school board recently did the right thing when it voted to open its meetings with a moment of silence, some residents are demanding that the board put “God back in our school.”

The Cleveland County Schools Board of Education voted 8-2 not long ago to maintain its current practice of beginning meetings with a moment of silence rather than adopting a new prayer policy. This is a perfectly reasonable thing to do since silence harms no one. If someone wants to pray at that time, they may. Read more

Basic Life Failures: Fundamentalist Ministry Faces Sex-Abuse Lawsuit

A Christian ministry with significant ties to the Religious Right is now subject to a lawsuit over an alleged sex scandal. The suit, filed by attorney David Gibbs III on behalf of five women, says the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP) covered up sexual harassment and assault committed by its founder, Bill Gothard. The suit names each member of IBLP’s board as a defendant.
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