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RELEASE: Proselytizing Public School Teacher is at it Again!

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Matt LaClair
Matthew LaClair
Released June 5, 2009
Contact: Matthew LaClair
(matthew(AT)secularstudents(DOT)org)
Proselytizing Public School Teacher Leads Field Trip to Creation Museum

KEARNY, N.J. - The teacher who made headlines in 2007 over his classroom proselytizing is again trying to use taxpayer dollars to promote his religious agenda.

According to Secular Student Alliance board member Matthew LaClair, Mr. David Paszkiewicz attempted to utilize school funds and equipment to promote a student group field trip to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY. The trip is scheduled to take place June 5- 7. If not for LaClair's whistle-blowing, school funds and equipment would have been used for the trip.

Paszkiewicz was the center of a 2007 legal case over his use of public school classroom time to proselytize students and endorse Biblical creationism. It was LaClair who, as a student, exposed this illegal action by recording the lectures and informing the media. The case received world-wide media attention, including coverage by The New York Times.

This latest turn of events occurred "after the training was conducted for the teachers by the Anti-Defamation League and after the speakers came to our school. It is clear he did not learn anything," said LaClair.

UnitedCOR Essay Contest: Good Without God

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The United Coalition of Reason is delighted to announce an essay contest as part of our upcoming Good Without God campaign tied not only to a social movement but to a book that's being published in the fall. Please forward this message as widely as possible and help us unite the millions of voices of reason across the country.

Atheists Hit with Death Threats

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The National Student has discovered that a death threat made during an atheist event in Leeds is the latest example of ongoing opposition and alleged prejudice towards atheist societies on campus.

During an event held between April 19th - 25th called 'Rationalist Week 09' organised by Leeds University Atheist Society and billed as 'the country's largest atheist festival' a member of the society allegedly received a face to face death threat.

Students for Freethought at OSU: Spring Break in New Orleans

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Article by Ashley Paramore, 08-09 chair of Students for Freethought at the Ohio State University.
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I've always been one to get involved in some type of community service projects, AIDS or MS walks, or collecting canned goods. When I went to the American Humanist Association's conference with the Secular Student Alliance last year, I heard Ashley Carter from the University of Illinois Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers give a talk about her group's service trip to New Orleans with Campus Crusade for Christ. After listening for a while, I couldn't help but think to myself, "Why haven't we thought of that?'

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