Constitution is Clear: No State Money for Religious Schools

us_constitution.jpgBy Bob Schmitz

(Note: the following appeared as the ‘Letter of the Day’ in the Thursday, October 28th edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. –ed.)

Tuesday's commentary "TiZA's success should not be punished" by two representatives of the Minnesota NAACP overlooks one salient fact: TiZA is a religious school collecting tax dollars in violation of the Minnesota Constitution.

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New Policies

mn_atheists_logo.jpgThe first annual review of our public policies was completed, and Revision B was accepted at the October meeting of the Board of Directors.  Members of the committee that performed the review were Bjorn Watland, Crystal Dervetski, August Berkshire and myself.  The review committee made minor, non-substantive edits to existing policies, and added new policies, which are provided below.  – George Kane
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Book Review: I'm Perfect, You're Doomed

im_perfect_youre_doomed.jpgBy Eric Jayne

Most of us know that Jehovah’s Witnesses are notorious for going door-to-door hocking their religion. They’re kind of like Girl Scouts except the former sells an intangible dubious product that exploits fear while the latter offers delicious chocolate-covered Tagalongs and Thin Mints that exploit your sweet tooth.  When it comes to the Jehovah’s Witnesses most of us either say “no thanks” or skip the nominal pleasantry and opt to simply close the door in the middle of their spiel.
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Change Doesn’t Mean Goodbye

jeannette_watland.jpgBy President Jeannette Watland

On October 22nd, Bjorn Watland, President of Minnesota Atheists resigned from the board, due to personal reasons. As Associate President, my initial reaction was to worry about myself. I now have to take on new responsibilities, and anxiety admittedly took a temporary hold on me. Then the emails started coming in, and I realized I had made a mistake. I shouldn't be worrying about myself at all. My primary concern is now, and always will be, the membership.

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