Last week, I mention that there was a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana
that has been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years
) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.Here are the only details
that matter: The display is owned by the Town of Brookville and sits on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse.
Pastor Edward Carothers
seems like a barrel of laughs. He's the man behind a church sign
outside the Born Again Independent Baptist Church in Harlem, Georgia, that's been raising eyebrows. It reads:
SANTA IS SATAN
SANTA GREAT IMPOSTER
So what's Carothers' beef
with the big-bellied gift-giver from the North Pole?
Last month, the board members of the Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona voted 3-2 in favor of removing a page
from an honors biology textbook because it contained information about birth control and abortion.Mind you, it also said "Complete abstinence (avoiding intercourse) is the only totally effective method of birth control," but the textbook upset conservatives because it suggested there were non-abstinence options when it came to birth control.
After the district became the subject of mockery -- Rachel Maddow
's team even bought the domain ArizonaHonorsBiology.com
so that everyone could read the controversial page from the textbook -- Superintendent Christina Kishimoto
urged the board to reconsider their decision.It worked. Yesterday, the board agreed not to change the books
Earlier this month, the Kennesaw City Council (in Georgia) voted down a proposed Islamic center located in a strip mall... but even that was an obstacle
... when the time came, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews had trouble getting the council to take a vote at all. No member would second the motion to proceed.After several very awkward pauses, the council finally voted. Four of the five members voted “no”.
Why would they say no when the Muslims fulfilled all the requirements of any group looking to acquire the space? Council member Debra Williams
(below) made clear
this had nothing
to do with anti-Islamic prejudice:
intensifies, if that's even possible.Via the Independent
Isis has executed at least 150 women for refusing to marry militants in Iraq, Turkish media has reported. A statement released by Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights on Tuesday said the militants had attacked women in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar before burying them in mass graves in Fallujah. Some of the women killed were pregnant at the time, according to the Anadolu Agency.