Guest – Andrew Seidel
“You are 21,574 times more likely to get hit by lightning then winning the Mega Millions with one ticket.”
“The Northwestern Mutual internship is a waste of time. It’s nothing more than you selling insurance to your friends and family. There are many opportunities out there that are much better.”
He has written a book on International Human Rights Law and his essay on the role of religion in government and the founding of our nation placed second in the FFRF’s 2010 graduate student essay contest. Andrew is a former Grand Canyon tour guide and accomplished nature photographer; his work has been displayed in galleries in Colorado, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Maryland. He joined the FFRF staff as a constitutional consultant in November 2011.
According to the Piedmont Journal, the theme “reflect[s] our strong belief in prayers.” The city’s annual Christmas parade is set to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4. Piedmont High School’s track and field team will reportedly serve as grand marshals.
School board meetings open with a prayer, and often include bible readings and proselytizing by board members. Board President James Na injects Christianity into many of his official statements, FFRF’s legal complaint notes. At one typical meeting, Na “urged everyone who does not know Jesus Christ to go and find Him,” after which another board member closed with a reading of Psalm 143.
FFRF has remained consistent throughout this ordeal: Public schools should not be allowing the distribution of bibles, atheist materials or any other religious or nonreligious material. Religion is best left to the private sphere.
Kapparot coincides with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Hasidic Jews grab a chicken by the wings and swing it around their heads three times to transfer their sins to the bird. According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, while swinging the birds, the soon-to-be-redeemed supplicants chant, “This be my substitute, my vicarious offering, my atonement. This cock [or hen] shall meet death, but I shall find a long and pleasant life of peace!”
Some legal battles the Freedom From Religion Foundation is fighting….
- FFRF sues Walker administration for open records violation
- FFRF sues over government nativity in Franklin Co., Ind.
- FFRF Member Sues Warren, Mich., After Censorship
- FFRF sues Orange County schools over literature discrimination
- FFRF and parents seek removal of Ten Commandments monuments in front of two Pa. public schools
- FFRF sues IRS for preferential treatment of churches, which are exempt from filing fees, filing Form 990
- FFRF, students, bring suit over graduation and school board prayers
- FFRF challenges Catholic shrine on Big Mountain
- FFRF sues IRS over “parsonage exemption”
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