Great Holiday Gift Idea: A Christian Nation

“Earlier this month, we warned you about a fundamentalist campaign to influence social studies education in Texas. Proposed textbooks contained false “Christian nation” myths that greatly exaggerated Judeo-Christian influences on the development of our democracy. Scholars who reviewed the books said … Continue reading

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Abraham on Trial for Child Abuse

Well it is finally happening. The biblical patriarch Abraham is being put on trial for child abuse and endangerment. OK, it is only a mock trial but the participants are as important as the story and alleged abuse by Abraham … Continue reading

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Destruction of the Ten Commandments

On Friday October 24, 2014, Michael Tate Reed II drove to the state capitol building in Oklahoma City and ran into the Ten Commandments monument, destroying the six-foot tall monolith. Though erected in possible violation of the First Amendment’s “Establishment Clause,” its … Continue reading

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Maybe God Did It Darwin’s Way?

“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so… God is not a divine being or a magician, but … Continue reading

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Drawing the line on religious practices in schools

Reprinted with the permission of the Columbia Missourian. Originally posted on wednesday, October 22, 2014. Oct. 16 was “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” as declared by the Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly Alliance Defense Fund. If you noticed, there was no uproar from … Continue reading

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Church Changing Colors

Can the Catholic church really change its colors from black and white to rainbow? In a report by the New York Times, it appears that is exactly what Pope Francis is attempting to do. With a hand-picked group, the paper … Continue reading

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Missouri Press Foundation’s Winning Entry

I am the second-place winner of the 2014 Missouri Press Foundation’s “Better Newspaper Contest” for Best Columnist – Humorous. I am not really trying to be funny; snarky maybe, but funny is not on my radar most of the time. … Continue reading

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SCOTUS, Missouri and Gay Marriage

It ended up as a backwater story overshadowed by the lack of guidance from the Supreme Court. On October 2, a Missouri court ruled that the state must recognize same-sex marriages in Missouri that were performed in other states where … Continue reading

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Justice Antonin Scalia is Wrong – We do Have Freedom From Religion.

I know where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is coming from. I know his conservative leanings and his religious fervor. I know that his mind is set on certain issues. But to hear him talk about the separation of church … Continue reading

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Faith-based Adoption Discriminates against “Non-traditional” Households

The United States Congress is increasingly getting their hands dirty by violating the tenant of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. On July 30, 2014 Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and House Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced the “The Child Welfare Provider … Continue reading

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