Mississippi Mayor Assures Disgruntled Residents He Believes He Can ‘Pray Potholes Away’

By JAMESON PARKER, Addicting Info – When the Founding Fathers stressed the importance of the separation of Church and State, they probably assumed “basic infrastructure” would fall on the “state” side of things. In Mississippi, however, one mayor is placing his city’s roadways in the hands of god, while he shrugs his shoulders. Residents should have known something was up when their mayor, Tony Yarber, tweeted out this message a few days ago: And by “ALL” he means literally everything. As in, even the task of fixing potholes using conventional methods like asphalt and construction crews. In a follow up tweet, Yarber claims that prayer has the power to fix potholes, just like Moses parted the Red Sea. (And yes, admittedly, his analogy doesn’t really work.) When several of his residents, presumably concerned about the roads they were driving on, asked him if he was serious, Yarber stressed that he...

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Bible Thumping Principal Gets Exposed By Student (AUDIO)

by JOE FLETCHER – A high school student in White Oak, Texas, recently released recordings of their principal reading biblical passages over the loudspeaker. The student alleges that this isn’t uncommon, his principal reads bible verses along with the daily announcements every day. This is of course, in direct violation of the separation of church and state. The recordings were sent to the blogger Hemant Mehta (aka “The Friendly Atheist”) by a student at the school. Writing for Patheos, Mehta reports: “Every morning, students at White Oak High School in Texas hear their morning announcements… along with a daily Bible verse read by Principal Dan Noll. If you’re thinking that sounds illegal… you’d be right. The 1963 Supreme Court case Abington School District v. Schempp put a stop to school-sponsored Bible readings and subsequent rulings have only affirmed that idea. Even Texas should’ve caught up with the law by now. How...

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History

By JUDD LEGUM, ThinkProgress – An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools. Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher (R) has introduced “emergency” legislation “prohibiting the expenditure of funds on the Advanced Placement United States History course.” Fisher is part of a group called the “Black Robe Regiment” which argues “the church and God himself has been under assault, marginalized, and diminished by the progressives and secularists.” The group attacks the “false wall of separation of church and state.” The Black Robe Regiment claims that a “growing tide of special interest groups indoctrinating our youth at the exclusion of the Christian perspective.” Fisher said the Advanced Placement history class fails to teach “American...

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Navy Enrages Conservative ‘Christians’ With Separation Of Church And State

Stephen D Foster Jr – Conservatives often claim that they support the US military, but when a branch of our armed forces complies with a foundational principle of our Constitution that the right-wing hates, that support goes out the window. In an order issued on June 19th by the Navy Chaplain, all US Navy Lodges around the globe are required to remove religious material from all of the rooms. For years, the Gideons have placed “complimentary” bibles in all lodge rooms whether a guest actually wants one or not. That policy has now changed thanks to the efforts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In their letter to the US Navy, FFRF wrote: Providing bibles to guests in Navy-run hotels amounts to a government endorsement of that religious text. Including bibles sends the message to non-Christian and non-religious guests that they should read the bible… Such a practice alienates non-Christian...

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