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Judge Rules Town Must Allow “Atheist Reason Station” in City Hall

When it comes to equal rights for atheists, you can fight city hall. Or at least put a booth in it

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If you’re headed to Warren, Michigan, and feel the need for some thoughtful philosophical conversation, you could do worse than to check out the town’s city hall. There you’ll soon find local resident Douglas Marshall at his “Reason Station,” where you can engage with Marshall in a spirited debate on philosophy, atheism, and the secular belief system.

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One Year Later, Teenage Journalists are Still Schooling Their Principal on Integrity

On the anniversary of the Neshaminy student editorial banning the word “Redskins,” their press rights are more restricted than ever.

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In Neshaminy, Pennsylvania, students wear face paint to football games. There is a mascot in headdress. This is just kids having a good time, or so many locals believe. For generations, their local team has been the “Redskins.” But since student journalists voted to ban publication of the offensive term last October, the administration has handed down a series of punishments: editor Gillian McGoldrick was suspended from her post for a month, the newspaper’s co-curricular adviser was suspended without pay for two days, $1,200 was withdrawn from the newspaper’s account, and a new school board policy requires at least 10 school days’ time for pre-approval of content by the principal, whose own newsletter is called “Redskin Rumblings.”

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UCLA Student's Anti-Asian YouTube Rant: Do Colleges Need Mandatory Diversity Classes?

UCLA junior Alexandra Wallace's anti Asian rant raises the question—should colleges teach how to work with people from diverse backgrounds?


A UCLA student is in hot water after filming a disturbing anti-Asian rant and posting it online. Last Friday, political science major Alexandra Wallace taped an almost three-minute video called "Asians in the Library," and over the weekend, it went viral on YouTube. In the video she attacks Asian students for everything from talking on their cell phones to having elderly relatives come visit. Although the university has condemned her tirade, the incident raises the question, what should colleges do foster a truly inclusive learning environment and prepare students for a diverse world?

Wallace complains about "these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every single year," and then bashes them for their so-called bad manners. She demonstrates her "good" American manners by insensitively criticizing Asian students who used the phone after the tsunami hit Japan saying, "I swear they're going through their whole families just checking on everybody from the tsunami thing."

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