Parental Freakout Over Islam In World Geography Class Causes Augusta County, VA Schools To Close

Periodically, I go back to read the local news on The Daily News Leader, the website for the paper I grew up reading. Nearly 15 years ago, I packed up my stuff and left Augusta County, Virginia – and haven’t been back since 2004. The Shenandoah Valley area is where I was born and raised, […]

Ben Carson’s Standards Would Disqualify Many GOP Candidates From Running For President

Dr. Ben Carson has come under a lot of fire for his comments about Muslims on Sunday. In recent days, the Republican Party has been forced to address the rampant Islamophobia in their base which bubbled up during a town hall Donald Trump held in New Hampshire last week. During this town hall, two people […]

The First Amendment Was Intended To Protect Us From The Religious Right

Freedom of religion (and from it) was so vital to our Founding Fathers that they made it a key part of the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Religious freedom is what this country was originally founded on, and the Puritans demonstrated for us why the separation of church and state is so important […]

Ted Cruz Claims Christians Are Being Persecuted, Compares Atheists And Liberals To The Taliban

In Iowa, right-wing radio host Jan Mickelson seems to be where Republican presidential candidates go to prove their conservative bona fides. In the very crowded field that is utterly dominated by the Donald Trump super nova of a campaign, contenders like Ted Cruz have to ratchet up the rhetoric to 11, just to register on […]

Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Tony Yarber Says City Can ‘Pray Potholes Away’

Jackson is the capital of the state of Mississippi, and the largest city as well with a population of over 170,000 residents. Apparently those┬áresidents elected an interesting character in Mayor Tony Yarber, who seems to believe that some of the city’s infrastructure issues can be fixed for free – with the power of prayer. Seriously, […]

In Kentucky, One Clerk Still Refuses To Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had the same rights to marriage as heterosexual couples and throughout the remaining states that had bans on the books, most government clerks grudgingly accepted the fact that issuing marriage licenses to everyone was a part of their job function. After the ruling, three clerks in […]

Roy Moore’s Lawyer Says Alabama Governor Must Defy Supreme Court Ruling, Choose ‘God Or Satan’

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, the remaining states where it wasn’t already legal have, for the most part, gone ahead and grudgingly joined the 21st century. Even here in Louisiana, despite the initially defiant tone by Bobby Jindal that quickly became a whimper, couples […]

North Carolina Parents Outraged Over Pastor’s Anti-LGBT Message At High School Baccalaureate Service

Many parents in Kings Mountain, North Carolina are outraged after a local pastor spoke at Kings Mountain High School’s annual baccalaureate service and told students in the audience that they would go to hell for being homosexuals. According to local TV station WBTV, the pastor was invited to lead the service, which is not sponsored […]

Louisiana Boy Suspended From Public School For Having Long Hair

Louisiana, especially the rigidly conservative Protestant part of the state from Alexandria northwards, has a real problem with separating church and state. If you have ever spent any time in the state, you’d know what I’m talking about; if you don’t, bear in mind that the governor wanted to slash college funding but keep tax […]

NC GOP Commissioner: Non-Christian Prayers Forbidden At County Meetings

To hear people like North Carolina’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners chairman Carrol Mitchem tell it, right-wing Christians are a persecuted class here in the United States. It’s as if they can’t come together to worship Jesus in a house of prayer without police there to protect their service from armed gunmen coming to attack […]