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Green Light for Institute on Creation in Texas, New York Times, December 18, 2007

A Texas higher education panel has recommended allowing a Bible-based group called the Institute for Creation Research to offer online master's degrees in science education.

The action comes weeks after the Texas Education Agency's director of science, Christine Castillo Comer, lost her job after superiors accused her of displaying bias against creationism and failing to be "neutral" over the teaching of evolution.

Home-School Ties Aided Huckabee's Iowa Rise, Washington Post, December 17, 2007

Evolution Debate Led to Ouster, Official Says, New York Times, November 30, 2007

The Religious Right's New Tactics for Invading Public Schools, Church and State, posted on Alternet, October 4, 2007

New ID Book Full of Holes, Talk To Action, June 7, 2007

Regulating Homeschooling, Talk To Action, June 6, 2007

Is There Disdain For Evangelicals In the Classroom?, Washington Post, May 5, 2007 -- You have to read to the last sentence to understand the full picture. If you read superficially, the article seems to support the claim often heard that evangelicals are discriminated against, but if you read the teacher's comments, it appears to be a bogus lawsuit.:

Kauffman, who stepped down as director of Missouri State's master of social work program, said he has been "vilified around the world" as anti-religious, when in fact he is a former assistant pastor and youth minister in the Assemblies of God, a Missouri-based Pentecostal denomination.

He said that all the students in his class voted to accept the letter-writing assignment as a lesson in political advocacy and that, contrary to the allegations in Brooker's lawsuit, he did not require them to sign or send their letters to state legislators.

"In the classroom I give equal time to everybody's views -- always have and always will," Kauffman said.

Even More Historical Revisionism in the NCBCPS Curriculum, Talk To Action, April 22, 2006

Vouchers see mixed success this session,, April 9, 2007

More Historical Revisionism in the NCBCPS Curriculum, Talk To Action, April 5, 2007 -- about the National Council On Bible Curriculum In Public Schools

Historical Revisionism in the NCBCPS Curriculum, Talk To Action, March 31, 2007

DeVos Wages War On Public Education, But Meet His Brother In Law... Talk To Action, March 27, 2007

Barton Revises History to Promote the National Council On Bible Curriculum In Public Schools, Talk To Action, March 24, 2007

Reprise: Reconstructionists, Southern Baptists and Education, Talk To Action, March 23, 2007

Utah Uprising: Public School Supporters Seek Ballot Vote On School Voucher Scheme Wall of Separation, March 12, 2007

The Power Team, Wall of Separation, February 5, 2007

"The Power Team," a Texas-based group made up of over 20 athletes, has convinced many schools to open the doors to their antics. The Team's feats-of-strength performances include bending steel and smashing stacks of concrete blocks and other items. According to the group's Web site, Team member John Kopta, a 6-foot, 250-pound former wrestler and body-builder, crushes "countless tons of ice and concrete with his fist, forearm, and head."

The evangelical Christian group employs its acts to recruit students to attend religious gatherings after school.

More Lessons from Dover, Talk To Action, January 29, 2007

Don't Subsidize Religion!: Why Congress Should Reject The Bush School Voucher Scheme, Wall of Separation, January 25, 2007

Board of Education Approves New Sex-Ed Curriculum, Washington Post, January 10, 2006

Controversial Curriculum: Mich. School District Should Reject Fundamentalist Bible Course, Wall of Separation, January 8, 2006

Intelligent Design Cabal: A Little Too Clever, Talk To Action, December 27, 2006

Americans United Applauds Settlement Of Georgia Lawsuit Over Evolution Disclaimer, December 19, 2006

Talk in Class Turns to God, Setting Off Public Debate on Rights, New York Times, December 18, 2006

Bigoted Backlash: N.J. Community Reacts To Student Who Refused To Say Amen To Preaching Teacher, Wall of Separation, December 18, 2006

Court Rejects Maine School Vouchers Case, 1010 Wins Newswatch, November 27, 2007

Christian-based classes an option Critics see issue of endorsing religion, Columbus Dispatch, November 17, 2006

Scientists Endorse Candidate Over Teaching of Evolution, New York Times, October 26, 2006

Teach sex and evolution or close, Quebec evangelical schools told, Ottowa Citizen, October 24, 2006

The Quebec ministry of education has told unlicensed Christian evangelical schools that they must teach Darwin's theory of evolution and sex education or close their doors

Evangelism And Public Schools: Crossing Constitutional Boundaries In The Classroom, The Wall of Separation, October 23, 2006

Transcending The Constitution? Calif. School Drops Plans To Promote Hindu Meditation Program, Wall of Separation, October 19, 2006

AASA on Religion in Schools, Talk To Action, October 15, 2006

Evangelizing Good News Clubs quietly proliferate in public elementary schools,, October 9, 2006

Watchdog Group Lauds School Officials For Agreeing Not To Display Picture Of Jesus Or Other Unconstitutional Religious Displays, Americans United, October 6, 2006

Intelligent Design in Ohio and Michigan, Talk To Action, September 24, 2006

This Week is Banned Books Week, Talk To Action, September 24, 2006

Lone Star Lapse: Texas Bible Classes Flunk The Test, The Wall of Separation, September 19, 2006

Bible study "literature" and "history" courses, Jews On First, September 13, 2006

A pattern appears to be developing in some states' efforts to establish high school Bible courses: The proponents try to create or legislate courses while avoiding a nonsectarian text approved by moderate (and Jewish) organizations.

Creationists Plan "Sneak" Monday Attack On Ohio School Science Curriculum, Talk To Action, September 7, 2006

Nobojo - A look inside the wacky world of fundamentalist Bob Jones University

Education Dept. Shared Student Data With F.B.I. New York Times, September 1, 2006

Evolution Major Vanishes From Approved Federal List, New York Times, August 24, 2006

Lieutenants For The Lord?: Falwell's Law School Targets Church-State Separation, Wall of Separation, August 22, 2006

Reading, Writing And Religion: Georgia Considers A Bible Curriculum For Public Schools, Wall of Separation, August 21, 2006

Portrait Of Intolerance: W.Va. School Board Continues Fight To Display Painting Of Jesus In Local High School, Wall of Separation, August 16, 2006

Sex Ed Changes at School With 65 Pregnant Teens, WYFF, August 15, 2006

Band Canned: Court Upholds School Decision Against Religious Music At School Assembly, Wall of Separation, August 7, 2006

Kansas KO: Voters Knock Out Creationist School Board Members, Wall of Separation , August 2, 2006

Evolution Opponents Lose Kansas Board Majority, New York Times, August 2, 2006

Anti-Evolution Incumbent in Kansas Wins, Washington Post, August 2, 2006

Families Challenging Religious Influence in Delaware Schools, New York Times, July 29, 2006

Our motto risks becoming 'Over God we fight', First Amendment Center, July 23, 2006

The Dog Ate My Homework: Margaret Spellings Explains School Report Cover-Up, The Wall of Separation, July 21, 2006

Republicans Propose National School Voucher Program, New York Times, July 19, 2006

Public vs. Private Schools, New York Times, July 19, 2006

Education Department Seeks To Bury Pro-Public Schools Report, Wall of Separation, July 18, 2006

Public Schools Perform Near Private Ones in Study, New York Times, July 15, 2006:

The report separated private schools by type and found that among private school students, those in Lutheran schools performed best, while those in conservative Christian schools did worst.

Regarding Religious Intolerance in Public Schools, Talk To Action, July 14, 2006

Generation Joshua, Talk To Action, June 29, 2006

West Virginia School District Sued Over Religious Display, Wall of Separation, June 28, 2006

Texas Governor Draws Criticism for a Bill-Signing Event at an Evangelical School, New York Times, June 6, 2005

Creationism dismissed as 'a kind of paganism' by Vatican's astronomer, The Scotsman, May 5, 2006

Teachers Seek New Ways to Champion Evolution, NPR, May 3, 2006:

The competition between evolution and intelligent design is not limited to the courtroom. Students who believe that the theory of evolution conflicts with their faith are bringing the battle to the classroom. That's forcing teachers to find new ways to defend their belief in science.

Florida Vouchers Defeated: Gov. Jeb Bush's Amendment Falls Short, Americans United, May 2, 2006

Florida Senate, controlled by Republicans, defeats school vouchers, New York Times National Briefing, May 2, 2006

The Right to Intolerance, Talk To Action, April 21, 2006 -- about a campaign targeting gay and lesbian youth

Called 2 Ban Books, Street Prophets, April 19, 2006

Playing politics with the Bible: Coming to a school near you?, First Amendment Center, April 16, 2006

Common Ground in Public Schools, Talk To Action, April 5, 2006

Our Late, Great Public Schools, Talk To Action, March 31, 2006

Public Schools Outperform Private Ones, Conservative Christian Schools Rank Last Among Privates, Talk To Action, March 31, 2006

"THE BIBLE IS BACK!" - The Secret Life of The "Biblical Literacy Project", Talk To Action, March 23, 2006

Public Schools and the Culture War, Talk To Action, March 15, 2006

"Worldview" Director Prepares Christian Students for Culture Wars, Agape Press, March 14, 2006

Will Southern Baptists Replace Public Schools?, Talk To Action, March 1, 2006

Blind or Complicit?, Talk To Action, January 19, 2006

Statements of faith: the new restrictive covenants, Talk To Action, January 10, 2006

Florida Strikes Down Nation's First Statewide Voucher Program, New York Times, January 5, 2006

Revisionist history in the public schools, Talk To Action, December 28, 2005

Texas District Adopts Disputed Text on Bible Study, New York Times, December 22, 2005

A line in the sand, Talk To Action, December 16, 2005 (A Home Schooling Project)

'Excellerated' Learning: Milwaukee's Voucher Scandal, Americans United, December 9, 2005

The "Ph"undamentalism of "F"onics, Talk to Action, December 8, 2005

New US textbook aims to teach Bible as knowledge, Reuters, November 30, 2005

Here's the Problem With Emily Dickinson, New York Times, November 27, 2005 - On Dec. 12, the Federal District Court in Los Angeles will hear a lawsuit filed by a consortium of Christian high schools against the University of California system ...

The A Beka Curriculum, Talk To Action, November 24, 2005

Here's what kids in dominionist "homeschool"/private school households are often learning, Dark Christianity, July 17, 2005

University Is Accused of Bias Against Christian Schools, New York Times, November 20, 2005

Bible textbook could circumvent culture war, Knight-Ridder, September 21, 2005

Bush Proposes Vouchers for All Displaced Students, Washington Post, September 20, 2005

Student Body Right, At Evangelical colleges, what they're taught and what they learn are two different things, The American Prospect, August 10, 2005

Anger from the Religious Right: Bible Bashing 101: How the Media Controls the Message,
Agape Press, August 17, 2005

Kansas Board Advances a Draft Critical of Evolution, New York Times, August 10, 2005

The Bible as Elective Course in Public Schools, The Panda's Thumb, August, 2005

Reply to the Texas "Freedom" Network's proposed curriculum by Terry Murray, August, 2005

President George W. Bush's endorsement of teaching "intelligent design" in the public schools is irresponsible and undermines sound science education, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. August 2, 2005

Bush endorses teaching 'intelligent design,' Knight Ridder Newspapers, August 1, 2005

The Bible as an elective course in public schools

Bible Course Becomes a Test for Public Schools in Texas, New York Times, August 1, 2005

Tulsa Zoo caught in creationism-vs.-science flap, The Dallas Morning News, July 6, 2005

GOD AND COUNTRY, The New Yorker, June 27, 2005 (about Patrick Henry College)

Gay Rights Battlefields Spread to Public Schools, New York Times, June 9, 2005

Controversial School Voucher Plan Goes Before Florida Supreme Court, Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2005

Smithsonian Distances Itself From Controversial Film, Washington Post, June 2, 2005 (Now it will play the film, but for free.)

A Town's Struggle in the Culture War, New York Times, June 2, 2005

DEVOLUTION, Why Intelligent Design Isn't, The New Yorker, May 30, 2005

Smithsonian to Screen a Movie That Makes a Case Against Evolution, New York Times, May 28, 2005

To read a rebuttal of Intelligent Design's arguments, click here.

Ballot Fight on Evolution Ends in a Tie, New York Times, May 19, 2005

The Evolution of Creationism, New York Times, May 17, 2005

Kan. Debate Challenges Science Itself, Associated Press, May 15, 2005

States Worry About Meeting Requirements of Education Law, New York Times, March 24, 2005

What Would Jesus Teach? New Yorker Magazine, March 18, 2005

Battle on Teaching Evolution Sharpens, Washington Post, March 14, 2005

Pennsylvania schools are rife with civic values, McCalls, February 17, 2005
Bush's Sex Scandal, New York Times, February 16, 2005
Intelligent Design: Creationism's Trojan Horse, Americans United, February, 2005
Evolution Takes A Back Seat, New York Times, February 1, 2005
Stealth Attack On Evolution, Time Magazine, January 31, 2005
The Crafty Attacks on Evolution , New York Times, January 23, 2005
Caught between Church and State, Susan Jacoby, New York Times, January 19, 2005
Judge in Georgia Orders Anti-evolution Stickers Removed from Textbooks, New York Times, January 14, 2005
Dover, PA: A very fine and thorough article about Dover and the history of opposition to evolution,, January 10, 2005. New York Times, January 16, 2005 on Dover, PA
Careful Not to Get Too Much Education...Or You Could Turn Liberal,, December 28, 2004
Stephen Williams against the Cupertino School District DailyKos, December 11, 2004 To read the web site of the Parents of Steven Creek Elementary School in Cupertino, click here.
Classroom Indoctrination?: What You Haven't Heard About A California Teacher's Case, Americans United, December 9, 2004
From the San Francisco Chronicle, December 12, 2004
Sex Education Texas Style, Boston Globe, November 11, 2004 by ELLEN GOODMAN
How Texas is "exerting its market influence as the nation's second-largest buyer of textbooks," New York Times, November 6, 2004:

The Texas Board of Education approved new health textbooks for the state's high schools and middle schools on Friday after the publishers agreed to change wordings in the texts to depict marriage strictly as the union of a man and a woman.

The decision involves two of the biggest textbook publishers and is another example of Texas' exerting its market influence as the nation's second-largest buyer of textbooks. Officials say the decision could affect hundreds of thousands of books in Texas alone.

GRANTSBURG, Wisconsin (AP) November 6, 2004-- School officials have revised the science curriculum to allow the teaching of creationism, prompting an outcry from more than 300 educators who urged that the decision be reversed.
School Board Considers Censoring Books, Handing Out Bibles, Teaching Creationism, Washington Post, October 10, 2004
South Carolina: Education chief wants former Sons of Confederate Veterans leader off state school board, December 10, 2004
Cary, North Carolina, School defends slavery booklet, December 9, 2004

Last updated: December-2007