For the past 50 years the Friday night football games at Haralson County High School in Tallapoosa, Georgia, have started the same way, with prayer, most recently offered by the team's chaplain, a local minister. But on September 7 the tradition of reverence and faith came to a screeching halt as the school district's superintendent caved in to the intimidation of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which demanded that the school stop allowing prayer over the football stadium's PA system.
But while the FFRF has succeeded in silencing the sanctioned prayers of schools across America in its campaign to sanitize the nation of faith, it has not yet found a method of stifling citizens themselves. Thus, at the beginning of the Haralson County Rebels' first home game, students, parents, and others in attendance used the “moment of silence” that replaced the forbidden prayer to recite the Lord's Prayer in unison.
Nudity on television increased by over 400 percent during the 2011-2012 broadcast season compared to the previous year, announced the Parents Television Council (PTC), citing its latest research. The TV watchdog group, which monitors network programming for objectionable content, found that on shows running from September 1 to May 31, there were no less than 76 incidents of full nudity on 37 shows, compared to 15 incidents in 14 shows the previous year — an increase of an astounding 407 percent.
Shoving aside countless hours of research, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention that before birth control was legalized women were unlikely to finish school and had life expectancies not much higher than the age of 50.
As California prepares to implement a ban on “reparative therapy” for minors struggling with same-sex attraction, New Jersey is gearing up to pass its own prohibition against the counseling therapy. The Los Angeles Times reported that California's state legislature passed its ban on “sexual-conversion therapy for minors,” and on August 30 sent the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature, which would make the state the first to restrict minors from such options.
While around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, have threatened to sue officials with the Greencastle-Antrim School Board if they continue to open their meetings in prayer, their cohorts in Tennessee have temporarily lost a bid to stop prayers by officials in Hamilton County.