Everything Wrong With Ron DeSantis

On February 24, 2022, the Florida House passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which moved to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk. He signed it on March 25.

What is the “Don’t Say Gay” bill? It’s formally known as Senate Bill 1834 and House Bill 1557, “Parental Rights in Education”. (Note that euphemism, “parental rights”. It comes up in all sorts of arenas, and essentially means encouraging ultra-conservative parents to keep their kids in their conservative bubble.)

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The Pledge of Allegiance: A Critique

In 2017, a then-seventeen-year-old student, Mari Leigh Oliver, filed suit against her high school after she was repeatedly penalized for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Her teacher wrote her up, and when she reported it to the principal, it was defended. At another point, the teacher took away her phone due to her “lack of respect” for the pledge. (It probably won’t come as a surprise that this teacher also regularly read Bible passages in this public school.) American Atheists took on her case, and they recently won a large settlement.

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