Lawsuit Challenges New Science Standards in Kansas
September 30, 2013
The challenged standards are the National Academy of Science's Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards, which have been adopted in seven states as of September 20. Kansas adopted them in June of this year. In its complaint, dated September 26, 2013, COPE alleges that the new standards will violate the First and 14th Amendments by having the effect "of causing Kansas public schools to establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview."
In response, Joshua Rosenau of National Center for Science Education, a California-based nonprofit, said that COPE is "trying to say anything that's not promoting their religion is promoting some other religion."
On its web site, COPE classifies "Atheism and Religious ('Secular') Humanism" as religions alongside "traditional theistic religions."
Sources: COPE web site, Next Generation Science Standards web site, The Kansas City Star
New Hampshire Schools Disallow Mother From Praying on Campus
July 29, 2013
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that advocates strict separation of church and state, complained to the school district upon hearing about the prayers. In response, Superintendent Rath said Urena had no permission to pray on school property.
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader.
Judge Rules Yoga Class Not Religious
July 2, 2013
Testifying for the plaintiffs was Dr. Candy Brown, a religious studies professor and member of the American Academy of Religion, who testified that Ashtanga yoga as taught in Encinitas was inherently religious. Judge Meyer ruled, however, that the yoga program as developed by the school district satisfied each of the three prongs of the Lemon test. Therefore, the yoga class was not religious in this context.
The parents were represented by attorney Dean Broyles of the National Center for Law & Policy, a Christian-advocacy nonprofit. Broyles has pledged to appeal the trial court’s decision.
Source: National Public Radio, Religion Clause (blog).
Mississippi School prayer Law Goes Into Effect
July 1, 2013
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