Blog author: jcarter
Monday, June 2, 2014
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Atheists lose latest legal fight over ‘In God We Trust’
Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

Atheists lost their case against the “In God We Trust” motto on the nation’s currency Wednesday (May 28). It’s a battle they have lost several times before, as court after court has affirmed that printing and engraving the country’s motto on its money does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good
Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post

An all-charter district signals the dismantling of the central school bureaucracy and a shift of power to dozens of independent school operators, who will assume all the corresponding functions: the authority to hire and fire teachers and administrators, maintain buildings, run buses and provide services to special-needs students.

Only 1 in 10 workers had to be licensed in 1970. Today it’s closer to 1 in 3
Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox

Be honest: the last time you got your nails done or toilet repaired, did you ask your manicurist or plumber what kind of license they had?

Church-State Clash in China Coalesces Around a Toppled Spire
Ian Johnson, New York Times

“People are stunned,” said one member of the congregation, who asked that she be identified only by her English name, Mabel, out of fear of government reprisals. “They have completely lost faith in the local religious authorities.”